Every state across the nation is experiencing growth in at least one green industry sector, according to a series of state reports released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).
The reports profile each state’s efforts and projected growth in green industry, which should help political and industry leaders frame their approach in preparing their infrastructure and workforce to meet emerging economic demands, the NGA said. Such frameworks, with shorterm and longterm investments in mind, would likely impact relevant career and skills training programs at the secondary and postsecondary level to build a strong workforce pipeline.
“Governors across the country have led state efforts to build green businesses, develop green jobs and enact green policy,” said John Thomasian, director of the NGA Center for Best Practices. “These profiles are a valuable tool governors and states can use to analyze their efforts and inform future green initiatives.”
States’ emerging green industries are diverse and widespread, stemming from states’ existing strengths, according to the NGA. Green sectors include manufacturing and industrial; green building and agriculture. The reports analyze states’ green economies and “reveals areas of comparative advantage, promising areas for workforce development and opportunities for building partnerships within and across green industry segments.”