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The Clean Jobs Index (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cleantech)

"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face.” ~General Jack D. Ripper, in Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

I wonder if any of the same folks who laugh at Gen. Ripper’s ridiculous remarks in Dr. Strangelove subscribe to any of the ridiculous Agenda 21 conspiracy theories? There are those who are trying to demonize cleantech jobs and the whole sustainability movement as some sort of socialist plot. Rather than laugh at them, I’m hoping we can help them to stop worrying and love cleantech.

As you probably know by now, Ecotech recently unveiled its Clean Jobs Index to great nationwide reviews. Here are just a few of the sites who are loving cleantech:

We’ve been featured in, North American Windpower, and even SPEED TV. We were mentioned in the American Solar Energy Society’s Solar @Work newsletter and the Blue Green Alliance’s Green Jobs Source. "Bloomberg on the Weekend,” a syndicated Bloomberg report for local TV stations across the country, also included information on the Clean Jobs Index.

There were over 3 million cleantech jobs posted in 2012. Polls consistently show that Americans’ biggest concerns have to do with creating jobs and stabilizing the economy. What better way to do that than with clean American jobs—some quarter of a million of them per month? To keep America independent and strong, reduce reliance on foreign oil, and all those other patriotic things, we need cleantech jobs in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and yes, sustainability! And to do our part to fill those jobs, these are the very things we are teaching at Ecotech Institute.

So stop worrying and learn to love cleantech. It’s the patriotic thing to do.

Kyle Crider is Manager – Environmental Operations at Ecotech Institute and Education Corporation of America. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a double-emphasis in Urban Planning & Policy Analysis. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND). He is currently in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Ph.D. Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and not necessarily those of Ecotech Institute or Education Corporation of America. Email Kyle at