Sustainable Business Alliance
The Sustainable Business Alliance is a membership organization for companies committed to greater environmental and socially responsible business practices. Our members are a diverse community of over 100 sustainable businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. We strengthen our businesses through networking, education, and partnership opportunities. We learn from and support each other through strong community and collaboration.
Our mission is to promote sustainable business practices, nurture the environmentally-committed business sector, advocate the environmentally progressive policies, and improve the environmental profile of economic activity in the East Bay.
If you are already implementing sustainable practices in your business, or would like to learn more about greening your business, consider membership in our growing network of eco conscious entrepreneurs.
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The Local Clean Energy Alliance has several creative videos posted for their No On Prop 16 campaign.
Keeping on top of current green energy related legislation, Sustainable Business Alliance Executive Director Mark McLeod writes in to say this is one of the best pieces he has seen supporting full implementation of AB32 on the California November ballot:
According to a report released last month from the state's Economic Development Department, there are more than 500,000 clean-tech jobs in California. Most of them are in the manufacturing and construction sectors. Unlike the biotech belt in San Diego or the high tech industry centered in Silicon Valley, these high-paying jobs are spread across the state.
Recent economic studies show that the clean-job sector is also the fastest-growing in the state. The number of California green businesses has increased 45 percent and green jobs expanded by 36 percent from 1995-2008 while total jobs in California expanded only 13 percent.
But economics are not the only reason to oppose the dirty energy proposition. This initiative will let the Texas oil companies and other polluters off the hook for reducing their pollution – drastically increasing air pollution and public health risks.
Making matters worse, by killing AB32 and keeping us dependent on fossil fuels, this initiative will increase household electricity costs in California by 33 percent. (Low-income families already pay more. Households in the lowest income bracket must spend more than twice the share of their total income on electricity than households in the highest income bracket).
60 Minutes recently interviewed K.R. Sridhar, the CEO of Bloom Box about their upcoming clean energy technology that intends to revolutionize the way we produce and receive our electricity. The company has created a fuel cell generator where oxygen is pumped in on one side and natural gas on the other. The two combine inside the cell to create a chemical reaction that produces electricity. No burning, no combustion, no power lines from outside.
From our friends at Environment California:
There is important legislation right now before lawmakers in Sacramento to triple the amount of clean energy we produce as a state, taking us from generating 11% of energy from renewable sources to 33% clean energy. Tell your legislators to act now.
From our friends at Green For All:
When they return on September 8, the Senate will tackle historic legislation that could create new jobs and opportunities in a clean energy economy while imposing strong new standards that limit global warming pollution.
Let's give them something to think about while they're home.
First on their minds should be our degrading environment and families struggling in these tough economic times.
The Senate must pass a strong climate and energy bill that shifts us away from a fossil fuel economy and ensures access to quality jobs and job training for communities in need.
Along with strong environmental provisions, the bill must include:
1. The Green Construction Careers Demonstration Project
A provision that would create middle class careers in the green economy for low-income Americans by improving access to, and the quality of, jobs in construction - the sector that will see the most job creation as we invest in (literally) building a green economy.
2. Funding for The Green Jobs Act
An existing program that ensures workers suffering the worst effects of the recession and of pollution will get the training and support they need to prepare for family-sustaining careers and that businesses will get the skilled workers they need to compete in the green economy.
Tell Your Senators to Pass a Strong Climate and Energy Bill this Fall.
You have power. When you stood up last month, the House of Representatives responded by passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act with our provisions included. Now it's the Senate's turn.
We've fought hard to get to this point and it would not have happened without you. Getting over the finish line will not be easy. We will need your strength and support in the coming months.
Thank you for standing with us.
Chief Executive Officer
Green For All
Laura from 3Degrees has notified us about a few job openings at the company, including Senior Marketing Manager and Settlements Analyst.
3Degrees enables businesses and individuals to fund clean energy and carbon reduction projects. We do this by originating and providing Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates and third-party certified Verified Emission Reductions (aka, carbon offsets) from around the world to help our partners reduce their environmental footprint. The company engages customers to develop, execute, and communicate sustainability strategies that add value to their brand.
From our friends at Bay Localize:
Join Bay Area local energy enthusiasts for Locavolts Unite! 2008 Bay Area Clean Energy Caucus (A Green Festival Event).
We'll discuss what's working in local campaigns for clean energy including Community Choice, energy efficiency, solar financing, and green jobs. This is a participatory event. The first half will be brief updates on clean energy initiatives in the Bay Area. The second half will be facilitated topical and regional breakout conversations.
WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 6-9 pm
WHERE: Freedom Hall at Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis Street (at Taylor),
San Francisco (Four blocks from Powell St BART)
Ross Mirkirimi of the San Francisco Supervisors (invited)
Paul Fenn of Local Power on Community Choice
Ian Kim of the Ella Baker Center on green-collar Jobs
John Rizzo of the Sierra Club on clean energy in San Francisco
Kirsten Schwind of Bay Localize on local clean energy in the East Bay
John Corcoran of Marin Clean Energy on clean-energy progress in Marin
Among many others...
Breakout Topics I (7:30-8:00 pm):
PG&E's history in fossil fuels and energy efficiency, misinformation, and the media
Collaborating with unions and Redevelopment on workforce development
Making sustainable energy affordable and accessible
Fighting Power Plants and LNG
Breakout Topics II (8:00-8:30 pm):
Improving Energy Efficiency and Home Performance
Building Power and Raising Money for Clean Energy
CCA implementation steps and strategies
AB32 Compliance for cities
Food/refreshments will be provided. $5-10 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. Every person who attends The Bay Area Clean Energy Caucus will receive FREE admission to the Green Festival!