BLS Reports 75 Percent of Businesses Use at Least One Green Technology

July 3rd, 2012 by DWM Magazine

About three-quarters of business establishments reported the use of at least one green technology or practice during August 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. Green technologies and practices (GTP), the BLS reports, are those that lessen the environmental impact of an establishment’s operations. It adds that about 854,700 jobs, representing approximately 0.7 percent of total U.S. employment, were held by workers who spent more than half of their time involved in green technologies and practices in August 2011.

According to the BLS, 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.

Additional information includes:

• Seventy-five percent of business establishments reported the use of at least one green technology or practice during the August survey reference period;

• The two most frequently reported types of green technologies and practices were those that improve energy efficiency within the establishment, reported by 57 percent of establishments, and those that reduce the creation of waste materials as a result of operations, reported by 55 percent of establishments;

• Information and educational services were among the industries with the highest incidence of green technologies and practices, with 84 and 81 percent of establishments reporting the use of at least one green technology or practice, respectively; and

• The percentage of establishments reporting the use of at least one green technology or practice varied by region from 72 percent in the South to 77 percent in the West.

 

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