With 14,000 clean tech jobs and the second-highest amount of venture capital financing for green business after California, Massachusetts is betting big on sustainability, the state's energy and environmental affairs secretary said today.
Ian Bowles said more than 550 businesses are involved in clean tech statewide, a number that he hopes to grow with new incubators affiliated with MIT, for example.
In addition, the state has regained its national leadership environmentally since January 2006, Bowles told Boston.com readers in an Earth Day question-and-answer session.
"We became the first state to start requiring greenhouse gas curbs in new real estate projects,'' Bowles said. "Governor Patrick has made clean energy technology a central part of our economic strategy. Candidly, the Bush Administration continues to block needed steps forward on greenhouse gases. I'm hopeful the next President will make the United States a global leader again on these challenges.''
When asked about efforts to make Boston and the state more bike friendly, Bowles responded that a new park unveiled today on the Neponset River would add 3 miles of riverfront bikepath.
"(The) MBTA has also started adding bike racks on buses,'' he added. "We have a lot more to do, but are working on it actively.''
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