San Jose emerged as the top cleantech metropolitan region in the nation, followed by San Francisco and Portland, Ore., in a new report from Clean Edge, a research and advisory firm.
Clean Edge's first-ever U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index compares the nation's 50 largest metropolitan regions when it comes to cleantech activity.
West Coast cities dominate the index. San Jose won overall, with 82.2 points, thanks to the concentration of venture capital, patent activity and electric vehicle adoption. San Francisco was a close second, with 81.4 points, thanks to a high concentration of LEED-certified green buildings and public transportation ridership.
"Northern California and the Pacific Northwest do really well, and Silicon Valley is really the epicenter," said Ron Pernick of Clean Edge. "It's thanks to state leadership and the population in those regions."
A variety of metrics were used to calculate the rankings, which take into account population size. The report looked at four broad categories: green buildings; advanced transportation; clean electricity and carbon management; and cleantech investment, innovation and workforce. Electric vehicle registration, public transportation ridership, clean-energy patents, cleantech venture capital investment and the number of certified green buildings all go into the rankings, which is on a 100-point scale.
Twelve years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council launched a rating system called LEED,
or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, hoping that architects, engineers, designers and real estate firms would improve energy efficiency and increase the use of recycled materials and nontoxic paint in their projects to win LEED-certified recognition. Northern California is home to hundreds of LEED buildings, including San Jose City Hall, San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
"The pulse of cleantech in the U.S. is undeniably urban," the report said. "As the industry expands and competition heats up, these metro areas will increasingly compete against one another, and against cities around the world, to capture the cleantech opportunity."
Clean Edge defines the metro regions using federal Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The San Jose MSA includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.
Top Cleantech metro regions
1. San Jose
2. San Francisco
3. Portland, Ore.
7. Los Angeles
8. Washington, D.C.
Source: Clean Edge. For more information go to: www.cleanedge.com/research/metro-index.
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