After nearly a year of research, Ecotech Institute has revealed the first-ever Clean Jobs Index, which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the United States. The Index found that there were more than three million clean jobs available across the United States in 2012. The Index breaks down clean jobs by state, with links to local jobs listings. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the Index also looks at a variety of sustainability factors that affect citizens’ lifestyles, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering, and state incentives.
Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for renewable energy jobs, initiated and produced the Clean Jobs Index using a wide variety of external resources. Ecotech will update the sustainability factors of the Index data on a quarterly and annual basis (depending on when new data is released) and monthly as new jobs are posted for hiring.
To determine what jobs are deemed clean jobs, Ecotech used the “green jobs” definition from the U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which states that green jobs are either: (1) Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or (2) jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. Ecotech then took this definition and used data from Burning Glass International, whose patented job aggregation technology searches for job listings from more than 17,000 sources, to create the Clean Jobs Index list of available positions.
“The Clean Jobs Index addresses the prevalence of clean jobs and takes a unique ranking approach to hot topics in the world of sustainability,” says Colin Coyne, managing principal, The Coyne Group and LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional. “This tool is able to aggregate important factors that affect job potential, businesses, livability, politics and much more by using a methodology that is 100% objective and an interface that is clean, concise and practical."
Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index frrom January include:
- Number of Clean Jobs in the United States: 3,014,785
- Oregon is the number one state for the entire Clean Jobs Index, taking all factors into account. (See how other states rank.
- Alaska is number one for clean jobs per 100,000 residents.
Idaho generates the highest percentage of energy by renewables at 85%.
- Minnesota is number one for renewable energy and efficiency state incentives.
- California ranks lowest in energy usage per 100,000 residents.
Massachusetts ranks highest for energy efficiency.
- Maryland has the highest number of LEED projects per capita.
- Hawaii has the highest number of customers on net metering energy per capita.
Ecotech Institute gathered data from a variety of independent research entities that develop and regularly publish cleantech information. Sources include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses, including: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.
“We are very proud to introduce the Clean Jobs Index to the world. Its aggregate data offers incredible insight into how each state is performing in areas of tremendous importance,” says Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s director of sustainability. “The possibilities for the Index’s use are infinite. We recommend that state leaders reference the data when policy is initiated, when companies are looking to build or improve operations, and especially when people are looking for jobs.”