4th Annual David Brower Dinner
Friday, October 4, 2013
Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco
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Ticket price: $225 per person.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Parc 55 Hotel | 55 Cyril Magnin St. | San Francisco
CA State Senator Leland Yee * Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates * California Energy Commissioner David Hochschild
Earthjustice * Ella Baker Center for Human Rights * Lynn Jurich, CEO, Sunrun
Phil Burton Badge of Courage Award
Our Phil Burton Badge of Courage Award will go to State Senator Loni Hancock, a forceful advocate for environmental protection, economic justice, educational reform, open government and getting money out of politics. Prior to her election to the California State Senate in 2008, she served three terms in the California State Assembly and was the first woman elected mayor of the City of Berkeley. She served as the Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation, and in both the Carter and Clinton Administrations.
Senator Hancock currently represents the 9th State Senate District, which runs along the eastern shore of the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays from Rodeo to San Leandro. She chairs the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary. In addition, Senator Hancock serves on the Environmental Quality, Education, Budget and Fiscal Review, and Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committees.
Throughout her career, Senator Hancock has sustained a strong commitment to environmental protection. As a member of the Berkeley City Council, she successfully worked to preserve the Berkeley Marina from development and protect local wildlife. In the State Legislature, she has passed historic environmental legislation to protect open space, improve air and water quality, expand recycling, and promote healthy city-infill strategies. She has also been a dynamic leader of legislative efforts to protect communities against the impact of major polluters and has fought for effective clean up in the aftermath of major incidents -- from the Zeneca site along the Richmond shoreline, to the Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. Currently, in response to last year’s fire at the Richmond Chevron refinery, Senator Hancock is carrying legislation to allow for greater oversight of refinery safety and to increase the civil penalties large air polluters must pay for serious violations of air quality in major incidents.
At the dinner, we'll give our annual Trailblazer Award to Mosaic, the world's first online marketplace to connect investors directly to high-quality solar projects. The transition to a clean energy powered planet will require trillions of dollars of investment in coming years. Mosaic aims to open up this historic opportunity to everyone by democratizing the way energy is produced and financed. Mosaic has shifted the financing paradigm from the bricks-and-mortar banking model to a transparent, agile online investment that lowers fees and strips out the loaded costs, to provide investors solid returns. Every Mosaic project is carefully vetted and structured to minimize risk while maximizing benefits to investors and to the planet.
In less than a year, Mosaic has enabled 2,000 investors to fund $3 million of solar projects. Several of the company's earliest projects were in Oakland, at Youth Employment Partnership, the Asian Resource Center, and People's Grocery. The Bay Chapter applauds Mosaic's efforts to create a new way to increase use of solar energy, and provide community benefits while fighting climate change.
We are honored to have Tom Steyer as our Keynote speaker. Retiring from his role as founder and managing partner in Farallon Capital Management LLC in 2012, Tom served as chair for Yes on Proposition 39, which closed a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations and created clean energy jobs in California. In 2010, Tom teamed with former Secretary of State George Shultz to defeat California’s Proposition 23, an effort by out-of-state oil companies to dismantle California’s groundbreaking clean energy law, AB 32.
Tom and his wife founded the Oakland-based One PacificCoast Bank and Foundation, which provides banking services to underserved communities, along the west coast, as well as two renewable-energy research institutions at Stanford University. Tom has created a number of nonprofits including Advanced Energy Economy and Next Generation.
Tom served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 2004 and 2008 and is a boardmember of the Center for American Progress. His personal support for the “Forward on Climate” agenda urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline has been instrumental in moving the administration. He made the rejection of the Keystone XL a litmus test in the special election to replace Senator John Kerry in Massachusetts and will continue this work into the midterm elections. He demands that we stop subsidizing fossil-fuel consumption and calls for an oil-severance tax. Like Mosaic, Steyer is helping to create solutions to the climate crisis with economic drivers, while creating political support for climate action.
Ticket price: $225 per person
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