Green Advisory Program
The Green Advisory Program offers advice and assistance to a range of clients, including large corporations, small businesses, film productions, writers, non-profit organizations, individuals and green events/conferences. Contact us if you are looking for consultation and information on sustainability, climate change, clean energy and other related issues.
The R20 is a public-private partnership, bringing together subnational governments; businesses; financial institutions; academic institutions; non-profit organizations; intergovernmental organizations, and United Nations Programme to develop and implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects at the subnational level which can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. It is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and a regional office in the United States. Plans are underway to open an additional regional office in China in 2012. Through its 24 Members, 43 Partners and 2 Observers, the R20’s activities connect more than 560 subnational and local governments around the world.
Seventh Generation Advisors is advising the R20 on policy, project development and implementation and other efforts related to its mission.
The governance of the R20 is as follows:
- Founding Chair: Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
- President: Ms. Michele Sabban, Vice President, Ile de France (France) and President of the Assembly of European Regions
- Treasurer: Mr. Ali Belhaj, President, Oriental Region (Morocco)
- Strategic Advisor to the Founding Chair: Mr. Terry Tamminen, President of Seventh Generation Advisors
First R20 General Assembly and Governing Board Meetings
The first R20 Governing Board and General Assembly meetings in New York City on September 19th and 20th were a great success and demonstrated that the R20 is working with its stakeholders across sectors and silos to design and implement successful low carbon projects around the world. Members exchanged dialogue and ideas which enabled participants and R20 staff to identify several new low carbon and sustainable development projects where the R20 can add value by bringing together diverse project stakeholders (for example, in the State of Chiapas, Mexico, and the Delta State, Nigeria). In the coming months, SGA staff wil assist the R20 by working with their members and partners to continue to develop sustainable solutions to the problems facing member regions.
In addition, the R20 continues to make truly remarkable progress in China. As a result of the R20 China Steering Committee meeting on September 26th in Beijing, the Chinese government (National Development and Reform Commission) asked the R20 to serve as a regional development partner in China. This unique and unprecedented partnership is a tremendous start to our work in China.
In photo - left to right: R20 Strategic Advisor Terry Tamminen, Vice Chairman of the NDRC, Mr. Xie Zhenhua and R20 China Director Yufu Cheng.
“With or without international agreements, the green revolution is moving full-speed ahead in states, regions and provinces. I have seen the power these regional governments carry in influencing and creating the new ideas that spur clean innovation, reduce emissions and create jobs, and this summit is an incredible opportunity to build on our subnational successes. Together, we are ushering in a cleaner, brighter and more prosperous future that we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.” – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
For the last two years Seventh Generation Advisors has been a major sponsor and organizer of the 2008 and 2009 Governors' Global Climate Summits which were delivered groundbreaking agreements among sub national governments to lower the world’s carbon emissions. On November 15th and 16th, 2010, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme, co-hosts California Governor Schwarzenegger, Michigan Governor Granholm, Washington Governor Gregoire, Wisconsin Governor Doyle and Oregon Governor Kulongoski welcomed more than 1,500 attendees from more than 80 states, provinces and countries to the opening of the third summit - the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3: Building the Green Economy (GGCS_3) at U.C. Davis. Building on the accomplishments of the first two Governors’ Global Climate Summits, the GGCS 3 brought together leaders from around the world to collaborate on environmental protection to further the global fight against climate change with collaborative actions to help reduce emissions and build the green economy. As in previous years Seventh Generation Advisors played in integral role in organizing and facilitating the outcomes of the Summit – most significantly the launch of the R20 Regions of Climate Action.
Governors’ Global Climate Summit II -- On the Road to Copenhagen
September 30 – October 2, 2009
“Addressing the problems caused by climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our time and at this summit we heard leaders and experts from around the globe discuss the innovative steps and strategies being championed in the fight against global warming,” - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
To continue the progress made at the 2008 Governors' Global Climate Summit, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Connecticut Governor Rell, Michigan Governor Granholm, New York Governor Paterson, Oregon Governor Kulongski, Wisconsin Governor Doyle and Washington Governor Gregoire, in collaboration the United Nations Development Program, hosted The Governors' Global Climate Summit 2: On the Road to Copenhagen, in Los Angeles, California from September 30-October 3, 2009. SGA's Climate Policy Program led by Executive Director Terry Tamminen was a key participant in the planning, execution and outcomes of this historic event.
The first Governors' Global Climate Summit was a tremendous success bringing together leaders from the U.S. states, China, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, the EU and other key regions of the world. President-Elect Obama used the Summit to make a detailed and firm commitment to greenhouse gas reductions in line with the 33 “climate leadership” states, proclaiming that he will reduce emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020 and reduce them another 80 percent by 2050.