A Bay Area non-profit called Next 10 looked at jobs in the “green economy” – areas like alternative energy, conservation and transportation. From 1995 through 2008, it says, green jobs in California are up 36 percent – nearly three times as high as overall job growth. And the Sacramento region saw the largest increase in the state: 87 percent.
Rick Wylie is the president of a local green energy company called the Beutler Corporation. He says the capital region has a few built-in advantages:
Wylie: “The government and very progressive utilities certainly spawn an environment. Our climate here – we have hot summers, we have cool enough winters that we get enough benefits for making these kind of enhancements in the buildings in this area.”
The report’s author says green jobs won’t lead the state or the Sacramento region out of the recession all by themselves – but they’ll play an increasing role in the years to come.