For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Construction Law Musings, we welcome back Elaine Hirsch. Elaine describes herself as a kind of a jack-of-all-interests, from education and history to medicine and videogames. This makes it difficult to choose just one life path, so she is currently working as a writer for various education-related sites and writing about all these things instead.
While layoffs and business closings are making the news, there is one sector that is quietly educating and growing a new economy filled with transformation and economic recovery. Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) initiatives not only consume less energy in the long run, but bring recognition and cost savings for institutions in the short run. MBA Online states that the need for innovation is driven by an exceptionally difficult economic environment, and given today’s stagnant economy, greener energy solutions have become such innovations. According to the Pew Charitable Trust report, between 1998 and 2007 there were two times the amount of job creation in the clean energy sector as any other sector in the nation.
One of the significant differences in LEED driven job positions is that there are levels and opportunities unlike manufacturing or service positions that offer little growth. It is not necessary to spend the rest of your life paying back a student loan when going into a LEED based educational field. To date, there are almost 175,000 LEED professionals throughout the world that have been certified in special areas of green energy and this number is expected to double in the next 2-3 years. According to the US Green Building Council, green construction contributed to 2.4 million jobs between 2000 and 2008, and this number is expected to grow to 7.9 million by 2013.
The government has provided the work available through a Coalition for Better Buildings and affordable training can be easily found. There are 34 states to date that have adopted LEED-based policies for public and private buildings and hundreds of local governments are following suit. Being a veteran offers even better programs with reimbursements available for exams. Many times receiving a LEED Certification in a given area of your interest can open doors just by getting hired by a fine company at the ground level.
The economy is not continuing on a downward slide but simply transitioning into a new direction if you take the time to notice a LEED-based career and where it can lead. Just as electricity, gas-powered vehicles and plastics have changed our way of life, electronics, renewable energy and LEED building is leading us in a new, exciting direction. Take part in the positive side of a changing world and find out how beneficial Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) can guide you to being competitive in the direction of tomorrow.