Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security: An E2 Member's Experience
Managing Director of ZeroWaste Global
E2 New England is working to promote game-changing climate solutions
Washington DC, November 4-5, 2013
With eye on legislative session, E2 engages North Carolina business leaders
Recent Developments at the State Level
Beloved NRDC Trustee and Long-Time E2 Member
By Avi Jacobson
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| ||Avi Jacobson and Senator John Warner |
"What was your ‘aha!' moment?" This question from Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) - a retired three-star Admiral and most recently President of the American Council on Renewable Energy - framed the events of the White House Champions of Change ceremony on Nov. 6.
He was asking it of me and the other 11 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan recognized that day for our work "advancing clean energy and climate security." I was incredibly honored to be recognized for developing and running the Sustainable Energy Program at the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (and frankly still in shock to have been selected as one of the twelve honorees from the pool of many more deserving nominees). The award may have been given to me, but it was earned by my teammates and mentors...read more >
Chicago-based E2 member Peter Lobin recently volunteered to be chapter director of E2's new Midwest chapter. Lobin is managing director of ZeroWaste Global (ZWG), a management and consulting firm developing zero-waste business solutions. ZWG is associated with the private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors.
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In November 2013, E2 interviewed Lobin to find out more about his company and his involvement with E2. How did you get involved in E2?
I'm friends with Henry Henderson, who heads up the Natural Resource Defense Council's Chicago office. At a recent NRDC dinner, I sat next to [E2 co-founder] Nicole Lederer, who said E2 didn't have a lot of members in the waste industry. We both agreed that getting involved in E2 could expand E2's reach in the Midwest, and help with advocacy for smart policies that can close the loop on waste and increase...read more >
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In 2008, a right-of-center provincial government in British Columbia (BC) pushed through a ‘carbon tax swap' that placed a price on virtually all emissions from fuel combustion and returned 100% of the revenue to the public via tax reductions.
The results after 5 years are dramatic. According to a recent independent report, before 2008, the average British Columbian used as much fuel as other Canadians did. By 2012, fuel consumption per person had dropped by 17.4% in BC, even as it rose by 1.5% in the rest of the country. The province now uses less fuel per person than any other. And the impact on the economy has been positive. Personal income taxes in BC are the lowest in Canada and corporate income taxes have been reduced by 20%, yielding a positive impact on competitiveness, job creation and attractiveness...read more >
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| ||2013 DC Forum, Media Session |
On November 4th
, E2 members gathered in Washington DC for the annual Washington Forum. The Forum has become one of our signature events, showcasing how E2 membership provides one of the best value propositions for businesspeople who want to make a difference on environmental issues. This year's Forum focused on the President's Climate Action Plan, and gave participants the opportunity to meet in a roundtable setting with the policy makers and thought leaders who helped design, are currently implementing or are presently deciding the future of what promises to be the hallmark environmental initiative of the Obama presidency.
The Forum offers members a unique opportunity to both learn about some of the most complex policy and political issues surrounding environmental progress, and immediately (and comfortably) engage with Senators, Congressmen and Administration officials on those issues. The Forum...read more >
As E2 members know, the most effective voices to advocate for our issues in states across the country are the voices of business leaders. As a first step toward identifying and amplifying business voices in North Carolina – a progressive state whose effective environmental safeguards and clean energy standards are being threatened – E2 recently organized and held invitation-only forums in Raleigh and Asheville. We called them "Good Government + Good Environment = Good Business."
Separately, E2 also co-sponsored a business-transportation forum in Raleigh that raised E2's profile in North Carolina.
By all accounts, these were successful events in a bellwether Southern state. During these events, E2 executive director Judith Albert and E2 communications director Bob Keefe met with approximately 60 business leaders, owners and others to try to help build our membership base. Here's a recap of the events, which may serve as models for other states...read more >
Event Recap: US-China Climate Cooperation: Oxymoron or Great Opportunity?
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| ||(L to R) Dan Goldman, Berl Hartman, Barbara Finamore,Dave Miller, Jay Baldwin. |
Despite an agreement between China and the US to work together on technology, research, conservation, and renewable energy, the US and China remain divided on many issues involving climate change. Nevertheless American companies are already partnering with their Chinese counterparts as China moves to address its severe pollution problems resulting from high dependence on coal-fired power generation.
E2 members and guests gathered at the law firm of Nixon- Peabody on September 24th to discuss China's efforts to curb carbon emissions and the potential for American firms to assist with these efforts...read more >
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| ||Joy Covey |
In September, NRDC Trustee and long-time E2 member Joy Covey
tragically lost her life in a bicycle collision in San Mateo County. As NRDC Board Treasurer for 13 years
, Joy kept careful and strategic watch over NRDC and worked tirelessly to ensure its financial stability. She was passionate about the oceans and all wild places, was an intrepid traveler, and a true adventurer. A committed environmentalist, an impressive businesswoman, and a dedicated, loving mother, Joy leaves behind a legacy to be admired.