Report sets benchmark for area's green economy
Friday, August 16, 2013 3:25 PM
Greater Des Moines saw more than an 11 percent increase in what are considered "green jobs" between 2003 and 2010. That was one finding of the "A Greener Greater Des Moines," report released yesterday by Capital Crossroads.
The report is part of the Environmental Capital portion of the Capital Crossroads plan, and was compiled to assess and define the local green economy and benchmark the region's sustainable assets to establish a base from which to track progress.
Some other elements of the report:
- Iowa trails had an estimated 1.8 million visits in 2011, adding $8.5 million to the economy. Central Iowa has nearly 700 miles of trails.
- There are 5,256 green jobs in Greater Des Moines and 43,791 in the state. The average wage for a green job, which can be found in a long list of industries, is $38,671.
- Iowa is the first state in the nation to exceed 20 percent of all energy generation from wind, and state wind generators can produce enough power to provide electricity to more than 1 million homes.
The report uses statistics compiled from a number of organizations, including The Tomorrow Plan, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa Wind Energy Association and the Brookings Institute.
To see the full report, click here.