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Joining E2 is the most effective way to stay informed about cutting-edge environmental issues, leverage your professional network, and use your skills to influence important environmental policy issues.

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Business Voice for the Environment
photo Sam Leichman
Co-Founder
LivingPlug
E2 Member Sam Leichman comes from a background in finance and the retail sector. Sam recently came out of a five year stint at Design Within Reach, where he oversaw strategic and corporate development. In April 2012 Sam co-founded LivingPlug, a modern hardware consumer product venture aiming to boost energy conservation, improve child safety and enhance home aesthetics (to be launched in 2013). Sam’s focus on the environment and energy issues are key hallmarks of the company’s core values.

His interest in environmental issues stems from a lifelong appreciation of the outdoors and a pragmatic view that “environmentalism is not an extreme word.” He saw a need for a young patrons group focused on environmental causes so 7 years ago he helped found the SF Council. Partnered with NRDC, the SF Council is a community of young professionals with the goal of supporting the environment and getting involved in environmental issues. One of the things that led him to NRDC was how pragmatically they deal with these issues. He feels it was an obvious jump for him from the SF Council to E2.

Sam joined E2 in order to utilize his resources and time in a way they would have the greatest impact. He put his retail expertise to use with TB117 (California's outdated flammability standard that encourages the use of toxic flame retardants) by contributing the business perspective of the furniture industry to the Chief of Consumer Affairs in Sacramento. “It’s been a lot of fun and an honor for me to be able to participate and speak to the concerns that I know the business community has from a retail and manufacturing perspective.

One of Sam’s goals is “leaving the world for our children in as good or better condition than we had,” therefore he has a special interest in oceans and water issues.

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