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Green Jobs

Green jobs are jobs that create, run and support a clean energy economy and which pay decent wages and provide benefits that can support a family.

Installing solar panels.

Our Program

Green jobs are jobs that create, run and support a clean energy economy and which pay decent wages and provide benefits that can support a family. Whether it's producing the steel blades for wind turbines, manufacturing clean energy products, installing solar panels, conducting energy audits or engaging in sustainable construction, green jobs fight global warming and move the United States towards energy independence.

It has been projected that a $100 billion investment in the greening of our economy over the next two years would create 2 million new jobs nationwide. Investment in green jobs would create four times more jobs then spending that same $100 billion within the oil industry. (1)

The Sierra Club Green Jobs Campaign is focused on:

  1. Working with Congress and the President to advance policies that will facilitate the creation of a green economy.
  2. Work with labor unions to ensure the fair treatment of workers.
  3. Stop global warming through the creation of green jobs that are good for our families and the environment.

1. "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy", Center for American Progress, September 2008.

Introduced to Congress on March 10, 2009, the Employee Free Choice Act (S. 560, H.R. 1409) will protect workers' most basic rights, including the right to choose how and when to form a union. As the clean energy economy expands, millions of new green jobs will be created. To fully capitalize on the potential of the green economy, we will need a vigorous and skilled workforce. Protecting workers' rights to organize will be an essential part of building a clean energy economy. By investing in green jobs, we can both combat climate change and create millions of good jobs that help support America's working families. more Read more




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