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Green Workforce Development

Did you know that 9.8 million jobs require green tasks*? The City of Boston is recruiting people to drastically increase the green workforce to reach sustainability goals. Whether you identify as blue-collar or white-collar, you can go green collar!

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Looking for more info or help on how to take next steps? You have many options! Reach out to this guide's author and BPL's Workforce Development Librarian Karie Schulenburg using the form below to get more information.

Boston Green Jobs Overview

Boston's Investment in Green Jobs

Over the coming years, the city of Boston is developing training programs to connect residents to green job opportunities. The Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget included $1 million for green jobs, and another $1 million for zero waste and mobility jobs. The City received an additional $3 million in federal funds for green workforce development. Massachusetts is investing heavily expanding the Green workforce because of the high demand and need for skilled workers. For example, "Approximately 80 percent of buildings in Boston will need to undergo deep energy retrofits and prepare for the impacts of climate change. To carry out that work, Boston needs to grow the pipeline of Boston’s future green builders and hone the skills of our active labor force." (Boston Climate Action Strategy)

What kind of opportunities does this create? "Between 2010 and 2020, the clean energy industry in Massachusetts added 40,934 jobs, which accounted for 23% of all jobs created in the state during that same time. In 2020, Massachusetts ranked number one in country for median clean energy wages." (2021 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report)

Who are Green Jobs for?

Green jobs include jobs include any positions involved in: energy efficiency, carbon-reduction, and natural resource conservation or climate hazard mitigation sectors. Use the links on the left of the screen to access tools to connect you to a career that best matches you.

These industries include but are not limited to: construction trades, including weatherization, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, engineering, carpentry, roofing, estimation, and pipefitting, building operations, building automation, and facilities management, and green stormwater infrastructure, tree care, and horticulture. 

Green jobs also include administrative positions in law, policy creation, marketing, research, engineering, and more. 

In short, Green Jobs are for everyone! In fact, one of the key aspects of growing the Green Workforce is ensuring equity & inclusion for all races and genders. Historically, non-white, non-males were cut out of key industries severely impacting their ability to grow wealth. Navigate to the equity & inclusion page of this guide to learn more and to ensure you have a positive financial stake in this movement.

The City of Boston has several initiatives in place to achieve Boston's Climate Action goals. Check out the City's Green Jobs page to learn more.