Green Jobs!


What are Green Jobs?

With the growing concern for the impact that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions is having on our climate and livelihood, promoting and creating green jobs is a viable option.

Green jobs, also referred to as clean energy jobs or green-collar jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010, are either of the following:

  1. “Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
  2. “Jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.”

Green jobs of either kind will do at least one of the following:

  1. Use renewable energy
  2. Improve energy efficiency
  3. Reduce pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, or waste material
  4. Conserve natural resources

Green jobs that offer environmentally friendly goods or services may also enforce regulations, provide education or training, and increase public awareness relating to the environment and energy efficiency.1

Green jobs will contribute to the larger goal of what has been called a “Green Economy.”  The United Nations Environmental Programme defines a green economy as an economy “whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes. This development path should maintain, enhance and, where necessary, rebuild natural capital as a critical economic asset and source of public benefits, especially for poor people whose livelihoods and security depend strongly on nature.”

The concept of a green economy offers a more holistic approach to understanding how economic development, environmental protection, and social equity are connected and can mutually benefit each other.2





Natural capital is defined as “the limited stock of the Earth’s natural resources upon which people and businesses depend for prosperity, security and well- being.”4


Largest Natural Capital Impacts



Where are the Green Jobs?





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By State



Here are some websites to start your search for green jobs in the USA:

Colorado’s Green Jobs

“Energy jobs are integral to the health of Colorado’s economy. The energy industry currently employs more than 122,000 people in Colorado, representing job growth of 56.2 percent since 2003, and is estimated to have produced more than $41 billion in revenue in 2012. Additionally, energy jobs in Colorado pay on average $80,891 annually, which is more than 40 percent the state average median household income — benefiting a wide diversity of Coloradans, from citizens in metropolitan areas to those in rural parts of the state.


“In 2013, building on the Colorado Blueprint, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) convened the Energy Key Industry Network (KIN) to analyze energy industry trends and provide recommendations on how to continue to grow Colorado jobs and spur new market opportunities. This process, led through industry input, recommended that continued energy-related job growth and economic development would come from investing in the diversity of Colorado’s resources and innovative business environment.”5


Search for green jobs in Colorado:



1Measuring Green Jobs. (2011).

2Allen, C. & Clouth, S. (2012). A guidebook to the green economy: Issue 1: Green economy, green growth, and low-carbon development – history, definitions and a guide to recent publications. United Nation

Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

3Tamanini, J. (2014). The global green economy index: GGEI 2014: Measuring national performance in the green economy. Dual Citizen LLC.

4Makower, J. (2015). State of green business 2015. GreenBiz Group and Trucost.

5To access the full report, go to: