What is Green Jobs Now?

Green Jobs Now is a content series designed to showcase the jobs potential within the green economy and how it is pivotal to the future of work.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is funding new infrastructure with climate resilience in mind—and with that comes the potential for massive job creation.

We’ve partnered with Lightcast (formerly Emsi Burning Glass) and MISI, two leaders in research and data analysis.

The series explores green employment within each state via articles, podcasts, and videos that highlight employers who have embraced the green economy, as well as the training programs that are preparing jobseekers with the in-demand skills needed to thrive.

According to MISI’s analysis, jobs generated by the green economy are expected to expand to nearly 24 million, comprising 14% of total U.S. jobs, by 2030. So what exactly is the green economy?
The birthplace of our nation faces a political divide between old and new energy sources. However, Pennsylvania has survived similar transitions in the past, with each one benefiting both the workforce and the environment.
February 11, 2022
The green economy is still a small slice of the Louisiana economy, but it is growing and clean energy technology will help Louisiana maintain its position as one of the nation’s top energy producers.
February 25, 2022
Thanks to a strong connection between the environment and the economy, Colorado has been leading the way in the green economy for more than a decade and it shows no signs of slowing down.
March 18, 2022

Sustainable farming is the name of the game in Arkansas. As home to many major food corporations, nearly every food found in the grocery aisle ties back to Arkansas’s farms and food facilities.

April 8, 2022

As the birthplace of America’s labor movement, Illinois is taking on climate change by putting an emphasis on building a more diverse workforce with equitable access to the skills needed to get green jobs.

May 20, 2022
Although Mississippi currently lags behind other states’ green efforts, its rich natural resources and prime geographic location are fodder for explosive jobs growth as the region continues to bear the brunt of climate change.
June 24, 2022
All eyes are on the Hawkeye State as major corporations like Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple have begun investing and locating in Iowa due in part to the state’s clean energy leadership.
July 15, 2022
Despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, employment in Indiana’s green economy is projected to grow by 29.2% over the next five years as clean energy offsets the state’s reliance on coal.

As the most populous state in the country, California has extensive regional economies with numerous industry sectors. With that diversity, the state’s green job employment is projected to grow by 7.1% over the next five years.

Texas is well-known for its history in the oil and gas industries, but the Lone Star state is currently the country’s leader in renewable electricity production – with the growth of green jobs expected to increase by 11.7% in the next 5 years.

The definition of a green job might surprise you – including much more than the solar panel installer. With the national economy becoming more green and green job growth around the country expected to rise by 5.5% over the next five years, employment opportunities are expanding into many industries. 

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