WHY GREEN JOBS?
As society prepares to transition to a green economy, we must equip our current and future workforce.
There is a pressing need for a comprehensive career database where today’s students can learn about green jobs.
Environmentalism has grown from the early 1800s policies of conservation to the ideals of environmental justice that we have today. We must embrace these new ideas as we grow the green economy.
Government and nonprofit organizations are yet to come to a consensus. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics states that green jobs are either:
Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.
This set of resources will start with a very sharp focus on opportunities in the King County and Washington state areas, but that focus will expand with time.
GREEN JOBS AND SOCIETY
Today, many environmental justice organizations look at green jobs with stronger intention and inclusion of social justice principles. Modern environmental justice and sustainability advocates see green jobs as possibilities for equitable wages and opportunities, and are encouraging policymakers to include these important principles in new and updated policies regarding sustainability today.
This is why we want to bridge the gap by curating a set of online resources that everyone can access and use to not only fully understand what a green job is by today’s standards, but how everyone can succeed in a green economy. These resources will include a thorough database of green jobs and career paths, a career center for resumes, cover letters, and interview tips specifically tailored to green jobs. There will also be a database of pre-professional opportunities intended for teens who want to learn how they can prepare for a green career path. This database will include information about internships, youth development programs, and entry-level jobs that can offer skillsets and experiences that are important for all kinds of green careers.