This paper reviews the process used by BLS to define green goods or services, in the process of developing its survey in 2010. Includes an extensive review of definitions used in existing green data publications and studies from various agencies, including State governments, Eurostat, Statistics Canada, and private research institutions. With an understanding of the definitions from existing literature and after discussions with various environmental and government organizations, BLS reviewed each North American Industrial Classification System industry code to identify each industry’s potential to produce green goods or services.
The first year of results for the Green Goods and Services survey, measuring the extent of green jobs in the U.S., using the BLS unique definition. A second report released in 2013 cumulates and adjusts this information.