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Green Building to Support Nearly 8 Million U.S. Jobs Over Next 4 Years, Study Says
Despite a challenging economic outlook, green building will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and add $554 billion into the American economy – including $396 billion in wages – over the next four years (2009-2013), according to a study from the U.S. Green Building Council and Booz Allen Hamilton.
study from the U.S. Green Building Council and Booz Allen Hamilton.
The study also determined that green construction spending currently supports more than 2 million American jobs and generates more than $100 billion in gross domestic product and wages.
The economic impact of the total green construction market from 2000 to 2008, the study found, contributed $178 billion to U.S. gross domestic product; created or saved 2.4 million direct, indirect and induced jobs; and generated $123 billion in wages.
In addition, energy savings from the total green construction market equaled $1.3 billion from 2000 to 2008, and another $6 billion in savings is anticipated between 2009 and 2013.