Mapping the Shape of California's Green Economy

Mapping the Shape of California's Green Economy

Long considered to be a green business hub, California boasts more than 3,500 green companies and workplaces in every major metropolitan area.

The organizations spanning sectors and counties are plotted on a new updated map compiled by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The latest iteration has grown 60 percent since the map was unveiled last year, with Los Angeles County leading the pack.

"All told, these materials provide the latest snapshot of the strength and diversity of California’s green economy," Tim O'Connor, attorney of EDF's energy program, wrote in a blog last week. "In a time when economic recovery is job number one, it’s clear that California’s leadership on energy and climate change policies are fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across the state and helping California compete in the clean, green economy of the future."

The map includes businesses in five sectors: low-carbon energy, energy efficiency, transportation, green building, and carbon markets.

It also includes organizations that use sustainable business practices, nonprofits, public agencies and academic institutions that train workers and promote energy and environmental policies. EDF green company map

Los Angeles County (pictured above) boasted nearly 500 organizations, followed by Orange and Santa Clara counties. A few counties, such as Glenn and Inyo, had none.

The map, essentially a free, searchable database, took about two years to research for EDF staff who are constantly on the hunt for additional companies to add. Those wishing to be included on the map may fill out an online form to submit their information.

EDF has previously mapped green manufacturing opportunities in 22 states, such as Florida, Michigan and New York.