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www.cleanerairpartnership.orgJune 2011

Sacramento Region Air Advocate to Lead San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber


Matt Mahood's leadership contributed to CAP's Success

Matt MahoodFor 25 years the Cleaner Air Partnership has brought business and public-health interests together to find common ground when working to clean the Region's air.  While these groups do not always align, there have been many successes over the past nine years, in part due to the leadership of Matt Mahood, President and CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber.  Matt will leave Sacramento at the end of this month to become the President and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Matt understands the impact air quality has on the Region's business community and actively engaged in conversations to address the Region's challenges. "It says a lot when leaders in the region make the commitment to gather at 8am and discuss air quality and the associated complexities, especially when your calendar is as crowded as Matt Mahood's," said Tom Stallard, Chairman of the Cleaner Air Partnership. "But Matt was a regular with us, and this personal commitment on his part made a huge difference in what we have been able to accomplish for air quality in our region.  The Cleaner Air Partnership is grateful for his contributions to our efforts."

Matt's involvement in the advocacy efforts of the Cleaner Air Partnership made a big difference in helping the group achieve its public policy priorities. At the State level there is now an Air Quality team participating in the Metro Chamber's State Legislative Summit, and at the Federal level the Cleaner Air Partnership leads the Air Quality Cap-to-Cap team to Washington, DC. Additionally, through Matt's leadership the business community engaged in matters relating to improving air quality and brought funding support to the Cleaner Air Partnership. 

Martha Clark Lofgren, Partner at Brewer Lofgren LLP, will serve as the interim President and CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber until a permanent replacement is selected in early fall.

Greenwise Event to Feature U.S. EPA Administrator

Lisa P. Jackson to speak in Sacramento on June 13


EPA_LisaJacksonGreenwise Sacramento, a regional effort led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson that is working to transform the Sacramento Region into the Emerald Valley -- the greenest region in the country and a hub for clean technology, is hosting a special event featuring a keynote address from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

This is a rare opportunity to hear directly from EPA Administrator Jackson about efforts to protect the environment and health for U.S. citizens, and her focus on core issues, including air quality.

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

Location: Cal/EPA - Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95812

RSVP: Click here

Larry Greene Named Environmental Sustainability Leader of the Year

Sacramento Air Pollution Control Officer honored at Valley Vision event


Larry_LF2011Larry Greene, Executive Director for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, received the Environmental Sustainability Leader of the Year award at Valley Vision's Legacy Feast event on May 19, 2011. Each year Valley Vision honors three deserving leaders whose are making the Sacramento Region more prosperous, just, and sustainable. In addition to Larry, Meg Arnold of SARTA was honored as the Economic Leader of the Year and Scott Hanson of Hanson McClain received the Social Equity Leader of the Year award.

The Regional Environmental Leader is given to an individual for significant positive environmental impacts in the Sacramento Region. "Larry is one of our region's best public servants," said Bill Mueller, CEO and Managing Partner of Valley Vision.   "It is not only that he is deeply passionate about improving our region's air quality and incredibly knowledgeable about technical and policy matters related to fighting pollution. It's the fact that Larry doesn't shy away from inventing new ways of doing things to achieve results.   Larry is more than just an air quality manager -- he is a leader in every sense of the word."

In addition to receiving a special award at a ceremony during Valley Vision's Legacy Feast event at the California History Museum, each winner received a $3,000 cash grant to bestow to a nonprofit that is providing the next generation of leadership.  Larry's grant was awarded to WALKSacramento, a nonprofit community organization working to create walkable communities with communities of walkers throughout the Sacramento metropolitan region. Click here for more information about the event.

The Cleaner Air Partnership  is a joint project of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Valley Vision to help the Sacramento Region meet clean air standards that protect health and promote economic growth.