|eNews Update | July 2015 | www.clean-economy.org |
Over the past month, the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu each called upon governments, individuals and businesses to do their part to address the growing threats posed by global climate change.
At the same time, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy outlined the economic case for fighting climate change and said, "investors and CEOs see reducing pollution as valuable to their companies' bottom lines. That's why more than a thousand of the world's largest multinational companies have collectively called climate action 'one of America's greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century.'"
California's climate and clean energy leadership was on display when Governor Jerry Brown welcomed the United Nations' top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, to Los Angeles, where they convened half a dozen leading scientists to discuss climate impacts in the Golden State - and beyond - and the need for swift, decisive action. Governor Brown said, "As we get ready for the Paris conference on climate change, California is playing a unique role. (We are) joining with other provinces and other states and even with countries, such as China and Mexico, to forge the international agreements and initiatives that are absolutely essential if we're going to avoid the catastrophic changes that are looming in the very near future."
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Recent CMB News Highlights
CALIFORNIA OPENS ONE-STOP WEBSITE FOR INFO ON LAUNCHING A BUSINESS
CROSSCUT RAISES $75 MILLION TO INVEST IN EARLY STAGE L.A. STARTUPS
Governor Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has launched what it calls a "one-stop shop website" for business owners looking for information and assistance. The website, BusinessPortal.ca.gov, consolidates information on starting a business, state permits and regulations, and incentives. The business community has been vocal about its need for better online tools to navigate California's regulatory environment.
GO-Biz officials think this site helps answer that concern. "California business owners now have a resource to make it easier to do business in the state and GO-Biz will continually update the portal to ensure it keeps up with the demands of business owners and entrepreneurs," said GO-Biz Chief Deputy Director Panorea Avdis.
California Economic Summit 7/01/2015
AMAZON ANNOUNCES 200 NEW JOBS IN PATTERSON
Don't tell CrossCut Ventures about the supposed glut of seed capital in Los Angeles. The Venice venture capital firm has just raised a $75 million fund to invest in early stage L.A. startups.
LA Business Journal 6/23/2015
A large crowd of jobseekers showed up at the Amazon Fulfillment Center here Tuesday to take part in a one-day hiring event. And for good reason: the company announced on Tuesday that it is adding 200 jobs, the biggest expansion for the center since it opened in 2013.
The Modesto Bee 6/23/2015
to read more CMB news.
EPA's Clean Power Plan Will Affect State
and Regional Carbon Markets
The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could help - or hinder - state and regional efforts to put a price on carbon. That's the conclusion of a new report from the nonpartisan nonprofit research groups Next 10 and Resources for the Future, as well as the University of California-Davis Policy Institute.
"Most of the country is facing limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants for the first time, due to the EPA's Clean Power Plan," said F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of Next 10. "The Clean Power Plan could facilitate state and regional efforts to develop comprehensive climate policies including carbon pricing. However, lack of foresight and certain regulatory frameworks could actually limit what states and regions can achieve-thoughtful implementation and coordination are key."
To learn more visit http://www.next10.org/cleanpower.
Governor's Awards Highlight
Governor's Environmental and
Economic Leadership Awards
The application period for the 2015 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA) program is now open at www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.
The GEELA program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California's resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state's economy. Applications are due Friday, July 24, 2015.
This year, GEELA recipients will be chosen from 5 different categories and one subcategory, which include:
- Environmental Education
- Ecosystem and Land Use Stewardship
- Climate Change
- Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Dealers
- Sustainable Practices, Communities or Facilities
- Waste Reduction
Established in 1993, the GEELA program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Natural Resources Agency; the Department of Food and Agriculture; the State Transportation Agency; the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency; the Labor and Workforce Development Agency; the Health and Human Services Agency; and the Governor's Office.
For more information about GEELA, please visit calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA.
PATHWAY to 2050
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
6th Annual Women In Green Forum
August 26, 2015
TreePeople Conference Center
Los Angeles, California
The 6th Annual Women In Green Forum
, the premier conference highlighting women's impact on the environmental industry, offers interactive sessions, career workshops, networking opportunities, eco exhibits, and a clean vehicle ride & drive. The Forum provides a one-stop-shop for attendees to develop effective relationships with key players in the environmental industry.
Some of this year's featured speakers include:
- Barbara Bouza, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler
- Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic, President & CEO,
A Sustainable Production
- Jessalyn Ishigo, Environmental Product and Policy Analyst, American Honda
- Loris Tierney, President and CEO, Tierney Management, LLC
- Jen Boynton, Editor-In-Chief, Triple Pundit
Experience a truly unique event set high in the hills of Los Angeles at TreePeople's headquarters. Alliance members can receive a 10% discount using the code "partnerctc".
New Campus for LA Clean Tech Incubator Nearly Complete
The CBA's Deputy Director, Ruben Aronin, recently had the opportunity to join a sneak preview tour of the facility that will serve as a hub of expertise and resources for the growing cleantech sector in Southern California.
The La Kretz Innovation Campus is envisioned as a cleantech industry hub - a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers can work together to promote and support the development of clean technologies and Los Angeles' green economy.
Located at 5th and Hewitt Streets in the dynamic Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles in the Cleantech Corridor, the campus comprises 3.2 acres and is owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. This amazing facility features offices, conference rooms, a wet lab, a prototype manufacturing workshop, and classrooms in a fully renovated 60,000 square foot building - plus a new Arts District Park and surface parking with a photovoltaic solar canopy.
The facility is expected to open later this summer. To learn more, visit LA Incubator.
Director, California Business Alliance
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
Governor's Office Five Pillars Symposium - Rethinking Transportation in California
Pathway to 2050
September 30 - October 1
October 26 - 29
(San Jose)November 3-5
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