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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Olson, Ryan D.
Author's Email Address rolson4@lsu.edu
URN etd-10112011-102624
Title An Overview of Green Jobs in the Louisiana Forest Sector
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Renewable Natural Resources
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Vlosky, Richard P. Committee Chair
De Hoop, Cornelis Committee Member
Dunn, Michael Committee Member
Reams, Margaret Committee Member
  • labor
  • green jobs
  • louisiana
  • forestry
Date of Defense 2011-09-15
Availability unrestricted
The term “green job” is a relatively new definition that defines employment activities that are likely to have occurred since the beginning of human existence. The push to identify, to quantify and to drive the growth of these jobs has recently been brought on by climate change and the depletion of Earth’s natural resources. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, green jobs are either (a) Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources or (b) Jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. For the purposes of this study, seven “green job categories” were used.

1.Education, Public Awareness, and Compliance

2.Energy Efficiency

3.Green Certification

4.Greenhouse Gas Reduction

5.Pollution Reduction and Cleanup

6.Recycling and Waste Reduction

7.Renewable Energy

In order to obtain information on green jobs in the Louisiana forest sector, a mail survey was administered to the known population of the Louisiana forest sector supply chain. Member sectors included loggers, primary producers, secondary manufacturers and brokers/distributors. The overarching objectives of the study were to classify and quantify current and future green jobs in the Louisiana forest sector and to develop an understanding of supply chain member attitudes and behaviors in the context of green jobs.

Results indicate that a wide array of green jobs exist in the industry. Each green category is well represented and overall, respondents consider 12.7 percent of employment in the sector to be green. Additionally, respondents forecast that 16.7 percent of employment in the forest sector supply chain will be green in five years. Increased profits, government incentives and regulations and public perception were reported to be likely drivers of green job creation. Respondents claimed to have a clear understanding of the term “sustainability” while there were misconceptions about the term “green jobs” and their potential impacts on the industry. Study results suggest that education and, potentially training would benefit forest sector members that participate in the green jobs arena.

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