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Fall 2010 Newsletter

BC3's Full Member Meeting
will take place
Wednesday, November 17

3:00pm to 5:00pm
at the
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment

Upcoming BC3 Events
Reducing the Carbon Emissions From Your Carpet

5:30 - 6:15 PM Networking & Drinks
6:15 - 7:15 PM Panel & Discussion 7:15 - 8:00 PM Networking & Drinks
Learn how purchasing decisions, supply chain management, and comprehensive waste strategies can make deep cuts in the average businesses' GHG footprint and operating costs when it comes to carpeting products.
Speakers: Heidi Sandborn (CPSC), Kimbrely Matsoukas (Bentley Prince Street), and Bob Besso (Recology). Kirsten Ritchie (Gensler) will moderate.
Refreshments and drinks will be provided by Bentley Prince Street.
Click here to email-RSVP.

November 17
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Featuring: Melanie Nutter, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

November 23 Workshop
1:30 - 4:30pm
Securing Rebates for Zero Emission Vehicles
Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building

Click here to see our full calendar, including local and regional climate and business events. 

BC3 events are for Members Only: All guests must be accompanied by a Member. If you are a member, but have not received our event invitations, please email us at bc3@bc3sfbay.org

If you are not a member, but are interested in attending BC3 events, please go to www.bc3sfbay.org/join


Take Action Resources
from our recent events

From September 22nd,
Update on the UN Global Compact Sustainability Center

Kelly Pretzer, SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Anne Taupier, SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development

From August 26th
A Common Green
Bently Reserve
Orchard Hotels

From August 19th
Communicating Climate - Findings from the CA Academy of Sciences
Aaron Pope, Cal Academy of Sciences

From July 29th
Trends in Sustainability Reporting with EcoStrategy Group
Kathleen Gilligan, ESA
Karen Janowski, ESA

Event Resources URL:
Other Climate Events in the Bay Area 
Welcome to the Fall 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.
B C 3  N E W S 
New Program Manager

Katherine MichonskiIn September, Rachel Barge left BC3 to pursue some hands-on development work with an environmental organization in India, called Loop Solutions. We're delighted to welcome Katherine Michonski as our new program manager. As Program Manager she is in charge of daily operations, partnerships, and development. Prior to joining BC3, Katherine worked on international climate and energy policy as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She also provides outreach and development support for EarthSpark International, a nonprofit organization that works to alleviate energy poverty in Haiti. Katherine graduated from the University of Chicago, where she worked on a number of environmental projects, including the founding university's first sustainability council. This summer we also bid farewell to interns Kate Gasner and Kyle Aarons. We're also sending off summer intern Sumir Saini.

BC3 Opposes Prop 23

As many of you know, California's landmark climate bill, AB 32, is at risk in the November elections. If passed, Prop 23 would set back the state's progressive clean air policies and remove incentives for investing in California's clean technology businesses.
As a partnership of San Francisco Bay Area businesses committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, supporting climate legislation is integral to BC3's mission-and part of the five principles to which all BC3 member companies commit. For this reason, we believe it is appropriate and necessary to support AB 32 by actively opposing Prop 23. We have registered our position with the "No on 23" campaign. If your business has not yet taken action, we urge you to join us at www.stopdirtyenergyprop.com. Many businesses, organizations, and government officials have already expressed their opposition to Prop 23, including Governor Schwarzenegger, Mayor Newsom, Meg Whitman, Attorney General Brown, the Bay Area Council, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, among others.

AAA Greenlight Awards BC3 $10,000 Grant

BC3 was awarded a grant from AAA to sponsor two workshops on alternative fuel commuting. The grant aims to help Bay Area businesses increase their use of alternative fuel vehicles. On November 23, the first workshop will educate consumers on securing rebates when purchasing zero emission vehicles, and will provide insights on utility rates and infrastructure development for electric vehicles. In March 2011, the second workshop will provide an overview of the clean vehicle choices on the market in the Bay
AAA Greenlight
Become a BC3 Sponsor

BC3 has created a new way for firms to demonstrate leadership, support the BC3 program, and build member brand value with the Bay Area's top business leaders.We've created four-tiered sponsorship and benefits package: Bronze ($2,500), Silver ($5,000), Gold ($7,500), Platinum ($10,000). Sponsorship benefits include preferred speaking and hosting opportunities, spotlight article and press mentions, and other high-profile public recognition.
See here for more details.

Seeking New Advisory Committee Member

Looking to step up your role in BC3? The BC3 Advisory Committee is looking for you! The Advisory Committee provides vision, guidance and support for BC3, and is composed of 12 representatives from member companies, co-sponsor organizations, non-profit partners.

Qualified candidates should be passionate about deeper involvement with BC3, be able to provide connections and resources to help the organization grow, and have the time and commitment to attend monthly 2-hour meetings. The new member will be selected by the Advisory Committee based on current needs and applicants' expressed interest and ability.

Applications will be accepted until November 1. Interested parties can find more information and application materials here.
M E M B E R  N E W S

Member Spotlight

BC3 is excited to announce a new member, the San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF). SFGFF is an annual 4-day event that aims to showcase the latest innovative film and media that explore the environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic aspects of living sustainably on this planet. Its mission is to create inspiring programs of films and discussions that link media arts with environmental action.

SF Green Film Fest LogoThe festival aims to provide a dynamic forum for films that focus on key issues that define what green living really means, including eco-economics, environmental sustainability, technology, and agriculture.  A tandem web-based festival will extend these opportunities to global online participants. The festival will also provide filmmakers with a unique platform for their work, and provide audiences the opportunities to watch, share, discuss and act. In the long term, SFGFF seeks to position the festival as the flagship U.S. environmental film festival, and the West Coast's leading interactive event for innovative film, television, and digital media that explores green and sustainability issues. SFGFF is headquartered in the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, which they have generously donated for BC3's November 17 full member meeting.

CH2MHill Recognized for Sustainability

BC3 member company CH2MHill scored highest for sustainability metrics in a recent report by Verdantix, an independent analyst firm. The company beat the 18 largest U.S.-based engineering firms on areas including waste and water management, smart grid and electric vehicles, and green building, among others. BC3 member SAIC also scored highly in the report. Congratulations to our members for their outstanding achievements in sustainability!

Membership Dues Process

BC3's new membership dues structure is intended to reduce the cost of membership dues, while creating a steady revenue stream for the organization. In addition, BC3 is offering sponsorship opportunities. Throughout the summer, BC3 contacted each member company to discuss how these changes would affect your business. You were also invoiced for 2010 membership dues. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Michonski at katherine@bc3sfbay.org, or 415.355.3741.

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