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Greening the Job Market April 22, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Sustainable Living.

220px-TaleofPeterRabbit8The expanding efforts of the federal government and the private sector to save energy costs and green the economy should result in a sizable increase in jobs focused on clean green technology between now and 2030.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appropriated about $42 billion for energy programs aimed at energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The programs include:

* $11 billion for smart-grid research and development
* $6.3 billion for energy efficiency and conservation grants
* $6 billion for loan guarantees for electricity generation and renewable projects such as wind and solar power
* $5 billion for weatherization assistance for low-income residents
* $4.5 billion for making federal buildings more energy-efficient
* $3.4 billion for research and development of carbon storage and “clean” coal
* $2.5 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy research
* $2 billion in grant funding for advanced batteries systems
* $1 billion for other energy efficiency programs, such as alternative-fuel trucks and buses and smart appliances

This step in the right direction for the country and the planet might also translate into a Green Job for you!

Expected to be among the hottest job fields are electrical contracting; mechanical, chemical, environmental and civil engineering; welding; installation of solar, wind and geothermal energy systems; energy analysis; and accounting and auditing.

Unless you are already trained or educated in an area favored by the Green Deal, you may need some retraining to tap into these opportunities.

For more:  Could the “Green Deal” Mean a Job for You?  by John F. Wasik (author of The Audacity of Help: Obama’s Economic Plan and the Remaking of America).

Other Resources:  Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference * Investing in Green Energy * Getting a Green Job * www.greendreamjobs.com * www.greenjobs.net * jobs.cleanedge.com * jobs.greenbiz.com * jobs.grist.org * www.renewableenergyjobs.com * jobs.treehugger.com.

Web sites like www.idealist.org are also full of nonprofit jobs that support sustainability and social justice.

Happy Earth Day 2010!


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