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Washington – According to a report delivered in October by the Department of Labor, over 5.5 million young people are currently unemployed. Many of these young people are college educated but have been faced with a job market offering limited opportunities.
As the country’s economy continues to recover from the financial crisis, many have suggested further investment in the Green sector as the key to reducing unemployment, generating new revenues and getting the country back on track.
Leni Berliner of Energy Farms International is a recognized authority in the field of renewable energy and clean technology. She believes developing the Green sector as an engine for sustained economic growth could provide the foundation for our future economy.
“One of the beauties of the clean energy economy is there’s an entire value-chain,” says Berliner. “From utility companies to agriculture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, sales, education and publishing, there are opportunities, there are Green jobs, but they have to be nurtured like everything else. Growing this economy is going to require collaboration and cooperation.
According to Berliner, the Green economy is ideal for young people, but, she says, “If you want to find a Green job, you have to know where to look for Green jobs and you have to be prepared to do Green jobs.”
That starts with education, which will require greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“It’s one of my great personal frustrations. Everyone is encouraged to go to business school or law or finance, but what you need for Green jobs, regardless of what sector you’re working in, is science and math, preferably engineering. Learning how to learn and being intellectually curious is something you need to have.”
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