Pacific Coast Leaders Accelerate Clean Economy, Jobs and Investment
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
On March 13, 2012 the Governors of California, Oregon, Washington, and the Premier of British Columbia announced an Action Plan to accelerate the emerging global clean economy in the Pacific Region to create and sustain new jobs and investment.
Immediate actions include expansion of building retrofits and “on-bill” consumer financing, electric vehicle infrastructure systems, and community-based climate change risk reduction programs.
Additional actions will be evaluated in five key sectors or “market opportunity” areas, including: Clean Energy Supply, Energy Efficiency and Green Building, Clean Transportation, Environmental Protection and Resource Management, and Knowledge and Support.
The clean economy provides important local and national benefits that include economic development and investment; energy and cost savings; energy independence and security; and health and environmental improvement.
Global markets are trending toward the clean economy and driving many public and private investment decisions in technologies, products, facilities, and infrastructure.
The regional Action Plan is supported by an assessment report, The West Coast Clean Economy: Opportunities for Investment and Accelerated Job Creation, commissioned by the Pacific Coast Collaborative and prepared by GLOBE Advisors and The Center for Climate Strategies.