At an Environment and Energy Forum in Miami earlier this month, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayors Climate Protection Center released a report on green jobs. This report was prepared by Global Insight and states that the U.S. currently generates more than 750,000 direct and indirect jobs from the green economy and could generate 4.2 million such jobs by 2038 in the following areas:
- Renewable electricity production: 1.23 million jobs
- Alternative transportation fuels: 1.5 million jobs
- Engineering, legal, research, and consulting: 1.4 million jobs
- Commercial and residential retrofits: 81,000 jobs
This report also establishes a Green Jobs Index that the Mayors Climate Protection Center intends to update in the future.
“This report proves that being green is not optional, it is necessary for a healthy and robust economy,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors President Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. “Creating green jobs is an investment we must continue to make."
“We can now measure and show how green jobs and climate protection go hand in hand,” said Conference Vice President Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. “This gives us a glimpse into the future and the sizable economic benefits that will come from a green economy.”
“Through this groundbreaking report, the Conference’s Mayors Climate Protection Center has made a real contribution to the broad effort to redirect America’s energy and climate policies,” said Conference CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. “The nearly 900 mayors, backed by the Mayors Climate Protection Center, are committed to bolstering Congressional support for global agreements to protect the planet.”
The report can be downloaded by clicking the image below. A key findings document is also available.
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