Recovery Through Retrofit
From the Council on Environmental Quality comes an October 2009 report addressing how retrofitting homes for energy efficiency can create jobs and stimulate the economy.
Clean Energy Economy
A June 2009 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts on the emerging clean energy economy the types of jobs it is creating.
Green Building Construction in California
This June 2009 report by Green Technology addresses green building construction in California, and its labor needs. It contains lots of links to employment resources.
Find out more about energy efficiency by reading about the work of some of these organizations.
This page does not cover jobs in renewable energy fields, which is also an important element of the green economy. Renewable energy deals with supplying power that is lean and sustainable. Energy efficiency addresses the process of reducing our energy needs-which takes place on the demand side of the energy economy.
Recent reports describe anticipated energy efficiency workforce and training needs, and which occupations are likely to a growth in demand. Here are links to some examples:
"The Gathering Storm" published by the National Academy of Sciences.
"In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in these areas. This congressionally requested report by a pre-eminent committee makes four recommendations along with 20 implementation actions that federal policy-makers should take to create high-quality jobs and focus new science and technology efforts on meeting the nation's needs, especially in the area of clean, affordable energy."
Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California By David Roland-Holst, UC Berkeley
"Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California" analyses the economic impact of the California Air Resources Board's policies to reduce fossil fuel generated energy demand. This study examines the economy-wide employment effects of the state's landmark efficiency policies over the last thirty-five years, and forecasts the economic effects of significantly more aggressive policies proposed to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
In the process of addressing climate change, the United States could net 4.5 million jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency fields by 2030, according to a new study. The report, "Estimating the Jobs Impact of Tackling Climate Change," was prepared for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) by Management Information Services Inc.The report finds that an estimated 1.2 billion tons of annual carbon emissions could be eliminated by 2030 through renewable energy and energy efficiency alone, if the country makes a serious commitment to reversing climate change.
According to the report, about 57% of the reduction in carbon emissions would be from energy efficiency and 43% would be from renewable energy. Professions that would gain the most jobs include farming, construction, professional services, trucking, and metal fabrication, with job benefits spread across the entire country.