Visual Essay: Green Technologies and Practices
Green technologies and practices: a visual essay
hree-quarters of business establishments during August 2011 used at least one green technology or practice to make their production processes more environmentally friendly. More than half took steps to reduce or eliminate the creation of waste materials as a result of their operations, and approximately 1 in 5 used technologies or practices to conserve natural resources such as soil, water, or wildlife. Information and educational services were among the industries with the highest incidence of green technologies and practices, with more than 4 in 5 such establishments reporting the use of at least one green technology or practice. Green technologies and practices accounted for more than half of the time workers spent at more than 850,000 jobs; this represents about 0.7 percent of total U.S. jobs and included, for example, 56,700 janitors, 22,000 landscaping and groundskeeping workers, and 13,300 automotive service technicians and mechanics. These are some of the results from the first Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Green Technologies and Practices (GTP) survey, released in June 2012. The GTP survey is a sample survey of 35,000 business establishments that collects information on the use of green technologies and practices, along with information about employment and wages for workers who spend more than half their time involved in these technologies and practices. The GTP survey uses the BLS process approach to measuring green jobs. (A separate BLS survey, the Green Goods and Services (GGS) survey, uses the output approach to measuring green jobs by collecting data on jobs that are associated with producing goods or providing services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. Data on GGS jobs are available at www.bls.gov/ggs.) For the purposes of the GTP survey, green technologies and practices are defined as those which make an...