The Green Jobs You've Been Hearing About

Jackie Roberts The thought of revitalizing the economy with green jobs is inspiring, but how will it actually work? What will those jobs look like? Duke University just released a study that starts to answer that question. It looks at five industries, including LED lighting and concentrating solar power. For each, researchers asked what the value chain is and how jobs could be created.

And right on the heels of that study is this story from CBS News: Former Maytag employees in Iowa are finding new manufacturing jobs making parts for windmills. It's a great example of the connection between climate solutions and U.S. jobs.

Jackie Roberts is our director for sustainable technologies.

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6 Comments

  1. kenzrw
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Also here in central Arkansas there's several hundred new jobs being created at two windmill blade manufacturing sites. Even though Arkansas doesn't have the needed year-round wind power for windmills, these blades will ship to parts of the country that do.

  2. kenzrw
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I meant to ask what happened to T. Boone Picken's proposed windmill farm in Texas? I haven't heard anything about that recently. His commercials used to be all over the media.

  3. Posted December 10, 2008 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Much focus has been put on green collar jobs, but in addition to these jobs the number of managerial jobs at socially responsible companies is increasing dramatically. We at JustMeans.com have seen significant traffic in the number of employers (both non-profit and for-profit) posting opportunities with us for mid-level and senior-level positions that have responsibility for developing green products and services.

  4. fredpike
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Green jobs?????
    The entire green movement is nothing but a feel-good idea for people who have no understanding of the real world.
    Global warming does not exist, as 90% of the evidence shows.
    And, even if it does exist, all that it will cause is that Canada will gain, while Mexico loses. So, who cares?
    Car pollution is about as significant to the planet, as a child peeing into the ocean.
    You people NEED to understand that one, overriding, fact.

  5. quentinp
    Posted January 29, 2009 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Fredpike – please provide some evidence for your (somewhat bizzare) claims. We have known CO2 is a GHG for 100 years. We have increased the proportion in the atmosphere by 30% (as we can prove through isotope anlaysis) and we are beginning to see the warming that we would expect to see from this increase. Every single piece of published science supports the inconvenient truth of AGW. As does the Pentagon, NASA, NOAA, Scripps, US Air Force, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and every national scientific academy and major government in the world. This is a "pyramid of Giza" of evidence and fact. The facts are the facts and the data are the data. Thank god the majority of Americans (and the rest of the world) understand this and are prepared to do something about it.

  6. 5mgj
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    At http://www.5milliongreenjobs.org we provide information and opportunities to post for green jobs and employment for various green jobs as well

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