In case you might’ve missed it, U.S. Clean Energy Progress released a comprehensive, dynamic tool that visually illustrates the strong growth and economic benefits of clean energy jobs, including wind, solar and energy efficiency, across the U.S.
The U.S. Clean Energy Progress Map is a digital map that presents users with data from established industry sources and examines the economic contribution of clean energy from the national level down to the state voting district.
Through the help of numerous partners (including Alliance to Save Energy who is also a Community Partner for our Getting to Zero National Forum), the map is equipped with economic data so map users can visually see how investments in energy projects impact their local, state and national economy. This non-partisan map can also act as a tool for local officials to make informed decisions about energy policies.
And honestly? It’s fun to use. Users can pick and choose their own state and drill down to counties to see what kinds of clean energy innovation and growth are transforming their own towns and cities.
As of 2017, there were approximately 2.2 million jobs in the solar, wind, and energy efficiency sectors nationwide.
“We’re excited to have a tool like this,” said Webly Bowles, project manager for New Buildings Institute. “It strongly demonstrates the economic impact energy efficiency can have on the job market and helps us communicate better with a diverse audience. Usually we speak about building energy usage, comfort and savings. It’s also important to know how NBI helps contribute to the economy and the creation of jobs through our work.”
At NBI we also really like displaying complex data in an easier to understand graphic and have been working on two new maps. The Advanced Policy Map is available now and the new Zero Energy Project Database map will be available soon.
by Reilly Loveland, Project Analyst