U.S. Green Building Industry Generates 2.3M Jobs in 2015

U.S. Green Building Industry Generates 2.3M Jobs in 2015

by Vikas Vij

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Buildings use nearly 40 percent of all energy in the U.S. today. With the growing need of corporate real estate buyers and tenants across the spectrum to reduce their carbon footprint, construction of new energy-efficient buildings as well as retrofitting of existing buildings offers an unprecedented opportunity to the real estate sector.

According to a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) study from Booz Allen Hamilton, the green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the country and will account for over 2.3 million American jobs this year alone. The study called the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, reveals that the green building industry contributes more than $134 billion in labor income to working Americans.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.