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Who’s Afraid of a Cleantech Job?

Special to The Green Register by Kyle Crider, Manager – Environmental Operations, Ecotech Institute

"Many people quit looking for work when they find a job."
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As part of an exciting new Ecotech Institute project we have been busy crunching job numbers. We've been looking in particular at green or "cleantech" jobs, as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS definition 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."

Despite some elected leaders doing everything they can to scare cleantech employers away, cleantech jobs, by the BLS definition, are alive and well in these trying economic times. For example, Alabama cleantech job listings ranged from a high of 5,440 in May to a low of 2,247 in August. In all, there were 47,549 cleantech job listings in 2012, for an average of almost 4,000 jobs a month.

This doesn't surprise us, as report after report adds more supporting evidence to the fact that sustainability—and the accompanying cleantech jobs—are not a passing fad but a present necessity to ensure our very future.

"What the world really needs is more love and less paper work."  ~Pearl Bailey

Kyle Crider is Manager – Environmental Operations at Ecotech Institute and Education Corporation of America. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a double-emphasis in Urban Planning & Policy Analysis. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND). He is currently in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Ph.D. Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and not necessarily those of Ecotech Institute or Education Corporation of America. Email Kyle at