In a report on green technology jobs released recently by the Brookings Institution, Northern Colorado cities such as Loveland were praised for having a number of green jobs that exceeds the state’s and nation’s averages. These conclusions were part of “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment,” made available July 20. About 3 percent of all of the North Colorado region’s jobs – which accounts for 4,100 jobs total – are considered green jobs. Green jobs/green technology jobs are those that help protect natural resources and are advantageous for the environment.
“Northern Colorado is much more organized and progressive than other areas in the state,” according to Chris Shapard, the executive director of Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.
Growth rate for green technology jobs lingers around 6 percent in Fort Collins
The number of green technology jobs in the Northern Colorado city of Fort Collins rose by 6 percent from 2003 to 2010. This rate increase is much larger than the nation’s growth rate in green technology jobs of just over 3 percent. This information came from the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institute, which is a nonprofit organization established in Washington, D.C.
“The report reinforces city efforts to use clean energy as an economic driver,” said Mark Muro, senior fellow and policy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program. “Obviously, Fort Collins has lots of strengths.”
The Brookings Institute also reported that a whopping 24 percent of Northern Colorado green jobs are specifically clean technology jobs such as those in the solar photovoltaic field. This percentage of clean technology jobs is much higher than the national figure of just under 7 percent for clean technology jobs. Many of these clean technology jobs in Northern Colorado are available at companies such as Advanced Energy Industries and . The state of Colorado actually was fourth in the number of total clean technology jobs, according to the report.
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