Clean energy employs 85,000 New Yorkers
This is according to a comprehensive new analysis unveiled this week by the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the New York State Sustainable Business Council and New Yorkers for Clean Power.
"Tens of thousands of New Yorkers make clean energy a big and growing part of our state's economy," said Ron Kamen, CEO of Rhinebeck, N.Y.-based clean energy developer EarthKind Energy and a director of E2's New York Chapter.
"Clean energy now employs as many New Yorkers as some of the most prominent sectors in our economy. With the right policies, we can continue to create jobs in our state, while also helping our environment."
The report was released in Manhattan at the Solar One Green Energy Education Center as part of the launch of New Yorkers for Clean Power, a new campaign to rapidly shift to a clean energy economy in New York.
"This new campaign is bringing together organizations, businesses, municipalities, and communities to implement clean energy, clean vehicles and create good jobs for New Yorkers," said Renee Vogelsang, campaign coordinator for New Yorkers for Clean Power. ■