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California is not alone in seeking to advance clean energy and climate policies - Washington, Oregon and British Columbia (which, along with California, comprise the Pacific Coast Collaborative, or PCC) all have agreed to take meaningful action to reduce their carbon emissions. One way to accomplish this is through clean energy policies like AB 32 and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which the California Business Alliance (CBA) supports.


Last week, the International Council on Clean Transportation and E4tech released a report (available here) which examined what would happen if all four PCC jurisdictions adopted clean fuel standards. You can read about the key findings of this report in my blogpost on The Promise of Clean Fuels in the West, and Beyond.

Recently, I had the chance to share the story of California's business success with Oregon Business. In talking with the reporter, I made it clear that "there has been no evidence, despite claims to the contrary, that AB 32 is destroying the California economy. There is plenty of evidence that quite the opposite is true: that California is benefiting from clean-tech investments; that new jobs are being created; that for every job we might lose in the oil and gas sector, we are gaining more jobs in the energy-efficiency sector." I also pointed out that our diverse, mainstream CBA membership believes that the state's approach to clean energy and climate policy is not going to hurt businesses, but rather, make us better.

Thank you for your continued support and for all you do to make an impact in California and across the Pacific Coast region.


~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance

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California had more manufacturing businesses (38,741) than any other state in 2012 and their 1.2 million employees were also the largest industrial workforce of any state, the report says. Those workers produced products valued at $512.3 billion, up 4.3 percent from the previous industrial census in 2007. That is the equivalent of nearly 25 percent of the state's overall economic output, which would, were California a nation, rank its economy as the globe's seventh largest.

The Sacramento Bee      1/27/2015

In the latest sign that the distinctions between the auto and tech industries are becoming more blurry, Ford on Thursday celebrated the opening of a new research center in Palo Alto, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley. The company said the new center would help advance new car technologies like built-in Internet connections and eventually self-driving vehicles. It will be led by Dragos Maciuca, a former senior engineer at Apple who has also led research and development at Lockheed Martin.

The New York Times      1/22/2015

Forest River is now preparing to begin its manufacturing operations in Hemet. The company is the world's largest recreational vehicle and trailer manufacturer. Its products include travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop-up tent campers, park model trailers, destination trailers, cargo trailers, commercial vehicles, buses, pontoons,restroom trailers and mobile offices.
Just Good News      1/15/2015


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California Delivers: New Facebook Page


The California Business Alliance and many of our members have joined California Delivers - a growing coalition of businesses, workers, community and faith leaders, and advocates for public health, consumers, low-income families and the environment, who support implementing, defending and extending the benefits beyond 2020 of the state's landmark clean energy and climate policy, AB 32. 


Check out the campaign's new Facebook page


Once you add your name as a supporter at www.cadelivers.org, consider promoting the campaign on your website or newsletter with a promotional button (see below).



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CalCAN 4th California Climate & Agriculture Summit, March 24-25


The California Climate & Agriculture Network will be hosting the 4th California Climate & Agriculture Summit in Davis, CA. The summit begins on March 24 with farm tours in Yolo County, followed by a day of plenary, workshop and poster presentations on March 25 at UC Davis.


You will hear about the latest science, policy and practice related to climate change and sustainable agriculture in California. You will network with a diverse group of participants including farmers and ranchers, researchers, policymakers, advocates and agriculture professionals.


Earlybird registration opened January 7 and goes until February 7, 2015.


To learn more and register, click here.

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Cool California Awards, February 12


The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program recognizes leadership and innovation among small businesses that take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate friendly practices, and integrate sustainability throughout their operations. Since 2009, the program has recognized California businesses and organizations for exemplary environmental leadership, many of which have used the tools on CoolCalifornia.org to determine their carbon footprint, reduce their emissions, and save money. In previous years, many of the honorees have included CBA members.

Congratulations to this year's winners, especially CBA member Ohana Pet Hospital of Ventura, which was recognized as "Business of the Year."


 Other "Business of the Year" recipients:

--Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Capitola

--Precision Labs Calibration, Palmdale

--SRT Consultants, San Francisco

Honored as "Climate Leaders":         
--Allterra Solar, Santa Cruz

--Aperia Technologies Inc., Burlingame

--Capitol Bowl, West Sacramento

--Daisy Rose Floral Design, Sonoma

--Geo. H. Wilson Inc., Santa Cruz

--Lake Merritt Dental, Oakland

--Laura Lawson, DDS, Albany

--Manhattan Bread & Bagel, Manhattan Beach

--Metro Lighting, Berkeley

--Plaza Cleaners, Thousand Oaks

--Studio City Orthodontist, Studio City

--Way To Be Designs, Hayward


The award ceremony will be held in Sacramento on February 12.


To learn more and register, click here.

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International Green Industry Hall Of Fame, April 16


The International Green Industry Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to recognize excellence in the Green Industry and establish an educational platform for the general public, at no cost.


Beginning in 2010, IGIHOF has recognized 23 organizations including: Electronic Recyclers International, Grundfos Pumps Company, Grid Alternatives, SunRun, UC Merced, D. Light Design, Empower Playgrounds, Frey Winery, and New Belgium Brewing. Additionally, IGIHOF and honored 13 individuals including: Ray C. Anderson, Ed Begley Jr., John Schaeffer, Christina Schwerdtfeger, and Donald Simon.


This year IGIHOF is holding it's 5th Annual Induction Ceremony and Conference on the campus of UC Santa Barbara co-sponsored by the Bren School of Environmental Sciences and Management and the Environmental Education Group on April 16, 2015. The theme of the event is "The Water Nexus: Challenges and Solutions." Join us as we celebrate excellence and learn about innovations and best practices in the green industry.


To learn more and register, click here.

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance



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