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We head into spring with some impressive news about California's job and economic growth including reports of the explosive expansion of solar that accounted for more than half of America's new photovoltaic installations in 2013 at a market value of close to $7 billion employing 43,700 workers in California.

My colleague, Ruben Aronin, writes in a new Business Alliance blogpost that clean cars are electrifying the California marketplace and that we're well on our way toward the Governor's goal of 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025.
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

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Featured Blog         



Clean Cars Electrify the California Marketplace


By Ruben Aronin, Assistant Director, California Business Alliance

Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the move in California and across the country. On March 7, I had the opportunity to attend a day-long Governor's Summit on Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) headquarters in Sacramento that attracted more than 200 automakers, utility executives, state and local government officials, and nonprofit leaders from throughout the state. The summit was held to discuss the growing ZEV marketplace and to identify obstacles and opportunities toward meeting Governor Jerry Brown's goal of having 1.5 million ZEVs on the road by 2025. I'm pleased to report that California is well on its way to meeting the Governor's goals and also is helping to lead ZEV adoption nationally and globally.

Read the full blog post here.

Member Event Profile

2nd Annual Silicon Valley
Energy & Sustainability Summit, June 13


The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is hosting its 2nd Annual Summit on June 13 at Oracle. This year's theme is "Building a Sustainable Enterprise in an Era of Climate Risk and Water Scarcity." The summit will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to learn how to employ the latest technologies and practices to create value and build resiliency in your business and to learn what you can do on a practical level to prepare for a changing landscape. 

The Summit brings together more than 300 businesses, nonprofit, and public sector leaders to share best practices, lessons learned and practical solutions.
For more information and to register for the event, click here to visit the 2014 event website
Featured Announcement
Energy Upgrade California
Announces New Climate Credit


Millions of Californians will see savings on their electricity bill - in April and October for residential customers and monthly for small businesses - from a state program to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


The Climate Credit is designed to help all of us in California fight climate change and clean the air. You don't need to do anything to get the credit, but if you want to join California's efforts to tackle climate change, there's a lot you can do. You can use the savings on your electricity bills to save even more money and help the environment by investing in energy saving home upgrades, including more efficient lights and appliances.


To learn more about the Climate Credit and Energy Upgrade California click here.
Featured Member Announcement
Third Annual SBC Industry Achievement
Awards Celebration, April 22


Celebrate Earth Day with a fun and festive reception and awards celebration from 7 to 9pm at the Lexus Santa Monica Showroom. The event will feature:

  • Organic and local fare from top restaurateurs accompanied by popular sustainable libations.
  • Live musical entertainment.
  • Networking with sustainable business leaders, investors and bankers.
  • Inspirational and insightful remarks by:
    • James E. Lentz, Chief Executive Officer, Toyota North America Region, SBC's Lifetime Business Achievement Award Recipient
    • Ann Gentry, Founder and CEO, Real Food Daily, SBC's Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability Award Recipient
    • Ellen Strickland, Founder and Owner, LivingreenSBC's Pioneer in Sustainability Award

Business Alliance members are invited to the Gardein VIP Reception that precedes the SBC Industry Achievement Awards.  


Tickets are available here.

Tables are available here.

Tribute ads are available here.

Featured Member Profile



Futur-Tek is making Green Transportation
Safer in California


Business Alliance member Futur-Tek is an Oakland-based company with a mission and vision to "Help Make a Better World."

Futur-Tek has created innovative Flecto Spinners to make people easier to see and safer on bikes, trikes & trailers, strollers & scooters and walkers & wheelchairs. These clean wind-powered spinners were invented in Silicon Valley and made in San Bernardino. 


Check out the video and crowdfunding campaign 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.

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 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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Sustainable Enterprise Conference, April 30

Business Alliance Member, Sustainable Enterprise Conference based in Santa Rosa, is hosting its 9th Annual event on April 30 at Sonoma Mountain Village. 

You are invited to attend to 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



April 8-9


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April 17

Making Sustainability Work for Your Business: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

(Santa Ana)


April 22

Third Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards

(Los Angeles)

Read More


April 24

Charged and Connected 2014

(Palo Alto)

Read More


April 25

LABC Sustainability Summit: California Energy and Water Policy

(Los Angeles)


April 30

Sustainable Enterprise Conference

(Sonoma Mountain Village)

Read More

May 1

Spring Green Expo

(Los Angeles)


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)

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Aug. 19-20

2014 Adaptation Forum



Sept. 23-24

Water Innovation Summit 2014



Oct. 6-7

LACI Global Showcase

(Los Angeles)


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