Blog: Alliance News

July 26, 2013
Alliance News - economy, environmental affairs, environmental justice, green business, sustainable landscaping, water conservation, water efficiency, water energy

On July 18, the water and environmental industries lost one of its leaders. The California Sustainability Alliance (Alliance) joins the many others mourning the loss of Lillian Kawasaki, who passed away on that day.

Ms. Kawasaki was a founding member of the Alliance’s Advisory Committee and offered invaluable advice on the organization’s start and early development. We will miss her wisdom and support, and will strive to keep her commitment to the environment and sustainability alive in the Alliance’s work.

Craig McDonald, Managing Director for Navigant Consulting and Project Director of the Alliance summed up Ms. Kawasaki’s influence: “Lillian’s insight, leadership, and vast knowledge of the water energy landscape was essential in shaping the Alliance’s great work in these fields.”

Highlights of Ms. Kawasaki career include launching the City of Los Angeles’ Environmental Affairs Department, heading the city Community Development Department and serving as assistant general manager of environmental affairs and economic development for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Additionally, she was a member of numerous state and federal water policy committees during the course of her career, serving on the board of the Water Replenishment District (WRD) of Southern California and such professional organizations as the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment.

For more on Ms. Kawasaki’s remarkable life and commitment to public service and the environment, see her obituary in the Los Angeles Times.

June 25, 2012
Alliance News - sustainability showcase
The Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA

The 2011 Sustainability Showcase Awards Luncheon held May 22nd, 2012 provided an opportunity for thought leaders and industry experts to network, share ideas and celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s award winners.

2011 Sustainability Showcase Awards Winners

Burbank Water and Power (Water Agencies)

City of Riverside (Local Government)

First Community Housing (Multifamily Housing)

Kilroy Realty Corporation (Commercial Buildings)

Honorable Mentions

City of Cathedral City (Local Government)

This year’s luncheon event included a presentation by keynote speaker Ron Nichols, General Manager of LADWP, and presentations by our Alliance Advisors to this year’s award winners.  The Showcase Awards luncheon featured some of its own best practices in sustainable event planning by hosting the event at The Energy Resource Center certified LEED® building, selecting awards made from recycled glass, serving local and organic catering options, and asking attendees to return their nametag badges for re-use.

To view photos of the luncheon and to learn more, click here.

June 13, 2012
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The Alliance's Sterring Committee Advisor Bridgett Luther.

We are pleased to announce the release of Bridgett Luther’s Advisor Committee Member Spotlight! Our Advisory Committee members are prominent within California’s sustainability sectors and our Advisor Spotlights give us the opportunity to shine a light on their commitment to sustainability and their current accomplishments and efforts in promoting sustainability within the state of California.

Bridgett Luther has had an impressive history of involvement in environmental protection.  A few of her notable efforts include founding the Carolinas office of the Trust for Public Land, serving as National Director of Development of the Republicans for Environmental Protection, serving as director of the California Department of Conservation and working with us on the Department of Conservation’s Emerald California pilot program.

Bridgett is currently the President of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization. The Institute prescribes a set of design principles, based on the laws of nature, to help businesses create products that are safe for people and the environment, and will be the global reference standard for Cradle to Cradle (C2C) product certification. To learn more about Ms. Luther, Cradle to Cradle, and her thoughts on sustainability view her full Advisor Spotlight here.

Stay tuned for more Advisor spotlights coming soon!

May 24, 2012
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Award recipients were honored at a luncheon May 12, 2012.

We are pleased to announce that the sustainability showcases for the 2011 Sustainability Showcase recipients are now available.  These online case studies highlight the winning organizations’ best practices so that others can learn about successful strategies, tools and techniques to adopt and adapt to their own sustainability efforts.

The Sustainability Showcase highlights the efforts of organizations in the state of California that are paving the way towards California’s sustainable future. The 2011 award winners have demonstrated exemplary leadership in advancing sustainability goals in their operations and communities. The following organizations have been selected as award recipients for 2011: Burbank Water and Power (Water Agencies); City of Riverside (Local Government); First Community Housing (Multifamily Housing); and Kilroy Realty Corporation (Commercial Buildings). One organization was selected for honorable mention:  City of Cathedral City (Local Government).

Use the links above or click here to view the 2011 sustainability case studies. 

March 13, 2012
Alliance News - green building

The Alliance has released the Green Tenant Guide to assist organizations through the process of greening their operations and staff behavior.The Guide incorporates content based on best practice research and is built on the belief that a sustainability program should be treated like any other venture an organization undertakes; it should make business sense, be measurable, and fit within the organization’s overall mission.  This guide recognizes that every organization’s situation is different and it will help organizations discover what makes the most sense for their situation and their audience in order to do the following:

  • Set clear and feasible sustainability goals
  • Establish buy-in and excitement
  • Define metrics
  • Communicate results

The Green Tenant Guide includes a step-by-step approach, specific strategies for greening a workplace, a sustainability program process checklist and a smart goal setting worksheet.To view or download the Green Tenant Guide click here