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Subject: Business Development
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: tim21-ga
List Price: $150.00
Posted: 03 Aug 2006 15:44 PDT
Expires: 02 Sep 2006 15:44 PDT
Question ID: 752331
An historically successful approach to business development and
employment generation has involved the clustering of firms in a
particular industry sector in a specific geographic location. The
clustering of information technology firms in Silicon Valley is an
outstanding example.

A proposal has been made to establish an industry cluster involving
environmental goods and services firms in a specific location in
Queensland, Australia.

I want to know if there are any other examples of a cluster of
environmental goods and services businessess clustered in a specific
geographic location anywhere else in the world. I am specifically
looking for intentional place based clusters of firms operating in the
environmental goods and services industry sector. 

Environmental goods and services are generally defined as those that
are used to measure, prevent, minimise or remediate environmental
damage to water, air or soil as well as problems related to waste,
noise and ecosystems. They include cleaner and more resource efficient
technologies, products and services, including those which reduce
energy and water consumption and those which aim to deliver
sustainable development. Services can include research and/or
development and teaching and training activities in the environmental

Web sites and articles referring to any relevant clusters are sought.
Subject: Re: Business Development
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 05 Aug 2006 20:42 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi tim21,

There are an assortment of clusters of environmental firms that I was
able to find.

These areas can be found in Arizona and California in the United
States, Greater Peterborough and Wales in the UK, and Finland.



Arizona's is notable as a huge gathering of firms in the environmental
technology industry.  More than 200 firms are part of the
Environmental Technology Industry Cluster, an organization which acts
on their behalf.  One third of the 200 firms are located each in
Tucson, Flagstaff and Phoenix. The cluster was founded in 1992 and
Tucson really began its environmental industry in 1995.

Here are some examples of the areas that the cluster deals with:
    * Renewable and alternative energy
    * Regulatory and environmental affairs
    * Environmental consulting
    * Air, water and waste management and pollution control
    * Recycling, recovery and remediation
    * Legal/legal firms
    * Governmental agencies
    * Academia 

Some examples of businesses included in this cluster are:

Zeta Corp.
   -- sells a technology that causes harmful bacteria to disintegrate
cheaply and without chemicals
Intersect Technologies
C TRADE-- hybrid solar and wind technologies
Resource Recovery, INC

Here is a full membership directory:

Here are some websites relating to this cluster:
"Now, the state cluster boasts a number of companies that do business
abroad. Most environmental technology companies are small outfits with
fewer than 10 employees, but the cluster helps them sell themselves as
a collective unit with more than $2 billion in sales and diverse

Here is an excellent article on the Arizona environmental industry:

"... it is only in recent years that a solid environment-friendly
industry has emerged that boasts financial feasibility, merit,
government support and much growth potential. In Arizona this group,
known broadly as environmental technology, is already a cluster sector
that shows great promise.

Environmental technology companies in Arizona fall into one of three
branches: services, equipment and resources. Most are located in and
around the state?s three research universities: the University of
Arizona in Tucson, Arizona State University in Phoenix, and Northern
Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff."


San Jose, California---

Environmental Business Cluster- a nonprofit organization dedicated to
helping environmental business start-ups.

"The Environmental Business Cluster (EBC), the first incubator for
environmental businesses in the United States , assists new,
for-profit companies in developing products or services that will have
a positive impact on the environment. Start-ups at the EBC receive
affordable space, furnishings and business start-up services in a
collaborative setting. An Affiliate Program also exists for
non-resident clients. During its 10-year history, the non-profit EBC
has assisted more than 85 businesses.

 The EBC is designed to minimize the costs associated with starting a
business, improve the chances for success and increase the linkages
between emerging companies and established businesses, universities
and professionals in the field. The EBC focuses on creating synergy
between the start-ups and developing opportunities for financing and
strategic partnerships with more established corporations. The EBC is
a project of San Jose State University and the Redevelopment Agency of
the City of San Jose."

It deals with the following aspects of environmental industries:

clean/renewable energy
pollution prevention
hazardous waste destruction
advanced transportation
energy efficiency
solar products
environmental services
hydrogen fuel cells
electric vehicles

"The Environmental Business Cluster (EBC), located in downtown San
Jose, California, provides a location where 15-20 environmental
businesses can start-up at one site.

The EBC is a non-profit program of San Jose State University and
operates with financial support from the Redevelopment Agency of the
City of San Jose. It was created to assist young companies developing
products or services that have a positive impact on the environment.
The EBC can assist on-site businesses that those that operate
throughout northern California."

There are similar firms located in the California towns of Chula Vista
and Thousand Oaks.

Thousand Oaks:

Chula Vista:
Border Environment Business Cluster

Greater Peterborough, UK.

Peterborough Environment Cluster--

Three percent of the population in Peterborough is employed in the
environmental sector, and the industry generates 340 million in

Their news archive:

Launched in 2002. Speech by Lord Sainsbury:

"Greater Peterborough is a growing area with strong
environment-related capabilities which the cluster initiative seeks to
support and develop.

The objectives of Encluster are to help identify and exploit business
opportunities, to encourage start-ups and inward investment in a
number of practical ways, including networking activities and
demonstration projects, particularly in waste management and
processing, energy management and renewable energy."

"The Peterborough Environment Cluster aims to
generate more environment-related jobs and
investment - on top of a remarkable existing base.
A recent study showed that there are already more
than 250 environment sector
organisations in Peterborough,
employing more than 4,500
people. The sector now accounts
for over five per cent of the area?s
economic activity."



"The Environmental cluster has been operational since 2000. It currently has
95 member companies with a combined turnover of 190m and 2700
employees. Many are micro businesses and ?one man bands?.
The cluster group has representative companies from all aspects of
environmental goods and services. However, there is particular expertise in
Wales in renewables, sustainability, land remediation and wastewater


Environmental Cluster Programme

"The Finnish Environmental Cluster Research Programme is a
collaborative programme between researchers, the business sector,
public authorities and funding organisations. This programme aims at
raising the level of environmental know-how, improving the state of
the environment, and integrating environmental issues more closely
into the Finnish system of innovation.

The main financiers of the programme are the Ministry of the
Environment, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Transport and
communications, the National Technology Agency, and the Academy of
Finland. The Finnish Ministry of Environment is responsible for the
coordination of the programme.

The central issues of the programme are the control of the climate
change, prevention of waste production, recycling, promotion of a good
and healthy environment, sustaining biodiversity, economic instruments
and their effectiveness, and the anticipation of environmental

During the first three phases of the programme (1997-1999, 2000-2002
and 2003-2005) 200 projects have been funded from the programme. The
fourth phase will be carried out during the years 2006-2009."

A report on the program:

Search terms:
"Environmental Technology Industry Cluster"
phoenix industry cluster
environmental cluster
peterborough cluster
"environmental cluster"
"environmental cluster" + wales
"environmental cluster" + finland

If you need any more help or additonal clarifications, let me know and
I'll be happy to help.

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