Washington, D.C. – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) held a panel discussion program entitled “How Going Green saves Money, Jobs & Improves Lives,” at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose today. The discussion program focused on the growing “green” technology market and on the integration of those technologies. Rep. Zoe Lofgren was joined by Rep. Mike Honda (D-Campbell), House of Representatives Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Santa Clara County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado for the discussion with environmental leaders of Fortune 500 companies which have made significant efforts in “going green” themselves. Representatives from Adobe, Applied Materials, Echelon, Google, Intel, Sun Microsystems, Xilinx, joined the discussions to detail their companies’ green technology efforts.
“Silicon Valley has always had a reputation for innovative leadership,” noted Rep. Zoe Lofgren. “Business leaders in the valley realized early on that the coming green revolution would be good for both the planet and their balance sheets. Once again the valley is at the forefront of revolution, this time it’s a green one. I’d like to commend Speaker Pelosi, CAO Beard and the Silicon Valley technology companies, who saw green as an opportunity, for their efforts in bringing this revolution to the House of Representatives. I’m hoping that today’s discussions will help foster new connections in our efforts to spread the green movement throughout government and business.”
“The House is changing the way it operates to reduce its impact on the environment,” stated House CAO Beard. “We hope it will serve as an international model of governmental responsibility on green issues. The companies here today have also demonstrated a commitment to the health of our environment and we're looking forward to learning from each other.”
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is serving her seventh term in Congress representing most of the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County. She serves as Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. She also Chairs the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and serves on the House Homeland Security Committee. Congresswoman Lofgren is Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation consisting of 34 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California.