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Joint Venture wins Governor's Environmental Leadership Award

Renewable Energy Procurement Project honored in Capitol ceremonies

SACRAMENTO – December 13, 2011 - Joint Venture Silicon Valley has won a 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its Silicon Valley Collaborative Renewable Energy Procurement Project, the governor’s office announced today.

GEELA is California's highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, and building public-private partnerships.

“Joint Venture Silicon Valley is a true leader,” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez. “They prove that you can support and promote environmental values without sacrificing your business objectives. They understand that going green can be a successful economic strategy that can also lead to sustainable growth and development.”

“This is a significant honor for Joint Venture that recognizes our leadership in convening Silicon Valley leaders around important issues for our region,” said Rachel Massaro, associate director of climate initiatives. 

The Renewable Energy Procurement Project is currently the largest multi-agency procurement of renewable energy in the United States.  It involves 70 sites at 43 locations, and collaboration across nine public agencies. The carport, rooftop, and ground-mounted systems are located at community centers, city halls, fire stations, police stations, office buildings, senior centers, libraries, clinics, and other publicly owned facilities.

Some examples include South Bayside Waste Management Authority’s new recycling and waste transfer facility in San Carlos, Cupertino’s corporate yard, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s bus depots.

GEELA award recipients are chosen in 12 different categories based on their strength in eight specific areas including results, transferability, environmental impact, resource conservation, economic progress, innovation and uniqueness, pollution prevention, and environmental justice.

Joint Venture won in the Environmental and Economic Partnerships category. Accepting the award for Joint Venture in ceremonies at the East End Complex Auditorium were Rachel Massaro, Ben Foster of Optony and the Climate Prosperity Council, and Santa Clara County officials Miguel Marquez, Siva Darbhamulla and Lin Ortega.

The Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards program was established in 1993. The award program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency in collaboration with the State and Consumer Services Agency; the Department of Food and Agriculture; Labor and Workforce Development Agency; the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; and, the Health and Human Services Agency.

For more information on GEELA and this year's award recipients, visit the Cal/EPA Web site: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.

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