Last week, the Manufacture New York Sustainability Team headed down to Washington D.C. to participate in the Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy held by the American Sustainable Business Council, and speak with government representatives about the importance of policy supporting Made in USA and domestic manufacturing. The trip was a vibrant success.
Business representatives from cities around the country--from Kansas City to Los Angeles--gathered together in D.C. to discuss their success stories of best practices, and create concrete plans to further American sustainable businesses.
The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is an organization aimed at advancing public policies that foster a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy. Over 165,000 businesses, and more each day, make up the ASBC's network of business who are practicing sustainable business models. The ASBC believes business must play a critical and positive role in our society, while at the same time, government must play a role in ensuring that markets are well-structured and that public resources are invested with vision and stewardship. The ASBC unites the two to create an innovative and supportive network where American sustainable businesses can thrive.
Manufacture New York is a recent member of the American Sustainable Business Council and we were honored to be part of the conference. We met with companies such as Seventh Generation, New Belgium Brewing Company, and Common Goods to discuss the importance of domestic manufacturing, Made in the USA, investing in the economy, and clean energy and environmental regulations to address climate change.
Speakers at the conference included Celinda Lake, of Lake Research Partners, a leading public opinion and political strategy research firm providing expert research-based strategy for issues, campaigns, and non-profit organizations, gave a powerful and humorous look into "What is the public thinking about politics and what can sustainable businesses do."
A big highlight of the conference was hearing from EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy. McCarthy understands the economic importance of investing in environmental issues. "Every $1 spent we have spent on compliance with the Clean Air Act since 2009 has generated $4-$8 in economic benefit." She spoke on the need to update federal policies on chemical safety to ensure potentially toxic chemicals are regulated and that public health is preserved. She also spoke about the EPA's dedication to introducing new, stricter standards on emission regulations for new power plants. Her final comments resonated greatly with the audience: "Sustainable business practices...[are] what will keep the US competitive in the global marketplace." And she went on to say, "No one community is going to make a difference on climate change, no one country is going to make a meaningful impact, this must be an international, concerted effort."
We also toured the U.S. Green Building Council Headquarters to gather ideas how to build out our LEED certified flagship facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
You can read the entire schedule for Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy and speakers here.
After a full day and a half of meeting and networking with like-minded business owners around the US., the group moved over to Capitol Hill.
We met with Kristen Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, and Harry Reid's office to shed light on Manufacture New York's initiatives, and how we can work together to support more businesses producing domestically.
The last leg of our Washington D.C. trip ended with a two hour interview at Bloomberg News D.C. offices.
Our Washington D.C. trip was a terrific success, and we believe the first on many! We couldn't have done it without your support!
To the future,
The MNY Team