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Green Building: Helping Career and Community

Did you know that buildings are responsible for over one-third of all carbon emissions in the United States? Or, that major corporations are embracing green building to reduce operating expenses? When helping the environment can help to cut costs, it's no surprise that green building jobs are on the front burner of the nation's economic overhaul.

What Qualifies as Green Building?

Green building should not be confused with energy efficiency, though that is a large part of it. The process of making a building project green begins with the very first planning and design decisions. You must take into consideration every aspect of the building--from using passive solar energy to building with local materials to decorating with non-toxic paint. For a green building project to be certified, it must include professionals who have degrees in construction management or engineers and architects with U.S. Green Building Council credentials.

Green building is no passing fad, though it is making the news. Why? Because, whether it's the overhaul of a 200-year-old mill in Massachusetts or the construction of an eco-friendly neighborhood in Tucson, green projects are generating jobs.

Green Your Future

If you want to get in on the boom, training in engineering or construction is an excellent place to start. You can get started with your associate's degree or upgrade your skills in a master's program. You don't have to take a vacation from your day job. Online degree programs exist even for green building careers. Look for schools that incorporate green topics or seek out additional training once your degree is in hand.

Going Green Is Good for You And Your Community

Green building credentials won't just make you more marketable. You'll be doing your part to:

  • Fight climate change by helping to keep emissions lower
  • Protect the health of your community by preserving ecosystems and improving indoor air quality
  • Reduce waste by increasing the efficiency of building systems
  • Create a secure energy future by reducing our dependence on foreign oil

You may not be able to save the world all by your lonesome, but green building is a great way to show your support. Luckily, many companies agree, and are expanding the amount of green building jobs on their payroll.

 

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About the Author:

Lila Daniels is a freelance writer living in southern Vermont. She has a master's degree in education and previously worked in higher education publishing. When not writing, Lila spends her time raising a healthy family and aspires to live a more sustainable lifestyle.