Mass. Green Economy is Second in US

Publication: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Author: Elaine Thompson


09/26/2010 - Sumayal Shrestha has planned out her part in trying to prevent the human race from going the way of the dinosaurs, Romans and other extinct civilizations and cultures.

“If we continue to use up resources at the current rate, I guess humans will be next in line,” said Ms. Shrestha, a graduate student in environmental science and policy at Clark University in Worcester. “There is so much scientific evidence about climate change happening. We as consumers, residents, it’s our duty to restore Earth back to its balance. All of us can do a little bit to help have a better environment.”

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Clean energy was the No. 10 industry in the state in 2007, according to a study by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the former Renewable Energy Trust. A study released by The Pew Charitable Trust last year shows that between 1998 and 2007, Massachusetts was among only seven states in which total jobs decreased but clean energy jobs increased. The Pew study also determined that Massachusetts ranked sixth among states in clean technology patents, with 384 from 1999 through 2008; and second in clean technology venture capital funding, with nearly $1.3 billion in private investment from 2006 through 2008.

“To us, what that says is that Massachusetts has been and continues to be a leader in clean energy jobs and businesses and in innovation,” said Phyllis Cuttino, who directs the Pew Environment Group’s Global Warming Campaign. “When you look around the world, the place the United States is the clear leader in is the area of clean energy innovation, and in many ways Massachusetts is really home to much of that leadership.”

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