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Environmental Entrepreneurs Update
September 26, 2007
This Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) newsletter is sent to all E2 members and friends of E2.
Articles in this Issue:

E2 Membership Survey - Who Joins E2 and Why?
California Legislative Wrap-Up - Current status of bills E2 weighed in on
Northern California Welcomes New Chapter Leader - Maureen Blanc a longtime E2 supporter
E2 New England Update - Focus on Energy
E2 Member Nancy Floyd Testifies on Capitol Hill - House Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming
Boston Event on Global Warming 'Facts on the Ground' - Discussion of local, national, international solutions
National TeleSalon on Toxics in China - Challenges and opportunities for clean-up
E2 Hosts Western Water Dinner in Denver - Global warming's impacts on water management potentially serious
Green Light for Vermont and California's Clean Car Standards - Court rejects automakers' arguments
Air Fresheners Contain Chemicals that May Affect Human Reproductive Development - Walgreens takes action
New Study on Smog - Global warming exacerbates its effects on health
Red Sox and NRDC Greening Fenway Park - Initiatives are part of 100th Anniversary in 2012
Energy Efficiency Plan Could Save Californians Billions - Incentives for utilities also address global warming
Federal Judge Orders Reduced Pumping to Protect Delta Smelt - Wildlife and California residents to benefit
Calendar of Events - E2 events in California, New York, New England and the Rocky Mountains

E2 Membership Survey


E2 members and their guests at a dinnertime EcoSalon in February 2007 at the San Francisco Yacht Club.
Over the last two months, more than 300 E2 members took the time to complete our on-line survey about their background and interests. This article summarizes what we learned - who our members are, why they joined and, based on their feedback, how E2 can grow to be even more effective.

The Numbers

E2 was founded in the summer of 2000. In our first year, 196 people joined, two-thirds of whom continue to be active members. Seven years later, E2 has grown to over 850 members in 24 states, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. People tend to join E2 and stay for the long term. Originally, most of our members came from Northern California, but in the last few years, we have seen significant growth outside of California.

Location

Percentage

Northern California

54%

NY Metro

15%

Southern California

13%

New England

10%

Interior West

3%

Northwest

1%

Midwest

1%

DC

1%

Other

1%

Our members come from a variety of professional backgrounds (based on those who completed the survey and self-identified into one of the categories we defined):

Category

Total

Percentage

Energy & Utilities

38

11.8%

Computer Technology

37

11.5%

Banking/Finance

33

10.2%

Non-profit

31

9.6%

Venture Capital

23

7.1%

Media/Marketing/PR

22

6.8%

Retired

19

5.9%

Legal

18

5.6%

Business Services

16

5.0%

Heath Care/Medical

16

5.0%

Education

15

4.7%

CEO of the home

15

4.7%

Real Estate

9

2.8%

Food & Beverage

6

1.9%

Consumer Products

5

1.6%

Construction & Development

3

0.9%

Agriculture

3

0.9%

Telecommunications

3

0.9%

Industrial Manufacturing & services

2

0.6%

Pharmaceuticals

2

0.6%

Automotive and Transport

2

0.6%

Retail

2

0.6%

Electronics

1

0.3%

Leisure/Tourism/Travel

1

0.3%

Total

322

100.0%

E2 has grown primarily by word of mouth:

Q: How did you hear about E2?

Answer

% of responses

Friend/Colleague

53.2%

NRDC

13.4%

Previously a member

9.5%

Spouse/Significant other

7.8%

Contacted by E2

6.5%

E2 event

4.8%

Press

2.6%

Other

1.7%

E2 newsletter

0.4%

Why Join?

We created E2 to demonstrate that long-term economic growth and environmental protection are connected - and to counter the view that environmental protection came at the expense of economic growth. Our strategic advantage is bringing our members, most of who have been involved with building or creating businesses, to the policy-making table to state their views and experience to legislators and regulators. This mission is the foundation for joining:

Eric Bowen: I joined E2 to become part of the solution. E2 has the most outstanding membership working on the most important environmental issues of our day.

Joy Covey: We were drawn to the analytical and economically grounded approach and vocabulary that E2 brings.

Jennifer DeGolia: I was inspired by the mission that what is good for business is good for the environment, that we can be productive and thrive best while preserving our earth, and I was very compelled by the focus on bringing substantive information to the members through the EcoSalons.

Scott Dietzen: Feeling like I am staying in touch with the key issues and even making a contribution, even though my free time is very limited.

Ken Goldsholl: I believe that government, when left to the motivation of politicians and industry lobbyists, cannot solve our environmental and economic problems, and that an organization like E2 can provide leadership.

Steven Koch and Kathy Nyrop: Education on issues is important to me, [as is] advocacy for these issues at State and National levels. I have been most proud of groundbreaking legislation in CA regarding emissions controls.

Isaac Kos-Read: E2 fills a critical void in the environmental advocacy world. For environmental policies to be successful, they must have sound economics and be espoused by business people and entrepreneurs.

Jenny Robb: I wanted to support an organization that takes a new approach and that gets results; E2 does both. I like the fact that E2 debunks the myth that protecting the environment is bad for business.

Member Interests

Our members are interested in a variety of topics. Based on the survey, these are the topics that received the greatest interest. Next to each we also show the percentage of members that feel they have direct experience or working knowledge of the topic:

Topic

Interest

Expertise/Knowledge

Global Warming

61%

16%

Energy

60%

30%

Alternative Fuels

49%

18%

Green Building

44%

14%

Air Pollution

37%

8%

Smart Growth/Sprawl

37%

7%

Oceans & Coasts

36%

6%

Green Living

35%

9%

Wilderness Preservation

33%

2%

Farming & Organic Foods

33%

7%

Transportation

31%

11%

Access to Drinking Water

29%

2%

Habitat Preservation

29%

3%

Species & Wildlife

27%

3%

Water Conservation

27%

4%

Recycling

26%

5%

Environmental Justice

26%

4%

Forests

26%

4%

Fisheries Management

25%

4%

Water Quality

24%

2%

Health Threats & Effects

23%

4%

Land Use & Abuse

22%

5%

Children’s Health

20%

4%

Parks

18%

2%

Nuclear Waste & Storage

17%

3%

Planning/Development

17%

5%

Underwater Sonar (Marine animals)

16%

1%

Pest Management

9%

2%

Thirty-one percent of our members currently use online social networking tools, with LinkedIn being the most popular among those respondents (25 percent of users) and Facebook following with six percent. However, 65 percent of you said you would use on-line tools for E2 discussion forums, coordination of local advocacy, blogs and for meeting each other if E2 had such tools available via our website.

Our members want to be active through E2. With almost every member choosing at least one of the following:

Answer

# Responses

% of responses

Delegate trip participant

71

21.5%

Subject-matter expert

44

13.3%

Testify

39

11.8%

Marketing E2

36

10.9%

Write op-eds

34

10.3%

Research

32

9.7%

Help organize evens/invite speakers

31

9.4%

Donate food/drink for events

19

5.7%

Web

13

3.9%

Other

12

3.6%

Total responses (of 344):

331

 

Summary

Several factors are positively contributing to E2’s growing influence and success:

  • The growth in total membership
  • The increase in geographic diversity
  • The increase in breath of industry backgrounds
  • The growth in knowledge on many of our issues

Expanded regional leadership: We are expanding our regional leadership in all regions in order to increase the number of activities we can manage and to create new opportunities for E2 members to contribute. In July, we added additional leaders for the Northeast and Colorado. This month we have expanded leadership in Northern California and we expect to expand in New York soon.

We realize that we need to make some changes in order to fully utilize the capabilities and desires of our members. To accomplish this, we have begun making a number of changes outlined below:

  1. Build web presence: We have not touched our web presence in over three years and it shows! We have begun the process of revising our web site and concurrently adding tools that we need to help our members communicate with each other.
  2. Expand advocacy and volunteer opportunities: Based on the survey, there are many more E2 members willing to volunteer than we currently utilize. While many people asked to be part of our annual delegation trip to Washington and state houses, most of our work happens between trips. We need members who can testify on specific issues when hearings are scheduled and to make key phone calls as situations arise. We are analyzing our member’s responses and backgrounds and creating a new program to take best advantage of the resources available to us.
  3. Climate solutions web site: In October we will introduce a new web site dedicated to solutions for global warming. The site (climate.e2.org) will highlight solutions to reducing greenhouse gases and feature innovative companies that are creating new products and services. We will also provide detailed information on our California climate work and will expand to include national efforts.
  4. Simplified Renewal Process: Beginning in October, we will change how our membership renewals process is managed to both make it easier for our members and reduce the administrative overhead on our volunteers so they have more time to advocate. We will move to an annual renewal process managed by NRDC’s Development Department. Our member’s donations have always gone directly to NRDC to support its environmental work. E2 will continue to be an independent "Business Voice for the Environment," supported primarily by our volunteers with a very small staff provided by NRDC.

Please be on the lookout for more information on these initiatives in upcoming newsletters. If you took the three minutes to complete your survey already, we wholeheartedly thank you. If you have not yet completed it yet, or if you need to make edits to your responses, please do so at .


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California Legislative Wrap-Up


The California Legislature adjourned its regular session on September 12, sending hundreds of bills to the governor’s desk. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger now has until October 12 to sign or veto the bills. While some important environmental bills passed, the legislature was largely preoccupied with other issues, including health care, criminal justice and an overdue state budget. Below is a status report on bills that E2 supported and one that we opposed.

SB 375 (Steinberg) - Land use planning: Land use planning is an important greenhouse gas reduction strategy and SB 375 is a key first step toward some reforms to traditional land use patterns. The bill made it to the final stages of the legislative process, but was held in the fiscal committee pending further discussions with Assembly leadership and stakeholders. It can pick up where it left off when the legislature reconvenes in January. Although supporters would have liked to move the bill to the governor’s desk this year, it has already made it farther than any other significant bill to tackle land use planning in recent memory. E2 sent a support letter to legislative leaders in early September with more than 190 members signing on.

SB 974 (Lowenthal) - Clean ports investment: This bill will help clean the air around the state’s largest ports by initiating a modest fee on cargo containers to fund air quality measures and infrastructure improvements. Major retailers and their trade associations oppose the fee and failed to offer a constructive proposal of their own. When the bill reached the Assembly floor (the last step before the governor), Governor Schwarzenegger asked the bill’s author to hold the measure until January, while signaling that he shared NRDC’s goal of addressing the environmental impacts of cargo movement through the ports. E2 members in Southern California worked tirelessly on the bill by meeting with legislators in their district offices and securing support letters from business allies and health professionals. NRDC, E2 and our coalition partners will continue building the support list over the next few months, while working with Senator Lowenthal and Governor Schwarzenegger to ensure that the best possible bill moves forward in January. Click here to read E2’s SB 974 support letter.

AB 493 (Ruskin) - Clean Car Discount: This bill would establish a system of rebates on vehicles with the least global warming emissions funded by surcharges on those vehicles that have the highest emission levels. This market-based solution to global warming has broad support, but also significant opposition from car manufacturers and dealers who mobilized against the bill in several key Assembly districts. Unfortunately, the bill failed to muster sufficient votes to pass the Assembly floor by the June deadline, but supporters are working to secure the final few votes and can take the bill up again early next year. E2 supported the bill during its Sacramento trip in March and with a letter to the Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee.

AB 1190 (Horton) - California Clean Fuel Incentive: AB 1190, sponsored by e2 and NRDC, encourages the distribution and sales of alternative fuels that have significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than today’s gasoline and diesel fuels. The incentive reduces the sales tax on cleaner fuels - making them more affordable for the consumer and more profitable for the distributor of those fuels. The authors and sponsors decided to defer the bill to next year in order to work with the state Board of Equalization on how best to structure the implementation.

SB 411 (Simitian) - Renewable Portfolio Standard: This bill would accelerate the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 33 percent by 2020. The California Public Utilities Commission and the governor’s Climate Action Team are relying upon acceleration of current renewable targets in order to achieve 11 million tons of CO2 equivalent reductions by 2020. The bill was held in its final committee but can move forward next year. E2 sent a letter of support on this bill.

SB 59 (Cogdill) - Water Supply Bond Act of 2008: Early this year, E2 successfully opposed a proposal by Senator Dave Cogdill and Governor Schwarzenegger to use more than $4 billion in public funds for costly and environmentally destructive dams. Thanks to allies in the Senate, the bill failed to move past its first policy committee. We won round one but this fight is just beginning. Before the regular 2007 legislative session ended, Governor Schwarzenegger called for special sessions on water and health care. The special sessions are already underway; Governor Schwarzenegger and Senator Perata both have their own water bond proposals on the table. NRDC’s Western Water Project and California Advocacy teams are working to ensure that if a bond moves forward, it is environmentally sound and cost-effective for Californians. The legislature has until mid-October to pass a bond that would go before voters on February 5, 2008.


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Northern California Welcomes New Chapter Leader


E2 is delighted to announce that Maureen Blanc, an E2 member since 2003, has agreed to become a Chapter Leader for Northern California, joining E2’s co-founders, Nicole Lederer and Bob Epstein. Maureen will help develop events, marketing, outreach and advocacy opportunities for our Bay Area members. This region is home to a large segment of the overall E2 membership, and we welcome Maureen’s participation, expertise and vision with excitement (as well as relief)!

Maureen has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, having co-founded the technology public relations firm Blanc & Otus in 1985, which represented numerous successful start-ups, software, internet and consumer technology clients. After the acquisition of Blanc & Otus by Hill and Knowlton, Maureen served as the head of the Hill and Knowlton Technology Practice from 2001 until 2003. Since that time, Maureen has been working in the non-profit sector, most recently as Vice President of Marketing for the International Museum of Women. Maureen was a founding board member of Friends of the Children (San Francisco) and acts as an advisor to cultural, educational and environmental organizations around the country.

Maureen’s involvement with E2 goes back to our early days. In E2’s first year, Blanc & Otus helped us to launch by providing pro bono PR consulting. In 2004, she was an E2 delegate to Washington, DC. Maureen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in English literature, and did post-graduate work at Stanford University. She lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco.

A message from Maureen: "I think E2 has tremendous potential to become an even bigger business voice in the community - locally, nationally and globally. Watching E2 at work over the past eight years, in cooperation with NRDC, has been personally satisfying as it delivers on its mission and provides measurable results to its members. I look forward to accelerating the growth and continuing E2’s great advocacy track record at this pivotal point in its development."


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E2 New England Update


E2 New England members in Massachusetts have been busy this month testifying and writing in response to initiatives from the Patrick Administration. E2 New England submitted written testimony in support of regulations that would align utility profit motives with energy efficiency investments, commonly known as "decoupling." We made the economic case that decoupling will improve the Commonwealth’s competitive position; increase economic growth and new job creation; and reduce the high cost of energy. The decoupling proposal has met resistance from Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), a powerful old line business group that believes decoupling is anti business. E2 has petitioned to speak at the hearings on behalf of the proposal.

In another positive move, the Patrick Administration published its implementation plan for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a pact by 10 Northeastern states to cap CO2 emissions from power plants. E2 New England strongly supported auctioning 100 percent of the RGGI pollution allowances and using the bulk of the proceeds for energy efficiency. We were pleased to see that this is incorporated in the draft regulations. However, in our testimony we cautioned that the level at which the cap is set might be too high, based on the latest data of actual emissions. We plan to track this very carefully and take further action if necessary.


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E2 Member Nancy Floyd Testifies on Capitol Hill


On September 20, E2 member Nancy Floyd testified before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on the topic of renewable electricity standards. Nancy - who is Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power, a venture capital firm specializing in new energy technologies - talked during her testimony about opportunities in the growing renewable energy market and how a lack of consistent, predictable federal policy was keeping renewable energy companies from making their headquarters or establishing manufacturing centers in the United States. According to Nancy the country needs a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) to accelerate innovation, investment and domestic market growth. Nancy cited examples of cleantech industry growth in California, Oregon and Washington, three of 23 states and the District of Columbia that have already passed an RES, and discussed specific opportunities for growth in the market in other regions of the country. Click here to read Nancy’s full written testimony.

Nancy reports that Representatives Ed Markey (Chair, D-MA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Gerald McNerney (D-CA) stood out as being extremely knowledgeable. Of the experience, Nancy says: "What I observed during his hearing is something I’ve experienced when I’ve been on DC trips with E2 delegations. Simply put, a business perspective carries significant weight. I got feedback that my comments were seen as "bridging the gap" between opposing viewpoints. I would personally like to thank Jim Presswood, Liz Martin and Karen Wayland at the NRDC for their help in prepping me for this hearing. Thanks also to Nicole Lederer for her unwavering support."

E2 and NRDC thank Nancy for taking the time to appear before the Select Committee on Capitol Hill on our behalf and conveying E2’s mission in her testimony.


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Boston Event on Global Warming 'Facts on the Ground'


On September 18, nearly 70 E2 members and guests gathered at the offices of Mintz-Levin in Boston to hear a trio of experts discuss the challenges and solutions to global warming at the local, regional, national and international levels. E2 member Charlotte Kahn, the Director of the Boston Indicators Project, laid out the twin opportunities and challenges of energy dependence and green innovation, placing Boston’s issues into the framework of its revolutionary history as well as broader trends such as population growth and global innovation. Dale Bryk, a Senior Attorney at NRDC who directs its state climate policy work, noted that 17 states have adopted mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions and 13 more are considering them. Moreover, at the local level, over 500 cities have signed on to voluntarily meet the Kyoto goals for greenhouse gas reductions. Sue Tierney, Managing Principal at Analysis Group and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, currently chairs the board of the Energy Foundation and the board of Clean Air - Cool Planet. Sue looked at the problem from the perspective of national foundations and their decision to focus on policy issues, such as setting efficiency standards and caps on emissions, as the way to gain the greatest leverage.


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National TeleSalon on Toxics in China


On September 17, E2 members across the country dialed into an E2 TeleSalon to hear Linda Greer, Director of NRDC’s Public Health Program, talk about her recent trip to China and her program’s work on stemming the tide of toxic chemicals in and from China. After a recap of the various health scares the world has seen in the past few months regarding food and manufactured products from China, Linda discussed the root causes of the problems, emphasizing that all the blame could not be put solely on the shoulders of the Chinese.

While the Chinese public needs to be made more aware of environmental and health problems at their factories - and the Chinese government held more strictly to standards on toxics - the U.S. also needs to ensure adequate funding and authority to its agencies that oversee inspections and adherence to U.S. standards of imported goods. Additionally, U.S. and multinational retailers need to take environment and public health into account as they deal with Chinese manufacturers. To this end, NRDC’s Green Watch initiative seeks to provide retailers with the information they need to recognize which manufacturers are the dirtiest and which ones make an effort to follow environmental and health standards.


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E2 Hosts Western Water Dinner in Denver


On September 12, E2 members in Colorado met over supper in Denver with the NRDC Western Water Program’s Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist, and Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst. They discussed how climate change will continue to reduce water supplies and change precipitation patterns in Colorado and the West, how water management uses significant portions of energy supply in several states, and the need for business leadership to convince state and federal governments to address the related challenges of freshwater management and global warming. E2 and NRDC are working together to form a strategy for advocating on this and other top environmental issues to Colorado’s elected officials in its statehouse and in Congress. Our thanks go to E2 Leader Andrew Currie for organizing the event.


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NRDC News

Green Light for Vermont and California's Clean Car Standards

On September 12, a federal court in Vermont upheld California’s landmark global warming tailpipe standards (AB 1493) against a legal attack brought by the auto industry. NRDC joined with several states and other groups in defending the California rules in court, and David Doniger, Policy Director of the NRDC’s Climate Center, played a leading role in securing the court’s decision. The court ruled that the federal fuel economy law does not block California and other states from adopting laws to cut global warming pollution from vehicles. The court also rejected automakers’ claims that the standards would hurt consumers or are technically infeasible. E2 was involved in AB 1493’s original legislative campaign and rulemaking at the regulatory agency level.


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Air Fresheners Contain Chemicals that May Affect Human Reproductive Development

On September 19, NRDC released its analysis of tests that found that most common household air fresheners contain phthalate chemicals that may affect hormones and reproductive development, particularly in babies. The following day, Walgreens announced plans take proactive steps to protect its customers, including pulling potentially harmful products from their shelves, conducting independent safety testing on them and making phthalate-free versions available in their stores soon.

Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies. Exposure to phthalates can affect testosterone levels and lead to reproductive abnormalities. The State of California notes that five types of phthalates - including one that NRDC found in air freshener products - are "known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm." NRDC tested 14 different brands of common household air fresheners and found that 12 contained the hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates. None of the air fresheners tested listed phthalates in their ingredients or anywhere else on their packaging. The federal government does not currently test air fresheners for safety or require manufacturers to meet any specific safety standards. In conjunction with the study, NRDC, along with the Sierra Club, Alliance for Healthy Homes and the National Center for Healthy Housing, have filed a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, calling on the agencies to start assessing the risk air fresheners pose to consumers by comprehensively testing all air freshener products on the market. Senior Scientist Gina Solomon and Attorney Mae Wu of the Public Health Program have led NRDC’s efforts to address this problem.


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New Study on Smog

People living in 10 mid-sized metropolitan areas are expected to experience significantly more "red alert" air pollution days in coming years due to increasing lung-damaging smog caused by higher temperatures from global warming. The analysis, Heat Advisory, was prepared by researchers at Yale, Johns Hopkins and Columbia universities, in collaboration with researchers at State University of New York at Albany, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and released by NRDC on September 13. The study projects that higher temperatures mean more smog for a given level of precursor emissions. Smog is formed when pollutants from cars, factories, and other sources mix with sunlight and heat. On "red alert" days, everyone - particularly children and people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses - is advised to limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

The report looks at 10 cities located in the eastern and southern half of the U.S., because of their size, population and geographical differences. The study uses data from the 2007 journal Climatic Change, which looks at climate change, ambient ozone, and public health in U.S. cities. Researchers project that, unless action is taken to curb global warming, by mid-century people living in a total of 50 cities in the eastern United States would see a doubling of the number of unhealthy "red alert" days; a 68 percent increase in the average number of days exceeding the current 8-hour ozone standard established by the U.S. EPA; and a 15 percent drop in the number of summer days with "good" air quality based on EPA criteria because of global warming. Dan Lashof, Science Director of NRDC’s Climate Center, helped bring this report to fruition.


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Red Sox and NRDC Greening Fenway Park

On September 20 the Boston Red Sox and NRDC announced a partnership to make Fenway Park even more "green" through a series of initiatives to improve the environment. Giving a second meaning to the color of its interior and well-known left field wall (the "Green Monster"), efforts to make Fenway more green will include a recycling program, improved removal of refuse, and the consideration of solar panels to reduce energy consumption. With guidance from the NRDC, the Red Sox are partnering with KeySpan, now a part of National Grid; Waste Management; and ARAMARK to create these initiatives which will take place over the next five years, culminating in 2012, when baseball celebrates the 100th anniversary of "America’s Most Beloved Ballpark." Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist at the NRDC, is coordinating of the Red Sox organization’s greening initiatives. Click here for further details on the planned initiatives.


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Energy Efficiency Plan Could Save Californians Billions

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a plan on September 20 to accelerate the state’s energy savings and reduce global warming pollution. Under the plan, if California’s investor owned utilities - Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Gas - exceed energy efficiency thresholds, then they can earn rewards of up to $150 million on average before taxes each year. If they do a poor job meeting targets, then they face penalties of up to $150 million. The maximum reward is less than 1 percent of consumers’ total annual cost for electricity and natural gas. According to NRDC Staff Scientist Audrey Chang consumers will save more than $2 billion if the utilities meet goals for the current three-year (2006-2008) energy efficiency program cycle. That represents more than a 100 percent return on investment. The CPUC’s action complements its requirement that utilities design and deliver programs that encourage consumers to save energy by using it more efficiently. Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of the state’s plan to implement its Global Warming Solutions Act, a landmark law that requires California to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollution to 1990 levels by 2020.


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Federal Judge Orders Reduced Pumping to Protect Delta Smelt

On August 31, a federal judge in Fresno ordered state and federal water project managers to reduce the amount of water pumped from the San Francisco Bay Delta to protect the threatened delta smelt from extinction. Attorneys and experts of NRDC, including Western Water Project Co-director Barry Nelson and Senior Attorney Kate Poole, say a federal judge’s order to reduce the amount of water pumped from the delta is an opportunity to restore an invaluable resource to millions of Californians. The ruling can help improve the quality of drinking water drawn from the delta, and delta farmers who struggle to irrigate their crops with water that’s too salty from the overdrafting of the delta will also benefit from the judge’s order. In addition, the ruling will help protect the delta recreational fishing economy and the jobs of North Coast salmon fishermen. Under the ruling, state and federal water project operators to take actions to protect the delta smelt by maintaining minimum flow levels in Old and Middle Rivers during the delta smelt’s spawning period; prohibiting the closure of barriers during a portion of the spring to help keep smelt away from the pumps when they are spawning; and improving the monitoring of the location and abundance of smelt in the estuary, and near the pumps in particular, to help biologists determine what protective actions to implement at what time.

According to NRDC, water managers already know how to use water wisely. Water agencies have built over 6 million acre-feet of surface and groundwater water storage south of the delta to help prepare for seasonal delta pumping reductions - that’s equivalent to 1.5 times the size of Lake Shasta, the state’s largest reservoir. The state’s own water plan identifies conservation, water recycling and improved groundwater management as the biggest sources of new water for the state. All these sources can be tapped to ensure that there’s enough fresh water to keep the delta healthy and meet the needs of Californians.


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