SAN JOSE, CA (June 16, 2022) – Citing the “existential threat to civilization” posed by the climate crisis, former Vice President Al Gore today joined the chorus of leading global voices calling for new, more effective leadership at the World Bank at the “ESG to Carbon Free Summit,” presented by Western Digital and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG).
As Vice President for Environmental Policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Mary Holing is a passionate advocate for climate action at the intersection of business and government.
Mary leads SVLG’s Silicon Valley Climate Collective, which regularly convenes SVLG member company CEOs with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in order to coordinate their efforts to combat climate change in a way that simultaneously invigorates and supports U.S. businesses. The Climate Collective demonstrates how clean technology and sustainability practices can safeguard the climate and grow the economy at the same time.
SAN JOSE, CA (May 20, 2022) — Ahmad Thomas, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, issued the following statement today in response to the release of Governor Newsom’s May Revise for FY 2022-23:
“The Silicon Valley Leadership Group thanks Governor Newsom for proposing a budget designed to help tackle our state’s most pressing problems, while providing a strong framework for growth and renewal as we emerge from an unprecedented global pandemic…”
In an Executive Roundtable moderated by Jason Baker, SVP of Health, Housing and Transportation Policy on April 4, special guest Congressman Ro Khanna spoke to SVLG members about his key concerns and initiatives, including Biden’s Build Back Better framework, well-crafted antitrust legislation, and U.S.-based manufacturing.
In a roundtable discussion on climate leadership in the Golden State on March 22, Lauren Sanchez, Senior Climate Advisor for Governor Newsom, shared the latest insights from Sacramento on topics including natural gas resources, EV charging, environmental justice, and carbon capture.
SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas releases a statement on the verdict of Kyle Rittenhouse.
SAN JOSÉ, CA (Nov 15, 2021) —Ahmad Thomas, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, issued the following statement applauding President Biden’s signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package. “SVLG applauds President Biden and Congressional leaders for today’s signing ceremony to celebrate passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package. The enactment of this comprehensive package will help sustain Silicon Valley’s leadership as the global leader in innovation by expanding access to broadband in underserved communities, provide dedicated funding for regional transportation priority projects, and invest in the upgrade of existing power and new, clean technology infrastructure,” said Thomas. “We urge leaders in Washington to continue to prioritize the investment in a zero-emissions future with a suite of clean energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation tax credits and funding the “Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator,” which can provide funding for states, cities, communities, and companies may further develop and scale low-and zero-emission energy technologies, climate resiliency projects, and Green Banks.”
SAN JOSÉ, CA (October 29, 2021) — California Governor Gavin Newsom today spoke to the Administration’s bold plans to shore up the Golden State’s innovation economy and create greater shared economic value for all Californians at the 2021 Annual Forum, presented by Amazon. While touting the state’s historic investments of more than $100 billion in recovery and rebuilding efforts, Governor Newsom also emphasized the essential role of public-private partnerships in addressing statewide challenging ranging from homelessness to COVID-19 pandemic response, from clean water access to expanded access to technology equipment and internet access.
San José, CA (September 23, 2021) — “As one of the first business groups to prioritize aggressively fighting climate change, SVLG applauds the leadership of Governor Newsom today to make the largest investment in state history to address its impacts and protect our communities. We need innovative solutions and bold action now, if we are going to secure California’s innovation ecosystem and protect our communities against worsening wildfires, rising sea levels and more severe periods of drought. That action came today and we are delighted that the Governor signed SB 1 as part of his climate package, a critical tool to fortify against sea level rise here in the Bay Area. We also applaud the Newsom Administration’s historic $3.9 billion investment in Zero Emissions Vehicles and infrastructure to transform the market and put us on the path to meeting the state’s goal of all new electric car sales by 2035. These investments are a strong step towards ensuring California and our economy are resilient as we confront the climate crisis.”
Rooftop solar is a “hot” topic in California this year – no pun intended. To meet the ambitious climate targets we need for a livable future, California needs our local solar sector to continue to grow.
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