The West is setting the clean-economy pace
By Steve Clem, Skanska, with Andra Durbin, Oregon Environmental Council
Skanska, with Andra Durbin, Oregon Environmental Council
Steve Clem is the vice president of pre-construction for Skanska. Andrea Durbin, executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council, also contributed to this post.
Last night, four prominent leaders — Oregon’s Gov. John Kitzhaber, Gov. Chris Gregoire from Washington, Premier Christy Clark from British Columbia, and Secretary John Laird on behalf of Gov. Jerry Brown from California — jointly committed to move forward on building a low-carbon economy with or without federal leadership.
The Pacific Coast Collaborative Leaders Forum, hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia, centered around the formation of the region’s West Coast Action Plan on Jobs. Supported by a new West Coast Clean Economy report the group commissioned, the leaders outlined a number of areas where the West Coast collaboration can accelerate cleaner, low-carbon economic opportunities. Assessing the current lay of the land, the newly released report concludes that the “West Coast region, which is globally competitive with other global economic powerhouses, is ideally positioned to realize the economic, social, and environmental benefits of clean economic growth.”
We couldn’t agree more. As members of Oregon’s business and environmental communities, we applaud the cooperation and commitment demonstrated by this announcement.
As Gov. Kitzhaber stated, “More than 500,000 Pacific Coast residents are cashing clean economy paychecks right now. And job creation rates in the clean economy are well above those for other shrinking sectors of the economy, pay better, and have been more resilient to the recent economic downturn.”
The report highlights the potential to add another 1.03 million new jobs by 2020, showing the strength, reliability and rapid growth in this sector.
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