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Corporate Environmental Strategy with Dan Esty and Ashok Gupta
On January 19, E2 New York members and friends attended a lively discussion on corporate environmental strategy led by Daniel Esty, from the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, and NRDC’s Air and Energy Director, Ashok Gupta. Dan explained that while a growing number of the world’s major businesses are taking leadership on environmental issues, there have not been any real analyses done on how beneficial eco-initiatives are to a company’s bottom line. Dan shared with us his findings from hundreds of interviews with dozens of leading companies, and highlighted strategies that he believes will improve corporate competitiveness and provide economic gains. Dan and E2 member Andrew Winston are compiling their analysis for a book due out in the Spring. Ashok Gupta, Allen Hershkowitz and Dale Bryk shared NRDC’s longstanding collaborative work with businesses. They cited their efforts on appliance standards, biofuels, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and paper industry reform as some of the many examples of how NRDC is engaging businesses to better the environment and the economy.