Friday, July 24, 2009

Ohio Ranked Among Top Five States for Job Growth in the Clean Energy Economy

Ohio Ranked Among Top Five States for Job Growth in the Clean Energy Economy | TechColumbus

A new report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts ranks Ohio number one in the Midwest and among the top five states in the nation for the most jobs in clean energy, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly production in 2007. Ohio has experienced an overall job growth in these areas of 31 percent since 1998.

Factors leading to the state’s advanced energy industry success include the Ohio Third Frontier and other advanced energy incentive programs, one of the nation’s most aggressive advanced energy portfolio standards, a significantly reformed tax structure, world-class supply chain and an available, educated workforce.

In a related story, the City of Columbus was named a Smarter City for its performance in sustainability. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) ranked Columbus 15th among large cities for its progress in sustainability. The city received top rankings for its environmental standards and participation, its green building, green spaces and recycling efforts. The NRDC recognized the city’s efforts to become the “bicycling capital of the country” and its commitment to expanding park space and revitalizing downtown. It cited the city’s launch of as a resource for keeping residents and businesses updated on environmental awareness issues. The site currently has 1,000 registered business and community members.

For more details on Ohio’s standings in the Pew Charitable Trusts report, see the release from Ohio Means Business.

To learn more about Columbus’ ranking as at Smarter City, click here


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