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E2: American Businesses See Major Economic Opportunity in International Climate Efforts

Small- to Mid-Sized Businesses, Blue Chip Companies Make Pledges to Cut Carbon

Washington, DC (October 19, 2015) - As part of a White House initiative to secure commitments from the private sector to reduce carbon emissions, three members of the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) who run small- to mid-sized businesses today announced pledges to cut carbon emissions from their companies’ operations.
Private-sector pledges like these are putting the U.S. business community in a position of global leadership heading into a major international climate conference later this year in Paris.
“These businesses are showing the world America’s private sector is serious about cutting carbon,” said E2 executive director Bob Keefe. “The best business minds in America know that building more solar and wind and leveraging more energy efficiency are major economic drivers, both for their own companies and for our nation’s economy.”
The announcements were part of a White House summit bringing together the private sector and the scientific community to discuss domestic and international climate efforts. From blue-chip companies like IBM and Coca-Cola to smaller, family-owned businesses in the Heartland, more than 80 companies that employ a combined 9 million people have made commitments as part of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge.
The E2 members making commitments were: Greg Smith of Energy Optimizers USA, an energy efficiency company near Dayton, Ohio; Zach Tucker of One3LED, a lighting company near St. Louis.; and David Rosenstein of Intex Solutions, a commercial cleaning company near Los Angeles.
Pledges made by all companies Monday are available here.
“Cutting carbon is a bottom-line issue,” said Tucker of One3LED. “Businesses from car dealerships to commercial building owners crunch the numbers and reach the same conclusion: energy efficiency, wind, and solar all make perfect business sense.”
For a company profile of One3LED, please see here. To watch a video showing Energy Optimizers in action, please see here.
To speak with business leaders from you area about how cutting carbon grows our economy and why U.S. businesses are leading the way in the run-up to the Paris climate conference, please reach out to the media contacts listed at the top of this press release.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see www.e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.



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