In June of 2009, the Pew Charitable Trusts released The Clean Energy Economy, listing Ohio as having the 4th most “Clean Jobs” in the US. The study evaluated each State across five categories of the “Clean Energy Economy” including Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmentally Friendly Production, Conservation and Pollution Mitigation, and Training and Support jobs. Pew reports that, “Ohio ranked among the top five states with the most jobs in clean energy, energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly production in 2007,” and classifies Ohio as having a “Large and Growing Clean Energy Economy”, meaning that the total number of green jobs in 2007 exceeded the national average and that these markets have grown by an average of 1% annually. Other states with similar economies included California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
This report identifies the policies and programs that could be put in place to support and expand the growth of “Green Jobs” within the manufacturing industries best suited for the greater Cincinnati region. The report has identified five key findings and five key recommendations for policy and program implementation – each discussed in detail throughout the report.