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Big Day, Bigger Impact - An Interview with Linda Cutler

Other
May 02, 2017
The Big Day of Giving , the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s initiative to grow local philanthropy, is coming up tomorrow, May 4! Since its inception, the online giving challenge has raised more than $16 million for local nonprofits from over 36,000 donors here in the Sacramento region and abroad. Talk about impact! I had the chance to ask the Foundation’s CEO, Linda Cutler , some...+ Read more

'Internet for All Now' Becoming a Reality

Blog: Project Update
Apr 27, 2017
On April 26, the Internet for All Now Act (AB 1665-Garcia), also known as IFAN, was heard in the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee. Through a strong stakeholder process, a framework has been agreed to for the legislation which includes the following: $300M for the Infrastructure Account with the goal to achieve 98% deployment in each region ($270M has been authorized to date and...+ Read more

Festivals, Hippies, and Economic Development

Blog: Randomness
Apr 19, 2017
Imagine that you are hippie-dancing out in the woods to crazy electronic music . It is a blur of multicolored lasers, thumping bass, art installations, and people dressed like extras in a Mad Max movie. It smells a lot like wood smoke, and some other types of smoke. Perhaps this festival scene sounds like utterly unproductive nonsense? Or maybe the ideal way to spend a Saturday? It's actually...+ Read more
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Air Quality Efforts Pay Off for Sacramento Region

News release
Apr 19, 2017
Air quality efforts pay off for Sacramento Region Region’s air quality has improved, but more work remains to be done SACRAMENTO, CA —In its account of the nation’s air quality, the American Lung Association (ALA) released a State of the Air 2017 report today that grades U.S. counties on harmful ozone and particle pollution recorded over a three-year period, and details trends for metropolitan...+ Read more
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Business Leaping to Lead on Climate Action

Blog: Project Update
Apr 19, 2017
To say that this is a time of both great uncertainty and great urgency in the climate action world is no overstatement. Sweeping changes – both proposed and already underway – within the federal government are creating either a void or an opportunity (depending on one’s perspective) into which businesses are stepping into larger and more influential roles. Some of the just most recent examples,...+ Read more

In Defense of Cap and Trade

Press coverage
Apr 19, 2017
When it came to relocating their U.S. headquarters, electric bus manufacturer Proterra followed the market. In 2015, Proterra set up shop in Burlingame, California in response to our state’s growing appetite for electric vehicles. The company later opened a second facility in City of Industry, bringing a total of 100 new jobs to California with plans to nearly double that by the end of this year...+ Read more

Business Will Lead on Climate Action

Blog: Project Update
Apr 05, 2017
On the final day of March, nearly 50 people from across the greater Sacramento region joined the Cleaner Air Partnership quarterly luncheon to hear about why business will lead on climate action. Given the change in administration at the federal level, a great deal of uncertainty with federal policy exists. As many leaders with expertise in clean economy related fields have pointed out, there’s...+ Read more

Dare to Create Lasting Change

Blog: Project Update
Apr 05, 2017
“ No individual or organization acting alone is capable of solving Sacramento's (or the world's) most complicated challenges. Rather, to achieve lasting, meaningful change, we must develop an ecosystem of healthy organizations working at scale and in partnership across sectors .” – Daniel Kaufman , Co-Founder and Principal at Third Plateau and panelist. At Valley Vision, our mission is to make...+ Read more
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Sacramento’s Innovation Agenda Goes to Washington

Blog: Project Update
Mar 23, 2017
In March a group of nearly 90 leaders from across the Sacramento region descended on an unusually cold Washington D.C. for an advocacy trip to spotlight local priorities to the federal government, with a focus on the agencies of the new Administration. The day after participants returned home, the President released his proposed budget for 2017-18, which poses significant impacts to many of the...+ Read more
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Volunteers Mulch, Plant, and Glean for Good

Blog: Randomness
Mar 22, 2017
‘ Investing in the future ’ can mean anything from financing a company to starting a family. Two activities that exemplify this phrase well: planting a tree and harvesting surplus fruit to feed the hungry. Investing one’s time? Check. Building a better future for our communities? Absolutely. Having fun? Definitely! On Saturday, March 18, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a very special event...+ Read more

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