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Since 2006, Washington’s green economy has experienced annual growth of roughly five percent; the emerging Clean Energy Technology sector alone includes more than 240 organizations and $2.1 billion in revenues (2004). It is estimated that continued investments in our state’s green economy could quadruple the number of green jobs by 2020.

- State of WA Dept. of Ecology Washington Green Economy website,  “Number of Green  Jobs May Quadruple: The Green Report”

You have probably heard a lot lately about "green jobs", "green businesses" and the "green economy", but may not be sure what these terms really mean and how to use this information to grow your business and to meet the new Triple Bottom Line (TBL): People, Planet, Profit.

In addition to an overview, this website will help you to understand basic terminology , trends and best practices like supply chain management and environmental management systems.


What does it mean to be green?

The GREEN ECONOMY is "the manufacturing and use of products and services that help to overcome global warming, promote protection of the environment, and provide a reliable source of energy in Washington State and every region and state in the United States".

Much of the work we have to do now to 'green' our economy involves retrofitting the places that we live and work and the way we get around (electric and hybrid cars, buses and other mass transit). Some of these jobs are hard or impossible to send to other countries since you can't pick up a house, send it to China to have solar panels installed, then have it shipped back.

For a business to be classified as a direct green business it must make a product or service that meets the "green economy" description above. To be recognized as an indirect green business, it must make generic materials and parts used to make green products like solar panels, smart electrical grids and energy efficient buildings. Other indirect green companies provide services like carbon accounting, chemical engineering or market research to direct green businesses.

It is also increasingly important for businesses to adopt documented environmental management systems (like globally recognized ISO 14001) in order to remain competitive, especially in international markets and OEM supply chains (including federal government agencies).

Direct Green Economy Sectors in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties

As you read above, the green economy is products and services that protect the environment and provide reliable energy sources. In our four-county area, these sectors include: Green Energy, the Environment, Green Building, Green ("Sustainable") Manufacturing and Green Transportation (and their subsectors).


Green Energy The
Green Building Green Manufacturing Green Transportation
Efficient Distribution Water Conservation and Treatment Residential Production Processes Public Transportation


  • Renewable
  • Alternative

Waste Management

Protection, Remediation & Restoration

Commercial and Public


Products Fuel Efficient Vehicles