Silicon Valley Leadership Group Energy and Sustainability Summit 2016
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) is a non-profit organization that supports activities that drive community engagement and serves as a forum for non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues affecting the Silicon Valley region, including education, energy, environmental protection, health, housing land use and transportation.
The SVLG hosted their 4th Annual Energy and Sustainability Summit at Oracle and the summit featured thought leaders from academia, government, and business. The Summit addressed the historic climate agreement reached at COP21 in Paris in December 2015 and the passage of new climate laws in California like SB 350. The Summit focused on utilizing cutting edge innovative technologies and what can be done on a practical level to prepare for a changing policy and regulatory landscape.
Governor Schwarzenegger understands the importance of innovation as an economic engine, and throughout his tenure in the Governor’s Office supported policies that enabled business leaders in California and the Silicon Valley to remain global leaders and job creators. The Schwarzenegger Institute is proud continue that legacy and to partner with organizations like the SVLG.
Global Director Bonnie Reiss participated in the summit and shared her perspective on a panel discussing how to meet the goals set at the COP 21 in Paris, and what the transition to clean energy will look like. With over 75,000 jobs created in California in the solar industry alone, more than all the jobs in the coal industry in the U.S., it was clear that California business leaders support smart public policies that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and help transition to a clean energy economy.