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Over the past month, there have been a number of important policy developments of interest to Business Alliance members. In particular, the California Air Resource Board recently released its revised Scoping Plan, the guiding document for implementation of the state's groundbreaking clean energy and climate law, AB 32. You can read my perspective about the Scoping Plan update in my recent blog post.


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
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California Air Resources Board (CARB) Releases Revised AB 32 Scoping Plan Update


By Susan Frank, Director, California Business Alliance

On Monday, February 10, the California Air Resource Board released its revised Scoping Plan, the guiding document for implementation of the state's groundbreaking clean energy and climate law, AB 32. The ultimate goal of the plan is to reduce California's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while continuing to foster a growing marketplace for clean energy innovation in a variety of sectors (transportation, fuels, waste, building and energy efficiency, etc.).  The Plan provides a couple of important messages for California businesses.

Read the full blog post here.

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Business Alliance Members Awarded Funding for New Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Center 


The California Energy Commission has awarded funds to a consortium of Southern California-based organizations led by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) to establish a Southern California Center for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technology. The Center will consist of one virtual hub and two physical locations - one in San Diego, which will be managed by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, and one in Los Angeles, which will be managed by Alliance Member Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. The Center will serve the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.


"LACI is thrilled to leverage its incubation programs and state-of-the-art campus to further advance the commercialization of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies in Southern California," said Fred Walti, Executive Director of LACI. "The deeply committed and capable partners cooperating in this initiative represent an economic development powerhouse."


"This project will be a great asset for our region," said Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. "Not only will they be developing alternative fuels and clean technology, they'll be creating jobs that will drive economic growth for years to come."


For more information about the Center, visit here.

Featured Member Announcement
Third Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards Celebration Call For Entries, Deadline March 14, 2014 


Alliance members are invited to enter the premiere Southern California Sustainable Awards Competition hosted by the Sustainable Business Concil of Los Angeles (SBCLA). The deadline for applications is March 14th and the winners will be celebrated at the Awards event to be held on the evening of April 22nd (Earth Day).  


Please contact Molly Lavik, Executive Director, SBCLA with questions at:  Molly.Lavik@SustainableBC.org or 310 488-4401.

Click here to apply.  
Featured Member Event

Charged & Connected 2014, Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle and Connected Car Symposium, April 24


Charged 2014 will address key policy and implementation challenges associated with the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and continue to explore innovative technologies that further the sustainability of our transportation system (such as intelligent mobility options that impact how we drive, park, charge, and/or connect with sustainable transportation options).

For more information and to register for the event, click here to visit the 2014 event website
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Behind the Scenes:  
The Natural Food Revolution, March 5 

Steve Glenn's LivingHome, Santa Monica

Join SBCLA and Yale LA for a fascinating discussion of the evolution of the natural and organic foods industry.


Joe Dobrow, former head of marketing for Whole Foods and Sprouts, and author of the brand new entrepreneurial history of the industry, Natural Prophets (Rodale, 2014) will lead a panel discussion featuring luminaries of the natural foods world, including:  
  • Sandy Gooch, Founder of Mrs. Gooch's, LA's original superstar natural supermarket
  • Paddy Spence, CEO of Zevia natural sodas, and
  • Russell Parker, former head buyer for Whole Foods and currently SVP at Nature's Best. 

Click here to register.

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4th Annual Urban Coastal Research Symposium with Socio-Eocnomic Emphasis, March 12

March 12, Alliance members are invited to attend the 4th annual urban coastal research symposium entitled, "Socio-Economic Analyses of Coastal Ecosystem Resilience (SEACER)", at Loyola Marymount University. This year's expanded scope will take a deeper scientific look at the social and economic benefits of resilient coastal systems. Presenters from throughout California will discuss a diverse array of topics from wetland restoration to Marine Protected Areas, green building, and watershed-level greening efforts.

A selection of the distinguished speakers includes Dr. Matthew Kahn, UCLA Professor and environmental economics book author; Shelly Backlar, Executive Director of the Friends of Los Angeles River; architect/speaker/author Eric Corey Freed of OrganicArchitect.com; Tom Ford, The Bay Foundation's Director of Marine Programs; Dr. Amanda Zellmer, Occidental College fisheries researcher; and Dr. Richard Shope, LMU Professor of environmental education. 

Opening the event will be Jan Perry, General Manager,
City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department; and Compton Mayor Aja Brown, an urban planner, will speak during the day. After the morning and afternoon sessions, there will be a student Poster Session and cocktail hour.

For more information, please visit The Bay Foundation's website (www.santamonicabay.org) and click here to register.

As the nation's longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets, Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) has a well-established history of providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on pressing topics in carbon. And because it is North America's largest carbon conference, it is known as the best event for networking with colleagues from the business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors.

In its 12th consecutive year, NACW 2014 will take a close look at the future growth and expansion of California's historic cap-and-trade program, other established and emerging carbon markets around the world, the status of potential linkages between markets, national climate change policy and other innovative environmental initiatives.

NACW 2014 takes place March 26-28 in San Francisco and is hosted by the 
Climate Action Reserve.


To learn more about NACW 2014, please click here
Green California Summit & Exposition, April 8-9


The 8th Annual Green California Summit and Exposition will take place at the Sacramento Convention Center on April 8-9. The advisory board for the Summit is composed of leaders from government and the private sector and is chaired by CalEPA Secretary, Matt Rodriquez, Government Operations Secretary Marybel Batjers and Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Anna Caballero.

The conference includes an Expo with more than 100 companies offering green products and services, concurrent sessions addressing energy, water, transportation and other vital topics and a Leadership Awards reception. Pre-Summit seminars on April 7 will address Prop 39 and recent changes to the state's green building and energy codes. Keynote speakers will include Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Global Governance for CalPERS.

Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. For more information and to register click here or call Cindy Dangberg at (626) 577-5700.

Business Alliance members will receive a 20% discount on the education program by entering "CGBA" in the discount field when registering online. 


Featured Event          



Sustainable Enterprise Conference, April 30

Attend the 9th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference on April 30 at Sonoma Mountain Village and capitalize on opportunities in the growing green economy, discover current trends in enterprise management, and network with North Bay leaders. Academics, government officials and business leaders will show you how innovation and sustainability are driving the economy and helping organizations like yours prosper. 


Read more here. To attend the event, please sign up here.

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy



March 5

Behind the Scenes of the Natural Foods Revolution

(Los Angeles)

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March 12

Socio-Economic Analysis of Coastal  Ecosystem Resilience

(Los Angeles)

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March 18

Water Gala '14

San Francisco


March 26-28 

San Francisco

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March 28 

(San Jose)


April 8-9


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April 22

Third Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards

(Los Angeles)


April 24

Charged and Connected 2014

(Palo Alto)

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April 25

LABC Sustainability Summit: California Energy and Water Policy

(Los Angeles)


April 30

Sustainable Enterprise Conference

(Sonoma Mountain Village)

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May 5-8

Act Expo 2014

(Long Beach)


May 17-20

Climate Ride California 2014 

(San Francisco to Sacramento)


May 18

World Fest

(Lake Balboa)


May 19-21

Fortune Brainstorm Green:Sustainable Solutions 

(Laguna Niguel)


June 13

SVLG Energy and Sustainability Summit

(Redwood City)


Sept. 23-24

Water Innovation Summit 2014



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