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Hanson Bridgett's Sustainable Business Forum features monthly presentations and networking focused on advancing sustainable businesses. Past topics have included legislation, 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.

Upcoming August Forum:
Our August Forum will feature speaker Adam Werbach, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S and author of the upcoming book Strategy for Sustainability, to be published by Harvard Business Press in July 2009. Werbach is widely known as one of the foremost experts in sustainability strategy. In 1996, at age 23, Werbach was elected the youngest-ever President of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the United States. Since then, Werbach has declared environmentalism dead, built and sold three companies, and merged with global ideas company Saatchi & Saatchi to create the world's largest sustainability agency, Saatchi & Saatchi S.

Additional speakers for August to be announced.

Featured Speaker:
Adam Werbach — CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi S

Thursday, August 6
5:30–8:00 PM

Location: Hanson Bridgett LLP
Conference Facilities
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Pre-registration is required.
Space is limited.


These events (and their attendees) may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded by Hanson Bridgett LLP. By attending, you consent in perpetuity to any and all uses of your image, voice, or other participation in the event in any such recording.

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"Agriculture Offsets—a Savior or a Boondoggle?" New York Times

A dispute is heating up over the role of farms and forests in climate legislation.

Supporters of agricultural offsets, which fund projects that do things like install methane capture systems over animal-waste lagoons, say they are critical in helping the United States meet mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas output.

But others raise questions about whether a global warming bill under consideration in the House could fall apart because of uncertainties about how to measure, verify and enforce these offsets.

Click here to read further about carbon offsets, agriculture and the Waxman-Markey bill

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Partner Jonathan Storper highlighted in "Making the B List" published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2009. The article is found in the "What Works" section of the review, and discusses how the B Corp seal of approval distinguishes truly responsible businesses from mere poseurs.
Partner Scott Smith co-presented "Micro Multi-Nationals: A New Global Start Up" at the Quickstart Global, Investor Academy held at Hanson Bridgett. Fellow panelists include Kaushal Chokshi, Co-founder and Chairman and Interim US CEO of Quickstart Global, Inc; Stephen Belomy, CEO of Kailea Networks, Inc; Alfonso Perez, VP of Development at Solbright and Les Berkes, Director of Leadership & Management at Hewlett-Packard Company. To view the past invitation, click here.
Hanson Bridgett hosted a "Leadership Forum on Climate Change" which was presented by the San Francisco Carbon Collaborative. This forum session focused on the direction of Federal Climate Change Policy including USEPA's recently proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule, Endangerment Finding, Renewable Fuel Standard, and Mobile Source GHG Standards. To view the past invitation, click here.

Investors' Circle is currently accepting applications for its Fall Conference and Venture Fair to be held November 15th–17th, 2009 in Washington, DC. Seeking capital for your social venture? Present your deal to the largest and oldest network of early-stage investors dedicated to funding mission-driven companies. Application deadline: July 31, 2009. For more information, click here.

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. For more information on a series of eight weekly sessions in a Bay Area location near you, click here.

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Presidio MBA Graduating Class Nearly Quadruples in Four Years

Presidio School of Management, which offers innovative graduate education in sustainable management, had 76 MBA students graduate at their annual commencement ceremony, almost quadruple the number since the first graduating class in 2005. The 2009 graduates join the ranks of other Presidio MBA graduates who are leading a broad cross-section of corporations, nonprofits, government organizations and entrepreneurial ventures to be socially and environmentally responsible and financially successful.

The Presidio MBA remains one of the only programs in the country that fully integrates sustainability into all courses. As sustainable management continues to gain visibility, Presidio has experienced unprecedented growth in enrollment since 2003 when the School launched its MBA in Sustainable Management program with 22 students. The School now boasts nearly 600 students and graduates in its MBA and Executive programs. This fall the School is launching a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Sustainable Management—the first degree of its kind. Learn more about Presidio School of Management.

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"The Profit in Nonprofit." Stanford Social Innovation Review

"US 'Green-Collar' Jobs, Hit By Recession, Seen Growing - Study." Wall Street Journal

"California leading growth in nation's green jobs economy, study finds." Los Angeles Times

"Energy Pathways for the California Economy; California Climate Risk and Response; Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California." Reports from the Center for Energy Resources and Economic Stability

"New map plots California's green companies." Mother Nature Network

"What do we talk about when we talk about green careers?" Examiner.com, SF Green Careers Examiner Blog

"SF mandatory compost law is food for thought." Mercurynews.com

"Green Academy in works at Woodside High." The Almanac Online

"Mass Marketing Small Wind." Green Energy News

"AP Interview: Siemens CEO eyeing green energy tech." Associate Press on Forbes.com

"DOE sets aside $300M for autos, solar, carbon capture." Cleantech Group

"Kmart, Tender and Dyna-E Charged with Making False Biodegradable Claims." GreenBiz.com

"Several Studies Say Conscious Consumers Willing to Pay More for Green." GreenBiz.com

"New grant incentivizes land conservation." Sustainable Industries

"Outsmarting the grid." Sustainable Industries

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  July 2009
14   Clean Tech Breakfast #3: World Water Crisis: Technology Based Solutions—Palo Alto, CA
14–16   Intersolar North America Conference and Exhibition—San Francisco, CA
27–30   Waterpower XVI—Spokane, WA
  August 2009
6   Hanson Bridgett's Sustainable Business Leadership Forum—San Francisco, CA
10–13   Plug-In 2009—Long Beach, CA
  September 2009
1–3   Social Capital Markets 2009—San Francisco, CA
29–30   2nd Renewable Energy Finance Forum West (REFF-WEST)—San Francisco, CA
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California Legislation
"Legislation Could Boost Solar in California."  KPBS

Federal Legislation
"New Legislation Aims To Close 'Halliburton Loophole'."  Reuters
"Govt takes on unions, green groups."  ABC News

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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
    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
Jonathan S. Storper, Partner   Jonathan S. Storper
(415) 995-5040
Scott C. Smith, Partner   Scott C. Smith
(415) 995-5892
Yolanda C. Manzone, Associate   Yolanda C. Manzone, LEED® AP
(415) 995-5120

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