The green revolution is continuing to gain momentum, according to a new study from Booz Allen Hamilton prepared for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which says that green building will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and push $554 billion into the American economy from 2009-2013, including $396 billion in wages.
The study also found that green construction spending currently supports more than two million American jobs and generates more than $100 billion in gross domestic product and wages.
The study paints a positive picture in regards to jobs overall, stating that there are many more jobs being created than being eliminated by green regulations, and that the jobs being created “span the same wide range of skills, educational levels, and salaries as the jobs being eliminated.”
As with many aspects of our society currently, I can’t help thinking we are in a significant transformational pattern. How long will it be before all building is “green building?” Is the idea of all building being green a positive step for the woodworking industry? And with all the positive aspects of green building being talked about, are there any drawbacks that a woodworking company should be prepared to deal with in a new, green economy? Thoughts and opinions are always welcome.
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