December 1, 2015



SACRAMENTO—California Gov­er­nor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and NextGen Cli­mate Founder and Pres­i­dent Tom Steyer today announced a del­e­ga­tion of Cal­i­for­nia busi­ness lead­ers who will travel to the United Nations COP 21 cli­mate nego­ti­a­tions in Paris to urge world lead­ers to reach a bold cli­mate change agree­ment. The delegation—which includes Cal­i­for­nia busi­ness lead­ers from the health­care, energy, and finan­cial ser­vices industries—will share the lessons of California’s suc­cess in build­ing a vibrant clean energy econ­omy while pro­tect­ing the envi­ron­ment and reaf­firm the busi­ness community’s sup­port for strong action to address cli­mate change.

We wel­come Cal­i­for­nia busi­nesses as key allies in our efforts to halt dan­ger­ous cli­mate change,” said Gov­er­nor Brown.

Cal­i­for­nia is show­ing the entire world how busi­ness and gov­ern­ment can come together to tackle the cli­mate cri­sis,” said Steyer. “In Paris, this del­e­ga­tion will lever­age the suc­cesses of the Cal­i­for­nia model to make the pow­er­ful eco­nomic case for a strong agree­ment to address cli­mate change.”

Led by Gov. Brown and Steyer, the del­e­ga­tion will include:

  • Jim MahoneyGlobal Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions & Pub­lic Pol­icy Exec­u­tive, Bank of America
  • K.R. Srid­harFounder and CEO,Bloom Energy
  • Thad HillPres­i­dent and CEO, Calpine
  • Thad Miller, Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Chief Legal Offi­cer and Sec­re­tary, Calpine
  • Pasquale RomanoPres­i­dent and CEO,Charge­Point
  • Nancy PfundFounder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner, DBL Part­ners
  • Sis­ter Susan Vick­ers, RSM,VP Cor­po­rate Respon­si­bil­ity, Dig­nity Health
  • Bernard J. Tyson, Chair­man and CEO of Kaiser Per­ma­nente, Kaiser Per­ma­nente
  • Ray­mond J. Bax­ter, PhD,Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit, Research and Health Pol­icy, Kaiser Per­ma­nente
  • David Crane, CEO, NRG Energy
  • Anthony Ear­ley, Chair­man, Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer and Pres­i­dent, PG&E Corporation
  • Cathy ZoiCEO, SunEdi­son Fron­tier Power
  • Rob Dav­en­port, Chair­man, Sungevity
  • Lyn­don RiveCo-​​Founder and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer,SolarCity

Cli­mate change threat­ens both busi­ness and the global econ­omy, but tran­si­tion­ing to clean energy pro­vides a crit­i­cal oppor­tu­nity for sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth. A broad coali­tion of Cal­i­for­nia busi­ness lead­ers have made invest­ing in clean energy and sus­tain­abil­ity a top pri­or­ity. Cal­i­for­nia busi­nesses are lead­ing the world in build­ing the tech­nolo­gies and infra­struc­ture crit­i­cal to shift­ing to a com­pletely clean energy economy—and as a result the state’s econ­omy is grow­ing and car­bon emis­sions are falling. In 2013—the most recent year for which data is available—California’s GDP increased 2 per­cent while capped emis­sions decreased by almost 4 per­cent. Today, more than 430,000 Cal­i­for­ni­ans work in advanced energy jobs and last year the state attracted more clean tech ven­ture cap­i­tal than the Euro­pean Union, the United King­dom, and China combined.

The del­e­ga­tion will high­light California’s global lead­er­ship on cli­mate change solu­tions and strong record of bring­ing diverse com­mu­ni­ties together to sup­port land­mark cli­mate laws. In advance of COP 21, Cal­i­for­nia has led a diverse coali­tion of more than 50 state, provin­cial, and city gov­ern­ments that are pledg­ing to cut green­house gas emis­sions 80 per­cent by 2050 through the Under2MOU. The Under2MOU builds on California’s suc­cess­ful cap-​​and-​​trade sys­tem and energy effi­ciency stan­dards that pro­mote inno­va­tion and eco­nomic growth while cut­ting car­bon pollution.

For decades, Cal­i­for­nia has been a national leader and global on the environment—and a model for how busi­ness and pol­i­cy­mak­ers can come together to com­bat cli­mate change. In Paris, the Golden State’s pro­gres­sive busi­ness com­mu­nity is using their eco­nomic power to influ­ence the global con­ver­sa­tion on cli­mate and call for a strong global frame­work to avert the worst impacts of cli­mate change and build a cleaner, stronger economy.

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NextGen Cli­mate

NextGen Cli­mate is focused on bring­ing cli­mate change to the fore­front of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. Founded by busi­nessper­son and phil­an­thropist Tom Steyer in 2013, NextGen Cli­mate acts polit­i­cally to pre­vent cli­mate dis­as­ter and pro­mote pros­per­ity for all Americans.

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