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August 18, 2019

Dear California Legislators,
As members and supporters of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), we are writing in strong support of SB 54/AB 1080, which would reduce the waste generated in California from single-use packaging and products by 75 percent by 2030.  These bills will lessen the burden of plastic pollution on our state’s economy, reduce the fiscal impact to taxpayers and local governments responsible for litter clean-up, drive job growth in California’s clean economy, and help to mitigate climate change emissions, the impacts of which have consequences for California businesses.
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.
Plastic pollution presents major challenges across the world and this systemic issue calls for bold and robust action. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and, as a major consumer of single-use plastics, the state has an opportunity and responsibility to lead on solutions to the growing plastic pollution crisis in America.  Regulation targeting individual plastic products is not properly addressing the problem; SB 54/AB 1080 would set bold, necessary reduction targets and would establish a comprehensive framework to effectively address the situation through source reduction, recycling, and composting.  
California’s current plastic pollution problem is significantly impacting our economy. California taxpayers and local governments spend over $420 million annually in ongoing efforts to clean up and prevent litter in streets, storm drains, parks and waterways. Not only is this cleanup expensive, it is not properly addressing the challenge. In fact, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study found that reducing marine debris currently polluting Orange County beaches by just 50 percent over a three-month period would generate over $67 million in economic benefits to local residents.  Furthermore, a wide body of research has determined that plastic pollution impacts the efficacy and productivity of fisheries, hindering an important coastal California industry.  E2’s ocean economy fact sheet highlights that California’s clean ocean economy is worth $43.5 billion annually and employs 555,000 Californians.  Plastic pollution is diminishing this resource and will continue to erode the economic potential of our state until we properly address the problem. 
Plastic production is also contributing to our climate crisis: the vast majority of plastics are derived from non-renewable fossil fuels. With a 40 percent increase in plastic production projected over the next decade, plastic production will account for 20 percent of global fossil fuel consumption unless we make major policy changes to significantly counter this. In fact, by 2050, plastic production and incineration – which is a current end state for some California plastics exported for recycling - may account for up to 15 percent  of our remaining global climate budget.  Economic impacts to California’s businesses from climate change are already being felt and the use of oil for plastic production will continue to drive climate emissions and exacerbate the impacts to business of drought, wild fire, and sea level rise.
Existing recycling infrastructure can’t keep pace and the status quo is insufficient. Only about 9 percent of plastic is recycled in the US, and that percentage has been dropping since the implementation of China’s National Sword policy, which severely restricts the amount of foreign waste (including recyclable materials) China accepts. The US plastics recycling industry has been shaped for many years around market standards in China; as these dynamics have shifted, we must foster local recycling markets to ensure continued California leadership on, and commitment to, recycling. California must close this loop by ensuring recyclable materials are actually recycled for use as production feedstock, and as part of a shift towards this more circular economy, SB 54/AB 1080 directs the expansion of incentives and policies to encourage in-state manufacturing using recycled material generated in California. This direction will provide a strong market signal to increase in-state recycling. Recycling generates more jobs than landfilling, and a 2014 study showed that increasing recycling rates of plastics to meet our 2020 recycling goals would generate tens of thousands of jobs.  SB 54/AB 1080, complemented by other state policies, will harness California’s entrepreneurial spirit to create solutions, funnel investment, and drive job growth in California’s clean economy. 
Following existing, successful California models for addressing environmental problems, SB 54/AB 1080 calls for the execution of robust stakeholder engagement and the creation of a scoping plan, and empowers state agencies with the expertise needed to develop smart regulations, including the employment of market-based mechanisms. 
SB 54/AB 1080 is an important step in mitigating the economic impacts of plastic pollution in California and driving the expansion of in-state manufacturing and recycling facilities. This bill presents an opportunity for California to continue its environmental leadership legacy and harness the Golden State’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that has placed California’s economy as a global leader.  As business leaders who are creating jobs and driving economic growth in California, we thank you for your leadership and look forward to working with you on this important legislation. For additional information, please contact Andy Wunder at awunder@e2.org.


Curtis Abbott
CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc
Dan Abrams
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Salem Afeworki
Founder & Lead Advisor, Value Sustainability
Nick Allen
Partner, Spring Ventures LLC
Trevor Anderson
Policy Manager, Climate Action Reserve
Ruben Aronin
Senior Vice President, The Better World Group
Jay Baldwin
President, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Frederick Baron
Partner, Cooley LLP
Kathy Baron
Kathy Barry
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Caroline Bauhaus
Education Consultant, Equity & Access
Mark Bauhaus
Principal & Founder, Bauhaus Productions Consulting
Keir Beadling
CEO and Co-Founder, Mavericks Surf Ventures
Karin Berardo
Founder, SIRES Advisors; Board Member, CleanPath
Laura Berland
Vice President, Government Affairs, Blue Planet Systems Corp.
Tony Bernhardt, PhD
Board Member, Resources for the Future
Marcella Bernstein
Stuart Bernstein
Founding Member, Sustainable Capital LLC
Maureen Blanc
Director, Charge Across Town
David Bowen
Software Engineer, Google
Jen Boynton
Founding Member, MAG Impact Collective
George Brandt
Beth Brummitt
President, Brummitt Consulting
Barbara Brenner Buder
VP of Finance & Administration, San Francisco Theological Seminary
Bob Burnett
Retired, Cisco Systems
Jane Byrd
Board member, Natural Ligic
Ken Caldeira
Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University
Pete Cartwright
Partner, Avalon Ecopower
John Cheney
CEO, Silverado Power LLC
Stacie Cheng
Director of Business Strategy and Operations, Dell
Tom Cole
Venture Partner, TransLink Capital
Martha Conway
Yair Crane
Mark Cunningham
Sales Engineer, Estimator, IL Mechanical
Greg Curhan
President and CEO, Merriman Curhan
Gilonne D'Origny
CEO, Planet A
Jayne Davis
Peter Davis
Retired Attorney
Sam Deaner
Rick DeGolia
Chairman of the Board, Peninsula Clean Energy
Michael Delapa
DeLapa Consulting
Elizabeth Dreicer
Co-Founder & CEO, KUITY Corp.
Patricia Durham
Leah Edwards
Investor and Interim Executive , KETOS Inc., Qpi Education, NameCoach
Karen Eggerman
Benjamin Eiref
Global Head of Automotive & Mobility Solutions, Amazon Web Services
Everet Ericksen
Engineering Manager, Fox Racing Shox
Rob Erlichman
Owner/Founder, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Lynn Feintech
Jerry Feitelson
CEO, Agribody Technologies, Inc.
Anne Feldhusen
Principal Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Kacey Fitzpatrick
Principal, Avalon Enterprises Inc
Jon Foster
Chief Financial Officer, Nauto
Karen Francis
Board Member, Telenav
Richard Frankel
Director, Reach
Gil Friend
CEO, Natural Logic
Chris Fulton
Sr. Account Manager - Devices, Amazon
Lisa Gansky
Non-Executive Director, 11:FS
Bonnie Gemmell
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell
Managing Principal, Addwater Design & Marketing
Nancy Gail Goebner
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Ken Goldsholl
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Nancy Goldsholl
Wes Goldstein
Operating Partner, Energy Impact Partner
Allen Greenfield
Lyle Gregory
Lyle Gregory & Associates
Marianna Grossman
Founder and Managing Partner, Minerva Ventures
Reed Hamilton
Owner, Grass Valley Grains
Doug Hammer
Diana Hawkins Manuelian
Dr, City of Atherton Environmental Committee
Paula Hawthorn, PhD
Carol Hazenfield
Owner, Persuasive Speaking
Len Hering
Executive Director, I Love A Clean San Diego
Alan Herzig
Independent Director
James Higgins
Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Jill Tate Higgins
Investor, Director, gDiapers
Shiela Hingorani
First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Ari Isaak
Founder and CEO, Evari GIS Consulting, Inc.
Charlene Kabcenell
Former Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Derry Kabcenell
Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Holly Kaufman
President, Environment & Enterprise Strategies
Arthur Keller
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Gavriella Keyles
Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500
Steven Kiralla
Eco Dad, Kids in the House
Virginia Klausmeier
CEO, Sylvatex
Judy Klein
Charly Kleissner
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Charles Knowles
Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Network
Stephanie Knowles
Sibella Kraus
Sustainable Agriculture Education
Bill Kuni
Megha Lakhchaura
Director, Policy and Utility Programs (North America), EV-Box
Gina Lambright
Managing Partner, TOZ Consulting
Felix Le Merle
Postgraduate, University of Oxford
Nicole Lederer
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rebecca Lee
Kevin Levy
Associate, Reed Smith LLP
Genevieve Liang
Climate Tech Strategist, Independent
Peter Liu
Founder and Partner, Clean Energy Advantage Partners, LLC
Jonathan Livingston
Founder, The Gaea Prize
Deepa Lounsbury
Director of Products, Extensible Energy
Fred Maas
Pacific EcoCompanies, LLC
Steve MacKay
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Drew Maran
Founder and Vice President, Drew Maran Construction, Inc.
Camilla McCalmont
Tom McCalmont
President, McCalmont Engineering
Nancy McCarter-Zorner
Plant Pathologist
Steve McDougal
Corporate and Institutional Sales Manager, 3Phases Energy Services
Evan McFarland
Phil McGillivary
Pacific Area and Ice Breaker Science Liaison, U.S. Coast Guard
Sandy Mendler
Principal, Mithun
Lisa Mihaly
Robin Mills
Kate Mitchell
Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Wes Mitchell
Board Member, Foto Forum, SFMOMA
Becky Morgan
Jim Morgan
Chairman, Applied Materials
Emilie Munger Ogden
Eleanor Musick
Partner, Musick Davison LLP
Carl Nettleton
President, Nettleton Strategies LLC
Armand Neukermans
CEO, Adagio
Eliane Neukermans
Patrick Noon
Amanda North
Founder and CEO, Plan C Advisors
Tori Nourafchan
Anne O'Grady
Standish O'Grady
Director of Board of Directors, Smule, Inc.
Doug Ogden
CEO, North Ridge Investment Management
Linda Oleson
CEO, Trillium Engineering
Larry Orr
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Lyn Oswald
Neela Patel
Executive Director of Business Engagement, Seattle Genetics
Jim Patton
Senior Director - Global Trade Compliance, Apple
Tammy Patton
George Phipps
Kristina Phipps
Julia Posin
Co-founder, Steel Straw
Robin Raj
Founder, Citizen Group
Mark Roest
Marketing & International Development, Sustainable Energy Inc.
Evan Rosenberg
Senior Manager, Client Development & Policy, SRECTrade
David Rosenheim
Partner, Align Coaching
Jackie Rosenheim
David Rosenstein
President, Intex Solutions
Marcie Rothman
Meg Ruxton
Principal, MNR Consultants
Paul Salinger
VP, Marketing, Oracle
Amy Santullo
California Clean Tech Open, Downtown College Prep Scholarship Committee
Michael Santullo
self employed
Kelly Sarber
CEO, Strategic Management Group
Jan Schalkwijk
Investment Adviser, JPS Global Investments
Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman, Google
Wendy Schmidt
Founder, The 11th Hour Project
David Schwartz
Director, Cleantech Research, PARC, a Xerox Company
Lauren Scott
Paul Scott
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Transportation Power Inc
Christie Scourtes
Banking Officer, New Resource Bank
Ashley Selman
Owner & President, Evolution Trainers
Tim Sexton
Principal, Make Good Group
Jigar Shah
Co-founder and President, Generate Capital
Adam Sharma
Business Development Executive, human-I-T
Rebecca Shaw
Bill Silva
Owner, Bill Silva Entertainment
Barbara Simons
Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research
Divya Singh
Senior Associate, MMA Energy Capital
Sandra Slater
Director, Northern California, Cool City Challenge
Michael Smith
Founder, Adaptation Research
Fiona Smythe
VP, Strategy, mscripts
Mary Solecki
Partner, AJW, Inc.
Ed Supplee
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee
Former Chief Financial Officer
Heena Tabassum
Student, University of San Francisco
Sven Thesen
Founder & CEO, BeniSol Solar, ProjectGreenHome.org
Cariad Thronson
CEO, Forefront Marketing & Communications
Robert Thronson
VP Marketing & Business Development, Vigilent
Terry Trumbull
Trumbull Law Firm-Chairman, CA Waste Management Board, 1979-84
Mike Ubell
Treasurer/Recorder, OpenOakland
Bill Unger
Board Member & DAdvisor, Not for Profits and For Profit Tech Companies
Lorna Vander Ploeg
Mark Vander Ploeg
Senior Managing Director - Retired, Evercore Partners
Andy Verhalen
General Partner, Matrix Partners
Ariana Vito
Sustainability Analyst/EV Program Coordinator, City of Santa Monica
Marilyn Waite
Climate and Clean Energy Finance Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Donn Walklet
Terra-Vista, Inc.
Tracy Walklet
Terra-Vista, Inc.
Bill Weihl
Founder and Executive Director, ClimateVoice
Dave Welch
President, Infinera Corporation
Heidi Welch
Clint Wilder
Senior Editor, Clean Edge
Ellie Wilder
Tonia Wisman
Gary Wolff
Senior Hydraulic Engineer, Otak, Inc.
Garrett Wong
Sr. Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica
John Woolard
Senior Operating Partner, Activate Capita
Mary M. Yang
Former Biotech Co-Founder & President, KAIROS Scientific Inc
Logan Yonavjak
Manager, Market Research & Analysis , CREO Syndicate
Denny Young
Jennifer Youstra
Margaret Zankel
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel
Martin Zankel
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel
Paul Zorner
Chief Agronomist, Locus Solutions

202 members


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