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Mayor holds green meeting at Sac State


Sacramento State was the host site for Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Greenwise green initiative meeting Tuesday, Aug. 17.

Michael A. Ward

Sacramento State was the host location for Mayor Kevin Johnson's Greenwise green initiative meeting Tuesday, Aug. 17. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco mayor and California lieutenant governor candidate, was the featured speaker.

Greenwise is the mayor's initiative to transform Sacramento into what he calls "the Emerald Valley," one of the most environmentally conscious regions of the country and a hub of green technology, says Bernadette Halbrook, Sacramento State associate director of Civic Affairs.   

"The mayor wants the world to turn to Sacramento for leadership in sustainability in much the same way that we look to Wall Street for investment, Washington D.C. for government and Hollywood for entertainment," she says.

The monthly public meetings, which began in May and will continue through December, involve leaders from business and industry, academia, non-profits and government.

"Sacramento State's strong science, business and engineering programs make our campus an ideal partner in the region's green growth initiative," Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez says. "Our faculty possesses cutting-edge expertise in energy, technology and sustainability, and our students will become the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders in this important sector."

Sacramento State has engaged in several projects to help make the region a destination for smart growth and green innovation.

Recently, the University's American River Courtyard residence hall received national green certifications. The ARC was certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The campus is also home to the California Smart Grid Center at Sacramento State, a collaborative effort with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and other community partners to incorporate digital technology to reduce electricity costs by providing more efficient energy delivery.

"Greenwise is important because Sacramento is already a national leader in green technology and sustainability, but we don't brag about our accomplishments and tremendous resources as much as we probably should," Halbrook says. "Greenwise seeks to change that." 

For more information on the Greenwise Initiative, visit or call Halbrook at (916) 278-8758.