On the Radio: Green Jobs in Iowa

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the environmental report “A Green Greater Des Moines.” Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

“Green jobs” in Iowa are on the increase thanks to new investments in parks, recreational trails, and waterways.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

A new environmental report from the Capital Crossroads, “A Green Greater Des Moines” found that the area’s trails, parks and other environmental offerings accounted for more than 5,200 “green” jobs in 2010. That’s up 11 percent since 2003.

Statewide, during the same period, green jobs increased 8 percent to 40,5000. Iowa’s expanding network of recreational trails had an estimated 1.8 million visits in 2011, adding $8.5 million to local economies.

Capital Crossroads is a Des Moines and Central Iowa project that looks to increase economic development by implementing environmental and recreational amenities to improve quality of life and stimulate economic growth.

Robert Riley, a co-leader on the report, states that goal of “A Green Greater Des Moines” is not just to help the environment but to also establish “hundreds of good-paying, homegrown jobs.”

For more information about green jobs and Capital Crossroads, visit iowaenvironmmentalfocus.org

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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