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                                                        Compiled by Hank Ryan,
                                                       Small Business California
                                                                 September, 2010
                                   TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                   Chamber of Commerce/Member......................................................................... Page
                                   San Francisco Chamber of Commerce member, GIVE SOMETHING BACK BUSINESS PRODUCTS .......3
                                   Brea Chamber of Commerce member, CITY OF BREA............................................................................4
                                   Greater Bakersfield City of Commerce member, HYDROGEN ENERGY CALIFORNIA ...........................5
                                   Greater Corona Valley Chamber of Commerce member, SOLADE CONCEPTS .......................................6
                                   Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce member, REDWOOD HILL FARM & CREAMERY ...........................7
                                   Fremont Chamber of Commerce member, SOLYNDRA ............................................................................8
                                   Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce member, CLIPPER WINDPOWER.........................................9
                                   HALF MOON BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ECO TOURISM ............................................................10
                                   Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce member, APPLIED MATERIALS ...................................................11
                                   Arvin Chamber of Commerce member, BEAR MOUNTAIN PIZZA ........................................................12
                                   THE HANFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ..........................................................................................13
                                   STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GREEN TEAM ........................................................................14
                                   City of Commerce Chamber of Commerce member, MAINTCO ........................................................15
                                   Livermore Chamber of Commerce member, INNOVATION TRI-VALLEY .............................................16
                                   Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce member, INNOVATIVE COLD STORAGE ENTERPRISES ................17
                                   San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce member, ISE CORPORATION .........................................18
                                   Malibu Chamber of Commerce member, HRL LABORATORIES ..........................................................19
                                   Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce member, ECOLOGY ACTION .........................................................20
                                   Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce member, BRIGHTSOURCE ENERGY.............................21
                                   National City Chamber of Commerce member, PERRY FORD ..............................................................22
                                   Chico Chamber of Commerce member, RHA ENERGY FITNESS PROGRAM .......................................23
                                   San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce member, REC SOLAR ..........................................................24
                                   Sacramento Chamber of Commerce member, PROPEL FUELS .............................................................25
                                   SAN BENITO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ...............................................................................26
                                   CARLSBAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE ..............................................27
                                   MOUNTAIN VIEW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ......................................................................................28
                                   Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce member, AEROJET ...............................................................29
                                   SAN RAFAEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GREEN BUSINESS COMMITTEE..........................................30
                                   SACRAMENTO ASIAN PACIFIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, GO GREEN INITIATIVE! ........................31
                                   San Dimas Chamber of Commerce member, RCI INDUSTRIES ............................................................32
                                   San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce member, THE EXIT LIGHT CO.......................................33
                                   San Diego French American Chamber of Commerce member, SOLARGARD .......................................34
                                   SCE ON BILL FINANCING ....................................................................................................................35
                                   A NOTE ABOUT THIS PROJECT ............................................................................................................36
                                   OTHER RESOURCES ..............................................................................................................................36

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                                         San Francisco Chamber of Commerce member GIVE SOMETHING BACK
                                            BUSINESS PRODUCTS helps supplier go green while helping others

                                   The Perfect "3-fer": Price - Planet - People!
                                   New Way for Businesses to Help Themselves and Others Through Holidays and Beyond

                                   For almost 20 years, Give Something Back Business Products has provided businesses with office supplies at
                                   superstore prices, and donated more than half its profits to California nonprofits. Now GSB has come up with an
                                   exciting new way for business customers to support their communities and the planet, while also sparking
                                   enthusiasm among employees.

                                   The new "Paper=Food" program allows
                                   customers to feed the hungry in California by
                                   simply doing something they do anyway: buy
                                   recycled paper. Each time a customer buys a case
                                   of GSB 30% or 100% post-consumer recycled
                                   paper, Give Something Back and Boise Inc. donate $1 to a select California community food bank in the county in
                                   which the purchase was made. In just the past few months, the program has generated more than $18,000 for the
                                   San Francisco Food Bank alone.

                                   Initiated in part as a way for GSB to contribute as much as possible to nonprofits during the recession, Paper=Food
                                   has proved a powerful way for Boise to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and its community by
                                   leveraging Give Something Back's brand and customer base. And Paper=Food is helping GSB expand its mission
                                                                                to use business as a way to create healthy and thriving communities.

                                                                               "We are thrilled to use our business model to reach upstream,
                                                                              influence our suppliers, and provide more benefit to our communities
                                                                              and planet" said GSB Director of Sustainability Stephanie Schlecht.
                                                                              "There's absolutely no downside to it. Customers get great prices,
                                                                              service, and high quality Aspen-brand recycled paper; the food banks
                                                                              are better able to feed the ever-growing number of children and
                                                                              families suffering from hunger; and Boise gets to give back and get its
                                                                              workforce excited about helping."

                                   Employees of companies that purchase the paper get to feel great about helping, too. Flyers about Paper=Food will
                                   be included with all deliveries starting in early 2010, as a
                                   reminder of how much their work and workplace are helping

                                   Every county in California is eligible to receive funds through
                                   Paper=Food, which is a year round and ongoing initiative. For
                                   more information or to purchase paper and other office
                                   supplies, please visit

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                                         When businesses locate and operate in their community, they depend
                                              on their local government to properly manage essential
                                                              public services in a cost effective way

                                                      So often today local governments are under intense pressure to keep costs under control while
                                                      still providing the services that keep their communities safe. If local governments fail to plan
                                                      and invest properly in public projects, the community suffers and the businesses serving the
                                                      area are put at a disadvantage. On the other hand, local governments who successfully make the
                                                      investments that anticipate future needs while also avoiding future costs act to provide
                                   responsible stewardship. The area of energy costs is just one example where local governments need to recognize
                                   the value of proper planning. Energy efficiency, measured and verified properly, can be one of the smartest
                                   investments available because those improvements mean lower utility bills repay the community month after
                                   month through lower costs now and in the future. That means more tax dollars are available for fire and police and
                                   other essential services. The Brea Chamber of Commerce, located in Orange County, counts as one of it's
                                   members the City of Brea

                                                                                                                                     Here is one example
                                                                                                                                     of how a local
                                                                                                                                     government is
                                   stewardship that other communities may wish to recognize and emulate. The City of Brea has started constructing
                                   a solar and energy efficiency project that is expected to produce net energy savings in excess of $13 million for the
                                   city through the project's life time. With the installation of this 1.8 MW capacity project, Brea will become the
                                   largest solar energy producer in Orange County. It will reduce carbon emissions in excess of 86,000 metric tons,
                                   equal to taking away 16,000 cars off the road over the course of the project. Chevron Energy Solutions and the
                                   City of Brea have started construction of the energy efficiency and solar project. Solar panels are to be installed at
                                   the Community Center, Civic and Cultural Center and Reservoir City Pump Yard

                                   Chevron Energy Solutions designed the solar systems and will build, install, operate, maintain,
                                   measure and guarantee the systems' performance for the city. The company also designed and will
                                   implement a citywide street lighting upgrade and interior and exterior lighting retrofits and
                                   improvements to heating, ventilating, air conditioning and energy management controls.

                                   "The City of Brea is proud to work with Chevron Energy Solutions to save taxpayer dollars by reducing our energy
                                   use," said Brea Mayor Ron Garcia. "This project also helps Brea attain early compliance with goals of the Global
                                   Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) by reducing our energy use." The solar and energy efficiency improvements
                                   generate savings to pay for the infrastructure costs and are expected to reduce the city's energy use by more than 40

                                                                                    The solar power at the Reservoir City Pump Yard is also expected
                                                                                    to help mitigate future pumping costs to the city. Additionally, the
                                                                                    project helps stimulate the local economy by providing more than
                                                                                    25 local opportunities for employment and more than 125 indirect
                                                                                    jobs with an estimated $3 million impact to the local economy.

                                   "We are pleased to work with the City of Brea to help them become the largest municipal producer of solar energy
                                   in Orange County and also improve their energy efficiency," said Jim Davis, president of Chevron Energy
                                   Solutions. "This project demonstrates how cities and other municipalities can learn from Brea how to reduce their
                                   energy costs and use clean, renewable power."

                                   The project is expected to be completed in 2011. Solar production data and other project data will be available to
                                   the community on an informational display at the Community Center and on the city's website.

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                                     Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce member HYDROGEN ENERGY
                                   CALIFORNIA offers up to 1500 jobs constructing a $2.3B Carbon Capture facility
                                       that could revolutionize California's ability to reduce carbon emissions
                                   Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall is clearly worried about the area's 17%
                                   unemployment rate. He says the local economy, largely dependant on
                                   both agriculture and oil, is currently in the worst shape he's ever seen.

                                   So when BP PLC and Rio Tinto, the big British-Australian mining
                                   company, decided on a Kern County site to build the nation's first large
                                   facility to remove 90 percent of the carbon from coal-fired electricity,
                                   Hall became one of its evangelists.
                                   Hydrogen Energy California is a member of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and they have
                                   proposed a new hydrogen-powered electricity generating facility for the Kern County area that would capture and
                                   sequester (store) most of its carbon related emissions. This facility will be similar to the cleanest natural gas power
                                   plants. Instead of using natural gas to run its turbine electrical generators, this plant will use hydrogen . When it is
                                   completed, perhaps as early as 2015, it will dramatically transform some pastureland 40 miles west of Bakersfield
                                   into a power plant that can remove 90 percent of the carbon emissions
                                   from coal -- something that has never been done before on a
                                   commercial scale. The result will be local power generation in a local
                                   area with growing power demands - enough power for over 150,000
                                   homes - along with 90% reduction in the emission of carbon dioxide,
                                   the most common greenhouse gas. CO2 emissions will be captured and
                                   stored deep underground, preventing release into the atmosphere.

                                   Beyond that, the facility called the Hydrogen Energy California project -- HECA for short -- will begin to nibble
                                   away at California's most vexing carbon emission problem: its sprawling transportation system. It is also being
                                   designed to burn the charred residue from petroleum refining, called petroleum coke. The result will be nearly
                                   carbon-free electricity. (Normally, "petcoke" is exported to Asia, where it is burned in conventional power plants
                                   that vent the resulting CO2 into the atmosphere.)

                                                                                                          California is not normally regarded as being
                                                                                                          in "coal country" because it gets most of its
                                                                                                          electricity from plants that burn natural gas.
                                                                                                          But coal-producing Western states, such as
                                                                                                          Wyoming, are anxious to see whether
                                   California's regulators will give power made from "decarbonized" coal or petcoke premium rates that make it
                                   competitive with electricity made from natural gas and wind power. They are intensely interested because
                                   between 20 and 30 percent of California's electricity comes from out of state, most of it produced by coal-fired
                                   power plants. Mayor Hall is a strong supporter of the project not the least of which because he is interested in the
                                   1500 construction jobs and 100 permanent operational positions the $2.3 Billion Dollar project will deliver to
                                   the local economy.

                                   So far, the HECA project has charmed state regulators. "It really is a win-win-win-win-win," said Michael Peevey,
                                   president of California's Public Utilities Commission. He noted that such carbon capture and storage projects will
                                   have to happen "on a large scale in California" if the state is going to meet its goal of cutting carbon emissions by
                                   80 percent by 2050. In May the Bakersfield Chamber board took action. The Board adopted a resolution on Carbon
                                   Capture Sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery stating, "New investments in low emission power plants and
                                   integrated enhanced oil recovery could benefit California and Kern County through new energy projects that
                                   develop in-state energy sector investment, create new jobs, generate reliable low emissions in-state electricity,
                                   increase local oil production and provide new local taxes."

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                                       Greater Corona Valley Chamber of Commerce member SOLADE CONCEPTS
                                        installs it's first Solar Bus Shelter - providing shade for mass transit riders
                                                           while delivering power to California's grid!

                                   That's great, but can it charge my cell phone while I'm waiting for the bus?

                                                                        The Greater Corona Valley Chamber of Commerce is located in the Los
                                                                        Angeles area and one thing you'll find a lot of there are a lot of bus shelters.

                                                                       Now these fixtures in our nation's cities can provide clean energy directly back
                                                                       to the local utility, thus helping to minimize the need for mid-day power
                                                                       when dirty "peaker" plants are often called upon to deliver electricity. Corona
                                                                       Chamber member Solade Concepts specializes in grid-tied solar electric system
                                   and solar structure design, engineering, fabrication and installation, offering the latest technology, and state of the
                                   art equipment for all commercial and residential customers.

                                   Solade offers a variety of grid tied solar solutions including; carports, patio
                                   covers, bus shelters, smoking shelters, covered bicycle racks, covered walk
                                   ways, canopies, commercial mounting stations, EV charging
                                   stations, comfort stations to our unique and one of a kind Solar Palapas
                                   and Solar Cabanas and Solar Umbrellas. Combining two technologies that
                                   can help us to address global warming, air pollution, and water pollution, the
                                   City of Corona recently took an innovative step forward by dedicating the
                                   installation of solar panels on a bus shelter provided by Solade Concepts.

                                                                                              The solar structure consists of products and solutions
                                                                                              proposed by Go Green Solar, based in Los Angeles, CA,
                                                                                              which include six SANYO HIT-210NKHA6 210-watt HIT
                                                                                              Power® solar panels with six Enphase Energy M210-84-
                                                                                              240-S12 micro inverters and a LED lighting solution in an
                                                                                              on-grid solar system. There are other solar-powered bus
                                                                                              stations out there, but what is really unique about this one
                                                                                              is that it is on-grid not off-grid. In other words, this bus
                                                                                              station is acting as a mini (yes, very mini) power station.

                                                                                              With bus stops every 650 to 950 feet in many cities,
                                                                                              however, this can add up to a decent amount of power.

                                                                                                 "The solar panels on top of Corona's bus shelter are grid-
                                   connected which means the energy is contributed to the grid when the power is needed the most, during peak
                                   hours." said Andrew Ferrick, Solade Concepts President. "The meter will spin backwards during daylight hours,
                                   offsetting the City of Corona's electric bill for its traffic signals and streetlights."

                                   "The grid-tie solar bus shelter is a perfect example of micro-generation. The solar technology available today
                                   combined with structures which exist in our environment have the potential to be mini distributed solar power
                                   plants with the combined potential to contribute megawatts of power back to our grid." said Deep Patel, Founder &
                                   CEO of, a supplier of green energy products.

                                   Patel was the one responsible for choosing the solar equipment that was used in the Corona Solar Bus Shelter. In
                                   order to get the most output out of such a limited amount of space, he chose SANYO HIT Power® solar panels,
                                   which reportedly generate the most watts per installed square foot of anything on the market, and GoGreenSolar's
                                   very own Enphase Energy Micro Inverters.The solar bus shelter in Corona is expected to generate 1,748 kilowatt-
                                   hours annually.

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                                           Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce member REDWOOD HILL FARM &
                                               CREAMERY begins construction on 586 kW DC Solar Project
                                                                           Redwood Hill Farm, a member of the Sebastopol Chamber, is an award-
                                                                           winning, Humane Certified, Grade A goat dairy farm and creamery located
                                                                           in Sonoma County, California. Family owned and operated for over 40
                                                                           years, they are committed to making the best tasting and least processed goat
                                                                           milk, artisan goat milk cheese, yogurt and kefir.
                                                                           In order to stabalize future energy costs consistent with their efforts aimed
                                                                           at achieving environmental excellence, Redwood Hill Farm is beginning
                                                                           construction of a 586 kW DC solar project. Solar energy to run creamery
                                                                           will offset fuels costs used to distribute
                                                                           products. Entreprenur and pioneer cheesemaker
                                                                           Jennifer Lynn Bice has been concerned with
                                   the carbon footprint used to distribute her natural goat milk products to customers
                                   around the country who want them.

                                   "Because fewer people consume goat milk products as compared to cow dairy, it is
                                   important for us to have a wider geographic area of distribution to be able to do what
                                   we love and be a viable business", explains Bice, owner of the 42 year old
                                   Sebastopol business. "By installing our solar system we will offset in a much greater
                                   percentage the transportation costs of distributing our goat milk, cheese, yogurt and
                                   kefir. This is very important to us." Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has hired a local
                                   firm, "One Sun", for design and installation of the 586 kW DC solar system which
                                   will use 2,548 Silikin 230 kW solar modules, made in California. One Sun has
                                   selected the highest quality components in the industry ranging from PV powered 260
                                   kW inverters with a 10 year warranty, to the redundant disconnects allowing
                                   maximum flexibility and accessibility to shut off portions of the array if needed.

                                   Making a positive impact When complete in September, the project will encompass nearly two acres of roof
                                   space and is calculated to produce 810,840 kWh to supply 100% of the projected energy needs of the creamery.
                                   The CO2 reduced annually is equal to 110 acres of trees saved, 54 cars off the road or 76 homes powered. A local
                                   Sonoma County business, One Sun has designed and/or installed large photovoltaic systems around the Bay Area.
                                   Protecting the environment and preserving agricultural open space has been a constant focus and commitment for
                                   Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery.

                                   A solar hot water system installed at the family dairy a few years earlier cut propane usage by 75 percent. The 42-
                                   year-old family-owned company employs 45 people and produces organic goat milk products including artisan
                                   cheeses, yogurt and kefir from goats bred and raised on its own local dairy. Due to a thriving yet relatively small
                                   customer base for its niche products, the company must cover a large geographic area to distribute its products.

                                                                                                                                 "Like a lot of people,
                                                                                                                                 we're concerned about
                                                                                                                                 climate change. We've
                                                                                                                                 always been concerned
                                                                                                                                 about how much energy
                                                                                                                                 we're using to make our
                                                                                                                                 products," said Jennifer
                                                                                                                                 Bice, the company's
                                                                                                                                 owner and cheese maker.
                                   "We'd love to be able to ship our products by train, but we don't see a solution to this yet. Switching our whole
                                   creamery to solar will help mitigate the fact that we have to transport our products to distant areas."

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                                    Fremont Chamber of Commerce member SOLYNDRA in the spotlight as President
                                            Obama pays a visit to their solar panel manufacturing facility
                                    Recently the Fremont Chamber has
                                   seen their economy in the world
                                   news because Toyota and Tesla Motors have
                                   joined together to manufacture the
                                   Tesla Model S at the NUMMI plant which just
                                   closed down. Losing the employment that
                                   auto manufacturing facility has delivered for so many years was a heavy blow to the California economy.

                                   Tesla projects 1000 jobs will be developed there as the process for bringing the much anticipated long range elec-
                                   tric vehicle enters the production stage in 2012. For the week of May 17th, 2010, this put Fremont in the spotlight
                                   worldwide. One week later, Fremont has once again demonstrated another local business and chamber member has
                                   what it takes to produce sustainable green jobs..... to a level that attracted President Obama to stop by to highlight
                                   their accomplishments. President Obama paid a visit on Wednesday (5/26/2010), to Fremont - based Solyndra, a
                                                                 manufacturer of cylindrically shaped solar panels. A little over a year ago, the U.S.
                                                                 Department of Energy extended to the company a $535 million federal loan guaran-
                                                                 tee, funded via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

                                   According to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Obama visited Solyndra's Fre-
                                   mont, California solar-panel manufacturing plant to speak with workers about
                                   jobs and the economy. Solyndra designs and manufactures photovoltaic sys-
                                   tems, comprised of panels and mounting hardware, for the commercial rooftop
                                   market. Solyndra employs high volume manufacturing based on proven tech-
                                   nologies and processes to meet the needs of the global solar market. Using
                                   proprietary cylindrical modules and thin-film technology, Solyndra systems are
                                   designed to be able to provide the lowest system installation costs on a per watt
                                   basis for the commercial rooftop market. Founded in 2005 and headquartered
                                   in Fremont, California, Solyndra operates a state-of-the-art 300,000 square foot
                                   highly automated manufacturing complex. There are approximately 11 billion
                                   square meters of commercial rooftop area worldwide. Tapping even a small
                                   fraction of this potential would make a significant impact on the world's energy
                                   needs. Solyndra designs, manufactures and sells solar photovoltaic (PV) sys-
                                   tems comprised of panels and mounting hardware for low-slope commercial rooftops. The Solyndra system is de-
                                   signed to enhance PV performance on commercial rooftops by converting more of the sunlight that strikes the total
                                   rooftop area into electricity.

                                                                   Solyndra's panels employ cylindrical modules which capture sunlight across a 360-
                                                                   degree photovoltaic surface capable of converting direct, diffuse and reflected
                                                                   sunlight into electricity. Solyndra's panels achieve effective energy generation
                                                                   when mounted horizontally and spaced significantly closer together than conven-
                                                                   tional panels on a typical rooftop, thereby enabling greater rooftop coverage and
                                                                   enhanced energy production over the system's lifetime.

                                   The Solyndra system is lightweight and allows modules to be spaced apart within the panels so that wind can blow
                                   through them, thus eliminating the need for expensive mounting hardware and ballast typically required to secure
                                   conventional panels against uplift from the wind. The horizontal mounting and unique "air-flow" properties of
                                   Solyndra's solar panel design substantially simplify the installation process for Solyndra's PV systems. The ease of
                                   installation and simpler mounting hardware of the Solyndra system enables its customers to significantly reduce
                                   labor, hardware, design and other balance of systems costs, which account for a substantial portion of the total in-
                                   stalled cost of a conventional PV system.

                                   Using proprietary cylindrical CIGS modules and thin-film technology, Solyndra systems are designed to be able to
                                   provide the lowest system installation costs on a per watt basis for the commercial rooftop market.

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                                        Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce member CLIPPER WINDPOWER
                                                designs and develops large turbines...VERY large turbines!
                                   Clipper Windpower , a member of the Carpinteria Chamber, has been a
                                   leader in the recognition of wind technology constraints. Until 2001
                                   conventional wind turbine architecture had essentially remained unchanged
                                   since the modern industry's beginnings in the early 1980's - over the years it
                                   has been simply scaled up again and again. Over recent years, at multi-
                                   megawatt proportions, this architecture has been pushed to its design limits, resulting in increasing component
                                   failures and rising unscheduled maintenance costs. With an aim to design the next generation of wind turbine
                                   architecture, Clipper's design team consulted with thought leaders in wind turbine design engineering, leaders in
                                   construction and operation of many of the world's mega-scale wind projects, and leaders in the service and
                                                                   customer support of fleets among the industry's largest. Located between Los
                                                                   Angeles and Santa Barbara in Carpinteria, Clipper Windpower was founded by Jim
                                                                   Dehlsen, a 25-year wind industry veteran whose passion for extracting clean power
                                                                   from wind caused him to eschew retirement in order to continue his work. Since the
                                                                   company's initial public offering in 2005, their Liberty 2.5 megawatt turbine
                                                                   received a Department of Energy award in 2007 for attaining "unparalleled levels of
                                                                   efficiency and reduced cost of energy."

                                   How Much Energy?

                                   Kahuku Wind Power, a subsidiary of First Wind, plans to build and operate a
                                   Hawaiian wind farm near the site of a previous wind farm built in the 1980s. First
                                   Wind expects to begin construction in 2010. Plans call for the wind farm to consist
                                   of 12 Clipper Liberty wind turbines each having 2.5-MW capacity. Kahuku Wind
                                   Power will also include a battery energy storage system to assist in meeting
                                   performance standards and smoothing fluctuations in wind energy output. The
                                   project also includes a microwave communication system to connect the wind farm
                                   to the Hawaiian Electric system operations and dispatch center.

                                   When completed, Kahuku Wind Power will generate an estimated 80,000 megawatt hours (MWH) each year -
                                   enough energy to power the equivalent of 9,000 Oahu homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by
                                   approximately 96 million pounds per year, according to statistics from the Energy Information Administration of
                                   the U.S. Department of Energy.

                                   Clipper recently announced the completion of a turbine sale contract and Maryland wind project aquisition by
                                   Constellation Energy. On April 7th, Clipper Windpower Inc. and it's subsidiary, Clipper Windpower Development
                                   Company Inc. announced the completion of it's agreement with Constellation for the purchase of 28 Liberty 2.5
                                   MW wind turbines and aquisition of Clipper's 70 MW Maryland based Criterion project development. The
                                   Criterion Project, slated for immediate construction, is expected to be online by year-end 2010.

                                                                     Bottom Line: California companies like Clipper Windpower are responsible
                                                                     for creating new careers in the energy technology and development field.

                                                                     How many careers will this really add up to?        Answer: Wind industry jobs
                                                                     now outnumber those in coal mining.

                                                                     According to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association, wind
                                                                     energy jobs increased 70 percent to 85,000 in 2008, 4,000 more workers than
                                                                     are employed in coaling mining (based of Department of Energy figures).

                                                                     Wind energy accounted for 42 percent of all new electricity generation
                                                                     installed during 2008 in the U.S. Overall installed wind capacity increased 50
                                                                     percent for the year to 25,170 megawatts.

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                                     HALF MOON BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ECO TOURISM helps build local
                                           area businesses while teaming with other California chambers
                                                               to spread their ideas

                                   Charise Hale McHugh,, CEO of the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce has developed a smart path forward
                                   that guides CA chambers toward building business based on nature, history and local culture. She is joined in this
                                   effort by Debra DeGraw of the Mendicino Chamber: and B. Gorman of the South Lake Tahoe
                                   Chamber: Dig Deep: Add to your "favorites" file: Go to
                                   and click on Ecotourism. Here is part of what you'll find:

                                   Coastside Ecotourism               "Experience Nature's Bounty"

                                   Coastside Ecotourism: Responsible travel to natural areas and directly related cultural
                                   resources that conserves the environment, provides extensive opportunities to learn, and
                                   sustains the well being of local people.

                                   The Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Bureau proudly announces
                                   their Eco-Tourism campaign to visitors from around the world. Our 80 miles of coastal splendor is filled with an
                                   abundance of natural, historical and cultural wonders - from some of the richest marine reserves and wetlands on
                                   the California coast to small working farms where one can explore the barnyard and dine on farm-fresh organic
                                   produce; from shopping on historic Main Street to fishing for wild salmon or albacore tuna.

                                   The HMBCCCVB is working with the farmers, fisherman and the business
                                   community to offer you, the visitor, new and exciting hands-on activities and
                                   a chance to meet our local residents who make the Coastside such a special
                                   place; at the same time, to build a balanced and sustainable tourism
                                   economy. To be listed, these local businesses have agreed to follow
                                   important environmental standards.

                                   We have developed a menu of adventures you can share with your friends
                                   and family. We have listed the approximate time needed to visit
                                   participating businesses and have incorporated symbols to help find
                                   compatible locations to continue your adventure. For example, you may
                                   want to go sports fishing, visit a farm to pick fresh organics and flowers, and then take your bounty to a goat
                                   cheese farm and have it all prepared while you learn how to make your own cheese! Several of our ecotour
                                   businesses work with each other to make your experience as complete as possible. Have dinner on a working
                                   farm, do corporate bonding in a yurt or tepee, or tour a wholesale flower farm.

                                   Choose from our many unique Coastside Ecotourism businesses to specifically tailor an experience that fulfills
                                   your desires and interests. Advanced reservations are required. While on the Coastside, we also encourage you to
                                   incorporate our many parks, hiking trails, bird refuges, lighthouses, and sanctuaries into your visit.

                                   Standards for Coastside Cultural and Eco-Tourism
                                   Participants in the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors'
                                   Bureau Eco-Cultural Program agree to uphold the following standards:

                                   1.) Conform to environmental regulations and preserve the natural resources of the Coastside

                                   2.) Protect the rich and unique cultural heritage of the Coastside

                                   3.) Promote opportunities to learn through "hands-on" experiences and active participation

                                   4.) Promote local economic opportunities through eco-tourism

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                                       Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce member APPLIED MATERIALS 13,000
                                      employees deliver the technology that makes energy efficiency and renewable
                                                                   energy affordable!
                                   Most California cities try
                                   to keep manufacturers as part of their
                                   tax base through various incentives
                                   designed to help them remain

                                   The Santa Clara Chamber boasts a company that, in effect, does the same thing, only in this case, the 13,000
                                   employees of Applied Materials make the technology that helps companies increase manufacturing
                                   productivity. This lowering of production costs is how solar and LED applications will become affordable. As
                                   these less costly renewable and energy efficient technologies enter into the mainstream of our economy, so does
                                   the savings to Californians in both energy costs and emissions reduction which help to grow the economy and our
                                   tax base too. This is the innovation that has made California a leader in the past, now and in the future.

                                   Applied Materials' New Turnkey MES Solution Introduces
                                   Advanced Automation for Solar, LED and Chip Packaging

                                   Applied Materials, Inc., recently launched its Applied SmartFactory ™ MES* software - an affordable, out-of-the-
                                   box, factory automation solution to track and streamline the flow of materials throughout a manufacturing facility.
                                   Designed to help accelerate the production ramp of emerging technologies in the solar, LED* and chip packaging
                                   industries, SmartFactory can be deployed in less than 60 days to improve product quality, boost productivity and
                                                         cut operational costs. SmartFactory is also the first MES available with integrated advanced
                                                         process control (APC) capability, enabling customers to achieve higher and more consistent
                                                         factory output.

                                                         "The SmartFactory system is designed to help factory operations in rapidly-growing
                                                         industries achieve the high yields and economies of scale that can lower manufacturing cost
                                                         - key to the widespread adoption of these important new technologies," said Charlie Pappis,
                                                         vice president and general manager of Applied Global Services. "With the SmartFactory
                                                         system, customers can realize the benefits of Applied's proven manufacturing automation
                                   technology with a ready-to-use solution that can be expanded as their businesses and industries grow without
                                   disrupting ongoing production."

                                   Based on Applied's leading FAB300® MES technology, the SmartFactory system features pre-built, technology-
                                   specific scenarios to monitor every machine and all work-in-progress material movements, manage production
                                   sequencing, create an audit trail, and deliver instructions to shop floor workers via a consistent, task-focused
                                   graphical user interface. The SmartFactory system's optional APC module uses Applied E3™ technology to
                                   interface directly with production equipment, enabling real-time, run-to-run (R2R) process tuning and fault
                                   detection and classification (FDC) to increase process capability and reduce unplanned down time.

                                   Applied's common framework approach allows the SmartFactory system to be expanded with plug-in components
                                   from Applied's leading portfolio of factory automation software, proven in over 500 manufacturing facilities
                                   worldwide. Statistical process control, equipment performance tracking, advanced dispatching and RFID* wireless
                                   management capabilities can be rapidly added to further raise manufacturing efficiency. For more information,

                                   Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in Nanomanufacturing Technology™ solutions with a
                                   broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips,
                                   flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass.

                                   * MES = manufacturing execution system; LED = light-emitting diode; RFID = radio-frequency identification

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                                                Arvin Chamber of Commerce member BEAR MOUNTAIN PIZZA
                                                               leads "Greening Arvin" effort
                                   On September 9th, in partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy
                                   (SJVCEO), the City of Arvin showcased the recently piloted Greening Arvin

                                   City of Arvin officials chose Bear Mountain Pizza to host this event since this Arvin
                                   small business is part of a clean energy small business demonstration project to install
                                   energy efficient technologies complimented by an onsite solar energy array.

                                   This demonstration project is part of a broader, comprehensive effort called Greening Arvin, sponsored by the
                                   City, led by the SJVCEO, and funded by the Valley CAN organization.

                                   Committed to Improving the Quality of
                                   Life in the Valley through Greater Use
                                   of Clean Energy
                                   The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy
                                   Organization (SJVCEO) is a non-profit
                                   organization dedicated to helping the
                                   eight county region of the San Joaquin
                                   Valley significantly increase its use and
                                   reliance on clean energy (that is, energy
                                   efficiency and renewable energy
                                   A key strength of the organization is our large and diverse Board, which contains senior representatives from
                                   Federal, State, regional and local governments, the private sector, utilities, nonprofits, and colleges and universities
                                   from all counties in the region. Our Board has a strong united vision for a clean energy future for the region.
                                   Another source of our strength is our close working relationship with the California
                                   Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley -- an unprecedented public/private partnership focused on improving the
                                   region's quality of life. The mission of the SJVCEO is to build upon existing efforts and serve as a trusted resource
                                   on clean energy for San Joaquin Valley businesses, consumers, nonprofits and local governments. To significantly
                                   increase the level of clean energy activities in the Valley, the SJVCEO has established three priority areas of
                                   focus and is supporting work to:
                                      Help "green" the 62 cities and eight counties in the Valley
                                      Serve as a demonstration region for the 25x'25 Initiative designed to significantly increase our nation's use of
                                        renewables for fuels and power production
                                      Support and help grow a "green" energy workforce in the Valley

                                                             The primary objective of the Greening Arvin effort is to demonstrate - through serving as
                                                             a model for the City and the broader San Joaquin Valley - the role that clean energy can
                                                             play to improve quality of life and address the region's air quality and climate challenges.

                                                             In addition to the clean energy showcase at Bear Mountain Pizza, Greening Arvin efforts
                                                             also include working with 10 other Arvin businesses to assess and provide
                                                             recommendations on "greening" their daily operations in order to achieve energy and cost
                                                             savings for these businesses, and exercising an expedited
                                   solar permitting process to allow same-day over-the-counter solar system permitting.

                                   Greening Arvin team members also provided consulting to city staff to identify
                                   climate and energy policy best practices, codes and standards to foster continued
                                   greening efforts within Arvin's municipal, commercial and residential sectors.

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                                   THE HANFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is located in the heart of California's
                                   rich San Joaquin Valley and this is a California Chamber "GreenSeeds" story that
                                                             truly earns that description!

                                                          California is famous for farming and the land that crops grow on need lots of sun and plenty
                                                          of water. How that water is delivered to farms in the area and what happens to the land over
                                                          time in terms of productivity has a lot to do with how well the area economy fares. Salt
                                                          build-up affects farmland after years of irrigation based production and what was once a
                                                          source of bountiful harvests delivering food, agricultural jobs and support for public services
                                                          can eventually lie fallow as "disturbed" unusable land..

                                   Until now….

                                   With all the sunshine available in the central valley area, one would think it offers abundant available locations for
                                   a new type of "farm" delivering solar electricity to California residents. However, as with many areas in
                                   California, there can be significant resistance to solar farms because of environmental, wildlife or other local
                                   concerns. Now "brown fields" are offering growing opportunities to turn land where existing contamination means
                                   other uses are prohibited into sites for renewable energy production.
                                   So too can depleted farmland offer a new life and local income stream where crop production is no longer possible.
                                   This is where Hanford Chamber member Westlands Water District offers hope. Westlands encompasses more than
                                   600,000 acres of farmland in western Fresno and Kings counties. The District serves approximately 600 family-
                                   owned farms that average 900 acres in size.

                                   Thousands of acres of farmland in the San Joaquin Valley have been removed from agricultural production,
                                   largely because the once fertile land is contaminated by salt buildup from years of irrigation. But large swaths of
                                   those dry fields could have a valuable new use in their future - making electricity.
                                   Farmers and officials at Westlands Water District, a public agency that supplies water to farms in the valley, have
                                   agreed to provide land for what would be one of the world's largest solar energy complexes, to be built on 30,000
                                   acres. At peak output, the proposed Westlands Solar Park would generate as much electricity as several big nuclear
                                   power plants.

                                   Unlike some renewable energy projects blocked by objections that they would despoil the landscape, this one has
                                   the support of environmentalists. The San Joaquin initiative is in the vanguard of a new approach to locating
                                   renewable energy projects: putting them on polluted or previously used land. The Westlands project has won the
                                   backing of groups that have opposed building big solar projects in the Mojave Desert and have fought Westlands
                                   for decades over the district's water use. Landowners and regulators are on board, too.

                                   "It's about as perfect a place as you're going to find in the state of California for a solar project like this," said Carl
                                   Zichella, who until late July was the Sierra Club's Western renewable programs director. "There's virtually zero
                                   wildlife impact here because the land has been farmed continuously for such a long time and you have proximity to
                                   transmission, infrastructure and markets."

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                                           STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE "GREEN TEAM" leads the state
                                                     developing successful recycling businesses
                                   The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce "Green Team" is offering leadership as a California Chamber
                                   administering a Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ), offering low interest loans to companies using
                                   recycled content feedstock. Several local firms including Surtec, American Recycling, and Simplot have joined
                                   with Stockton Chamber Program and Public Policy Director Frank Ferral to grow their businesses by establishing
                                   Stockton as a hub for businesses utilizing recycled content.

                                   The Green Team San Joaquin project is a collaborative
                                   effort between private businesses, municipal and county
                                   solid waste divisions and the community of San Joaquin
                                   County. Monthly meetings generally draw 50-70
                                   businesses. The Green Team has hosted Symposiums on
                                   Air, Solar and Energy and has had "Lunch at the Landfill"
                                   events to optimize recycling efforts in the County. It is
                                   estimated that thousands of businesses have been impacted
                                   by one or more of the programs. As the outreach arm of
                                   the Green Team San Joaquin, REACON has visited over 300 companies in San Joaquin County since its inception
                                   in 2007. REACON partners have saved businesses over 5 million KWh of energy, instituted business recycling
                                   programs, promoted the Commute Connection programs, optimized city/county water conservation efforts,
                                   advocated green purchasing policies and designed a Green Sustainable Business Certificate Program.

                                                GREATER STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECEIVES STATEWIDE
                                                            AWARD FOR GREEN TEAM SAN JOAQUIN

                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (9/1/2010) – Stockton, California - The Greater Stockton Chamber of
                                   Commerce was honored with the prestigious Golden Arrow Award for Overall Excellence in Product Stewardship
                                   by the California Product Stewardship Council during the California Resource Recovery Association’s (CRRA)
                                   34th Annual Conference in Sacramento.

                                   San Joaquin County Supervisor Leroy Ornellas presented The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce with the
                                   2010 Golden Arrow Award for the Chamber’s Green Team San Joaquin project. Green Team San Joaquin is an
                                   outstanding example of business leaders playing a defining role in fostering development of green business in their
                                   community and helping them save money to improve profitability. This collaborative effort brings together private
                                   businesses, City and County government representatives, economic development professionals, educators, students
                                   and community members to develop and implement product stewardship and green business practices that reduce
                                   waste and create jobs. In addition to being leaders in product stewardship, the Greater Stockton Chamber of
                                   Commerce and Green Team San Joaquin are fostering green jobs in the Central Valley, such as Wine Bottle
                                   Renew in Stockton, which is creating 25 jobs.

                                   Product stewardship is a strategy to place a shared responsibility for end-of-life product management on the
                                   producers, and all entities involved in the product chain, instead of the general public; while encouraging product
                                   design changes that minimize a negative impact on human health and the environment at every stage of the
                                   product's lifecycle.

                                   “CPSC created the Arrow awards to promote California businesses that are reducing waste, saving money and
                                   creating green jobs,” said CPSC executive director, Heidi Sanborn. The inaugural awards program was funded by a
                                   grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to the Del Norte Solid
                                   Waste Management Authority.

                                   CPSC - The California Product Stewardship Council educates both the public and private sectors about Product Stewardship
                                   and closely partners with business, jurisdictions, waste and recycling companies, manufacturers and others to promote and
                                   encourage sustainable practices and to recognize those companies who are taking a leadership role in participating in waste
                                   reduction. For further information please visit

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                                           City of Commerce Chamber of Commerce member MAINTCO wins
                                                     2009 National Energy Star Small Business Award
                                   MAINTCO is a classic entrepreneurial story that begins in 1992 with founders
                                   Abraham and Inna Tuler working from their garage with a handful of field
                                   technicians. The 17 subsequent years have brought growth-they now occupy a two-
                                   story headquarters building with satellite offices and manage more than 30
                                   employees in four departments. As they grew, the Tulers discovered the importance
                                   of energy management and have become a trailblazing "green" force in the industry.

                                   "We learned that a holistic approach was important and that energy management provides by far the most cost
                                   savings on a typical building's annual budget and operating cost," says Inna Turner, the company's president and
                                   CEO. Today, with growing environmental concerns and rising energy prices, it's critical that organizations become
                                   more energy efficient."

                                                        Although MAINTCO had been providing green technologies to their customers for years, in
                                                        2008 the firm decided their growing knowledge needed to be applied closer to home.
                                                        MAINTCO addressed lighting, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC), indoor air
                                                        quality, and office equipment. As part of these efforts, MAINTCO replaced incandescent
                                                        with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), installed a DuroLast green cool-roof system, and
                                                        established a cooperative recycling program with City of Burbank.

                                   Based on their experiences, MAINTCO has developed a strategic growth plan that is heavily oriented to guiding
                                   new and existing customers to greater levels of sustainability and energy savings at every level. They have
                                   established a Green Technology Division and staffed it with team members experienced in alternative and
                                   renewable energy. CEO Inna Tuler has become a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) so the firm could provide
                                   the ability to generate sustainability models, standards, benchmarks, metrics and
                                   performance indicators in support of sustainability and energy management.

                                   MAINTCO is also establishing partnerships with companies that develop new
                                   energy-saving solutions and solar energy products. "We are focusing on standardizing
                                   an energy management platform that will provide our customers with a 'triple-bottom-
                                   line' of success," Inna states. "We want to improve building efficiency by installing
                                   green technologies, introducing steps that reduce energy consumption, and improve
                                   environmental sustainability. Taken together, this means improvements for the
                                   environment, quality of life, and a business's bottom line."

                                   According to Inna, her firm now has the MAINTCO Green Movement. Focused on
                                   convenience stores and supermarkets, MAINTCO demonstrates that in the industry that averages a 2.5% margin,
                                   $250 a week in energy savings equates to selling $10,000 per week of additional goods. MAINTCO also suggests
                                   that energy saving measures can be less expensive than creative marketing schemes to retain and grow the
                                   customer base. Statistics show that energy is the supermarket industry's number one operating cost next to shelf
                                   stock, with refrigeration costs a key component of the expense. In fact, energy used in refrigeration systems
                                   represents between 7% and 10% of the entire U.S. electrical load.

                                   Inna says that the powerful tools provided by EPA'S ENERGY STAR are used throughout the MAINTCO Green
                                   Movement process. He details how Portfolio Manager is used to assess the current state of energy consumption and
                                               its management capability. Target Finder is used to identify potential areas of improvement. Building
                                               Upgrade Value Calculator is the tool to help design a unique solution and Financial Value Calculator
                                               leads to the development of purchase plans. Building Upgrade Manual shows how to continuously
                                               demonstrate improvement toward energy management and sustainability. Presently firm members are
                                               using to become proficient in the use of all the tools.

                                   "All of this allows us to consider the complete building envelope," adds Inna. "We want to take a holistic approach
                                   and create an energy management framework that can optimally improve customer service, maximize profits, and
                                   help our customers gain a competitive advantage with a minimum carbon footprint."

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                                     How does a California chamber share in building the team that helps their
                                      region create and develop companies that will shape the next decade of
                                       innovations (e.g. renewable energy, clean teach, robotics, information
                                                    security / management, mobility, biotech)?
                                   Dale Eldridge Kaye serves as CEO/President of the Livermore Chamber of
                                   Commerce and she will be the first to note the chamber is just one part of a team that is
                                   developing “Innovation—Tri-Valley”

                                   Key leaders in the Tri-Valley have come together to spark a new level of innovation and
                                   collaboration across the region. Given the unique and diverse assets in the region, there
                                   is an opportunity to not only influence innovation and job growth regionally, but also
                                   create a unique collaborative environment that makes a global impact on some of the
                                   worlds toughest challenges and greatest opportunities.

                                                                    The concept for this initiative began at the 2009
                                                                    Innovation Summit and a speech by Marty Beard,
                                                                    President of Sybase 365. Motivated by a common
                                                                    belief in the great potential of the Tri-Valley, a group of 35 business, educational
                                                                    and civic leaders gathered in November 2009 to discuss how to better collaborate
                                                                    and focus efforts in the name of innovation.

                                   “The Ecology of Innovation”

                                   The Ecology of Innovation model is a framework for assessing the assets and potential of an innovation region.
                                   The model was developed by Dr. Tapan Munroe through work with innovation centers around the world and has
                                   been recently published in his book, “What Makes Silicon Valley Tick?”

                                   The Ecology of Innovation model identifies all of the major elements required for a successful innovation region
                                   and considers the relation
                                   between them as a biological
                                   system where
                                   interconnectivity and the need
                                   for each and every element to
                                   be healthy are primary
                                   concerns. This model will be
                                   used to assess the Tri-Valley
                                   and to compare it with other
                                   successful innovation regions.

                                   This GreenSheet features a
                                   “process” approach which
                                   differs from pointing out
                                   specific green businesses or
                                   chamber only efforts. We
                                   believe strategies like the
                                   “Ecology of Innovation”
                                   model are the key to
                                   California successfully
                                   building the robust clean
                                   energy economy we’ll need to
                                   compete with the rest of the
                                   world in the coming years.

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                                        Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce member INNOVATIVE COLD STORAGE
                                         ENTERPRISE’S "ICE II" warehouse retains it's "cool" for 24 hours due to
                                              energy efficient design planning. No Power? No Problem.
                                   The Otay Mesa Chamber hugs the Mexican
                                   border east of San Diego. With agricultural cross
                                   border trade forming a major part of the local
                                   economy, chamber members need to insure costs
                                   are kept under control to insure profitability.

                                   Chamber member Innovative Cold Storage Technologies has created a warehouse facility that both protects
                                   inventory and minimizes refrigeration costs. In response to high customer demand for additional warehouse
                                   space, the firm has built "ICE II", a 125,000 square foot (7,500,000 cubic foot) state of the art expansion located
                                   about two miles south of their original cold storage facility. This new, environmentally green building, built by
                                   Hamann Construction, adds 29,000 pallet positions to their existing 11,000 space
                                   capacity. Innovative Cold offers a computerized climate-controlled refrigeration
                                   system, blast freezing capabilities, railcar loading and cross docking, and the new
                                   facility also has a state of the art radio frequency inventory maintenance system.

                                   At ICE II, the efficiency and generation efforts were paid for in part with
                                   financial support from SDG&E, which put $229,000 of incentives into the
                                   project, and considered efficiencies in nearly every aspect of the building.

                                   By using motion-operated LED lighting, the aisles in the warehouse are dark except when someone is working in
                                   them. The LEDs not only use less power, they create less heat. Workers use cranes called Condors to stock pallets.
                                   That means the aisles are half as wide as usual, and the shelves are 50 feet tall, instead of 30, significantly
                                   increasing capacity.
                                                                                          Compressors in the refrigeration units use variable-speed
                                                                                         drives - which means they can be precisely controlled. The
                                                                                         cooling system runs at its highest capacity at night, when
                                                                                         power is cheaper, then less during the day, to lighten the load
                                                                                         on the electric grid.

                                                                                          The building is also designed to save water. Condensation
                                                                                          from the refrigeration system is collected and used to flush
                                   toilets, and rainwater is collected in a 150,000-gallon storage tank and used in the cooling system. The building's
                                   big roof holds photovoltaic panels. Half of them provide power directly to the warehouse, where they supply about
                                   a third of its energy needs. The other panels are owned by SDG&E, and their electricity is put on the grid.

                                   Also, the warehouse is so well-insulated that its refrigeration system can shut down for up to a day without a
                                   problem, so the company has signed up for a program with SDG&E in which it lowers rates in exchange for
                                   agreeing to cut back on power usage when there's a shortage.

                                   Not everything worked out as planned, however,
                                   said Phoebe Hamann Jones, Hamann's daughter
                                   and the energy-efficiency consultant on the
                                   project. Small wind turbines on the edge of the
                                   building don't make enough power to pay for
                                   themselves. There just isn't enough wind, she

                                   This smart building serves as another example of how California "GreenSeeds" Grow $$" through companies
                                   recovering otherwise lost profits by designing and building energy efficient facilities that keep them miles ahead of
                                   the competition by insuring lower operating costs. Efficiency doesn't pays!

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                                         San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce member ISE CORPORATION -
                                                     Greening California's Ride...One Bus at a Time!
                                           Next time you take a bus ride, ask if the drive system was made here in California!

                                   Although their name is derived from the now defunct space technology
                                   venture International Space Enterprises, ISE Corporation's products have
                                   significant practical applications here on Earth, enabling their customers
                                   to cost-effectively reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

                                   Founded in 1995 by the same entrepreneurs that founded its namesake, the
                                   San Diego-based company produces hybrid-electric drive systems and is
                                   now poised to take advantage of the rapid growth in demand for hybrid

                                                                                                           By connecting the combustion engine in
                                                                                                           their drive system to the energy storage
                                                                                                           system and the electric motor instead of the
                                                                                                           drive shaft, ISE is able to use a smaller
                                                                                                           combustion engine and thereby provide
                                                                                                           more fuel-efficient compulsion. ISE also
                                                                                                           gives its customers complete flexibility by
                                                                                                           offering gasoline, diesel and hydrogen fuel
                                                                                                           cell models.

                                   With their sales growing at an average rate of 141 percent since 2006, ISE is well- equipped to continue as a
                                   leading producer of hybrid drive systems.

                                   HOW IT WORKS IN 4 STEPS

                                    1.   The gasoline engine runs a generator to produce high-voltage electric power.
                                    2.   The energy storage system captures braking energy and releases this electrical energy to help accelerate the
                                    3.   The power management controllers meet driver demands while:
                                               Maximizing energy recovered during regenerative braking (fuel savings).
                                               Minimizing peak power requirements from engine/generator (more fuel savings).
                                    4.   Finally: The electric drive motors turn the vehicle’s drive shaft, which connects to the vehicle’s axle and
                                         wheels, making the vehicle move.

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                                         Imagine electric vehicles available this year actually selling power TO California utilities!
                                        Malibu Chamber of Commerce member HRL LABORATORIES is doing the
                                                                  research needed to make that a reality.
                                   Remember back two years ago when gas was almost $5 a gallon? That was a major threat to small businesses who
                                   depended on vehicles for their survival. At the end of the is year, the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf electric vehicles
                                   will demonstrate that fuel cost stability is possible. The Ford Focus EV and Ford Transit Connect EVs will
                                   follow and the 150 mile range Toyota Rav4 EV is due soon after that.

                                   With these and other vehicles to come, we'll be far less threatened by high oil prices. That
                                   will be good for businesses and consumers. Now we're hearing about the possibility that
                                   energy stored in the batteries of these new vehicles could actually help businesses and
                                   consumers earn a buck or two if there is energy to spare during the middle of the day
                                   when electricity is both expensive, and especially during heat waves, scarce. Sound too
                                   good to be true? HRL Laboratories, a member of the Malibu Chamber, is one of several
                                   companies working now to deliver that reality. The day when that will happen got a bit
                                   closer with the recent announcement by the Department of Energy. HRL Laboratories
                                   recently won over $5 million in grant funding in the following area:

                                                             Switches - Automobiles: Gallium-Nitride Switch Technology for Bi-directional
                                                             Battery-to-Grid Charger Applications

                                                          "The purpose of this project is to develop efficient, compact, and low-cost battery
                                                          chargers for electric cars. This compact battery charger will support two-way power
                                                          flow enabling the electrical grid to access the vehicle's battery. More specifically, it will
                                                          utilize an advanced semiconductor material called Gallium Nitride (GaN) grown on
                                                          inexpensive silicon to form high voltage switches." HRL Laboratories, LLC, will be a
                                                          partner in Stanford University's Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy
                                   Conversion (CNEEC), established in 2009 with a $20 million, five-year grant from the Department of Energy's
                                   Office of Science.

                                   The CNEEC mission is to research sustainable energy technologies through nanostructuring and material science.
                                   Knowledge about how systems work at the nanoscale (1 billionth of a meter) can lead to advances in energy
                                   devices like solar cells and batteries.

                                   Specifically, HRL scientists will investigate nanomaterials for lithium ion batteries, the most promising candidate
                                   to power next-generation hybrid and electric vehicles. "We will be looking for breakthroughs in battery technology
                                   by advancing our understanding of solid-state ionics at the
                                   nanoscale, also known as nanoionics," said Dr. Ping Liu,
                                   manager of the Energy Technologies Department at HRL
                                   and lead on the effort.

                                   HRL will systematically study the effects of material size on its reaction with lithium. "Our theoretical
                                   understanding of nanoionics will guide us in designing new material architectures for next-generation lithium ion
                                   batteries with higher capacity and longer lifecycles," Liu said.

                                   In addition to staff and students from Stanford's departments of chemical engineering, material science,
                                   engineering, mechanical engineering and physics, the Carnegie Institution and the Technical University of
                                   Denmark will also participate as CNEEC partners.

                                   When people ask, "Just what are clean energy jobs?", we submit that the answer lies, to a significant degree, in the
                                   kind of research work California chamber members like Malibu's HRL do and have done for decades. Applying
                                   the innovation that is so much a part of the "California Dream" to solving problems is what comes naturally here,
                                   especially given the many colleges and universities that consistently deliver the native brainpower that fuels this
                                   powerful economic engine.

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                                     Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce member ECOLOGY ACTION uses employee
                                      "Business Miles" by trading "gas for cash" to unlock a portion of employee
                                              vehicle expense payments for new clean vehicle purchases

                                   Ecology Action, a non-profit member of he Santa Cruz Chamber, has been a leader in developing sustainable
                                   community programs since 1970.

                                   Founded on Earth Day on 1970, Ecology Action Inc. (EA) is a nonprofit working jointly with private businesses
                                   and the public sector to reduce energy consumption, conserve material resources, and prevent pollution. EA
                                   designs and implements environmental services, including energy audits, technical assistance programs, and public
                                   education programs to instill environmental awareness and help businesses and community agencies save money.
                                   Learn more about Ecology Action and their current projects at

                                   This GreenSeeds edition is about vehicles because we believe affordable battery powered vehicles will serve to re-
                                   launch America's economy while improving our collective "carbon footprint" faster than almost anything else.
                                   Ecology Action has 55 employees and 11
                                   of those are what could be described as
                                   "road warriors", meaning these employees
                                   are out every day driving their own
                                   vehicles often more than 10,000 miles each year throughout five northern California counties to help businesses
                                   properly invest and install energy efficiency improvements. When the non-profit began looking at their total
                                   carbon footprint, those vehicle miles popped out as the bulk of the measured emissions.

                                   In an effort to lower those emissions, Ecology Action decided to offer
                                   employees up to $6000 "up front" so they could purchase cleaner
                                   vehicles. Here's the math: An employee drives 10,000 miles per year and
                                   therefore receives $5000 in expense re-imbursements based on the
                                   current IRS ($ 0.50 per mile), regulations. Ecology Action agrees to look
                                   ahead three years and loan the employee 40% of that re-imbursement in
                                   return for those funds to be paid back as the miles pile up. The employee
                                   gets to use those funds to by a more fuel efficient vehicle. The employee
                                   effectively trades what they would use for gas for the cash needed to
                                   better afford a new vehicle. Thus, Ecology Action lowers their carbon footprint. When we heard about this, it
                                   occured to us that this innovative access to capital approach might be applied on a broader level.

                                   Consider the Chevy Volt from GM. It will be the first mass produced production car to be able to travel 40 miles
                                   on battery power alone before the gas generator boosts the battery to deliver another 300 miles. The cost of the
                                   electricity is less than half that of gasoline per mile driven. When Volts arrive later in 2010, every one purchased
                                   means a boost to GM and to America's GDP while at the same time, lowering fuel costs and emissions. Some
                                   might suggest purchasing cars like this is an act of "economic patriotism". What we do know is that when more
                                   cars are built and purchased here in America, that creates jobs. With gas costs in Europe twice what we pay in the
                                   U.S., exports may grow. Small Business California just surveyed 119 businesses in California in a random
                                   survey. Granted, it is a small sample, but over 25% of those businesses had an average of 6 employees eligible for
                                   a program like the one offered by Ecology Action. This is encouraging. Another sample worth noting: PG&E
                                   has over 1500 employees that drive their own vehicles over 5000 miles per year on company business. So while
                                   Ecology Action works hard to lower costs for businesses and organizations by helping them save energy, perhaps
                                   this innovative effort aimed at providing an employee benefit can also demonstrate how dollars we're now using
                                   for gasoline might be "recycled" and used to re-launch America's auto manufacturing base.

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                                   Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce member BRIGHTSOURCE ENERGY
                                         delivers utility scale renewable power and 170 jobs to California…
                                                               with a lot more on the way
                                   The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber has always been a
                                   powerful business organization.

                                   BrightSource Energy,a chamber member employer since
                                   2008, is delivering actual utility scale power by the
                                   megawatt to California residents and for countries and
                                   companies around the world.

                                   BrightSource Energy designs, builds and operates solar
                                   energy plants for utilities and industrial companies worldwide. The company currently employs 170 people and
                                   plans to add more in 2010 and 2011. BrightSource Energy has entered into the two largest solar power agreements
                                   ever: 1,300 megawatts with Southern California Edison (SCE) and 1,310 megawatts with Pacific Gas & Electric
                                   (PG&E). The firm is now building 14 power plants for PG&E and SCE.

                                   BrightSource Energy plans to begin building a solar plant in the Mojave
                                   Desert by the end of 2010. This project alone will create 1,000 jobs at the
                                   peak of construction and permanently employ 86 people.

                                   AB 32 and California's clean energy standards are among the reasons
                                   BrightSource Energy is headquartered in California. These policies create
                                   incentives for companies to develop and sell clean energy to utilities and
                                   other industrial customers.

                                   John Woolard, CEO, BrightSource Energy: "California's unique
                                   combination of far-sighted energy policies and its access to world-class
                                   talent, research centers and venture funding have made the state the center
                                   of the nation's clean energy industry.

                                   In fact, BrightSource's first project in California for the world's largest
                                   solar power plant will drive 1,000 construction jobs at peak and generate
                                   $250 million in construction earnings for California workers."
                                   BrightSource offers an opportunity to grow with a business that is making
                                   the world a better place, competitive pay and benefits, and a culture that
                                   recognizes the need to balance life and work.

                                   Real growth comes from private investment. Private investment expects only growth, profits, exports and
                                   increasing equity. During the past quarter (Q2-2010) , the top five clean tech VC deals in the U.S. were all in
                                   California (Solyndra, BrightSource Energy, Amonix Inc., Stion Solar Panels, and Amyris Biotechnologies).

                                                                               And it’s not just a few large deals that are skewing the figures; in terms
                                                                               of deals done, California accounted for about half of all activity.

                                                                               Clean Energy & Clean Jobs for that's a powerful

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                                               National City Chamber of Commerce member PERRY FORD uses
                                                     SDG&E 0% financing to cut energy demand by 30%
                                                            Ford Motor Company has been making major strides
                                                            in developing and practicing many Eco-friendly
                                                            solutions when it comes to the automotive industry,
                                                            from Hybrid vehicles to soy based seat foam. These
                                   earth-friendly changes have had an impact on dealerships. At Perry Ford we are
                                   very proud of the progress we have taken to "Go Green". Our sales department
                                   has increased their communication through computers therefore reducing the use
                                   of paper.

                                   We also participated in the SDG&E Energy Saving Program, in which all interior and exterior lighting was
                                   replaced with high-efficiency lighting, reducing our power demand by 30%. SDG&E's On Bill Financing provided
                                   0% access to capital direct from the utility.

                                   The most changes have taken place in our Service Department where our goal is to be a DTSC (Department of
                                   Toxic Substances Control) Green Station by mid 2010. The service department has eliminated routine use of
                                   absorbents and has sealed floor drains to prevent contamination of the sewer system. A secondary containment for
                                   oil storage has been installed and we have replaced all of our solvent tanks with aqueous (water) units. We also
                                   recycle all of the used oil, filters and batteries.

                                   We will continue to drive our business towards a more environmentally friendly path. The more "Green" focused
                                   we become, we realize the more "Green" we can save.

                                   The mission of the National City Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) is "to retain and attract member businesses,
                                   serve as an advocate for member businesses in dealings with city, regional and transnational entities, and help
                                   improve the quality of life for the community as a whole." The "Go Green National City," project then
                                   becomes developing a quantifiable program introducing and educating the benefits of "greening" business for
                                   sustainability and creating awareness of the community to be more environmentally friendly. Further, this program
                                   will attempt to convert businesses to implement environmentally friendly practices. We feel that in order to
                                   achieve the long term goal of attracting new businesses in the green sector, the NCCC must take incremental steps
                                   in constructing a durable foundation for green businesses to build upon. Having a green conscious community and
                                   business environment will contribute to creating value related to attracting manufacturers and high technology
                                   companies in the green industry to National City in the future. Below is one example of our chamber newsletter
                                   where “Driving Green” is discussed by member Liberty Mutual Group.

                                   Driving Green By Liberty Mutual Group

                                   With gasoline prices still high and perhaps on the rise, as well as increasing reports about the impact of greenhouse
                                   gases on the environment, now is the time to rethink how you typically maintain and
                                   operate your vehicles. Try following these tips to increase your fuel efficiency:

                                      Keep your tires properly inflated to save 2-3% in fuel economy.
                                      Consider a hybrid car that uses less gas, creates less pollution, and gets better mileage.
                                      Avoid idling for more than 30 seconds. Save gas by turning off your engine.
                                      Eliminate excess weight from your trunk and luggage racks.
                                      Use air conditioning conservatively to consume less fuel and decrease emissions.

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                                    Chico Chamber of Commerce member RHA ENERGY FITNESS PROGRAM helps
                                            small & medium businesses save energy and $$ on utility bills
                                   The Chico area Energy Fitness program has served over 5000 businesses in 14 counties since 2002.

                                   Richard Heath & Associates Energy Fitness Program is what
                                   is known as a "third party" or "non-utility" program,
                                   designated by the California Public Utilities Commission to
                                   use Public Purpose funds for energy efficient lighting retrofits
                                   for utility customers in the Sacramento Northern Valley.

                                   Q: HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE ENERGY FITNESS PROGRAM?
                                   A: It is very easy to signup. You can contact us Toll Free: (800) 929-7633 or fax a copy of your PG&E bill to us at
                                                               (530) 898-0611

                                                               .Then one of our enrollment coordinators will contact you to make an appointment to
                                                               visit your business to discuss your lighting needs and answer questions about the
                                                               program. To participate in the Energy Fitness Program, a business must be a PG&E
                                                               customer with a commercial account.

                                                              Q: DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR SOME KIND OF REBATE TO GET MY
                                                              LIGHTING RETROFITTED?
                                                              A: No! As this is a direct install program there are no rebates to apply for. We received a
                                   grant from the California Public Utilities Commission that covers the cost for all areas of the program so there are
                                   no rebates to wait for or extra paperwork to fill out. All aspects of this program are FREE of charge with no hidden
                                   costs or catches.

                                   All funding comes from the Public Purpose Program which is generated from everyone who pays a PG&E bill. So
                                   why not take advantage of these programs? You have been paying for them as long as you have been a PG&E
                                   customer. It is a Win! Win! for your business! So contact us here for more information.

                                   Q: WHY IS THIS PROGRAM FREE? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

                                   A: The programs are
                                   completely FREE to
                                   businesses in the
                                   Northern Sacramento
                                   Valley in California.
                                   The Energy Fitness
                                   Program is funded by
                                   California utility
                                   ratepayers under the
                                   auspices of the
                                   California Public
                                   Utilities Commission and is implemented by Richard Heath & Associates, a California based company.

                                   Richard Heath & Associates Energy Fitness Program is what is known as a “third party” or “non-utility” program, designated
                                   by the California Public Utilities Commission to use Public Purpose funds for energy efficient lighting retrofits for utility
                                   customers in the Sacramento Northern Valley.

                                   All funding comes from the Public Purpose Program which is generated from everyone who pays a PG&E bill. So why not take
                                   advantage of these programs? You have been paying for them as long as you have been a PG&E customer. It is a Win! Win!
                                   Situation for your business! So contact us here for more information.

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                                    San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce member REC SOLAR grows from their
                                         California Polytechnic University roots to become one of America's
                                                            largest solar energy installers
                                   The San Luis Obispo Chamber has some distinct advantages when it
                                   comes to homegrown business development. San Luis Obispo,
                                   located close to California's Central Coast, offers a location with a
                                   climate that is close to perfect and land and seascapes to match together
                                   with a world class college, the California Polytechnic University. It is no
                                   surprise to see graduates remaining in the area creating successful
                                   companies that grow and prosper.

                                                                   Renewable Energy Concepts (REC) was founded in 1997 by California Polytechnic
                                                                   graduates Fred Sisson and Judy Ledford. REC has since grown into one of the
                                                                   largest solar installation companies in the United States with a service area that
                                                                   includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Oregon.

                                   REC installs solar electric systems on residential homes and also performs larger business installations. REC Solar
                                   is one of only a few solar electric companies in California with engineers certified by the North American Board of
                                   Certified Energy Practitioners. REC Solar, Inc. specializes in grid-tied solar electric design and installation,
                                   offering the latest technology, state of the art equipment, and financing opportunities for all commercial and
                                   residential customers.

                                   A few examples:

                                   Costco: Just in time for summer, the Visalia, Calif., Costco Wholesale Corp. warehouse has turned on a new
                                   500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the rooftop. About 3,100 panels were installed by REC Solar of San
                                   Luis Obispo. The system provides about 25 percent of the energy needs of the warehouse, said Franz Lazarus,
                                   Costco senior vice president, administration, for global operations.

                                   Castle Rock Sales / VBZ Even bigger energy users than the big-box retailers are the many valley cold-storage
                                   facilities that can match the size of big-box stores. Here, power costs to chill fruit and other food products can
                                   amount to 25 percent of the cost of operating. This month, two new REC Solar units are going up in southern
                                   Tulare County, costing about $4.5 million each, at Castle Rock Sales and VBZ, both in Richgrove. Both are major
                                   grape growers that have contracted with REC to do the work, which is already under way. Each project is expected
                                   to provide 50 percent of the power needs for these electricity-hungry buildings. The solar units should be fully in
                                   place by August.

                                   "Our power rates went up March 1 anyway," said Mike Johnson, Castle Rock operations manager. "This has
                                   helped improve the payback p eriod for installing solar to 4 to 4 1/2 years." That's a big change. "Used to be, solar
                                   would take 15 years to pay off," he said. Companies that can pay off solar installations in less than five years will
                                   be getting free electricity for the remaining life of the
                                   arrays, which is expected to be at least another 20 years.
                                   Mr. Johnson said the solar modules are being installed
                                   next to the company's huge 300,000-square-foot cold-
                                   storage building, ready for most of this year's grape

                                   Dupont Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a division of DuPont in Kauai, Hawaii, uses innovative technology in
                                   its crop seed research and development. With REC Solar's completion of a 280 kW PV solar plant at the facility in
                                   December 2008, the company will be powering its research with state-of-the-art renewable energy as well. The
                                   one-acre ground-mount array of 1,472 190-watt Evergreen photovoltaic modules is expected to generate up to 55
                                   percent of Pioneer's total annual energy consumption. At more than 405,000 kWh per year, the solar plant is
                                   providing enough clean, renewable energy to power 64 average-sized homes, reducing annual CO2 emissions
                                   equivalent to removing 100 cars from the roads, and saving Pioneer about $125,000 in annual energy costs.

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                                   Sacramento Chamber of Commerce member PROPEL FUELS moves from Seattle
                                                  to serve California's low carbon fuels market
                                   Propel Fuels , a member of the Sacramento chamber, has moved from Seattle to Sacramento
                                   because of AB 32 and other forward-looking policies, said Matt Horton, a former venture
                                   capital investor who is now Propel's chief executive. Propel plans to build up to 200 fuel
                                   stations for its low-carbon fuels statewide over the next two years to take advantage of the
                                   state's increasing demand for fuels that reduce emissions.

                                                                                     Propel builds, owns and operates a growing network of clean
                                                                                     fueling points. Their goal is to provide operators with easy
                                                                                     access to high quality clean fuels, and quantify the positive
                                                                                     impact of their fuel choice. Propel offers high-quality clean
                                                                                     fuels compatible with diesel & FlexFuel vehicles.
                                                                                     Find a station near you.
                                   Pureformance FlexFuel - E85 - Propel clean-burning E85 is compatible with FlexFuel vehicles and is
                                   comprised of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. E85 is derived from fermented starch and sugars, and is an
                                   alternative to conventional petroleum gasoline.

                                   Pureformance E85:
                                    Decreases CO2 output by 21% as compared to conventional unleaded gasoline
                                    Reduces harmful particulate matter (PM) emissions by 50% and decreases smog-forming pollution
                                    Has a high octane rating improving engine performance increasing horsepower and torque
                                    Is 100% compatible with Flexfuel
                                   vehicles Learn more

                                   The company is building clean fuel
                                   points both at traditional gas stations,
                                   and in new locations convenient to
                                   operators. Propel CleanDrive (see steps
                                   below) shows the difference made
                                   when choosing renewable fuels instead
                                   of petroleum.

                                                   Propel is a winner of the Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year Award. Awarded based on
                                                   outstanding contributions to sustainability and pollution prevention in the Sacramento community
                                                   with Propel's E85 fueling infrastructure project. Click here to keep up to date with the increasing
                                                   number of vehicle manufacturers and models compatible with E85 fuel: Awake at the Wheel A

                                   GM invests in E85 compatible, fuel-efficient vehicles and American jobs
                                   GM recently announced that it will invest more than $890 million to renovate five North American plants, creating
                                   or retaining more than 1,600 jobs and producing a new generation of fuel efficient, E85 compatible engines.

                                   Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, stated, "these latest investments show our commitment to
                                   improving fuel economy for buyers of every GM car, truck and crossover and giving them the best possible driving
                                   and ownership experience." The new small block engine family will gain fuel efficiency through direct injection,
                                   a redesigned combustion system, and lighter aluminum engine blocks. GM says, "in addition to being E85 ethanol
                                   capable, these engines are being designed with the capability to meet increasingly stringent criteria emissions
                                   standards expected throughout this decade."

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                                     SAN BENITO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE receives Green Certification
                                   The San Benito County Chamber has become the first certified
                                    green "non-profit" business in San Benito County through the Monterey Bay Area
                                   Green Business Program. Three other San Benito County businesses are also green
                                   certified; Hansen and Company, Wastewater Solutions and Vista Notes.

                                   The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program representatives came to our office
                                   and educated us on the areas we needed to upgrade or change in order to be green
                                   certified. We changed from bottled water to 5 gallon jugs with reusable cups, our
                                   recycling habits- making sure to sort properly (garbage from recyclables), we have
                                   become more aware of our light usage and have been conserving energy by turning
                                   lights off when no one is in the room. We have also moved from a monthly printed
                                   newsletter to a monthly e-newsletter to conserve paper and reduce waste. We have
                                   also educated our employees on being green in the workplace.

                                                                We feel it is important that we are a leader in going green for our business community
                                                                because we believe in creating a healthy working environment for employees,
                                                                conservation and environment protection awareness and education, the well being and
                                                                health of our businesses families who live, play and go to school in our community
                                                                and we also believe that San Benito County is a beautiful place to visit thus creating a
                                                                more viable environment for agriculture tourism and tourism in general.

                                                                We will be offering our members a free flyer insert in our e-newsletter for signing up
                                                                to become green certified. In addition, any member who is green certified will receive
                                                                special recognition on our website. We also have a green business committee that has
                                                                many exciting ideas! We are thrilled to officially be a certified green business!

                                   The Green Business Program ~ San Benito County

                                   The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program in
                                   San Benito County, which includes the Cities of
                                   Hollister and San Juan Bautista as well as the
                                   unincorporated County, wants to be all about our
                                   business community “going green” and your business
                                   may be the next Green Business recognized for going
                                   above and beyond environmental compliance and
                                   meeting criteria to reduce waste, prevent pollution,
                                   conserve energy and water, and reduce green house gases. We want to create a positive relationship between
                                   government, the public and the business community in San Benito County.

                                   The Green Business Program would like to recognize those businesses leading the way in the environmental field
                                   within the County of San Benito. Their good work will inspire other businesses to follow their example. We want
                                   to show that businesses can be both green and profitable-and good members of our communities.

                                   To be certified “green," participating businesses must be in compliance with regulatory agencies and meet program
                                   criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. Our program assists, recognizes and
                                   promotes businesses that choose to operate their businesses in a more environmentally responsible way. We offer
                                   interested businesses an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance.

                                   San Benito County has been a partner in the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program since 2008 and currently
                                   provides assistance and certification for many types of businesses such as auto repair, dry cleaners, hotels, printers,
                                   restaurants, and even wineries.

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                                                 develops a "Green Business Certificate Program"
                                   The Carlsbad Chamber Sustainability Committee acknowledges a changing world, and seeks
                                   to find and promote the appropriate balance between the economic, environmental, and
                                   social aspects of the community to ensure sustainability for current and future generations.
                                   The committee's 2009 goals were to support sustainable environmental initiatives that
                                   included: balancing business & environment; media involvement with "Green Businesses";
                                   events related to sustainable environments; partnering with North County Transit District
                                   (NCTD) on promoting mass transportation and incentive programs.

                                   The committee was able to accomplish these goals and more. In 2009 workshops were held
                                   on issues of: Water; Solid Waste & Purchasing; Chemical Use & Pollution Prevention; Community & Workplace,
                                   Energy, and Transportation. This program and member Green businesses were highlighted at meetings and
                                   workshops, in the Carlsbad Business Journal, the San Diego Business Journal, and Carlsbad Magazine. The City of
                                   Carlsbad itself even declared March "Sustainability Month"!

                                   In 2010 the Sustainability Committee intends to provide continued education at all levels, address compliance
                                   issues & legislation, and 'beyond compliance" & the Triple Bottom Line. The committee is planning topics for
                                   meetings and 2010 workshops such as: Green Teams & Networks; Green Labels & Compliance; Green Jobs;
                                   Green Offices & Building Construction; Green IT; Sustainable Food Systems; Green Military Bases; and Green

                                   Carlsbad Chamber member Life Technologies Corporation
                                   demonstrates how businesses can lead with sustainable ideas and
                                   products that will help keep our society prosperous.

                                   Jatropha Gene Sequence: Will it Help the Industry?
                                   Jatropha curcas is a non-edible shrub that is native to Central America. Its seeds
                                   contain high amounts of oil that can be used for a variety of bio-based materials
                                   including feedstock substitutes for the diesel, petrochemical and jet fuel industries. It can
                                   be grown on marginal lands that are considered undesirable for food crops; however,
                                   companies have found that when grown on marginal lands, they get marginal yields. This
                                   has been one big setback for the industry.
                                   The other problem is the amount of water needed for growing Jatropha. The plant requires
                                   much more water than any other biofuel crop – including corn and soy – according to a study done in the
                                   Last summer, BP gave up on its joint venture with D1 Oils to experiment with Jatropha in favor of traditional
                                   ethanol and cellulosic ethanol from feedstocks like switchgrass and sugarcane bagasse. Other companies like
                                   Chevron and Exxon have focused on algae.
                                   But a recent announcement may breath new life into the Jatropha-to-biofuels sector. Life Technologies
                                   Corporation and SG Biofuels said that they had sequenced the genome of Jatropha Curcas and identified the key
                                   traits that make the crop a good one for biofuels production.
                                   Working in strategic alliance with Life Technologies, SG Biofuels will use the sequence to generate a high quality
                                   Jatropha reference genome. The genome will be compared to other sequences to identify molecular markers and
                                   eventually help increase yields and profitability and lower water requirements.
                                   The companies are hoping that, when completed, the research will spawn higher performing crops and encourage
                                   new activity in the Jatropha space.

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                                    MOUNTAIN VIEW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE acts to protect their members and
                                         assure membership development success - by showing them how
                                                   "greening" their businesses saves money!

                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  CONTACT: DAVE STEVENS

                                                                                                               (650) 968-8378

                                                        CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MOUNTAIN VIEW ANNOUNCES
                                                                 "GREEN BUSINESS UNIVERSITY"

                                   The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View is proud to offer its members a Green Certification program,
                                   Green Business University (GBU). GBU is a 6-month training course targeted to small and mid sized
                                   businesses to assist them through a step by step process in preparation of getting Bay Area Green Busi-
                                   ness certification. Each class will focus on a specific aspect of the certification process such as Pollution
                                   Prevention, Water Conservation, Energy Conservation and Solid Waste Reduction.

                                   Participants commit to attend a monthly class. By the end of the 6th month
                                   course the businesses will 'graduate' by being inspected and certified as a
                                   Bay Area Green Business. Classes take place on the first Thursday of every
                                   month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Lunch will be provided. The course starts
                                   January 7, 2010.

                                   Dave Stevens explains that the program will benefit the business community
                                   by "teaching conservation and protection of natural resources. Once a sus-
                                   tainable roadmap has been established and followed, businesses will save a
                                   substantial amount of money on their water and power bills. In addition to
                                   saving money and the environment, they'll be able to brag about being Bay
                                   Area Green certified!"

                                   The Bay Area Green Business Program distinguishes small businesses that protect, pre-
                                   serve and sustain our environment.
                                    Our partnership of environmental agencies and utilities assists, offers incentives, and veri-
                                      fies that participating businesses conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollu-
                                      tion, and shrink their carbon footprints.
                                    Businesses that meet our standards are officially recognized as Bay Area Green Businesses.

                                   The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View is a certified Bay Area Green Business. To participate in Green Busi-
                                   ness University contact Dave Stevens, Programs and Events Manager at by Jan 6, 2009.

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                                      Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce member AEROJET powers the water
                                     treatment plant that is cleaning up a Superfund site using clean, renewable solar
                                                      energy and provides an example for the nation!
                                   A forty acre, six megawatt solar power plant is providing the energy to run a water treatment operation at a
                                   Superfund site in California, and the U.S. EPA is so pleased with the results that they've produced a detailed case
                                   study to help promote similar projects across the country. The case study details how solar
                                   power came to resolve groundwater contamination at the Aeroject General Corporation site
                                   (pdf) through a partnership that involved the company, the local utility, and the solar installer
                                   - and it also describes how the installation is producing benefits beyond its initial goals.

                                   Aerojet belongs to the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce and while this company is
                                   mainly known for figuring out out to put very fast flying objects up in the air, this story is
                                   about how this chamber member used renewable technology to clean up contaminents in the
                                   ground. The partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utilities Project, Solar Power, Inc.
                                   and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a former Superfund site and reclaimed it
                                   for renewable energy generation.

                                   The Aerojet Superfund Site: Aerojet is an aerospace and defense company situated on 5,900 acres in the
                                   Sacramento area. It acquired the former gold mining area in the 1950's, when it was relatively remote. In 1983
                                   EPA put part of the property on the National Priorities list due to groundwater contaminated with industrial
                                   chemicals and pesticides, which threatened the nearby American River. To clean up the site, billions of gallons of
                                   water (102 billion so far) have been pumped out of the ground and sent to a treatment plant, which of course
                                   requires copious amounts of energy.

                                   The Aerojet site
                                   and Solar Power:
                                   Multiple factors
                                   came together to
                                   enable the solar
                                   installation. Aerojet
                                   has development
                                   plans for other parts
                                   of its property, so it was highly motivated to cut the cost of remediating the Superfund site while reducing its
                                   carbon footprint. It also had land available on its property that was ideal for a solar installation (in other words, flat
                                   and undeveloped). The local utility was none other than the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, which has been
                                   front and center in adopting solar energy. The utility put up $13 million of the installation's $20 million cost under
                                   a power purchase agreement. One crucial piece of the puzzle was the installer, Solar Power, Inc., which stepped up
                                   to the plate and self-financed the first phase of the project when the investment community got the jitters, partly
                                   due to the 2008 and crash and partly over concern that the use of a Superfund site would cause complications.

                                   Solar Remediation is a Great Investment: EPA's case study is designed to lay those fears to rest and get the
                                   investment community more involved in reclaiming contaminated sites for renewable energy generation. In
                                   addition to the Aerojet project, EPA has established a solid track record of using solar power and other green
                                   remediation techniques, which are far less costly and can take far less time than traditional dig and dump cleanup
                                   methods. The agency's Re-Powering American Lands program has uncovered a potential gold mine of 14 million
                                   acres in cheap, available sites that could be used for new solar and wind power installations, and it has been
                                   targeting renewable energy projects that create new green jobs in local communities.

                                   Green Jobs: EPA is not the only one pleased with the outcome of the project. The new solar array not only
                                   powers elements of the remediation effort, it also provides power for some of Aerojet's facilities on the
                                   property. That convinced Aerojet of the viability of solar power investment, and the company has formed an
                                   Executive Sustainability Council to work with Solar Power, Inc. and the local utility to add more solar
                                   installations, leading to new green jobs. It has also made the installation available to local community colleges for
                                   hands-on training in solar energy technology, which will help develop a new green workforce for the future.

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                                          helps member businesses "Go Green!" to lower operating costs and
                                                   better position themselves in the marketplace
                                   The San Rafael Chamber Green Business Committee promotes the chamber by
                                   being a leader in creating and supporting success for Green Businesses in Marin.
                                   "Green Up!" offers a Chamber-backed resource for member businesses interested in
                                   becoming more sustainable. The newsletter promotes Green values and business best
                                   practices to membership.

                                   Read on to learn: (Some samples from their recent quarterly newsletter. )

                                   How to get green certified by Marin County with or without your
                                   landlord's cooperation

                                                                                                                            By Shayna Eskew, Green
                                                                                                                            Property Solutions

                                   In many cases, you can still achieve green certification for your small business or nonprofit, even if your landlord
                                   is initially less than eager to participate. Here's how to get started:

                                   1. Learn about the many, sometimes free, resources that help you create a more sustainable work environment.

                                   2. Find out how your building operates, from everyday procedures to the chemicals used onsite. Some actions are
                                   driven by your landlord, but you're in charge of your company's routine behaviors, such as copying, printing,
                                   supply procurement, packaging considerations, recycling, composting, etc.

                                   3. Let your landlord know about potential savings and rebates for efficiency improvements, including certification
                                   requirements in lighting (i.e., use of T-8 bulbs instead of T-12) and water usage (lowflow toilets at 1.6 gal./flush or
                                   less). Government programs are often available to help audit your usage and convert to more energy-efficient
                                   methods. Low energy lighting: The Smart Lights program, funded by utility ratepayers, is designed to help
                                   small businesses become more energy efficient. The program offers free or low-cost start-to-finish assessments,
                                   technical assistance and instant rebates to help defray the outlay for upgrading and/or repairing existing equipment.
                                   Water conservation: The Marin Municipal Water District often provides support for converting to low-flow
                                   toilets. While the program is on hold until August 18th, consider this resource if the toilets used by your office are
                                   not currently water efficient.

                                   The bottom line is you may be able to become a certified Green Business, whether your landlord is interested in
                                   getting involved or not. And if you can bring efficiencies in energy and water use to your landlord's attention, and
                                   reduce operating expenses, you may actually score some points! For more information on becoming a certified
                                   Green Business, review the Bay Area Green Business Program or contact Dana Armanino, the Green Business
                                   Coordinator for Marin County.

                                   Promote Your Business with a Nonprofit Partnership by Jennifer Islas, Pleasures of the Heart

                                   Need more business? One of the cheapest, most effective, greenest ways to increase your visibility and bottom line
                                   is to partner with a local nonprofit organization. You gain by helping people and feeling good about it. But a
                                   partnership also drives new customers to your business and helps you tap into a source of free or low cost

                                   Word of your company's generosity spreads among those who work for or receive benefits from your nonprofit
                                   partner. Your name also becomes familiar to everyone invited to or donating to the organization's fundraising

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                                                THE SACRAMENTO ASIAN PACIFIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
                                                              GO GREEN INITIATIVE!
                                   The Initiative represents a collaborative
                                   effort between the Sacramento Asian
                                   Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the
                                   community to guide the city towards a
                                   greener Sacramento region.

                                   The chamber is part of a broader regional initiative, with the Green Capital Alliance that aims to achieve two
                                   equally important goals-making our growing clean technology sector a defining feature of our economy and
                                   making the six-county Sacramento region a leader in sustainability.

                                   Our objective with this SACC Green Initiative is to become a one-stop resource for our members for green
                                   business in the Sacramento region.

                                   This includes keeping the community abreast of Green News and Events like the following....

                                   Capital Green Alliance

                                   The Opportunity
                                   The GCA aims to achieve two equally
                                   important goals—making our growing
                                   clean technology sector a defining
                                   feature of our economy and making the
                                   six-county Sacramento region a leader
                                   in sustainability.

                                   Mission and Focus Areas
                                   Accomplishing these regional goals
                                   demands focused attention from a
                                   broad partnership of people and
                                   organizations. Recognizing this reality,
                                   the idea for the GCA was shaped
                                   through collaborative planning. Our
                                   partners have taken ownership of the
                                   responsibility to ensure this project is
                                   implemented successfully, leveraging
                                   the unique strengths of each

                                                              Go Green California Business

                                                              Go Green California Business is the premier resource for California businesses when it
                                                              comes to issues surrounding the environment and green technology. Here are some of
                                                              the benefits of visiting our site: (

                                    Find the latest news on technology, the economy and public policy as it pertains to green issues and your
                                    Visit our forum to discuss the latest issues, ask questions, voice your concerns and also connect with other
                                    Keep up with our calendar and see what green-related seminars and events are happening
                                    Find information from educational institutions offering curriculum about green technology, becoming green
                                      certified and greening your workforce
                                    Watch educational and informational videos from green companies and vendors

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                                       San Dimas Chamber of Commerce member RCI TECHNOLOGIES delivers
                                     improved fuel economy and lower emissions with their "Clean Green" certified
                                                         fuel purification filter technology
                                   Ted Powl, President and CEO of
                                   the San Dimas Chamber, points to
                                   both the chamber's internal green
                                   efforts and at least one prominent
                                   menber when discussing where San
                                   Dimas fits within the sustainability
                                   matrix in California.

                                   They are currently transforming the chamber's Pioneer newsletter towards an electronic format to reduce paper
                                   waste and also providing contact information for SCE energy efficiency programs in their newsletter.

                                                                          Ted notes San Dimas - based fuel purifier manufacturer RCI
                                                                          Technologies has been selected as one of the "Top 500 Emerging
                                                                          Businesses in the U.S." by
                                                                 RCI ranked as
                                                                          No. 75 on the list.

                                                                          RCI Technologies, founded in 1994,
                                                                          offers a complete line of diesel
                                                                          fuel purification products, which
                                                                          include the Universal Fuel Purifier , the
                                                                          Portable Tank Cleaning Unit and the
                                                                          FRS 660 Automatic Fuel Recirculating
                                                                          System . RCI's products are used by the
                                                                          marine, trucking, bus, railroad, service
                                                                          station, construction and agricultural
                                                                          industries, as well as government agencies.

                                   RCI's fuel purifiers, which bear Green Clean Institute certification, utilize
                                   RCI's patented fuel purification technology, using no filters or moving parts.
                                   By removing 99.9 percent of water and up to 98 percent of dust, dirt and
                                   other natural contaminants found in all diesel fuel, RCI's products promote
                                   optimum fuel system efficiency and fuel economy, reduce engine down time
                                   and extend engine life.

                                   ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS

                                    Increases the operating life of fuel filters.
                                    The major component of fuel filters is paper. Use of an RCI
                                       Technologies fuel purifier results in fewer trees being cut each year.
                                    Reduction in landfill due to fewer fuel filter replacements.
                                    Providing fuel that is free of water and suspended particulates is the first step in exhaust emissions control.
                                    Significant improvements in exhaust emissions. Tests on the RCI Technologies fuel purifier show that
                                       smoke emissions were reduced by 17.3%, carbon monoxide emissions by 10.4%, and nitrogen oxides by

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                                    Running for the exits? Let San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce member
                                                     THE EXIT LIGHT CO. help you locate them!
                                    This is our second "GreenSeeds" edition featuring a San Diego Regional
                                   Chamber member business leading the way with clean energy innovation
                                   and job creation. We think we have a good reason for this because
                                   Jeannette Carrico, President of the Vista based The Exit Light Company
                                   just won the 2010 Small Business Person of the Year Award presented
                                   by the San Diego Small Business Administration!

                                   Jeannette founded The Exit Light Company in the year 2000 with the
                                   goal to create an emergency lighting and egress sign company that specializes in energy efficient and
                                   environmentally-friendly products. She has taken the company from the beginning stages to the number one retail
                                   online business for Exit and Emergency lights and signs. She has consistently grown the business in various areas,
                                   such as number of employees, net income and net worth, government contracts and business partnerships, which
                                   make The Exit Light Company a model small business.

                                                                                              Mrs. Carrico's charismatic personality inspires others to
                                                                                              consistently look for new opportunities, as well as
                                                                                              innovative and creative approaches. She challenges the
                                                                                              status quo, looks for alternatives and asks questions with
                                                                                              boldness. With much enthusiasm, commitment and
                                                                                              dedication she strives for the successful growth of The
                                                                                              Exit Light Company and to ultimately create more jobs
                                                                                              in the San Diego area.

                                   Jeannette also believes in giving back and actively contributes to charities and volunteers locally in the community.
                                   The Exit Light Company is proud to have been able to donate exit and emergency lighting products to non-profit
                                   organizations that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters in an effort to encourage
                                   economic redevelopment within their communities.

                                   Mrs. Carrico is the driving force for the Company not only with respect to the level of experience that she brings to
                                   her daily activities at the company but also with respect to her outreach and participation in the community through
                                   active and monthly volunteer work. The Exit Light Co. designs, engineers, installs, tests and maintains high-quality
                                   exit and emergency lighting systems. The company
                                   is at the cutting edge of technology on this
                                   area: They conduct extensive research aimed at
                                   improving the efficiency of their exit and emergency
                                   lighting systems, and currently hold a patent for their
                                   exit and emergency lighting testing
                                   methodology. They have helped hundreds of
                                   companies with their lighting needs (see customer
                                   list) and financing is available to qualified customers.

                                   At the Small Business Awards Luncheon on June
                                   2nd, several awards were presented by the SBA to
                                   small business owners and champions. Articles on
                                   the winners may be requested by email to

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                                      San Diego French American Chamber of Commerce member SOLAR GARD
                                     usually tries to remain invisible but recently received a visit from a very visible
                                                            candidate for California Governor!

                                   The candidate was Republican Meg Whitman
                                   stopping by just before a major Republican gathering
                                   in San Diego in late August.

                                   While the company certainly does not try to hide the jobs they
                                   create, it is their energy saving window film that is best seen as
                                   incognito, quietly reflecting heat that costs energy dollars and
                                   raises carbon footprints. Solar Gard is a member of the San Diego French American Chamber of Commerce and
                                   another thing they don't try to hide are the dealerships they support in over 60 countries around the world.

                                   Solar Gard window film is manufactured by Bekaert Specialty Films LLC.,, a global
                                   leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of specialty films for use as solar control and safety
                                   window films and for industrial applications. The company delivers solutions for safety, security, glare, energy
                                   savings and C02 emission reduction through a network of independent certified dealers and distributors in more
                                   than 60 countries.

                                   Bekaert Specialty Films also manufactures industrial films for photovoltaic,
                                   electronics, medical, graphic arts and imaging, automotive and aerospace industries.
                                   ISO 14001:2004 certified, the company is the first in the industry to certify its carbon
                                   footprint, is a Climate Action Leader and is committed to environmental responsibility.

                                   Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Bekaert Specialty Films LLC is a subsidiary of the Bekaert group (Euronext
                                   Brussels: BEKB), a global company. Here's where the invisibility part kicks in... Bekaert Specialty Films
                                   recently introduced TrueVue® "Dual-Reflective" window film as its latest addition to the SolarGard® product

                                   Possessed of exceptional optical clarity and natural appearance, this superior quality window film should quickly
                                   ularity ladder as clients get a chance to see it, and learn of its benefits over conventional reflective films.

                                   "Dual-reflective" films are constructed with a very low
                                   "interior reflectance" value; meaning, they don't "back
                                   reflect" into a room - improving interior appearance -
                                   and they generally enhance nighttime viewing through
                                   the product.

                                   Most conventional films create a "mirrored" appearance
                                   on interior glass surfaces at night; making it almost
                                   impossible to see out.

                                   Dual-reflective films reduce or eliminate that problem.
                                   Solar Gard films are eligible for many state and national
                                   tax credits and incentives for energy saving
                                   applications as well LEED Certification.

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                                         Remember when access to capital was generally available for small to
                                                              medium businesses?
                                   Back in those days, like in 2007 and earlier, businesses could go to their bank with plans for expansion and using
                                   their balance sheets to demonstrate growth, receive funding that would help grow their businesses and support new
                                   jobs. It isn't news that both expansion plans and balance sheets have taken a hit in the last few years.

                                   As a recent Bloomberg Business Week article points out, banks
                                   have more funds available now but qualified business customers
                                   are harder to come by for loans aimed at business growth
                                   opportunities. For many of us, keeping the doors open and
                                   preserving existing jobs is the name of the game now. So how
                                   can we build stronger businesses in this environment? Energy
                                   efficiency offers a very powerful way to do that when 0% interest
                                   access to capital allows for investments that are well designed
                                   and measured to insure savings.

                                   Energy pros call this "energy optimization". We think of it
                                   simply as "smart business." Let's assume, for instance, that you
                                   can calculate that investing in new lighting, refrigeration
                                   upgrades and energy efficient steamers for your restaurant will
                                   give you a 20% return on investment once they are paid off.

                                   With On Bill Financing, businesses can use utility financing up to $100K for 5 years for these improvements and
                                   the energy savings pays all the costs over that period while your energy bill remains the same. No upfront capital
                                   is needed. After the loan is paid, that return on investment brings $20,000 each year through continued
                                   savings straight to the bottom line.

                                                                        Think about how much in expanded sales would be needed to deliver that
                                                                        result! Now think about how much it would mean if every eligible California
                                                                        business did the same thing. Millions of dollars of profits would be recovered
                                                                        and returned to our local economies. California would thus have a very
                                                                        profitable demonstration of why our state has invested so much towards
                                                                        building a clean energy economy. This GreenSheet speaks to the new
                                                                        programs available that make that possible.

                                   ON Bill Financing
                                   This issue isn't about one California chamber or member as is usually the case. We're
                                   very happy to say that ALL California chambers and members, either electric or gas
                                   utility customers of PG&E, SCE, SoCalGas or SDG&E, are now eligible for an
                                   important new source of access to capital. Here is the new SCE On Bill
                                   Financing (OBF), fact sheet from one of the utilities above but all offer very similar
                                   programs. This explains the way it works very simply. (Notice your business simply needs to be a 2 year
                                   customer in good standing to participate.) Here is the same OBF info from SDG&E /SoCalGas which has been the
                                   leading California utility offering these loans since 2007. PG&E offers info on their program here and asks
                                   customers to call 1-800-468-4743. The combined utilities recently offered this presentation, which notes some
                                   interesting examples, to help educate their customers. Here is an interesting case SDG&E case study on a
                                   Radisson Suites hotel in North San Diego County. We believe this is perhaps the most important issue we've
                                   ever published. PLEASE forward this GreenSheet to others including your members ! California Investor
                                   Owned Utilities each belong as members to all local chambers within their service area supporting chamber

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                                   A NOTE ABOUT THIS PROJECT
                                   I set about researching where local California chambers of commerce and their members could help demonstrate just
                                   how recovering profits through energy efficiency can help strengthen both the chamber, their business members and the
                                   community. I soon began to discover success stories among chamber members who were demonstrating business
                                   models reflecting how a clean energy economy can begin to provide yet another innovative foundation for a prosperous
                                   future for California.

                                   However, for every business success story highlighted here, there were four others that didn’t belong to a local
                                   chamber, each representing an outreach opportunity. It is my hope that local chamber CEOs and membership directors
                                   will use these examples as a guide to build their organizations and to seek out the firms that are leading the clean
                                   energy economy.
                                                                                                                                                —Hank Ryan
                                                                                                                                    Small Business California

                                   OTHER RESOURCES
                                   Small Business California
                                   Small Business California is a proactive, nonpartisan business advocate whose only agenda is the well being of
                                   California’s 3.2 million small businesses.

                                   CA Business Alliance for a Green Economy
                                   A community of businesses who believe that a healthy and prosperous future for California depends on a clean, green
                                   and efficient economy. It is working to support California’s efforts to promote clean energy, fossil fuel independence,
                                   and climate security, which fuel economic growth in our state and protect our economy from the hidden costs of
                                   climate change.

                                   California Bright Spot
                                   A resource for facts about and tools for supporting California’s clean energy policies.

                                   Next 10
                                   Next 10 is an independent, nonpartisan organization that educates, engages and empowers California to improve our
                                   state’s future. Next 10 is focused on innovation and the intersection between the economy, the environment and quality
                                   of life issues for all Californians.

                                   Cool California Small Business Toolkit
                                   A toolkit to help small businesses save money and limit their environmental impact.

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