'Green' jobs: Top 10 states for clean tech

Clean Edge, a clean-tech research and advisory firm based in San Francisco and Portland, has ranked states for their leadership in clean tech. Here are its Top 10 picks:

2. Massachusetts

Alfredo Sosa/The Christian Science Monitor/File
An employee checks the plastic coating on a solar panel at Konarka Technologies Inc. in New Bedford, Mass.

Massachusetts is perennially locked in competition with its West Coast rival (see No. 1) for attracting green entrepreneurs, but it can pretty easily claim clean-tech king of the East. It won federal approval for the nation's first offshore wind project and more are on their way with the upcoming sale of 164,750 acres of federal water off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In 2012, Massachusetts certified 106 LEED building projects, making up 13.4 million square feet. That put it at No. 4 for the US Green Building Council's Top 10 states for LEED in 2012.

With some of the nation's best colleges within its borders, Massachusetts is rich in what may be clean tech's most precious resource: ambitious and creative, young minds. 

9 of 10

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.