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Green Jobs:
By the Numbers

High Road or Low Road?

There is enormous potential for green jobs. High Road or Low Road?, a study released by the Sierra Club, Change to Win, LIUNA, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, outlines the benefits of green jobs and the sectors of the economy that stand to gain the most from green job creation. Economic investment in a green economy will give the United States the opportunity to address unemployment, the climate crisis, and the current economic situation, as well as deep-rooted problems like poverty and inequality. This report details how we can ensure that green jobs are also good jobs that build a solid economic and environmental foundation for generations to come.

Factsheet: High Road or Low Road? Job Quality in the New Green Economy

State Studies

  1. Center for American Progress state and national fact sheets on "The U.S. Clean Energy Economy: A Look at Jobs, Savings, Investment, Competitiveness, and the Costs of Inaction."
  2. The Environmental Defense Fund's Less Carbon, More Jobs project highlights the work businesses across the country are doing to reduce carbon emissions.
  3. Green-for-All's compilation of data on job creation and the economic impact of clean-energy investments on lower-income families nationally, as well as in forty-one metropolitan statistical areas and Congressional Districts.

National/International Studies

  1. The United Nations Environment Programme, International Labour Organization and others released a report prepared by the World Watch Institute looking at the potential for green jobs on a global scale. (September 2008) Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World
  2. An Economic Policy Institute report about the effect of green investments upon the labor market.
  3. An Environmental and Energy Study Institute factsheet listing national and international Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency jobs statistics. (October 2008)
  4. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's "Climate Change Policy as an Economic Redevelopment Opportunity: The Role of Productive Investments in Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions" details the effects of climate change legislation on the economy and employment numbers. (October 2009)
  5. The Blue-Green Alliance Report "Building the Clean Energy Assembly Line" addresses way to create manufacturing jobs within a clean energy economy. (November 2009)

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