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Silicon Valley Firms Go Green with Alternative Energy Plan

The 210-member Silicon Valley Leadership Group Tuesday announced a "Clean and Green" 12-point alternative energy action plan that is designed to address the global warming and dependence on foreign oil. The group will work closely with some of its largest members and with the local utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The program is scheduled to be rolled out next month.

At a press conference in Santa Clara, CA, the group said it is seeking company involvement in both immediate and long-term actions that employers, communities and individuals can take not only in regard to energy, but also transportation, the environment, housing, land use, and manufacturing. A cadre of Silicon Valley CEOs is urging more companies and workers to get involved, increasing the core of more than 50 companies already committed.

"While the need to curb greenhouse gases is a global issue, we cannot wait for a global solution to effect positive change," said Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, who outlined the organization's action plan offering a number of steps companies and individuals can take.

Silicon Valley firms broke with their big business colleagues elsewhere in the state this year supporting global warming legislation that passed the state legislature and is now law (AB 32 on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and SB 1368 on power plant standards). Senior executives from Hyperion Solutions, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, ReGrid Power and PG&E joined Guardino at the news conference. Private investment firms and high-tech innovators have been embracing alternative energy as a boost for the state's economy.

"The impact of our businesses can -- and should -- go far beyond the bottom line," said Godfrey Sullivan, Hyperion Solutions CEO. "The leadership group initiative intends to harness the innovation, passion and energy for which this region is renowned to encourage positive and environmentally impactful change."

Slated to start next month, the clean-and-green plan includes major transportation initiatives and a push for more energy efficiency and renewable resource uses. Among them are alternative transportation programs, major public transit expansions in the Silicon Valley, high-speed rail development and a "Solar Industry Center for Excellence."

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