What is a green job?

A green job is broadly defined as is any job that supports environmental and social responsibility. Green jobs encompass a wide array of professions including environmental science, conservation, environmental health and toxicology, engineering, research, policy, advocacy, management, alternative energy, and green building.Green Jobs These jobs are geared to help protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies; de-carbonize the economy; and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has a definition of green jobs that reflects how the federal government counts them nationally:

  1. Jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. These goods and services are sold to customers, and include research and development, installation, and maintenance services.
  2. Jobs in which workers‘ duties involve making their establishment‘s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. These workers research, develop, maintain, or use technologies and practices to lessen the environmental impact of their establishment, or train the establishment‘s workers or contractors in these technologies and practices.

[These businesses and jobs fall into the following 5 categories.]

  1. Energy from renewable sources.
  2. Energy efficiency.
  3. Pollution reduction and removal, greenhouse gas reduction, and recycling and reuse.
  4. Natural resources conservation.
  5. Environmental compliance, education and training, and public awareness.

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Skyline‘s courses provide topic overviews and training in several key areas of the clean energy economy:

Green Jobs
  • Solar technology
  • Energy efficiency
  • Finance, Marketing, Sales, and Business Development for Clean Technology
  • Resource conservation and management
  • Energy markets and policy

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