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California businesses and consumers won a big victory last month when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), a key provision of California's landmark clean energy and climate law, AB 32. You can read more about the decision in my recent blogpost.
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.
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~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy

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Good News for California Businesses and Consumers: Court Upholds California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard


By Susan Frank 
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy
September, 2013 


Earlier this week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), a key provision of California's landmark clean energy and climate law, AB 32. Overall, the court provided a strong opinion in favor of the legality, intention and effectiveness of the LCFS in determining that the standard does not discriminate against out-of-state fuel producers, reversing a 2011 U.S. District Court ruling. It was a clear and decisive win.


Californians consume nearly 20 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel each year. The ruling means that the low carbon fuel marketplace will continue to expand, thus providing more clean fuel choices such as electricity and advanced biofuels to meet consumer demands. The ruling also is likely to lead to more market certainty for alternative fuel companies that are creating jobs and investing in the technologies and fuels that diversify our state's transportation system.


Read the full blogpost here.


Read a related Bloomberg Businessweek story about the court's historic ruling.

Featured Report  

New Next 10 Study Examines a Decade of CA Cleantech Investment

A new analysis of the last decade of investment in California's world-leading clean technology (cleantech) sector shows that although venture capitalists (VCs) remain key players, different types of investors are becoming ever more important to the growth of the sector, later stage investment is showing gains, and new financing mechanisms are influencing the sector.


Cleantech Invetment: A Decade of California's Evolving Portfolio, produced by Next 10, examines cleantech investment trends from 2003 through the first half of 2013 and features interviews with top cleantech industry CEOs and investors.

Read the report here.
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Cool California Small Business Awards Program


The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards program recognizes California small businesses that take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate-friendly practices and integrate the tools on CoolCalifornia.org into their business operations. Several members of the Business Alliance are prior winners of these prestigious awards. To receive recognition for your sustainability efforts, apply for an award today. For more information, or to register, click here.

For more information contact: 
Melanie Turner



Featured Event  

Sustainable Business Council Tools & Tips on Intellectual Property Strategy


Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6:30 - 9 pm. Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Office Foyer and Large Panoramic Office, 1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 310, Santa Monica, CA. Parking - adjacent Santa Monica public parking garage.

Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles invites you to attend "Tools & Tips on Intellectual Property Strategy Development in the Sustainable Industry," presented by Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. An evening of insightful discussion on Intellectual Property, (patents, trademarks, inventions, designs and copyrights,) strategy development in the Sustainable Industry.

The event features: networking reception with Intellectual Property experts; informative panel discussion with Intellectual Property strategy development business leaders; live musical performance by local singer, songwriter Shanna Gilfix; and delicious, healthy and nutritious cuisine catered by Gardein.

Moderator: Kevin DeBré, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. Panelists: Wally Rippel, Co-founder & CTO, AC Propulsion; Spencer Brown, Founder and Chief Tree Hugger, Rent-a-Green Box; Elizabeth Gibson, Managing Counsel, Toyota Legal One, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
The cost to attend is $25.

For more information click here.


You can RSVP by clicking here.  

Featured Event  

San Francisco and Los Angeles Green Festival


Green Festival would like to offer all Business Alliance members 15% off an Exhibitor Booth at the upcoming LA & San Francisco Green Festivals (see below for details).    


Green Festival is the nation's largest green marketplace for the conscious consumer. For green entrepreneurs are invited to find a new audience for your green business, as your products and services are exposed to tens of thousands of new customers in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  


Please email or call Karen Ferrel for details: 


or 828-333-9436


For more information click here.


Featured Event  

Green California Schools Summit

The Business Alliance is pleased to be a sponsor of the Green California Schools Summit that will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 6-7. It's the largest annual event focused on sustainability programs in California Schools. 


The keynote session on November 6 will feature Tom Steyer. As chairman of Yes on Proposition 39, Steyer set the stage for an unprecedented influx of funds for energy efficiency projects at public schools. The Summit includes concurrent sessions focused on vital green school topics, a Leadership Awards reception and an Expo featuring companies with innovative products and services. 


Business Alliance members can receive a 20% discount by using the code "GBA" when registering.


For more information, or to register, click here.  

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy



September 30-October 3

Plug-in 2013  

(San Diego)

Oct. 3-4

California Women's Conference 

(Long Beach)


Oct. 3-13

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon  



Oct. 7

Press Conference on How Visionary Companies are Responding to Climate Change



Oct. 9

Sustainable Business Council Tools & Tips on Intellectual Property Strategy

(Santa Monica)

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Oct. 17

BlueGreen Alliance's 2013 Right Stuff Awards

(San Francisco)


Oct. 18

2013 LABC Mayoral Sustainable Housing, Transportation, & Jobs Summit

(Los Angeles)


Oct. 18

Environmental Leader of Marin Award Ceremony

(Mill Valley)


Oct. 18-19 

Benicia CleanTech Expo 2013  



Oct. 19-20

Green Festival 

(Los Angeles)

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Oct. 29

Green Building Super Heroes

(San Francisco) 


Oct. 29-30

World Bio Markets USA: The Race for Scale 

(San Francisco)


Nov. 4-5

Cleantech LA Global Showcase 2013

(Los Angeles)


Nov. 5-8

BSR Conference 2013: The Power of Networks

(San Francisco) 

Nov. 6-7

Green California Schools Summit 


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Nov. 9-10

Green Festival 

(San Francisco) 

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Nov. 18-20

BECC Conference 



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