The clean technology sector represents a tremendous opportunity for growth in Massachusetts: that’s the message delivered by Alliance leaders, together with conservation and environmental leaders, at meetings with candidates for governor in January.
The Alliance was pleased to be invited by former State Senator George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, to join a group of energy, environment, and transportation professionals in meeting with Massachusetts candidates for governor for candid discussions about the future. The Alliance’s CEO’s, investors and innovators come from industries 90% outside the clean tech sector, but they are overwhelmingly in favor of strategic investments in clean energy and technologies, and the public policies that support them. The Alliance’s Board of Directors has resolved to publicly support pricing carbon pollution to advance our Alliance’s educational mission and help develop a more rational and sustainable market for energy and technologies.
The magnitude of the clean-tech economic opportunity is made crystal clear by the 11% growth in employment in the clean tech sector year over year, for the last three years. As a result of that growth, nearly 80,000 workers are now employed in the clean energy sector in Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s 2013 Clean Energy Industry Report. A substantial portion of those jobs require middle-level skills. That means Massachusetts is the ideal location for clean-tech companies seeking to expand because of our educated workforce and our history of public-private partnerships fort economic opportunities.
The Alliance shared with candidates the perspective of growth economy leaders who are adding high-paying jobs in Massachusetts, and who are united by a shared commitment to a more just and sustainable economy. They took the opportunity to learn where candidates stand on the issues, and to ensure that the next governor is equipped with information directly from the business community about energy, environment and the innovation economy. The Environmental League of Massachusetts presented a 70+ page policy briefing document intended to educate the candidates on many of the core issues.
The document included recommendations to:
- Boost the clean energy and protect the climate,
- Advance our economy, increase jobs and innovation,
- Protect our health and resources, and
- Support healthy communities.
The Alliance is pleased to meet with potential elected officials in order to build strong working relationships which will lead to genuine action on the Alliance’s objectives when one of the candidates becomes the next governor of Massachusetts.