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How Do You Account for an Emerging Green Economy?

Posted By Diane Pham On August 10, 2010 @ 3:29 pm In Environment,Green Talks,News,Policy | No Comments

The world is rapidly changing and we’re happy to be living in a dynamic period that is fundamentally embracing more sustainable practices [1] across the board. But what is the real value of this emerging green economy [2]? In 2007, the U.S. Department of Commerce tried to answer this question through a report [3]that found that green products and services made up between 1% and 2% of the U.S. economy — that translates into 1.8-2.4 million jobs in the private sector. While a range of 1% – 2% may not seem like a stretch, those figures cover a difference of over half a million jobs in an ailing economy. So why the huge gap? Not surprisingly, not everyone can agree the definition of a green job – while nuclear power may find yays for some, oddly enough, bicycles [4] are accumulating a number of nays from others. If you happen to be finding yourself perplexed by these facts, read ahead for some additional insight!


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[1] sustainable practices: http://www.inhabitat.com/sustainable-building

[2] green economy: http://www.inhabitat.com/policy

[3] report : http://www.esa.doc.gov/GreenEconomyReport/

[4] bicycles: http://www.inhabitat.com/transportation

[5] READ MORE >: http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/lifestyle/article/how-to-tally-green-jobs-do-bikes-and-biodiesel-count-jen-van-der-meer

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