Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pittsburgh Jobs Conference to Focus on Greening of US Industry, Spurring Transition to 'Green-collar' Workforce

The emergence of ecological economic trends, methods and industries, means that a wave of job creation could be the stabilizing factor which helps American industry recover both momentum and public appeal, potentially helping to ease pricing pressures and banks' concerns about lending to individuals and small and medium-sized businesses.

An industry-environmentalist joint conference in Pittsburgh starting today will focus on the modes and the meaning of green job creation. According to the Houston Chronicle, "The growth of renewable energy should produce some 850,000 new jobs at existing U.S. companies alone, said David Foster, executive director of the Blue Green Alliance, a group formed by the United Steelworkers union and the Sierra Club."

The conference has as its aim the education of public officials, industry executives and other decision-makers, in light of new directions in energy, in public funding, in the long-term virtues of green industry, for both private interest and public good. And ultimately, the goal is to promote and to measure the progress made toward recasting the American industrial economy to survive in a globalized economy where environmental sustainability —still seen as costly and frivolous by many in leadership positions— is a basic requirement.

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