A new study by urban studies professor Raquel Pinderhughes suggests that as green business is booming, so is the job market for people facing barriers to employment. This study, by the San Francisco State professor, shows how blue-collar jobs in green business provide significant job opportunities for the hard-to-employ. As Pnderhughes’ study argues the viable solutions to eradicate poverty, San Francisco appears once again as a pioneer in the green business with its daring program.

The example of the blue collar (industrial sector), white collar (third sector), Pnderhughes’ green collar concept defines and expresses the birth of a new sector of the economy : The Green Sector.

Based upon activities evolving around the green sphere, it not only does develop recycling but it also accentuate technical skills and high quality jobs such as installing solar panels, construct green buildings… Water conservation and energy efficiency is part and parcel of the program.

Directed to a non privileged population -blue collars, younger generation, most of the chosen ones won’t have education degrees, curriculum vitae or were once incarcerated- the program will give many advantages starting with an average salary of $ 15 per hour.

Is this a step towards human dignity or conscious erratication of poverty? Or perhaps only a tiny reflection of the booming sector (80% of the green businesses are growing economically)? Time will tell.

Her solution, simple, use the unemployed work force to fill the needs of the new sector. With one stone, she strikes twice. First it improves the environment and secondly it reduces the rate of unemployment. 86% of the manpower has no experience and 96% will be directly trained with a possibility of social mobility. Here is the novelty!

Although the expectations and forecasts are optimistic for the future, although the population and the government triggered a real concern in investing in green technology or products (56,000 recycling facilities, 1,1 million jobs), the sector seems to be fragile in its core (the demand is inferior to the offer). Programs of development, employers’ commitments still financially depend on fundings.

I guess, it’s time for the blue, white, red nationalism to wake up and stand by the new colors of the US economy flag, the blue, white, green!

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