Green Jobs

What is a green Job?

green job, also called a green-collar job is, according to the United Nations Environment Program, "work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. Specifically, but not exclusively, this includes jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies; de-carbonize the economy; and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, green jobs are either:

  • Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
  • Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. 

Get a Green Job

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals has a useful self-study workshop, How to Get a Job in Sustainability.  Through this self-guided module, you will learn everything you need to set yourself on your ideal sustainability career path - from career planning through the job search and interview.


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