From: RP Siegel, Triple Pundit, More from this Affiliate
Published October 15, 2010 08:26 AM

How the Government Looks at Green Jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an agency of the US Department of Labor has been given the responsibility and funding for the collection and implementation of data on green jobs. After considerable study they arrived at a formal definition which states that green jobs are either:

- Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. (Output), or
- Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. (Process).


The reason for this study was that the very idea of green jobs does not fit in to the two existing job classification systems, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). Because green jobs are and will continue to be the subject of numerous policy discussions, it is important to be able to track them in order to best understand the implications of the green economy. According to the announcement of the study back in March:

"The resulting information will assist policymakers in planning policy initiatives and understanding their impact on the labor market, and will facilitate the monitoring of labor market developments related to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources."

As you can see from the above definition, jobs are considered green by virtue of their output, as in green goods and services, or by virtue of the processes used.

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