Skills for a Green Economy: Practice, Possibilities, and Prospects

  • John Fien
  • Jose Roberto Guevara
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 19)


Transitioning to a ‘green economy’ is more than a short-term response to current global crises. It can be a long-term strategy for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. A ‘green economy’ has four interconnected and mutually dependent goals: increasing economic growth alleviating poverty by reducing unemployment, increasing social inclusion and equity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving these goals will require existing education and vocational training systems to be capable of equipping future workers with the requisite breadth of competencies needed to take full advantage of the employment opportunities being generated by the ‘green economy’.


Poverty Alleviation Green Economy Asian Development Bank Vocational Training System Ecological Scarcity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sustainability, Design & Social Context OfficeRMIT UniversityHamiltonAustralia
  2. 2.School of Global, Urban and Social StudiesRMIT UniversityHamiltonAustralia

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