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Green Collar Jobs: Emerging green economy could create opportunities in N.C.
By Sam Boykin Jason Hoyle is a research analyst with Appalachian State University’s Energy Center. It’s nationally recognized for its work involving energy efficiency and renewable energy technology — practices that are often lumped into the all-inclusive “green industry” category. But prior to his appearance last week at a Charlotte conference, Hoyle said that the term is too narrowly focused when it comes to what’s brewing in the marketplace. “There are opportunities for every industry and business to serve green markets or to implement green practices,” he said. “It’s an economic opportunity that’s out there for everyone.” As of late, opportunity has been in short supply, especially when it comes to jobs. With Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate hovering around 11 percent, there are nearly 52,000 people out of work. But some say there is a glimmer a hope — a green light, if you will, at the end of the tunnel.