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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 »



Introducing the Metropolitan Clean Economy

Panel One: Advancing the Clean Economy, Firm by Firm


Tim J. Richards

Managing Director, International Energy Policy - General Electric Company


Jim Rossman

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

Panel Two: Advancing the Clean Economy, Region by Region

Rebecca Bagley

Vice Chancellor for Economic Partnerships - The University of Pittsburgh

Closing Dialogue

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