Sometimes getting bigger isn't the same as growing up. California's cleantech economy has slowed its intense growth cycle in recent months, but the emergence of new credit-worthy investors and intensifying technology innovation in the state has helped consolidate the gains of the last few years.
That's the message of the latest California Green Innovation Index, released today by the organization Next 10 and compiled by Collaborative Economics.
Don’t describe California’s clean energy sector as “emerging” – because not only has it “emerged,” it’s now diversifying and advancing, according to a new study.
An annual report from the nonpartisan organization Next 10 – the California Green Innovation Index -- says clean technology patent registrations and energy productivity are growing, clean economy jobs continue their post-recession recovery, and the state’s carbon intensity -- the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to produce each dollar of goods -- continues to drop.
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.
For the first time in years, California’s budget process this year will not be focused on solutions for closing massive budget shortfalls, but on decisions that will affect the state’s future.
Now, the state’s citizens can dabble in budget making with an online tool offered by nonprofit, nonpartisan Next 10 of Oakland.
Are you fascinated by California’s budget? Or maybe you’re frustrated with how your tax dollars are spent and want control over state funding?
A website by Next 10, a non-partisan group focused on state issues and civic involvement, aims to educate the public about budget matters while giving them a voice in how their money is allocated.