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.
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.
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.
SACRAMENTO -- For eight years, a San Francisco-based nonprofit called Next 10 has created an online simulation where users can try to balance California's budget.
This year's version may be the easiest one yet.
“This is the first year in many years where we’re not starting out with a huge deficit," said F. Noel Perry, the venture capitalist who founded Next 10. The organization, entering its 10th year, examines financial, economic and environmental issues in California.