San Diego's Clean Tech Industry Remains Strong
San Diego’s clean technology industry slipped a bit in 2015.
The latest national survey ranks San Diego fourth among the nation’s 50 largest cities. It's down from third last year.
The San Diego Cleantech Landscape report released Wednesday looked at a number of different industries. They include modern efficient buildings, renewable power, and green transportation. The study also measured patents and venture capital investment.
Cleantech San Diego president Jason Anderson said local policies also make an impact.
“Global technology companies are working hand in hand with public sector companies to help enhance energy and water efficiency across landmark sites like downtown San Diego, the Port of San Diego, the Chula Vista bayfront, and the San Diego Airport," Anderson said.
The index finds San Diego is a top five city in most of the areas measured, which Councilman Todd Gloria said that affirms the city’s commitment to sustainability.
“What sets San Diego apart from all of the rest of the world is our incredible quality of life, our incredible natural resources," Gloria said. "When you’re able to combine the innovation and business-minded nature of the clean-tech companies with technologies and innovations that will help maintain what makes us special. That’s something that everyone can support.”
San Diego’s clean-tech sector has grown from roughly 125 companies in 2007, to more than 800 firms today.