Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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How Can I Report My Data?
  1. Can I submit an electronic file or printout with my employees' job titles and wages instead of filling out the form?
  2. Can I complete the form online?
  3. Can I send my information by e-mail?
  4. Can I phone in my data?
General Questions
  1. Are the data I provide confidential?
  2. Why have I been chosen to participate in this survey?
  3. We have multiple establishments and work sites, some in other States. Which should we report for?
  4. Should I report my employees' names? What about social security numbers?
  5. When is the form due? How much time do I have to complete the report?
  6. Why is this survey important?
  7. Why is this data being collected, what is the purpose of this survey?
  8. I've already filled out other green surveys, why is this one different from the rest?
  9. When will the results of this survey be available to the public?
  10. We are planning to implement green technologies and practices in the near future, should I include these in the report?
Questions about Green Technologies and Practices
  1. What are Green Technologies and Practices? What would be some examples of these?
  2. Should I fill out the form if there are not any Green Technologies and Practices (GTPs) in the establishment?
  3. Should I only report employees who spend at least half their time using Green Technologies and Practices (GTPs)? What if they devote less than half of their time to GTPs?
  4. What if this establishment makes use of green technologies and practices not listed in the table of green activities?
  5. We have outside contractors that take care of our green technologies and practices, should we include them in the report?
  6. We do not produce a green product or service, should I still fill out the survey?
  7. We use recycled and/or organic inputs, under what green category would that fall?
  8. We have several green technologies and practices in order to comply with state and/or federal regulations, should we include these in the report?
  9. We are in the government or not-for-profit sector, should I still fill out the form?
Questions about Wages or Salaries
  1. What if I don't have access to employee wage information?
  2. What is included when calculating wages?
  3. Should we use hourly rates or annual salaries?
  4. How should we report part-time workers?
Contacts
  1. Who can I contact for help filling out the form?

 

How Can I Report My Data?

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  1. Can I submit an electronic file or printout with my employees' job titles and wages instead of filling out the form?

    Yes. You can submit electronic files or printouts. You can fax, mail, phone in, or e-mail your data.

  2. Can I complete the form online?

    Yes. See our Internet Reporting Instructions to learn how.

  3. Can I send my information by e-mail?

    Yes. You can e-mail the data we have requested. Please send a blank e-mail to gtp@idcf.bls.gov to receive a copy of our Adobe fillable form. You can complete the form, save your answers, and e-mail the completed form to blsgreen@esd.wa.gov.

  4. Can I phone in my data?

    Yes. Just give us a call and we will be happy to take your data over the phone. Please call 1-866-406-0165 to submit your data.

     

    General Questions

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  5. Are the data I provide confidential?

    Yes! Your information and identity are kept in strict confidence in accordance with Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Integrity Guidelines and with the Confidentiality Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) of 2002.
    When reporting data on the survey form, do not use employee names or their social security numbers.

  6. Why have I been chosen to participate in this survey?

    A sample of establishments was randomly selected from all businesses filing for unemployment insurance. Your business was selected to represent other businesses of similar size in the same geographical area and industry. For this reason your response is critical for the production of good estimates.

  7. We have multiple establishments and work sites. Which should we report for?

    Report only for the worksite address shown in Question 1 on the front page.

    Question 1 box

  8. Should I report my employees' names? What about social security numbers?

    NO! When reporting data on the survey form, do not use employee names or their social security number.

  9. When is the form due? How much time do I have to complete the report?

    We ask that you complete the questionnaire within the next fifteen (15) days of receiving it. If you need additional time please call 1-866-406-0165. You will continue to receive follow-up mailings until we receive your response.

  10. Why is this survey important?

    As the American economy adapts to a changing marketplace and a wider selection of energy alternatives, measuring the number and types of new jobs created is of critical importance. Even if you don’t use any green technologies or practices, please complete and mail back the form. This study will measure both the types of jobs available and the size of the green economy.

  11. Why is this data being collected, what is the purpose of this survey?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) received funding beginning in Fiscal Year 2010 to develop and implement the collection of new data on green jobs. The goal of the BLS green jobs initiative is to develop information on (1) the number of and trend over time in green jobs, (2) the industrial, occupational, and geographic distribution of the jobs, and (3) the wages of the workers in these jobs.

    The resulting information will be useful for evaluating policy initiatives and the labor market impact of economic activity related to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources. BLS activities also will be useful to State labor market information offices in their efforts to meet the information needs of policymakers, businesses, and job seekers.

  12. I've already filled out other green surveys, why is this one different from the rest?

    This is an official Federal green jobs survey administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Labor. This survey will create standardized national and census region estimates of green employment and wages.

  13. When will the results of this survey be available to the public?

    The results of the 2011 Green Technologies and Practices (GTP) Survey are available at www.bls.gov/gtp. The Bureau of Labor Statistics plans to publish the 2012 Green Technologies and Practices Survey data in summer 2013.

  14. We are planning to implement green technologies and practices in the near future. Should I include these in the report?

    No. Only include green technologies and practices and the workers associated with them only if they were in place by the pay period referenced on the front of the survey form.

    Front Page Question 2

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    Questions about Green Technologies and Practices

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  16. What are Green Technologies and Practices? What would be some examples of these?

    Green Technologies and Practices are those that reduce the negative impact on the environment or natural resources resulting from production of any good or service. For examples of Green Technologies and Practices, please visit our GTP examples webpage.

  17. Should I fill out the form if there are not any Green Technologies and Practices in the establishment?

    Yes. Please fill out and return the form even if there aren't any Green Technologies and Practices at the establishment. Having no green technologies and practices is still important information. Your response is critical for us to produce accurate results.

  18. Should I only report employees who spend at least half their time using Green Technologies and Practices? What if they devote less than half of their time to Green Technologies and Practices?

    Do not include employees that spend less than half of their time involved in green technologies and practices. Only report employees who spent more than half of their time involved in researching, developing, maintaining, installing or using technologies or practices to lessen the environmental impact of their establishment, or training workers in these technologies and practices.

  19. What if this establishment makes use of green technologies and practices not listed in the table of green activities?

    Please describe the additional activities in items 7 and 8 at the end of question 4.

    Page 3 Question 4 - Items 7 - 8

  20. We have outside contractors that take care of our green technologies and practices, should we include them in the report?

    No. Please include only employees on this establishment’s payroll.

  21. We do not produce a green product or service, should I still fill out the survey?

    Yes. We are interested in the technologies and practices, not the product or service. Green technologies and practices can be found in all industries and establishments regardless of their actual product or service. This survey measures jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishments' production and/or operation processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources; and these can take place in an establishment that does not produce or provide a green product or service.

  22. We use recycled and/or organic inputs. Under what green category would that fall?

    Please do not include the use of organic or recycled inputs in your production processes if they were purchased outside of the establishment. Collecting and reusing, recycling, or remanufacturing waste materials created as a result of your establishment’s operations for use within the establishment is included and should be counted in question 5.

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  23. We have several green technologies and practices in order to comply with state and/or federal regulations. Should we include these in the report?

    Yes. The use of methods, procedures, practices, or technologies that have a positive environmental or natural resource conservation impact should be included, whether they are in place to meet federal or state environmental regulations or to go beyond compliance.

  24. We are in the government or not-for-profit sector, should I still fill out the form?

    Yes. The government and the not-for-profit sector are in scope of the GTP survey. The only establishments not covered are private households.

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    Questions about Wages or Salaries

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  26. What if I don't have access to employee wage information?

    Please complete the questions you are able to answer and then forward the report to the pertinent personnel office. Please report only employees employed at this location.

  27. What is included when calculating wages?

    Please INCLUDE with pay the following:

    Please EXCLUDE from pay the following:

  28. Should we use hourly rates or annual salaries?
    • Hourly rates or annual salary? Use whichever is easier to report.
    • Part-time workers: Report their hourly rate.
    • Salaried workers on contract: Report their annual salary.
    • Salaried workers with non-standard work hours: Report their hourly rate.
    • What is a full-time worker? For most occupations, it's someone who works 2,080 hours a year, including paid vacations (40 hrs/wk times 52 weeks). If employee works less than 2,080 hours a year consider them part-time and report their hourly rate.
  29. How should we report part-time workers?

    Report part-time workers in the job they perform, along with your full-time workers in the same occupation. Please report their hourly wage rate, not the average weekly or annual wage.

    Please remember to only include workers (full or part-time) who spend more than 50% of their time involved in researching, developing, maintaining, installing or using technologies or practices to lessen the environmental impact of their establishment, or training workers in these technologies and practices.

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    Contacts

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  31. Who can I contact for help filling out the form?

    Please contact the Bureau of Labor Statistics c/o Washington State Employment Security Department by e-mail at blsgreen@esd.wa.gov or by phone 1-866-406-0165. For more contact information visit our contacts web page.

 

Last Modified Date: October 4, 2012