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Green Economy Working Group

To address requirements as detailed in HB 1109, the Washington State Department of Commerce  has convened a work group regarding the development of Washington’s green economy based on the state’s competitive advantages in energy, water, natural resources and agriculture.

The work group is conducting the following tasks:

Opportunities in Education and Workforce Development

  • Develop an inventory of higher education resources – including research, development and workforce training – to foster green economic development in energy, water, agriculture and forestry (natural resources).
  • Identify investment opportunities in higher education research, development and workforce training to enhance and accelerate green economic development.

Opportunities in Technology

  • Identify opportunities for integrating current and emerging technologies into and across energy, water, agriculture and forestry (natural resources) sectors of the state’s economy.
  • Identify opportunities to create and enhance use of resources, including water and energy conservation, while minimalizing environmental impacts and integrating with smart grid technologies.

Policy Recommendations for State and Local Government

  • Make recommendations for green economic development investment opportunities.
  • Identify how state government may attract private investments to build the green economy in Washington to serve local, state, national and global markets
  • Recommend policies at the state and local government level to promote and accelerate development of the green economy in Washington state.

Who serves on the Green Economy Working Group?

At present, the group has members representing 25 organizations representing diverse interests in Washington state related to the economic sectors examined under this effort.  The working group includes expertise from the following types of organizations:  state government, educational institutions, private industry, regional government, local government, tribal government, non-profits, labor, and energy and utility providers.

What has the Green Economy Working Group completed to date?

At present, the group has completed an Interim Report to the legislature which provides an overview of the work program, how it fits in with other related efforts at Commerce, and a draft inventory of related educational programs in the state. 

Washington Green Economy Interim Report

Next Steps

A final report with work group recommendations provided to the appropriate legislative committees by June 30, 2020.