Is a Green Job or Business Right for You?

by Dedrick Muhammad Senior Director of Economic Programs, NAACP Economic recovery is evading our most struggling populations with African-American and latino unemployment still nearly twice the national average. But as we celebrate Earth Day, now is a fitting time to highlight how the emerging green sector can bridge our communities to economic opportunity. Green jobs, which are jobs that help improve the environment and lessen the destructive impact that we have on our planet, are steadily on the rise. Today, nearly three million people are employed in the green sector with jobs ranging from the manual (manufacturing and construction) to managerial (research, design, planning and development). Unbeknown to most, green jobs are located in many of our communities. Urban centers account for 64 percent of all green jobs and they are highly concentrated in the West and Southern regions of the U.S. The vast amount of opportunities in the green sector explains the popula…
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