LA Business Council Wins Major Environmental Award

June 6, 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2011

LA BUSINESS COUNCIL WINS MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

Global Green USA Recognizes LABC’s Work on Rooftop Solar & Green Building

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Business Council has been named winner of the prestigious California Environmental Leadership Award by Global Green USA. The honor underscores LABC’s groundbreaking work to bring together businesses and community leaders in support of significant environmental achievements such as the 2009 Los Angeles Green Building Ordinance and the upcoming CLEAN LA rooftop solar program.

Global Green, a leading environmental advocacy group, honored LABC at its Millennium Awards on Saturday, June 4, alongside such notables as Wendy Schmidt, president of the Schmidt Family Foundation; Mark Ruffalo, actor and activist; and Ed Begley, Jr., environmental activist.

“The work of the LA Business Council to help create a more sustainable Los Angeles and greener economy has been so important,” said Matt Petersen, President, Global Green USA. “We salute the LABC for their efforts to defeat the dirty oil Proposition 23, and for pursuing a vision Global Green has held dear for some time, finally making Los Angeles a solar city.”

Specifically, Global Green recognized LABC’s leadership on the campaign to establish a large-scale rooftop solar energy program, formally called a feed-in tariff and now known by the name CLEAN LA. The program would incentivize residents and business owners to install solar panels and sell the generated power to the local utility, LADWP, providing a significant source of clean power at a reasonable cost.

The program is in development, and the Los Angeles City Council is moving toward its passage. Already, Councilmember Jan Perry, chair of the energy & environment committee, has introduced a motion calling for a 75 MW pilot solar program, and the LADWP has agreed to include the 75 MW program in its budget plan for the coming year.

Further, Global Green USA recognized LABC for its efforts to oppose the dirty energy-sponsored Proposition 23 initiative; for hosting its annual, influential Sustainability Summit; for working in collaboration with UCLA and USC to identify opportunities for multifamily rooftop solar to benefit low-income apartment residents and create local jobs; and for leading instrumental business advocacy in support of the adoption of LA’s green building program.

In accepting the award, LABC President Mary Leslie praised Global Green USA for its work on important issues, noting that it is the only national environmental non-profit headquartered on the West Coast.

“We are honored to accept Global Green’s award as a terrific marker of the work we’ve done together on vital environmental issues,” Leslie said. “In particular, we’ve joined with Global Green in support of LA’s groundbreaking green building ordinance, and we’ve stood together in the fight against Proposition 23. Looking ahead, Global Green’s partnership is more important than ever as we seek to realize our shared dream of a vibrant solar program for Los Angeles.”

LABC Institute Chairman Brad Cox expressed gratitude to Global Green USA for its consensus-building work on important issues.

“Often, there is a false perception that environmental and business groups can’t work together,” Cox said. “The success of Global Green is in bringing together enlightened parties from all across the stakeholder spectrum. We are pleased to have their continued partnership on issues that matter to businesses, to the environmental community and to all of us.”

The California Environmental Leadership Award has been won in the past by such notables as the University of California and philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, along with the Annenberg Foundation.

Global Green USA is the American arm of Green Cross International, created by Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment. The Millennium Awards recognize the tremendous achievements – and the value shift or transformation – of individuals, organizations and corporations whose leadership embodies President Gorbachev’s call to reconnect humanity to the environment.