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The Business Alliance has been actively promoting its clean energy agenda over the past month, and I am pleased to share a number of recent activities and upcoming events.
As always, you can check out the latest news and op-eds from Business Alliance members and other opinion leaders by reading this recap of op-eds. You can also look at past issues of the eNews here
I hope you and your business are thriving and enjoying this spring season.


~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy

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Business Alliance in the News




Business Group Slams Cap-and-Trade Suit, Backs Quebec Alliance


By Christopher Arns
April 18, 2013


A prominent business group slammed a recent lawsuit against California's cap-and-trade system Wednesday and announced support for a new plan to extend the program to Quebec.


As we reported earlier this week, a conservative group called the Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit against the program, calling it an "unconstitutional tax" that should have been approved by a two-thirds vote in the California Legislature.


Leaders from the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy responded Wednesday by dismissing the lawsuit. "Some folks are being dragged kicking and screaming into the new clean energy economy," said Susan Frank, director of the alliance, which represents more than a 1,000 California businesses and business organizations that support the state's global warming law.


Find the rest of the article here


Read the Business Alliance press release here.

Read California Air Resources Board (CARB) press release here.

Featured Business Alliance News Announcement


Business Leaders Advise State Officials to Invest Strategically


April 25, 2013  


As the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hears public comment on how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues from the Golden State's clean energy law (AB 32), business leaders say state officials should grab the chance to widen California's lead in the global clean energy race.  

"Invest these funds strategically, and not in a scattershot way," says Susan Frank, Director of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy. "I am glad to see the state is pursuing a comprehensive plan, and I urge policy makers to take full advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to use that plan to guide investments that will maximize the benefits for California's diverse businesses, workforce and communities." 


Read the full press release here.

Featured Op-ed




Energy, Environment Key Issues
in Brown's China Trip


By Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council,
and Holly Smithson, President & COO, CleanTECH San Diego
(Business Alliance Member)
April 18, 2013


Between courting investors and strategic partners and uncovering the enormous challenges and opportunities represented in China's 1.3 billion population, Governor Jerry Brown continues to advance his sustainable vision and global legacy. 

A key focus of the governor's 10-day trade mission to China was to share California's invaluable experience of growing its economy while reducing pollution with its pioneering low carbon
development policies. That's the opportunity that prompted us to join this unprecedented mission - and it may also end up as Governor Brown's most enduring and critical accomplishment. 

"We're in one world and we've got one big problem," Brown told an audience of U.S. delegates, Chinese officials, students, and scholars at Tsinghua University last Thursday.  


Read the rest of the op-ed here.

Featured Report


The American Lung Association Releases the State of the Air Report


The 14th annual State of the Air report issues grades and ranks to counties across America based on the number of unhealthy days for smog and particulate pollution. State of the Air 2013 found more than 131 million people, or more than 4 in 10 people in the U.S. live in areas that have unhealthful levels of pollution.
The 2013 report raises awareness about California's ongoing air quality challenges and highlights the importance of continued business community support for state and local efforts to ratchet down pollution emissions through laws, regulations and incentive programs. 

Check out the interactive website and read the full report here.

Featured Event 


Silicon Valley Leadership Group Presents:



Connected cars and cities enable the mass adoption of electric vehicles; smart energy solutions; shared rides, cars, and even bikes; safer driving; and better transit experiences - all steering us down a more sustainable path.

Join Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a Business Alliance member, on June 6, 2013, for need-to-know information for city staff, fleet managers, policy-makers and regulators, commercial and residential landlords and developers - anyone who wants to harness the newest technologies enabling sustainable transportation. Day two, June 7, 2013, includes a Feature Conversation presented in partnership with the Governor's Office and more for electric vehicle and transportation industry insiders.

Check out the topics in the agenda and register here.

Upcoming Award 


2013 Cool Planet Award 


The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison (SCE) are pleased to announce the Cool Planet Award, recognizing SCE business customers for their environmental leadership in energy & carbon management. 


Cool Planet Award recipients will be recognized by industry sector and will be honored with a plaque made from recycled glass and a media relations campaign highlighting their leadership. 


Nominations are open through July 31, 2013. Learn more about the Cool Planet Awards here.

Member Event Recap


Sustainable Business Council
2nd Annual Industry Achievement Awards

The SBC Industry Achievement Awards - hosted by the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles, a Business Alliance member - was held on Wednesday, April 17. The second annual event payed tribute to the people that advance sustainability as their business practices and the program featured special talks from lifetime achievement award recipients, sustainable restaurant food tasting, and networking with sustainable business leaders.


Mariel Hemmingway and her partner Bobby Williams headlined and hosted the event. The first award went to Cisco Pinedo, founder of the sustainable furniture store Cisco Home, for SBC's Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability Award. Bentley Prince Street President and CEO Ralph Grogan accepted the SBC's Lifetime Business Achievement Award on behalf of the flooring company.


Cisco Pinedo accepts award from 
SBC chair Steve Glenn. 
Bentley Prince Street CEO 
Ralph Grogan delivers acceptance speech.

Erbaviva won SBC's B Corp Award while Solar City took home SBC's Sustainable Business Award. Rounding out the evening

EcoSet Consulting, LLC received SBC's Sustainable Small Business Award, Jessica Aldridge accepted SBC's Best Public Advocate for Sustainability in Southern California Award for Business Alliance member Burbank Green Alliance, and finally the SBC's People's Choice Award: Sustainable Restaurant went to Cafe Gratitude.
Read more about the event here 

Featured Member Activity





Blue Oak Energy Builds 4.2 MW Utility Scale Solar Facility in Gridley, CA



Blue Oak Energy was founded on a singular belief - the transition to clean, renewable energy is an irreversible and irresistible trend. Since 2003, the company has been building a world-class team, solely focused on designing, building, and maintaining photovoltaic (PV) systems, positioning it at the forefront of this movement.


Blue Oak Energy, a Business Alliance member, recently completed a 4.2 MW utility scale solar power generation facility in Gridley, California. The electricity generated by the Gridley solar facility will be directed to two members of the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA): the City of Gridley and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).


The Gridley solar facility is a ground-mounted solar electric system comprised of 17,584 solar panels. The solar modules are mounted on a single-axis tracker system which follows the daily movement of the sun to increase energy harvest. 

Residents of Gridley, a picturesque community nestled at the foot of the the Sutter Buttes mountain range, appreciated that the project construction utilized local labor and local suppliers, and will generate clean power for the City of Gridley. 

Read more about the project here, and more about Blue Oak Energy here

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy



May 1-2

Ceres Conference 2013

(San Francisco)


May 1-2

B4B Conference



May 1-2

UC Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency

(Santa Barbara)


May 2

Zero Waste Summit: California Edition

(Los Angeles)


May 3

Energy and Sustainability Summit hosted by SVLG (Redwood City)


May 10-11

Altbuild Expo

(Santa Monica)


May 15

The Smart Grid - A Revolution in Progress



May 16

Spring Green Expo

(Los Angeles)


May 23

West Summit 2013

(Mountain View)


May 23

Going Beyond Compliance

(Los Angeles)


June 3-6

Sustainable Brands '13 

(San Diego) 


June 6

Silicon Valley:

Driving Charged & Connected

(Palo Alto)


July 9-11

Intersolar North America

(San Francisco)


September 20-21

2013 AltCar Expo & Conference

(Santa Monica)


Oct. 3-4

California Women's Conference

(Long Beach)


Oct. 28-30

World Bio Markets USA: The Race for Scale

(San Francisco)


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