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1 GREEN – COLLAR JOBS Shrija Ghosh and Henry Roseman

2 What is a Green Collar Job? “There is no uniform definition of a green job. In general, jobs that have a direct, positive impact on the environment have become known as green jobs” – WSU "It has to pay decent wages and benefits that can support a family. It has to be part of a real career path, with upward mobility. And it needs to reduce waste and pollution and benefit the environment.“ – Phil Angelides, chair of Apollo Alliance “Blue-collar work force opportunities created by firms and organizations whose mission is to improve environmental quality, could be very large” – Raquel Pinderhughes, director of Urban Studies Program at San Francisco State University “It’s hard to define what a green job actually is.” – Michael Myers, analyst for Oregon Employment Department “There is no uniform definition of a green job. In general, jobs that have a direct, positive impact on the environment have become known as green jobs” – WSU "It has to pay decent wages and benefits that can support a family. It has to be part of a real career path, with upward mobility. And it needs to reduce waste and pollution and benefit the environment.“ – Phil Angelides, chair of Apollo Alliance “Blue-collar work force opportunities created by firms and organizations whose mission is to improve environmental quality, could be very large” – Raquel Pinderhughes, director of Urban Studies Program at San Francisco State University “It’s hard to define what a green job actually is.” – Michael Myers, analyst for Oregon Employment Department

3 Examples of Green Collar Jobs Bike Repair Green Building Waste Composting Park Maintenance Manufacturing of “green technologies” – Solar panels, green waste bins, etc. Recycling Reuse of construction materials Public Transit Bike Repair Green Building Waste Composting Park Maintenance Manufacturing of “green technologies” – Solar panels, green waste bins, etc. Recycling Reuse of construction materials Public Transit

4 Creation of Green Collar Jobs WHO? Local, state or federal government depending on magnitude of job development – Obama recently allocated $210 billion for new jobs Companies subsidized by the government WHY? The need to preserve and allocate naturally occurring resources such as water as opposed to being economically efficient WHO? Local, state or federal government depending on magnitude of job development – Obama recently allocated $210 billion for new jobs Companies subsidized by the government WHY? The need to preserve and allocate naturally occurring resources such as water as opposed to being economically efficient

5 Green Collar Jobs and Unemployment in NC Washington State Example – jobs in total – 667 new jobs per year Kenneth Greene and Green Jobs – Green jobs take away from existing job – Broken window analogy REPS-Renewable Energy &Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard – 12.5% of consumer owned utilities required to be economically friendly – ~4000 jobs by 2021 JobsNOW-Perdue Washington State Example – jobs in total – 667 new jobs per year Kenneth Greene and Green Jobs – Green jobs take away from existing job – Broken window analogy REPS-Renewable Energy &Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard – 12.5% of consumer owned utilities required to be economically friendly – ~4000 jobs by 2021 JobsNOW-Perdue

6 What Obama Plans to Do Create jobs in areas of wind and solar power, biofuel and other renewable energies – create 5 million “green jobs” ANALYSIS – Kenneth Green To create new jobs: old jobs and infrastructure would be re-organized – is it worth the input of capital and loss of capital – opportunity cost Is it even scientifically probable? – 160 year old problem Create jobs in areas of wind and solar power, biofuel and other renewable energies – create 5 million “green jobs” ANALYSIS – Kenneth Green To create new jobs: old jobs and infrastructure would be re-organized – is it worth the input of capital and loss of capital – opportunity cost Is it even scientifically probable? – 160 year old problem

7 Mecklenburg County 11% Unemployed (52,000 people) North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) Green jobs on the rise – 2008: 500 businesses and 6,470 jobs – Current:10,000 jobs Potential New Green Jobs – Sencera – Elm Engineering – Potentially 1025 new jobs by % Unemployed (52,000 people) North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) Green jobs on the rise – 2008: 500 businesses and 6,470 jobs – Current:10,000 jobs Potential New Green Jobs – Sencera – Elm Engineering – Potentially 1025 new jobs by 2011

8 Lenoir County Moratorium on hog farms 5 – years, $17.1 million done in research : no feasible alternative yet – technology developed, not cost effective (2 – 5 times as much) Researchers and hog farms owners have to define “economically feasible” in order to implement New technology does nothing about the awful smell! Moratorium on hog farms 5 – years, $17.1 million done in research : no feasible alternative yet – technology developed, not cost effective (2 – 5 times as much) Researchers and hog farms owners have to define “economically feasible” in order to implement New technology does nothing about the awful smell!


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