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The past month has seen a flurry of California-led clean energy and clean transportation initiatives extending to regional and national partnerships that will significantly advance our growing clean economy.

Last week, Governor Brown, Governor Inslee of Washington, Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon, and British Columbia Premier Clark signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate Change. California and seven other states launched an initiative to get 3.3 million EVs on the road in the next dozen years. And a new California Energy Commission Report was released that shows that dramatic progress is underway in the state's transportation fuels market.

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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California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia Leaders Join Forces to Combat Climate Change

The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy on October 28, committing their governments and a region that represents the world's fifth largest economy to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy. The West Coast Leaders committed to accounting for the costs of carbon, clean fuel standards, and other clean energy priorities for the region of 53 million people.
For California, the agreement builds on international agreements with China and Quebec to combat climate change, California Governor Jerry Brown said, "California isn't waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change."


Read the full press release here.

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Governors Announce Bold Initiative to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025


Governors from eight states including California announced a groundbreaking initiative to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the roads in their states within a dozen years.  


These governors have joined forces to revolutionize the automobile market by promoting ZEVs. The use of these clean vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and public health, enhance energy diversity, save consumers money, and promote economic growth.


ZEVs include battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel-cell-electric vehicles. These technologies can be used in passenger cars, trucks and transit buses.


Read the full press release here.

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On October 31, over 90 stakeholders signed on to an October 31 letter sent to Governor Jerry Brown concerning cap and trade auction proceeds.


"On behalf of the undersigned, we thank you for making climate change and clean energy a priority in your Administration. Your leadership has helped sustain and advance California's position as a model for climate action and preparedness. As the state begins to chart out the strategies needed to achieve its long-term climate targets, we write to urge you to invest the proceeds from the cap and trade program toward furthering those critical goals."


Read the full letter here.

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New Report Confirms Major Progress in California's Alternative Fuels Market

After months of surveys, analysis and preparation, the California Energy Commission's draft 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) is out - and it shows dramatic success in establishing and expanding the state's transportation fuels market. Not only has the state made measured progress towards a more diversified fuel market through targeted investments, the growth of alternative fuels shows that policies like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard are working and compliance is achievable.


Read the full article here.
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Sustainable Business Development and Smart Grid Technology


The Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (a Business Alliance member) & UCLA Sustainability invite you to an evening of sustainable business development and insightful discussion on smart grid technology! on Wednesday, November 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event features a networking reception with Smart Grid experts; a visionary panel discussion on innovative new technologies that will be utilized in the development of the next generation of the electric utility grid known as the smart grid; opportunity to see UCLA's new California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), where this special event takes place.

For parking and event details, click here.

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L.A. Global Showcase


The Cleantech LA Global Showcase is scheduled for November 4-5, 2013 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE. The event will provide international cleantech leaders with an opportunity to gather for the sole purpose of "doing business." In addition to expert panels and international market presentations, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is confirmed to provide a keynote address. 

Find out more here.
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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 the lead proponent and funder 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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San Francisco Green Festival
November 14 - 16 


Green Festival is offering all Business Alliance members 15% off an Exhibitor Booth at the 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.


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The Added Edge


Whether you are a business or a job hunter, it does not take a genius to figure out that the so-called Great Recession has not recessed! What to do? Take a hint from Les Brown who said: "If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you are getting." If you, or your business, want to stand out, (and make some green,) you may want to check out The Added Edge.


Since 1995, The Added Edge has provided consulting in marketing, sales, human resources, and coaching. (This includes writing resumes, cover letters, and doing mock interviews.) So, whether it is doing something new or tweaking something old, get out of your rut and get The Added Edge. Discounts always offered to start-ups, non-profits, and unemployed. Learn more about Leslie Sheridan, President of The Added Edge here.  


Always a fan of green businesses, check out the Indiegogo campaign of an exciting green start-up client of The Added Edge, and share it with others. This client is seeking investors who wish to leave a meaningful green legacy on California's Pacific Coast Highway 1.  

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy




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. 12

Monthly Green Business Networking Event

(Culver City)


Nov. 13 

SBC LA Smart Grid Event

(Los Angeles)

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Nov. 18-20

BECC Conference 



Dec. 3

PPIC: Climate Change and California;s Future

(San Francisco)


Jan. 27-28

Solar Power Generation USA

(Newport Beach)


Feb. 10-11

Good Jobs, Green Jobs

(Washington D.C.)


Feb. 24-26

Climate Leadership Conference

(San Diego)


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