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December 17, 2010 07:00 ET

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Honored With 2010 Green Governor of the Year Award

Beautiful Earth Group in Partnership With Opportunity Green Honor

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2010) - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, was honored with the 2010 Green Governor of the Year Award on December 13th, at the Office of the Governor in Sacramento. Beautiful Earth Group, a leading sustainable energy, products and services company, in partnership with Opportunity Green, America's leading sustainability conference, established this award to annually honor a Governor who shows the greatest leadership, courage, understanding and action in improving the environment. 

"I'm honored to be the first Governor chosen for this award," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "California is showing the world that you can protect the environment and grow the economy at the same time. We are creating a new economic foundation for the 21st Century built on clean fuel, clean energy and clean cars that is turning California into the green capital of the nation and the world, and I couldn't be more proud of these accomplishments.

According to Lex Heslin, CEO of Beautiful Earth Group, Governor Schwarzenegger was the first governor chosen for this award because of his groundbreaking achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change, his push for an increase in the state's renewable energy portfolio requirement, his ability to balance the complex interests of environmental groups, energy developers, utilities and consumers, and, in an election year, for turning the tide against a regulatory framework that potentially supports legalized pollution.

"The Green Governor of the Year Award will be presented annually at the Opportunity Green conference, America's leading green business conference, which draws more than 1,000 participants a year to Los Angeles. Opportunity Green's CEO, Karen Solomon, stated, "We are honored to have been selected to hold the annual Green Governor of the Year Award ceremony at our annual conference, Opportunity Green, and delighted to acknowledge Governor Schwarzenegger as the first governor to receive this important award for his extraordinary leadership and impressive environmental legacy. Governor Schwarzenegger to us will be most remembered for his historic signing of AB 32, making California the first state with an enforceable limit on our greenhouse gas emissions."

"Governor Schwarzenegger has worked tirelessly to protect the environment and to create sustainable solutions in California," said Heslin. "He has advanced the research and generation of clean energy light years ahead of other states. He has succeeded in the face of many challenges, and California, the United States and the planet will benefit for many years to come from his continual decision to do the right thing."

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Opportunity Green ("OG"), founded in 2007, is the largest B2B multidisciplinary sustainability conference in the United States, bringing together today's leading companies and visionaries in technology, design, media and more, showcasing the hottest opportunities to drive profitability through sustainability. From Fortune 500 powerhouses to cutting-edge startups, OG attracts over 1000+ professionals and executive decision-makers from around the globe to challenge old business models by inspiring unconventional solutions designed to address the triple bottom. Visit

About Beautiful Earth Group:
Beautiful Earth Group ("BE"), founded in 2008, develops, owns and operates utility scale solar and wind power generating facilities concentrated in the southwest United States. Their projects are highly cost competitive and significantly reduce environmental impacts. Beautiful Earth Group is currently developing 38 megawatts (MW) capacity of solar energy in the Mojave Desert, scheduled for operation in 2012, which will be sold into the grid and will displace over 21,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Visit