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Big news from the White House today with the announcement that President Obama is taking the most significant steps ever for the U.S. in fighting climate change. California Governor Jerry Brown, Governor Jay Inslee (WA), Governor John Kitzhaber (OR), and Premier Christy Clark (B.C.) added their own statement applauding the President's action. It's exciting that we are seeing this type of action at the federal level given California's leadership on these issues for many years.


Last month, I was pleased to join other business leaders in supporting the state's first update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan -the guiding document for ongoing implementation of California's climate and clean energy law. We released a joint statement which said, in part: "California business leaders wholeheartedly support efforts to champion a rapid transition to a clean energy economy. The first update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan is a promising strategic plan for weaning our economy from expensive fossil fuels, putting a price on efficiency, and developing creative programs to accelerate the adoption of clean fuels, clean vehicles and renewable energy sources." You can read more in the feature story below or view the full statement here.


These sentiments were similarly supported in two prominent op-eds from Business Alliance founding member Tom Bowman (Bowman Design Group) in the Long Beach Press Telegram and Business Alliance member Mike Mielke (Silicon Valley Leadership Group) and Dan Adler (CalCEF) in the San Jose Mercury News, which you can find here.

You may want to check out an interesting TIME magazine profile on philanthropist and activist, Tom Steyer; I was pleased to be quoted in the article entitled "Green Giant."


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~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance

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Featured Story

Business Alliance Joins Prominent CA Business Leaders to Call for Climate Rules Beyond 2020 to Provide Certainty & Clean Energy Market Signals  

May 21, 2014: "As the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hears public comment on May 22 on a far-reaching plan to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals in the Golden State's clean energy law (AB 32), prominent business groups from across the state called on lawmakers to make more definitive plans beyond 2020. The business leaders say formally extending AB 32 will provide certainty and market signals, while guiding high-stakes energy investment decisions they have to make now."


To read the release, click 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 13th 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, click here to visit the 2014 event website 

Governor's Awards
Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership (GEELA) Awards Application Now Open

The application period to apply for the 2014 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership (GEELA) Awards - one of the state's most prestigious environmental achievement awards - is now open.


The GEELA program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California's resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state's economy.


GEELA recipients are chosen in 14 different categories, from climate change to environmental justice to waste reduction.

Applications are due Friday, July 11, 2014.


For more information and to apply, click here.

Member Event Profile
Women in Green Forum


The upcoming 2014 Women In Green Forum is scheduled for September 10 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.


The Forum is the largest international conference series highlighting women's impact in the environmental arena and regularly features high-ranking executives and sustainability officers from AEG, Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Intel, BMW, and Subaru. Offering interactive sessions, career workshops, networking opportunities, and a clean vehicle ride & drive, the Forum is a one-stop-shop for key players in the environmental industry to develop effective relationships and learn about innovative new ideas and strategies.


The deadline for Early Bird Registration is July 15.


To learn more about the Women In Green Forum and to register, click here.
Featured Announcement

Renewable Energy Markets Conference
Call for Abstracts


The Renewable Energy Markets (REM) call for abstracts is now open. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a panel or an individual presentation, please review the Call for Abstracts (here) for guidelines and to submit. In order to maximize useful information and informed exchange, REM would like presentations to be 10 to 12 minutes, and feature new data or ideas, considered exposition of important issues, and insights into where renewable energy markets are headed. At the discretion of the Planning Committee, some sessions may be conducted in a group discussion format rather than presentation-style. Abstracts are due no later than Monday, June 30, 2014, at 5:00 pm PT.
To learn more about REM or to submit on abstract, click here.
Member Profile
Moving Forward: Coaching & Consulting Is Dedicated To Helping Organizations Work Happy


Where is it written that people and organizations cannot be happy in their work? Working Happy creates a positive working environment - bringing efficiency, collaboration, productivity and creativity to your organization. Want to create a happy workplace? Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Let go of things that drain the energy of your organization (for example, outdated procedures, clutter, lingering animosities).
  • Create a "balanced" organization. Find ways to lower stress in the workday (for example, increase collaborative communication, build some genuine fun into your day).
  • Develop the skills and self-confidence of your employees and managers.
  • Limit hierarchy and structure to encourage innovation (for example, create "open space" time for employees, embrace a more horizontal organization, create effective feedback loops within the organization)

Want more ideas for working happy? Check out Moving Forward's Working Happy Newsletter and The Managers Hub Blog. Here's to your business working clean, green, efficient and happy!


To learn more about Moving Forward, click here or contact them here.
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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy




June 13

SVLG Energy and Sustainability Summit 

(Redwood City)

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Aug. 19-20

2014 Adaptation Forum



Sept. 10

Women in Green Forum 

(Los Angeles) 


Sept. 23-24

Water Innovation Summit 2014



Oct. 6-7

LACI Global Showcase 

(Los Angeles)


Dec. 2-4 

Renewable Energy Markets 2014 

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