Date: Wednesday March 11, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Location: World Resources Simulation Center 1088 Third Ave San Diego, CA 92101 (corner of Third Ave and C Street - next to the Civic Center Trolley stop) Free Event For Members $10 Non Members Event Summary: This evening we will hear from Sustainable Leaders in California who will share their lessons learned and best practices for moving toward 100% Renewable Cities. Event Detail: San Diego has made the pledge to become a 100% clean energy city by 2035. Councilman Gloria and Mayor Faulconer have endorsed this goal through the Climate Action Plan (CAP), but we still have a long way to go to meet this target. Others cities are on the path and some have already succeeded. Join us for this evening, and also join in the effort to make "100% Renewable San Diego" a reality. Speaker Detail: Gil Friend Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Palo Alto, CA. Founder and Chairman, Natural Logic Inc. Author, The Truth About Green Business. Inaugural member, Sustainability Hall of Fame. Lifelong social entrepreneur and sustainability geek. Gil is widely considered one of the founders of the sustainable business movement, and was named an inaugural member of the Sustainability Hall of Fame (with Ray Anderson, Amory Lovins, Karl-Henrik Robert and Bob Willard), and "one of the 10 most influential sustainability voices in America" by The Guardian. R. Rex Parris Lancaster native R. Rex Parris became the City's third directly-elected mayor in April 2008. His immediate aggressive stance regarding the overall well-being of Lancaster residents quickly generated dramatic results which have gained nationwide recognition. Due to his fervent dedication to progress, strong leadership style and many accomplishments toward the evolution of his hometown, Parris was re-elected in 2010 and 2012. The latter extended his mayoral duties for another four years. Terry Vernon Manager of Capital Projects, Sustainability and Energy for Yolo County. Terry has spent the last 5 years developing Sustainable Energy for Yolo County. The projects he developed not only required a zero capital investment from the County; it also eliminated a $1.4 million dollar electric bill. In addition, the solar systems generate $400,000+ in annual revenue and produce 152% more electricity than the county needs. Terry has extensive knowledge and background in renewable energy development, waste to energy, energy reduction and efficiency. Garrett Wong Garrett has created is Santa Monica's 15×15 Climate Action Plan where he helps lead the City's climate action planning efforts to meet the City's 2015 emissions reduction goal of 15% below 1990 levels. He is also responsible for providing administrative and program support for the City's Sustainability Advisory Team, an interdepartmental employee group to lead sustainability efforts throughout the organization. City of Palo Alto CA The City of Palo Alto is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in California's Bay Area. Approximately 35 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles north of San Jose, the city has a population of about 63,000 people. Palo Alto owns its utilities, so the local government can choose how to run them in the best interest of local citizens. In July 2013, the City Council voted to make the city's electricity supply 100% renewable as part of the city's commitment to carbon neutrality. City of Lancaster CA Lancaster is a city of approximately 156,000 people located 70 miles north of Los Angeles and covering 94 square miles of the Antelope Valley. Lying along the western edge of the Mojave Desert, Lancaster is rich in sunshine and wind resources. The city aims to harness its more than 350 annual days of sunshine to generate solar energy, producing as much power as the community utilizes. By accomplishing this feat, Lancaster aims to become one of the world's first net zero cities for electricity use by 2020. Yolo County, CA Yolo County staff has been attending meetings of the California Air Resources Board, the Climate Action Team, and other state bodies charged with implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, as well as monitoring activities of the California Supervisors Association of California and the League of California Cities. Implementation of state programs and policies to meet mandated reductions will involve many different parts of county government, including planning, land use, emergency services, solid waste management, and transportation. By monitoring these agencies the Board of Supervisors will be advised of opportunities and potential issues. City of Santa Monica Sustainable Santa Monica uses the power of community to enhance our resources, prevent harm to the natural environment and human health, and benefit the social and economic well-being of the community for the sake of current and future generations. All Speakers will join us via Skype from their respective cities. It will take years - but we must start now. Date: Wednesday March 11, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Location: World Resources Simulation Center 1088 Third Ave San Diego, CA 92101 (corner of Third Ave and C Street - next to the Civic Center Trolley stop) Free Event for Members $10 Non Members Please join us - and bring your personal experiences and questions! Look for other events on our CALENDAR Additional Details: Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Free Parking: Horton Plaza has 3 hour free parking with validation. or Best parking is at street meters, green and yellow curbs. All are free after 6 pm. If possible we suggest you use the Trolley. Civic Center stop is right outside our door!