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Greendustrialization - What is a Green Job?

  • By LEED GA, Charlene on Green

New Era of "Greendustrialization" and Green Jobs Look around. To borrow a thought from musician Jack Johnson... Where did all the green gobs go? Do you see them on your TV show? In reality, a trend in greening every job is sprouting a new era called greendustrialization.

Careers centered on clean energy, sustainable building practices, or efforts that boast environmental benefits geared toward reducing ecological impact make up the green industry. But green jobs are not limited to these areas, green jobs span the length and breath of every sector and segment of industrialization.

A five-layer bean dip of green jobs can be catergorized as such: 1) generate clean, renewable, sustainable energy; 2) reduce pollution and waste, conserve natural resources, recycle; 3) energy efficiency; 4) educational, training and support of a green workforce; 5) natural, environmental-friendly production. But as every one starts digging in the dip becomes more of a salsa.

A job installing solar photovoltaic panels to generate clean energy is clearly reducing pollution - that job could then be classified in two parts of the bean dip. The same job is still a part of the energy sector.

There is no clear line drawn when it comes to defining jobs within the green sector itself. You might even question whether there the green sector is mythical. Green jobs could simply be an adage or greendustrialization.

Globally, the energy sector leads in this area with development of solar, wind, thermal and other renewable energy sources. A high percent of employment in the green field were for jobs to reduce pollution and waste; conserve natural resources; and recycle. Twenty-three percent were involved with energy efficiency, according to the DLIR survey.

At the entry level, greendustrialization take on the approach of fixing things - fixiters. This segment employs workers in their existing careers and use simple mechanisms or change in practice to reduce environmental impact. A popular fixiter segment termed weatherization has given a handyman a shot at a new career - a green builder.

Second-rung careers in greendustrialization require retraining. Certificate courses at a trade college, community workshops, or apprenticeship programs allow many workers to beef up their skills in similar and existing careers. almost anyone can take the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) A gardener has a trendier job title - a greenscape artist and many contractors are adding LEED AP on their business cards and car magnets.

A roofer, an electrician, or a construction worker can take in-shop training to install solar panels for both commercial and residential buildings. A mechanic can brush up on hybrid and electric vehicles and become an expert in repairing energy-efficient cars.

Science, innovation, and technology take us to infinity for careers in greendustrialization. Nano tech and micro science play a large role in improving products and services to maximize positive impacts on the environment.

Understanding greendustrialization and the career opportunities that exist helps us navigate the nebulous representations of the past. Similar to our outlook on safety, environmental consciousness is an attitude to encourage a more harmonious relationship with our actions and planet earth.

Employers operate factories to certain safety standards to prevent injuries and loss, even though setting safety precautions and procedures aside, the job could have been completed quicker and with a lower cost. Yet we make the conscious effort to put safety first. In the green paradigm, we work to dramatically reduce negative impact on the environment, and if possible, eliminate such, regardless of the upfront cost - in the long run, the savings go beyond dollars and cents.

Employers and businesses teeter on the direction of the green economy. Each employer must take into account to what extent it will adopt environmental responsiveness. Already, corporations are rebranding themselves as green businesses - to compete with a fresh crop of innovators.

Outside of traditional sectors like health and energy, every business sector is graduating towards sharing that sense of safety with environmental impact - giving rise to a bright and booming greendustrialization.

Maybe we haven't seen the big wave of green jobs that were promised in 2008. What we're measuring is how the existing workforce is adapting to greendustrialization. A call for green people - health and safety specialists, sustainability directors, or renewable managers. A green job seeks to benefit the environment, seeks to reduce costs, on that seeks to be recognized as helping someone else to care for the environment - like my job. Call: 626-200-9994

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