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Sustainable Berkeley Moves on Measure G with Green House Gas Initiative

Berkeley, California (Thursday, November 09, 2006) - Berkeley leaders and luminaries from businesses, the University and other parts of the community working towards sustainability goals celebrated the victory of Measure G on Thursday night on the UC Berkeley campus at Green Gathering III. Mayor Tom Bates announced Sustainable Berkeley’s Green House Gas Initiative that came out of a 2-year dialogue with business leaders.    

UC Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen, co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, will invigorate the evening with his thoughts on how Berkeley can meet the Measure G mandate. Past Green Gatherings have attracted more than 150 business, community, government, and research leaders working to make Berkeley a model for combining economic vitality, environmental quality and social equity.


Sustainable Berkeley announced the winners of the first annual Berkeley Sustainability Awards. The prize celebrates community leaders who are effectively combining excellence in improving environmental health, increasing economic vitality and social equity for all.  Sustainable Berkeley, the sponsoring organization, is a new collaborative dedicated to fostering local partnerships to accelerate sustainability goals in our community.


The winners of the awards, chosen from a pool of 30 applicants are:

·         Business – “Using the Marketplace to Make Change”

o        Biofuel Oasis, www.biofueloasis.com 

o        Sun Light and Power, www.sunlightandpower.com 

o        Vital Vittles, www.vitalvittles.com 

·         Non-profit/Community Group – “Beyond Education to Action”

o        Alameda County Computer Resource Center, www.accrc.org 

o        Rising Sun Energy, www.risingsunenergy.org 

·         Public Institution – “Leading by Example.”

o        UC Berkeley, Cal Dining, http://caldining.berkeley.edu 


The Awards will be presented at Green Gathering III, a reception on the evening of Thursday, November 9, 2006.  This event, to be held in the Lipman Room of Barrows Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus, is a celebration of our community’s achievements in carbon reduction, zero waste, energy efficiency, social equity, toxics reduction, habitat restoration and green building among other areas.

For additional information, contact Bill Romain, Acting Sustainable Development Coordinator, at (510) 981-5436.


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