Thursday October 15, 2015 0 comments
AURORA -- Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index found more than 1.47 million jobs in the U.S. renewable energy sector at the end of second quarter of 2015, an increase of 16 percent over the same quarter in 2014.
The Clean Jobs Index classifies clean energy jobs based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics descriptions, which says a clean job is one that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources.
Ecotech, the first and only college in the nation focused solely on renewable energy jobs and sustainability, created the Clean Jobs Index to provide objective information about renewable energy jobs and to compare states’ use and development of clean and sustainable energy.
“Many states recognize consumer demand for clean energy and its benefits,” said Chris Gorrie, Ecotech’s president. “We’re seeing more than a 100 percent increase in renewable energy jobs in some states, and not just in one region.
“Clean job opportunities are available in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, the North and the South. Our students are finding opportunities all over the country."
States with the biggest gains in clean job openings were:
- Washington—117 percent
- Arizona—62 percent
- Oregon—54 percent
- Alabama—53 percent
- New York—45 percent
To learn more about Ecotech’s Clean Jobs Index, click here.
Ecotech also announced a “Clean Energy Careers and Industry Growth Gathering” on Oct. 21 to be held on the Ecotech campus in Aurora.
Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To register, visit http://bit.ly/1jMP47e.