Vermont Green Career Resources

Vermont is a host to a number of helpful resources that can assist you in making connections or learning about green careers in Vermont. Below there are links to studies, reports, surveys, websites, organizations, and articles that are focused on green careers in Vermont and the U.S.

Green Career Resources

National Center for O*NET Development. and
The Center researched green economic sectors, demand occupations, enhanced skills occupations, and new and emerging occupations, which have been added to the O*NET system.

State of Vermont Department of Labor:

VT Economic & Labor Market Information:

Vermont Green Energy Training Partnership:
A training resource for energy efficiency in Vermont.

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources:
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) acts as steward of Vermont’s natural resources – managing natural systems and fostering public understanding.

Renewable Energy Vermont:
Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of power in Vermont.

Vermont Natural Resources Council:
Vermont Natural Resources Council is a good resource to learn about local issues. Click on “Related Links” to see a list of Vermont organizations.

Vermont Green Building Network:
Vermont Green Building Network’s (VGBN’s) member base includes a wide range of interested and enthusiastic individuals from many different sectors who are committed to transforming the way buildings are designed and built here in Vermont.

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund:
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) is designed to foster and give voice to grassroots environmental initiatives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Fund provides grants to fuel civic engagement, local activism, and social change.

Vermont Clean Energy Careers Training and Education Directory

Green Jobs, Workforce3One Communities.
This site compiles an ongoing list of training programs, evaluations, and other green economy information. Workforce3One also hosts regular webinars on workforce development practices.

Reports and Articles

Assessing Green Employment: A Review of Relevant Literature. 
August, 2013, Vermont Department of Labor, Economic & Labor Market Information Division (Assessing Green Employment)

Analysis of Green Jobs Sector in Vermont: An Analysis of Available Data
Vermont Department of Labor; Economic & Labor Market Information Division
August, 2013 (Analysis of Green Jobs Sector in Vermont)

Analysis of June, 2013 Survey Results Regarding Construction and Green Practices
Economic & Labor Market Information Division of the Vermont Department of Labor
June 2013 (Construction and Green Practices Survey report)

“Is Vermont developing an enviro-business corridor?” Ives, Mike (2008). Seven Days. Green Miles.
This article describes the growing number of environmentally oriented businesses now settling in the Champlain and Mad River Valleys.

Vermont’s Environmental Sector: Identifying Green Workforce Training Needs and Opportunities: A Report for the Vermont Environmental Consortium
December 29, 2009 (VEC Report on VTs Environmental Sector v2)

Vermont’s Environmental Sector: Identifying Green Workforce Training Needs and Opportunities
Vermont Environmental Consortium, February 2010.

Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET – SOC and New and Emerging Occupations. Dierdorff, E. C., Norton, J. J., Drewes, D. W., & Kroustalis, C. M. (2009).
North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC: US Department of Labor, Education and Training Administration.
This report summarizes recent research to investigate the impact of green economy activities and technologies on occupational requirements. This is part of an effort to determine the impact of green activities on current O*NET-SOC occupations and to identify new and emerging (N&E) occupations that may be considered as potential candidates for inclusion in the O*NET-SOC system. The report is organized in three sections. Section I describes the occupational implications of the green economy and its associated activities and technologies. Section II focuses on important occupational staffing implications within different sectors of the green economy. Section III describes the methodology and results of this research, including identification of current O*NET-SOC occupations impacted by the green economy and specific green economy N&E occupational candidates.

Employment in Green Goods and Services – 2011. U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013).Washington: Government Printing Office.
This report offers information on the percentage of total employment associated with the production of Green Goods and Services (GGS).

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Measuring Green Jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) received funding beginning in Fiscal Year 2010 to develop and implement the collection of new data on green jobs. These activities are being conducted through the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) and Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) programs. The Measuring Green Jobs web page provides information on the BLS green jobs initiative, the status of survey development, the BLS green jobs definition, a link to career information for selected green jobs, and other information.

United States Government Accountability Office. (2013). Report to Congressional Requesters. Employment and Training: Labor’s Green Jobs Efforts Highlight Challenges of Targeted Training Programs for Emerging Industries.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided the Department of Labor (Labor) $500 million in funding aimed at training and placing workers into jobs in the “energy efficiency and renewable energy ” industries, commonly referred to as “green jobs.” The Recovery Act requires that GAO conduct bimonthly reviews of how the Act’s funds are used by recipients.

Muro, Mark, Rothwell, Jonathan, and Saha, Devashree. (2011). The Metropolitan Policy Program. The Brookings Institute. “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment.”
The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings worked with Battelle’s Technology Partnership Practice to develop, analyze, and comment on a detailed database of establishment-level employment statistics pertaining to a sensibly defined assemblage of clean economy industries in the United States and its metropolitan areas.

Francis, David. May 10, 2012. U.S. News. “How the Green Revolution Can Help You Find Work.”
The U.S. recession has left many people unemployed who may be able to find new work in the green sector. This article offers information about how to navigate different careers options in the green sector.

Snowden, Graham. June 24, 2011. The Guardian. “Change career by going green.”
This article discusses the opportunities to work in a green job and offers tips for people who are currently working in a non-green sector.

Roth, Bob. Job Dig. “Many Students Want To Work Green.”
This article offers tips for students who are interested in pursuing green job opportunities.

U.S. Department of Labor. (2010). “A Women’s Guide to Green Jobs.”
This fact sheet describes some of the investments made by the federal and state governments to build a green workforce; highlights different green job training programs available; and outlines what advocates and workforce development professionals can do in order to prepare women, especially low -income women, for green careers.