eNews Update | January 20, 2012 | www.ca-greenbusinessalliance.com


The California Business Alliance for a Green Economy is a growing coalition of more than 1,200 mostly small and mainstream businesses, associations and organizations from around the state who support the creation of a clean, green and efficient economy. To fulfill that mission, our priority is supporting the implementation of California's clean energy policies.

Below are recent news stories, editorials and letters, including contributions from Alliance members. In addition, we have included profiles of Alliance members and a list of upcoming events that may interest you. Thank you for your continued support.

 In The News
  • ECOtality* (San Francisco) and Palo Alto-based Nanosys write in the San Jose Mercury News about the economic and business benefits of clean cars.
  • The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy releases a report, The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential: What the Evidence Suggests, which finds that energy efficiency benefits all parts of the economy including the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors.
  • California Governor Jerry Brown signs a pact with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to streamline clean energy projects.
  • The North Bay Business Journal highlights a new report by Next 10, which finds that California brought in $840 million in venture capital invested in electric vehicle technology, 80 percent of the U.S. total.
  • Forbes calls Los Angeles-based CODA Holdings, a leading developer of electric vehicles and advanced battery systems, one of "America's Most Promising Companies."
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Calif. Air Resources Board to Vote on Advanced Clean Cars  Program     
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of its proposed Advanced Clean Cars package of regulations on January 26-27, 2012, in Los AngelesThe package contains four separate but related components that would require: reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, reductions in smog-forming emissions, increased zero emission vehicles, and increased availability of alternative fuels.


In addition, the U.S. EPA is having a public hearing on January 24 in San Francisco on the joint California/federal proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new cars.


Get involved! Many Alliance members support the California Clean Cars Campaign as a path to supporting CARB's clean cars standards, and the January 26-27 hearing is a major milestone in the Campaign's efforts. There are several ways to support the adoption of strong standards including: providing public testimony at the Los Angeles or San Francisco hearings, submitting a comment letter, or sending out notices to your networks.


Contact greenbizalliance4@gmail.com for more information about how you can get involved.

CalRecycle Adopts Commercial Recycling Measure


On January 17, after collaborating with the California Air Resources Board, CalRecycle adopted the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation. The purpose of the measure is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts and to expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.


There are requirements for businesses and public entities that generate more than four cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more. The implementation schedule and more information can be found here.


Announcements from Our Members 


Small Business California* (San Francisco) and Efficiency Data and Development* (Capitola) worked to support AB 913 (Feuer), which establishes the Certified Green Business Program. The voluntary program took effect on January 1, 2012, and will help small businesses make informed decisions to reduce pollution and conserve energy. See the Department of Toxic Substances Control video to learn more. 

U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce* (San Diego) states its opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would carry an additional 830,000 barrels per day of tar sand oil from Canada to refineries near the Gulf. The Green Chamber calls on the U.S. government to reject the arguments that we would be safer and better off economically pursuing such risky unconventional sources of fossil fuels; and instead the U.S. should boost clean energy. This week, President Obama rejected the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
*Denotes a member of the Alliance
Navigating the Carbon World Conference, April 10-12


2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW), North America's largest carbon conference. NACW is considered the most trusted and reliable event for getting updates and insights into climate policy and carbon market information.


Participants and attendees represent business, NGOs, academia and government agencies, providing a depth and diversity in issues discussed and also excellent networking and collaborating opportunities. NACW 2012 will take place April 10-12 in San Francisco and will present a detailed look at California's cap and trade program and other types of mitigation, as well as current and potential linkages between state-level, regional, and international carbon markets and sub-national REDD programs.


The event is hosted by the Climate Action Reserve. For additional information, please visit www.nacw2012.com.

Congratulations to the Latin Business Association


The Latin Business Association* (Los Angeles) has been recognized as a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal's 3rd Annual Latino Business Awards. The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on January 24.


LBA seeks to build economic wealth and opportunity for Latino entrepreneurs. The Association provides innovative programs and services that enhance the success, growth and advancement of Latino and minority businesses and the community at large.


Learn more about the Latin Business Association here.

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy
Upcoming Events 

- Jan. 3 - Feb. 29: Cool California Small Business Application Period


- Jan. 24: U.S. EPA/NHTSA Clean Cars Public Hearing (San Francisco)


- Jan. 26 - 27: California Air Resources Board, Clean Cars Hearing (Los Angeles)


- Jan. 30: GreenBiz Forum (San Francisco)


- Jan. 31: Green Experts Academy, Public Policy, Green Jobs, and the Green Economy (San Diego)


- Feb. 2-4: 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities (San Diego)


- March 14: Green Team San Joaquin Recycling Exposition (Stockton)


- March 15-16: Good Jobs, Green Jobs West Regional Conference (Los Angeles)


- April 10-12: Navigating the American Carbon World (San Francisco) See article below for more information.


-April 19: Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) Forum (Los Angeles)


- April 26-27: Green California Summit and Exposition (Sacramento)

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