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July 14, 2008
United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515
As members of the California chapters of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) (www.e2.org), we are writing to share our perspectives on Oceans-21 (HR 21). The direct value of our oceans and coasts – estimated to be $117 billion in annual GDP and 2 million jobs supported – is threatened by a growing list of pressures from activities conducted both on land and in the water. Without a systematic way to address these pressures, as provided by Oceans-21, we risk significant damage to our economy and degradation of some of our nation’s finest treasures.
E2 is a national community of business professionals who believe in the economic merits of good environmental policy. As business leaders, we recognize that healthy oceans and coasts are significant economic assets, supporting fisheries, tourism and real estate.
With roughly 1,100 miles of coastline, California and its economy (estimated to be the 7th largest in the world) are particularly susceptible to ocean threats. In 2000, California’s ocean-based economy generated $43 billion in revenues and supported 693,816 jobs, largely in tourism and recreation. Coastal counties, while just 25% of the state, accounted for 77% of the populations and 80% of the workforce.
We cannot maintain the economic or ecological health of California’s coast without addressing the flaws in our management system. Our oceans are currently managed by 20 federal agencies implementing 140 different laws, without an overarching vision or coordination. Worse yet this does not include the countless activities the federal government undertakes under non-marine mandates that affect ocean ecosystems and resources.
Oceans-21 responds to our flawed stewardship. It establishes a national policy to protect, maintain, and restore the health of ocean and coastal ecosystems, mechanisms to implement this policy through the actions of federal agencies and through federal-state local partnerships, and the funding and leadership to make implementation a success. These are the types of common-sense solutions we need to help ensure that our oceans, coasts and bays – and the economies, communities and uses they support – become and remain healthy.
Oceans are vital to the California economy and are a defining feature of the Californian identity. We need your leadership. We urge you to support California’s oceans, coasts and bays by supporting Oceans-21.
Curtis Abbott CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc Maryvonne Abbott Tony Bernhardt, PhD Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs Suzanne Biegel Maureen Blanc Director, CHARGE ACROSS TOWN David Bowen Consultant Eric Bowen Executive Director, Business Development & Legal Affairs, Renewable Energy Group George Brandt Barbara Brenner Buder CFO, San Francisco Theological Seminary Marisa Bueno Doctoral Student, Stanford University Selcuk Cakir MSD Capital Douglas Caldwell Principal, Angeles Energy Pete Cartwright CEO, Avalon Ecopower Steve Chadima Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy John Cheney CEO, Silverado Power, LLC Stacie Cheng Director of Business Strategy and Operations, Dell Roger Choplin Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc. Deborah Cincotta Writer Tom Cole CEO, Consuming, Inc. Matt Cooper President, CTP Media Consulting Peter Danzig Duncan Davidson Senior Advisor, NetServices Venture Group Jean Davidson Managing Director, VantagePoint Venture Partners Peter Davis Retired Attorney John Dawson Co-founder, Zentek Technology Rick DeGolia Partner, Exigen Capital Andrew Deitz Co Founder, Climate Earth Marco DeMiroz Managing Director, Selby Ventures Mike Dierks Chief Operating Officer, Crossbow Technology Inc. Eileen Donahoe Visiting Scholar, CISAC Brian Dougherty CEO, AirSet Inc. Dave Edwards Chief Executive Officer, Koru Diana Edwards Bob Epstein Co-founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs Christina Erickson Founder, Green by Design Rob Erlichman Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC Lynn Feintech Peter Fortenbaugh Executive Director, Boy and Girls Club of the Peninsula Jon Foster Chief Financial Officer, LS9 Tod Francis Founding Partner, Shasta Ventures Andy Funk Managing Director, Funk Ventures Kristi Funk Kristi, Pink Lotus Medical Bonnie Gemmell GoFavo Rob Gemmell Co-founder, AlikeList Aaron Gershenberg Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank Brian Gilligan Founder, Bande Services, LLC Cheryl Glaser Angeles Energy, KCRW Radio Nancy Gail Goebner Gardenpeach Place Ken Goldsholl CEO, x.o.ware, Inc. Nancy Goldsholl Marianna Grossman President & Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley Joseph Guth Legal Director, Science and Environmental Health Network Tom Haggin Co-Founder, Sybase and Tilden Park Software Vicki Haggin Debbie Hall Chair of the Board, Village Enterprise Fund Russell Hall Managing Director, Legacy Venture Bob Hambrecht Self-Employed
Elissa Hambrecht Jordan Harris Founder, OZOcar Julie Harris Carol Hazenfield Sheryl Heckmann Mark Heising Managing Director, Medley Partners Russ Holdstein Susan Holdstein Rick Holmstrom Partner & Vice Chairman, Menlo Equities Janet Huseby Volunteer coordinator, Berkeley High School Tom Jacoby CEO, Tymphany Corporation Nancy Jo Charlene Kabcenell Former Vice President, Oracle Corporation Derry Kabcenell Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation Timothy David Karsten TDKA Group Holly Kaufman CEO, Environment & Enterprise Strategies Robert Keith Partner, Beartooth Capital Partners Arthur Keller Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting Adrienne Kentor Eric Kentor Karinna Kittles Karsten Charly Kleissner Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation Charles Knowles Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Network Chip Koch Partner, Petrosus Energy Stephen Koch Portfolio Manager, AIG Global Real Estate Gina Lambright Managing Partner, TOZ Consulting Noelle Leca Vice Chair, Chair-Elect, NCPB, Inc. Nicole Lederer Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs Betty Lee Ross Levy Principal, Levy Art & Architecture Inc. Craig Lewis Founding Principal, RightCycle & CLEAN Coalition Shannon Lewis Anna Lijphart East Bay Sanctuary Tony Lijphart Director, User Experience, U Grok It Steve MacKay Principal, Scourie Network Partners Madelyn Mallory President/CEO, Catalyst Financial Planning & Investment Ughetta Manzone Attorney-at-Law Drew Maran President, Drew Maran Construction, Inc. Emily Marciniak Consultant, Om Direct Christine Martin Clinical Nurse Specialist, San Francisco General Hospital Dean Martucci Solar Sales Consultant, Sungevity Debra Martucci CIO, Synopsys Daniel Maskit Technical Director, Digital Domain Julia Massa Bonnie Matlock John Matthesen CEO, Related Concepts Tim McAdam Technology Crossover Ventures Wendy McAdam Patti McClung Daphne Miller Physician, Daphne Miller Family Practice Carol Moné Producer, Our Earth Productions John Montgomery Chairman, Montgomery & Hansen, LLP Linda Montgomery Michael Moradzadeh Commodore, Corinthian Yacht Club Allen Morgan Principal, Mayfield Liz Muller Director of Sustainability, U.S. Biodiesel Group Emilie Munger Ogden Gib Myers Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund and Founder/board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation Susan Myers Jeffrey Neu President, TLE Properties Armand Neukermans Founder, Xros Eliane Neukermans Tori Nourafchan Rick Nowels Kathy Nyrop Consultant Anne O'Grady Standish O'Grady Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
Doug Ogden CEO, North Ridge Investment Management Larry Orr Managing Partner, Trinity Ventures Alex Osadzinski Jiali Osadzinski Jack Oswald CEO, SynGest Inc. Jim Panttaja Vice President, Corporate Development, RebelVox Mary Panttaja Vice President, Product Management, RebelVox Mark Parnes Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Neela Patel Director, Biology, Poniard Pharmaceuticals Matt Peak Director of Clean Technologies, Prize Capital, LLC. Sam Perry President, Ascendance Ventures Kate Ridgway Delphine Robertson CTP Media Consulting David Rosenstein President, Intex Solutions Amy Roth Julie Rudick Stuart Rudick Partner, Mindful Investors, LLC Amy Santullo California Clean Tech Open, Downtown College Prep Scholarship Committee Michael Santullo Co-Founder and Board Member, California Clean Tech Open David Schwartz Paul Seeman Anneke Seley CEO, ALIO Inc. Tim Sexton Founder & CEO, The Sexton Company David Silverglide Co-Founder/CEO, Mixt Greens Barbara Simons Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research Liz Simons Bill Simpson Partner, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Sandra Slater Owner, Sandra Slater Environments Bob Smith Former COO & CFO, Nellcor Inc. Jennifer Solow Author Kristen Steck Marc Stolman Attorney, Stolman Law office, E2 Climate Project Leader Tricia Stone Founder, Stone Communications Ed Supplee Former CFO, UTStarcom Sally Supplee Former Chief Financial Officer, various companies Leslie Swallow Gary Swart CEO, Odesk Kathy Swart Lava Thomas Todd Thorner Exec Vice President, Foresight Wind Sharon Tilley Director of Product Management, Fair Isaac & Co Bill Unger Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund Kathleen Unger Of Counsel, Freeman, Freeman & Smiley Stephen Unger Managing Director, KSMU, LLC Jeanne Vander Ploeg Mark Vander Ploeg Maria Vidal Cindy Walden Mark Walden COO, Data Robotics, Inc. Mal Warwick Founder & Chairman, Mal Warwick Associates Dave Welch Chief Technology Officer, Infinera Corporation Heidi Welch Diana Williams Tonia Wisman Erik Wohlgemuth COO, Future 500 Marian Woodard Managing Partner, The Quantum Shift Robert Wright Principal/CEO, Marketing Arts, Inc. Carroll Yandell George Yandell Director of Real Estate, Nature Conservancy Mary M. Yang Scientist and Entrepreneur Daniel Yost Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Stephanie Yulga Deitz Head of Lower School, Hillbrook
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