Survey finds major growth in green jobs

Published on July 4th, 2012 | by

Major survey finds 508,000 clean economy jobs created in the Pacific Northwest. Experts believe that 1.03 million net new full-time equivalents can be created by continuing the clean economy path by 2020. The jobs include clean tech engineers, machinists, installers, and other “boots on the roof” jobs, energy auditors, organic agriculture specialists, local food manufacturers, green builders, recyclers, composters, and other waste management professionals.

Titled “West Coast Clean Economy”, the study took 5 months to conduct. Among other findings and projections,

  • Currently, the clean economy accounts for $47 billion in goods and services.
  • Given current trends, and policies that are starting to gain traction, that number could hit $140 billion by 2020.
  • The study identified the clean economy as the only economic force capable of shifting global markets, saying it was the “single most important global opportunity on the medium-term horizon, with revenues expected to reach $2.3 trillion by 2020 globally.
  • Regional collaboration, such as that currently being seen in the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia (Canada) down to Silicon Valley (California) is a critical element of building capacities and leveraging strengths.

Download the full report here.

Related: “Is Green the Next Big Economic Driver

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Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride.