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News coverage of California's economic surge have been rampant this past month and I encourage you to check out our California Means Business News Highlights for more details on the nearly 500,000 new jobs created in California in 2014. Last week, I participated in a KQED "Forum" radio broadcast to talk about how our state's commitment to a clean energy economy is a major reason why California's businesses are hiring and expanding faster than any other state in the country.


This eNews also is filled with important upcoming events - be sure to look at the Calendar at a Glance on the right-hand column as well as some of the event profiles we've included in this month's edition. If you have any future events you would like to share with us, please email the CBA Deputy Director, Ruben Aronin, at ruben@clean-economy.org.


Lastly, thanks to many of you, we reached more than 1,000 "LIKES" on Facebook. Remember that you can get timely updates on CBA activities from our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter.


Wishing you a productive April.


~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance

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Recent CMB News Highlights

Our View: California's demise is greatly exaggerated

California's economic demise has been wrongly predicted so many times it's a wonder people still insist on declaring that this time, the Golden State really is doomed. But they keep saying it. And they keep getting it wrong...Oops. Revised figures released last week paint a different picture... California added 498,000 jobs, and Texas just 393,000.
Sacramento Bee     3/23/2015


California gained 498,000 jobs in 2014, beat Texas

The Bureau of Labor Statistics revised its 2014 employment numbers Tuesday and sharply raised net job creation in California to nearly a half-million... Kish Rajan, director Gov. Jerry Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development, hailed the revision during testimony to an Assembly hearing on the state of the economy as an indication that California is doing well in the competition for new job creation.
Sacramento Bee      3/18/2015 


Market shows California is No. 1 for business

Places that prepare for big 21st-century challenges such as urbanization, climate change and globalization are likely to be the most successful. California companies lead the U.S. in confronting these risks with superior results for shareholders and bondholders.
Bloomberg News      3/12/2015


California Ranked #4 State Economy in U.S.

Silicon Valley is a major part of California's economy. The state houses the headquarters of 53 Fortune 500 companies, including the tech heavyweights Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Intel, Cisco, and Oracle, to name only a few. Of course, California's massive economy stretches far beyond San Francisco and Palo Alto: The state's gross domestic product is comparable with those of entire countries, including India, Canada, and Australia. California had the fifth-highest wages in the country, with a Q2 2014 average weekly wage of $1,072.
Business Insider      3/3/2015


Where in the US should you launch your business?

In addition to the nation's strongest manufacturing economy, California also has a very robust agricultural sector, as well as Silicon Valley, America's tech innovation hub. Companies looking to move to California often focus on San Francisco, but Springer argues that the best options might be in lower-cost cities like Los Angeles and San Diego, which are often more eager to attract outside investment.
The Guardian      3/2/2015


Click here to read more CMB news.
Op-ed Highlight

Op-Ed: Renewable energy
is a California success story


by David Hochschild, commissioner, California Energy Commission, and David Olsen, member of the board of governors, California Independent System Operator

Los Angeles Times

March 12, 2015


Renewable energy has grown so rapidly that, in 2014, it accounted for most new electric generation capacity added nationwide. California leads the pack with the share of electricity from renewable sources, more than doubling from 12% in 2008 to 25% today. In that period, private companies invested more than $20 billion in new renewable power plants here. California is home to the largest geothermal, wind, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic power plants in the world.


To read the full article, click here.

Featured Report Release

New Report Shows U.S. Solar Industry
Reaches 20 GW of Installed Capacity 

Renewable energy has grown so rapidly that, in 2014, it accounted for most new electric generation capacity added nationwide. California leads the pack with the share of electricity from renewable sources, more than doubling from 12% in 2008 to 25% today. In that period, private companies invested more than $20 billion in new renewable power plants here. California is home to the largest geothermal, wind, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic power plants in the world.

To read the full report, click here.
Members Highlight
CBA Members recognized with CoolCalifornia Awards
Hosted by the California Air Resources Board


The California Business Alliance (CBA) includes business leaders from across the state, many of whom are leading the way on implementing climate and clean energy initiatives that are helping to improve their bottom lines while reducing their carbon footprints.


Over the years, dozens of our members have been recognized at the annual CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards presented by the California Air Resources Board. This year was no exception. CBA Member Jim Rose (Daisy Rose Floral Design - at left) received one of this year's awards from CBA Deputy Director Ruben Aronin (at right) at the awards ceremony in Sacramento.

We are honored that many CBA members received award recognition including:


Allterra Solar, Santa Cruz

Aperia Technologies, Inc., Burlingame 

Daisy Rose Floral Design, Sonoma

Lake Merritt Dental, Oakland

Ohana Pet Hospital, Ventura
SRT Consultants, San Francisco

Studio City Invisalign, Studio City
Way To Be Designs, Hayward

The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards recognizes small businesses that demonstrate leadership and make notable, voluntary achievements toward reducing their carbon footprint.


To learn more, click here.

greentechnologyMember Event Highlight

Green California Summit & Expo
Paths to Economic Growth, April 7-8

Now in its ninth year, the Green California Summit remains the only event of its kind - an annual opportunity for stakeholders from the public and private sectors to share innovations in policy, practice and technology that can help the Golden state attain its environmental and economic goals.

The Summit includes keynote presentations, educational sessions, networking opportunities and an Expo featuring green products and services. 


Education sessions draw upon the expertise of technical experts, policy experts, program managers, and more - expert practitioners who share their knowledge and experience. The Expo offers attendees another kind of educational experience - a chance for hands-on exposure to technologies and services that can play a critical role in the planning, design and execution of green projects.


Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon will deliver the keynote address.


For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

SBCLAMember Event Highlight

4th Annual SBC Industry
Achievement Awards, April 22


Celebrate Earth Day with a fun and festive reception and award's celebration at the Lexus Santa Monica located at 1501 Santa Monica Blvd.

The awards reception and ceremony salutes and spotlights Southern California companies working daily to create sustainably focused products and services that reduce ecological impact.


This year's SBC's Pioneer in Sustainability Recipients will be presented to Honest Tea co-founders Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan. 


For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

CaliforniaGeoMember Event Highlight

True Zero Net Energy Seminar, April 23

The CaliforniaGeo's True Zero Net Energy Seminar+Webinar, Creating Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Buildings with Off-the-Shelf Technologies, is set for April 23 at San Jose City College (SJCC).

Save a spot on your calendar to learn how progress will be made toward an all-ZNE new residential building requirement for 2020, with another one for commercial buildings by 2030. If your business is not prepared for making new buildings carbon-free and ZNE in five short years- reserve your seat to learn how ZNE is happening in both the new and (retrofit) built environment.


There are two ways to participate. Attend in person at SJCC or spare the air and attend via webinar from the comfort of your desk. Seating is limited for both, consider registering today. 


CBA Members use discount code: CaBizAlliance-SJCC to receive $25 off the $150 in-peron or $125 webinar registration fees.


To learn more and register, click here.

SVLGMember Event Highlight

3rd Annual Silicon Valley
Energy and Sustainability Summit, June 25


The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is hosting its annual Sustainability Summit at Oracle on June 25. Attendees will learn how to employ the latest innovative technologies and practices to create lasting value and learn what they can do on a practical level to prepare for a changing landscape.  


Traditional sources of business value are being eroded and new opportunities are being created in our carbon and water constrained world. How can your company ensure it is best prepared to adapt to this changing landscape?      


What's more, with Governor Brown's announcement regarding his clean energy goals and next steps regarding AB 32 implementation being discussed, the state will again be called on to help lead the development of clean air and clean energy solutions. What will the impact be to businesses across the state?The Summit will feature three concurrent tracks around the Governor's 50-50-50 plan:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Next Generation Transportation
  • Renewables Deployment
Stay tuned for detailed agenda with keynotes, plenary panels, and case studies.


To learn more and register, click here.

LABCSustablilitySummitEvent Highlight
2015 Sustainability Summit: Caliifornia Leading Environmental and Economic Sustainablity, April 24


The Los Angeles Business Council is hosting its annual Sustainability Summit at the Getty Center on Friday, April 24 from 7:00am - 2:00pm.


Val Zavala, VP, News ad Public Affairs for KCET will emcee the summit that will feature an impressive speaker lineup including: 

  • Kevin de Leon, Senate President Pro Tem
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
  • Mary Nichols, Chairman, CA Air Resources Board
  • John Chiang, CA Treasurer
  • Fran Pavley, State Senator
  • Michael Picker, President, CA Public Utilities Commission
  • Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, LA DWP

The Summit will focus on the long term sustainability goals and strategies affecting businesses in Los Angeles.


To learn more and register, click here.

NACWEvent Highlight

As the nation's longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets, Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) has a well-established history of providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on carbon markets and climate policy. And because it is North America's largest carbon conference, it is known as the best event for networking with colleagues from the business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors.


In its 13th consecutive year, NACW 2015 will take a close look at the current status and future growth of California's historic cap and trade program, other established and emerging carbon markets, potential linkages between markets, activity stemming from U.S. EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, other national climate change policies and other innovative environmental initiatives. Industry participants and observers know this is a must-attend event.


NACW 2015 takes place April 28-30 in Los Angeles and is hosted by the Climate Action Reserve.


To learn more and register, click here.

IGIHOFEvent Highlight
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.

Business Program Profile

'Green Janitor' Education Program Launches with National Potential and 126 Graduates in 8 Buildings 

Pilot Program by USGBC-Los Angeles, Building Skills Partnership, SEIU-United Service Workers West,
Building Owners & Managers Assn.


On March 25, 2015, a press conference took place at Constellation Place in Century City to present the report of the inaugural Green Janitor Education Program. The Los Angeles pilot program, through which janitors are certified, provides hands-on energy management and green cleaning training to address operations and maintenance practices that enable buildings to meet green performance standards, with special focus on resulting energy efficiency. This pilot program, which is expected to be expanded nationally, involved 8 LEED-certified buildings across Los Angeles, with 126 janitors earning certification.


janitor pic The training curriculum - presented in Spanish - was created jointly by the Building Skills Partnership (BSP) and USGBC-LA over a two-year period, and addresses energy efficiency, recycling, waste management, water conservation and other sustainable and green cleaning practices.  

The BSP is a 510(c)3 nonprofit collaboration between SEIU-United Service Workers West, janitorial employers, building owners and community leaders. BSP's mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage, property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement and participation.   
janitors group"Janitors are the eyes and ears of what happens in a building. The work they do every night impacts a building's ability to save energy, conserve water, divert waste and improve indoor air quality. It is important to invest in their education and skills to promote the best practices of a sustainable cleaning system," states BSP's Executive Director Aida Barragan. "We are proud to partner with USGBC-LA, SEIU-USWW, building owners and janitorial contractors to train and certify janitors under the Green Janitor Education Program. By investing in this primary immigrant workforce we are integrating them in the workplace community and creating confidence and skill for career pathways."


For more information on Building Skills Partnership, click here.  
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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance



April 7-8 

Green California Summit & Expo
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April  13-14

Advanced Renewable Energy Project Finance & Analysis 

(San Francisco)


April 13

Good Jobs, Green Jobs 

(Washington D.C.)


April 14-16

Greentech Media Presents: 8th Annual Solar Summit 



April 16

2015 IGIHOF Induction Ceremony and Conference 

(Santa Barbara)

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April 22

Fourth Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards 

(Los Angeles)
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April 23 

(San Jose)
Read More 


April 24

2015 Sustainability Summit 

(Santa Monica)
Read More 


April 25

Broccoli City Festival 

(Washington D.C.)

April 28 - 30
Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW)
(Los Angeles)
Read More 


April 30
CleanTech OC Showcase and UCI Career Fair 



May 6-8

(Los Angeles)


May 11-13

3rd Annual California  

Energy Summit 

(San Francisco)


May 27-30


(Los Angeles)


May 28

City of Oakland AltCar Conference & Expo



June 25

(Redwood City)
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September 18

10th Anniversary City of Santa Monica AltCar 

(Santa Monica)


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