Nashville Ranked as Green Jobs Hotspot

by Green Jobs Ready on July 13, 2011

Recent coverage by journalist Amanda Hara points toward a marked increase in green jobs pertaining to various industries, including alternative and renewable and energy industries, in the city of Nashville, Tennessee—a trend correlating with the progress made in the area of green jobs by many other major American metropolitan areas as well.

Hara and cite a study recently released from the Brookings Institution which stipulates various rankings and reports pertaining to the growth of green industries. According to the institution, Nashville—or Music City, as it is known—was ranked in eleventh place in a nationwide scale of green job growth and creation. According to the report, for the four years between 2003 and 2007, Nashville cultivated the creation of 6,702 green jobs, which pay roughly $38,000 a year according to Hara, which amounts to “$3,000 more than Nashville’s average median wage.”

Citing Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Hara indicates that local politicians have striven for many years toward fostering the growth of the green economy in Nashville. For instance, local leaders have introduced several new LEED Certified buildings into the area.

“We’ve done a lot of work on open space. We’ve done a lot of work on energy conservation so I think Nashville is moving in the right direction. I’d like to see us in the top ten but we’re moving in the right direction,” Mayor Karl Dean is quoted by Amanda Hara as saying.

Matt Kreske, the owner of Gardens of Babylon, a Nashville-based organic nursery, mentioned how his company has grown over the past few years.

“I would say over the last three years on average would be a 15 to 30 percent increase over the last three years,” Kreske said, according to Hara.

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miriamallen July 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Unemployment numbers are comprised of those that are in the job market for the past 30 days. It does not include those that have not been in the job market in the last 30 days: people who have given up looking; those that have gone off unemployment because it has run out.

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