Academic journal article The Science Teacher

"Green Collar" Jobs

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

"Green Collar" Jobs

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During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama proposed an economic plan that would create five million jobs in environmental industries. These so-called green collar jobs do, in fact, present the next frontier for U.S. manufacturing, says a report from Duke University.

Highlighting the direct links between low-carbon technologies and U.S. jobs, Duke researchers say U.S. manufacturing is poised to grow in a low-carbon economy. Their report provides a detailed look at both the manufacturing jobs that already exist and those that would be created when the United States takes action to limit global-warming pollution.

"Until now, there was no tangible evidence of what the jobs are, how they are created, and what it means for U.S. workers," says Gary Gereffi, a Duke professor of sociology and lead author of the report. "We are providing that here. We do not guess where the jobs are; we name them. Our report uses value chains to show that clean technology jobs are also real economy jobs."

Led by Gereffi, researchers at Duke's Center on Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness (CGGC) assessed five carbon-reducing technologies with potential for future green job creation: LED lighting, high-performance windows, auxiliary power units for longhaul trucks, concentrating solar power, and Super Soil Systems (a new method for treating hog wastes). …

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