Silicon Valley Leadership Group Rolls Out 12-Point 'Clean and Green' Plan.
California's Silicon Valley Leadership Group yesterday launched a comprehensive "Clean and Green" Alternative Energy Action Plan designed to help curb greenhouse gases, reduce dependence on foreign oil and impact climate change throughout the region and beyond.
The 12-point plan, ranging from support for local and state transportation initiatives to a "CEO Cycling Challenge," was announced at a press conference at Hyperion Solutions headquarters in Santa Clara and embraced by the Leadership Group's 210 member companies.
"While the need to curb greenhouse gases is a global issue, we cannot wait for a global solution to effect positive change," said Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Leadership Group. "Our action plan offers a number of steps that businesses, employers and individuals can take now in our own region to have a positive impact."
The components of the "Clean and Green" plan, to be rolled out regionally beginning in January and over the course of 2007, are:
-- Cool Commutes Challenge, a Competition to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
-- Continued Support for Funding BART Extension to Silicon Valley
-- California High-Speed Rail Advocacy: Corporate Support for 700-mile Project
-- Building a Market for Alternative Fuel Vehicles: What Employers Can Do
-- Injecting Fuel Efficiency into the Supply Chain Equation
-- CEO Cycling Challenge: Bike-to-Work Day, May 17, 2007
-- Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV), a Public/Private Partnership to Improve Energy and Fuel Efficiency
-- Clean and Green Tech: Early Adoption or Demonstration - An Energy-Efficient Data Center and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research
-- EnergyWatch Partnership: Working with PG&E for $6.4 Million in Energy Efficiency Rebates
-- Lean and Green: Identifying Cutting-Edge Products, Purchasing Energy Efficient Office Products
-- Solar Industry Center for Excellence, a Business-to-Business Collaboration
-- Municipal Practices and Standards for Green Building: Local Standards for Residential Construction
A number of Silicon Valley CEOs and other executives have joined the Leadership Group, including Godfrey R. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Hyperion Solutions; Len Kwiatkowski, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Tom McCalmont, president and CEO of ReGrid Power, and Tom Bottorff, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for PG&E.
"The impact of our businesses can -- and should -- go far beyond the bottom line," said Sullivan. "The Leadership Group initiative intends to harness the innovation, passion and energy for which this region is renowned to encourage positive and environmentally impactful change. Collectively, we have an extraordinary ability to make a difference."
In 2004, Sullivan pioneered an employee incentive program for purchasing fuel-efficient cars at Hyperion called "Drive Clean to Drive Change." Currently more than 150 Hyperion employees are driving hybrid vehicles that get more than 45 miles per gallon.
"Lockheed Martin proudly supports the 'Clean and Green' plan," added Kwiatkowski. "We applaud the Leadership Group for its vision and action on behalf of its members and our highly progressive community."
More than 50 companies have already committed to participating in one or more of the initiatives of the "Clean and Green" plan. Guardino said he expects many more will join the challenge in the months ahead as each component rolls out.
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