In the News

EBEN participants are actively promoting initiatives to reduce their resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Recent press items are listed below. If you are an EBEN participant and would like to share some news, please contact Gina Blus at PG&E, 925.348.7605.

September 20, 2012

USGBC’s California Best Buildings Challenge More than Doubles to 13 Companies

San Francisco, Calif. – (Sept. 20, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and USGBC’s Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) announced that 13 companies in California have committed to the California Best Buildings Challenge, totaling more than six million square feet of collective building space. Bayer, Integral Group, Lockheed Martin, Method, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Webcor Builders, and XL Construction join existing Challenge participants Adobe, Genentech, Google, Prudential Real Estate Investors, SAP, and Zynga.

Inspired by the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge that seeks 20 percent energy reductions by 2020, participating companies of the California Best Buildings Challenge commit to pursue 20 percent reductions in energy, water, and waste in their existing commercial buildings in just two years. Read about it in the San Francisco Business Times. For more information, read about it here: USGBC’s California Best Buildings Challenge.


August 21, 2012

PG&E, and Other Utilities Confirm Importance of Corporate Sustainability at CPUC Forum

CPUC Forum holds a day-long discussion about sustainability and how California’s investor-owned utilities are collaborating on an expanded idea of sustainability.

April 19, 2012 | UC Berkeley

CalCAP Wins Clean-air Leadership Award

UC Berkeley’s Cal Climate Action Partnership was honored Thursday with a clean air award from Breathe California.

At its awards lunch in San Francisco, the volunteer health organization recognized Berkeley, through its CalCAP initiative, for “significantly reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and demonstrating climate leadership through its student activism, broad organizational partnerships, climate action planning and financial commitment to reducing climate change.”

Berkeley was one of seven institutions, businesses and individuals to win 2012 Clean Air Awards. The Cal Climate Action Partnership, formed in 2006, is a collaboration of faculty, administration, staff and students working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus. Its initial work led Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to commit the campus to  reducing emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2014. More information is available on CalCAP’s website.


March 2012

Kaiser Permanent Pledges To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint by 30%

Kaiser Permanente, which earlier put solar generators on 11 of its California hospital rooftops, is pledging to cut its corporate carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2020, using 2008 as a benchmark.

The Oakland-based health care giant, which has nearly 9 million enrollees in nine states and the District of Columbia, called the move “an aggressive strategy to reduce its overall greenhouse emissions” in a Feb. 28 statement.

The strategy includes plans to “invest in clean and renewable energy sources” while targeting energy conservation at its hundreds of hospitals and medical office buildings nationwide. That will include building green buildings, conserving energy in existing structures and moving to on-site and off-site clean and renewable energy sources when possible.

Taking a step into political controversy land, Kaiser said that by reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and trimming energy use, it “expects to minimize its greenhouse gas emissions, which are known contributors to climate change and the rise of pollution and disease.”

The complete article is available on the San Francisco Business Times website.