green jobs

What's a Green Job?

Good question. There’s no official definition but many people have ideas. The theory around here is that building sustainable principals into our economy is not only going to make us happier and healthier it also lays the groundwork for a stronger economy in the traditional sense. This labor day (and a few days before and after) we’ll be asking questions, telling stories, and bringing in a host of experts to kick off a conversation.

This special series features regular Triple Pundit contributors as well as guests who were asked to comment on the idea of “green jobs” and a “green economy” – what they’re doing to advance these ideas or whether they even mean anything at all.

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Chinese Solar Panel Exports Spike as Obama Announces New Trade Enforcement Unit

Chinese exports of silicon solar panels surged in 2011, and they're spiking higher yet following the filing of illegal dumping and subsidy petitions…
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Increasing Labor Productivity: A Mixed Blessing?

Increasing labor productivity is generally hailed as a positive outcome of technological innovation.  The production of more goods and services with fewer hours…
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India Emerges as Solar Energy Hotspot

A growing host of India's business conglomerates is leveraging the Indian government's national solar energy program and investing in the sector, that latest…
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California Renewable Energy Off to a Good Start in 2012 with Five Big Projects

Renewable energy is getting off to a good 2012 start in California with the approval of 5 renewable energy projects that will bring…
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The Rise of the Biobased Economy and How Your Company Should Respond in 2012

By Jacquie Ottman & Mark Eisen Our economy is slowly but surely heeding the signal that carbon is the new watchword. During the…

Kansas Wind Power Roars into Eastern Markets on Grain Belt Express

Wind power is growing quickly in some midwestern states and a company called Clean Line Energy is moving just as fast to take…

$4 Billion for Energy Efficient Buildings and Green Jobs

The list of President Obama’s We Can’t Wait initiatives now includes a major new investment program for upgrading the energy efficiency of buildings.…
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RGGI: Billions in Economic Gains & Savings, Thousands of New Jobs

The Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will yield an economic gain of $1.6 billion, create 16,000 jobs and save consumers across its…
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LA’s Solar Power, Green Jobs Potential Largely Untapped

LA's solar power and green jobs potential remains largely untapped, due in large part to lack of action by local government, according to…
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Jump Starting the Solar Economy Means Bringing Solar to Every Home, One Neighborhood at a Time

Through Community Solar programs—which overcome the high upfront costs of going solar and the complexities of solar subsidy programs—we can jumpstart the solar…
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Alaska Air Group Follows United Airlines into Biofuel’s Wild Green Yonder

If it seems like biofuel for airplanes is all the rage this week, you’re right. On Monday, United Airlines became America’s first commercial…
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Smart Grids Deliver Touted Economic and Environmental Benefits

Smart grids are billed as the hub of a smarter, more sustainable and democratized electricity distribution system, a core element of making a…
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South is Surprising Home for Green Jobs

Green jobs, or environmentally-friendly forms of employment, are one of the most rapidly growing sectors of our job economy. Many people who are…
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Solar Industry Shows Massive Job Growth, Now Topping 100,000

The solar energy industry is churning out new green jobs at a steady clip, according to a new report commissioned by The Solar…
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Chinese Factory Riots Show Solar Isn’t Always Sustainable

Recent riots at a solar panel factory in China should be seen as a dire reminder to the international business community and political…