Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Green Collar Jobs Coming To A State Near You

Climate problems are spawning climate solutions. And each climate solution will ripple throughout the economy in the form of new jobs and new materials. This according to a report that says the US economy is poised to grow big-time in a low-carbon world. Manufacturing Climate Solutions names where the jobs are—a first.

The report comes from Duke University's Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness and assesses five carbon-reducing technologies: LED lighting, high-performance windows, auxiliary power units for long-haul trucks, concentrating solar power, and Super Soil Systems (a new method for treating hog wastes).

The conclusion: Many hidden economic opportunities exist within the supply chains providing parts and labor for all five industries. States that stand to benefit most include Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. The report also includes detailed breakdown of supply chains, with maps highlighting the location of companies best positioned to support green jobs.

5 comments:

  1. more about green jobs in nm. any chance of some coming here? how come none came with with wind farms?

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  2. Hi anon - did you read any of the reports? I have to admit - I haven't gotten through all of them yet, but there should be some ideas there.

    However - we have to face facts: those who can capitalize green industry hold the high cards. Next in line - those who own site property and support businesses. Just living in a a green industry zone is no a guarantee of a job in it. Unfortunately, capitalizing locally seems like a long shot. Ideas, anyone?

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  3. what about small scale crafters and producers getting together to pool resources, form cooperatives and share costs?

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  4. Cooperatives - that sounds interesting. Do you have specific crafts or production areas in mind?

    I think a Farmers Market would fall in this category too.

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  5. i looked up green industry + NM & found this http://newmexicoindependent.com/5128/new-energy-and-green-jobs and http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/stories/2008/02/11/focus1.html

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