July 03, 2012
During August 2011, about three-quarters of business establishments reported the use of at least one green technology or practice. Green technologies and practices (GTP) are those that lessen the environmental impact of an establishment's operations.
Among establishments, the two most frequently reported types of green technologies and practices during August 2011 were those that improve energy efficiency within the establishment (57 percent), and those that reduce the creation of waste materials as a result of operations (55 percent).
The least commonly used green technology or practice during August 2011 was generating electricity, heat, or fuel from renewable sources primarily for use within the establishment, reported by about 2 percent of establishments.
Over one-quarter of all GTP jobs were in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance, or in installation, maintenance, and repair occupations.
The transportation and material moving; production; and construction and extraction occupational groups made up an additional 23 percent of GTP employment. Education, training, and library occupations and arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations were among the occupational groups with the lowest GTP employment.
These data are from the Green Technologies and Practices survey, a survey of business establishments designed to collect data on establishments' use of green technologies and practices and the occupations of workers who spend more than half of their time involved in green technologies and practices. To learn more, see "Green Technologies and Practices — August 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-1291.