Something that has come up a lot in my research is that while there is an overwhelming public willing to preform in green collar jobs – that is – blue collar green jobs like urban farming, photo voltaic installation, and wind power parts production; there is a smaller but expanding field to satiate the desire. Part of this is the basic nature of supply and demand. If there is a high demand for something, you can bet it’ll be in short supply, even if it is beneficial for the environment. Competition can also create niche markets for education not necessarily required to the position as a means for distinguishing candidates. A community gardens organizer and myself recently mused about how to get academically oriented people in nonprofit work to look at the jobs they are creating and for what population?

One glaringly contrary example to this is Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program out of Sustainable South Bronx. Sustainable South Bronx was started by Majora Carter in 2001 with the intention of serving and employing an impoverished community to build a greener community. Carter has since left SSBx to pursue her own developmental consulting firm in green economics.

I think it’s important to see this movement as a ship building enterprise, that we need as many individuals at many different levels if we’re all going to stay afloat, and that floating is more than just economic affair. I’d like to see a future where everyone has creative meaningful work. I see no better way to do this that to have everyone interested in green jobs be able to participate in that work. After all, our community, our quality of life, and our future is at stake.

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