San Jose has emerged as the top clean tech metropolitan region in the nation, followed closely by San Francisco and Portland, Ore., in the first annual index released by Clean Edge Inc., the world’s premier research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector.
The U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index includes nearly two dozen indicators in four categories: green buildings, advanced transportation, clean electricity and carbon management, and clean tech investment, innovation, and workforce.
West Coast cities ranked highest overall, with San Jose ranking No. 1 with 82.2. points based on patent electrical vehicle adoption, patent activity, and venture capital. San Francisco accumulated 81.4 points thanks to a combination of certified green buildings and public transportation ridership.
The executive summary reports that cities like San Jose are key to clean-tech’s future because they are home to clean-tech economy’s entrepreneurs, investors and consumers.
“San Jose is the world center of Clean Tech innovation and the world’s most competitive knowledge economy, the region is home to 1,500 of the word’s largest technology firms,” according to the City of San Jose.
According to the city’s website, “Numerous Clean Tech companies are already benefiting from the region’s unrivalled access to venture funding, highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs, world-class research institutions, supportive government policies, and cutting-edge technology incubators.”
As the industry expands and the competition heats up, these metro areas will become increasingly compete against one another to capture the clean-tech opportunity.