This Week’s Reading, Writing, Links

Here’s #SDGs info: 17 goals & 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. v @guardian @hlovins http://t.co/Nluc0QU8fA

 

Sept. 19 Peoples Climate March “What Are We Marching For” Event (read up from bottom)

–Phil @350 “This march is about getting people to feel part of the wave” Completely agree.

–Whoa. I think Hunter Lovins just said that the US & China are going to do a #carbon deal as G2

–Think #ActOnClimate is impossible? Hunter Lovins: UN approved 17 #SDGs. A year early. Done. http://t.co/Nluc0QU8fA

–Jo Confino talking about our deep connection to each other and the earth and the universe–coming back to ourselves.

–A word I haven’t heard often enough in business: duty “What is our duty to each other?—Jo Confino

–Hunter talking about “a new narrative” for a new way of doing biz that works for all.

–Donna Morton @PRINCIPIUM_imp “We can align money with our hearts and who we want to be”

–Phil @350 “As humans our capacity to connect is our biggest asset”

–Excited to hear @joconfino @350 @hlovins #PeoplesClimate @BardMBA http://t.co/30XuJQfafp

RT @CoryBooker: Grateful. RT @KayakMediaTweet: So proud that my #nj senators signed the #PeoplesClimate support letter!

RT @ForecastFacts: @KayakMediaTweet @SustainBrands @intel @Verizon @Ford @google lots more talking on this next week too. Will they walk?

1st leading brand to do right thing RT @consumerist: Crest Confirms It’s Distancing Itself From Scandalized NFL http://t.co/uB1vgIuwdg

My latest @SustainBrands: The #CVSEffect in Action: ‘Walk the Talk’ Edition with @Intel, @Verizon, @Ford and @Google http://t.co/m80i1d3Oyh

So proud that my #NJ senators signed the #PeoplesClimate support letter! Thx u @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker #njenviro http://t.co/1Jt6tuLO8c

@ASBCouncil I want the world to #ActOnClimate because I see a fairer, freer, healthier, greener, bluer world for all of us #ClimateSummit

Desmond Tutu’s #climate summit prayer: “May we learn to sustain & renew the life of our Mother Earth” http://t.co/7V6Ob8prXw

MarcGunther: Is traveling to the #climate march worth the carbon footprint? @GernotWagner ponders the question http://t.co/7pW2fwIz0q

@emorwee NICELY DONE. A theoretical physicist walks into a Congressional hearing. You won’t believe what happened next.

 

Sept. 18 #GreenBizSummit (read up from bottom)
–Verizon’s Gowen makes great rec to find #sustainability expertise w/new grads & veterans

–Love @jeanawirtenberg’s idea that biz owners can be part of a “Conspiracy for Good”–win-win-win for planet & ppl & profits

–@jeanawirtenberg puts biz success in context of #climate change that affects all of us.

–3rd panel coming up…who’s going to mention #climate change first? Hasn’t come up yet but key for all #nj biz

–@MayorBollwage hears about @newjerseypace as a renewable energy bldg job-creating financing option for municipalities #pace

–@MayorBollwage refreshingly real about urban energy resiliency challenges. 54 languages in his town, to start

–Here’s the lead: #Nj Smallbiz Development Centers offering free business counseling 4 biz owners. Competitive advantage ppl

–Yes. St. Peter Univ President: “#sustainability is about a moral & ethical responsibility to future generations”

–Love that #green team action gets ppl involved in local gov’t & their towns win-win 4 stronger communities

–Glad NJDEP rep con’td w/ #sustainability progress needs mindset change for long-term investment & returns 2/2

–NJDEP rep starts w/ short-term vision that #sustainability is “keep ppl employed & keep biz going” …. 1/2

–+1 Pam Mount defines #sustainability as #njenviro plus local economies & equity issues like fair wages and health insurance

–Terhune Orchards #smallbiz owner Pam Mount talking #sustainability & growing @sj_program as well as food for #nj families #GreenBizSummit

–Vivian Brady-Phillips Deputy Mayor, #JerseyCity-turning brown fields into parks for people

–Tweeting at #NJ #Sustainability & #smallbiz Summit in #jerseycity

 

Great debunking by @thinkprogress @emorwee: Congressman: Don’t trust climate scientists, they’re in it for the money http://t.co/lTnkYc4Rm9

+1 MT @MichaelEMann @sawtoothwave Make your voice heard. Vote, write ltrs to the editor, educate yr friends, colleagues, family. #AskDrMann

Want change? Dig in the dirt. Thx u @robintransition. Pls read @drgrist http://t.co/R5nygSwxno

YES “… of the things they love, of place, of possibility, of things their children love and value. 2/2 http://t.co/R5nygSwxno

READ: “We need to speak to peoples’ values, of community, of family….”1/2 http://t.co/R5nygSwxno @robintransition #susty @buildresilience

Instructive 4 how #NJ gov’t works MT @njdotcom NJ sells controversial pension investment tied to MA gov candidate http://t.co/IVDdm84pNC

RT @NewEconomics: Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson http://t.co/s5Rv3r8350

This is imp bc Texas drives the nat’l textbook mkt MT @cgiller TX proposes schl books 2 deny manmade #climate change http://t.co/39SzSmfUjh

@RL_Miller Yeah. And even better–what if we fix #climate change & it’s actually really good for our families http://t.co/I5flx9zhFh

Interesting! Thanks Julie MT @TaigaCompany Illinois Considers GHG Metric for Evaluating Utility Performance – http://t.co/mqwVXbj0FR

How about #NJ gets a coordinated #climate plan? Thx @NJSierraClub’s Jeff Tittel OpEd on shore rebuilding http://t.co/6lpuusxcSq

Watching….Launch of a new Climate Economy Commission report for #climate action http://t.co/8kFxuR2aHF #ncereport

Great explainer MT @njspotlight Sen. Bill Package Cld Fundamentally Change #NJ Power Sector http://t.co/B1pliwzc80 @NewJerseyPACE #njenviro

Way to go @emorwee MT @climateprogress 7 big food co.s say #climate change poses a threat to their products http://t.co/dtAIcLNfga #csr

@NJ_Politics: Resolution aiming to stop Christie keeping N.J. out of emissions pact OKed by Senate panel http://t.co/PV8qF0tBw2

Super interesting that Exxon prices #carbon the highest of energy co.s. Thx for reporting @joconfino @GuardianSustBiz http://t.co/4aZmQXPUq7

Concrete win-win examples by @Jeanawirtenberg: How #NJ big biz are helping #smallbiz #sustainability http://t.co/8irsg1dBYC

Like that 1st pt is positive action to #InvestinClimate 160 Environmentalists’ #Climate Declaration http://t.co/evbEmtYap0 H/T @drgrist

Comments wanted MT @joconfino Who are the top tweeters on #economic transformation? @GuardianSustBiz http://t.co/hFFhLkKwle #susty #socimp Sep 15, 2014

Who speaks for your #smallbiz?Read @ASBCouncil research on what biz owners really want #Sustainability @triplepundit http://t.co/TmYTjHGVLn

#NJ Senate takes up #RGGI re-join today http://t.co/E12Yntx4SY #ACPress @wjmckelvey #njenviro

The Business Case for NJ to Rejoin RGGI–From the American Sustainable Business Council-New Jersey

Posted with permission by the American Sustainable Business Council-New Jersey.

This letter was sent as submitted comments on the NJDEP’s proposal to formally repeal the law that allowed NJ to be part of the multi-state RGGI clean-energy coalition.

September 5, 2014

Submitted Comments Opposing Governor Christie’s NJDEP Proposed Repeal of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Alice Previte, Esq.
Attn: DEP Docket No. 04-14-15
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Legal Affairs
P.O. Box 402
401 E. State Street, Seventh Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Dear Ms. Previte:

Please accept these comments on behalf of the American Sustainable Business Council-NJ, representing diverse companies and business associations, regarding NJDEP Docket No. 04-14-15.

The American Sustainable Business Council-New Jersey and its network of NJ-based business owners and supporters are dedicated to pursuing a sustainable economy in New Jersey.  Therefore, we request the reinstatement of New Jersey into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Throughout the Northeast, RGGI has consistently shown that it contributes to bolstering state financial coffers, while also reducing greenhouse emissions. RGGI also serves to stimulate new markets for renewables and clean energy technologies, which lead to additional job growth and the attraction of new financial investment capital.

As business leaders in New Jersey, we see RGGI as a very smart investment; one that mitigates the risk of climate change, while producing much needed revenue and the cause of many new, well paid, in-state jobs. RGGI demonstrates that economic gain and environmental stewardship are entirely compatible. RGGI is a business investment that pays significant dividends with almost no associated risk.

We call upon Governor Christie to re-engage New Jersey in RGGI for the following reasons:

1/ RGGI is a market-based and impactful way for New Jersey to reduce its global warming emissions, while at the same expanding its clean energy economy.

2/ RGGI is a source of revenue. New Jersey can generate millions of dollars in carbon revenues through RGGI. These dollars can be invested in local economic opportunities. Prior to its withdrawal from RGGI in 2011, New Jersey raised over $113 million in revenues.

3/ RGGI helps to mitigate the very real risks of climate change. Rising sea levels and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy demonstrate the economic risks associated with inaction. RGGI is a prudent insurance policy against further damage.

4/ RGGI is an effective and flexible way for New Jersey to comply with EPA’s recently announced draft carbon standard for power plants.

5/ Residents of New Jersey want climate action. An overwhelming majority (80%) of citizens support limits on carbon emissions.

RGGI is a proven program that generates benefits for businesses, creates jobs and provides a positive impact on the economy.

Since 2009, the program has helped to:

  • Reduce climate-altering carbon pollution by almost 30 percent;
  • Cut electricity prices by 8 percent;
  • Create more than 23,000 job-years of work;
  • Lock in more than $1.8 billion in long-term savings on energy bills; and
  • Add more than $2.4 billion in economic activity to the region.”

As business leaders, we recognize a good investment when we see one, and RGGI stands out as a clear case in point. RGGI is only an early example of the adjustments and steps we will all have to make in the dawning era of climate change recognition, but it is one that has proven its worth to us within the NJ business community.

We encourage the Christie Administration to appreciate the business case for rejoining RGGI.

Sincerely,

Matt Polsky

Business Engagement Manager
American Sustainable Business Council-New Jersey

5 “Jersey Strong” Resources for Small Business

Sustainability. Green. Renewables. Resilience. These buzzwords seem to be popping up everywhere.

That’s because global climate change is here and now. As a coastal state, we’re already feeling the impacts of climate change because we’re vulnerable to storms, flooding and sea level rise. And, we know more is coming, based on research not only from global organizations like the IPCC but NJ’s own Climate Change Impacts Report.

Big businesses are already getting ready, spending millions of dollars on hardening their infrastructure and reevaluating where their raw materials come from and how they get produced.

But what about smaller businesses, especially right here in the Garden State? Here’s five great NJ sustainable business resources for small business owners.

1. Got 5 Minutes? Grab some ideas from this “Go Green” guide just for small businesses from the NJ Small Business Assistance Program.

3. Got 15 Minutes? Sign up for free webinars, resources and networking opportunities from the American Sustainable Business Council.

3. Got a few hours? Schedule a free NJ Clean Energy Program energy assessment. Attend the next New Jersey WasteWise Business Network meeting on Nov. 13.

4. Got some time after work? Drop in to you town’s Environmental Commission or Chamber of Commerce to talk with people in your community about energy efficiency, recycling, renewable energy, and whatever else is on your mind.

If your hometown or the town your business is in is part of Sustainable Jersey’s program, check out their programs to go green, save money and make your community a great place to live.

5. Got a day+: Join the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s new Sustainable Business Registry that provides resources and recognition for businesses that adopt sustainability practices.

If you aren’t sure where to start, you can meet with a NJ Small Business Development Center sustainability consultant for free, one-on-one Pollution Prevention and Sustainability help.

These resources can help you make sure your business stronger than the (next) storm, but that’s just a beginning. Really, being a “sustainable business” is just what small business owners have always done: save money on energy, make less waste, create new ways to serve customers better than your competitors, and contribute to your community’s wellbeing.

Being a sustainable business owner is all about doing business today so all of us can thrive tomorrow. It’s about helping people, places, and businesses be better in every way, for all of us.

How to Pitch a Major EPA Rule On Carbon Pollution

Simple and clear.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke on a briefing call today about the rules her agency will announce on June 2 to fight global warming.

The new regulations will limit “coal-fired plants from spewing so much carbon into the atmosphere,” as Jonathan Cohn puts it, writing with verve for The New Republic.

Administrator McCarthy made three points:

1. This is about moving from climate risk to economic opportunity.

2. The proposed rules are “legally sound, solid and doable.”

3. It’s not one-size-fits-all. U.S. states will have flexibility in how to apply the rules.

That’s the way to do it. Simple and clear.

By talking today, she got out in front of the controversy already in full spin from people who oppose these measures.

They claim that stricter enforcement of Federal clean-air laws will cost jobs, endanger businesses and send homeowner electricity costs soaring.

Exhibit A, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has come out swinging:  U.S. industry gears up to fight Obama’s climate rules

On the pro-climate action side, Cohn’s piece for The New Republic is a valuable Q&A on the issues.

Via The New Republic:

Obama’s New Rules for Coal Plants Are a B.F.D. The Ensuing Political Fight May Be Even Bigger.

Conventional wisdom holds that second term presidencies rarely yield accomplishments and that this second term president, in particular, has lost the ability to get much done. In one week, President Obama has a chance to prove that the conventional wisdom is wrong.

And he can do it while helping to stop the planet from cooking.

On June 2, Obama will to unveil a new set of federal regulations on power plants, designed primarily to keep coal-fired plants from spewing so much carbon into the atmosphere. The hope is that these new regulations will slow down climate change—at first incrementally, by reducing emissions from existing plants in the U.S., and then more dramatically, by providing the Administration with more leverage to negotiate a far-reaching, international treaty on emissions from multiple sources.

I’m sensing a growing divide between businesses that align themselves with spokespersons on the anti-regulation side, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, or on the pro-climate action side, such as Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) or the American Sustainable Business Council.

Sooner or later–I’m betting sooner–businesses will have to choose which side of the table–anti-regulation or pro-climate action–will best be able to represent and further their interests long-term.

I’m looking forward to that debate.