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Environmental Entrepreneurs Update
May 30, 2008
This Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) newsletter is sent to all E2 members and friends of E2.
Articles in this Issue:

E2's Sixth Advocacy Trip to Washington, DC - Pivotal time for climate and energy policy
Third Annual Albany Lobby Day - Delegations focuses on e-waste recycling, net metering and tire efficiency
Massachusetts Global Warming Bill Gets E2 Boost - Chapter leaders testify as bill approaches House vote
Rocky Mountains Chapter EcoSalon - Barcott, Scherr headline successful recruiting event
Costa Rican Energy Officials' U.S. Study Tour - Seeking insight and partnerships for carbon neutrality project
E2 Members Invited to Apply to China-India Trade Mission - Department of Commerce organizing its third trip
Report on Global Warming Inaction - Delaying action carries significant price tag
Climate Bill to Spur Clean Energy, Efficiency - Oil imports will drop, renewables production will soar
Online 'Greening Advisor' for Companies Going Green - Small, mid-sized firms now have a free resource
Coalition Develops Sustainable Seafood Plan - Seafood buyers support vision for long-term fish supply
San Joaquin River Restoration Bill Moves to Passage - Senate committee approves funding
Report on NYC Recycling Economics - Recycling will become cheaper than landfilling in 5-6 years
Calendar of Events - E2 events in California, New York, New England and the Rocky Mountains

E2's Sixth Advocacy Trip to Washington, DC

Front row, from left: Bob Epstein, Natalie Orr, Nicole Lederer, Berl Hartman, Rick DeGolia, Andrew Currie, Christopher Kaneb and Pamela Lesh. Back row, from left: Jon Slangerup, Lee Stein, Christopher Arndt, Paul Zorner, David Miller, David Noble, Joel Serface, Wendy Neu and Dave Edwards.
We are happy to report that there is significant movement in Washington, DC, on global warming policy and support for alternative energy generation – at last! The E2 2008 DC delegation arrived in Washington at a pivotal time for both issues, and found that there are now more diverse stakeholders ready to come to the table. (See E2 April newsletter for background.)

E2’s sixth annual trip to DC took place May 12 – 14, with a group of 18 E2 members from seven states and a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Thanks to our repeated visits and outreach efforts over time, E2 has become a fairly well-known brand in Washington, and this year we gained a remarkable level of access to key decision-makers on our issues.

Our objectives this year were to:
  • Support the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S.2191) in the Senate and to urge Representatives to write a House climate bill before the end of this session,
  • Advocate for the immediate extension of a package of alternative energy tax incentives, and
  • Promote a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) currently included in the Lieberman-Warner bill.
Our delegates endorsed these policies based on the significant positive impact they will have on the American economy through the promotion of domestic renewable energy generation, energy efficiency technologies, and alternative transportation technologies and fuels.

Over the course of two days our three teams met with 54 legislators and their staffs:


House of Representatives Senate
Neil Abercrombie (D - HI) *
Thomas Allen (D - ME) *
Brian Baird (D - WA)
Melissa Bean (D - IL) *
Earl Blumenauer (D - OR)
Rick Boucher (D - VA)
Michael Capuano (D - MA) *
Charles Dent (R - PA) *
John D. Dingell (D - MI) *
Anna Eshoo (D - CA)
Gabrielle Giffords (D - AZ)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D - NY) *
Charles A. Gonzalez (D - TX) *
Gene Green (D - TX) *
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D - SD) *
Rush Holt (D - NJ)
Jay Inslee (D - WA)
Zoe Lofgren (D - CA)
Nita M. Lowey (D - NY) *
Edward J. Markey (D - MA) *
James P. McGovern (D - MA) *
Jerry McNerney (D - CA)
George Miller (D - CA)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D - CA) *
Ralph Regula (R - OH)
Michael J. Rogers (R - MI) *
John T. Salazar (D - CO) *
Carol Shea-Porter (D - NH) *
Hilda L. Solis (D - CA) *
Zack Space (D - OH)
Mark Udall (D - CO)
Fred Upton (R - MI) *
David Wu (D - OR) *
Max Baucus (D - MT) *
Evan Bayh (D - IN) *
Jeff Bingaman (D - NM)
Barbara Boxer (D - CA)
Sherrod Brown (D - OH)
Maria Cantwell (D - WA)
Kent Conrad (D - ND)
Bob Corker (R - TN) *
Elizabeth Dole (R - NC) *
John Kerry (D - MA)
Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D - AR) *
Mary Landrieu (D - LA)
Frank R. Lautenberg (D - NJ) *
Richard G. Lugar (R - IN) *
Robert Menendez (D - NJ) *
Lisa Murkowski (R - AK) *
Patty Murray (D - WA) *
John D. Rockefeller IV (D - WV) *
Charles E. Schumer (D - NY)
Ted Stevens (R - AK) *
Ron Wyden (D - OR)

* Denotes meeting with staff


On November 1, 2007, the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S.2191) passed out of the Environment and Public Works Committee chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer. (E2 members supported the bill in a letter to the Senate on April 25, 2008.) This is a landmark piece of legislation that will create an urgently needed roadmap for America’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The bill, which creates a national, long-term declining carbon cap requiring reductions in global warming emissions of 62-66 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, is now scheduled for debate in the Senate on June 2, so the timing of our visit was particularly useful. The issues of global warming and alternative energy were a much higher priority for legislators this year than at any time in the past.

Our delegation met with legislators from states with different industry bases and thus disparate views on carbon policy. As evidence of significant movement on this issue, we found that previously polarized stakeholders are now coming together to seek common ground. E2’s most important role this year may have been to articulate those common interests by promoting the opportunities for economic growth and job generation in every state that will result from moving our economy toward a low-carbon future.  

Coal States and the Rust Belt

We had particularly productive conversations with legislators from states that have historically been opposed to carbon regulation, specifically those heavy on coal-fired power generation, as well as “rust belt” states with economies dependent on heavy industry, including the automobile industry. 

Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota, a state that supplies coal-based electricity to nine states, engaged with E2 delegates in a wide-ranging conversation about the opportunities for his state in growing the biofuels and wind energy industries, both of which would be enhanced by the Lieberman-Warner bill. He also made it clear that he could only support a global warming bill that includes provisions for the continued use of coal, in particular significant support for technologies that allow coal-fired power plants to capture and sequester their carbon emissions. Senator Conrad is Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and therefore a key player in the future of the Lieberman-Warner bill.


"It is great to hear an entrepreneurial business voice represented in the climate change debate. Finding solutions to curbing climate change will be difficult but having stake- holders, like E2, involved will help us make future policy a reality that protects the environment, public health, and the economy."

-Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)


Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio talked about the decline of the manufacturing base in his state and his concern that higher energy prices will cause more business failures and loss of jobs. In talking with him and other manufacturing state representatives, such as Representatives Upton and Rogers of Michigan, E2 delegates stressed the enormous job creation potential for skilled manufacturing workers in alternative energy industries such as solar and wind.  

While there are several major alternative energy companies that have located plants in both Ohio and Michigan in order to take advantage of the skilled workforce originally created by the auto industry, it was important to these legislators to learn that most clean energy manufacturing plants and associated jobs have been locating overseas in countries with more aggressive policies and incentives to attract them. The irony in this situation is that the U.S. is increasingly becoming an importer of technologies which originated in the U.S.

Where the Legislation Stands

On May 21, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) officially added global warming legislation to the floor calendar, paving the way for the Senate debate on the revised Boxer-Lieberman-Warner Substitute to the Climate Security Act  (see summary of revised bill) in early June. At a press conference on May 21, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) said “I believe...we are over 50 votes for this proposal. We are in reach of 60, but we are not there and we are not minimizing the difficulty of getting there.” Even if the bill does not pass the Senate in June, the collaborative process leading up to this vote will speed progress on a future piece of legislation next year.

On the House side, the Energy and Commerce Committee which holds jurisdiction over climate legislation and is chaired by Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), has been producing white papers but no bill. Congressman Rick Boucher (D–VA) is chair of the subcommittee responsible for a global warming bill. In meeting with him, he mentioned the lack of bi-partisan agreement on a bill and speculated that Congress and the EPA will race to develop regulations in the next Congress. 

However, in late breaking news on May 28, Congressman Edward Markey, (D-MA), Chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, announced a new global warming bill, the Investing in Climate Action and Protection Act (read a summary of the bill), based on the testimony his committee has gathered over the last 17 months in more than 40 hearings with a wide range of stakeholders including E2. Congressman Markey’s bill, which he’ll introduce on Tuesday, June 2, will promote meaningful debate in the House on global warming legislation. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) indicated global warming policy was her highest priority.


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaking with the E2 delegation at the Capitol Building.

In December, Congress passed the Energy and Security Independence Act of 2007, which we celebrated as a landmark energy bill for a number of reasons, including the first increase in fuel efficiency standards for cars in 32 years. However, the bill omitted a highly strategic provision for the extension of investment and production tax credits for renewable energy development, due to the inability of the House and Senate to agree on how to pay for these incentives. House leaders promised to try to pass these provisions in a separate bill, and as stated in our letter signed by 333 E2 members, we vowed at the time the energy bill passed to fight on for a renewable energy tax package.

In our meetings on the Hill, E2 delegates strongly advocated for the extension of these tax provisions as necessary not only for industry expansion, but also to prevent a contraction in the renewable energy industries and the accompanying loss of jobs. It was very rare to find any legislator in either the House or Senate who did not support an extension of the tax credits, which not only provide critical incentives to the solar and wind industries but also for energy efficiency in buildings and appliances. However, the stalemate regarding how these provisions should be funded was vividly described for us by a number of legislators who railed against their counterparts in the other chamber for failure to submit a plan that all could agree to.

On our last day in DC, Speaker Pelosi informed us that she was committed to sending a new version of the tax package to the Senate before the Memorial Day break. True to her word, H.R. 6049, the “Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act,” passed in the House on May 23 by a vote of 263 to 160 (see summary for details of the bill and its funding). The Senate is expected to vote on a similar bill in June. The House and Senate will then need to reach agreement on legislation extending the clean energy tax incentives. 


A bill is more likely to pass in Congress if it contains tangible benefits for the largest possible number of states. A low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) not only provides an excellent system for measuring and reducing carbon emissions from transportation fuels, but also encourages states to develop fuels from crops and plant material specific to their region – while generating revenue and jobs in those states and contributing to America’s energy independence.

The Lieberman-Warner bill contains a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, introduced as an amendment by Senator Lamar Alexander (R–TN), which promotes the development and deployment of fuels with the lowest carbon emissions associated with their creation and use. The LCFS requires the carbon intensity of transportation fuels to decline over time, creating a market for low-carbon alternatives to traditional fuels. The carbon intensity of a fuel is measured from the production phase through end use, including emissions from farming practices, processing and transport. (For example, ethanol produced from prairie or switch grass, crops that require very low fertilizer and pesticide use and can be produced with tillage practices that emit less carbon from the soil, scores higher as a low-carbon fuel additive than corn ethanol, which has a life-cycle carbon profile similar to traditional fossil fuels.) Opportunities for states abound as feedstocks for low-carbon fuels vary from guayule shrubs that grow in the desert of Arizona to woody biomass from the Southeastern states and municipal waste from every city in the nation.

In our meetings on the Hill E2 supported the inclusion of a LCFS in the Senate bill and also encouraged House members to include similar policy in the bill they’ll write in the coming months. The LCFS originated from efforts in California. E2 and NRDC sponsored A.B. 1007 in 2005, which requires the state to develop a plan for alternative fuels and a way to measure their lifecycle greenhouse gas emission. That work eventually resulted in the Governor proposing, and the Air Resources Board adopting, the LCFS in June 2007 as part of AB 32 “early action” measures.


In this, our sixth year of federal advocacy work, the E2 delegation heard from legislators over and over again that we are serving a unique and strategic purpose in Washington, DC, articulating the economic benefits of good environmental policy. There is no other organization with the high-caliber business expertise that our members bring to these meetings that is dedicated to promoting environmental policy for the good of the broader American economy. Unlike the professional lobbyists that are ubiquitous in the halls of Congress, E2 members volunteer their time and pay their own expenses to participate in our advocacy efforts. We’re very grateful to the 2008 delegation: Chris Arndt, Andrew Currie, John Cusack, Rick DeGolia, Dave Edwards, Bob Epstein, Berl Hartman, Chris Kaneb, Nicole Lederer, Pamela Lesh, David Miller, Wendy Neu, David Noble, Joel Serface, Jon Slangerup, Lee Stein, Bill Unger and Paul Zorner.



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Third Annual Albany Lobby Day

From left: Michelle Madden, Laurie Rothenberg, John Cusack, Greg Hale, Renata Silberstein (NRDC), Ying Li (NRDC), Tom Burnham, Chris Arndt, Kate Sinding (NRDC), Wendy Neu and Rich Schrader (NRDC)
On May 6, New York members were in Albany for E2’s third annual advocacy trip. Led by NRDC New York Legislative Director Rich Schrader and Senior Attorney Kate Sinding, E2 met with 14 legislative offices to share the economic case for three priority issues: electronic waste recycling, net metering and replacement tire efficiency.

Electronic Recycling and Reuse Act (A.8444B; S.7563)

Electronics are the fastest-growing segment of the municipal waste stream and contain toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium. This bill would require manufacturers who sell electronic goods in the state to develop programs to take back their products for recycling at the end of their useful life cycle. The most important element of this bill is its inclusion of mandatory collection standards, which ensure that producers will set up convenient and effective take-back and recycling programs and will effectively collect back the maximum amount of products. The Assembly bill passed in April. The companion Senate bill, introduced by Senator Carl Marcellino (5th District), has been referred to the Environmental Conservation Committee, and Senator Marcellino’s staff is drafting amendments to the bill. The Senator’s staff informed us at our meeting that performance standards are important and will be part of the final bill.

Net Metering (A.99902; S.7171B)
Net metering is an electricity policy for consumers who own generally small, renewable energy facilities, such as wind or solar power, or use vehicle-to-grid systems. Under net metering, a system owner receives retail credit for at least a portion of the electricity they generate. Net metering serves as an important incentive for consumer investment in renewable energy generation. It also provides a clean source of power to meet our increasing demand for electricity while reducing the stress on the state’s overburdened and aging transmission system. The proposed bill aims to change NY’s existing net metering law in the following ways:
  • Expand net metering to include all customer classes including commercial, industrial, municipal and non-profit enterprises.
  • Increase the size of projects eligible for net metering to 2 MW for all technology types.
  • Require that customers with on-site generation eligible for net metering receive the full retail rate (monthly credit) for the power they produce on an annual basis with a true-up period at the end of the year.
  • Expand the technologies eligible for net metering to include fuel cells in addition to wind energy, photovoltaics and methane digesters.
  • Eliminate the cap on the amount of on-site generation eligible for net metering within each utility territory, similar to New Jersey’s law.
  • Maintain the prohibition on discriminatory surcharges.
E2’s advocacy was mainly focused on the Senate side, where several competing bills have been proposed with different combinations of technologies. As of the week of our trip, a bill by Senator Owen Johnson (4th District), which includes solar and methane, passed the Senate and has been referred to the energy committee. Committee staff will be meeting to possibly add wind to Johnson’s bill, although there is opposition from western NY. Senator George Maziarz (62nd District) plans to introduce a separate bill that includes wind energy this week.

Replacement Tire Efficiency (A.10262; S. 8131)
The bill aims to establish fuel efficiency ratings and standards for replacement tires. Fuel-efficient replacement tires are currently available, but often their labeling does not make this feature apparent to consumers. In raising consumer awareness about replacement tires, the bill would encourage economically sound and environmentally friendly purchasing decisions. Energy efficient tires will save consumers money at the pump and achieve near-term oil savings for the entire state. E2 advocated for this issue last session, but the bill never passed the transportation committee. This session, the bill has passed the Assembly, but the Senate bill is having difficulty due to opposition from rubber manufacturers.

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Massachusetts Global Warming Bill Gets E2 Boost

On May 6, Representative Frank Smizik, co-chair of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, hosted a gathering of over 30 members and staff of the Massachusetts House of Representatives to discuss the state’s proposed Global Warming Solutions Act. The Massachusetts bill, which would cap greenhouse gas emissions at 20 percent of 1990 levels by 2020, has been passed in the Senate but is awaiting action in the House. E2 New England Chapter Leaders Dave Miller and Berl Hartman were among five invited speakers who presented at the briefing. Dave, a cleantech investor, presented the results of his four year research study conducted at MIT that found that one of the most important factors in the success and growth of new clean energy companies was a price on greenhouse gas emissions. Berl discussed the economic benefits that the bill could bring to the state in terms of cleantech jobs and investment as well as the cost advantages of fast action versus a go slow scenario.

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Rocky Mountains Chapter EcoSalon

From left: Andrew Currie, Dan Friedlander, Jacob Scherr and John Anderson
On May 1, E2 members and prospects gathered in Boulder, Colorado, to participate in the first EcoSalon of the Rocky Mountains Chapter. The EcoSalon featured Bruce Barcott, author of The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, and Jacob Scherr, Senior Attorney and Program Director for NRDC’s International Program. Together, they explored the tension between conservation and development in Latin America and discussed how E2 members can engage by helping with alternative development projects in developing countries.

The EcoSalon was a success and attendees enjoyed the opportunity to meet one another and to learn about E2. Three attendees have decided to join the E2 Rocky Mountains Chapter! Our thanks to Andrew Currie, David Readerman and Jessica Folkerts for planning and hosting the event.

We plan to hold EcoSalons quarterly and would appreciate the help of E2 Rocky Mountains members in hosting and planning these events. If you are interested in helping to grow the E2 Rocky Mountains chapter, please contact Andrew Currie at (303) 448-1951 or E2RockyMountains@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for details on an upcoming happy hour for the E2 Rocky Mountains Chapter.

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Costa Rican Energy Officials' U.S. Study Tour

As part of a four-day study tour across the U.S., a delegation of officials from Costa Rica sat down May 20 for a discussion with E2 members and friends at a focus meeting co-hosted by NRDC, E2 and UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies. The Costa Rican delegation, headed by Vice Minister Julio Matamoros Alfaro of the Ministry of Energy and Environment, embarked on the study tour to meet with experts here in the U.S. to develop further strategies for carbon neutrality in Costa Rica by 2021. While the delegation gathered a large amount of valuable information and insight, and forged several important business partnerships, each of them continually emphasized that the “Costa Rica Carbon-Neutral Challenge” is not just about Costa Rica, but rather about the whole world. According to Vice Minister Matamoros, Costa Rica is but one of many citizens of an international society that stands to benefit collectively from an effort to address the problems of energy and environmental health. For more information on the outcomes of the study tour, please contact organizer Elizabeth Beall at ebeall@nrdc.org. (See also: Update on NRDC/E2 Efforts in Costa Rica.)

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E2 Members Invited to Apply to China-India Trade Mission

Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary David Bohigian addresses the E2 delegation during lunch in Washington, D.C.
In the course of our advocacy trips to Washington, DC, E2 has greatly enjoyed meeting with David Bohigian, Assistant Secretary for Market Access and Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). David has been a leader in this administration in promoting the opportunities to export alternative energy and energy efficiency products. He is now organizing the Department of Commerce’s third "Green Trade Mission" to China and India, which represents an opportunity for E2 members, particularly those in the U.S. clean energy sector, to meet with government officials, trade associations, and potential business partners and buyers in two of the world’s fast-growing economies. China and India continue to seek to diversify energy sources while reducing carbon emissions in the context of sustained economic growth. Read a summary of the DOC’s January trade mission to China and India, provided by two E2 members who participated on the trip, David Readerman (Colorado) and Thomas Van Dyck (Northern California).

E2 members are again encouraged to apply for the trade mission. To view a tentative itinerary and to apply to participate, interested parties can visit the DOC’s trade mission webpage at www.export.gov/cleanenergymission/. For questions, contact Brian O’Hanlon at (202) 482-3492 or via email at brian.OHanlon@mail.doc.gov, or Debra Delay at (617) 565-4302 or via email at debra.delay@mail.doc.gov.

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Report on Global Warming Inaction

A report released May 22 by researchers at Tufts University, commissioned by NRDC, presents two ways of estimating the costs of inaction on climate change, both leading to staggering bottom lines. A comprehensive estimate, based on state-of-the-art computer modeling, finds that doing nothing on global warming will cost the United States economy more than 3.6 percent of GDP - or $3.8 trillion annually (in today’s dollars) - by 2100. On the other hand, a detailed, bottom-up analysis finds that just four categories of global warming impacts - hurricane damage, real estate losses, increased energy costs and water costs - will add up to a price tag of 1.8 percent of U.S. GDP, or almost $1.9 trillion annually (in today’s dollars) by 2100. “The Cost of Climate Change: What We’ll Pay if Global Warming Continues Unchecked” was a project managed by NRDC’s Elizabeth Martin Perera and Dan Lashof, and can be downloaded here.

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Climate Bill to Spur Clean Energy, Efficiency

An analysis released May 14 (conducted by the International Resources Group for NRDC) demonstrates that meeting global warming pollution reduction targets set forth in the Climate Security Act will reduce oil imports, increase clean energy production and lead to dramatically more fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Climate Security Act, natural gas demand will decrease substantially as renewable electricity generation increases, according to the analysis. Renewables will grow to between 50 percent and 60 percent of total electricity supply. In this model, renewables are a mix of biomass, geothermal, concentrated solar power, solar photovoltaics and wind technologies.

The analysis also found that reaching the targets can be done with minimal cost to our energy system - less than one half of one percent. IRG used a model of the U.S. energy economy developed by the Environmental Protection Agency to examine how the emission limits specified by the Climate Security Act can be achieved. Read more about the analysis.

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Online 'Greening Advisor' for Companies Going Green

Small and mid-sized businesses can now “green” their operations (i.e. reduce environmental impacts) at no cost with the award-winning “Greening Advisor,” an easy web-based tool developed by NRDC. The Greening Advisor provides a broad range of environmentally friendly steps companies can take to promote energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, minimize paper usage and improve their financial bottom line. The Advisor, which was developed by a group of leading NRDC experts in targeted areas - including energy, waste management, air quality, water quality, paper, purchasing, transportation and construction - is a particularly valuable tool for small- to mid-sized businesses across all industries that want to reduce their environmental footprint without hiring consultants. NRDC’s Greening Advisor recently won an “Environmental Merit Award” from the Environmental Protection Agency due to the role it played in making the Boston Red Sox more sustainable.

For decades, NRDC has worked with leading corporations and American cultural institutions to help them reduce their impact on the environment. As a result of these efforts, Warner Music Group now uses ecologically-enhanced paper packaging, the Philadelphia Eagles set aside land for a state park and The Academy Awards significantly reduced energy use and paper waste during its previous two Oscars telecasts. NRDC’s Allen Hershkowitz, Darby Hoover and Jessica Esposito have been key facilitators of these partnerships.

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Coalition Develops Sustainable Seafood Plan

On May 8, NRDC, in partnership with more than a dozen conservation organizations released clear, realistic steps companies can take to develop and implement a comprehensive corporate policy on sustainable, wild-caught and farmed seafood. The “Common Vision for Environmentally Sustainable Seafood” identifies six critical areas where companies can take action to ensure a sustainable seafood supply and protect ocean environments. More than a dozen leading seafood buyers and suppliers have already announced their support for the plan and the need to improve ocean health to maintain the long-term viability of the seafood supply, including Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Plitt Company, Ahold USA and Central Coast Seafood.

Sarah Chasis, Ocean Initiative Director, is NRDC’s lead on this initiative. For a full copy of the Common Vision, and more information about the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions and the Common Vision for Environmentally Sustainable Seafood, go to: www.solutionsforseafood.org.

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San Joaquin River Restoration Bill Moves to Passage

On May 7, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee voted (15-7) to pass The San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (S.27), which would authorize and fund a landmark settlement to resurrect the once mighty San Joaquin River in California. The San Joaquin River settlement was approved by a federal court in Sacramento in October of 2006. It calls for the restoration of flows and fish on two stretches of the San Joaquin River totaling 60 miles that run totally dry. The settlement ended 18 years of litigation by a coalition of conservation and fishing groups led by NRDC against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Friant Water Users Authority over the operation of Friant Dam near Fresno, Calif. Learn more about the project to restore San Joaquin river flows, an effort E2 has watched closely and actively supported.

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Report on NYC Recycling Economics

On May 28, NRDC released a report, “Analysis of New York City Department of Sanitation Curbside Recycling and Refuse Costs,” that found recycling will become cheaper and more cost-effective than trash disposal, leading to a big savings in New York City’s overall sanitation expenses. The study reveals that the cost of recycling and trash disposal are nearly equal in New York City today and that in no more than five to six years, recycling will be a benefit to the city in controlling the mounting expense of landfilling trash. The study also shows that recycling significantly reduces the city’s global warming pollution – making it an important contributor to the Mayor’s PlaNYC 2030 goal of reducing global warming pollution by 30 percent. NRDC’s Urban Program, directed by Eric Goldstein, collaborated with DSM Environmental Services Inc., the Department of Sanitation and the New York City Economic Development Corporation to produce the report.

The authors and NRDC thank the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Overbrook Foundation for their financial support of this report.

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