Washington No. 6, Seattle No. 9 on latest ‘green’ rankings

Washington state is No. 6 among states and Seattle fell to No. 9 among U.S. cities on a new list of clean technology rankings.

California leads all states and San Francisco leads all U.S. cities on the U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, created by research and advisory firm Clean Edge of Portland. States are ranked in categories of technology, policy, and capital, and cities are ranked on their green buildings, advanced transportation, clean electricity and carbon management, and clean tech investment, innovation, and workforce.

Washington state was cited for its generation of "more than 80 percent of in-state electricity from low-carbon sources, making it home to arguably the greenest grid in the nation. Through aggressive policies and an eager public, Washington has also become an early leader in electric vehicle activity – both for EV sales and the build out of a reliable charging infrastructure network."

Seattle dropped four spots from fifth last year, falling more than five points from 56.5 to 51.2. Seattle scored fifth in both green buildings and advanced transportation, but is 14th in clean electricity and 19th in investment, innovation and workforce.

Ben Miller Contributing Editor-Puget Sound Business Journal

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