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Last week, Governor Brown announced an ambitious plan to reduce our state's greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. In response, I released this statement in support of the Governor's Executive Action:

"Businesses across the state - from Chula Vista to Riverside, Bakersfield
to Fresno, Carpinteria to Petaluma, Union City to Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale
to South San Francisco, and Truckee to Nevada City - strongly support
California's historical leadership on and approach to climate progress. 

Thanks to Governor Brown, and in partnership with the Legislature, our
state's businesses will continue to thrive, create jobs, innovate and contribute
to one of the most diverse economies in the nation."


As California leads the nation on clean energy progress, mainstream businesses continue to show their support for the state's agenda -- as evidenced by our growing California Business Alliance membership at more than 1,300 and counting. Keep reading and you will see news about encouraging economic trends and reports about our clean energy economy. We've also updated our calendar with a number of conferences and events this month and in the future.


Thank you for your ongoing support - the voices of small, mainstream businesses, associations and chambers of commerce are being heard in Sacramento and across the country.


~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance

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Recent CMB News Highlights

Fast growing online consumer lending company Avant of Chicago, fresh off the acquisition of online personal debt management company ReadyForZero, said it would be expanding its Los Angeles presence, making the region a hub for development of new products... "I am going to be spending a lot of my time here," said Goldstein, who added that Avant picked the location "because it's really up and coming... Google's new office will be less than a mile from us."

Los Angeles Business Journal 4/3/2015


Click here to read more CMB news.
Op-ed Highlight
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Business can't ignore warming,
sea level rise


by Tom Steyer, an advanced energy advocate and co-chairman of the Risky Business Project and Henry Cisneros, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Risky Business Project committee member

Sacramento Bee

April 2, 2015


We've spent our careers evaluating potential risks and making investment decisions based on the best available data. But when it comes to the impacts of a changing climate, these risks have often proved difficult for businesses to quantify, making them all too easy to ignore.

You don't need to look far to see the dramatic impact that climate change is already having - a recent troubling study on the unexpectedly rapid melting of the Totten Glacier in East Antarctica, the warning of a top NASA scientist that California's reservoirs may soon run dry.

Luckily, we believe that businesses and cities have the potential to be key players in solving the climate crisis. We joined the Risky Business Project in large part to make the urgency of these issues real and quantifiable to public and private investors.


To read the full article, click here.

Featured Report Release

California Climate Policy to 2050:
Pathways for Sustained Prosperity

As California considers intermediate (2030) targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this Next 10 study, authored by Professor David Roland-Holst at UC Berkeley, assesses the economic impacts of different policy approaches to reach the state's long-term climate goals, finding that ambitious action sooner produces the biggest economic boost.

California Climate Policy to 2050: Pathways for Sustained Prosperity assesses the employment, income, household consumption, price, and emission impacts of different GHG reduction strategies-from ambitious early action to more gradual approaches the state could take to cut GHG emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050-and finds that all seven policy pathways modeled resulted in net positive economic benefits for Californians.


To read the full report, click here.

Member Highlight
SBCLA's Fourth Annual Industry Achievement Awards Celebrates Jessica Alba Along with CBA Members

On Earth Day evening, hundreds of sustainable business leaders came together to celebrate Southern California companies working daily to create sustainably focused products and services that reduce ecological impact. This year's Pioneer in Sustainability Award was presented to Jessica Alba and the co-founders of The Honest Company by Producer James Cameron. This year's winners also included the following CBA members:
Riggs Eckelberry  

To view a full list of winners, 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.

pathwayto2050Event Highlight

PATHWAY to 2050
August 20

Pathway to 2050 is Advanced Energy Economy's annual Sacramento event that brings together an influential group of advanced energy business leaders and state policy-makers to discuss opportunities to accelerate California's economy through the growth of advanced energy. Pathway to 2050 will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on August 20 from 9:00am - 4:30pm.

This year's event topics will explore the following questions:

  • How do utility business models change as they absorb a rapid influx of advanced energy technologies?
  • What innovative finance mechanisms can be used to maximize the impact of cap and trade revenues?
  • How can California most cost-effectively achieve an RPS goal of 50%?
  • What can be done to significantly increase the energy efficiency of homes and businesses?

Admission to the event is complimentary for AEE Members and government officials. Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing.


 Register for Pathway to 2050

pathwayto2050Event Highlight

May 27-30

Join hundreds of global leaders from the social, financial and environmental sustainability sectors for one of the world's leading conferences. Top speakers include high level representatives from the Obama Administration, musical artist Moby, Philippe Cousteau, Aimee Rawlins of CNNMoney, Devin Thorpe of Forbes and many others.

Founded in 2009, SUSTAINATOPIA remains one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact. Attendees have participated from more than 60 countries.

Consisting of both a mega-conference and a broad-ranging Festival, SUSTAINATOPIA brings together the global ecosystem of social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact like no other singular event.

You can learn more about SUSTAINATOPIA 2015 here.
Business Program Profile

Financing Gives Boost to Small Businesses,
Regional Economies

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) has caught fire in California, becoming a significant force in the state's drive toward water conservation and cleaner power. PACE Financing allows residential and commercial property owners to make water- and energy-efficiency upgrades and to pay for these investments over time through their property taxes. As more and more municipalities approve and launch PACE programs, increasing numbers of property owners are saving money on their utility bills. Local economies are also seeing a boost from increased demand for contractor services, and cities are better able to meet water and greenhouse gas emissions reduction mandates.

HERO, the largest PACE provider in California, is now available to 72% of California households. Operating in almost 300 communities, HERO has financed 30,000 residential efficiency projects since its inception in late 2011, totaling more than $581 million in financing. By increasing demand for contractor services, HERO has helped create almost 5000 jobs.

Business leaders are increasingly recognizing HERO as a powerful, practical tool in promoting a robust green economy in California. PACE programs like HERO are now flourishing in 31 states, becoming a cornerstone of America's push for cleaner power and energy independence.

Over the past three and a half years, the HERO Program has created $988 million in annual economic impact in communities throughout California. HERO, and PACE, represents precisely the type of innovative, public-private partnerships that are sure to be key to a prosperous future for California. 

For more information, visit HeroProgram.com

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance



May 5 

OCTANe's Technology Investor Forum (TIF)

May 6-8

(Los Angeles)


May 11-13

3rd Annual California
Energy Summit

(San Francisco)

May 15
Coneybeare Cleantech Leaders Conference


May 27-30


(Los Angeles)
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May 28

City of Oakland AltCar
Conference & Expo



June 6  
ReThink Methane Conference

June 17-20 
L-NGV San Diego
(San Diego)

June 18

June 25

SVLG Energy & Sustainability Event

(Redwood City)

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August 20 

Pathway to 2050 

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August 26
Women In Green Forum
(Los Angeles)

(Santa Monica)


(Los Angeles)


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