So what is a "Green Job"?
Phil Angelides, chair of the Apollo Alliance, defines Green-Collar Jobs:
"It has to pay decent wages and benefits that can support a family.
It has to be part of a real career path, with upward mobility.
And it needs to reduce waste and pollution and benefit the environment."
There are many categories of "Green Jobs," from the easiest to understand in energy (think about all the new alternative energy technology jobs, like a windmill technician, and electric vehicle service person, or a 'green' architect) to some jobs where 'green' is just a part of what your job might include. These areas are more about how the individual thinks than a being a new and different job---the business manager who includes 'green purchasing' in the company policies, the facilities manager who improves recycling in the building, or a salesperson who advises customers about the new Energy Star models that can save them energy and money.
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association CBIA has developed resources to be used within the classroom to help students find pathways to green jobs. There are also video links to see what a day in the life of someone who has a Green Job is really like. Follow CBIA Career Pathways
for more information.