October 31, 2011
Beyond the headline numbers, the report highlights the diversity of sectors, activities, and skill levels associated with clean energy, and points to workforce education needs.
By David L. Levy
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center released the 2011 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report this month, just a few weeks after the failures of solar firms Solyndra and [...]
October 14, 2011
This is a guest post by Kevin Doyle, Principal of Green Economy and Co-Chair of the New England Clean Energy Council’s Workforce Development Group. It is reprinted by permission from the Clean Energy Council blog.
Economic development and workforce development must be done together. That was the primary recommendation of two research reports released last month. [...]
June 28, 2011
Boston-based Zipcar raised $174 million from its Initial Public Offering in April 2011. It already has operates in 14 big cities and 230 college campuses around the United States, Canada and the UK, and is planning to use the new capital for market expansion. Zipcar is not a high tech business, and its success is [...]
December 5, 2010
Dan Reicher, Google’s (former) Director of Climate Change & Energy Initiatives, spoke this week at UMass-Boston’s launch of its professional education programs in clean energy and sustainability.
Dan Reicher, until last week Google’s Director of Climate Change & Energy Initiatives, told a UMass-Boston audience of several hundred people that the US needs to do much more [...]
November 10, 2010
New Clean Edge jobs report shows the Boston region is doing relatively well, but the U.S. is lagging in green jobs
by Joshua Rinaldi and David Levy
Joshua Rinaldi is a first year doctoral student in the McCormack School of Public Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
A recent Clean Tech Jobs Outlook [...]
May 18, 2010
A few weeks ago I ran into David Weinberg, President of Apogee Solar, a solar energy developer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. I was intrigued by his company’s business pitch: to provide solar installations at no up-front cost to customers and then enter a long-term agreement to sell power to the customer at a heavily discounted [...]
May 6, 2010
UMass-Boston celebrates new Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) with “Green Education for the Next Generation” events
On Saturday night, May 1st, UMass-Boston celebrated the launch of our new Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (disclosure – I’m the director) and other sustainability initiatives on campus with a gala dinner featuring keynote speaker [...]
January 24, 2010
Some clean techsectors are overhyped, while others have unrecognized potential
by David L. Levy
When most people think about clean energy, solar and wind are the first things that spring to mind. Markets for these renewable energy sources have exhibited rapid growth of about 25-30% annually, and these sectors have attracted the lion’s share of venture capital [...]
November 5, 2009
By David L. Levy
Concerns about the future of the US clean energy sector were heightened last week when John Rudolf ran a New York Times article describing plans for a 600-megawatt $1.5 billion wind farm in West Texas. With construction set to begin in March 2010, the wind farm will use 240 2.5MW turbines manufactured [...]
October 27, 2009
But troubling outlook for manufacturing in the U.S.
by David L. Levy
Last week a student at our university sheepishly poked his head into my office and asked if I knew where the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) was located, as he was interested in the new University of Massachusetts clean energy programs [...]