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Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index Shows the U.S. Had Nearly 750,000 Clean Job Openings in First Quarter of 2013

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 Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index Shows the U.S. Had
Nearly 750,000 Clean Job Openings in First Quarter of 2013

National Findings include Growth in the Solar Industry, along with an Increase in
              Alternative Fueling Stations and LEED Certifications

Denver, Colorado, May 10, 2013 – Ecotech Institute today released new data from its
Clean Jobs Index, which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The
Index found that there were 749,197 clean jobs posted across the United States
between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013. The Index breaks down clean jobs by
state with links to local listings, helping to fill the data gap left by the U.S.
government when it recently stopped tracking green jobs due to budget cuts.

Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for
solar, wind and renewable energy jobs, launched the Clean Jobs Index in January
2013, although it can pull data for all of 2012. In addition to providing objective
information on jobs, the Clean Jobs Index also aggregates data on a variety of
sustainability factors in all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED
projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering
and state incentives.

One area that is illustrating tremendous growth is the solar industry. In Q1 2013, the
Clean Jobs Index listed more than 8,000 solar jobs with titles such as solar sales
representatives, installers, solar panel manufacturers and project managers.

Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index, Q1 2013:

Number of Clean Jobs Posted in the U.S. in Q1 2013: 749,197

States with the Biggest Gains in Clean Jobs Postings from Q4 2012 to Q1
2013: Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, West Virginia

Number of Available Alternative Fueling Stations Nationwide: 23,575, up
seven percent from Q4 2012

States with the Most Alternative Fueling Stations: California, Florida, Michigan,
Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington
National Number of Electric Car Chargers: 16,256, up by 1,274 from Q4 2012

States with the Most Incentives for Sustainability and Renewables:
California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Washington

States with the Most Growth in Available Incentives from Q4 2012 to Q1
2013: Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon

New Building Space LEED Certified Within Q1 2013: 110,000,000 square feet
nationally, up five percent from the previous quarter

“The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech
sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors
that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and
Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification,
we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in
alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of
transportation. These are powerful indicators.”

Ecotech Institute regularly gathers data for the Clean Jobs Index from a variety of
independent research entities that develop and regularly publish cleantech
information. Sources include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit
organizations and businesses, including: U.S. Energy Information Administration,
U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy and Database of State Incentives for Renewables &
Efficiency.

To learn more about the Clean Jobs Index, visit
http://www.ecotechinstitute.com/cleanjobsindex to learn more about Ecotech
Institute, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com. To take a free online “Introduction to
Sustainability” course taught by Ecotech Institute’s Kyle Crider, sign up today.

About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s
workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges. Launched in April 2010 in Denver,
Colorado, it offers eight highly practical renewable energy degree programs that
provide graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy
employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted.
Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of
Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit
ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576.

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