11 of the Fastest Growing Green Jobs

Jun 21, 2012 by

Photo: A chef picks produce from a rooftop apple orchard in downtown Vancouver.

Urban Growers

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

A chef picks “farm fresh” produce from an unusual source—a rooftop apple orchard planted among the high-rises of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. The Fairmont Waterfront hotel project showcases two large sectors of the growing green-jobs movement: food production and green building.

Green roof gardens can deliver locally sourced foods that help protect the environment by minimizing the use of pesticides, fossil fuels, and other resources to grow and transport food to market from larger commercial farms. Green roofs can also improve the urban environment by insulating buildings against energy loss, managing storm water, improving air quality, and providing places of recreation.

—Brian Handwerk

 Photo: Technicians spread black polyethylene balls on Ivanhoe Reservoir.

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