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When we created the California Business Alliance more than five years ago, we intended to build a large network of companies that support the state's approach to clean energy and climate policy. We have proudly succeeded in that task; yet, there still are forces in the broader business community that don't want to share the positive news about California's economic success.


So, we just launched California Means Business (CMB), which is the place to read the good news about California businesses - how they are growing, expanding, investing, setting the tone, and illustrating why our state is the 8th largest economy in the world.


CMB will serve as a communications hub to push out the good news about mainstream California business success. We will use the hashtag #CAMeansBusiness through social media, and ask for your help in sharing the news about our state's vibrant business community.


Thanks to those of you that have visited our redesigned website, Facebook page and Twitter feed and to all the positive feedback about our rebranded look. 

As always, thank you for your ongoing support.


~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance

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West Coast Climate Leaders Respond to UN Climate Summit

Leaders from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia on the UN 2014 Climate Summit


The leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, as part of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, agreed last year to work together to advance national and international policy on climate change.

As world leaders gather in New York for the UN Secretary
General's Climate Leadership Summit, Pacific Coast leaders delivered statements of support for bold, decisive action.


California Governor Jerry Brown attended the Summit and remarked, "Carbon pollution kills, it undermines our environment, and, long-term, it's an economic loser. There has to be a price on carbon, because there is a price on carbon - it's the consequences to health, to the economy, and to our climate. We face an existential challenge with the changes in our climate. The time to act is now." 


To read the full press release, click here.

Featured Awards Profile

Cool California Small Business Awards


The Air Resources Board is accepting applications now through Nov. 3 for its fifth CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program, which recognizes small businesses that integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability into their business practices.


California small businesses that reduce energy use, conserve water and minimize their greenhouse gas emissions are demonstrating climate leadership and can compete for a CoolCalifornia Small Business Award.


"This is an opportunity to recognize the many small businesses across the state that are taking actions to save money while reducing their environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions," ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols said. "These small business leaders are demonstrating that making smart climate-friendly choices is good for the environment and for their bottom line."


Small businesses that meet the requirements can apply here for an award between Sept. 2, 2014, and Nov. 3, 2014. Winners will be recognized by ARB at a public ceremony in Sacramento in February 2015, and will be profiled on the CoolCalifornia.org website and in a statewide press release.

Member Event Profile


LA Cleantech Incubator Invites You
to GloSho'14, October 6-7 

On October 6-7, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) will be hosting the annual Global Showcase (GloSho'14) at the historic downtown Los Angeles Theatre Center. This event convenes global leaders in clean technology for a series of thought provoking discussions, networking and exhibitions by early stage cleantech companies. This year they anticipate an audience of 800+ attendees, including investors, exhibitors, elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, policymakers, philanthropists, and representatives from organizations that support early stage companies.


To learn more or to get tickets, please visit GloSho.la

CleantechOCFeatured Event

CleanTech OC Conference and Expo, Oct. 8


The CleanTech OC Conference and Expo highlights the key technologies and drivers spurring economic growth in the Orange County clean technology industry. Attended by over 400 cleantech entrepreneurs and industry leaders, investors, policy makers, and many others, this is the only annual conference in Orange County dedicated to covering the clean technology space and connecting industry stakeholders throughout the region & state. 

There will be a keynote address from Mark Herrema, CEO, Newlight Technologies and other featured Speakers will Include:

Mike Whaley, Senior Director EHS, Allergan
Scott Gordon, President, Helio Power
Dean Greg Washington, Samueli School of Engineering, UCI
Ken King, Sunnova
Lisa Varga, CEO, Phoenix Energy Technologies
Shane Stephens-Romero, President, First Element Fuel
Alan Lee, CEO, ecoSolargy
Eric Johnson, Corporate EHS, Sony Electronics
Patrick Thompson, CEO, Emisense

For tickets and more information, click here
Featured Event

Green California School Summit, Nov. 5-6


The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center on November 5-6, 2014. Keynote speakers will be Senator Fran Pavley and Rear Admiral Len Hering. Through an Expo with over 100 companies offering green products and services, dozens of educational sessions, and special events including a Leadership Awards reception, the Summit offers two days of total immersion in all aspects of green schools.


Concurrent sessions will focus on critical topics, from best practices for utilizing Prop 39 energy efficiency funds to water conservation techniques, funding for energy and building projects and environmental literacy. The Summit will also include a special Pre-Summit Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Workshop, on November 4, presented in partnership with the New Buildings Institute and the California Public Utilities Commission. Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. 


For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call Cindy Dangberg at 626-577-5700.

Featured Event

Renewable Energy Markets Conference, Dec. 2-4


Renewable Energy Markets (REM) is the clean energy industry's most important annual event focused on the states, businesses, organizations, and households that choose clean, renewable electricity every day. Since 1996, REM has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace, and is attended by leaders from federal and state governments, large corporate purchasers, the nation's leading utilities and electricity generators, and marketers from around the world.


This year's conference - December 2-4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, CA - will feature dozens of sessions covering the essentials of the clean energy market, with current facts and trends that will inform your environmental strategy. The program will include all aspects of how renewable energy is generated, traded, tracked, sold, and retired, as well as important predictions for the coming year and unparalleled opportunities for networking with industry leaders. 


Check out the Agenda for up-to-the-minute updates on panels, presentations, and plenary sessions-new speakers are added every day.


REM is organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. EPA. Know a student in the industry? Spread the word about their fellowship program


To learn more and register, click here.

National Business Letter Sign-On
Pew Charitable Trusts is Asking For Your Help By...


Signing onto the Nat'l Business Letter Supporting Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks


Next spring, the EPA and NHTSA are expected to issue new draft rules covering medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold after 2018, and it's a big deal. Strong new fuel efficiency standards for trucks represent a big opportunity to save American businesses money while significantly reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector - while trucks make up 7% of vehicles on the road, they consume 25% of the fuel used by all vehicles.


We have an opportunity to empower the Administration to draft strong new rules that will incentivize innovation and are good for American industry, consumers, and the environment.


Please take a minute to read and sign onto this national business letter supporting strong new truck efficiency rules.


Strong standards to reduce truck fuel consumption 40% by 2025 would save 1.4 million barrels of oil per day in 2030. They would also also reduce the cost of moving freight by 7% and save truck operators $0.21 per mile, which means savings for American businesses of all sizes.


We hope you'll lend your business' name to the letter.

Member Profile

 Zan Media Kickstarter


Marin County, CA - Zan Media is looking for contributors to a one-hour film, GOLDEN GIRLS, CALIFORNIA'S NEW BREED OF FEMALE FARMERS.


Hosted by author, environmental activist and vegetarian cattle rancher, Nicolette Hahn Niman ('Righteous Porkchop", 2010; "Defending Beef", 2014), the goal of the movie is to showcase the special relationship women share with the land and its bounty, as they forge a prominent role in the locally grown food movement.


Says Producer Christine Scioli, "by contributing to the production of the film, and sharing individual stories of a diverse group of women, we can further understand and embrace the most basic and human female instinct; to nourish, with respect and appreciation. What the incomparable Chef Alice Waters says about "Defending Beef" mirrors our production mission: "Creating healthful, delicious food in ecological balance is among humanity's greatest challenges."


Ultimately, the goal is to produce a similar film highlighting each state in the country.


The Kickstarter link provides more information about the project, this Bay Area certified green film and video production company, and the movie trailer.

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance



Oct. 6-7

LACI Global Showcase 

(Los Angeles)
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Oct. 8

Cleantech OC 2014 

Conference and Expo


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Oct. 8-10  

Peak Innovations: 

The Next 20 Yrs.
(Tahoe City) 


Oct. 15

Palo Alto


Oct. 15

Sustainable Success Stories

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Oct. 27-28

(San Francisco)


Nov. 5-6

Green California Schools Summit


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Canada U.S. Energy Innovation-A Shared Future Beyond Keystone

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Renewable Energy 

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