The study commissioned by the group Next 10 finds Sacramento, San Diego, the Inland Empire, Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area all had significant increases in clean tech jobs during the past decade. Noel Perry is with Next 10, "This year's index shows that California's clean economy is diversifying and advancing at a healthy pace and that it continues to help drive positive activity in our overall economy."
From 2008 to 2011, green jobs increased by more than two percent compared to a two percent decrease in the total number of jobs generated by the overall economy.
Silicon Valley venture capitalists have been investing in cleantech companies for more than a decade.
Now, an uptick in funding from some of the biggest names in business - think Berkshire Hathaway and Google - are helping to diversify and expand California's cleantech industry, according to a new report by San Francisco based think tank Next 10.
The 2013 “California Green Innovation Index,” released Tuesday by the nonprofit policy group Next 10, finds that jobs in the “Core Clean Economy” totaled 176,000 as of January 2011. The Bay Area, including Silicon Valley, boasts 52,555 clean energy jobs, or 30 percent of the state’s total.
The bulk of the state’s green jobs are in services, such as environmental consulting and green marketing. But green job growth can be found across clean tech sectors, from advanced materials to the smart grid.
Green jobs in California kept growing in 2010 but at a slower pace than before, according to an annual survey of the state's emerging clean-tech industry.
The Green Innovation Index, from public policy group Next 10 and the Collaborative Economics consulting firm, counted 176,000 jobs in the state's green economy as of January 2011, up 1.2 percent from the start of 2010. About 30 percent of those jobs were in the Bay Area.
SAN DIEGO — The investments in the clean economy is softening California's carbon footprint, according to the Green Innovation Index released on Tuesday. The study measured how the state is doing when it comes to boosting jobs, investing in innovations and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The report was put together by Next 10, a non partisan group that studies the economy, the environment and quality of life.
Founder Noel Perry said the report helps measure the transition to an economy that uses fewer resources.