In just the last few weeks California held its second successful cap and trade auction under AB 32, and new studies showed current and upcoming clean energy and climate policies are projected to create more jobs and economic activity. You can read all about these and other interesting news in the digest below.
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*In The News
*Job Front: Sacramento Area's Clean-Tech Sector Grows
The Sacramento Bee reported that, "Sacramento's still-
evolving clean-tech sector is adding jobs
even as it continues to grow in stature. The region's clean technology firms increased payrolls by more than 1,000 jobs in 2012, pushing job rolls to more than 3,200 - a 31 percent increase...The growth pushed revenue for the sector above $2 billion, up nearly a third from 2011. There are 99 clean-tech companies in the greater (Sacramento) region."
The Orange County Register reported, "no matter how you define them, green jobs are multiplying across the United States, California, and Orange County. The trend is driven by legislative mandates, as well as government incentives. It is amplified by the desire of many companies to save money through cutting wasteor to market their operations as socially beneficial."
*2013 Climate Leaders Announced
On February 28, the U.S. EPA recognized 23 individuals and organizations at the second annual Climate Leadership Awards. California-based honorees included Port of San Diego, Sonoma County Water Agency, San Diego Gas & Electric and Wells Fargo.
*California's Second Carbon Permit Auction Beats Expectations
Reuters reported that, "California's largest greenhouse gas-emitting
businesses paid $13.62 per metric tonne (1.1 tons) for the right to release carbon, narrowly beating market expectations in the state's second carbon permit auction."
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, "two-thirds of California voters believe global warming is a threat and measures need to be taken to stop it...The poll found that 64 percent of Californians believe global warming is happening and something should be done to fight it, with more than half of the respondents...deeming it a serious problem worthy of immediate action."
*She Knows this Green and Growing Field
Holly Smithson, president of the 120-member nonprofit CleanTECH San Diego, a Business Alliance member, was recently profiled in the San Diego Union Tribune: "If you think the local economy is slow, you may be overlooking San Diego's green technology industry. The region boasts a number of alternative energy companies, from Car2Go to Soitec, a French manufacturer of photovoltaic systems that calls San Diego home for its U.S. headquarters. And they're hiring. The person on the edge of San Diego's technological happenings is Holly Smithson."
* Attacking Low Carbon Fuel Standard is Bad Policy
"...Recent attacks on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard could stifle California's role as an innovation leader. And these attacks could also stifle improvements to our economy, consumer choice and the environment" wrote Mike Hart, CEO of Sierra Energy and a member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a Business Alliance member.
*California Leads Nation in Advanced Biofuel Companies
"It isn't often that one gets to say that California has gotten it right in terms of attracting and supporting cutting-edge business enterprises. But in advanced biofuels, a new report says the state is leading the way."
*Doing More with Less: Biofuels and Rural Economic Development
Mary Solecki with E2 writes, "As a small town Midwesterner, I know that farming opportunities are crucial for healthy communities in a large part of the country. My grandmother would remind me, as yours probably did too, 'Waste not, want not.' Our population is rising, so we have to find a way to do more with less: feed more people, make finite resources stretch."
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CLIMATE SOLUTIONS FOR LOS ANGELES
Hot City, Cool Roofs Conference
Friday, March 8 - 9:00am-4:00pm
Los Angeles City Hall
100 West First Street
The conference brings together cool roof experts, innovators, policymakers and local leaders to discuss the emerging technology and how it can help Los Angeles survive and thrive in a changing climate. Speakers include:
- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
- Rob Oglesby, Executive Director, California Energy Commission
- Kurt Shickman, Executive Director, Global Cool Cities Alliance
- Haley Gilbert, Principal Research Associate, Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Cara Horowitz, Executive Director, Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment UCLA School of Law
Space is limited: RSVP today.
Featured Web Site Launch
BioFuel Companies Now in More than Half of U.S. States
Clean Fuel Standards
Fueling Growth in Top States
New Web Site at www.FuelingGrowth.org
Documents Impact of Growing Industry
California is home to nearly 30 clean biofuel companies, but dozens of other states from coast to coast also are beginning to realize the economic benefits of this emerging industry, according to analysis by Business Alliance member, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Combined, there are now more than 80 clean biofuel companies, refineries and related operations located in at least 27 states. A searchable map and state-by-state breakdown of biofuel companies is a centerpiece of a new web site launched by E2 at www.fuelinggrowth.org.
Demand from California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is helping biofuel companies like Businss Alliance member SynGest, based in San Francisco and one of the companies profiled on fuelinggrowth.org, to plan for future growth and hiring."The LCFS is actually one of the best things for business going," said CEO Jack Oswald. Watch a great SynGest video here.
Nettleton Strategies Teams Up with Clean Tech Advocates
Business Alliance member Nettleton Strategies, based in San Diego, has formed a strategic alliance with Clean Tech Advocates, a new Sacramento public policy firm serving technology innovators, implementors and supporters.
"Clean Tech Advocates expertise and relationships provide access and insight at every level of state government," says President Carl Nettleton.
Nettleton Strategies brings exceptional perspective to a wide range of clients who wish to understand and resolve public policy and business issues. For more information, visit: www.nettstrategies.com.
Alliance Member Profile
WHAT IS AT THE POOL
At The Pool is a new social media platform aimed to connect like-minded people offline and to strengthen and build IRL (in real life) communities. At The Pool connects people by introducing members to a one-a-day match based on location and common interests (affectionately called "pools"), and delivering that match in a daily email. Pools are launched for universities, businesses, brands, affinity groups, nonprofits, neighborhoods, and conferences. Users are paired with others nearby with the encouragement of meeting face-to-face.
Private pools for organizations allow members to discover other members in their area, strengthening the community and increasing engagement around the brand. In less than seven months, At The Pool has expanded to over 80 countries and every major city in the U.S. and recently been coined "Facebook 3.0" or "the yang to LinkedIn's yin" by notable publications such as Forbes, WSJ, Entrepreneur and TechCrunch. For further information, visit atthepool.com.
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
- March 7-8: This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII (Chico)
- March 8: Cool Roof Workshop hosted by ClimateResolve (Los Angeles)
See Newsletter Feature
- March 18-20: Cleantech Forum 2013 (San Francisco)
- March 22-23: Compostmodern
- April 16: Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy (San Francisco)
- April 16-18: (NACW) Navigating the American Carbon World (San Francisco)
- April 17: Second Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards
- April 18-19: Greening by Example (Sacramento)
- April 19: LABC Sustainability Summit (Los Angeles)
- April 26: Sustainable Enterprise Conference
- April 29 - May 1: Brainstorm Green hosted by Fortune (Laguna Niguel)
- May 1-2: Ceres Conference 2013 (San Francisco)
- May 3: Energy and Sustainability Summit hosted by SVLG (Redwood City)
- May 10-11: Altbuild Expo
- May 16: Spring Green Expo
- June 3-6: Sustainable Brands '13 (San Diego)
- June 6: Silicon Valley:
Driving Charged & Connected
- July 9-11: Intersolar North America (San Francisco)
-Oct. 3-4: California Women's Conference (Long Beach)
-Oct. 28-30: Advanced Biofuels Markets: The race for scale (San Francisco)
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