[Excerpt] The emerging clean energy economy is shaping employment opportunities across the country. The growing commitment to sustainability has increased the demand for green products and services, and created a variety of new occupations and career paths. The resulting increased demand for workers offers exciting opportunities for women because jobs in the clean energy economy generally offer higher wages and better benefits than the types of jobs in which women are now clustered.
Using Secretary Solis’ Earth Day 2009 national roundtable as a model, the Women’s Bureau hosted 30 “Women and Green Jobs” roundtables around the country from September to December 2009. According to participants, a lack of awareness or information about green jobs is the key challenge women face to entering these careers.
In response, the Women’s Bureau commissioned Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career to give women the information and resources they need to succeed in the developing green economy. The guide will provide women workers and workforce development professionals with information on the benefits of green jobs for women; the range of in-demand and emerging green jobs; education and training opportunities; finding a green job; green entrepreneurship; women succeeding in green jobs; overcoming challenges; and planning a green career. The Women’s Bureau will continue to work to ensure that women are key participants in and beneficiaries of the growth of the green economy in the coming decades.