CleanTECH San DiegoJason Anderson, Presidentjasona@cleantechsandiego.org
*Quick fact on Evs in the region*Quick fact on solar in the region*Quick fact on street lights in SD*Quick fact on Solar to EV project*Quick fact*Quick fact*Quick fact*As an ongoing program of the San Diego Foundation's Climate Initiative and in conjunction with CleanTECH San Diego, the Business Forum on Climate Change aims to support the local business community to collaborate on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for changing climate. The forum is intended to provide an opportunity for companies to: network with like-minded companies; share challenges and opportunities associated with meeting emission reduction requirements; showcase successful strategies and learn innovative ways for businesses to take a leadership role in addressing climate change in our region
We wanted to better understand what activities companies in the region were already undertaking related to climate change, and what their appetite was to engage more on the issue and how we could help them do that.
MethodologyInterviewees: Senior VPs, VPs, or Director level10 Companies Interviewed
**-Companies, especially larger ones, believe there is a link between their sustainability efforts and employee engagement, recruitment but they have not documented this. They are looking for help to do so, and also for help to better engage and educate employees on climate and other sustainability topics. Collaboration-there was a plea for efforts to work with corporations on sustainability to work together. Feel like efforts may be starting to duplicate. Also, still feel like there is not enough regional collaboration at the planning/policy level, especially when it comes to infrastructure issues. Hunter: We need as much collaboration between groups like this one and Sustainability Roundtable, TMS circles, etc. How can we work together?? Airport: How do we get SANDAG to get serious, needs to be much more regional approach: impact on energy, roadways.
Messaging: What can the clean tech business community do to get the word out? That our businesses are concerned. SDGE: Elected officials need more info. Work on messaging. Do away with notions that climate causes money, need to show ways to make money, to improve the company-HR, operations, change outlook for the business. How can individuals and businesses have direct impact? Not one more burden, can make changes and will see improvements in HR, make things run better, put money back in general fund. Help people connect the dotswe need to do a better job with the community.
-Messaging-more work needs to be done on messaging to the public about why issue is important to local businesses
Point 1-dont want a PR showcasePoint 2-like informal networking time with policy makers in intimate setting, but want to interact with policy makers who are not already believers in climate change actionPoint 3-If they had 10 years of these dinners, awards were issued, are they associated with metrics, how have they moved the needle? Needs to better understand the reason for the dinner.LT-People want to be part of something bold and courageous and unique. If there is something well established, objectives that are clear. Need a goal or objective to make this unique and significant. People dont understand the implications of AB32. Is that a unique objective..forum addresses legislation and makes sure all businesses are on board for what this means. Every year more companies have to purchase RECs.