- Reflections on E2's First 10 Years
- Championing clean cars and taxis, e-waste reduction and recycling
- Helping move Clean Cars policy, protect air quality, combat global warming
- Galvanizing around fisheries, clean energy, public health, transit and global warming
- Expanding membership, solidifying relationships, fighting for green energy and jobs
- Harnessing enthusiasm for environmental protection in Oregon and Washington
- E2's ''Get Off Oil'' team in Senate meetings
- Members focus on clean energy and freshwater supply
- Focus meetings discuss "invisible energy"
- New England marks E2's 10th birthday
- San Francisco EcoSalon on necessity for all users to cooperate
- E2 TeleSalon for June 2010
Nearly 100 E2 New England members and guests gathered at the Lenox Hotel in Boston on Friday, June 25 for a joyous celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of Environmental Entrepreneurs. The group enjoyed networking and reminiscing over hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by lunch and an informative program on state and national environmental issues.
E2 New England Director Tedd Saunders, Co-Owner & Executive Vice President of Saunders Hotel Group - which includes the Lenox - welcomed the gathering, noting the Hotel Group’s outstanding record of “green” programs.
Berl Hartman, E2 New England Director, briefly recapped the history of E2 New England since it’s founding in 2003 and then introduced Ian Bowles, Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Secretary Bowles thanked E2 for its hard work and leadership both in Massachusetts and nationwide. He emphasized the importance of the business voice in environmental discussions and suggested that we “make it louder” and increase our efforts to affect state and national decision-making. Following his talk, there was a lively question and answer period concerning environmental issues and projects in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry had been slated as the keynote speaker for the anniversary event, but was unable to attend because of a last minute trip to the Middle East. However, Senator Kerry arranged for Melanie Nakagawa, a senior staff member from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (and former NRDC staff member), who has been working with Senator Kerry on the American Power Act, to join us.
Melanie brought us up to date on the latest events in Washington, including an informative discussion of the critical components of the American Power Act. She also described the recent special caucus on energy legislation supporting the enactment of strong comprehensive energy independence legislation this year. Emerging from that Democratic caucus that was held on Thursday, June 24th, one Senator described it as “an uprising of the rank and file members of the caucus speaking with passion and purpose in favor of enacting strong comprehensive energy independence legislation this year.” Melanie reiterated the importance of having a business voice pushing for enactment of energy and climate legislation.
Nicole Lederer, E2 Co-Founder, provided commentary on E2’s current programs nationwide, highlighting E2’s radio tours, business blogs and federal legislative advocacy. Bob Epstein, E2 Co-Founder and Director of New Resource Bank discussed his original goals in founding E2 and a “10 year check-up” on these goals and the challenges for E2 going forward.
E2 would like to give a special thanks to the Saunders Hotel Group and Tedd Saunders, E2 Director for hosting the event.
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