New ranking pegs Portland at No. 3 for clean technology

Portland-based research firm Clean Edge released this week a new index ranking cities by clean technology leadership. Portland came in third behind Bay Area cities San Jose and San Francisco.
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Portland-based research firm Clean Edge released this week a new index ranking cities by clean technology leadership. Portland came in third behind Bay Area cities San Jose and San Francisco.  

A new ranking of metro areas ordered by their clean technology prowess places Portland third in the nation.

Portland-based clean energy research firm Clean Edge ranked metro areas based on more than 20 factors such as number of certified green buildings, amount of cleantech venture capital investments and the purchase of hybrid vehicles.

The result, the U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index, shows the West Coast leads when it comes to clean technology-oriented cities.

Six of the top seven metro regions in the index are on the West Coast.

The cities in the top 10 are:

  1. San Jose, Calif.
  2. San Francisco
  3. Portland
  4. Sacramento
  5. Seattle
  6. Denver
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Washington D.C.
  9. Boston
  10. Austin, Texas


Clean Edge researchers created the index by considering leadership in metro areas across categories including green buildings, venture capital and workforce, clean electricity and advanced transportation.

The index research uncovered that while Portland may have the highest per capita rate of LEED-certified green buildings, Las Vegas earns the green-building crown for total LEED square footage per capita.

The metro area-index is similar to Clean Edge's Clean Energy Leadership Index, which was launched in 2010. Oregon ranks second for clean energy leadership according to the 2012 version of the index. Clean Edge also produces an annual Clean Energy Trends report tracking the market for renewable energy.

Ron Pernick, Clean Edge's Portland-based managing director, recently published, along with Clint Wilder, "Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. can lead in the new global economy."

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