Earth Day: Protecting the planet is good news for the American worker

Earth Day

New WorkingNation podcast episode:

Earth Day is Friday. So, in this episode of the Work in Progress podcast, we want to look at how protecting and repairing the environment is not just good news for our planet, it is also good news for the American worker.

The demand for workers with green skills rose dramatically last year in all industries – from tech to health care to the skilled trades – and is projected to grow even more this year with the passage of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act.

This episode is from our live Green Jobs Now panel discussion at the ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego in early April.

Using our own proprietary state-by-state research, this WorkingNation panel examines where the opportunities exist today and tomorrow for green jobs and identifies educational pathways that lead to the skills job seekers need to get these in-demand jobs.

I was honored to moderate the panel. Joining me in this discussion was former Colorado governor Bill Ritter, director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University; Daniel Ferguson, senior director of workforce development at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI); Matt Sigelman, chairman of Emsi Burning Glass; Frank Niepold, senior climate education program manager and coordinator at NOAA’s Climate Program Office; and Joan Lynch, chief content and programming officer at WorkingNation.

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