I am not sure what technically falls into the category of “green business.” However companies that produce renewable energy generating products, such as wind turbines or solar panels, are certainly on the rise. Also, companies that provide consulting services that help other businesses or institutions reduce their energy consumption or incorporate green building designs into their infrastructure are also becoming more prevalent.
Even in this down economy, green business and technologies continue to grow. Maybe not as fast as they should be, but growing nonetheless. Businesses are investing in technologies that save energy and money while creating more healthful workplaces. Here are a few facts listed by GreenBiz.com:
• Over the past decade, the amount of paper used per dollar of GDP dropped by 27 percent and the amount of paper recycled rose — also by 27 percent.
• U.S. patents for clean-energy technologies — wind, fuel cells, hydroelectric, tidal, and geothermal — in 2008 were at their highest level in seven years.
• The growth of certified green buildings, which for years had been growing from 10 to 90 percent, slowed dramatically in 2008-most likely because of the economy
• The packaging intensity of the economy — the aluminum, plastics, cardboard, and other materials used per dollar of GDP — continued to decline slightly, as it has for the past several years.
Green Biz has a whole PDF document dedicated to the state of the green business economy in 2009. It’s worth a look.
Pretty much, in 2009 California had 30% more job opening in the green sector than in 2008. Throughout the US the green sector has been expanding steadily even during the recession. It would seem that the recession didn’t affect the green sector at all, or even helped them as oil is becoming a major problem.
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