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Frequently asked questions

What is the green economy?

According to the 2009 report "Greening the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations," the green economy can be defined as:

Encompassing all economic activity related to reducing the use of fossil fuels, decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of energy usage, recycling materials, and developing and adopting renewable sources of energy.


What are green jobs?

Green jobs include:

  • new occupations with unique work and worker requirements that result from new economic activities and technologies (such as solar thermal installers)

  • existing occupations that are suddenly in demand because they are necessary for green economic activities and technologies (such as transmission technicians finding new work on wind farms)

  • existing occupations that undergo significant changes and worker requirements as a result of green economy activities and technologies (such as hospitality managers that must learn new green event management practices)

[Source: Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations” by Erich C. Dierdorff, Jennifer J. Norton, Donald W. Drewes, Christina M. Kroustalis North Carolina State University and David Rivkin, Phil Lewis National Center for O*NET Development.]

Learn more at the IGEN website.


What is sustainability?

There are a variety of accepted definitions for the word "sustainability." Generally, it's about policies and actions that allow us to meet society's present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It involves taking the well-being of the natural world into account when we make decisions and respecting the finiteness of our natural resources. 

Sustainability touches on every aspect of our lives and the world around us. It involves ecosystems and animals, economics, energy and water use, food, agriculture, transportation, waste, human relationships, social justice, and so much more.

Learn more about sustainability and how it comes into play in our everyday lives in the Sustainability Resources section of our website.

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