WorkingNation, a nonprofit news organization reporting on the future of work, announced the start of Green Jobs Now, a data-driven journalism project to define and identify green jobs within individual states, to discuss the skills needed for such jobs, and to pinpoint where workers can find them.
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Nearly 9 million current jobs are generated by the U.S. green economy, accounting for 6% of all U.S. jobs – and those numbers will grow to 24 million jobs and 14% by 2030, according to an analysis by Management Information Services, Inc. (MISI), one of two research firms partnered with WorkingNation to produce original data for the project. The other, Emsi Burning Glass, generated localized data for the states covered in the project’s initial phase – Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Colorado, Connecticut, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Iowa, and Indiana.
In communities across the country, if you’ve seen solar panels on a roof, a wind farm in a field, a hydroelectric dam, or a sustainability division within your company, you already know the local green economy is humming with jobs and opportunities. And now that the federal government has passed its $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill packed with sustainability initiatives, it may be about to roar.
“Green jobs are central to local economies and becoming more important as Americans build out local green infrastructure,” said Art Bilger, founder and CEO of WorkingNation. “WorkingNation is focused on the future of work and potential skills gaps between workers and jobs, and green jobs are an intersection point for those priorities. Let’s ensure our workforce is adequately trained so everyone has a great job with purpose as America grows greener.”
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