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Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment




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To access a curated stream of tweets from the #CleanEcon event, please visit this Storify page. Below you will find this event's full webcast archive--or, you may view one of four segments taken from that webcast.

No swath of the U.S. economy has been more widely celebrated as a source of economic renewal than the “clean” or “green” economy. However, surprisingly little is really known about these industries’ nature, size and growth—especially at the regional level. As a result, debates on transitioning to a green or clean economy are frequently short on facts and long on speculation as the nation searches for new sources of economic growth.

On July 13, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings brought together business, economic development and political leaders to review the progress of clean industries, identify policy issues and opportunities, and consider how faster and broader growth of the clean economy could be encouraged at the national, state and regional level. A report and first-of-its-kind database, produced in collaboration with Battelle’s Technology Partnership Practice, was released at the event, providing new measures of the clean economy at the national and metropolitan levels. Also featured was an interactive web tool that allows users to track jobs, growth, segments, and other variables nationally, by state and by region.

Brookings Managing Director William Antholis welcomed participants and Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, presented the findings of this major new report on the status of the U.S. clean economy. Panel discussions followed, presenting the corporate and regional perspective.

After each panel, the speakers took audience questions.

Go to the report »

Go to the interactive web tool »

Event Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Introducing the Metropolitan Clean Economy

  • Panel One: Advancing the Clean Economy, Firm by Firm

    • Moderator: Bryan Walsh

      TIME Magazine

    • Arun Majumdar

      Director, ARPA-E

      Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Energy

    • Tim Richards

      Managing Director, International Energy Policy

      General Electric

    • Jim Rossman

      Managing Director, Power, Energy, and Infrastructure Investment Banking Group


    • Brian Sager



  • Panel Two: Advancing the Clean Economy, Region by Region

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Mark Muro

      Mark Muro

      Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

    • Thomas E. Mason


      Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    • Rebecca Bagley

      President and Chief Executive Officer


    • James T. Waring

      Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder

      CleanTECH San Diego

    • Francis J. Murray

      President and CEO

      New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

  • Closing Dialogue

    • The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr.

      Former Governor of Colorado

      Director, Policy Center for New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

    • Bruce Katz

      Bruce Katz

      Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

      The Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy


July 13, 2011

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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