"As a bank with a unique mission to promote sustainability, we view our participation in BC3 as a critical part of our leadership in developing partnership between the private and public sectors that are necessary to overcome the formidable climate change challenges we face."
- Bill Peterson, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, New Resource Bank
BC3 Members create member-led initiatives, referred to as “Project Teams," to pursue collaborative climate solutions. Projects are participation-based and are led by a chair and facilitated by BC3 staff. Our initiatives include the following:
Congestion Management Working Group
CH2M HILL, in coordination with BC3, facilitated a technical working group to promote consensus development related to congestion pricing and other transportation-oriented strategies that are included as part of San Francisco's climate strategy. The final product of the working group will is a white paper summarizing meeting discussions and recommendations. The working group included technical experts in transportation and climate issues; representatives from relevant city departments and regional transportation agencies; and representatives of several business sectors from large employers and small to mid-size businesses in downtown San Francisco. Learn more here >>
Workplace Charging for Electric Vehicles
Aimed at rapidly expanding early adoption of electric vehicles within the business community of the Bay Area, the EV Project Team consisted of both BC3 and Bay Area Council business members. The team focused on finding solutions to encourage EV use and installation of charging equipment in a cost-effective manner. The team released "Electrify Your Business", a business guide to electric vehicles, on April 6, and is currently reaching out to Bay Area businesses with an interest in installing electric vehicle charge points. Learn more here >>
Green Tenant Toolkit Working Group
The Working Group created a Green Tenant Toolkit (GTT), as recommended by the Mayor’s Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force Report (2009). The members collaborated to find effective means to reconcile the sometimes competing interests of owners and tenants that limit sustainability goals and energy savings in commercial buildings. The GTT references existing documents, such as: model “green” lease language, a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate collaboration under the umbrella of an existing lease, a tenant checklist for key “green” tenant space criteria, allocation of costs and benefits, a scorecard or rating for disclosure of relevant criteria, and other tools identified by the Working Group. Learn more here >>
SF Climate Action Plan Business Advisory Panel
The SF CAP team was created to provide a business perspective on the San Francisco Climate Action Plan (CAP) through an advisory panel process. The CAP, first written in 2004, is being revised this year (2013). The updated plan, renamed the Climate Action Strategy, will explore measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, transportation, energy, solid waste, and personal consumption in San Francisco. The goal of the project team solicited recommendations and responses from business leaders in the Bay Area on the GHG reduction actions which will be included in the updated strategy. Learn more here >>
BC3 offers a number of employee engagement programs for business members.
What’s Your Watt? is a two-part program that allows San Francisco residents and businesses convenient access to energy meters to measure the energy use of individual appliances and electronics. This partnership of BC3, SF Environment, and the San Francisco Public Library Green Stacks program aims to spread consumer awareness of the energy use of common appliances and electronics and inspire behavior change in energy consumption, it is sponsored by Wells Fargo and PG&E. Learn more here >>
SF SunShares is a program that enables employees living in the nine county Bay Area Regions to purchase or lease discounted solar by aggregating the projects with no extra work for the employer or the company. SunShares guides employees through information sessions and the installation process – all the company needs to do is build the momentum and encourage their employees to participate through their already existing communication channels. Learn more here >>