eNews Update | February 17, 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
  • In this article, the retail giant, IKEA, announces how it is installing rooftop solar arrays and ECOtality* (San Francisco) electric vehicle charging stations at its stores and distribution centers throughout the U.S.
  • Next 10 releases a new report, "Many Shades of Green: California's Shift to a Cleaner, More Productive Economy." Among the report's many findings, it employment in California's core green economy grew by 53 percent from 1995-2010, while jobs in the wider economy grew by 12 percent. See the press release and Los Angeles Times article for more information.
  • A new report by the Environment California Research and Policy Center, "California's Solar Cities 2012: Leaders in the Race Toward a Clean Energy Future," finds that in the past two years, the solar industry has installed more than 5,000 kilowatts of solar power in each of 10 different California cities.
  • This New York Times article explains the Green Button Initiative, a recent White House effort to bring together utilities, energy consumers, and businesses to develop Internet and mobile phone-style technologies aimed at monitoring and reducing energy consumption. Three of California's major utilities were at a recent event expressing their support for the new program.
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Calif. Air Resources Board Approves Landmark Clean Cars Rulemaking Package     


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved the Advanced Clean Cars package of regulations on January 26-27 in Los Angeles.


The new rules will clean up gasoline and diesel-powered cars, and deliver increasing numbers of zero-emission technologies, such as battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars. The package will also ensure adequate fueling infrastructure is available for the increasing numbers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles planned for deployment in California.


The package contains four separate, but related components that would require: reductions in greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions, more zero-emission vehicles, and fueling infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles.


We thank the Alliance members who supported the California Clean Cars Campaign. Here are some of the ways that the Campaign and Alliance members were engaged:

Although the January CARB vote represents a major milestone for the California Clean Cars Campaign, the work is not finished. CARB needs to finalize the regulation language and California continues to work with the federal government on the greenhouse gas emissions rule. The Alliance will to keep you updated on the latest clean cars news. 


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Good Jobs, Green Jobs West Regional Conference,         March 15-16


On March 15-16, the 2012 Good Jobs, Green Jobs West Regional Conference is coming to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. The Conference, now in its fifth year, is the nation's leading forum for sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy and create good, green jobs.


At the 2012 West Regional Conference, you'll hear business, environmental, labor, civic, and community leaders discuss what they are doing to move the Western United States to a cleaner, more efficient economy that creates good jobs and reduces pollution. This year's conference agenda features 40 workshops on topics including infrastructure and cleaner, more efficient transportation systems, workforce and economic development, clean energy manufacturing, and emerging green sectors. 

There are opportunities for your colleagues in other parts of the country to attend as well. The conference goes to Atlanta, GA  on February 23-24, Philadelphia, PA on April 3-4, and Detroit, MI on May 10-11.  

Visit www.greenjobsconference.org to learn more about this conference, of which the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy is a proud regional sponsor.
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.

Green California Summit and Exposition,        April 26-27 


The 2012 Green California Summit and Exposition, hosted by Green Technology* (Pasadena) will be held on April 26-27 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento. With the theme of "Building a Green Future for the Golden State," come discover the innovations in policy, practice, and technology that can keep green programs healthy and expanding.


The Summit offers education sessions, keynote presentations, an Expo featuring green products and services, the Summit's annual Leadership Awards, and resources to help you and your organization achieve your sustainability goals. 


Green Technology is offering a special discount to Alliance members. Enter the code "GBA" and receive a 20 percent discount off your registration. 


Visit www.greentechnology.org to learn more and to register.


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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


- March 7-8: 4th Annual Solar Leadership Summit (San Jose)


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


- March 15-16: Good Jobs, Green Jobs West Regional Conference (Los Angeles) See article below for more information


- 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) 

See article below; Alliance member discount code: "GBA"


- April 27: Los Angeles Business Council 2012 Sustainability Summit (Los Angeles)

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