The Bureau of Labor Statistics definition of green goods and services includes jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. These goods and services are sold to customers, and include research and development, installation, and maintenance services. This definition will be used in the BLS survey of establishments in industries that produce green goods and services. Green goods and services fall into one or more of the following five categories:

1.) Energy from renewable sources. Electricity, heat, or fuel generated from renewable sources. These energy sources include wind, biomass, geothermal, solar, ocean, hydro power, and landfill gas and municipal solid waste.

2.) Energy efficiency. Products and services that improve energy efficiency. Included in this group are energy-efficient equipment, appliances, buildings, and vehicles, as well as products and services that improve the energy efficiency of buildings and the efficiency of energy storage and distribution, such as Smart Grid technologies.


3.) Pollution reduction and removal, greenhouse gas reduction, and recycling and reuse. These are products and services that:

  • Reduce or eliminate the creation or release of pollutants or toxic compounds, or remove pollutants or hazardous waste from the environment.

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions through methods other than renewable energy generation and energy efficiency, such as electricity generated from nuclear sources.

  • Reduce or eliminate the creation of waste materials; collect, reuse, re-manufacture, recycle, or compost waste materials or wastewater.


4.) Natural resources conservation. Products and services that conserve natural resources. Included in this group are products and services related to organic agriculture and sustainable forestry; land management; soil, water, or wildlife conservation; and storm water management.


5.) Environmental compliance, education and training, and public awareness. These are products and services that:

  • Enforce environmental regulations.

  • Provide education and training related to green technologies and practices.

  • Increase public awareness of environmental issues.


Articles that define "green" in practical terms:

Find out how and why Restore Earth is a "green" company

  • Think the anti-definition of "green" in these terms: Companies promote everything from carrots to cars as organic, all-natural, recycled, biodegradable, ozone-friendly and carbon neutral, with new terms introduced by marketing geniuses daily. This has created skepticism from consumers, leaving companies that are truly interested in eco-safe initiatives wondering how to rise above the vague and dubious assertions of their competitors.


  • Saying that a product or service is "green" actually means something worthwhile - including to our government.  Therefore, making false claims or slapping this label onto products or services without meeting one or all of the above criteria is lying or misleading the consumer.  The problem with false claims is they often diminish the efforts of those persons or businesses who realize the value to making real changes "that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources." This is why we take the "green movement" so seriously because it affects all of us in one way or another.  So take the time to examine the truth behind why or what makes a product/service truly "green" by government standards.










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