July 15, 2014


The 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index is out, and Portland held its own in the rankings as the only city outside of California to make it into the Top 5. Fourth-ranked metro Portland is competing head-to-head with California, the overall state leader, and its highly ranked cities – something no other region in the country is doing.

Oregon, too, remains steady at #3, thanks to the state’s leadership in tech adoption, rich renewable resources, and a green-hungry consumer base. But drops in both the policy and capital rankings point to gains being made by other, competing regions, including New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and California.

While Portland traded places with San Diego for the #3 spot, the city moved up in Advanced Transportation and Investment & Innovation, remaining at #4 for Green Buildings. As the report states, “Portland remains an all-around national leader in clean tech, finishing sixth or better in three categories and 12th (up from 16th a year ago) in Clean-Tech Investment, Innovation & Workforce.”

Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey said, “While Oregon remains a policy innovator, this report points to the continued importance of working locally and regionally, with PDC and others, on programs like Commercial PACE, residential weatherization, and implementing the City/County Climate Action Plan. Through local collaboration, we’ve led the nation before, and we can do it again.”

PDC Chair Tom Kelly, a member of the advisory committee for the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Climate Action Plan update, said, “Portland has a long history of leadership in green policy development. PDC will continue its partnership with the city, county and state to work on ecodistricts, the Green Innovation Park in Lents, and other projects that support our green building/clean tech industry.”

PDC is a sponsor of the Index, which has been produced for the past five years by Portland-based Clean Edge Inc. Portland’s clean tech industry provides more than 12,000 jobs in Multnomah County, and is one of PDC’s key focus areas to grow traded sector jobs.

Solar and EV adoption, climate policies, and green finance drive U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index growth
(Clean Edge Inc. press release)