Green Expectations

Green Expectations, published by the U.K. think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, reports on a learning exchange in March 2011, when the Institute led a group of community leaders, trade union and NGO representatives to California to meet with politicians, business people, academics and civil society leaders engaged in the emerging green economy. The report draws together case studies and analysis of key literature about green job creation and the quality of green jobs. Three case studies are presented: Community Workforce Agreements (Clean Energy Works, Oregon); Community Mobilisation Initiatives (Green Justice Coalition, Massachusetts), and a joint industry-union training partnership, (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors’ Association (NECA), California).


The report draws policy implications for the green economy in the U.K., and points out that “the US experience demonstrates how strength emerges from a broad base: strong coalitions are needed between the government, trade unions, employers and environmental and community groups to build a ‘just transition’ to a low-carbon economy, to advocate for greater policy stability and to defend existing policy”.


There are also valuable appendices: Appendix A compiles and summarizes U.S. Green Economy job projections and estimates from 12 major studies; Appendix B describes some important U.S. Green economy organizations: Apollo Alliance, Emerald Cities, Richmond BUILD, Green for All, and the Ella Baker Center Green Jobs campaign. Appendix C presents Green Economy coalitions and organizations in the U.K.: East London Green Jobs Alliance; Global Action Plan; TUC Green Workplaces; Claverhouse Group; Greener Jobs Alliance; Capacity Global’s Greener Jobs Programme.



Green Expectations: Lessons from the US Green Jobs Market, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research in the U.K. at:

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