Bay Area companies vow to be green

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Coalition leaders say being green is good for business and want to change the perception that curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases will result in job losses and lower profits. “For the region, we think it has tremendously beneficial economic implications,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council, a business advocacy group. Mountain View-based Google is committed to helping combat global warming, said Robyn Beavers, who heads its corporate environmental programs. The Internet search leader offers employees a free shuttle service on buses that run on biodiesel, is working to boost its energy efficiency and serves locally grown, organic food at its company cafes. The company is also installing more than 9,200 solar panels that could provide as much as 30 percent of electricity at its headquarters, Beavers said. SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc., Gap Inc., Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and other companies pledged Thursday to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and help make the Bay Area a leader in combating global warming. More than two dozen companies joined the Business Council on Climate Change, a coalition of Bay Area businesses that promise to report and reduce carbon emissions, share the best green practices and advocate for policies to address global warming. “If the environment fails, markets fail. As contributors to the problem, companies have a responsibility to act,” said Gavin Power of the United Nations Global Compact, which seeks to promote corporate responsibility. The BC3 coalition was launched at San Francisco City Hall on Thursday at an event aimed at encouraging more businesses to join. The initiative is being organized by the Bay Area Council, city of San Francisco and UN Global Compact, which plans to promote the business-led initiative as a model for other cities and businesses worldwide. last_img read more

Hiddink: Back-in-form Eden Hazard can star for Chelsea again under Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink believes a revitalised Eden Hazard can prove the difference for incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte.Hazard won numerous individual awards for his stunning individual displays in Chelsea’s Premier League and Capital One Cup double last season but – like his team – has suffered an alarming decline in form this term.It took the Belgian playmaker until April to notch his first Premier League goal of the season, but he seems to have put his dark days behind him with four goals in his last four games for Chelsea – including the striker which sealed a draw against Tottenham to hand Leicester City the title.The 25-year-old, who has been troubled by a hip and groin problem, is finding form just the campaign comes to a close, but Hiddink has tipped Hazard to find top form again next season.“I’m pleased for this moment, but I would have been more pleased if it could have happened in February,” Hiddink said.“After his splendid season before, he has had a difficult season.“It was not just physically a problem for him but in a mental part. It’s frustrating when you’ve been the player of the year and the next year you are almost out.“We brought him back with care, starting with a full-time game against Bournemouth and then, in a more intense game, half against Spurs, and he responded very well.“So, it is important for him and for Chelsea that he’s almost back on his level where he can play and he’s enjoying it.“That’s good for the future, for himself, for the Belgium team and for Chelsea.“He has come back to his level. He can be improving as he gets more game rhythm in the upcoming time.“He’s one of the key figures in Chelsea. He can be on top of a very well organised foundation, he can be the man who can make a lot of difference in the game.” 1 Back-in-form Eden Hazard has scored four goals in four games for Chelsea last_img read more