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California Green Innovation Index 2009

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): NEXT 10

Author(s): Somerset Perry; Sophia Monroe

Topic: Environment (Environmental policy)

Keywords: greenhouse gas; energy consumption

Type: Report

Coverage: California

Abstract:

The 2009 California Green Innovation Index is a brand new report produced by Next 10 and authored by Collaborative Economics. The Index provides a deep analysis of key economic and environmental indicators that will help us better understand the role green innovation plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening the economy.

Research included in this 2009 Green Innovation Index provides further evidence of the powerful economic stimulus clean energy policy can provide. California's energy productivity, that is, the amount of Gross Domestic Product produced per unit of energy, is 68% more productive than the rest of the nation. New data presented shows that while total jobs increased by just one percent statewide, green jobs have increased by ten percent since 2005. Clean technology investment in California nearly doubled in 2008, reaching $3.3 billion. California is a national leader in solar, wind and battery patents.