Chicago Green Jobs

It’s Not Going to Happen Overnight
February 19, 2009, 2:42 pm
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The Chicago Tribune has a good reality check on green jobs today.  Cook County is gearing up to capitalize on a green manufacturing boom, but between the economy and the sheer logistical weight of building up a new industry it’s going to take a while.

To take an example, community colleges are developing new courses on subjects like geothermal and biomass energy and working out ways to offer state green certification. Hooray! But those courses haven’t even been finalized yet, much less included in the curriculum. So we’re at least two years out from having any graduates. Boo!

You have to walk before you fly, of course. But the prospect of new jobs in a year or two is small comfort to the communities suffering from 20% unemployment right now.


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