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Jobs in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Resilience (2019)

July 2019

According to the 2019 U.S. Energy Employment Report (USEER), 611,000 people worked in zero-emission technology industries, including renewables and nuclear in the United States.1 The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recorded even higher renewable energy employment in the United States at 855,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2018.2

However, the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system managed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not currently include codes to allow for the comprehensive analysis of employment in these fields. To address the lack of country-wide data, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) has initiated efforts to define and quantify the adaptation and resilience workforce. ASAP’s preliminary analysis found that adaptation and resilience employment is predominantly in government (40 percent), non-governmental organizations (36 percent), and the private sector (16 percent).5 However, ASAP reports that adaptation work is growing fastest in for-profit, private sector companies, including for-profit climate service firms as well as climate-affected firms from a variety of industries across the North American economy. Climate adaptation and resilience jobs cut across a number of different types of work, including communications and outreach, conservation and ecology, economics and finance, education, engineering and design, hazard mitigation, planning, policy, program administration, and project management. Adaptation and resilience work have been both incorporated into existing jobs and resulted in new jobs—one example being the creation of high-level Chief Resilience Officer positions in over 86 cities around the world.6 While it is not currently possible to report on the total number of people employed in the climate adaptation and resilience field in the United States, this is an important area of job growth to track looking forward.

Defining Clean Energy Jobs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as either “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or as “jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.”7 These definitions include employment in 1) renewable energy; 2) energy efficiency; 3) pollution reduction and removal, greenhouse gas reduction, and recycling and reuse; 4) natural resources conservation; and 5) environmental compliance, education and training, and public awareness.7


This fact sheet focuses on employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the United States


and around the world.


employed 11 million people in 2018, 700,000 more than in 2017.4

Jobs in energy efficiency experienced significant growth—the sector now


employs more than 3 million people in the United States.3 IRENA reports that, globally, the renewable energy sector


Climate adaptation and resilience stand out as rapidly emerging areas of employment as a result of climate change impacts. These sectors will be critical to track in tandem with jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the


coming years.

The job figures cited below are sourced from international organizations, national non-profits, think tanks, and national trade associations. Due to the lack of a single body which conducts job surveys, EESI has collected information from a number of sources which employ different research methodologies and different job definitions in their work. Given that, this fact sheet represents a best effort to portray the status of renewable energy and

energy efficiency jobs with the data that is publicly available.


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Fernando RodriguezFernando Rodriguez of Stewart Rodriguez and ASH Home shares his insights on best business practices for interior designers

Editor’s Note: Fernando Rodriguez, of Aaron Stewart Home (ASH) and Stewart Rodriguez is the newest blogger on Furniture, Lighting & Decor. Come along with him as he shares best practices for interior design businesses and home furnishings retail, sharing what he’s learned along his journey with partner Aaron Stewart. 

How It All Began

When we started our interior design business six years ago, I had no idea of the many competencies and skills it would require of me. Of course, there are the basic interior design skills we all have and acquire from design school or from personal experiences. But what about tenacity, resilience, persistence, analytical skills, organizational skills, management skills, selling skills to name a few.  

I wish I had a magic wand when we started to see the road ahead, or  someone to give me advice based on their own personal experience building a firm. The interior designer of 2019 is very different from the interior designer from 1960s or ‘70s. Why? Because our profession keeps evolving, progressing and growing. That is thrilling.  But it can also be daunting.

So Many Skills, So Little Time

It is impossible to be a master at so many skills, some more complex than others. In 2019, an entrepreneur requires a high level of discipline, vision and self-motivation.  Before Stewart Rodriguez was created, I lived in New York City and worked for a very well-known women’s fashion brand. One of the most valuable lessons I learned working for her was the importance of creating a “best in class” team and surrounding yourself with people who know more than you do. It is a humbling reality that we are not experts in every area of our business.

The ability to visualize a space or decide what furniture pieces go in a room might come naturally to you. How about managing the pressure we all feel about having the perfect Instagram board? I am always intrigued by how other designers manage their finances, a work day or the best way to manage a project from the inspiration boards to the installation.

How do you present and sell your services during a presentation to a prospective client? We are all not wired to be great speakers, yes you might be one of the lucky ones that can sell your passion for the project but what about the people that have a bit of anxiety presenting in front of big groups or board members? Are you charging enough for your services? I often wonder how other designers do it?  

Sometimes I wish I had a mentor or a colleague that I can reach out to for advice or direction. When I first spoke to Diane Falvey, Furniture, Lighting & Decor’s  Editor-in-Chief, about this blog, it was clear that there is an abundance of articles on trends, color stories and new product designers. But what about a place where we can all learn about the intricacies of the many business skills our jobs require. Our days are long, full of meetings with clients, and then there’s time spent visiting construction sites and calling vendors to get an estimated arrival time for a piece of furniture. Time is precious, and we don’t have too much left at the end of the day.  

Breaking Down Silos

Interior designers usually work in silos. That means people, teams or firms are working toward the same objective, often in close proximity, but not sharing information or addressing concerns about the challenges of others using your creative drive. This happens in every profession, but in ours it tends to be a big issue, especially in smaller markets.

I am always fascinated to learn how people stay on top of their game. How do you become successful at your craft?  How do you stay relevant? How do you keep learning and mastering all the diverse traits we need to succeed?

The objective of this blog is to share best practices and daily habits that have been helpful to me as a business owner.  After all, we all want to succeed and be the best we can be for our clients and our team. In this series, we will talk about different topics that are essential to the success of your business—from team management to the art of selling your services.

Feel free to send suggestions of topics you would like to read about in future blogs. My purpose is to create a safe platform to learn from each other and share as much as possible, because at the end of the day we all need mentors, industry friends, collaborators and experts to take you and your interior design business to the next level.

Fernando Rodriguez