"OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 18, 2007 -- Green collar jobs are high quality, poised for growth and have low barriers for entry, according to a report released last week.
The author, also a San Francisco State University professor, found through surveys with green businesses in Berkeley that the jobs paid $4 more than the city's living wage and provided training and benefits for the vast majority of green collar workers.
"Poverty, unemployment and racial inequality are significant problems in the United States, and there is an urgent need for a new source of living wage jobs for low income residents with barriers to employment," Pinderhughes said. "Where can these jobs come from? This research project shows that an important part of the answer is the deliberate cultivation of 'green-collar' jobs."