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ERIC Number: ED536035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Which Green Jobs Look Promising for Rural Illinois? Rural Research Report. Volume 20, Issue 6, Winter 2009-2010
Gruidl, John; Markov, Ilya
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
The prospect of clean, well-paying jobs spurred by green development is attractive to many small Illinois towns. It is important for local leaders to understand this emerging sector of economic opportunity and implement policies that promote green jobs. Unfortunately, since the green movement is a new approach, there is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion about exactly what constitutes a "green industry" or "green job." In this report, the authors provide a description of green industries and identify which are most promising for rural Illinois. They discuss some key green jobs and the workforce skills that are necessary for those jobs. Obviously, they can't cover all green industries and all green jobs. However, after reading this report, readers should have a better understanding of which green jobs are most promising for small Illinois communities. In Part 1, the authors describe six green industries and representative jobs associated with each industry. Many green jobs are in the fields of construction and engineering. Part 2 of this report discusses three industries that the authors believe are especially promising in rural Illinois: (1) Building Retrofitting, (2) Wind Energy, and (3) Advanced Biofuels. In Part 3, they examine current employment in engineering and construction in rural Illinois and describe the necessary training for related green positions. Finally, they conclude that rural Illinois is well-positioned to capture many green jobs, particularly in the construction and agricultural sectors. They close with recommendations that rural regions improve "mid-level" training for green jobs and the promotion of green entrepreneurship. (Contains 3 tables.)
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. Western Illinois University, 518 Stipes Hall, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. Tel: 309-298-2637; Fax: 309-298-2142; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois University, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Identifiers - Location: Illinois