I arrived in Washington DC last week to join 20 other business leaders as part of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) advocacy week. This was a very dynamic and accomplished group and I was honored to be a part it.
They broke us up into teams and again, I was amazed at the quality of individuals they had assembled. My team included:
- Marc Boom, the E2 Director of Advocacy
- Mark Bauhaus, a technology veteran from silicon valley, and partner at JustBusiness
- Ethan Garber, CEO of IdleAir
- Norm Seip, USAF Lieutenant General (Ret), national security consultant
We had multiple objectives for our meetings:
- Demonstrate to legislators and the administration the importance of marrying economic and environmental interests.
- Establish relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle.
- Discuss our policy agenda which include
- The importance of incentives and renewable energy tax credits
- Clean energy financing opportunities
- Climate Change legislation and rules
- The EPA Clean Power Plan
- A Transportation Bill that is sustainable both financially and environmentally
- Continued support for the military's research into renewable energy
A couple of very busy days awaited of us after our briefing on Monday night. Part 2 will go over our first day of advocacy...