National Wildlife Federation: Advancing sustainable building jobs

Published on: 
1 Mar 2016
Author: 
Crystal Jennings

This article was originally published as "Advancing Jobs in the Sustainable Building Sector" on National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Promise blog. Read the original version. 

Jaime Van Mourik is the Higher Education Director for USGBC. Jamie’s work is specifically focused on 21st century career preparedness in two ways:

  • Supporting faculty instructors through a new platform called Education @USGBC to better meet the needs of faculty and instructors as they work to incorporate the concepts of sustainability and the sustainable built environment into their existing or new courses. 
  • Partnering with institutions of higher education to deliver project-based learning experiences on campus such as the LEED Lab, a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. 

Jamie speaks with Crystal Jennings of the National Wildlife Federation about advancing job placement in the sustainable built environment and her recommendations for how community colleges can play a vital role in preparing students for 21st century green and clean jobs. 

Q: What have you observed about the number, growth and types of green and clean jobs available across (your region or industry as applicable) in the last few years? 

There was a really compelling study released in October 2015 between Booz Allen Hamilton and USGBC titled "2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study." The report provides results of an analysis conducted between 2010 and 2014 of the green building industry and includes projections of industry growth up until 2018. It concludes that by 2018, green construction is going to account for 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $190.3 billion in labor earnings. 

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