What Are Green Jobs?

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Barack Obama has called for five million new green collar jobs in the next ten years.
So what is a green collar job?It's anything that pays a family friendly wage and helps boost clean energy and efficiency.
President Obama said, "If we take action we can create new industries and revive old ones. We can open new factories and power new farms. We can lower costs and revive our economy."
Electricians working on the long distance power lines that connect renewable energy to a smart transmission grid.
An engineer designing super efficient refrigerators, or an MBA with a finance background launching a new solar energy business.
It's not just highly skilled work, either.
Van Jones advises the president about green jobs. "We often think about the most expensive technologies when we think about green solutions. How about caulk guns? How about blankets, you know, wrapped around water heaters? These are all opportunities for green-collar work. Work that will help families save money and conserve energy."


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