CitizensNet Banner

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,

For a copy of the new report,

Individual metropolitan clean economy profiles can be found:


Register for CitizensNet

Change your email address or Update your record

View CitizensNet Archive

Go to for information about City of Houston activities/events.

Fan Us, Mayor's Facebook Fan Us, Mayor's FacebookFollow Us on Twitter Follow Us on TwitterWatch us On YouTube Watch Us on YouTube

Disclaimer: All information, excluding your email address, is generally subject to public disclosure
under the Texas Public Information Act (See Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code).

Thank you for your interest in CitizensNet.
Mailing Address:  City of Houston | P.O. Box 1562 | Houston, Texas 77251
City Hall Address:  City of Houston | 901 Bagby | Houston, Texas 77002

Unsubscribe from CitizensNet.