WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April 22, 2015, marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 16-22) ― this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.
$9.8 billion Revenues in 2012 for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources, such as hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and other electric power generation. This figure is up 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007.
697 The number of wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and other electric power generation business establishments in 2012, up from 312 in 2007.
5,456 The number of employees in wind electric power generation, the most among the industries using renewable energy in 2012.
$5 billion Revenues for the wind electric power generation industry in 2012, the highest among the industries using renewable energy resources. Hydroelectric power generation followed with revenues of $2.4 billion. Geothermal electric power generation had revenues of just under $1 billion ($995.4 million), followed by biomass electric power generation, with $934.6 million in revenues, solar electric power generation, with $472.4 million, and other electric power generation, with $59.0 million.
25.8 minutes Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older across the country spent getting to work in 2013, up from 25.7 minutes in 2012 and 25.5 minutes in 2011.
32.5 and 32.1 minutes Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older in Maryland and New York spent getting to work in 2013, the longest commute time in the nation. (The two times are not statistically different.) Maryland's time is up from 31.8 minutes in 2012.
17.9 Estimated average time workers age 16 and older in North Dakota and Wyoming spent getting to work in 2013, the shortest one-way commute times in the nation.
882,198 Estimated number of people who rode a bicycle to work in 2013. This comes out to about 0.6 percent of the American workforce.
4,000,459 Estimated number of people who walked to work in 2013. This comes out to about 2.8 percent of the American workforce.
53,515 Number of workers employed in forestry and logging (NAICS 113) across the U.S. in 2012, up from 53,034 in 2011. They had an average annual salary of $39,616, up from $37,986 in 2011. Source: 2012 County Business Patterns http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 Annual Survey of Manufactures
$1.5 billion Estimated revenue for "waste collection – hazardous waste management collection services" in 2013 for estimated sources of revenue for U.S. employer firms. This was up 16.4 percent from 2012.
$6.6 billion Estimated revenue for "waste treatment and disposal – hazardous waste treatment and disposal services" in 2013 for estimated sources of revenue for U.S. employer firms. This was up 5.6 percent from 2012.
$12.9 billion Estimated revenue for "local, fixed-route passenger transportation, by road and transit rail" in 2013 for estimated sources of revenue for employer firms. This is up 5.2 percent from 2012.
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Father's Day (third Sunday in June)
Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
The Fourth of July (July 4)
The Holiday Season (December)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act
Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Profile America Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or email: [email protected].