It’s that time again – time for a green jobs focused news roundup.
The folks over at JobVine have created a great new green jobs infographic. Did you know that there were only 750,000 green jobs in the nation in 2008 but that number is expected to jump to 2.7 million this year? Spending on eco-friendly non-residential construction was $3 billion in 2005 but increased dramatically to $54 billion in 2010. These stats and more are featured on the “What’s the deal with Green Jobs?” infographic.
If you’re in the market for a green job, check out these tips from Leonard Adler, founder and CEO of the Green Jobs Network. Adler’s suggestions include checking out clean energy startups, networking with others and following your passion.
President Obama is combining energy efficiency upgrades with the need for new jobs in one of his We Can’t Wait initiatives. The program calls for $4 billion in combined public and private investments to get Americans back to work performing energy efficiency upgrades on existing buildings.
David Foster, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, touches on an often-overlooked cost of climate change – jobs. In his piece for the Huffington Post, Foster says, “From the costs of increasingly severe weather events to the rising cost of food from climate-related droughts, Americans pay for global warming every day. But the biggest cost that we pay is in lost opportunity. As it stands, the U.S. is failing to take advantage of the opportunities to create good jobs by addressing climate change. This makes less and less sense as our economy struggles to regain its footing, and as millions of Americans continue to search for work.”
Green jobs don’t have to be created by the thousands to make a difference. Every new job makes a big impact on the family of the new employee. The Green Job Bank is tracking jobs created by the 10 winners of GE’s Ecomagination Home Challenge and over the past two months, 42 new green jobs were created. This brings the total of jobs created by the winners of the challenge to 183 since the winners were announced in June.