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Green Jobs: The Next Frontier of Employment
Presenter: Steven L. Burke, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C
Sustainability Coordinator, Symmes Maini and McKee Associates
Co-Chair, Committee on the Environment, Boston Society of Architects
Image: panarmio.com
What is a Green Job?(According to a government agency)
Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Green Job Definition
Green jobs are either:
A. Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit
the environment or conserve natural resources.
B. Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's
production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer
natural resources
Sectors/Groups:
1. Energy from Renewable Sources.
2. Energy Efficiency.
3. Pollution Reduction and Removal, GHG Reduction, and Recycling and
Reuse.
4. Natural Resources Conservation.
5. Environmental Compliance, Education and Training, and Public Awareness
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Green Job Analysis – 2009
2009: What did they find?
 2.1 Million U.S. Green Job Establishments
Statistics from the BLS
0
100,000
200,000
300,000
400,000
500,000
600,000
700,000
800,000
900,000
820,700
779,100
183,300
88,700
77,000 77,700
49,300 42,100
26,400
10,400
GREEN JOB ESTABLISHMENTS IN 2009
2010: What did they find?
 3.1 Million U.S. Green Jobs
 Green Jobs Out-Number Fossil Fuel Jobs 4 to 1
 Majority of jobs were in private sector (2.3 million), public sector accounted for 860,300.
Figures and text from thinkprogress.org and the BLS
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Green Job Analysis – 2010
0
50,000
100,000
150,000
200,000
250,000
300,000
350,000
400,000
450,000
500,000
Manufacturing
Construction
Professional, Scientific,
Technical
Administrative and
Waste Services
Transportation and
Warehousing
461,847
372,077
349,024
319,915
245,057
GREEN JOBS IN 2010
2010: What did they find?
 3.1 Million U.S. Green Jobs
 Green Jobs Out-Number Fossil Fuel Jobs 4 to 1
 Majority of jobs were in private sector (2.3 million), public sector accounted for 860,300
Figures from the BLS and EPI
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Green Job Analysis – 2010
Private- and public-sector share of total
green jobs, 2010
2010: What did they find?
 3.1 Million U.S. Green Jobs
 Green Jobs Out-Number Fossil Fuel Jobs 4 to 1
Figures from the BLS and EPI
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Green Job Analysis – 2010
Figures from the Solar Foundation and BLS
Solar Jobs versus Coal Miners
2006
< 25,000 solar jobs in 2006
82,595 coal miners in 2006
Coal Image from Grabpage.com / Solar Image from
Figures from the Solar Foundation and Fortune Magazine
Solar Jobs versus Coal Miners
2014
173,807 solar jobs in 2014
93,185 coal miners in 2014
Coal Image from Grabpage.com / Solar Image from Dreamstime.com
Finance
2014
 Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact (SRI) Investing have increased by 76 percent
in the last two years
 SRI assets reached $6.57 Trillion at the start of 2014
-Quoted from Greenbiz.com
76% Increase
$6.57 Trillion
 Global sustainable investing assets grow 61% to US$21.4tr - over 30% of professionally
managed assets globally
-Quoted from Global Sustainable Investment Alliance
Finance
2014
 $36.6bn of green bonds issued by 73 different issuers –
that’s more than a tripling of the market
-Quoted From Climatebonds.net
Finance
2014 – Dow Jones Sustainability Index
 S&P Dow Jones and Robeco said they invited the world’s largest 3,400 companies from
both developed and emerging markets to undergo their corporate sustainability
assessments.
 They do this, they said, because investors want to know.
-Quoted from Greenbiz.com
Graphic Source: S&P Dow Jones and RobecoSAM
Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University
2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey
2014
 275 jobs listed over 8 weeks (May to July)
 50 Jobs Clearly Related to Sustainability or
had it in Job Title
 312 Internships in the same amount of
time
2015
 96 Jobs over 8 weeks (July to September)
 63 Jobs clearly related to Sustainability or
had it in Job Title
 9 Internships in the same amount of time
Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University
2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey
Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University
2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
HS BA MS/PhD BS Pref. BS/MS MS Pref. MS NA BS
1 1 1
3
7
10
14 15
61
Degree Requirements for Green Jobs
Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University
2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
NGO Healthcare Higher Ed Non-Profit Public Private
2 3
6
9
17
76
Jobs by Sector – 113 Jobs
Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University
2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey
1 to 3
24% (28 Jobs)
3 to 5
21% (24 Jobs)
5 to 8
22% (25 Jobs)
8 to 10
8% (8 Jobs)
More than 10
9% (11 Jobs)
N/A
16% (18 Jobs)
Years Experience Required – 113 Jobs
Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University
2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey
Certifications / Affiliations – 113 Jobs
N/A
51% (58 Jobs)
CSR
11% (12 Jobs)
CDP
6% (7 Jobs)
GRI
9% (10 Jobs)
LEED Jobs
23% (26 Jobs)
2014
 17 Jobs mentioning LEED
 34% of all listings that year
2015
 9 Jobs mentioning LEED
 14% of all listings that year
Green Construction
2014 – State of the Industry and Forecast
Graphic Source: USGBC
Green Construction
2014 – State of the Industry and Forecast
Graphic Source: USGBC
Green Construction
2014 – State of the Industry and Forecast
Graphic Source: USGBC
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Steven Burke GCC 2015

  • 1. Green Jobs: The Next Frontier of Employment Presenter: Steven L. Burke, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C Sustainability Coordinator, Symmes Maini and McKee Associates Co-Chair, Committee on the Environment, Boston Society of Architects Image: panarmio.com
  • 2. What is a Green Job?(According to a government agency) Earthobservatory.nasa.gov Bureau of Labor and Statistics Green Job Definition Green jobs are either: A. Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. B. Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources Sectors/Groups: 1. Energy from Renewable Sources. 2. Energy Efficiency. 3. Pollution Reduction and Removal, GHG Reduction, and Recycling and Reuse. 4. Natural Resources Conservation. 5. Environmental Compliance, Education and Training, and Public Awareness
  • 3. Bureau of Labor and Statistics Green Job Analysis – 2009 2009: What did they find?  2.1 Million U.S. Green Job Establishments Statistics from the BLS 0 100,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 500,000 600,000 700,000 800,000 900,000 820,700 779,100 183,300 88,700 77,000 77,700 49,300 42,100 26,400 10,400 GREEN JOB ESTABLISHMENTS IN 2009
  • 4. 2010: What did they find?  3.1 Million U.S. Green Jobs  Green Jobs Out-Number Fossil Fuel Jobs 4 to 1  Majority of jobs were in private sector (2.3 million), public sector accounted for 860,300. Figures and text from thinkprogress.org and the BLS Bureau of Labor and Statistics Green Job Analysis – 2010 0 50,000 100,000 150,000 200,000 250,000 300,000 350,000 400,000 450,000 500,000 Manufacturing Construction Professional, Scientific, Technical Administrative and Waste Services Transportation and Warehousing 461,847 372,077 349,024 319,915 245,057 GREEN JOBS IN 2010
  • 5. 2010: What did they find?  3.1 Million U.S. Green Jobs  Green Jobs Out-Number Fossil Fuel Jobs 4 to 1  Majority of jobs were in private sector (2.3 million), public sector accounted for 860,300 Figures from the BLS and EPI Bureau of Labor and Statistics Green Job Analysis – 2010 Private- and public-sector share of total green jobs, 2010
  • 6. 2010: What did they find?  3.1 Million U.S. Green Jobs  Green Jobs Out-Number Fossil Fuel Jobs 4 to 1 Figures from the BLS and EPI Bureau of Labor and Statistics Green Job Analysis – 2010
  • 7. Figures from the Solar Foundation and BLS Solar Jobs versus Coal Miners 2006 < 25,000 solar jobs in 2006 82,595 coal miners in 2006 Coal Image from Grabpage.com / Solar Image from
  • 8. Figures from the Solar Foundation and Fortune Magazine Solar Jobs versus Coal Miners 2014 173,807 solar jobs in 2014 93,185 coal miners in 2014 Coal Image from Grabpage.com / Solar Image from Dreamstime.com
  • 9. Finance 2014  Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact (SRI) Investing have increased by 76 percent in the last two years  SRI assets reached $6.57 Trillion at the start of 2014 -Quoted from Greenbiz.com 76% Increase $6.57 Trillion  Global sustainable investing assets grow 61% to US$21.4tr - over 30% of professionally managed assets globally -Quoted from Global Sustainable Investment Alliance
  • 10. Finance 2014  $36.6bn of green bonds issued by 73 different issuers – that’s more than a tripling of the market -Quoted From Climatebonds.net
  • 11. Finance 2014 – Dow Jones Sustainability Index  S&P Dow Jones and Robeco said they invited the world’s largest 3,400 companies from both developed and emerging markets to undergo their corporate sustainability assessments.  They do this, they said, because investors want to know. -Quoted from Greenbiz.com Graphic Source: S&P Dow Jones and RobecoSAM
  • 12. Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University 2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey 2014  275 jobs listed over 8 weeks (May to July)  50 Jobs Clearly Related to Sustainability or had it in Job Title  312 Internships in the same amount of time 2015  96 Jobs over 8 weeks (July to September)  63 Jobs clearly related to Sustainability or had it in Job Title  9 Internships in the same amount of time
  • 13. Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University 2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey
  • 14. Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University 2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 HS BA MS/PhD BS Pref. BS/MS MS Pref. MS NA BS 1 1 1 3 7 10 14 15 61 Degree Requirements for Green Jobs
  • 15. Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University 2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 NGO Healthcare Higher Ed Non-Profit Public Private 2 3 6 9 17 76 Jobs by Sector – 113 Jobs
  • 16. Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University 2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey 1 to 3 24% (28 Jobs) 3 to 5 21% (24 Jobs) 5 to 8 22% (25 Jobs) 8 to 10 8% (8 Jobs) More than 10 9% (11 Jobs) N/A 16% (18 Jobs) Years Experience Required – 113 Jobs
  • 17. Earth Institute Job Boards – Columbia University 2014 and 2015 – 8 Week Survey Certifications / Affiliations – 113 Jobs N/A 51% (58 Jobs) CSR 11% (12 Jobs) CDP 6% (7 Jobs) GRI 9% (10 Jobs) LEED Jobs 23% (26 Jobs) 2014  17 Jobs mentioning LEED  34% of all listings that year 2015  9 Jobs mentioning LEED  14% of all listings that year
  • 18. Green Construction 2014 – State of the Industry and Forecast Graphic Source: USGBC
  • 19. Green Construction 2014 – State of the Industry and Forecast Graphic Source: USGBC
  • 20. Green Construction 2014 – State of the Industry and Forecast Graphic Source: USGBC