New York State Launches Green Jobs Survey

The New York State Department of Labor has launched a survey to estimate the number of green jobs across the state and to identify the skills people need to do these jobs. Green jobs are those that are involved in some aspect of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology industries. The agency is cooperating with many partner organizations on this much-anticipated survey.

Funded by a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the surveys go out to firms in six industry clusters this week. In many cases, responses are as simple as placing a check in the box. The Labor Department will pool each firm’s responses with data from other similar businesses. The final report will not contain any details from an individual firm, only group results. This is a key way for the employer community to help government assess the potential for green jobs and the training they require.

Green industries have a ripple effect on all aspects of the economy. They spur new business opportunities as industries integrate clean energy technologies, practices and services.

The survey targets these industry clusters:

  • Construction
  • Energy and environment-related manufacturing
  • Electric power generation, transmission and distribution
  • Professional services
  • Financial services and
  • Building services

"Green jobs are important for New York's economic future, not only in terms of getting people back to work, but also to help residents and businesses reduce energy usage," said Labor Department Commissioner Colleen C. Gardner. "This grant will help provide information that will help us make sure green businesses have the skilled workers they need to grow."

The partners in this research project are:

  • The Department of Labor
  • The State University of New York's Office of Business and Industry Relations
  • The New York City Labor Market Information Service at the City University of New York Graduate Center
  • The Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany and
  • The Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook University

Consulting partners on this initiative include:

  • Business associations
  • Labor organizations
  • Utility companies and
  • Other key industry stakeholders

A stratified, random sample of employers in New York State got a letter that sends them to a dedicated web site to fill out the survey. In two weeks, they will get a reminder, along with a paper copy of the survey.