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Dear Members of Congress:
 
As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) [i] we write in support of a transportation bill that improves economic efficiency and productivity through modernization of our transportation network to reduce its environmental impact. While our surface transportation network is extensive, it suffers severe deterioration from habitual under-funding, leaves 45 percent of Americans without access to public transportation and is responsible for more than 70 percent of the petroleum consumption and 27 percent of carbon pollution in the U.S. [ii] The next transportation bill should remedy these flaws by including provisions to reinvest in our crumbling infrastructure, encourage innovative approaches to growth, incentivize energy efficient transportation options for commuters, promote standards to prepare our system for the impacts of climate change and contribute less to the carbon pollution that is causing it.
 
As business leaders, we have a shared interest in a well-connected and highly-efficient U.S. transportation network as businesses of all types and sizes rely on America’s transportation network to operate, compete, and grow. Unfortunately, underinvestment has left our transportation infrastructure in dire need of repair and rehabilitation.
 
The poor condition of our infrastructure makes transportation in America less efficient, less affordable, and less able to adapt to changing economic and environmental conditions. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $3.6 trillion is needed over the next 5 years to improve the condition of the system.[iii] Even at that investment level, America would still lag behind infrastructure investment rates of many other nations that are our international competitors.
 
A modern, safe, and efficient transportation network that connects our nation’s key regions, supports national economic goals, and reduces energy and oil use will support economic prosperity while reducing environmental impacts. Even as the nation tightens its belt to grapple with the deficit, we must commit to investing in transportation infrastructure to support this vision. More investment could help to reduce the backlog of needed repairs, and better planning could deliver more transportation choices to travelers while reducing traffic delays and the need for more car trips. These investments should be chosen to maximize tangible returns to American businesses and the economy as a whole.
 
To achieve this, we respectfully offer the following principles for America’s next transportation bill.
 
Investment: Substantial funding is needed for maintaining, repairing and expanding our transportation system. Currently more than 46,000 bridges need repair, thousands of existing miles of highway need repair, and aging commuter rail and bus transits systems need to be upgraded to handle additional growth. A variety of funding mechanism are worthy of consideration and in some cases support. For example, the simplest way to meet the system’s investment needs would be to increase the highway user fee and then peg it to inflation so the system remains properly funded. An additional option would be an upstream fee on barrels of oil.  Both of these models keep in the tradition of relying mostly on user fees to fund the system.
 
Innovation: Rather than merely dole out all federal transportation funds by formula, our national program needs to spur competition, reward innovative proposals, identify and reward performance successes and share the lessons learned. Competitive programs like New Starts, Small Starts and the TIGER program have all proven successful at encouraging innovative, community led solutions with better performance outomes. Other innovations like carsharing, ridesharing, bikesharing, electric vehicles, and networked vehicles can also be game-changers for transportation and deserve support from national policymakers to accelerate their integration into planning and programs. Such 21st-century innovations offer both fiscal and environmental benefits by making more efficient use of capacity.
 
Efficient Choices: As cities and suburbs develop and grow, traffic congestion increases. One way to provide relief, as well as access to jobs and amenities, is to deliver more efficient transportation choices for commuters and travelers which reduce travel time and pollution. For instance U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time in 2011 and a family that uses public transit instead of driving lowers their carbon emission footprint by 30 percent on average.[iv][v] Companies are increasingly recruiting from a workforce that wants to bike to work and live in vibrant, walkable neighborhoods connected by transit. Small towns and large cities alike want reliable passenger and freight rail connections to regional economic hubs to move goods. While the precise mix of options will be determined by the needs of each local community, it is clear that one size no longer fits all, and federal programs must recognize that and begin factoring in changing demands and demographics. The next transportation bill should build and expand on the legacy of providing choices by investing equitably across modes of transportation.
 
Resiliency: Climate variability and change pose threats to U.S. transportation systems. The range of impacts from these threats may include roadway deterioration, flooding of tunnels and low-lying roadways, limited waterway access, and weakened structures. Severe conditions may reduce the life of capital assets and increase operational disruptions.  The next transportation bill must require state and regional long range transportation plans to take into account the need to reduce risks from extreme weather events and create more resilient infrastructure.
 
Public Input: MAP-21 included 28 pages of provisions to undermine environmental reviews of transportation projects pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. This comprehensive and alarming overhaul leaves the public unable to properly weigh in on concerns about impacts transportation projects have on their communities leading to negative outcomes.  The MAP-21 provisions are still being implemented and Congress should refrain from making more alterations to the review process before the outcomes of the previous changes are in place.
 
Incorporating these principles into a modern U.S. transportation policy will pay dividends for businesses and consumers across America. We urge Congress to focus on boosting investment, spurring innovation, delivering more options, increasing resiliency and increasing public input in the new transportation law. By following these principles we believe the next transportation bill can help build a 21st century system that makes America safer, cleaner, more secure, and more prosperous.
 
Sincerely,                

Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Judith Albert (New York)
Chair, Board of Directors, Cornerstone Capital Group
Dora Barlaz Hanft (New York)
Kathy Barry (California)
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Caroline E. Bassett (New York)
Director, Bassett Media Relations, LLC
Ed Beardsworth (California)
Principal, Energy Technology Advisors
Dave Belote (Virginia)
Managing Partner & CEO, DARE Strategies LLC
Laura Berland (California)
Greenlots - electric vehicle charging
Eric Berman (Washington)
President and Co-Chair, E8 Angels
Luann Berman (Washington)
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Marcella Bernstein (California)
Stuart Bernstein (California)
Founding Member, Sustainable Capital LLC
Loren Blackford (New York)
Investor
Maureen Blanc (California)
Director, CHARGE ACROSS TOWN
Barbara Blumenthal (New Jersey)
President, Blumenthal Consulting LLC
Melissa Booth (North Carolina)
David Bowen (California)
Consultant
Eric Bowen (California)
Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs, Renewable Energy Group
Bill Boyk (Oregon)
CEO/Founder, GyroVolts by Ameristar Solar, LLC
Diane Boyk (Oregon)
Tim Brummels (California)
CEO/President, Prenexus Health, LLC
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Bob Burnett (California)
Retired, Cisco Systems
Dianne Callan (Massachusetts)
Independent Legal Consulting, Green Tech Legal
John Cassidy (California)
Nancy Cassidy (California)
singer/songwriter, Twittertwatter Music
Steve Chadima (California)
Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy
Roger Choplin (California)
Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc.
Simone Coxe (California)
Retired
Catherine Crystal Foster (California)
Mark Cunningham (California)
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
John Cusack (New York)
Financial Services Risk Management, Maplecroft Limited
Mary Ann Cusenza (California)
Independent Consultant for high tech and cleantech companies
Vincent Cushing (Illinois)
President & CTO, QCoefficient, Inc.
Jayne Davis (California)
Peter Davis (California)
Retired Attorney
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Michael Delapa (California)
DeLapa Consulting
Anne Delehunt (California)
Marketing Consultant, Delehunt-Ricketts
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Heather Dennett (Oregon)
Kaiser Permanente
John DeSantis (Massachusetts)
Founder and President, Civic Capital Group, LLC
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Tim Dwight (Iowa)
Business Development, Integrated Power Corporation
Bethany Elmaleh (New York)
Niko Elmaleh (New York)
Vice President, World-Wide Holdings Corp.
Bob Epstein (California)
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
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
David Fischer (Massachusetts)
Partner, Gold Hill Capital
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Karen Francis (California)
CEO, Academix Direct, Inc
Nell Freudenberger (New York)
Author
Rona Fried (New York)
President, SustainableBusiness.com
Ethan Garber (New York)
CEO, Convoy Solutions, LLC d/b/a IdleAir
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Co-Founder, AlikeList
Jonathan Gensler (Tennessee)
Founder/CEO, Revive Energy
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Mitchell Golden (New York)
Principal, Jun Group
Susan Goldhor (Massachusetts)
Biologist, C.A.R.S.
Ken Goldsholl (California)
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Nancy Goldsholl (California)
Lorena Gonda Kiralla (California)
Jon Gordon (Colorado)
Managing Partner, Sheer Velocity, LLC
Vicki Gordon (Colorado)
Allen Greenfield (California)
Eric Grunebaum (Massachusetts)
Principal, Cambridge Energy Advisors
Melody Haller (California)
Joule Strategic Communications
Berl Hartman (Massachusetts)
E2 New England Chapter Director, Hartman Consulting
Hyman Hartman (Massachusetts)
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Carol Hazenfield (California)
Communications Coach
Sheryl Heckmann (California)
Ward Hendon (New York)
Business Advisor, Independent Consultant
Shiela Hingorani (California)
First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
David Hitchcock (Virginia)
Wendy James (California)
President, Better World Group
Charlene Kabcenell (California)
Former Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Derry Kabcenell (California)
Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Suparna Kadam (New Jersey)
Director of Business Development, EnterSolar
Jerome Kalur (Montana)
Attorney at Law
Christopher Kaneb (Massachusetts)
Principal, Catamount Management Corporation
Marie Kent (Oregon)
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center
Steven Kiralla (California)
Judy Klein (California)
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Stephen Koch (California)
Principal, Resource Real Estate Group, Inc.
David Kolsrud (South Dakota)
President, DAK Renewable Energy
Catherine Korsant (Florida)
Philip Korsant (Florida)
Managing Member, Korsant Partners
Felix Kramer (California)
Founder, Climate & Clean Energy Projects
Chip Krauskopf (California)
VP Business Development, Aditazz
Pete Krull (North Carolina)
CEO & Director of Investments, Earth Equity Advisors, LLC
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rebecca Lee (California)
Rochelle Lefkowitz (California)
President, Pro-Media Communications
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Paul Logan (New York)
Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
Tracy Lyons (California)
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Andrew Magee (Massachusetts)
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Drew Maran (California)
President, Drew Maran Construction, Inc.
James Marvin (Massachusetts)
Regional Manager, North America East & Canada, Expeditors International of Washington Inc.
Joanna Marvin (Massachusetts)
Owner, Federal Consulting Solutions
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Karen Miller (Massachusetts)
President, Belly Shmooze
Kate Mitchell (California)
Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Wes Mitchell (California)
Board Member, Foto Forum, SFMOMA
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Catherine Morrow (Pennsylvania)
Jay Morrow (Pennsylvania)
Senior VP, AIG Property Casualty
David Moyar (New York)
President & CEO, MEI Hotels Inc.
Susan Nedell (Colorado)
E2 Rocky Mountains Advocate
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Eliane Neukermans (California)
Al Nierenberg (Massachusetts)
President, Evergreen Consulting & Training
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Graham Noyes (California)
Managing Attorney, Noyes Law Corporation
Kathy Nyrop (California)
Consultant
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
David O'Leary (Maryland)
Angel Investor, Investor's Circle
Larry Orr (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Lyn Oswald (California)
Carl Page (California)
Board Member, Apparent Energy
Peter Papesch (Massachusetts)
Architect, Papesch Associates
Ga-Young Park (Illinois)
Director, Cyclone Energy Group
Jen Parker (California)
CEO, Canopy Cards
Vic Parker (California)
Managing Director, Spectrum Equity
Christopher Pribe (California)
Jennifer Regan (California)
Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, We Bring It On Inc
Grant Ricketts (California)
CEO and Co-Founder, Tripos Software, Inc.
David Rosenheim (California)
Founder and CEO, JobsWithImpact
Jackie Rosenheim (California)
David Rosenstein (California)
President, Intex Solutions
Joan Rossetti (Massachusetts)
Chair, Environmental Affairs Committee of the Prudential Center Residents' Association
Amy Roth (California)
Jacqueline Royce (Massachusetts)
Independent Scholar
Bill Ryall (New York)
Partner, Ryall Sheridan Architects
Claudine Ryan (California)
VP Platform, GreatSchools
John Santoleri (New York)
Partner, StoneWork Capital
Ella Saunders (Massachusetts)
Tedd Saunders (Massachusetts)
CSO, The Saunders Hotel Group
David Schwartz (California)
Lauren Scott (California)
Paul B. Scott (California)
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Transportation Power Inc
Kathleen Seip (Virginia)
Lt Gen (ret) Noman Seip (Virginia)
Owner, NS Solutions, LLC
Tim Sexton (California)
Principal, Make Good Group
Reid Shane (California)
Rebecca Shaw (California)
World Wildlife Fund
Barbara Simons (California)
Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research
Jon Slangerup (California)
Chairman and CEO, American Global Logistics
Irene Stillings (California)
President, U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce
Ed Supplee (California)
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Jim Sweeney (Massachusetts)
President, Sustainable New Energy
Russ Teall (California)
President and Founder, Biodico
Trey Teall (California)
VP Operations, Biodico
Sven Thesen (California)
Communication & Technology, Better Place
Todd Thorner (California)
CEO / Founder, JTN Energy
Laney Thornton (California)
The Laney Thornton Foundation
Pasha Thornton (California)
Flashpoint
Craig Tighe (California)
Attorney, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Amy Van Beek (Iowa)
Co-Founder, Designer, Ideal Energy, Inc.
Troy Van Beek (Iowa)
President, Renewable Energy Expert, Ideal Energy, Inc.
Mark Vander Ploeg (California)
Retired, Investment Banker
Aino Vieira da Rosa (California)
Architect, Aino Maria Vieira Da Rosa, AIA
Alex Wall (Oregon)
Privacy Counsel, Marketo, Inc.
Jeffrey Weiss (Rhode Island)
Member, Clean Energy Venture Group
Bonni Widdoes (Massachusetts)
President, Gladden House
Clint Wilder (California)
Contributing Editor, Clean Edge
Ellie Wilder (California)
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
HansJorg Wyss (Massachusetts)
George Yandell (California)
Director of Real Estate, Nature Conservancy
Daniel Yost (California)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Rosamund Zander (Massachusetts)
Chairman, Independent Design Center for the Environment
Margaret Zankel (California)
Martin Zankel (California)
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel

193 members

 


[i] E2 is a nonpartisan, national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policies that grow the economy. We are entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who collectively have been involved in the financing, founding or development of more than 1,700 companies that have created more than 570,000 jobs. Our members manage billions of dollars in venture and private equity capital that will flow over the next several years into new companies.         
[ii]Grow America: Providing environmental protection, U.S. Department of Transportation,  http://www.dot.gov/grow-america/fact-sheets/environment and Overview of Greenhouse Gases, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,  http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/co2.html
[iii] American Society of Civil Engineers. Report Card for America's Infrastructure. 2013
[iv] Public Transportation Benefits, American Public Transportation Association, http://www.apta.com/mediacenter/ptbenefits/Pages/default.aspx
[v] Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy, American Public Transportation Association, 2008  http://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/greenhouse_brochure.pdf

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