Clean Edge, a research firm with a focus on the "clean technologies" industry, recently released a report this month on employment in the clean-energy sector. Clean Edge explained its take on green jobs -- which are growing twice as fast as the national rate -- this way:
We define clean-tech jobs as those that are a direct result of the development, production, and/or deployment of technologies that harness renewable materials and energy sources; reduce the use of natural resources by using them more efficiently and productively; and cut or eliminate pollution and toxic wastes. There's no mistaking the types of jobs we're talking about - they include solar photovoltaic (PV) system installers, wind-turbine technicians, energy-efficiency software developers, green building designers, and clean-energy marketers.
Drawing on job postings, investment, and patent activity data, the report identifies the top fifteen metropolitan areas for clean-tech jobs. But, what do you think? Which city do you think has the best climate for green jobs. Check out the full list of cities is below and vote for which area you think will turn into a green jobs leader: