Greening of Competency Models The greening of the U.S. economy is changing the world of work—new green occupations are emerging; the demand for certain existing occupations is increasing; and, for many occupations, skill requirements are changing.1 The industry competency models published on the Competency Model Clearinghouse contain many green competencies, reflecting these changes and demonstrating that these industries see the value of encouraging green practices in their workers. Industries are listed below with a sample of their green related competencies.
Understand the scientific principles involved in industry-specific production processes:
Act in the best interests of the company, your co-workers, your community, other stakeholders, and the environment.
Properly use company property by minimizing loss and waste and reporting loss, waste, or theft of company property to appropriate personnel.
Maintain a healthful and safe environment and report any violations/discrepancies to appropriate personnel.
Ensure proper handling and disposal of toxic or hazardous materials.
Abide by applicable federal, state, and local regulations and policies.
Safeguard the public interest.
Ensure equipment and systems are designed to minimize environmental impact.
Seek to upgrade processes beyond pollution control to pollution prevention.
Utilize advances in science and technology to upgrade levels of efficiency and environmental protection.
Promote sustainable business practices consistent with ISO 14001 International Environmental Management Guidance.
Manufacture products using processes that minimize negative environmental impacts; conserve energy and natural resources; are safe for employees, communities, and consumers; and are economically sound.
Strive to minimize waste, improve efficiency, and reduce resource use.
Operate with a triple bottom line, emphasizing financial profitability, environmental integrity, and social equity.
Understand life cycle analysis: the environmental and economic effects of a product at every stage of its existence, from extraction of materials through production to disposal and beyond.
Fundamentals of solid waste streams and their sources and focusing on the 4Rs — Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Managing energy usage and investing in energy to cut energy costs and reduce carbon footprint.
Applying lower-cost and conservation principles/practices in operation and design of water systems.
Improving emission control and environmental management systems, and new technologies to reduce air pollution.
Applying green chemistry principles and techniques throughout the business.
Employ equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy, safe, and secure work environment.
Understand and follow established personal safety, security, and environmental practices.
Comply with local, federal, and company health, safety, security, and environmental regulations.
Hazardous Material Communication (HAZCOM).
Hazardous Material Handling and Disposal (HAZMAT)
Hazardous Material Information System Labeling and Storage (HMIS).
Role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), or Other Appropriate Regulatory Bodies in the Workplace (US only).
Implement continuous improvement in health, safety, security, and/or environmental practices.
Analysis of Health/Safety/Security/Environmental Data.
Identification of Projects and Priorities.
Root Cause Analysis.
Chemical Hazard Assessment.
Design to Minimize Environmental Impact.
Investigations for Health, Safety, Security, or Environmental Incidences/Hazards.
International Environmental Management Guidance (ISO14001).
Practice sustainability by using processes that are non-polluting; conserve energy and natural resources; are economically sound; and safe for employees, communities, and consumers.
Explain how sustainable practices contribute to economic growth, social objectives, and environmental stewardship.
Act in the best interest of the company, the community, and the environment.
Comply with applicable laws and rules governing work and report loss, waste, or theft of company property to appropriate personnel.
Plan and conduct experimental, environmental, operational, and stress tests on models and prototypes of aircraft and aerospace systems and equipment.
Development environment software
Properly handle and dispose of hazardous materials and commercial and industrial waste according to regulations.
Know and comply with federal and state laws related to emissions.
Achieve and maintain environmental certifications.