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Invest in Women Business Ownership
Source Author: Claudia Viek

The Huffington Post published Claudia Viek’s, CEO of the California Association of Micro Enterprise Opportunity (an ASBC organizational member), blog about how it makes economic sense to invest in women business ownership in this country to boost household income and shore up the middle class.  The blog was originally posted on ASBC’s blog section.

ASBC in the News Samantha Page

What Now for States after SCOTUS’s Stay on the Clean Power Plan?

An article in ThinkProgress quoted ASBC co-chair Frank Knapp, Jr. in support of the Clean Power Plan. Said Knapp, “The Supreme Court didn’t negate any of what’s on the ground and what’s already moving. In the big scheme of things, it’s OK. We can survive this.”

Op Ed

Carbon Pricing and Climate Change
Source Author: Zach Bernstein

Zach Bernstein, ASBC’s research and social media manager, wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times in support of the op-ed “Proof That a Price on Carbon Works.” Said Bernstein, “Done right, carbon pricing can be a boon not just for fighting climate change but for moving our economy into the 21st century.”

Op Ed

Carbon Pricing and Climate Change
Source Author: Zach Bernstein

Zach Bernstein, ASBC’s research and social media manager, wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times in support of the op-ed “Proof That a Price on Carbon Works.” Said Bernstein, “Done right, carbon pricing can be a boon not just for fighting climate change but for moving our economy into the 21st century.”

ASBC in the News Gregg McQueen

Flaw in the Fun

An article in the Bronx Free Press quoted ASBC President and CEO David Levine on banning toxins from children’s toys. Said Levine, “If we can take the lead out of gasoline, or the BPA out of baby bottles, then we could eliminate toxins in toys.”

ASBC in the News Don Davis

Obama’s Veto Doesn’t End Opposition to Clean Water Rule

An article in the Grand Forks Herald and WDAZ.com quoted Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s co-founder & vice president of policy and campaigns, stating the importance of clean water. Said Eidlin, “The resolution to kill the Clean Water Rule would have

ASBC in the News Catherine Ho

Interest Groups Trying to Get Projects into SOTUS

An article in the Washington Post quoted Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s VP of policy and campaigns, regarding the upcoming State of the Union address.  Said Eidlin, “ASBC presented a short list of items we’d like him to talk about.

ASBC in the News Doug Alden

NH Companies Discusses Benefits of Family-friendly Policies

The Union Leader and the New Hampshire Business Review reported on an event that was co-sponsored by ASBC, the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and the Center for American Progress to discuss the benefits of family-friendly policies and their impact in the workplace.

Op Ed

Businesses See Market Signal in Paris Agreement
Source Author: Richard Eidlin and Bob Keefe

Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s co-founder & vice president of policy and campaigns, and Bob Keefe, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (an ASBC partner organization) wrote an op-ed in The Hill urging Congress to follow the example of the U.S. business community and support the historic Paris Climate agreement.

Source Publication Date: December 18, 2015

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ASBC in the News Paul Huttner

Corporations Pledging to Reduce Carbon Emissions

The MPR News Climate Cast radio show looked at corporations and what role they play in the reduction of carbon emissions. Several companies attended the Paris Climate Talks. Guests interviewed on the program were Eric Roston,

ASBC in the News Michael Walsh

Ban Ki-moon Urges Cooperation at COP21 in Paris.

Covering the talks at COP21 in Paris, Yahoo News quoted Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s VP of policy and campaigns, about business’ concerns over the effects of climate change. Said Eidlin, “From increased insurance costs and supply chain disruptions to the loss of entire companies due to extreme weather events, business is already feeling the cost of inaction on climate change.”

ASBC in the News Katherine Bagley

Corporate Giants Commit to Emissions Targets

An article in InsideClimate News cited ASBC and E2’s letter to Congress asking politicians not to interfere with international negotiations and to support U.S. climate action.

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Reps Introduce Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2015

North American Windpower quoted Fran Teplitz, executive co-director of Green America (an ASBC member), in support of Clean Energy Victory Bonds.  Said Teplitz, “Clean Energy Victory Bonds will be a huge boon to the growing clean energy and energy efficiency sectors. Investors and business need steady incentives in order to invest in the clean energy industry in the U.S.”

ASBC in the News Andy Colthorpe

Silicon Valley Congresswoman Proposes National CEVB

PV Tech quoted Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s VP of policy and campaigns, in support of Clean Energy Victory Bonds. Said Eidlin, “The market is speaking, and it’s speaking in favor of clean energy. As the world comes together in Paris to address climate change,

ASBC in the News Emily Chasan

Capitol Hill Takes Fresh Look at Profit Shifting

An article in the Wall Street Journal quoted Bryan McGannon, ASBC’s Director of Policy and Engagement, in reaction to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee’s subcommittee hearings on tax policy.

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Massachusetts Takes Steps against Climate Change

An article in Wicked Local Littleton quotes Michael Green, executive director of CABA (an ASBC member), to make the business case for a carbon tax.  Said Green, “Businesses like the certainty, flexibility and sound economics of carbon pricing.”

ASBC in the News Christopher Doering

Senate Passes Ernst Water Resolution 53-44

An article in the Des Moines Register quoted Richard Eidlin, ASBC VP of Policy in support of the Clean Water Rule. Said Eidlin, “The Senate missed an opportunity today to defend clean water. They voted to throw clean water protections into jeopardy,

ASBC in the News Rupa Shenoy

Committee Hears Testimony on State Senate Bill to Price Carbon

An article in WGBHnews.org quotes ASBC board member Julie Fox Gorte making the business case for a price on carbon.  Said Gorte, “A carbon price would help give us a more certain landscape that we could plan on and make investments on the basis of.”

ASBC in the News Alexander C. Kaufman

One CEO’s Quote Sums Up Resilience Of Flooded S.C.

An article in the Huffington Post quoted ASBC’s vice chair and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Frank Knapp, Jr. urging SC to rebuild its economy.  Said Knapp, “People need to get to work. We need to get the economy back up and moving again.”

ASBC in the News Karen Kissinger

People Need Clean Water

An article in the Daily Star Journal cited ASBC’s clean water polling results to make the business case for the EPA’s clean water rule.

ASBC in the News Lydia Wheeler

Pro Regs Biz Groups Hail Climate Rule

An article in The Hill cited ASBC’s Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector report to make the business case for clean energy rules.

ASBC in the News Jeremy Hobson

Two Sides Of The GMO Debate

Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s co-founder & vice president of policy and campaigns, presented the business case for GMO labeling in an interview on Here and Now, a show on Boston’s NPR news station WBUR. Here and Now reaches an estimated 3.6 million weekly listeners.

ASBC in the News Joanna Schroeder

Businesses Should Lead Way on Clean Power

Agwired quoted Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s VP of policy and campaigns, to make the business case for clean power.  Said Eidlin, “The Clean Power Plan will help states grow their economies and create jobs,” said ASBC’s Vice President of Policy Richard Eidlin.

ASBC in the News Julie Fahnestock

How Global Trade Agreements Undermine Sustainable Business

JustMeans interviewed ASBC Co-founder David Brodwin highlighting ASBC’s important work of making the business case against the Trans-Pacific Agreement, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement.

ASBC in the News Janet Donovan

Jessica Alba Lobbies The Hill

An article in The Georgetown Dish discussed Jessica Alba going to Washington, D.C. with a delegation of companies under the umbrella of the American Sustainable Business Council, to advocate for reform on chemical use in consumer products including the long awaited overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

ASBC in the News Rebecca Trager

Safer Substitutes Show Growth Potential

Royal Society of Chemistry cites findings from ASBC and GC3’s report, Making the Business & Economic Case for Safer Chemistry, to promote the economic case for sustainable chemistry and less-toxic formulations.

ASBC in the News Nelson D. Schwartz, Patricia Cohen and Katie Thomas

Business Leaders React to Defeat of Trade Bill

An article in The New York Times discussed business leaders’ reaction to yesterday’s House vote against TPP and quoted David Levine, CEO of ASBC. Said Levine, “The TPP would give multinational corporations unprecedented power to evade safeguards that protect consumers,

Op Ed

The Market for Safer Chemistry is Huge, and Congress Should Help
Source Author: Zach Bernstein

Zach Bernstein, ASBC’s Manager of Research and Social Media, wrote an op-ed in the GreenBiz.com discussing need for Congress to reform the TSCA bill in a way that clearly identifies unsafe chemicals, requires the EPA to take them off the market as quickly as possible and encourages the market to recognize the innovators that are providing safer alternatives.

Source Publication Date: June 11, 2015

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ASBC in the News Mike Knauf

Top Talent Wants More than Just a Job

An article in Biofuels Digest cites ASBC’s and GC3’s report Making the Business & Economic Case for Safer Chemistry to emphasize the need for a bio-based economy.

ASBC in the News Alison Moodie

Dow Chemical Aims to ‘Redefine the Role of Business in Society’

An article in The Guardian quotes ASBC CEO David Levine, calling Dow’s new sustainability goals encouraging.  Said Levine, “There’s a legacy of producing chemicals that are harmful to environment and people, so efforts to develop and implement sustainability plans that incorporate public and environmental health can be important steps down a sustainability path.”

ASBC in the News Anastasios Papapostolou

Three Greek-Americans to Save the Planet

An article in GreekReporter.com featured Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products and an ASBC board member.  Vlahakis-Hanks was praised for her highly effective leadership and influential voice in the green movement.

Op Ed

Culture vs. the Ethical Bank
Source Author: Vince Siciliano

Vince Siciliano, president and CEO of New Resource Bank (an ASBC member), wrote an op-ed in the TriplePundit supporting triple-bottom-line banks that align money with their values and adopt transparency principles to give public insight to how their money is being used.

ASBC in the News Eric Pianin

Corporate Tax Havens Stiff Taxpayers by $110B A Year

An article in The Fiscal Times discusses ASBC’s joint press conference with Sen. Bernie Saunders (I-VT) announcing the introduction of the Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act of 2015. The bill would prevent corporations from sheltering profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

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Ohio Business Owner: Fracking Stifling Local Food Movement

Christine Hughes, of the Ohio Sustainable Business Council (an ASBC member organization), was quoted in a wqel.com article making the business case for mandatory, enforceable national standards that will apply to both new and existing gas and oil development.

ASBC in the News Cheryl Heller

How to Get Big Without Getting Bad

An article in the Unreasonable Institute discusses how ASBC and its network of enlightened business leaders from every industry are working to create an environment in America where businesses that want to be sustainable can thrive.

ASBC in the News Michael Kramer

Why Care about Conflict Minerals? Customers and Investors Do.

An article in GreenBiz.com urges businesses to join ASBC as an alternative to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers to ensure ethical and humane operational policies and procedures.

ASBC in the News Lydia Wheeler and Tim Devaney

Reg Relief Bill Faces Uncertain Path

An article in The Hill quotes Bryan McGannon, policy director of ASBC, pointing out the issues associated with the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act. Said McGannon, “Blocking, weakening or delaying critical standards and safeguards won’t help small and medium-sized businesses succeed.

ASBC in the News Mike Hower

10 Members of Congress Who Actually Get Sustainable Business

ASBC Policy Director, Bryan McGannon was quoted in GreenBiz.com about the need for open dialogue regarding climate change.  Said McGannon, “What we need to do now is find a way to make it safe for Republicans to say, yes, climate change is happening and we need to address it.”

Op Ed

It’s the Bad Business of Politics
Source Author: David Levine

David Levine, ASBC’s president and CEO, wrote an op-ed in the Muscatine Journal and the Palm Beach Post discussing why members of Congress must realize that their constituents — including small businesses — want them to get hidden and unrestricted money out of politics.

ASBC in the News Lydia Wheeler

Groups Hail Obama’s Paid Leave Order

An article in The Hill quotes David Levine, ASBC’s president and CEO praising the proposed paid leave policy.  Said Levine, “Making them law, sets a minimum standard for all businesses to operate from and puts the country on competitive footing with the rest of the developed world.”

ASBC in the News Mike Hower

Need to Talk to a Climate Denier? Here’s How

An article in GreenBiz.com discusses ASBC’s third annual Business Summit and how the sessions educated participants in the skill of effectively communicating policy with different audiences.

Op Ed

Left and Right Can Agree on Climate Change
Source Author: Zach Bernstein

ASBC Research Manager Zach Bernstein wrote an op-ed in GreenBiz.com highlighting a panel at the ASBC third annual Business.  The “Conservative Thought and Sustainability” panel covered more than just environmental issues — minimum wage also came up — but climate change and other environmental issues were a major part of the discussion.

Op Ed

Left and Right Can Agree on Climate Change
Source Author: Zach Bernstein

ASBC Research Manager Zach Bernstein wrote an op-ed in GreenBiz.com highlighting a panel at the ASBC third annual Business.  The “Conservative Thought and Sustainability” panel covered more than just environmental issues — minimum wage also came up — but climate change and other environmental issues were a major part of the discussion.

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Small Business Owners and Others Celebrate Clean Water Act

An article in The Rock River Times praises the ASBC partner event in Chicago that “…called together advocates, political leaders, business owners, and community members to discuss the importance of clean water and revere in the recent success supporting EPA’s decision to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act.”

ASBC in the News Elizabeth Grossman

Are ‘Dirty Industries’ Polluting Government Regulations?

An article in the Guardian, discussing the Center for Effective Government’s latest report on the Office for Advocacy, quoted ASBC CEO and President David Levine.  Said Levine of the report, “Our organization’s experience echoes key findings of this report, that trade associations and the lobbyists

ASBC in the News Janie Boschma

Eliminating Racial Income Gaps Would Boost GDP By $2.1 Trillion

The NationalJournal quoted ASBC Co-founder and CEO David Levine about the economic need for racial equal access and opportunities in the job market. Said Levine, “Racial disparity is hurting our economy today. The sooner we address it, the sooner we can reap the rewards of a more equitable and vibrant economy.”

Op Ed

Creating a Culture of Investing Locally
Source Author: Frank Knapp, Jr.

In an op-ed for the Statehouse Report, ASBC Action Fund Co-chair Frank Knapp, Jr. argues that South Carolina’s economy is not well in spite of new jobs being added and an unemployment rate that has fallen but now steady. He contends that the old economic development methods of the past can’t create the jobs we need in every part of the state via small businesses, the real job creators.

Source Publication Date: July 25, 2004

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ASBC in the News Tim Devaney

Small Biz Owners Support EPA Water Rule, Polls Says

The Hill cited ASBC Clean Water poll results to show that the majority of small business owners support the protection of clean water. This was also picked up by the Miami Herald and the Environmental Leader.

ASBC in the News Timothy Cama

Fat Tire Brewery Pours out Praise for EPA Rule

The Hill quoted the testimony of ASBC business member Andrew Lemley of New Belgium Brewing at a June 24th hearing of the House of Natural Resources Committee’s Subpanel on Water and Power. Lemley explained,