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Top 10 cities with green jobs for new grads

By: Laura Moss on June 2, 2010, 3:29 p.m.
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Sacramento, Calif.

Sacramento, Calif., experienced the greatest growth in green-collar jobs between 1995 and 2008 — more than any other U.S. city. Sacramento and its neighboring cities boasted an 87 percent overall green job growth with a 157 percent increase in air and environment jobs and a 141 percent increase in renewable energy generation jobs.

The Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance recently identified more than $130 million in clean tech grants that were awarded to organizations in the area in 2009, and $905,000 has already been awarded to Sacramento State University this year for the creation of a new workforce development program to enhance the region's growing smart grid system. Mayor Kevin Johnson also recently said that more green jobs will come to the city as a number of positions have been created in the government and green tech sector.