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January 12, 2009

United States Congress
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Member of Congress:

As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), we urge Congress to reinvigorate our struggling economy by investing in green recovery programs that create jobs, restore America’s role as the world’s technology leader, and rebuild crumbling infrastructure. By addressing these challenges in the economic recovery package, Congress will not only create well-paying, permanent jobs that cannot be outsourced, but also increase our energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect air and water resources. 

E2 is a national community of business leaders who believe in protecting the environment while building prosperity. We are a group of investors, entrepreneurs, and professionals who collectively manage more than $20 billion in venture capital and private equity, and have started over 1,200 businesses that have in turn created well over 400,000 jobs. Speaking from that experience, we believe that government expenditures in the form of public infrastructure and efficiency investments, along with programs that encourage private capital to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency, are the best path forward for our economy.

Our current national financial crisis has been exacerbated by the impact of volatile energy supplies and prices. The energy policy decisions we make now as a nation will determine the strength of our economic recovery in the coming months and years.  We need bold, forward-thinking leadership to bring stability to the markets, reduce unemployment, and create a new vision for sustainable economic growth. Green investment programs can do all of the above.

The recovery package should include incentives to improve energy efficiency, starting with a program to retrofit federal facilities and existing homes and businesses. Energy efficiency investments are a strong source of economic stimulus because in addition to the jobs created installing energy efficient technologies in buildings, the resulting energy savings mean that communities, consumers and businesses have more money to save or spend.

The recovery package should also incentivize private investment in the burgeoning renewable energy sector to develop and deploy innovations that will strengthen our energy security, create jobs, and reduce global warming pollution.  Current economic conditions - tight capital and credit markets - threaten to drastically reduce investments in clean energy in 2009 and beyond. The economic recovery package should prioritize keeping this investment on track to support renewable, low carbon energy generation and the critical role it will play as a driver for economic growth.

America’s roads, bridges, and water infrastructure are in disrepair. Fixing our existing—and deteriorating—transportation infrastructure and investing in transit projects that are on states’ “ready-to-go” lists will maximize job creation and will help reduce oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. has an outmoded and crumbling water infrastructure system that has not kept up with our population growth and cannot cope with our drinking water, waste water or flood prevention needs. Investments in construction-ready water infrastructure projects not only create jobs, but will have long-term public health benefits. Upgrading the nation’s storm water runoff systems will also protect valuable oceans resources such as coastal fisheries.

A green recovery will leverage our country’s greatest existing strengths:  innovation, entrepreneurial activity, and a world-class workforce. We urge you to capitalize on these strengths and create a vibrant economy today by investing in a cleaner tomorrow.


Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Clifford Adams (New York)
Managing Director, Coady Diemar Partners
Sachin Adarkar (California)
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Prosper Marketplace
Fannie Allen (California)
Owner, MFA Designs
Christopher Arndt (Colorado)
Private Investor & Author
Patty Arndt (Colorado)
Daniel Bailey (Massachusetts)
Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
Jay Baldwin (California)
Partner, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Frank Balluffi (New Jersey)
Vice President Application Security, Morgan Stanley
Shyamoli Banerjee (California)
Joshua Bar-Lev (Oregon)
E2 Member
Constance Barbour (Massachusetts)
Dora Barlaz Hanft (New York)
Kathy Barry (California)
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Jayne Battey (California)
Co-founder, Essex Environmental, Inc.
Mark Battey (California)
Managing Director, Miramar Environmental, Inc.
Fiona Bensen (California)
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Larry Birenbaum (California)
Former SVP, Cisco Systems
Maureen Blanc (California)
Dayna Bochco (California)
President, Steven Bochco Productions
Steven Bochco (California)
Steven Bochco Productions
Lori Bonn (California)
President, Bonnventures LLC
Gino Borland (Washington)
Partner, Cake Ventures, LLC
David Bowen (California)
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Marisa Bueno (Montana)
Doctoral Student, Stanford University
Rita Burgess (California)
Burgess Architects
Leslie Burlock (California)
Bob Burnett (California)
Retired, Cisco Systems
Tom Burton (Massachusetts)
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC
Charlie Campbell (California)
Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services Inc.
Jamie Campbell (California)
President, Investment Marketing Inc.
Peter Carson (California)
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Hampton & Richter LLP
Priscilla Carson (California)
Steve Chadima (California)
Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy
John Cheney (California)
CEO, Enera
David Cheng (California)
Co-Founder & CEO, ZenPayroll
Stacie Cheng (California)
Director of Business Strategy and Operations, Dell
Roger Choplin (California)
Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc.
Ajay Chopra (California)
Trinity Ventures
Diane Christensen (California)
President, Manzanita Management Corp
George Cogan (California)
Partner, Bain & Company, Inc.
Tamara Colby (California)
Principal, Athene Consulting
Tom Cole (California)
Venture Partner, TransLink Capital
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Ann Colley (New York)
Ann Cooper (California)
Lee Cooper (California)
Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Matt Cooper (California)
President, CTP Media Consulting
Joy Covey (Utah)
President, Beagle Foundation
Simone Coxe (California)
Jane Cuddehe (New York)
Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker Devonshire
Michael Cuddehe (New York)
Principal, Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
John Cusack (New York)
Financial Services Risk Management, Maplecroft Limited
Paul Danielsen (California)
VP Business Development, MMA Renewable Ventures
Duncan Davidson (California)
Senior Advisor, NetServices Venture Group
Jean Davidson (California)
Managing Director, VantagePoint Venture Partners
John Dawson (California)
Co-founder, Zentek Technology
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Andrew Deitz (California)
CEO, Verdical
Marco DeMiroz (California)
Managing Director, Selby Ventures
Harry Dennis (California)
Susan Dennis (California)
Fine Arts Advisor
George Denny (Massachusetts)
Partner, Halpern Denny & Co
Sally DeSipio (Oregon)
Creative consultant and climate activist, Self-employed
Barry Dicker (Kansas)
President, Decent Energy, Inc.
Mike Dierks (California)
Founder, Lobos Valley Advisors
George Dies (California)
Scott Dietzen (California)
Chairman, Pure Storage
Todd Dipaola (California)
President, Checkpoints
Eileen Donahoe (California)
Visiting Scholar, CISAC
John Donahoe (California)
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Paypal
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Christina Erickson (Massachusetts)
Managing Director, WONDROS
Rob Erlichman (California)
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Noel Fenton (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Sally Fenton (California)
Paul Ferreri (California)
Co-Founder, Blossom Investment Management
Adrienne Fioretti (California)
Asst Portfolio Mgr, Encinal Partners
Steve Fioretti (California)
VP, CRM Product Strategy, Oracle Corporation
Christopher Fong (New York)
Analyst, Sigma Capital Management
Tod Francis (California)
Founding Partner, Shasta Ventures
Mike Freed (California)
Post Ranch Inn
Christopher Fry (Massachusetts)
Chief Scientist & Founder, Clear Methods
Louise Fry (New Jersey)
Volunteer, ICCR
Greg Gallo (California)
Partner, DLA Piper US LLP
Penny Gallo (California)
Of Counsel, DLA Piper US LLP
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Addwater Marketing, Addwater Marketing
Aaron Gershenberg (California)
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Brian Gilligan (Virginia)
Founder, Bande Services, LLC
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Mitchell Golden (New York)
Principal, Jun Group
Susan Goldhor (Massachusetts)
Biologist, C.A.R.S.
Dan Goldman (Massachusetts)
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Clean Energy Venture Group
Diana Goldman (Massachusetts)
Founder, ICanPlanIt
Ken Goldsholl (California)
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Amy Goldstein (Kansas)
Director of Programs, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Heartland Chapter
Randy Goldstein (California)
CEO, OptiSolar Holdings LLC.
Lorena Gonda Kiralla (California)
Jon Gordon (Colorado)
Managing Partner, Sheer Velocity, LLC
Vicki Gordon (Colorado)
Lydia Graham (California)
Marianna Grossman (California)
Founder and Managing Partner, Minerva Ventures
L.D. Gussin (Massachusetts)
Principal, Cleanmotive Strategies
Joseph Guth (California)
Senior Corporate Counsel, Novartis
Greg Hale (New York)
Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of the Governor of NY
Debbie Hall (California)
Chair of the Board, Village Enterprise Fund
Russell Hall (California)
Managing Director, Legacy Venture
Melody Haller (California)
Joule Strategic Communications
Bob Hambrecht (California)
Partner, Allotrope Partners
Elissa Hambrecht (California)
John Harper (Massachusetts)
Principal, Birch Tree Capital, LLC
Berl Hartman (Massachusetts)
E2 New England Chapter Director, Hartman Consulting
Hyman Hartman (Massachusetts)
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paula Hawthorn, PhD (California)
Carol Hazenfield (California)
Communications Coach
Heather Henriksen (Massachusetts)
Director, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
Alan Herzig (California)
Independent Director
James Higgins (California)
Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Jill Tate Higgins (California)
General Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Chris Hollenbeck (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Smule, Inc.
Holly Hollenbeck (California)
Rick Holmstrom (California)
Partner & Vice Chairman, Menlo Equities
Colin Horowitz (California)
Jennifer Howard (California)
Tom Jacoby (California)
CEO, Tymphany Corporation
Donna Jarecki (New York)
Tom Jarecki (New York)
Business Development Director, PsychoGenics
Christopher Kaneb (Massachusetts)
Principal, Catamount Management Corporation
Timothy David Karsten (California)
TDKA Group
Holly Kaufman (California)
CEO, Environment & Enterprise Strategies
Robert Keith (Montana)
Principal, Beartooth Capital Partners
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Eric Kentor (California)
Steven Kiralla (California)
Karinna Kittles Karsten (California)
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Andrea Kopald (California)
Larry Kopald (California)
President, Kopald/Stranger
Susan Labandibar (Massachusetts)
President, Tech Networks of Boston
Gina Lambright (California)
Managing Partner, TOZ Consulting
Josh Lamstein (New York)
Director, GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC
Diane Lander-Simon (California)
Jeff Lawrence (California)
Founder, President and CEO, Clivia Systems Inc.
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Grace Lee Park (Oregon)
Elaine Leitner (California)
Adjunct Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law
Ross Levy (California)
Principal, Levy Art & Architecture Inc.
Craig Lewis (California)
Founding Principal, RightCycle & CLEAN Coalition
Shannon Lewis (California)
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Roger Liddell (New York)
Vice Chairman, Clear Harbor Asset Management, LLC
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
Tony Lijphart (California)
Director, User Experience, U Grok It
John Loewy (Colorado)
Polly Loewy (Colorado)
Paul Logan (New York)
Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
Alison Long Poetsch (California)
Principal, SHR Investments
Tracy Lyons (California)
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Thomas Maddock, II (Pennsylvania)
Andrew Magee (Massachusetts)
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Joel Makower (California)
Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group
Marguerite Manteau-Rao (California)
Entrepreneur, blogger
Drew Maran (California)
Drew Maran Construction, Inc., Drew Maran Construction, Inc.
Emily Marciniak (Virginia)
Consultant, Om Direct
David Marcus (Massachusetts)
CEO, General Compression
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, Rally Software Development
Christine Martin (California)
Clinical Nurse Specialist, San Francisco General Hospital
Dean Martucci (California)
Solar Sales Consultant, Sungevity
Debra Martucci (California)
CIO, Synopsys
Julia Massa (California)
Bonnie Matlock (California)
Tim McAdam (California)
Technology Crossover Ventures
Wendy McAdam (California)
Nancy McCarter-Zorner (California)
Plant Pathologist
Patti McClung (California)
Bill McClure (California)
Attorney/Partner, Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel LLP
Christina McClure (California)
Curator, TEDxYouth @ Mid Peninsula
J. Thomas McKinnon (Colorado)
Chief Technology Officer, Boulder ElectroRide, Inc
David Mendels (Massachusetts)
Board Member, Resilient Coders
Josie Merck (Connecticut)
Founder, Ocean View Foundation
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Karen Miller (Massachusetts)
President, Belly Shmooze
Meredith Mills (California)
Kate Mitchell (California)
Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Wes Mitchell (California)
Board Member, Foto Forum, SFMOMA
Rob Moir (Massachusetts)
President, Ocean River Institute
Peter Molloy (California)
Lecturer, UC Berkeley
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Allen Morgan (California)
Principal, Mayfield
Ted Moriarty (Massachusetts)
Owner, Smart Watering Company
Liz Muller (California)
Principal, Liz Muller & Partners
Gib Myers (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund and Founder/board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation
Susan Myers (California)
Jeffrey Neu (California)
President, TLE Properties
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Eliane Neukermans (California)
Tim Newell (California)
Director of Financial Products, Tesla
David Noble (Ohio)
President, The Noble Foundation
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Rick Nowels (California)
Jay Nussbaum (New York)
Attorney, Ginsburg & Redmond, P.C.
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
Larry Orr (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Alex Osadzinski (North Carolina)
Chief Marketing Officer, Relias Learning
Jiali Osadzinski (North Carolina)
Jack Oswald (California)
CEO, SynGest Inc.
Jim Panttaja (California)
R&D Advisor, Conversa Health
Mary Panttaja (California)
Vice President, Product Management, RebelVox
Eric Park (Oregon)
Director, Ziba Design
Nicholas Parker
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Global Acceleration Partners
Matt Peak (Indiana)
Director of Clean Technologies, Prize Capital, LLC.
Marina Pelosi (California)
Matthew Pelosi (California)
Advanced Equities, Inc.
Sam Perry (Massachusetts)
President, Ascendance Ventures
Jean Pierret (California)
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Jeff Poetsch (California)
Principal, JCP Advisors
Diana Propper de Callejon (New York)
General Partner, Expansion Capital Partners
Prad Rao (California)
David Readerman (California)
Managing Member, Endurance Capital Partners, LLC
Kate Ridgway (California)
Real Estate Professional
John Robbins (North Carolina)
President, Greathorn Properties, Inc.
Robert Rogan
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, eSolar
Randy Rosenberg (California)
Curator, Natural World Museum
David Rosenheim (California)
Founder and CEO, JobsWithImpact
David Rosenstein (California)
President, Intex Solutions
Diane Rosenthal (Colorado)
Laurie Rothenberg (New York)
Julie Rudick (California)
Stuart Rudick (California)
Partner, Mindful Investors, LLC
Kate Sandrini (California)
David Schwartz (California)
James Schwartz (Connecticut)
Vice President, Independence Solar
Anneke Seley (California)
Deena Semler (Oregon)
Gregg Semler (Oregon)
Lucid Energy
Joel Serface (Colorado)
Managing Director, Catalyze
Marita Seulamo-Vargas (California)
Journalist, Freelance
Cynthia Sexton (California)
Tim Sexton (California)
Principal, Make Good Group
JoAnn Shernoff (Colorado)
Former President, Institute for Ecolonomics
Dan Shugar (California)
David Silverglide (California)
Co-Founder/CEO, Mixt Greens
Barbara Simons (California)
Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research
Bill Simpson (California)
Jon Slangerup (California)
Chairman and CEO, American Global Logistics
Sandra Slater (California)
Owner, Sandra Slater Environments
Bob Sloan (New York)
Liz Sloan (New York)
Jennifer Solow (California)
Tom Soto (California)
Founder & Managing Partner, Frontier Impact Capital Management
June Stein (California)
Virtual Group, LLC
Lee Stein (California)
Chairman and CEO, Virtual Group, LLC
Marc Stolman (California)
Attorney, Stolman Law office, E2 Climate Project Leader
Ed Supplee (California)
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Leslie Swallow (California)
Jim Sweeney (Massachusetts)
President, Sustainable New Energy
L. S. Thorne (Connecticut)
Mike Thorne (Connecticut)
Todd Thorner (California)
CEO / Founder, JTN Energy
Cariad Thronson (California)
CEO, Forefront Marketing & Communications
Robert Thronson (California)
VP Marketing & Business Development, Vigilent
Mike Ubell (California)
Roger Ullman (New York)
Executive Director, Linden Trust for Conservation
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Kathleen Unger (California)
Of Counsel, Freeman, Freeman & Smiley
Stephen Unger (California)
Managing Director, KSMU, LLC
Thomas Van Dyck (California)
Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management
Chris Vargas (California)
Founder, Cleantech Circle LLC
Maria Vidal (California)
Cindy Walden (California)
Mark Walden (California)
COO, Data Robotics, Inc.
Kirby Walker (California)
Independent film/video producer
Deirdre Wallace (California)
President, The Ambrose Group
Fred Wang (California)
General Partner, Adams Street Partners
Tracy Wang (California)
Mal Warwick (California)
Founder & Chairman, Mal Warwick Associates
Dorothy Weaver (New York)
Babel Networks Limited
Dave Welch (California)
President, Infinera Corporation
Heidi Welch (California)
Haskell Werlin (Massachusetts)
Solar Project Developer, Solar Design Associates
Clint Wilder (California)
Contributing Editor, Clean Edge
Andrew Winston (Connecticut)
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Christine Winston (Connecticut)
Tonia Wisman (California)
Erik Wohlgemuth (Oregon)
COO, Future 500
George Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Founder and Director Emeritus, The Woods Hole Research Center
Katharine Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Retired Administrator
Carroll Yandell (California)
George Yandell (California)
Director of Real Estate, Nature Conservancy
Mary M. Yang (California)
Former Biotech Co-Founder & President
Leila Yassa (Massachusetts)
Daniel Yost (California)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Stephanie Yulga Deitz (California)
Head of Lower School, Marin Country Day School
Steven Zieff (California)
Paul Zorner (California)
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