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Green building to support nearly 8 million U.S. jobs through 2013

New report quantifies economic impact of ‘green-collar jobs.’

Despite a challenging economic outlook, green building will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and pump $554 billion into the American economy--including $396 billion in wages--over the next four years, according to a new report.

The U.S.Green Building Council (USGBC) study by Booz Allen Hamilton 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.