Sustainable Growth

Sustainable Growth

The Sustainable Growth Center of Expertise (COE) is working to make Silicon Valley a sustainable and livable place for all by continuing SVLG’s leadership on transportation and mobility, the housing affordability crisis, and climate mitigation strategies while supporting CA’s transition to a reliable and affordable clean energy future.

In Focus

Working groups and task forces of the Sustainable Growth Center of Expertise:

The Working Group supports several of the Sustainable Growth CoE’s major policy priorities, including the creation of a Western Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) that partners with regional clean energy markets, lower costs for everyday consumers, and accelerates regional power grid transmission across Western states. Additionally, the task force will support state and federal legislation that accelerates the adoption of critical clean infrastructure projects and streamlines traditional permitting processes.

The Task Force supports policies and programs that speed the transition to an electrified transportation sector through the adoption of zero-emissions vehicles. The task force will also promote policies and legislation that foster climate innovation, attract capital investments, and position Silicon Valley as a global leader in clean transportation.

The Task Force aligns our advocacy on environmental and clean energy investments in a potential 2024 statewide Climate Bond ballot measure, to promote Bay Area climate resilience and sustainability. The task force will also explore private sector opportunities for sustainable financing.

Sustainable Growth supports statewide policies to accelerate the pace of housing development and support Silicon Valley’s competitive edge by bringing down housing costs for everyone in the region. This COE also considers local housing projects for endorsement, prioritizing developments that are mixed-use, close to high-quality public transit, and that include affordably-priced units.

Team Member

Tim McRae

Senior Vice President, Sustainable Growth

Madison Vander Klay

Senior Associate, Climate & Housing Policy

To get involved, please contact Tim McRae at 


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We’re committed to reaching California’s ambitious climate goals and improving grid reliability by leveraging our member companies’ expertise to shape sustainable practices and economic innovation.

Tim McRae

SVLG's Sustainable Growth in the news

Sustainable Growth latest insights

SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas today applauded the White House, which today announced plans to invest over $5 billion in semiconductor-related research, development, and workforce needs, to advance President Biden’s goals of driving R&D in the United States through the CHIPS for America program. Thomas noted that California remains well-positioned to offer the highest return on investment for these federal funds.
Governor Newsom put forward a budget proposal that I believe is carefully crafted to close the $37.9 billion deficit while continuing to fund California's top priorities, from addressing climate change to encouraging innovation and supporting public safety.
Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) – the leading business association representing the innovation economy and its ecosystem – today welcomed world leaders from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group to San Francisco and the Bay Area for the annual summit promoting trade, investment, and economic development.
Governor Newsom recently signed an extensive package of housing bills, delivering important progress on tackling the state’s housing affordability and production crisis. SVLG was proud to engage on several measures, including co-sponsoring AB 1114 by Assemblymember Haney, which will address excessive permitting and construction timelines in San Francisco; supporting SB 423 by Senator Wiener, which reauthorizes SB 35, one of the state’s most impactful housing streamlining policies; and supporting AB 281 by Assemblymember Grayson, which ensures that housing projects are reviewed by special districts in a timely manner.

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If you are looking for more information on our Sustainable growth COE, please contact Tim McRae at

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