Green Jobs for a Green Future
Bluegrass Greensource is starting a new program to promote green jobs to low-income high school students in the Bluegrass region!
Green jobs are growing faster than the national average for jobs in non-green sectors, and this growth is expected to accelerate in the coming years. The goal of this new program is to improve the preparation of low-income students for higher paying jobs by building the capacity of high school guidance counselors and teachers to better inform their students about jobs in the green economy.
Bluegrass Greensource hopes to achieve this goal by building a green jobs database to be used by students and school staff, taking interested counselors/faculty on a tour of regional green businesses, and working with counselors/faculty to organize green career fairs. With the the new Green Jobs Program we hope to coordinate with green businesses to educate high schoolers about high quality green jobs. By doing so, we can improve our environment and, at the same time, provide quality employment opportunities.
But what is a green job? A “green job” refers to any position in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, installation, and maintenance, as well as scientific, technical, administrative, and/or service-related activities that contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality (International Labor Organization). Why should we be encouraging young people to pursue a green career? Well, for one thing, green jobs pay up to 20 percent more than other jobs! And green jobs are not just for scientists; they are for everyone! Becoming trained in a green-collar vocation provides advantages over those who are already in the workforce.
Green jobs are often found closer to home than you might think, and these jobs help protect and improve our environment!
Green jobs are the future, and we want young people in the Bluegrass region to be prepared for the rapidly growing, “green” future! For more information about this program, or if your business would like to be included on our database, please contact Ashley Bryant Cheney at email@example.com.