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January / February 2011

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Best Practices In Sustainable Management

An evening with sustainability leaders discussing how to implement best practices and maximize ROI for your organization.

Businesses play an important role in reducing our carbon footprint. At this month's Sustainable Forum, sustainable industry leaders UPS and Cisco Systems will discuss how their partnership on sustainability has helped reduce Cisco’s CO2 emissions globally. UPS and Cisco will also discuss their own internal sustainability programs and initiatives with a focus on best practices and maximizing ROI for your organization. 


PhotoNancy Parmer
Sustainability Manager

As Manager of Sustainability, Customer Solutions Group, Nancy’s expertise supports the ethical corporate practices associated with UPS’s economic, environmental and social leadership. Her position requires collaboration with external audiences, including government agencies, NGO’s, customers, and other companies, to serve as a resource for environmental knowledge, concepts and green solutions. 

Nancy was awarded the 2008 Global EXEC Women International Women of Influence Award for outstanding international contribution by a female executive in the large business category.

Nancy brings an extensive amount of domestic and international experience in logistics and transportation management. In her prior position, Director of Logistics Services for the Asia Pacific region, she was stationed in Hong Kong. Her team oversaw the build out and implementation of several multi-client logistics warehouses for clients such as GE Medical and Philips Medical Systems. Her work in China also included an open exchange and appreciation of each others’ cultural diversities.

PhotoJohn Malian
Global Supply Chain Manager - Design for Sustainability
Cisco Systems

John is a Global Supply Chain Manager in the Design for Sustainability Organization at Cisco Systems. He is a twelve-year veteran at Cisco Systems, starting within the Test Engineering Organization and moving to Environmental Sustainability in early 2009. John’s focus areas include: Life Cycle Assessment, Product Carbon Footprint, Power Efficiency, and management of the environmental impact of Cisco’s global supply chain. John received his degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics at California State University, Chico in 1998 and obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix while working at Cisco.

PhotoModerated by Jonathan Storper
Partner, Sustainable Business Group Chair
Hanson Bridgett

Thursday, March 17th
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, California
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Pre-registration is required.
Space is limited.
Cost: $45.00

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Criterion Ventures Structure Lab

Participants will have a clear understanding of the range of possible legal structures that can be employed for their newly forming venture, pros and cons of each of those structures as it applies to their prospective venture, and will be prepared to work with legal counsel to take the next steps in understanding and establishing the optimal legal structure.

Tuesday, March 8th
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, California
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The Competitive Edge Workshop Series:
Financial Tools for Green Building Investments

A Three-Part Workshop Series Presented by
USGBC-NCC and Hanson Bridgett

Learn to develop a credible green building business case and communicate its value in three groundbreaking workshops.

Part Two: Investment Analysis of Green Buildings

Thursday, March 31st
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, California
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Part Three: Financial Considerations of Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Thursday, May 12th
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, California
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Hanson Bridgett Partner Jonathan Storper graduates from the Presidio Graduate School's Executive Program in Sustainable Management, which he undertook to be of greater service to our sustainable clients.

Hanson Bridgett welcomes attorney Ron Wynn, who specializes in patent infringement, trade secret and other intellectual property litigation.

On February 3rd Teresa Pahl presented for the Keiretsu Forum Academy on “Term Sheet Considerations: Economic, Legal & Practical.”

On February 4th Teresa Pahl presented for Hastings School of Law on “Careers in Business Law.”

On February 25th Leslie Keil will present at the Legal Services for Entrepreneurs’ free MCLE brown bag lunch on “Effective Representation of Pro Bono Business Clients: Helping Low-Income Small Businesses Succeed.”

On March 1st Teresa Pahl and Jonathan Storper will present for the Plug and Play Tech Center on “Term Sheets and Convertible Notes - Structuring the Deal.”

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Raising the Sustainability Bar:
San Francisco Amends its Green Building Ordinance to Comply with CalGreen

Hanson Bridgett Real Estate Alert by David Longinotti and Annette Mathai-Jackson

Effective January 1, 2011, San Francisco has an amended and restated green building ordinance. How has it changed, and what is its effect on commercial developers?
In the Registry's August 2008 annual green building issue (link), we reported on the City of San Francisco's adoption of its then toughest-in-the-nation Green Building Ordinance (GBO).
Since then, the State of California adopted CalGreen, a mandatory green building code of its own that is effective for all new construction beginning January 1, 2011.

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Insurance Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions:
Going for the Money and The Information-Avoiding Gaps & The Abyss

Hanson Bridgett Insurance Recovery Alert by Linda Klamm and Walter Schneider

Generally, when companies are merging, acquiring or being acquired, the last issue of concern in the transac­tion is insurance. Ignoring insurance can be very expen­sive and the issues arising from a failure to pay attention to insurance may persist for years. In this article are a few rules and a check list to assist a business in maximizing coverage, avoiding gaps, learning necessary information it may not be able to discern otherwise about the other entity in the transaction, assisting a business in obtaining monies that it may be unaware that it is entitled to, and in assuring that the business is protected.

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Executive Program in Sustainable Management
A Five-Month Certificate Program

Presidio Graduate School’s distinctive executive education offers participants a way to quickly get smart about sustainable business expertise. Led by guest faculty who are expert practitioners in the field of sustainable management, the executive program integrates sustainability into every aspect of the curriculum.

Participants are required to complete a project or action plan that specifically addresses a business opportunity or problem around sustainability.

Participants are provided with a unique opportunity to:

  • Apply the frameworks of sustainable management in a real-world context
  • Access leading thought leaders and practitioners in the field of sustainable management
  • Implement a project or action plan in their organization
  • Join a highly engaged network of sustainability leaders and experts
  • Receive a Certificate in Sustainable Management

The executive program takes place over five months in San Francisco and Boston. Participants meet for two full days per month (usually Friday and Saturday) and engage between sessions with faculty and colleagues in a dynamic online environment.

West coast session begins April 28th in San Francisco with applications due March 25th.

East coast session begins May 12th in Boston with applications due April 8th.

For more information on Presidio’s Executive Certificate Program, please email certificate@presidioedu.org or contact Carl Schneebeck at (415) 655-8956.

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Keiretsu Forum invites you to attend a unique opportunity to view investment opportunities presented by companies with innovative products and services in leading industries. Are you an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit and/or passion for supporting innovation and growth? Then this meeting is for you.
Attend a Local Chapter Meeting:

  • San Francisco Meeting:  Wednesday, February 23rd from 7:30 am – 11:00 am at the City Club, San Francisco
  • North Bay Meeting: Wednesday, February 23rd from 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm at the Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross
  • East Bay Meeting: Thursday, February 24th from 7:30 am – 11:30 am at the Lafayette Veterans Building, Lafayette
  • Silicon Valley Meeting: Friday, February 25th from 8:00 am – 11:30 am at DLA Piper, East Palo Alto

RSVP: All meetings are free, email Mandy Gamarra at mandy@keiretsuforum.com to register. Please mention Hanson Bridgett in your correspondence.

Angel Capital Expo

The Angel Capital Expo event is a premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses. The event will include company pitch presentations, a panel on private equity, demo tables for startups in the leading industries in our exhibit hall and test drives in the exciting Tesla Roadster.

The Expo is an annual event organized by Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups as well as reach out to the larger investment community.

Thursday, March 24th
7:00 am - 3:30 pm

1065 La Avenida Street, Building #1
Mountain View, California

$45 discount using code PARTNER45 at checkout.

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Markets Take Power Away From Walled Gardens
Marketplaces are gaining momentum in the Social Capital Market and so are the number of intermediaries who want to measure impact. It’s a self reinforcing cycle…”

Read the full article and to learn more about SOCAP »

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Plug and Play iEXPO features 40 companies pitching to 50 Venture Capital investors looking for the next big idea. Each company selected will have the opportunity to “wow” investors for two minutes. iEXPO brings together Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs, key venture capitalists and angel investors. The one day Expo is a unique blend of presentation sessions, one-on-one demonstrations, and networking in a highly interactive, intimate, relaxed atmosphere.

Thursday, March 31st
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Plug and Play Tech Center
440 North Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, California
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This conference is designed to introduce entrepreneurs and investors to the issues and opportunities in the Smart Grid. Understanding today’s ecosystem and key players provides the foundational knowledge necessary to research market and technology feasibility. Interactive discussions with industry players will deliver insights into how your new innovations can be introduced to improve the electricity supply chain and accelerate the Smart Grid vision.

Thursday, April 14th
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Plug and Play Tech Center
440 North Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, California
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“Obama to Back Tax Incentives, Funds to Encourage Energy-Efficient Building.” Bloomberg.  

“Green jobs up 3% in 2008, Next 10 report finds.” San Francisco Chronicle. 

“Today’s Clean Tech Could Power the World by 2050.” WIRED Science. 

“Intel the Biggest Buyer of Green Energy in the U.S., Report Says.” Reuters. 

“Calif. lawmakers promote clean energy standards.” Bloomberg. 

“Alternative energy investors not seeing green yet.” CNBC. 

“How to Break Into the Green Energy Business.” Inc. 

“How to Make Your Business Greener (and Save Money).” New York Times. 

“Los Angeles' 'green zone' plan is aimed at low-income, high-pollution areas.” Los Angeles Times. 

“Endangered Elements Pose Threat To Green Energy.” Forbes. 

“Gavin Newsom Lays Out Green Agenda for California.” Greenbiz.com. 

“CBS launches green advertising initiative.” Business & Leadership. 

“Why green energy still needs Uncle Sam's help.” CNNMoney.com. 

“Waste not! Waste is a good source of energy.” Green Energy News. 

“The State of Green Business 2011.” GreenBiz.com. 

“Washington must move fast to catch clean tech wave.” Sustainable Industries. 

“California Board Approves Emissions Credits.” Environmental Leader. 

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February 2011

GeoPower Americas, San Francisco, CA

March 2011

Green California Summit
, Sacramento, CA

San Francisco Green Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

Criterion Ventures Structure Lab, San Francisco, CA

Environmental Industry Summit 2011, San Diego, CA

Greentech Media's 2011 Solar Summit, Palm Springs, CA

Cleantech Forum San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Hanson Bridgett's Sustainable Business Leadership Forum: March, San Francisco, CA

The Mysteriously Elusive Sustainability Business Case presented by NorCal Association for Strategic Planning, San Francisco, CA

Transmission Planning & Expansion West, San Francisco, CA

Keiretsu Forum 2011 Angel Capital Expo, Mountain View, CA

USGBC’s Competitive Edge Workshop Series Part Two: Investment Analysis of Green Buildings, San Francisco, CA

Plug and Play’s iEXPO, Sunnyvale, CA

April 2011

BioCycle Global 2011: International Conference On Composting, Renewable Energy & Organics Recycling, San Diego, CA

Plug and Play’s Smart Grid, Sunnyvale, CA

May 2011

The Networked Grid 2011, San Francisco, CA

USGBC’s Competitive Edge Workshop Series Part Three: Financial Considerations of Energy Efficiency Retrofits, San Francisco, CA

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Hanson Bridgett is a leading provider of legal services to organizations engaged in sustainable business.
Our clients, who range from large corporations to cutting edge start-ups and socially responsible investors, have selected us because we help them succeed and foster the growth of the sustainable business movement. Our attorneys provide legal advisory services and offer in-depth expertise in the areas of:

  • Clean Technologies
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Green Building, Transportation and Smart Development
  • Sustainable Products and Services
  • Responsible Finance
  • Corporate Responsibility and Governance
  • Responsible Branding and Promotion

Teresa V. Pahl, Partner   Teresa V. Pahl
(415) 995-5079
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Jonathan S. Storper, Partner   Jonathan S. Storper
(415) 995-5040
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Scott C. Smith, Partner   Scott C. Smith
(415) 995-5892
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Yolanda C. Manzone, Associate   Leslie A. Keil
Senior Counsel
(415) 995-5125
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