Just read an article with some really specific, anecdotal information about how different cities on the east coast and west coast are making a place for themselves in the so-called Green Jobs movement.
The piece highlights these four cities: San Jose, Calif., Portland, Ore., Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. The illustrate how actions being taken at the municipal/civic level are directly impacting small businesses in these metropolitan areas. All the efforts are fairly unique, but the common thread with all four of these cities is a focus on training (in skills such as green building retrofits, renewable energy technology) and on creative financing. I found the example cited for Pittsburgh particularly interesting because it focuses on how to address energy and water inefficiencies in 17,000 multi-family, affordable housing units in the city.
Here’s the story from the “Simple Steps” site, which is affiliated with the Natural Resources Defense Council.