Thursday, February 7, 2008

Green Collar Jobs?

Everybody's talking about "going green", "green collar jobs" and the "green economy".

A recent article in the Washington Post offers this explanation of what these might be all about. The term "green collar", which has been around since 1992, is primarily used by those who have been involved with environmental work. It is a spin off from the terms "blue collar" or "white collar"; both terms we know pretty well.

If you are looking for a recession proof career - consider going "green". Raquel Pinderhughes at Urban Habitat identifies and lists "green" jobs in these 22 specific sectors:

-Bicycle repair and bike delivery services
-Car/truck mechanic jobs, production jobs, and biodiesel gas-station jobs
-Energy retrofits to increase energy efficiency and conservation
-Green building
-Green waste composting on a large scale
-Hauling and reuse of construction materials and debris (C&D)
-Hazardous materials clean-up
-Manufacturing of solar panels, bike cargo systems, green waste bins, etc.
-Materials reuse
-Non-toxic household cleaning in residential and commercial buildings
-Parks and open space expansion and maintenance
-Printing with non-toxic inks and dyes
-Public transit jobs related to driving, maintenance, and repair
-Recycling and reuse
-Small businesses producing products from recycled materials
-Solar installation
-Tree cutting and pruning
-Peri-urban and urban agriculture
-Water retrofits to increase water efficiency and conservation
-Whole home performance, including attic insulation, weatherization, etc.

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