I am happy to serve on the Honorary Committee for the silver anniversary of the Clean Air Awards. Join more than 200 Bay Area dignitaries, leaders and innovators in recognizing the outstanding contributions made by businesses, organizations and individuals in the Bay Area in advancing clean air and improving air quality.
25th Annual Clean Air Awards
Thursday, May 21
11:30 am Reception
12 noon Luncheon & Awards
The Westin St. Francis
Alexandra’s Ballroom – 32nd Floor
335 Powell Street
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Mark Leno, SF Mayor Ed Lee, Jack Broadbent of BAAQMD, Carl Guardino of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Nadine Weil
- Emcee Mike Sugerman of KPIX 5 and KCBS
- Keynote Speaker Deborah Raphael, Director, SF Dept. of the Environment
- Clean Air Awards
- Champagne Reception
- Delicious Luncheon
- Breathtaking Views
- Networking with Environmental Leaders
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Presenting), Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, MTC, Heart of Green
In its landmark 25th year, Breathe California’s 2015 Clean Air Awards will bring together nearly 200 Bay Area leaders committed to addressing and solving the biggest environmental issues of our times. Nominees include civic, business, health, and education leaders that are making a positive impact on Bay Area air quality through their leadership, advances in technology, research, and education.
In thinking about clean air, I look forward to a day when the majority of cars and trucks on the road will be 100% electric or at least plug-in hybrid. I think this will help air quality significantly. As a daily pedestrian, I am frequently subjected to puffs of exhaust fumes coming from diesel trucks, scooters, buses, and more. I can imagine that cyclists have the same experience. Diesel particulates are known carcinogens according to the World Health Organization. As we encourage more people to walk and bike, we must continue to clean up the air at the same time.
Hybrid cars are intelligent in that they shut off at stop lights and do not idle. Electric cars are the ultimate example of this. Texting-while-idling is a new phenomena that wouldn't matter if cars were cleaner and more intelligent. I am encouraged by the wonderful CA Senate bill SB 1204 sponsored by Senator Ricardo Lara that passed in 2014 enabling Cleaner Trucks and Buses with zero or near-zero emissions in CA. This must be the future.
We hope to see you at the awards!