Today's San Francisco Chronicle carried as its lead page-one item a story SustainLane Government wrote about on Feb. 16, when we interviewed the new director of Berkeley's Energy Biosciences Institute, Chris Somerville, in our list of leading US cities for cleantech incubation.
Anyway, besides "unveiling" Somerville, who is a visiting scientist from Stanford at Lawrence Berkeley Labs, which is co-managing the new $500 million biofuels institute, the Chronicle also named others involved in the venture.
UC Berkeley professor Daniel Kamman stands out in the role of "Next-Generation Assessment" lead as part of the lab's socio-economic research. Kamman, a renewable energy expert with a strong background in economic impact analysis, has testified throughout California and in Congress about the potential of cleantech to become the lead engine of national, regional, and local economic development.
Our cleantech city ranking has been covered throughout the blogosphere ( Joel Makower, WorldChanging, Wired) and as of this morning has been picked up in print such as The Toronto Star ("Toronto Asleep at the Cleantech Switch"), The San Jose Business Journal, The Boston Business Journal, The Austin Business Journal and the Oakland Tribune.
Mayor Will Wynn of Austin, ranked number one, issued a nice statement for being recognized by SustainLane Government as the best in class. Austin media is also covering our scoop on its Clean Energy Incubator's test-bed work with city-owned Austin Energy as a national first.
Shouts out to Abendigo Reebs and the SL Gov staff of Richard Young, Ken Ott and Ramsay Millie for charting the course!