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Senate approves increased funding for energy efficiency programs
Opportunities for green business careers are likely to expand in many sectors as lawmakers have raised next year's appropriations levels for the Department of Energy programs that advance energy efficiency.
The Senate has approved $2.23 billion for DOE's energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) programs, which represents an increase from the $1.928 billion appropriated for the current fiscal year, according to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE).
Among other provisions, a total of $32 million will go to the Federal Energy Management Program, while the Industrial Technologies Program and the Building Technologies Program will receive $100 million and $200 million, respectively.
"Federal investments in energy efficiency actually save taxpayers money by reducing our nation's overall energy use and thereby our energy costs," says ASE president Kateri Callahan.
She also stresses the alliance will continue to work with Congress to maintain the trend in energy efficiency funding so that both current programs and the initiatives included in the economic recovery package can be carried out.
With investments in sustainable energy projects and management increasing, individuals with green MBAs or degrees in environmental sciences will see rewarding career and earnings prospects.
Many institutions around the country offer online degrees in business and green management, and environmental specializations can be obtained through a variety of bachelors, masters or doctoral programs.