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It's that time of year when all eyes are on the Legislature with the session ending on September 11 - and climate policy is prominently featured on the center stage. 

Our landmark climate and clean energy law, AB 32, has been on the books for almost a decade and implementation is in full swing with California Climate Investments in the billions of dollars starting to benefit California communities. Now legislative leaders are looking beyond 2020 to ensure that our state is innovating, preparing for, and investing in the future. It's an exciting time to be in business in California.
California Climate Investments already are supporting solar training and installation, affordable housing and construction jobs, as well as economic growth through recycling initiatives, urban forestry, wetlands restoration projects and clean transportation programs. You can read more about the diverse economic and jobs benefits in my most recent blog.

As always, thank you for your support of California's clean energy economy. I encourage you to consider applying to win a CoolCalifornia Small Business Award (deadline is Nov. 2). You can read more about the awards and eligible companies here. We are proud that more than a dozen of our members have received this recognition for their various initiatives.

~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance
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The Fresno Bee - Aug 14
San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 3
CMBCalifornia Means Business (CMB)
Recent CMB News Highlights

3 of top 10 cities for women entrepreneurs are in California. With the growth of women-owned businesses on the rise throughout the country, it's never been a better time to be a woman entrepreneur. 
Good Call 8/20/2015
Imagine: After years of a rapidly declining manufacturing base, cars - newly built ones - rolling off an assembly line. Detroit? Try Inland Empire. It could happen by next year, officials said. Automotive manufacturing is returning to Southern California with the opening of a Fisker Automotive and Technology Group factory in Moreno Valley.
San Bernardino County Sun 8/12/2015
Good news for California's tourism industry: The Golden State was one of the top summer destinations among vacationers in every other state in the nation. In fact, California was the most popular destination in 27 states, including Arizona, Alaska and Colorado, and ranked as the second most popular destination in 13 other states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. In the remaining states, California was among the top four destinations. 
LA Times 8/11/2015

Click here to read more CMB news.
Event Highlight

Metro Blue Line Celebrates $39 Million in Climate Investments Funding
State, Local Leaders Applaud New Funding
For Improvements to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Metro station 

State and local leaders held a press event on Saturday, August 29, to praise nearly $39 million in new funding from the California Climate Investments program for improvements to the Metro Blue Line and the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Metro station. More than $2 billion in funding statewide is being allocated to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the California Climate Investments program.
Lauding the new funding were Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, LA Metro Board Chair and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Senator Isadore Hall, III, California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly, California Air Resources Board Vice Chair Sandra Berg. and Coalition for Clean Air CEO and South Coast Air Quality Management District Board member Joe Lyou.
Read the full press release here.
coolcaliforniaSmall Business Awards Opportunity
6th CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards application period is open through Nov. 2

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.

To learn more and to apply, click here.

Visit CoolCallifornia.org to apply

Report Highlight

New Analysis of CA Transportation Policies
Next 10 report by the University of California, Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy assesses the latest comprehensive studies around cost-effectiveness, potential for carbon emissions abatement and technological feasibility of policies that could make or break the state's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020 and beyond.

The transportation policies analyzed in Achieving California's Greenhouse Gas Goals: A Focus on Transportation include the "Pavley" regulations or vehicle emissions standards (key findings pg. 13), the Zero Emission Vehicle regulation (key findings pg. 29), SB 375 (key findings pg. 46), the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (key findings pg. 71), and the "fuels in the cap" component of the AB 32 cap and trade program (key findings pg. 88).

To read the full report and learn more, click here
greenschoolsEvent Highlight
Opening the Door to a Greener Future
October 29-30 
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, California 


Schools are uniquely poised to open the door to a greener future. They will likely be the first place most students encounter determined efforts to conserve energy and water or to reduce waste. They can help students understand the relationships between human needs and activities and the ecosystems on which all life forms depend.

California has long been on the leading edge of the green schools movement; it was here that the nation's first green building rating program for K-12 schools was created. Through the Education and the Environment Initiative, the state created the country's first K-12 environmental literacy curriculum.


The first - and the largest - statewide green school event, the Summit, provides a unique opportunity for leaders from the nation's largest public education system to discover new ways to create healthy, efficient learning environments. Through an Expo featuring green products and services, concurrent education sessions, keynote presentations and an annual Leadership Awards program, the Summit offers a unique opportunity to discover what's new, what is working and what is on the horizon.


To register or learn more, click here

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance



(Santa Monica) 


September 30 - October 1 

California Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Summit

September 30 - October 1

October 8-18

October 13-15
Energy Storage North America
(San Diego)
(Washington, DC)

October 21-22
LACI CleanTech GlobalShowcase
(GloSho) 2015
(Los Angeles)

October 26-29
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