Dec 28, 2009

More Green Majors in Colleges

An interesting USA Today article(As colleges add green studies, classes fill-12-28-09) today on the increase in the number of "Green" majors in American colleges and universities.

To recap:
-"more than 100 majors, minors or certificates were created this year in energy and sustainability-focused programs..that's up from three programs in 2005"

-One program, the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University has 600 students who have declared sustainability as a major

-Other schools with programs include Illinois State University which has, "65 majors in renewable energy", MIT launched a minor in energy studies, UC-Berkeley offers an introductory energy class that draws 270 students

This is great news we feel but we need to get the colleges in the oil-producing states such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma to get involved so that renewable energy instead of oil and gas may be looked at as a career for these students.

The Obama administration has offered some direction on green jobs by estimating,"that jobs in energy and environmental-related occupations will grow 52% from 2000 through 2016, vs 14% for other occupations."

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