June 28, 2012
Contact: Jenesse Miller, CLCV – 510.844.0235
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (June 28, 2012) – The California League of Conservation Voters—the nonpartisan political action arm of California’s environmental movement—celebrates four of California’s leading environmental champions at its annual Environmental Leadership Awards gala event in San Francisco today.
“CLCV is proud to honor these extraordinary environmental champions who have demonstrated courage, leadership, and vision in helping to build a greener California for future generations,” said CLCV chief executive officer Sarah Rose. “We also celebrate CLCV’s 40th anniversary as the political action arm of California’s environmental movement, and honor all those who have supported our mission of electing our state’s most effective environmental leaders.”
CLCV presents the Environmental Leadership Awards to the following individuals:
Tom Adams, receiving the “Byron Sher Lifetime Achievement Award,” is former President of the CLCV Board of Directors, a leader in campaigns to defeat anti-environmental statewide ballot initiatives (Propositions 90, 98 and 23) and a recognized expert on the California Environmental Quality Act. Adams represented CLCV as a principal co-sponsor of SB 375 a landmark bill that links climate, transportation and land use policy.
Martha Guzman-Aceves was appointed deputy legislative secretary for Environment, Energy, Water, and Agriculture by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. Previously she represented the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) on issues related to farm worker health and safety and environmental justice. Her recent regulatory and legislative victories include the enactment of a Heat Illness Prevention Standard through Cal OSHA and the Pesticide Drift Exposure Response Act, SB 391.
Tom Steyer is a business leader, philanthropist and champion for a clean energy economy. He is the founder of Farallon Capital Management. Along with his wife, Kat Taylor, he founded the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford University to address the challenge of climate change. In 2010, Steyer joined former Secretary of State George Schultz to co-chair the successful campaign that defeated Proposition 23.
Tom Werner has served as SunPower Corporation's CEO and as a member of the SunPower Board of Directors since June of 2003. Prior to joining SunPower, he held the position of CEO of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company.
“Tom Adams has spent a lifetime as a champion for California’s landmark public health and environmental laws. Martha Guzman-Aceves has helped farmworkers and others claim their power and bring dignity and justice to their communities. Tom Steyer is a game-changing champion for a clean energy economy. Tom Werner is leveraging solar technology to make clean energy the standard for California and beyond,” said Rose. “They inspire all of us to be extraordinary by actively participating in the environmental progress that makes California unique.”
“As we honor these outstanding environmental leaders, we ask you to join them, CLCV and all of us in the fight for California’s future,” said Chair of the CLCV Board, Rick Zbur. "By working together to elect the right leaders in November’s General Election, we can ensure that California continues to be the national leader in environmental protection, environmental justice and clean energy success.”
More information about the event, including biographies of all of the honorees, can be found online at http://www.ecovote.org/awards/.
About the California League of Conservation Voters:
The political muscle of the environmental movement in America’s leading environmental state, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental political action organization. CLCV uses sophisticated campaign tools to help elect pro-environment officials – and to hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year. For more information, visit www.ecovote.org.