Hawai’i State Report on Green Businesses

April 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment

 The State of Hawai’i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has released a new report, Hawai’i’s Green Workforce: A Baseline Assessment

This report provides a comprehensive framework for assessing green jobs in the private sector of the State of Hawaiÿi.  Survey responses, from a stratified random sample of all Hawaiÿi businesses, provided data on 4,008 worksites for the first quarter of 2010.  This represents a 44 percent overall response rate.

Green jobs are defined as those that engage in at least one of five core green areas: (1) Generate clean, renewable, sustainable energy; (2) Reduce pollution and waste, conserve natural resources, recycle; (3) Energy efficiency; (4) Education, training and support of a green workforce; and (5) Natural, environmentally-friendly production.

Key findings include:

  • Green jobs in the private sector of Hawai’i are estimated at 11,145, which accounts for 2.4 percent oftotal private employment. Green jobs are identified in 203 occupations across 19 major industry groups.  Sixty-five percent of Hawaiÿi’s green jobs are found in three major industries – Construction, Professional Services, and Administrative & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services.  Five occupations — Janitors & Cleaners, Forest & Conservation Technicians, Security Guards, Electricians, and Heating & Air Conditioning Mechanics & Installers — account for 28 percent of the green workforce.
  • Current green job vacancies are estimated at 670, which represent 1.5 percent of Hawaiÿi’s totalunemployment.  Nearly three-quarters of these vacancies occur in three industries – Construction, Agriculture and Professional Services.
  • Businesses anticipate green employment to grow faster than the overall labor market in Hawaiÿi.  Between2010 and 2012, employer worksites project the number of green jobs to increase by 26 percent to14,048, accounting for 2.9 percent of total employment. Occupations expected to experience the most growth in green jobs during this period are solar and insulation technicians.  All counties report an increase in the number of green jobs by 2012, with Oÿahu projecting the largest number (1,885 new green jobs) and Hawaiÿi County the highest rate of growth (42 percent).
  • Community colleges and trade schools fulfill 62 percent of the education and training requirementsfor reported green jobs.  The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the most commonly cited qualification.
  • Businesses report an average of 3.5 green practices per worksite, with the largest numbers found in Maui and Kauaÿi counties.  Recycling, use of recycled products, and energy-saving light bulbs are the most common practices.  Over 90 percent of worksites report at least one green practice
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