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Advisory Board Chairs

Marybel Batjer
Secretary
Government Operations Agency
State of California

Anna Caballero
Secretary
Business, Consumer Services and
Housing Agency
State of California

Matt Rodriquez
Secretary
Environmental Protection Agency
State of California

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The 2015 Green California Summit and Expo comes to the Sacramento Convention Center April 7-8. Discover new technologies and best practices in building, energy and water conservation, clean transportation and more. Keynotes and Expo are free. For more information, or to register, visit
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Green California Summit & Expo Coming Soon 

The 2015 Green California Summit and Expo, coming to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 7-8, will highlight innovations in green practice and technology that are fueling California’s expanding economy. Discover 100 companies with green products and services. Attend keynote presentations, education sessions, leadership awards and an opening reception on April 6. Pre-Summit training on April 6 will cover new Prop 39 guidelines, Zero Net Energy buildings, clean transportation and plans for investing cap and trade proceeds. Group discounts available. Expo, keynotes, opening reception and Leadership Awards are free. For more information, visit www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.

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Green California Summit & Expo Coming Soon

The ninth annual Green California Summit and Exposition comes to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 7-8, 2015. With the theme “Green Paths to Economic Growth,” it will highlight innovations in green practice and technology that are fueling California’s expanding economy.

The conference includes an Expo with more than 100 companies offering green products and services, from zero emission vehicles to building materials. Concurrent sessions led by expert practitioners will cover topics including energy and water conservation, clean transportation and Prop 39 implementation.

Pre-Summit seminars on April 6 will address new Prop 39 guidelines, Zero Net Energy buildings, clean transportation and plans for investing cap and trade proceeds. The day will conclude with a networking reception in the Expo.

Keynote speakers in the April 7 opening session will be Senate President Pro Tem, Kevin de León, and Bob Chase, former Mayor of Long Beach and past President of Southern California Edison.

Registration for keynotes, Expo, Leadership Awards and Opening Reception is free. Group discounts are available.

Principal Summit sponsors include the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District and the Sacramento and East Bay Clean Cities coalitions.

For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.

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Green Paths to Economic Development:
California is Making a Virtue of Necessity

California’s aggressive efforts to combat climate change and grow a vibrant economy that will sustain both present and future generations will be highlighted at the 2015 Green California Summit, coming to the Sacramento Convention Center from April 7-8.

Through a program of education sessions, Pre-Summit training on April 6 and an Expo featuring scores of green products and services, the Summit will highlight the wide range of policies, programs, strategies and technologies that are being actively implemented to preserve the natural resources of the Golden State.

Now in its ninth year, the summit is developed with leadership from an advisory board composed of leaders from state and local government and the private sector. The board is co-chaired by CalEPA Secretary, Matt Rodriquez, Government Operations Secretary Marybel Batjer and Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Anna Caballero.

Principal Summit sponsors include the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District and the Sacramento and East Bay Clean Cities coalitions.

Keynote Session
The Summit will open at 8:30 am on April 7, and feature two dynamic keynote speakers. Bob Foster, a former Mayor of Long Beach and past President of Southern California Edison who has also served on the Board of Governors for the California Independent Systems Operators (ISO), has long been a leader in the state’s energy sector.

California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León has been at the forefront of vital environmental efforts. He co-chaired Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act and recently led the California delegation to a UN climate conference intended to develop a framework for a new international agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Pre-Summit Training
Pre-Summit seminars on April 6 will address vital sustainability topics. A daylong workshop, “Prop 39 Update” will offer an in-depth briefing on the changes to guidelines for project approval, best practices in school efficiency projects, and resources for expanding the scope of efficiency projects. This session will feature presentations by stakeholders in all aspects of Prop 39 implementation, including the California Energy Commission, the Division of the State Architect, and the California Conservation Corps. The extended format will provide a rare opportunity for attendees to get answers to their questions directly "from the source."

Also on April 6, the Clean Cities Sacramento and East Bay Coalitions will host a daylong Clean Transportation Efficiencies Forum. This special event for public and private sector fleet professionals will cover strategies for reducing petroleum use, efficiencies gained from alternative fuels and incentives for clean vehicles and infrastructure. The day will include a heavy duty clean vehicle ride and drive.

April 6 will also bring a full-day workshop ZNE Workshop for State and Local Governments, facilitated by New Buildings Institute with co-sponsorship by Green Technology, in partnership with the California Public Utilities Commission. The workshop is designed to help facility professionals prepare you to meet California’s goals for zero net energy buildings. It will highlight case studies about innovative projects achieving zero net energy performance, and provide tools to help advance ZNE policies, programs or projects.

Pre-Summit offerings will also include a half-day Cap and Trade Symposium organized by the Institute for Local Government. Hundreds of millions of dollars of carbon auction proceeds are being invested to increase renewable energy, reduce petroleum use, make buildings more energy efficient, reduce carbon pollution, and manage natural and agricultural lands to store carbon. The symposium will bring together leading thinkers to discuss how state agencies can partner with local governments to achieve these goals in communities throughout California.

Concurrent Education Sessions
On April 7 and 8, more than 20 concurrent education sessions will address a range of topics relating to green policy and practice, from codes and standards to water conservation, green schools, funding sources for energy projects plans and sustainable purchasing.

Several education partners are working with the Summit to organize sessions that meet the needs of those planning and executing green programs.

The Clean Cities Sacramento and East Bay coalitions are hosting a day of sessions focused on carbon reduction in the transportation sector, including updates on EVs and EV infrastructure. The Institute for Local Government will present a local government track addressing topics including water, energy and climate and green economic development. The Office of Education and the Environment of CalRecycle will offer training California’s K-12 environmental literacy curriculum. A track from USGBC California will cover onsite water re-use, ZNE buildings and more.

Expo
The conference includes an Expo on April 7-8, featuring more than 100 companies offering green products and services, from lighting solutions and flooring to water conservation technologies. The Summit program includes expanded Expo-only hours, drawings and lunch on the floor for paid attendees.

The Expo will include a Green Auto Mall, with the opportunity to discover new vehicles for both personal and commercial use, as well as charging stations and other transportation services. There will also be ride and drive opportunities for attendees.

Special Events
Registration for the Expo and keynote session is free, and no-cost registration also enables attendees to participate in special events during the Summit, including an Opening Reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on April 6 in the Expo and the annual Leadership Awards reception from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on April 7.
A keynote breakfast on April 8, featuring State Architect Chet Widom, will also be open to all.

Established in cooperation with the Advisory Board for the Green California Summit, the awards highlight and celebrate successful state and local government projects implemented in California during the previous year. All nominated projects must be publicly financed and executed, and must have provided a measurable benefit to the natural or human environment.

More Information
For more information about the Summit, or to register online, visit www.green-technology.org. Several early registration discounts are available, and additional discounts are available for groups of four or more. For details, call 626.577.5700.

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