Clean job index puts the spotlight on solar

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The U.S. had nearly 750,000 clean job openings in the first quarter of 2013, according to a report from  Denver-based Ecotech Institute, a college that trains students for solar, wind and renewable energy jobs.

The Institute reports that more than 8,000 of the positions the index tracked in Q1 were for solar jobs with titles such as solar sales representatives, installers, solar panel manufacturers and project managers. 

In addition to providing  information on jobs, the Clean Jobs Index also aggregates data on a variety of sustainability factors in all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

·         States with the biggest gains in clean jobs postings from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013 were Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, West Virginia

·         States with the most incentives for sustainability and renewables were California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Washington

·         New building space LEED certified within Q1 2013 amounted to 110,000,000 square feet nationally, up 5% from the previous quarter

“The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators.”

You can read more about the Clean Jobs Index here and see an infographic illustrating it on page 2.

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