Office of the Mayor Gavin Newsom
City & County of San Francisco
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 7, 2005
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
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San Francisco, CA – Fulfilling a promise made in his state of the city address, Mayor Gavin
Newsom announced the formation of a Clean Technology Advisory Council (CTAC) that will
position San Francisco as a global leader in the development, creation, and use of clean
Clean technology is an emerging sector made up of a range of products, services and processes
that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduces the use of natural
resources and cuts or eliminates pollution and toxic waste. Clean technology encompasses
advancements in solar power, wind power, hybrid vehicles, fuel cell technology, tidal and wave
power, biodiesel, green building materials and water treatment systems.
According to a 2004 report by Environmental Entrepreneurs and the Natural Resources
Defense Council, venture capital investments in California’s clean technology industry through
2010 could seed 52,000 to 114,000 new jobs statewide. As the sixth largest investment
category in the U.S. and Canada, clean technology holds the promise of new business
opportunities, job creation, and technological innovation for San Francisco.
CTAC will focus its efforts on attracting clean technology businesses to San Francisco and on
creating jobs in this emerging sector. In addition, CTAC members will act as ambassadors at-
large, promoting San Francisco’s clean technology policies and encouraging the development
of new clean technology initiatives within the City.
The Mayor acknowledged the success of the Bio-Tech and Digital Media Advisory Councils in
bringing new business to San Francisco, saying ―This model of convening a group of industry
giants to advise on the development of nascent industries well-suited to San Francisco has
proven track record within the biotech and digital media sectors — these industries have
created hundreds of jobs and attracted great talent to San Francisco.‖
The Mayor continued saying, ―CTAC is key part of my vision for growing the clean technology
industry in San Francisco which includes creating high-skilled, high-wage clean-tech jobs;
promoting a cleaner and healthier environment; and reducing the City’s dependence on fossil
fuels by investing in clean energy research and development.‖
The Council will be chaired by William K. Reilly, former Administrator of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and founding partner of Aqua International Partners, a San
Francisco-based private equity clean technology investment fund dedicated to the water and
renewable energy sectors.
―I’m excited to chair this council of heavy weights in the field of clean technology and work
with the Mayor to realize the Council’s mission. We need to develop incentives to attract clean
technology businesses to San Francisco, streamline permitting and licensing for these
businesses, and join with other Bay Area players to capitalize on the region’s strengths. Clean
technology offers a winning strategy to achieve the city’s economic and environmental goals.‖
Some of the foremost industry leaders in clean technology investment, production research
and development have agreed to serve on CTAC. The members are:
Dan Adler, Director of Technology and Policy Development for CalCEF.
Eric Bowen, Vice President, Energy and Director, Biofuels at Sigma Capital Group.
Nancy C. Floyd, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power.
David Gottfried, President of WorldBuild and is the Founder of the U.S. Green Building
Robert Hambrecht, Managing Director, WR Hambrecht + Company and is a co-founder of the
Conservation Strategy Fund.
Nicole Lederer, Co-Founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
Paul Liotsakis, Associate Director of SF Community Power Cooperative.
Daniel M. Kammen, Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and
founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL).
Joel Makower, Co-Founder and Principal of Clean Edge, Inc.
Jennifer McFarlane, CEO of The Women's Technology Cluster.
Tyler Palmer, Founder and President of GreenMountain Engineering.
Mike Sangiacomo, President & Chief Executive Officer of Norcal.
Bill Shireman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Future 500.
Daniel Shugar, President of PowerLight.
Nancy Skinner, U.S. Director of the Climate Group.
Jon W. Slangerup, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Integrated.
Adam Werbach, Member of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The announcement of the new Council comes on the heels of the release of a report on the
status of the clean technology industry in San Francisco. The just-released Clean Technology
Progress Report — a follow up to a 2004 report on San Francisco Clean Technology Future —
offers a clear snapshot of the economic potential Clean Technology holds for San Francisco.
Both reports were written by Clean Edge and are available on sfgov.org and cleanedge.com.
The report and progress report highlight that under San Francisco is well on its way to
becoming a leader in the clean technology industry. Highlights of Mayor Newsom’s clean
technology accomplishments are attached.