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Some Clarity in Green Jobs Terminology

Yesterday's post about how "green jobs" terminology tends to be rather muddy led to the discovery of Morgan O'Donnell's Search for a Sustainable Occupation. Not only do her honest reflections show the highs and lows of all job searches, but she makes some helpful suggestions about green job semantics.

Eco-friendly – You work for a company that has environmentally friendly policies, but your job does not directly interact with or impact the environment...


Green - A green job involves working for an organization whose primary focus is the environment, clean energy/technology, etc....

Sustainable – A sustainable job involves either working in a direct impact position with an eco-friendly company or working for a green organization, but the distinguishing element (for me) is that the company takes a holistic view of sustainability...

Read the full post here. Part II is available here.

Tags: Green jobs, Language, Semantics, Terminology, Workforce

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