Clean Jobs Midwest is an annual report based on survey data on clean energy employment in 12 Midwestern states.

These states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Midwest’s clean energy industry employed 734,753 people in sectors including renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, clean transportation, grid and storage, and clean fuels at the end of 2022. 

Evergreen Climate Innovations partners with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) to publish this comprehensive report.

Clean energy jobs include jobs in both traditional and emerging sectors like renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, clean transportation, grid and storage, and clean fuels.

Clean Jobs Midwest reports employment and growth in clean energy technologies across the Midwest. The data and analyses presented in this report by Evergreen Climate Innovations and E2 are based on data collected for the 2023 U.S. Energy Employment Report (2023 USEER), produced by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and collected and analyzed by BW Research Partnership (BWRP).

Review detailed Clean Jobs Midwest project survey methodology here.

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We'd like to thank our partners for working together to develop a process that delivers ongoing clean energy jobs research and insights to the country, with a focus on the Midwest region.

Evergreen Climate Innovations provides catalytic capital and support to entrepreneurs and startups that bring impactful climate technologies to market. The nonprofit pioneered its 501vc® Investment Fund to align philanthropic and corporate contributions to deliver environmental, economic, and social impact. Evergreen advances and expands access to innovation across the Greater Midwest and cultivates an ecosystem of investors, donors, and collaborators. For over a decade, Evergreen Climate Innovations has invested in startups that have raised $42 for every $1 invested.

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for our economy and good for our environment. Our members, who live or do business in nearly every state in the country, have founded or funded 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.

BW Research is an applied research firm committed to providing the most accurate, reliable data and analyses to support better investments, policies, and decisions for our clients. BW Research has conducted numerous clean energy jobs reports and has developed an Energy Employment Index for the entire United States.

Clean Jobs Midwest is made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy’s U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), which is a comprehensive summary of national and state-level energy jobs, reporting by industry, technology, and region with data on unionization rates, demographics, and employer perspectives on growth and hiring.

We'd like to thank our generous supporters for backing this important endeavor.

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Established in 1953, the McKnight Foundation is deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest; building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota; and supporting the arts and culture in Minnesota, neuroscience, and global food systems.

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