San Francisco Department of the Environment

Reports and Research

Many businesses, research institutions, and government agencies have been tracking the growth of and identifying trends in the green economy. The following resources help to identify where the green economy is headed in particular regions or industries.

Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment 
This 2011 report measures green jobs nationally and describes the green economies of several U.S. metropolitan areas. Overall, the report found that 2.7 million workers are employed in the nation’s green economy. According to the report, nearly 52,000 of those jobs are in the San Francisco metropolitan area.

Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs
This 2011 report describes California’s green economy trends and provides details of the green economies of several California cities. The report found that in the last observable year (2008-2009), the green economy grew three times faster than that of total employment in California. According to the report, the Bay Area is home to 28 percent of the green jobs in California.

Building A Clean Energy Workforce: Preparing Californians for New Opportunities in the State's Green Economy
This 2011 report looks at nearly 300 green job training programs across California and describes how they are preparing workers for the green economy. The report emphasizes the importance of training programs in a functioning green economy.

More Jobs, Less Pollution: Growing the Recycling Economy in the U.S.
This 2011 study describes how a nation-wide recycling and composting strategy in the U.S. could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and improve public health. The report projects that if the nation set a 75% diversion goal, it would add 1.5 million jobs to the economy.

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