Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index found more than one million job postings in the clean energy sector from July 1 to September 30, 2013. Ecotech Institute launched the Clean Jobs Index in January 2013 and defines a clean tech job as one where workers make their business more environmentally friendly, use fewer natural resources, or produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment.
Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index, Q3 2013, including:
- Number of US clean jobs postings: 1,099,734 (a 54 percent increase from Q2 2013).
- In Q3, Ohio moved from 24th in energy efficiency to second.
- The most energy efficient states (in no particular order): California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington
- States with the most incentives for sustainability and renewables (in no particular order): California, Texas, Minnesota, Washington and Oregon
- Rhode Island added more incentives and rebates than any other state in Q3.
Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index is an aggregation of statistics by state, developed on a number of factors: LEED projects, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering, total energy consumption and alternative fueling stations are all considered when ranking states. Higher index numbers suggest a state’s propensity to embrace renewable energy and energy efficiency. Data is gathered regularly from independent research entities including: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, US Energy Information Administration, US Department of Energy and the US Green Building Council.