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Report Shows Solid Growth for Washington's "Clean Economy"

Public mass transit jobs are among the fastest growing in Washington, according to a new report on clean economy job growth. Credit: SounderBruce/King Co. Metro Transit on Flickr
Public mass transit jobs are among the fastest growing in Washington, according to a new report on clean economy job growth. Credit: SounderBruce/King Co. Metro Transit on Flickr
December 3, 2015

SEATTLE - As Gov. Jay Inslee heads to Paris for the global climate conference known as COP 21, he'll have something to brag about in a new report.

The "clean economy" has grown 9.7 percent and created a little more than 8,200 jobs in Washington in the last five years, according to new research from the Canadian-based Delphi Group.

It says jobs are growing in all three West Coast states and British Columbia through energy efficiency, renewable power and other green industries. The report co-author, Delphi Group Regional Director Paul Shorthouse, says these four members of the Pacific Coast Collaborative are playing on the global stage.

"We're seeing, obviously, these discussions at COP 21 right now in Paris, about the shift toward a clean economy," says Shorthouse. "The world is moving in that direction, and showing leadership is allowing the region not only to take advantage of the domestic opportunities but also from an export perspective."

The report says almost 93,000 Washingtonians work in jobs that are considered part of the clean economy. In all three West Coast states and British Columbia, it found clean-economy jobs are growing at a rate more than twice that of jobs overall.

Shorthouse says the big picture is that, as a region, the West Coast is showing it can make an impact by cooperating on policies and encouraging investment in industries that benefit the environment.

He lists a few examples: "Key areas have been around putting a price on carbon, and transforming transportation systems and networks to low-carbon fuels and electric vehicles. The pathway to net-zero building - standards in that space as well, for energy efficiency - and a conversion to low-carbon energy systems."

For Washington, the study lists the top three green-job categories as public mass transit, green building services and organic food and sustainable farming; and it says the fastest-growing areas for green jobs are in lighting and appliances.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA