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Summer 2011 Newsletter

Upcoming Events


S A V E  T H E  D A T E


Cal Academy Networking Event 

Thursday, July 14  

5:00 - 6:00PM 

Cal Academy of Sciences   

55 Music Concourse Dr.

Followed by NightLife! 

A Common Green

Thursday, Aug. 18 

5:30 - 8:00PM 

Bently Reserve
301 Battery Street


Environmental Law  

in China 

Tuesday, Sept. 27  

5:30 - 7:30 PM 

K&L Gates

4 Embarcadero Center


 All event details to come via email invitation.


Note: BC3 is working closely with SF Clean Cities Coalition to plan additional clean transportation workshops. Stay tuned for upcoming events! 


Member Spotlight

Every quarter, BC3 highlights

its new and newly renewed members in the newsletter.


Renew your membership today! 


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Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Sustainability & Innovation is the premier sustainability advisory organization of DNV, the global risk management provider with over 150 years' history and a presence in over 100 countries. Their Bay Area unit specializes in providing corporate and community sustainability strategy support. DNV S&I works with communities in developing sustainable planning programs that are replicable, systemic and transparent, ensuring broad stakeholder participation. 


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EMCOR is a recognized leader in energy conservation and infrastructure, mechanical and electrical construction, and facilities services, sustainability is at the core of what EMCOR does every day. EMCOR delivers creative, holistic facility solutions that promote the responsible consumption of resources, while mitigating environmental impacts. Their synergistic service lines broaden their ability to map out smart, sound strategies to help clients transform their facilities into high-performance sustainable, green buildings.


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OgilvyEarth's mission is to apply their knowledge of communications and sustainability to give corporations the tools to lead in the world ahead. They believe sustainability is the growth opportunity of the 21st century, but it's not just about being green. It's about aligning revenue goals with responsible operations, to create an organization that better serves all of its stakeholders, from shareholders and employees to customers and others influenced by its progress.  


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PR & Company specializes in helping for-profit and nonprofit change makers successfullyy build world-changing ventures. They provide strategic messaging, communications training, traditional media relations and social media strategies. The best and the brightest turn to PR&Co's team of communications specialists who have years of experience in the sustainability, technology, social entrepreneurship,  corporate social responsibility, government and politics.


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SF Environment Announcements 


Free Green Home Assessment


SFE has partnered with non-profit community groups to administer FREE Green Home Assesments.  Each free assessment is a 60-90 minute home visit from a trained professional who provides information promoting energy efficiency, zero waste training, water conservation, safety and disaster preparedness.  


Click here for more information to receive a free assessment.



Energy Savings Coming to the Richmond District!


Be on the lookout for SF Environment representatives, who will be visiting the Richmond District this month to help businesses cut energy costs through the SF Energy Watch program. Thousands of businesses have already reduced costs through this program. To read about different energy efficiency projects implemented by various local businesses and organizations visit 


To schedule a free assessment and learn how you can save energy and money, call the SF Energy Watch hotline at (415) 355-3769. SF Energy Watch is a partnership between PG&E and the City of San Francisco.




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Become a BC3 Sponsor Today!


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.






Become a BC3 Sponsor today!  

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Welcome to the Summer 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.

BC3 members join forces in support of SF's climate action strategy 


On May 25, Mayor Lee spoke at the Green Economic Forum about San Francisco's Climate Action Plan and accepted letters from five community advisory panels. The panels were convened by the SF Department of Environment to solicit feedback on the city's revised climate action plan. Each panel met over the course of three months to review the city's climate strategy and discuss actions to mitigate the city's greenhouse gas emissions.


A representative from each panel presented letters with recommendations to Mayor Lee. Mayor Lee expressed support for the initiatives and encouraged the groups to continue to work together to develop a strong climate action plan for the city. He also said that the economic recession presents an opportunity to "green" the city's existing infrastructure. The mayor stressed the need to include the entire community in the climate planning process; he plans to convene mayors throughout the Bay Area to exchange ideas and compare climate action plans.



From left: SF Environment Director Melanie Nutter; San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee; Melissa Fifield, GAP; Christina Page, Yahoo


Click here to watch
the video of the Business Advisory Panel reading their letter to Mayor Lee at
the the Green Economic Forum. For full details on the event, please visit our site     

New working group on tenant-landlord engagement around sustainability launched!



Mayor Lee signing the Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance, February 18, 2011. Photo credit: Rich Chien


At the May 23 Full Membership Meeting, BC3 launched a new working group tasked with creating a Green Tenant Toolkit (GTT), as recommended by the Mayor's Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force. The working group will meet several times over the summer to build a toolkit to help reconcile the sometimes competing interests of owners and tenants that limit sustainability goals and energy savings in commercial buildings. 


The final toolkit will be hosted on the BC3 website and may include: model "green" lease language, a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate collaboration under the umbrella of an existing lease, a checklist for key "green" tenant space criteria, allocation of costs and benefits, a scorecard or rating for disclosure of relevant criteria, tools to encourage occupant behavioral change, and other resources to be identified by the group.  


The toolkit will be released at the BC3 full membership meeting in October. If you would like to learn more about the working group, please contact Katherine Michonski at 415.355.3741.

Our annual membership drive has begun!


Over the next few weeks you will receive information about renewing your firm's membership in BC3. As a membership dues-based organization, your yearly membership fee funds BC3's program activities and strategic initiatives for the upcoming year, and supports BC3's staff. In return, your company receives a public member profile (trumping your firm's climate actions); access to our climate leadership tool; free access to events, speaking opportunities, networking and business connections via the BC3 network; leadership of BC3 strategic initiatives; and much more!


Here's what people are saying about BC3 membership:


Nancy Shaw

"BC3 is the premiere organization for Bay Area companies committed to environmental responsibility. The networking, workshops and opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the City of San Francisco and other leadership companies has been incredibly valuable for Blue Shield."


- Nancy Shaw

Social Responsibility Manager,

Blue Shield of California



Bill Peterson


"As a bank with a unique mission to promote sustainability, we view our participation in BC3 as a critical part of our leadership in developing the partnerships between the private and public sectors that are necessary to overcome the formidable climate change challenges we face."


- Bill Peterson

Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer,

New Resource Bank





"BC3 provides a strong credible voice within the Bay Area

business community for taking action on climate change. We think this is an incredible opportunity to learn from our peers and influence more businesses to get involved."

- Kindley Walsh Lawlor
Senior Director of Global Responsibility and Environmental Affairs,

Gap Inc.



BC3's Spring 2011 Full Membership Meeting at HOK 

Spring 2011 Full Membership meeting

Bill Peterson of New Resource Bank, Calla Ostrander of SF Environment, and Melissa Fifield of Gap present on the SF Climate Action Plan 



















On May 23, BC3 members gathered at HOK's office in downtown San Francisco to learn about Mayor Edwin Lee's climate priorities, discuss San Francisco's revised Climate Action Plan, and launch a new project focused on tenant-landlord engagement around sustainability.


Johanna Partin, Director of Climate Protection Initiatives in the Mayor of Edwin Lee, delivered opening remarks that highlighted BC3's commitment to fostering business-to-government cooperation on climate change. She also praised BC3's newest member companies for their corporate climate leadership.  


Following Johanna's remarks, Bill Peterson (New Resource Bank), Melissa Fifield (Gap), and Calla Ostrander (SF Environment) discussed San Francisco's revised climate action plan; and Barry Hooper (SF Environment), Zorana Bosnic (HOK), and Jennifer Berg (Concept Green), launched BC3's new Green Tenant Toolkit working group. After the meeting, BC3 members enjoyed wine and refreshments courtesy of ESA, W Hotel, and Southern Wine & Spirits


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Johanna Partin, Director of Climate Protection Initiatives in the Office of Mayor Edwin Lee, delivers opening remarks.


Where is California's Climate Legislation Headed? An Update on AB 32      

Erin Rogers of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Richard Frank of the University of California Davis School of Law. 


On May 11, 34 BC3 members joined Richard Frank of the University of California Davis School of Law, and Erin Rogers of the Union of Concerned Scientists, for a lunchtime conference call on the future of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Melissa Capria of SAIC moderated.  


During the conference call, speakers provided a brief history of AB 32 and the Scoping Plan, reviewed the legal arguments in the environmental justice community's lawsuit and the Superior Court's ruling, and considered the implications of the lawsuit on the implementation of cap-and-trade and the other 68 climate protection measures included in the scoping plan. Speakers also answered questions regarding implementation of the renewable portfolio standard and the impact of the ruling on related regulatory measures, among other issues.

Note: This was the first of BC3's new climate policy conference call series; stay tuned for invitations to future webinars!

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