California's growing green economy

See how implementing AB 32 and going green is paying off

Thousands of companies have benefited from California's decades long leadership on clean energy and energy efficiency. This existing infrastructure of large and small businesses throughout state is providing the products and services needed to fight climate change and secure California’s energy future.

Our array of reports, maps, surveys and interviews tells the story of how AB 32 supports real companies and real people across California involved in energy generation, energy efficiency, transportation, green buildings, and much more.

Reports and resources

  • Green Roads Map

    This map of California’s clean economy plots 300 California companies in over 400 locations that are creating solutions and services to grow the state’s clean transportation sector.
  • Los Angeles Solar and Efficiency Report

    An in-depth study of Los Angeles County using maps of 9 sub-regions showing that areas with the highest climate risk also have high levels of clean energy potential.
  • California Biodiesel Industry: Case Study [PDF]

    A case study of the growing California biodiesel industry and six companies that are fueling positive change in California with the help of smart policies.
  • Report: Invest to grow [PDF]

    A report telling the story of both the need and opportunity to invest AB 32 proceeds to address state and local challenges, grow the clean, efficient economy and create jobs in California.
  • Map: Mapping the green economy [PDF]

    In 2009 we partnered with leaders in California's green development to map the state's green businesses. Since then the state's green economy has continued strong growth. We are no longer maintaining the maps, but have a state snapshot. If you are interested in receiving the 2010 data, please email Tim O'Connor.
  • Report: Seven Sectors - Full report [PDF] | Overview [PDF]

    A report revealing the seven growth sectors driving California's clean and efficient economy.
  • Report: Getting the Job Done Right [PDF]

    December 2008 analysis of employment growth through California's Global Warming Solutions Act.
  • Survey: Green Jobs on Rise [PDF]

    Market research from December 2008 shows a positive outlook for a new energy economy.

Faces of green jobs

This short documentary illustrates the breadth and diversity of California's growing green economy.

Video note: Vetrazzo sold its business and moved the production facility to Georgia in the spring of 2010

Growth of the California Biodiesel Industry

Mapping California’s Green Transportation

California’s climate and energy policies are inspiring innovation and spurring economic growth, especially in the transportation sector. In partnership with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), NRDC, and CALSTART, EDF mapped out the hundreds of green transportation businesses growing in the state.


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