Growing Quality Green Jobs
A transition to a green economy requires solutions that not only limit the root causes of the warming planet, but also lead to accessible, equitable, and quality jobs for a sustainable future. The Green Transformation Cycle, a new data-driven framework, was developed as a part of the Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow Initiative and advances progress to a green economy by prioritizing environmental sustainability as well as equitable economic advancement. This Jobs for the Future report leverages the Green Transformation Cycle to illustrate the economic transformation currently underway, and to better shape workforce training programs, employer talent pipelines, and emerging legislation to support the urgency of a just transition to a green economy. One key takeaway is that the future of green jobs presents an opportunity to disrupt traditional methods of analysis to focus on roles that are more accessible to low-income communities and people of color, who are vastly underrepresented in the green economy.