Johnson County Community College

Is there such a thing as a “green job”?

There is an underlying assumption behind the national “green jobs” conversation that we at the Center for Sustainability feel is flawed. That assumption is that a “green job” is something distinct from just a “job.” We think that assumption is misleading the conversation and will not get at the answers we need because it forces the wrong questions to be asked.

Instead, we prefer to operate off of the assumption that ANY job can be a green job. What will make jobs “green” are new skill sets and new perspectives applied to existing trades and professions. This is not unlike architects moving from paper blueprints to computer based design. Effectively, they are doing the same job, but doing it in a new way.