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Cleantech Business & Innovation Hubs of California - Updated Map

California's clean tech business economy reaches every major metropolitan area in the state, according to an updated online map compiled by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

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"For the first time, we can see exactly where many of California's cleantech businesses and other green work places are located, listed by category, county and state legislative district," said Tim O'Connor, an attorney in EDF's Sacramento office and an expert on the state's green economy and cleantech businesses.

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"Job seekers looking for opportunities in this cleantech businesses now have a way to easily search for and identify potential cleantech and green business employers by area of interest.

"Elected officials who have supported energy-related policies also can see the fruits of their labor in cleantech business growth sectors."

Today's Cleantech Economy... Represents Our Future

"The green economy today represents the future and we are committed to partnering with cleantech business leaders throughout California to foster innovation and emerging technologies that move our state forward," said Governor's Office of Economic Development Director Joel Ayala.

Originally released last year with 2,200 businesses, the California Green Economy map has grown 60% to more than 3,500 entities and now includes:

  • Additional cleantech business sectors category
  • Businesses that use sustainable practices
  • Non-profits, academic institutions and public agencies that design policies, train workers and educate the public on the cleantech business and economic opportunities that stem from energy and environmental policies

The California Economy map -- which is searchable by county, state legislative district and industry sector -- shows that that three counties have the most representative cleantech businesses and related work places:

  • Los Angeles (489)
  • Orange (275)
  • Santa Clara (265)

These hubs specialize in five key cleantech economy sectors:

  • low-carbon energy
  • energy efficiency
  • transportation
  • green buildings
  • carbon markets
  • green practices
  • advocacy groups

Examples of cleantech business types in the green practices listing include:

  • hospitality
  • food services
  • printing and media
  • vehicle repair
  • business services

Dozens of companies in smaller counties, such as Fresno/Tulare (43), Chico (28), Santa Cruz (36) and Truckee (10), also are providing innovative solutions, attracting grants and investments and creating jobs.

California's Green Corridor

"By designing California's Green Economy Map, Environmental Defense Fund has provided a critical tool for connecting green businesses and consumers which, in turn, can potentially lead to further increased cleantech business and economic activity along California's Green Corridor."

Largest free listing of cleantech companies

EDF spent more than two years researching California companies in this cleantech business sector. It also compiled multiple public and private-sector lists to create the map's fully searchable database. While the cleantech business mapping tool is the largest free listing of green companies, it does not include every cleantech business, company or work place in the state.

To build on this cleantech business list and keep it as up to date as possible, the map features an online form that non-listed companies and work places can use to submit their cleantech business listing for review and inclusion.

Green companies, nonprofits and government programs can also add their FREE listing to California Green Solutions' directory. Just go to and add your listing - and PR agencies can add their clients, as well.

"From larger companies that are operating more sustainably to cleantech companies that recently have gone public to smaller shops that are manufacturing fluorescent light bulbs, each is playing an important role in California's transition to a low-carbon economy," added O'Connor.

"These are the companies that can lead the world in innovative solutions that create jobs and increase our global competitiveness.

California already is a cleantech leader

The Green Innovation Index shows that green jobs have grown 10 times the statewide job growth average since 2005. Earlier this week, Ernst & Young said that $1.5 billion was invested in U.S. cleantech companies in the second quarter of 2010 -- an increase of nearly 65 percent from one year ago -- 75 percent ($1.125 billion) of which went to California companies.

"It's simple math: innovative energy and environmental policies equal economic growth," said Derek Walker, EDF's California Climate Initiative director and deputy director of EDF's States Climate Program. "What this map really shows is that California is paving the road to a clean energy future."

For more information on the map and methodology, visit

Beyond Clean Energy

While the EDF focuses on environmental damage and legal actions and policies for reclamation, many other organizations, including private firms are innovating the tools, supplies and conservation behaviors that will put food on the table and clothes on our backs.

Green Company Directories Provide Solution Visibility

This database of green companies is a wonderful addition to, our directory of green companies both in California and across the US ... and beyond.

Companies can also add their FREE listing to this directory. Just go to and follow the big orange button to add your listing. Agents who work with multiple companies are welcome to apply for an account that allows you to add qualifying clients to the green directory, and maintain their listings.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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