The governors of 10 states along the U.S.-Mexico border gathered in Universal Studios for a conference on environmental protection, climate change and building commerce in the border region. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger served as chair of the 26th annual Border Governors Conference that began Aug. 13, placing particular emphasis on the benefits of building green economies throughout the border region. Event partner General Electric helped underscore the economic and environmental benefits of establishing the border region as a leader in innovative, clean technology. Moreover, nearly 70 clean-tech companies from both sides of the border displayed their products, including electric cars, solar-powered flashlights and non-toxic cleaning products, at the BGC’s first ever Green Technology Exposition. Other issues to be discussed include border infrastructure and security, water management, economic development and emergency response and disaster preparedness.