eNews Update | March 19, 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
  • The Pacific Coast Collaborative released a new report, "West Coast Clean Energy Economy: Opportunities for Investment & Accelerated Job Creation."  The report finds that there are several opportunities for accelerated job creation and investment by leveraging the potential of the clean economy through regional collaboration. See the press release as well as two-page and four-page summary sheets for more information.
  • The California Treasurer's Office is offering the California Capital Access Program (CalCAP), which encourages financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that fall just outside of their conventional underwriting standards.
  • Small Business California* (San Franciscso) released the results of its annual survey. See the Los Angeles Times article to learn more.
  • This San Jose Mercury News article explains the new recycling requirements for businesses that will take effect in July.
  • This new report by Ernst & Young finds that the U.S. is a leader in renewable energy investment, with California being a significant contributor. See the Los Angeles Times article to learn more.
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Announcements from Our Members


The CLEAN Coalition* (Palo Alto) announces that the City Council of Palo Alto recently approved a Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program, where the city will now increase local production of cost-effective renewable energy.


Bowman Design Group* (Signal Hill) is referenced in this 
Christian Science Monitor article about how California is moving forward with rules to reduce climate change pollution.



Three Squares, Inc.* (Santa Monica) is organizing two upcoming events: The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation on June 25-27 in Los Angeles and The Women in Green Forum on August 28-29 in Santa Monica. See below and the sidebar for more information on both events.


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Sustainable Business Council Achievement Awards Event and Call for Entries


The Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles'* (Los Angeles) Industry Achievement Awards will provide an opportunity to salute sustainable professionals' contributions to the marketplace and the community. The event features special talks from lifetime acheivement award recipients, sustainable food tasting, and networking with sustainable business leaders. For event information, click here


To enter the Southern California Sustainable Business Award Competition, click here. Applications will be accepted until March 24. The award will be presented to a business located in Southern California that has "improved its operating efficiencies, profit margins, and staff productivity." The award is for any small, medium, or large business in Southern California that has a sustainable product or service. Direct questions to: info@sustainablebc.org.

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.

LOHAS Networking Reception, April 19


Lifestyles in Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) invites Alliance members to join the $290 billion U.S. LOHAS market for a networking event and reception: New Ideas, New Partnerships, New Opportunities on April 19, 6:30-8:30 pm in Santa Monica.


LOHAS is a marketplace for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development, and sustainable living.

BLU MOON Group* (Santa Monica) is working with LOHAS to organize the event. The reception will include networking, cocktails, appetizers, and conversations about the LOHAS Marketplace. LOHAS provides opportunities for business sectors to connect, collaborate, and share new ideas.


To register, visit: lohasla.eventbrite.com/ and for more detailed information about the event, see:  www.lohas.com/regional-events.

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. 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.


The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, June 25-27


Join a network of experts to discuss adaptation strategies for the growing impacts of climate change at The Mediterranean City: Conference on Climate Change Adaptation taking place June 25-27 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Los Angeles.


The conference will initiate an ongoing collaboration of cities working together to share ideas, needs and strategies to realistically adapt to the current and future impacts of climate change as they similarly affect the five Mediterranean-climate regions of the world. The conference will bring together an international network of experts from the academic, policy, business, public health and government worlds, and will stand as an example for how cities can work together across regional and national boundaries to bring more resources and knowledge to building solutions.


Three Squares, Inc.* (Santa Monica) is organizing the event. Visit www.medcityconference.org for more information and to register.
*Denotes a member of the Alliance

Member Profile: Incredible


Incredible Adventures*(San Francisco) is an outdoor travel company that specializes in single and multi-day tours from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods, and California's Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. The company has been offering travelers a safe, eco-friendly, reliable way to connect with nature since 1993. The professional guides are experts in the destinations that the tours visit throughout the Western United States.

Incredible Adventures operates its vehicles on sustainable, petroleum-free biodiesel fuel to minimize the business' environmental impact. The small group size provides a relaxed, fun-filled, atmosphere for the passengers. From the mild to the wild, in a day or overnight, in a hotel or at a campsite, escape to the great outdoors with Incredible Adventures. Visit www.incadventures.com for more information. 

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

- March 21: Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Air Quality: Strategies and Opportunities for Reducing Health Risks While Growing your Business (Fresno)


-March 29: San Joaquin Valley Regional Economic Summit (Fresno)


- March 30: Silicon Valley Regional Economic Summit (Santa Clara)


- 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)

See article below for more information.


- 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)


-  May 1: Transportation Choices Summit (Sacramento)


- May 11: California Economic Summit (Santa Clara)


- June 22-24: Green Life EcoFest (Grass Valley)


- June 25-27: The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation (Los Angeles)

See article (left) for more information.


- August 28: Women in Green Forum 2012 (Santa Monica)

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