New York City recently launched PlaNYC, a comprehensive sustainability plan for the city’s future with 127 initiatives for greening the city. The plan includes $1 billion for building retrofits to increase energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gases by 30 percent.
The Big Apple is also ranked third among the top U.S. metro areas for job creation, according to Clean Edge, a clean energy research firm, and in 2007 alone, the city added 3,323 green businesses and 34,363 new jobs. In fact, more than $209 million in venture capital was invested in New York's clean energy economy between 2006 and 2008.
CareerBuilder.com recently included New York on its list of top cities for new grads, noting that average rent is $1,366.