Oregon cleans up on latest Ecotech jobs report

The Ecotech Institute clean jobs index takes into account work created by such groups as Imperium Renewables.

The Ecotech Institute clean jobs index takes into account work created by such groups as Imperium Renewables.

Oregon continues to outpace other states in terms of creating and retaining "clean" jobs.

So says the Denver-based Ecotech Institute, which espouses training related to renewable energy and sustainable jobs, reported that Oregon continues to rank highest according to its Clean Jobs Index. The index takes into consideration such factors as renewable energy consumption, state incentives, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects and alternative fueling stations.

The Institute uses the U.S. Department of Labor's definition of green jobs in devising its index.

Oregon's index rating of 2.84 topped Washington's by 0.22 of a point. California, Minnesota and South Dakota were the only other states above the 2.0 mark.

The index reported the nearly 750,000 "clean jobs" were posted in the U.S. during 2013's first quarter.

Oregon ranked second in terms of states with the "most incentives for sustainability and renewables."

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