The \u201cgreen\u201d job explosion was more like a firecracker in the last seven years, according to The Brookings Institution\u2019s metropolitan policy program. The recent survey by the think tank found that in California, jobs related to renewables, energy efficient buildings, mass transit, organic farming, and the like experienced relatively minor increases. Still, the jobs created appeared to be at a decent pay grade. In urban areas, technical and service-related jobs received higher pay. Major Central Valley communities added more employment in building and maintaining renewable energy facilities, still at decent wages. Bakersfield had 3,100 clean jobs in 2010 at a median wage of $44,000\/year. The area showed a 9 percent increase in photovoltaic-related jobs between 2003-2010, and a 52 percent increase in energy-saving building materials jobs. Fresno\u2019s clean jobs totaled 9,300 last year at an average wage of $38,000. Biofuels\/biomass-related jobs increased by 30 percent. Photovoltaic employment was up 21 percent between 2003 and 2010. Los Angeles tallied 90,000 green jobs at an average of $41,000\/year. Wind energy accounted for a 37 percent increase between 2003 and 2010, but only 40 jobs in 2010. Solar thermal produced a 20 percent increase, with 200 jobs added last year. Fuel cell employment was up 61 percent for the seven years. Geothermal accounted for a 15 percent increase. Green building materials\u2019 employment was up 18 percent with 4,000 jobs between 2003 and 2010. Oxnard boasted 5,200 new green jobs at an annual average wage of $44,000\/year. The biggest increase was in building materials with a 50 percent rise over seven years to include 100 new jobs last year. Solar thermal employment accounted for 15 new jobs last year. Riverside sports 23,000 jobs at an annual average of $41,000\/year. The most growth was in wind power at an increase of 44 percent with 108 jobs. Photovoltaic increased 18 percent with 121 jobs, and solar thermal by 17 percent for 47 jobs. Geothermal accounted for six jobs, and that was a 32 percent increase. Sacramento in 2010 had 37,000 green jobs with an average wage of $49,500. The area landed 126 new jobs in photovoltaics, up 55 percent over the period, and another 71 jobs in solar thermal, up 44 percent. Biofuels added 37 jobs, and fuel cells 34 new jobs. Conservation jobs only accounted for an 8 percent increase, but that translated into almost 7,000 jobs. San Diego totaled 22,800 jobs at $45,000\/year. The largest increase in terms of numbers of energy jobs was in photovoltaics at 183, or 23.5 percent. Smart grid work accounted for 35 jobs, an increase of 35 percent. Renewable energy services were up 36 percent, or 53 jobs. San Francisco has clean economy employment of 52,000 jobs at an annual wage of $59,000. The biggest percentage increase over the period was in wind, at over 113 percent and 200 jobs. Fuel cells also accounted for a 100 percent increase with 129 jobs. Smart grid-related employment was up 78 percent with 2,800 jobs. Solar thermal accounted for 178 new jobs, a 63 percent increase, and battery technologies were up 43 percent with 164 jobs. San Jose tallied 19,000 jobs at $55,000\/year. Fuel cell employment was up 25 percent with 214 new jobs. Wind-related employment increased by 17 percent, but that accounted for 2,000 jobs between 2003 and 2010. Stockton has 4,600 jobs at about $40,000\/year. Energy-saving building materials accounted for the biggest leap, with 180 jobs, or a 20 percent increase. Photovoltaic employment increased 17 percent with 17 new jobs. * * * * * In another greenhouse gas reduction effort, the California Air Resources Board set an Oct. 20 hearing on rules to require apartment and condominium buildings, as well as commercial businesses, to begin recycling solid waste in 2012. The Air Board estimates that increased recycling and composting of waste from these buildings will cut greenhouse gases in 2020 by 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The reduction will accrue by keeping the waste out of landfills where it would produce methane as it decomposes. Cities and counties have long been subject to recycling requirements under state law, but multi-unit dwellings and commercial buildings--which often use private waste haulers--have not been directly regulated.