Where are the clean energy jobs? A new resource launched by the Ecotech Institute – a college focused entirely on preparing the U.S. workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability – aggregates all of the available clean energy jobs in the U.S.
According to the new resource, called the Clean Jobs Index, there were more than 3 million clean energy jobs available across the U.S. in 2012. The index breaks down clean energy jobs by state, with links to local job 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.
Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index include the following (data updated Jan. 15, 2013):
- The number of clean energy jobs in the U.S. is 3,014,785;
- Oregon is the No. 1 state for the entire Clean Jobs Index, taking all factors into account;
- Alaska is the No. 1 state for clean energy jobs per 100,000 residents;
- Idaho generates the highest percentage of energy from renewables, at 85%;
- Minnesota is ranked No. 1 for renewable energy and efficiency state incentives;
- California ranks the lowest in energy usage per 100,000 residents;
- Massachusetts ranks the highest for energy efficiency;
- Maryland has the highest number of LEED projects per capita; and
- Hawaii has the highest number of customers on net-metering energy per capita.
The Clean Jobs Index can be accessed here.