Discussion 1: Brainstorm: What’s a ‘green’ job?

In BC, we are working to protect our communities from climate change by planning for the future. That means lowering carbon pollution and using more clean, renewable, innovative energy.

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By 2028 we will see more energy efficient buildings, more clean energy, less pollution and less waste in landfills. That means new more efficient ways of doing things, across B.C.

So, if you work in the building trades, you’ll be thinking about how to build in energy efficient ways. You might be installing more heat pumps than ever before. You might be working with brand new types of engineered wood developed by a local forest product company.

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If you work in agriculture, manufacturing or natural resources, you might see ways you can help lower carbon pollution and address climate change.  Perhaps you work in education, and you’re teaching kids the skills they need to get these jobs. Or maybe you work in science, engineering and design and are creating computer models or materials that help reduce impact on our natural world.

As new industries expand in areas like clean energy and working with electric vehicles, people need to be prepared for the opportunities.

And as government develops policy to support good jobs and new opportunities, we need to ensure everyone is aware of what those good sustainable jobs could look like.

We need you to tell us more about the opportunities that could be available to you, your family and community.



When you think about ‘green jobs’, what do you think of? What comes to mind?

What practical steps is your workplace taking to make things more energy efficient by reducing pollution?

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16 responses to “Discussion 1: Brainstorm: What’s a ‘green’ job?

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    [-] Aaron Thompson

    In general, I think a “green job” would be any job that is sustainable doesn’t utilize a non-renewable resource. Many jobs are already “green jobs” while some could be made so with a change of practice. In the workplace; taking active steps to reduce waste to a minimum or zero should just be a good operating practice. Employers can stop subsidizing and support unsustainable practices by not providing parking spaces, especially free spaces.

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    [-] Mark Lister

    A green job is any job that does not increase GHG emissions (or does so minimally). It includes jobs in renewable energies such as solar, wind, or geothermal, but also traditional low-carbon jobs such as teaching and childcare.

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    [-] Sue Maxwell

    Green jobs are ones that reduce our impact, have us think differently about the ways we use resources and help us reduce waste/GHG/materials used/pollution/land use, etc.

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    [-] Keith Dunne

    Green jobs are not extractive or highly consumptive and provide a return of resources instead of current systems.

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    [-] carlin

    A “green” job is no job at all,
    End the mindless workerizm.

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    [-] Sharon

    Sustainable, ethical, local are key in green jobs transition. Big challenge is food in and waste out.
    ie) Agriculture – While single family homes have a poor footprint, they also have unused yards that can support a farmer with an income of $60,000 plus depending how many yards are contracted. Microgreen crops are very lucrative. Also, vertical gardens industry in self sustaining communities/high rises within cities.
    Agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. Multi-nationals in Big AG, GMO and Big Ag Chemical are lobbying hard to:
    -decrease locally produced food geographic boundaries
    -increase acceptable PPM of pesticides/herbicides
    -non-mandatory labelling regs – even Genetically Modified animals (ie AquaBounty farmed salmon)
    -continue detrimental mono-culture
    Solutions needed for their impacts from shipping emissions, groundwater pollution, insect collapse, deforestation, etc.

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    [-] Ronald Telfer

    I hope to expand an existing business and move onto delivering the most efficient domestic home heating from fire wood and gas fireplaces based on my patented “Eco Friendly Radiant Grate” – world wide. This BC product is manufactured for me in Surrey, BC and retailed via the internet.

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    [-] Roland Alcock

    Any job which will reduce the use of fossil fuels and/or reduce the need to prospect for, develop, ship and distribute fossil fuels. I.e. any job which will contribute to energy use reduction or jobs which enable the development, installation and use of non-fossil fuel energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal or tidal energy.

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    [-] Murray Bond

    I see a green job as one that contributes to reducing the impact of humans on the natural systems of the planet.

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    [-] James Raymond

    The Vancouver Economic Commission have defined and tracked green jobs since 2010. This research has been validated by EY and Deloitte, and is still the best practice anywhere globally. See https://www.vancouvereconomic.com/research/state-of-vancouvers-green-economy-2018/ for latest report

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    [-] Laura

    To me, there are two steams of “green jobs” – indirect and direct.
    A direct green job would be a role that directly results in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or improve the resilience of something to climate impacts.
    An indirect green job would be something for example, any role in an organization that contributes to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or improve the resilience of something to climate impacts. Therefore, there is at least one degree of separation between direct impacts.

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    [-] Lynne

    I asked my 12 year old son this question and his first response was drones. Not what I was thinking he would say but it forced me to think what can we do with drones that a car or truck did before? For example, drones are now dropping off medicine to Saltspring Island from Nanaimo which eliminates delivery via car and ferry. Drones are researching whales and monitoring forest fires. Maybe it isn’t wind farms or solar panels but there is definitely new ways of thinking about the way we do things that may be greener way to work in the future.

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    [-] trevor

    To me, the truly green jobs will be the ones the remove the need to do as much work to begin with.
    “Jobs” often gets trotted out in public policy circles as though it is some kind of metric of success. It isn’t. Productivity is. Human wellbeing is. Social equity is.. Jobs are none of those things. At best they represent a proxy measure of inputs that we HOPE manifest in actual policy outcomes.
    (in the same way that GDP doesn’t actually measure economic health).

    Anyways – so, the green jobs? the work-reducing jobs? the solutions for removing demand for energy-intensive tasks? data.
    Data. to me the greenest job is the one that is performed, once (not daily for an entire career), with some iterative improvements over the years, that observe supply, demand, inputs, outputs, actions, behaviours, and then using sophisticated algorithms, model alternative infrastructure and system designs so that we can all live out fulfilling lives in this beautiful place called BC, without having to work (and commute) so hard to make it all happen.

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    [-] Don

    I see B.C. , as a potential world leader in green research – renewable energy / energy storage and water conservation tech. We already have some good knowledge in these areas. What I still think research could be better supported and there is still a gap is the ability to take new tech to market and build on successes. Govt can help here by supporting jobs / companies in research and helping (or staying out of the way in some cases) to bring new technologies to markets.

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    [-] Keirnan

    We need rapid adoption of bitcoin. It is the most energy efficient techology humankind has ever created. There are an infinite number of jobs it can create all while ensuring that the in entives are alligned with environmental protection and preservation. Do not be afraid of things you hear in the news. Bitcoin is freedom. If we do not wish freedom for all then we are lost.

    We can stop cutting down trees, and drilling for oil. Bitcoin facilitates and enables renewable energy collection and innovation. There is nothing greener than bitcoin.

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    [-] Trevor

    It has been my understanding that blockchain tech is very energy-intensive computing.