Diplomas for Green-Collar Jobs

College graduates are returning to school, to study up in the potentially lucrative environment and renewable energy sectors.

The United States plans to invest billions in “green collar” jobs, encouraging some people to leave their professions for a fresh start in what they hope is a more promising field, reports The Toronto Star.

“Historically, sustainability has gone down in priority during tough economic times, but it’s different this time,” Doug Webber of the Canada Green Building Council told the newspaper.

A report published last year by the United Nations, estimated that 20 million jobs could be created with the investment in renewable energy by 2030.

In response, colleges and universities adding new “green” degree programs.

–Brittany Owens/Newsdesk.org


“Colleges responding to need for ‘green collar’ workers”
Toronto Star, February 9, 2009

2 thoughts on “Diplomas for Green-Collar Jobs

  1. There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources. Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. It costs the equivalent of 60 cents per gallon to charge and drive an electric car. If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV’s instead had plug-in electric drive trains the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota.We have so much available to us such as wind and solar. Let’s spend some of those bail out billions and get busy harnessing this energy. Create cheap clean energy, badly needed new jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. What a win-win situation that would be for our nation at large! There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now. http://www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com

  2. Young people are finding it harder to get into a job market that is now filling with more and more unemployed with more work experience.

    Staying in school while the recession tries to come back is a good way to make sure that they’re part of the new green economy.