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Earth Day 51: Green Jobs Rising as a Hot, New Employment Sector

In 1969, three million gallons of oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. The environmental disaster enhanced longstanding environmental concerns in the United States, and by 1970 became the inspiration for 85 staff members and 20 million Americans to participate in the first Earth Day.   

2021 marks the 51st Earth Day, which now unites more than 1 billion people. The annual event is the largest civic-focused action day -- and largest non-religious holiday -- in the world. It’s the second year that the event will be digitally celebrated, although EarthDay.org does report that some normal cleanups will occur with people following COVID-safe guidelines. 

Not only is Earth Day a chance to celebrate the splendors of the third rock from the sun, it’s a day to recognize green collar workers whose daily work preserves our planet. 

Primarily employed in the environmental sectors of the economy, green collar workers promote sustainability and conservation. A 2017 report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) linked data from yearly National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) and US Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to show that green collar workers are an emerging workforce in the environmental sector. Approximately 20% of workers were classified as green collar, meaning that over 26 million US workers are involved in jobs with at least one green task.

Our Partnerships with the Green Jobs Industry, Our Dedication to Green Collar Workers

Geographic Solutions believes firmly in the promotion of these careers. Over the years, we’ve partnered with clients to develop Green Job Portals that feature environmentally-friendly roles in Florida, Georgia and Hawaii, and for the MARC Consortium, which consists of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. We also flag green jobs within our state labor exchange systems with specially-coded icons. This makes it easier for job seekers to find these opportunities, and offers another way for green employers to highlight their open positions.

Regardless of the industry or job title, we're happy to celebrate Earth Day and encourage job seekers to explore new opportunities that preserve, protect, and sustain our planet. It's imperative that we find creative ways to preserve what we have for future generations. Green collar workers make this happen through the work they do in environmental consultation, green engineering, and recycling, and by exploring alternative sources of energy.

Join us, along with the 7.9 billion inhabitants of this planet (and growing), by celebrating Earth Day.
 



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