DEFINITION of 'Green collar'
A worker who is employed in an industry in the environmental sector of the economy, focusing on sustainability and conservation. This can range from renewable energy and energy efficiency, to policy, design, education and technological development.
BREAKING DOWN 'Green collar'
Some green collar jobs include environmental consultants, renewable energy engineers and installers, recycling managers, environmental lawyers and educators, and green building architects. The common theme is responsible use of natural resources. (For related reading, see: 9 Green Careers With High Pay.)