On May 10, E2 and our partners released Clean Jobs New York. Our partners included the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, NYS Sustainable Business Council and New Yorkers for Clean Power. The study found that more than 85,000 New Yorkers work in the clean energy industry at 5,500 business establishments across all 62 counties in the state.

“Tens of thousands of New Yorkers make clean energy a big and growing part of our state’s economy,” said Ron Kamen, CEO of EarthKind Energy Inc. and a director of E2’s New York Chapter. “Clean energy now employs as many New Yorkers as some of the most prominent sectors in our economy. With the right policies, we can continue to create jobs in our state, while also helping our environment.”

Check out Ron Kamen’s Op-Ed in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Clean Energy will bolster both the economy and future.  Also, see Finger Lakes-based E2 member Suzanne Hunt’s piece in USA Today, Clean energy means more jobs on the family farm.

Clean Jobs New York was unveiled in Manhattan at the Solar One Green Energy Education Center as part of the launch of New Yorkers for Clean Power, a new coalition campaign that E2 is a part of to accelerate the scale-up of efficiency, solar, off-shore wind and electric vehicles. The press conference included remarks by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo and representatives from E2, NRDC and other coalition partners. Check out a short video of the launch event here.

In the months ahead, Clean Jobs New York will be key in our work telling the story of how clean energy is creating jobs, driving growth – and helping New York’s environment. It also will be instrumental in our efforts to push for smart policies that can create even more clean energy jobs in the state. We’ll be spreading this message across the state in the months to come. If you would like to get involved, please contact me at any time.

Pictured above: E2 NY chapter directors and staff with actor and activist Mark Ruffalo (center, beard) at the launch of E2’s Clean Jobs NY and New Yorkers for Clean Power campaign.

Ying Li is E2’s Senior Development Coordinator based in New York City.