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Spring 2011 Newsletter

In This Issue
Guest Article - Susan Frank
Member Spotlight
Earth Day Breakfast
SF CAP Advisory Panel
Clean Green Driving Machines!
"Electrify Your Business" Release
BC3 at UN Forum
SF Green Film Festival
SF Green Festival

Upcoming Events


S A V E  T H E  D A T E

BC3 Full Member Meeting

Monday, May 23

HOK, 1 Bush Street

AB 32 Conference Call

Wednesday, May 11



Event details to come via email. 

SF Environment Announcements 


SF Environment launches Community InSight project!

The Community InSight Project is a public engagement effort led by the San Francisco Department of the Environment. We want to hear your ideas. Tell us how to make San Francisco the most sustainable city on Earth! Join in the conversation now! 



Earth Day! SF Environment will be out in full force this weekend and we need your help! We will have five booths at the Earth Day event at Civic Center Plaza and will be coordinating volunteers to help make the event as close to zero waste as possible. The event producer expects up to 10,000 people to attend! Director Melanie Nutter is also scheduled to speak alongside Mayor Ed Lee. Sign up here.



SF Environment is collaborating with World Resources Institute on a new program called Solar@Work, which will help San Francisco area businesses obtain affordable solar electric systems and financing for them. Find out more at




The San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance requires all San Francisco businesses to fill out an Annual Compliance Reporting Form by April 30, 2011. To access the form and for more information about the Ordinance, visit 



The San Francisco Green Business Program is hosting a Checklist Workshop on Thursday, April 28th, 5-6pm, to help businesses learn about the Program, our standards and assessment process. For more information and to register, please see here.



Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30 to get rid of all those unused and expired medicines. Bring them to any police station in SF for free and safe disposal, 10am - 2pm.


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Member Announcements



Love the Earth Campaign

From now until Earth Day (April 22), BC3 member TerraPass is giving a special bonus for offset purchases. For offset purchases, TerraPass will contribute an additional 1,000 lbs of carbon offsets (that's like taking a car off the road for an extra month!). Purchases support dairy farms, landfill methane capture, and other clean energy projects.  Learn more on our website.


 Sustainable Life Media 

Sustainable Brands '11

Monterey, CA June 7-10

At Sustainable Brands '11, Play On! as the sustainability, brand & design communities come together for the 5th year to discuss how better brands can succeed by helping shape a brighter future. Reawaken your sense of creativity as you learn how sustainable brand leaders are making smarter strategic moves, developing new problem-solving skills, and inspiring others to help them bring healthier, smarter brands to market. Learn more and register here.  


Cole Hardware

Saturday, June 4

Celebrate Cole Hardware Founder Dave Karp's 94th Birthday with a 20 percent off bucket sale at all Cole Hardware locations in San Francisco. Cake will be served! 


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Clean cars for  

all Californians

by Susan Frank 

Better World Group

For more than a decade, BC3 member Better World Group (BWG) has managed broad-based statewide campaigns to help move California's public health and air quality standards forward. One of those campaigns is focused on providing California drivers the choice of much cleaner versions of conventional vehicles, alternative fuel cars and trucks, and zero-emission battery electric and fuel cell vehicles to freeways and driveways throughout the state.  


As part of the California Clean Cars Campaign, BWG is working with public health, consumer, business, local government, labor, faith, environmental, and other stakeholder groups to push for strong standards to help meet the state's goals for 2017-2025. Expanding clean car choices - especially when those cleaner cars also deliver significant pocketbook savings in the form of lower fuel and other operating costs - is popular with a broad cross-section of California voters. However, car companies and other interests prefer to protect the status quo - even if it means halting all progress on getting the pollution reduction and energy security benefits we need from cars, which are the greatest source of pollution in the state.  


Join the California Clean Cars Campaign and make your voice heard in support of clean cars for all Californians!

Member Spotlight

Every quarter, BC3 highlights
its new and newly renewed members. Renew your membership today!





The Bently Reserve is a Nationally Registered Historic Place and LEED-Silver Certified Building, offers 10 different meeting spaces ranging in capacity between 10-650 people. The Bently Reserve recently hosted the SF Green Film Festival (also a BC3 member), and co-hosts an annual event, A Common Green, with BC3 member The Orchard Hotels.


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Commuter Check is the leading provider of pre-tax commuter benefit solutions in the U.S. Over the past three years employers participating in Commuter Check programs have saved over $55 million in payroll taxes, employees boast up to $300 million in pre-tax savings all while saving 2.24 million pounds of carbon.   




Merritt Group is a nationally recognized communications firm with a specialized Cleantech Practice Group, devoted to helping companies drive awareness for their innovations through strategic communications programs spanning public relations, marketing and digital services such as social media and video.


TerraPass helps companies demonstrate environmental leadership by measuring, reducing and offsetting the carbon footprint of their operations. TerraPass carbon offsets fund clean energy and carbon reduction projects in North America and are verified to the highest standards. 


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The W Silicon Valley  is committed to integrating sustainability initiatives across its operations. It recently launched an organic menu at its restaurant, Relish, while also offering organic & biodynamic wines and hosts a signature "Make a Green Choice" program, which rewards guests for making greener choices. All of its bathroom products are recycled bliss products. The W will also introduce LED Lamps in all guest rooms, and is partnering with Save the Bay this year.

Welcome to the Spring 2011 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. Happy (early) Earth Day from the BC3 Team!

BC3 Members Feast and Mingle at Mayor's Annual Earth Day Breakfast

Earth Day Breakfast

Advisory Committee members with SF Environment Director  

On April 20, BC3 Advisory Committee members convened at City Hall for the Mayor's annual Earth Day Breakfast. At the event, Mayor Lee praised the private sector's leadership on climate change and highlighted corporate efforts to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings. To complement the private sector's effort, Mayor Lee announced that all new municipal buildings (both owned and leased) will be required to be LEED-Gold certified. He also announced the city's first agricultural ordinance. 


BC3 Members Engage with the City on a Revised Climate Action Plan


The first meeting of the SF CAP panel at Google's SF offices.

The SF CAP team was formed to provide a business perspective on the San Francisco Climate Action Plan (CAP), which is being revised this year. The 16-person Advisory Panel is composed of representatives from a diverse range of businesses in the Bay Area. Two panel meetings have been held so far, during which businesses discussed the proposed actions under the revised Climate Action Plan. Panel members offered their feedback and suggestions on strategies for business collaboration going forward. For more details, please visit our website

Highlights from BC3's Transportation Workshop at the Ferry Building

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SFE Director Melanie Nutter with Google's RechargeIT vehicle

On April 6, 80+ BC3 member and non-member companies gathered at the San Francisco Ferry Building for a workshop on clean transportation solutions for Bay Area businesses. A diverse group of speakers from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector presented information on alternative fuel vehicle technology, converting corporate fleets to clean vehicles, incentives and infrastructure needs, and resources for developing alternative commuting options for business employees. During the lunch break attendees toured a selection of alternative fuel vehicles on display in front of the Ferry Building.


AAA workshop panel

Click here to listen to speaker podcasts from the workshop and access slide show presentations, including from Rolf Schreiber of Google, Dan Bowermaster of PG&E, Mike Calise of EVadvise, and many others. For full details, including an  SF Chronicle piece on the event, please visit our site.

BC3 and Bay Area Council Release "Electrify Your Business"

The first Bay Area electric vehicle guide for businesses


Electric Car

On April 6, BC3 and Bay Area Council jointly released a new guide to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructure in the Bay Area by providing businesses with easy-to-follow steps to become "EV ready". The guide provides the business case, helpful financial and logistical implementation details, and a practical checklist for getting started. "This is the first report to specifically address the value of electric vehicles for businesses. It is a great tool for forward-thinking companies, and will help position our region as the world leader for EV infrastructure and deployment," said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council.

Click here to download the guide and access more resources.


BC3 Presents on San Francisco's UN Global Compact Project at UN Forum 

UN Forum

On April 8, BC3 Program Manager Katherine Michonski presented at the sixth  annual meeting of the UN Global Forum on Human Settlements in New York.  The forum took place at the headquarters of the United Nations and at the UN Millennium Plaza, and was centered around the theme of "Building Low Carbon Cities." Speakers from around the world presented on a variety of municipal climate initiatives. Katherine's presentation focused on the role of public-private partnerships in meeting San Francisco's climate change goals.


Highlights from the conference included a presentation on PlaNYC by the Deputy Director of  New York City Mayor 's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Adam Freed; a keynote address by Director of the Secretary-General's Climate Support Team Janos Pazstor; an overview of West Vancouver's climate program from Mayor Pam Goldsmith-Jones; and a review of a new UN Standard for municipal GHG emissions from the Lead Urban Advisor on Cities and Climate Change at the World Bank, Daniel Hoornweg.


BC3 Concludes SF Green Film Festival

Opening night at the Bently Reserve. Photo credit: Tommy Lau

On March 6, BC3 co-presented the closing night Bay Area premiere of "4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy", an inspiring film on alternative energy solutions making waves around the world. Attendees enjoyed a Q&A session with director Carl A. Fechner, who presented the film in the United States for the first time.


From the fabulous opening night party at the Bently Reserve, to a weekend of lively programs at the Landmark Theatres


Rachel Caplan, Vivian Perez, Jim Bruels and Stefan Muhle celebrate with the director of Die 4: Energy Autonomy.  

Embarcadero Cinema, the first SF Green Film Festival showed over 90 films from around the world, with 35 filmmakers in attendance and 30 panelists and guest speakers. Thanks to all BC3 members who came and supported the launch of the first-ever San Francisco Green Film Festival!


BC3 Promotes Member-Led Initiatives at the San Francisco Green Festival

Green Festival
Susan Frank, Josh Levine & Katherine Michonski at the Festival.

On April 10, BC3 member Susan Frank of Better World Group, Josh Levine of the Green Chamber of Commerce, and BC3 Program Manager Katherine Michonski shared the stage at the San Francisco Green Festival to discuss the role of environmental policy in advancing sustainable business practices. Katherine presented on BC3's recent project team work, including the electric vehicle guide and the SF Climate Action Plan Business Advisory Panel. Highlights from the event included a discussion of the future of green jobs in California and the role of businesses in achieving an international climate agreement.

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