August 10th, 2010

UPDATE: Top 10 US Cleantech Cities, Is Your City Falling Behind?


I created the ‘TOP 10 US Cities for Cleantech Report” about a month ago. The goal is simple: crowdsource the research on cleantech resources across the US, then rank the information from 1 to 10, then provide it free to the community for people to use.

Story and Purpose of the Report

At first, the goal was selfish and for my own purposes. I know what’s happening in Boston very well because I’ve lived here for 2 years. But I wanted to be able to go to NYC, Boulder, San Fran, or (insert any US city here) and get plugged into the cleantech scene in a week, instead of the 3 months it would normally take.

But then I realized, this is information useful to EVERYONE interested in the industry: students, journalists, young professionals, entrepreneurs, writers, you name it. If you’re into renewable energy and cleantech, it’ll be useful for you.

Thus, the survey is mainly focused on gathering information about the cleantech related 1) industry association 2) networking events and groups 3) business plan competitions 4) government programs and 5) the private companies and investors that dominate the local market. Basically, all the things you’d need to research what was happening in a city.

I need your help!

The respot will be very useful but the research is crowdsources for 2 main reason 1) I don’t have time to do all the research 2) I only know Boston very well, but not other cities. That’s where you come in.

If you’re from one of the below cities, we’ve love your input, go to the survey here and fill in any and all information you know.

  1. Denver/Boulder
  2. New York City
  3. San Francisco
  4. Boston
  5. Washington DC
  6. Seattle
  7. Portland
  8. Chicago
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Philadelphia

Current Update

Thank you to everyone who’s responded so far. You Rock! The turnout hasn’t been huge, but not small either.  In total, there have been 14 responses, and here they are by city.

San Diego 7

Tulsa, Oklahoma 4

Berkley, CA 1

San Fran 1

Boston 1

If you notice you’re city is lacking but know there’s tons of cool stuff happening, lets us know!

I’m planning on compiling all the data and releasing the report in a couple months, once we have some more balanced information.

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About Chris Williams

Chris Williams is the editor of Green Light Distrikt and Chief Marketing Officer at HeatSpring . He has experience in business development, prototyping and new venture research with a focus on geothermal heat pumps, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies. Chris is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer and NABCEP certified solar installer. Chris is focused on solving customer facing issues in the creation and adoption of clean energy technologies and products. Chris has installed over 300kW of solar and tens of geothermal systems. He's invented the PV Pal , developed many trainings at HeatSpring, publishes the NABCEP Study Guide , the Hitchhikers Guide to Cleantech and has done due diligence research for Urgent VC . Feel free to connect with him @topherwiliams , on Linkedin , or through email about new ventures, collaborating, writing, research or whatever is on your mind.