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As 2014 comes to a close, it's clear that the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy and our members have made significant strides to protect and advance California's clean energy and climate initiatives that are ensuring our economy thrives today and into the future. 


CBA is proud to have endorsed California Delivers, the coalition of businesses, public health advocates, workers, public officials, and community and faith leaders who support California's pioneering clean energy and climate law, AB 32 - now with more than 200 endorsers representing millions of Californians. 


I encourage you to read the recently released reports from Next 10 on the five diverse economic regions of California that are demonstrating how the clean economy is working to drive business growth and innovation up and down our state.


Keep sharing your good news stories about the benefits of California's clean economy for your business - your stories are making a difference.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support and best wishes for a happy and productive new year.


~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance

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California Means Business

When we created the California Business Alliance more than five years ago, we intended to build a large network of companies that supports the state's approach to clean energy and climate policy. We have succeeded in that task thanks to our nearly 1,300 small and mainstream businesses and business trade associations from throughout the state; yet, there still are forces in the broader business community that are resistant to sharing the positive news about California's continued economic success.


So, we launched California Means Business (CMB) California Means Business (CMB) as a 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. We've teamed up with the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) to identify and highlight California businesses that are creating jobs, growing our economy and improving the lives of Californians.


Read Susan Frank's blogpost about CMB here.

Featured Op-ed    
Clean Air is Good for All Californians


This op-ed was written by David Herrlinger Vice President of CBA member, Hot Purple Energy, a Palm Springs-based company specializing in custom energy solutions and services including rooftop, ground-mount and carport solar. Here is an excerpt:

"Palm Springs-area residents and business people are interested in cleaner air and cleaner energy. They like the idea of not always having to rely on the dirty old energy sources of the past. That's one reason small businesses like ours are thriving by providing cleaner energy options to families, companies and institutions in the Coachella Valley. And as a solar energy company, we like the idea of, for example, more electric vehicles, powered by electricity generated by the sun.

Our neighboring region of Riverside County has some of the worst air quality in the nation, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report. Full and timely implementation of AB 32 translates into less air pollution and cleaner transportation options, which means lower medical bills, fewer lost days of work and school, and healthier people. We here in Palm Springs, and all Californians, deserve that. 
We hope the oil industry will come around to that way of thinking, too."

Read the full op-ed here.

Featured Reports
Next 10 Releases Five Cleantech Reports


Next 10 released five new studies this month touting the progress of the California clean tech economy:

Bay to Market: Bay Area Innovations Leading Clean Technology Development
 details how the San Francisco Bay region's culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is sparking a revolution in clean transportation and energy storage, with the area leading the nation in electric vehicles and cutting-edge energy storage technologies.

Power Town: California's Capital Region Mobilizing to Meet Growing Demand for Clean Technologies
  highlights how the Sacramento region is embracing clean power, with new data showing that residential solar grew six-fold between 2007 and 2013, while incubating a vibrant group of clean tech companies, including a waste-to-energy company that developed the nation's first commercial-scale closed loop anaerobic digester project. The findings also indicate per capita non-residential buildings in the region are not only more energy efficient when compared to the state overall, they're also becoming ever more efficient at a faster rate.


Driving the Spotlight: Los Angeles and Orange Counties' Large Producer and Consumer Base Driving Advanced Transportation Growth reports how in both Los Angeles County and Orange County, traditional anchor industries and a large population, as well as regional collaborations, are driving the clean tech sector.


Living Lab: San Diego and Imperial Counties Fostering Smart Grid and Biorenewable Development reports about how San Diego's robust research and development community, coupled with Imperial County's abundance of industrial land, reliable energy, and large labor pool, are helping to grow the regional economy.

Clean Valley: San Joaquin Valley Leveraging Natural Resources to Grow the Clean Economy
 reports that the San Joaquin Valley is leveraging its agriculture and traditional energy expertise to develop a regional clean tech sector in a heavily agriculture-focused area.

Featured Event

Renewable Energy Markets Conference, Dec. 2-4


Renewable Energy Markets (REM) is an 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 - 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.

Event Highlight
VerdeXchange, January 25-27


The VerdeXchange gives attendees the opportunity to join over 600 delegates to assess "what's in-market," "what's about to be in-market," and "what's needed" in the global, trillion-dollar verde economy. Speakers include global, national, and regional clean tech leaders, green-build designs and developers, and producers of solar, wind, energy efficiency, infrastructure engineering, alternative-fuel vehicles, project financiers, water, connected-home entrepreneurs and environmental stewards.


To learn more and register, click here.

Featured Member


Green2Gold a project of the Environmental Education Group (EEG), a 501(c)3 non-profit institution, founded in 1972.  EEG's core project, Green2Gold is dedicated to building a better, greener world through ethical, environmental economic development. Green2Gold is dedicated to helping green businesses grow through their unique Environmental Incubation™ process. Green2Gold mentors, educates, and brings to market environmental technologies, services, sustainable enterprises and environmentally-respectful products. 


With the goal of establishing community-based, mixed-tech and mixed-use sustainable incubators throughout the US and internationally, Green2Gold effectively leverages local communities to work together to build a vibrant, green economy resulting in a brighter future. 

Green2Gold specializes in a spectrum of educational and mentorship services designed to effectively commercialize innovative, new green products and services, alternative energies, and environmental technologies, through services such as mentorship, product development, financing resources, prototyping, market research, intellectual property protection and licensing, cooperative marketing, business development, community expansion.

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance



Dec. 2-4 

Renewable Energy 

Markets 2014 


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Jan. 20-21

Buildings Get A Brain
(San Francisco)


Jan. 25-27

VerdeXchange 2015

(Los Angeles)

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February 4-5

Solar Power Generation

(San Diego)


March 16-18

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April 13

Good Jobs, Green Jobs

(Washington D.C.)


April 16

2015 IGIHOF Induction Ceremony and Conference

Santa Barbara


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