July 14, 2011
Houston's Green Economy Means Jobs
Houston's "clean" or "green" economy is ranked 9th among the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
The report, "Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment", provides the following profile of Houston's clean economy:
- 9th among the 100 largest metro areas
- Nearly 40,000 jobs, or 1.6 percent of all jobs in the region
- Job growth exceeding 5 percent annually between 2003 and 2010
- Each job produces nearly $17,000 in exports
- Estimated median wage of $42,779 a year, compared to $38,608 for all jobs in Houston
Houston boasts an impressive list of green accomplishments:
- For three years in a row, it has appeared on the Environmental Protection Agency's annual "top 10 list" of U.S. cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings.
- It is also the country's largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy, with 33 percent of the City of Houston's energy load provided by wind energy.
- Just last month, Mayor Annise Parker was chosen as the nation's top winner for large cities in the 2011 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors.
- In addition, Houston has been selected as the site for Total Energy USA, an annual trade event that will assemble renewable energy, clean energy and energy-efficiency sectors in one place to provide a comprehensive look at the overarching, integrated energy solutions taking shape today.
For more information on Houston's green projects and to contact the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, http://www.greenhoustontx.gov.
For a copy of the new report, http://www.brookings.edu/metro/clean_jobs.aspx.
Individual metropolitan clean economy profiles can be found: http://www.brookings.edu/metro/clean_jobs_profiles.aspx.