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The Dual Promise of Green Jobs: Sustainability and Economic Equity

  • Ellen Scully-Russ
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Abstracts

Since a green economy is emerging, its structure, nature, and scope are malleable, offering an opportunity to improve the nature of work while also improving sustainability. This chapter reports on a case study of two green jobs training programs, one in Vermont and one in Pacific Northwest, to determine their effects on job creation and labor market functioning. The study showed that green jobs can both improve the environment and close the equity gap if policy makers leverage market dynamics and public investments to move green employers to adopt a work system based on high quality and skill standards. Results highlighted the need to bring efforts to scale, respect local conditions and relationships, be responsive to industry and worker needs, and develop new methods to synchronize labor market supply and demand.

Keywords

Green jobs Workforce development Economic equity Sustainability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Scully-Russ
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  1. 1.Associate Professor and Director of the Executive Leadership Doctoral ProgramThe George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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