Hanson Bridgett LLP - Sustainable Business News, an E-zine for Sustainable Practices

January / February 2010

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Hanson Bridgett's Sustainable Business Leadership Forum features monthly presentations and networking focused on advancing sustainable businesses. Past topics have included legislation, venture capital, cleantech, green building, microfinance and energy management among others. These topics are complimented with expert speakers from various sectors of the sustainable movement to discuss private/public sector initiatives, political advocacy, and corporate social responsibility. At our forums, you will get in-depth information about the opportunities, challenges, and profits associated with going green. The forum provides attendees the opportunity to learn and connect with like-minded business people who can help you advance your venture or area of interest in the sustainability movement.

If you have interest in a topic that you would like to see covered at an upcoming Sustainable Business Forum, please submit suggestions to HBSustainable@HansonBridgett.com.


Portfolio Success for the Global Citizen:
The impact of sustainability on portfolios and corporations

Sustainability: "Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs."  [Bruntland 1987]

As awareness of environmental, social, and governance factors increases, investors increasingly want portfolios that don't conflict with their values. This session will discuss how money and values can be combined, and explore the interplay between companies and investors when the theme is sustainability. What are companies doing to be sustainable?  What do investors want companies to be doing?  How can investors evaluate the sustainability of companies?  How much of an impact does sustainability investing have on companies? Join Richard Stone, CEO of Private Ocean, as he leads a panel discussion to answer these questions and offer guidance to investors interested in investing more deliberately.

Featured Speakers

Richard Stone — CEO, Private Ocean
Mark BatemanDirector of Research, IW Financial
Paul SolliPartner, Aperio Group LLC
Luis Calingo — Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer,  Dominican University

Thursday, March 4, 2010
5:30 - 8:00 PM

Hanson Bridgett LLP
Conference Facilities
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Pre-registration is required.
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Proposed Changes to the Accredited Investor Rules and State Regulation of Private Investments

The Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2009

On November 10, 2009, Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, released the 1,136-page Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2009 (the “Act”). The Act has attracted attention mainly for its proposed overhaul of the regulation of financial institutions and introduction of substantial changes in corporate governance and executive compensation for all U.S. public companies. The Act is also noteworthy for its potential to significantly change the rules applicable to private investments and who has the power to regulate such investments. Read more »

Private Equity Alert by Hanson Bridgett Assoctiate Leslie Keil

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Hanson Bridgett’s Sustainable Business Leadership Forum and partner Scott Smith are highlighted in the BetterWorld Telecom blog. Read the blog »

Partners Jonathan Storper and Teresa Pahl are highlighted in the Daily Journal article "Mixing Profits With Social Good." Read article »

Partners Teresa Pahl and Scott Smith presented at the Keiretsu Forum's Entrepreneur Funding Boot Camp. This presentation was an all-day seminar and took place at the law offices of Reed Smith in San Francisco. More information »

Partner Scott Smith spoke at the SamCERA Retreat on "Alternative Assets and Document Review."

Partner Jonathan Storper participated in a panel discussion at The Executive Council's "Value Based Sustainability: The Business Case for Green, Clean, & Lean" held at The Fairmont in San Jose. Jonathan's panel discussed "Clean Tech Post-Recovery: What’s Next? Focus on Energy." More information »

Partner Jonathan Storper is featured in the Investors’ Circle Blog “Negotiating an Angel Round Term Sheet.” This article discusses ten provisions you can almost always expect to see in a term sheet, as well as the parameters of such provisions in negotiations. Read more »

Partner Teresa Pahl is featured in the Law360 article “Q&A With Hanson Bridgett's Teresa Pahl.” In the interview Teresa discusses the most challenging deal she's worked on, problems her clients are currently facing, and gives advice to young lawyers in her practice area. ”Q: Where do you see the next wave of activity in your practice area coming from? A: I see the next wave of activity coming from companies which are committed to sustainable business practices.” Read article »

Partners Scott Smith and Jonathan Storper spoke at the Sustainable Capital Forum: "DEALing in a Hot, Flat & Crowded World" presented by Hanson Bridgett, Watershed Capital, Element Partners and BDO Seidman at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. More information »

Bay Area Entrepreneurs Workshop
BAE Workshop is dedicated to improving start-up success. Led by experts who have helped start-ups assess market opportunities, develop business plans and raise venture capital. BAE Workshop provides necessary information and skills to improve a start-up’s odds of success. More information on a series of eight weekly sessions in a Bay Area location near you »

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Presidio Graduate School’s Innovative Expert-in-Residence Program Welcomes Duke Stump

The Sustainability Experts-in-Residence Program (EIR) is the latest addition to Presidio's robust network. The Program provides another opportunity for thought leaders and experts to work collaboratively with the Presidio network to stimulate and implement innovative ideas in sustainability. Presidio is a leader in both teaching and developing cutting-edge sustainability theories and concepts with a focus on advancing practical, applied solutions. In this spirit, the Experts-in-Residence Program seeks to expand innovative sustainability thought, delivering an impact for both the School and the larger community.

It is fitting that Duke Stump, a business innovator with a passion for sustainability, joins Presidio as the first Expert-in-Residence. Duke is currently Principal and Chief Architect of The Northstar Manifesto, a dynamic leadership studio focused on cultivating and nurturing positive systemic change-makers who want to transform the world. Prior to creating The Northstar Manifesto, Duke was Chief Marketing Officer for Seventh Generation, and held a variety of senior executive leadership roles at Nike in brand (VP NIKE Brand), product (VP Product Marketing) and sales (Key Accounts).   

The Expert-in-Residence Program is just one more way in which Presidio is innovating graduate education.  Learn more about Presidio’s programs in Sustainable Management at an Information Session Tuesday, February 9th, hosted at the David Brower Center in Berkeley - one of the Bay Area's greenest buildings, and a home for environmental and social action. The evening is focused on giving prospective students a better understanding of Presidio and its programs in Sustainable Management, including an MBA, MPA and Executive Education.

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“Governor lauds green tech jobs in Richmond.” Contra Cost Times/Mercurynews.com.  

“$100 million in grants for green job training released by Dept. of Labor.” GreenforAll.org. 

“World's largest solar project prompts environmental debate.”  Oakland Tribune/insidebayarea.com. 

“Fast food goes green.” Press-Enterprise. 

“Honda eyes home fuel cell fill-up with test.” Los Angeles Business/American City Business Journals. 

“Suntech sets site for 30 MW plant in Arizona.” Reuters. 

“International Code Council set to debut new Green Construction Code in 2010.” Examiner.com. 

“Obama Calls on U.S. to Embrace Clean Nuclear Energy, Defies Opponents.” DailyTech. 

“Wal-Mart, Best Buy Join Green Electronics Initiative.” SustainableBusiness.com. 

“Supe fires new volley in S.F. bag wars.” San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate. 

“Labor Department gives an additional $150 million in green jobs training grants.” Los Angeles Times. 

“California Struggles to Find Ways to Fulfill Its Green Objectives.” BNET. 

“Calif. legislature kills 25-cent bag tax.” Plastics News. 

“Schwarzenegger plans to exempt 'green' tech manufacturing equipment from sales tax.”  All Business.com/San Bernardino County Sun.

“What They're Saying About CALGREEN.” NewsBlaze.com. 

“California: Alternative Energy Programs Offer Promising Possibilities for Recovery.” Area Development Online. 

“Insights into the Voluntary Renewable Energy Market.” Renewable Energy World. 

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Wind Power Finance & Investment SummitSan Diego, CA


GeoPower Americas 2010 San Francisco, CA


Green Technology Law and Business 2010: Legislation, Financing, Carbon Trading and SustainabilitySan Francisco, CA


Developing Sustainable Healthcare Facilities San Francisco, CA


Cleantech Forum XXVI San Francisco, CA


CEO Roundtable: California is Broken: What Would CEOs Do to Fix It? San Francisco, CA


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


Certificate in Environmental, Health & Safety Law Seminar Newport Beach, CA


Criterion Convergence VIII: The Power of Invitation New York, NY


Green California Summit Sacramento, CA


Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit San Diego, CA


Innovation - Fresh Thinking For The Ideas Economy Berkeley, CA 


Agriculture 2.0™ Palo Alto, CA


Criterion Ventures Structure Lab San Francisco, CA


25th Annual BioCycle West Coast Conference 2010 San Diego, CA


Investor’s Circle Spring Conference and Venture Fair San Francisco, CA 


Solar Leadership Summit San Ramon, CA

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“Kerry and Graham Renew Bipartisan Energy on Climate Bill.” Red Green and Blue.

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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   Yolanda C. Manzone, LEED® AP
(415) 995-5120
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