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photo Daniel Conners
Senior V.P. Financial Advisor
Dan Conners, a Senior Vice President at UBS, has worked in the securities industry since 1983. It was in the past decade that he became both professionally and personally interested in clean technology and sustainable investing. Dan was already acquainted with both California State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills, and Assembly Member at the time) and Lee Stein, E2 Southern California Chapter Director, who helped him get in touch with E2 Co-founder Bob Epstein just as E2 was launching its California Business Climate Network (CBCN). The CBCN is a coordinating and information-sharing network for business leaders committed to the effective implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which Senator Pavley co-authored and E2 actively supported.
Dan officially joined E2 in June 2007 and the first of E2’s activities in which he participated was an August 2007 CBCN teleconference addressing the debate between market mechanisms versus regulations for meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets, as well as how businesses and members could help in research, press and implementation efforts.
“I decided to join because it made sense for me to network with like minded individuals and entities that wanted to guide their business towards the new cleantech economy,” Dan says. “Being part of E2 has allowed me access to a great forum that keeps me aware of what is happening with environmental issues on the legislative front.”
In that vein, Dan hopes to see E2 get more involved with legislative campaigns that promote the adoption of financial incentives for research and development in clean tech. He believes the U.S. needs a cap-and-trade system that limits carbon dioxide emissions and forces businesses to adopt clean technologies to accomplish their business goals. These convictions have only been reinforced by the April 2010 oil drilling rig explosion and subsequent spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “I am sickened when I watch the oil spilling into the Gulf and when I think about the implications for the environment, financial markets and the Gulf Coast economy as a whole. The disaster and its trickle-down effects are the consequence of the lack of a clearly defined national energy policy that has kept us dependent on expensive and dirty fossil fuels.”
Along with continuing to participate on E2 TeleSalons and Action Alerts, Dan also supports environment-friendly organizations addressing issues in his home region in Southern California. These include San Diego Coastkeepers, The Equinox Center (San Diego region) and the San Elijo Lagoon Foundation. Dan sits on the Environmental Committee of the San Diego Port Tenants Association and has helped his two daughters and their classmates with the formation of their high school’s Global Green Partnership club.

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