U.S. Mayors Call for ‘Green Revolution’

A new report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors calls for a “green revolution” and said if it takes place, 4.2 million new “green” jobs could be created in the country by 2038.

The report said the U.S. now has about 751,000 green jobs, which generally involve producing renewable energy or providing engineering, legal or research support. That figure represents less than 0.5% of all current U.S. jobs. The report was based on information provided by research firm Global Insight, Waltham, Mass.

“We are firmly convinced that what we need in this country is a green revolution,” Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington, said at a news briefing at the USCM conference in Miami late last week. “This report proves that being green is not optional, it is necessary for a healthy and robust economy. “Creating green jobs is an investment we must continue to make.”

The forecast of more than 4 million new green jobs is based on the U.S. generating 40% of its electricity from alternative fuels (wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass), 30% of fuel used in cars and light trucks coming from alternatives to gasoline and diesel that electricity use in existing buildings will drop by 35% by 2038.

According to the report, some 418,000 of the current 751,000 green jobs in the U.S. are in engineering, legal, research and consulting; behind that was the field of renewable power generation with 127,000 jobs, followed by government administration with 71,900 jobs.

The top 10 cities in the nation ranked by current green jobs and the potential number of green jobs they could have by 2038 are: New York (25,021/197,971), Washington (24,287/192,165), Houston (21,250/168,136), Los Angeles (20,136/159,321), Boston (19,799/156,660), Chicago (16,120/127,545), Philadelphia (14,379/113,772), San Francisco (13,848/109,570), San Diego (11,663/92,285) and Pittsburgh (9,627/76,174).

The USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today.