The Green Economy in New Mexico
Between 1998 and 2007, green jobs grew by 50% overall in New Mexico, which is 25 times the rate of overall growth. New Mexico’s green economy is growing quickly and has created jobs in both rural and urban areas. Over the past ten years, New Mexico’s clean energy sector grew by 118%, energy efficiency by 184%, environmentally friendly production by 99%, conservation and pollution mitigation by 35%, and training and support decreased by 5%. Unemployment in New Mexico was at 6.5% compared with 9.4% nationally in July 2009.
What is a Green Job?
Green jobs are family-supporting, career-track jobs that directly contribute to preserving or enhancing environmental quality. In New Mexico, this means jobs in areas as diverse as:
· renewable energy
· smart/green electricity grids
· energy efficiency and green building
· clean technology manufacturing
· low-carbon transportation
· air and water quality
· sustainable agriculture
It is important to include all jobs in these industries, from the specialized scientists and technicians through human resources and accounting professionals. It also includes people working on energy efficiency and other environmental goals in all industries. (From New Mexico Economic Development website "Green Jobs").
A large field has opened of jobs demanding knowledge of LEED-certified buildings and jobs demanding knowledge of green construction and maintenance techniques for buildings and neighborhoods. Click here for information on nearly 8 million jobs in this growing field.