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AB 32 Project Team Kickoff Meeting
Join fellow BC3 Members to advocate against the effort to repeal AB32 and share best
on how to take advantage of the economic opportunities AB32 provides to
environmentally conscious businesses.
Click here to email-RSVP.
4-7:15pmBC3-BAC "AB32 Symposium - The Economic Value"
Please join the Bay Area Council and BC3 for a Symposium discussing the potential economic benefits of AB 32.
3:00-5:00pmElectric Vehicles Workshop for Leaders
Come for an update
on new electric vehicles, their benefits, local funding opportunities, and regional EV initiatives you can join. This workshop is for CSR / Sustainability Officers, Transportation Directors, and
other decision-makers managing transportation issues in your
organization. Click here
to RSVP.July 29
12-1:30pmTrends in Sustainability Reporting, with EcoStrategy Group
EcoStrategy will share the findings of their study, "Trends in Sustainability Reporting" describing how the top Bay Area companies communicate about their environmental sustainability and climate reporting efforts.
to RSVP.August 4
2:00-4:00pmIdle Reduction Workshop
Come learn how to reduce fuel usage & your carbon footprint. Experts will present solutions & answer questions about idle reduction technologies & air quality regulations.
12:00-1:30pm"Communicating Climate" - Findings from the Cal Academy of Sciences
Aaron Pope, Manager of Sustainability Programs, Cal Academy of Sciences, will share their current social research and key findings.
Join us to learn best practices around "communicating climate change" to the public, your employees and your clients. Click here
to RSVP.August 25
4:30-7:30pm"A Common Green"
Join as San Francisco's leading nonprofits, foundations, and businesses will
gather under one roof for an extraordinary evening soiree and chance to meet face-to-face.
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Join a BC3 Summer Project Team today!
If you're looking to become involved in
electric vehicle policy, please join the BC3-BAC Electric
Vehicle Project Team.
We had a successful EV Kick-Off Meeting on June 23rd
where members shared a variety of ideas on how the Project Team can help Bay
Area businesses demonstrate leadership in this arena.
The BC3 AB32 Project Team will be helping
members advocate against the effort to repeal AB32 and sharing best practices
on how to take advantage of the economic opportunities AB32 provides to
environmentally conscious businesses.
AB 32 KICKOFF MEETING:
July 21, 4-5:30pm
Blue Shield of CA
50 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA
Our Policy & Climate
Action Intern, Kyle Aarons, will be facilitating the Project Teams over
Please email Kyle at email@example.com to JOIN or LEARN MORE about a Project Team.
|BC3 EVENT RESOURCES|
Take Action Resources from our recent events
From May 13th
Navigating the American Carbon World
Jeff Caton, ESA
Fiona Berry, SAIC
Stephanie Glazer, ARUP
From April 13th
Protecting AB32: The Critical Role for Business Leaders
Susan Frank, CA Business Alliance for
a Green Economy
Mike Mielke, SVLG
Jasmin Ansar, Union
of Concerned Scientists
From April 9th
Calla Ostrander, Climate Action
Paul MacGrath, CEO and Founder,
Adeline Canez, Transportation
Demand Coordinator, SFE
Lydia Thornton, 511.org
From March 23rd,
Making YOUR Office Building More Energy Efficient: Upcoming Legislation & Incentives
Barry Hooper, Commercial Green Building Director, SFE
Event Resources URL:
BC3 Members on Triple-Pundit
GRI Certification in Sustainability Reporting
Berkeley CA |
BC3 member TriplePundit.com
an online news source
for sustainable business, presents a certification in Sustainability Reporting
this summer in Berkeley.
They are pleased to offer BC3 members $300
off the corporate rate for admission.
Register soon! This special rate is only
valid until the 15th of July.
After completion of this 2 day course, participants will firmly grasp GRI's
sustainability reporting methodology and devise a sustainability reporting
process that meets their company's needs and the GRI guidelines. Instructors
will provide participants with a hands-on instruction by utilizing GRI's third
generation (G3) sustainability reporting framework. Upon completion,
participants will receive certificates directly
from GRI for their demonstrated knowledge"
more info, click here
To register, click here.
Welcome to the Summer 2010 edition of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) newsletter! These quarterly updates are intended to fill you in on recent events, inform and remind you of upcoming seminars and meetings, and communicate best practices and programs.
BC3 SUMMER POLICY UPDATE
AB32 & Electric Vehicles
By Kyle Aarons, BC3 Summer Policy Intern
The Latest on AB32
Elements of AB 32, California's landmark climate legislation, are falling into place this summer at the Air Resources
Board (ARB), including:
** Low Carbon Fuel Standard that will make our
transportation fuels 10% less carbon-intensive by 2020
** Renewable Electricity Standard that will make our electricity 33% renewable by
** Reporting protocols that will be used to track the
greenhouse gas emissions from large sources.
The ARB is always
interested in hearing a business perspective, especially since the cap
& trade element of AB32 is still under development. Learn more here.
Yet as this
historic law is progressing, Texas oil companies are working to repeal
AB32 through a November ballot proposition. This proposition was
recently approved by the Secretary of State to appear on the ballot, and
is now known as Proposition 23.
BC3 is working with the "Stop the Dirty Energy Proposition" campaign to
fight this dangerous proposition and ensure California's clean economy
can continue to grow. If your company has not already done so, please
consider joining the "Stop the Dirty Energy Proposition" campaign's
coalition of leading businesses such as Blue Shield California, Google,
and Natural Logic, Inc., by clicking here.
members are already speaking out against the anti-AB32 proposition. For
example, Blue Shield of California announced its opposition to the
proposition in early May due to AB32's air quality and public health
See BC3's blog post to learn more.
Electric Vehicles on the Rise
The electric vehicle market is about to get much more exciting, even for those of us that cannot afford a Tesla Roadster.
The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid is slated for release by the end of 2010, and the fully electric Nissan LEAF will be close behind. Where public transportation is inconvenient, these vehicles and their electric brethren provide the opportunity to travel without consuming dirty, costly oil.
All levels of government recognize the public benefits of plug-in vehicles, and many business incentives are available for the purchase of vehicles and charging equipment.
For example, Bay Area company Coulomb Technology was recently awarded a Department of Energy grant to provide free chargers to businesses in several test markets, including the Bay Area, provided that they will be publicly accessible.
State programs and federal legislation are likely to offer further incentives. Most climate and energy bills being discussed in Congress contain further financial and regulatory support for plug-in vehicles.
In a move that will further help the deployment of plug-in vehicles, California is set to implement the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) by early 2011. This groundbreaking law requires transportation fuel sold in California to be 10% less carbon intensive by 2020. This goal will be reached by providers of low-carbon fuel, such as electricity, trading fuel credits to traditional suppliers. Visit the official LCFS site to learn more.
Join BC3's Project Teams to get more involved in advocating against AB32's repeal or in Electric Vehicle leadership.
|May 2010 Full Membership Meeting: A Success |
BC3's Spring Full Member Meeting was held at the California Academy of Sciences on May 20. Nearly 50 BC3 member companies attended and participated in presentations,
discussions, and networking. The meeting ended with a fascinating talk about the museum's green building and sustainability initiatives. Afterward, participants were given free admission to the museum, a VIP tour of Cal Academy's newest exhibit, and entry into NightLife.
Check out the full summary and photos here:
New BC3 Dues & Sponsorships Announced
Membership Dues and Sponsorship Opportunities. During a session of the full membership meeting, BC3 Advisory Committee Members Lori Duvall (Sun Microsystems, former) and Kirsten
Ritchie (Gensler) explained the new levels and thinking behind BC3's
new membership dues and sponsorship opportunities. The intent is to greatly reduce the cost of membership dues, improve BC3's
value to member companies, and solidify the financial sustainability of BC3.
As a member, what's next? Throughout the summer, the BC3 Advisory Committee, Program Manager and Interns will contact each of your individually for a personal conversation about what these changes with mean for you and your business.
|Member Spotlight: EcoStrategy Group|
EcoStrategy Group highlights sustainability communications.
How should businesses communicate their environmental sustainability
to clients and the outside world? BC3 Member EcoStrategy Group, a consulting firm that
helps companies gain competitive advantage through environmental
sustainability, has some key answers to that question.
EcoStrategy Group recently published a report detailing sustainability reporting trends within
the Bay Area business community. This report has particular value to BC3 member
companies, who commit to improving "transparency and disclosure" as part of the Fifth Principle of Climate
The report found that many of the most successful
companies make a conscious effort to inform stakeholders about their
environmental performance. In fact, almost 60% of the Bay Area companies with
revenues of $1 billion or more did so. Moreover, these companies managed to take credit for their progress without "greenwashing," or deceptive green advertising.
They successfully balanced the increasing demand for transparency with
the need to protect company information.
Sustainability reporting is not currently mandated by
federal law, but it has become increasingly mainstream in recent years. The
overall trend toward greater transparency is driven by a number of factors,
including market competition and demand from consumers and investors. Some companies also believe that such reporting may one day become mandatory, as the SEC's recent guidance regarding
the inclusion of climate risks in financial reporting suggests.
EcoStrategy Group assessed the sustainability
communications of the 200 largest Bay Area companies, reviewing only publicly available information such as company disclosures. BC3 member companies Autodesk and Cisco received top ratings in the
You can read the executive summary of the EcoStrategy
Group report by clicking here: http://ecostrategygroup.com/trends.pdf
Meet EcoStrategy Group at our upcoming BC3 Event, "Trends in Sustainability Reporting" on July 29: RSVP HERE
|"Climate Leadership Profile" Tool Coming Soon|
BC3 members should look forward to the new "myBC3 Climate
Leadership Profile", soon to launch in the BC3 website.
This improved tool is a quick, high-level online survey featuring questions related to
each of BC3's Five Principles on Climate Leadership.These questions are
to recognize a company's efforts to mitigate climate change and
also identify potential areas for improvement. Moreover, the interface
is user-friendly and the questions simple enough to be completed in
less than twenty minutes.
The tracking tool will add value to
member companies by enabling them to share information and
create community; develop peer support and best practices; track climate data and progress easily; and take clearly defined action on the Five Principles of Climate Leadership. The information gathered will also help BC3 to program events and support communications.
The Climate Leadership Profile was developed by a BC3 Member Project Team with varied
experience in GHG accounting. At the most recent Full Membership Meeting, participants reviewed a sample of the tracking tool questions and offered valuable
feedback on how they could be improved. The final Climate
Leadership Profile will be included in the BC3 web site later this summer.
|Meet BC3's Newest
Advisory Committee Members
Franky MoSenior Manager of Environmental Affairs/Global Responsibility
Franky Mo is the Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs/Global Responsibility for Gap Inc. (Gap) and has over 13 years experience in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Franky manages Gap's corporate environmental footprint strategy and sustainability efforts and leads supply-chain environmental responsibility program globally. Prior to joining Gap, Franky worked in an international environmental consulting firm, ERM, in Hong Kong .
Franky has a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from UCLA. He is also Registered Environmental Auditor under the UK 's Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). Nancy ShawSocial Responsibility Manager
Blue Shield of California
Nancy Shaw is the social responsibility manager at Blue Shield of California, a not-for-profit health plan with 3.4 million members. Nancy's role includes strategy, communications, employee engagement, public policy, and championing and implementing environmental practices. She is most passionate about transforming corporate culture to embrace sustainability.
Nancy has over 15 years experience in sustainable business and philanthropy, including work for Craigslist, the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, HBO, Williams-Somona and BrightSource Energy. She holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. Her goal in joining Business Council on Climate Change is to help create an even more powerful coalition of business leaders who are actively addressing climate change.Stephanie GlazerSenior Climate Change Specialist
Stephanie has 14 years of
experience as an environmental consultant, managing strategic sustainability projects, supporting cleanup and reuse of Brownfield sites, and advancing
climate change mitigation measures, with a focus on carbon accounting and GHG
emissions reductions. As an accredited
GHG lead verifier in both the voluntary and compliance markets, she has
developed and verified GHG emissions inventories for clients in the
telecommunications, power and water/wastewater utilities, waste management,
retail, and entertainment industries.
Her work includes creating quantification models to evaluate the potential
effectiveness of various policy options aimed at prioritizing implementation
measures and forecasting likely results. Stephanie is currently drafting a carbon accounting protocol for
development projects, which incorporates both the embodied carbon and operating
emissions associated with buildings and infrastructure, and evaluates the possible
tradeoffs between them to optimize design decisions that
support a low-carbon, sustainable development.
Sustainable Development Policy
SPUR (Partner Seat)
Laura Tam is the Sustainable Development Policy Director for SPUR,
the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. In this role,
she directs SPUR's work in five major policy areas: green buildings,
water supply, wastewater, energy and climate change. She led SPUR's
assessment of 42 options for San Francisco to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions, evaluating them by cost and carbon reduction potential, and
making recommendations for climate mitigation priorities for the city
and region. She recently wrote two white papers on sea level rise in the
Bay Area, and is the staff leader of SPUR's task force on climate
change adaptation, whose recommendations are forthcoming this year.
Besides serving on BC3's Advisory Committee, Laura serves on the
Citizens Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Public Utilities
Commission. She previously worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and for the Northern Forest Center, where she wrote the book, At
Home in the Northern Forest. She has a Master's degree in
environmental management from Yale and a BA in Geography from Dartmouth
Interns Join the
BC3 TeamKyle Aarons
, Climate Action Intern
is a law & public policy student at the University of Michigan, and
will be with BC3 through August. Prior to starting at Michigan, Kyle
spent three years with PG&E, working in air quality compliance and
clean air transportation. Kyle will be our lead contact for the EV and
AB32 Project Teams. Kyle loves meeting BC3 members, & invites you to
get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.orgKate Gasner
, Program Intern
graduated from Yale University a year
ago, where she studied Environmental Engineering and worked with the
Office of Sustainability. After returning to the bay area, she worked
with The Artemis Project to develop a listing of the best water
technology companies, and she continues ongoing work with ImagineH2O.
Kate is thrilled to join the BC3 community. Please feel free to connect
with her at email@example.com