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An Industry at the Crossroads

Creating Quality Green-Collar Jobs in Energy Efficiency

By Elena Foshay

Making buildings more energy efficient can offer both environmental benefits and quality green-collar construction jobs. However, for low-income communities to achieve maximum benefit from investments in building energy efficiency, policymakers and employers must reject, as these jobs emerge, the low wages common in residential construction. A "high-road" approach will lead to higher-quality work and thus greater energy efficiency, while putting workers and their families on a path to economic security.

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