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Top 10 cities with green jobs for new grads

By: Laura Moss on June 2, 2010, 3:29 p.m.
Los Angeles buildings and freeway

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Los Angeles

Green jobs continue to grow in Los Angeles, where energy generation jobs recently increased by 35 percent and energy efficiency jobs by 77 percent. In fact, green jobs increased by 36 percent in California between 1995 and 2008, compared with overall job growth of only 13 percent.

Much of the green-collar job growth in the City of Angels is a result of the Green Building Retrofit Ordinance passed in 2009. The legislation requres that all city-owned buildings larger than 7,500 square feet or built before 1978 be retrofitted to LEED silver certification standards. The ordinance also created a green jobs training program to help combat unemployment. recently included Los Angeles on its list of cities for new grads, noting that average rent is $1,319.