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Sustainable Furnishings Council Lobby Day: How Climate Change is Affecting Business

On July 12th, ASBC helped coordinate a lobby day on Capitol Hill in support of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), an ASBC member. SFC is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers in the home furnishings industry dedicated to environmental sustainability.

Members of SFC’s board of directors, representing furnishings businesses from around the country, came to D.C. to speak with congressional offices about the impact that climate change is having on their businesses.  The owners of prominent companies like Room&Board and Interiors Magazine gave the group a strong and persuasive business voice. SFC board members and ASBC representatives met with staffers from the offices of Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. We were also honored to meet with Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina himself.

The meetings were productive and provided insight into the possibility of future bipartisan action in support of environmental protection. Although many challenges lie ahead, all the offices were in agreement that clean energy is a powerful economic force that must have a place in our national energy portfolio. Both North Carolina offices were proud that their state is the second biggest producer of solar energy. ASBC and SFC see this as an opportunity to advance clean energy as a key part of the political agenda, and we’re continuously grateful for the work that many senators are doing in support of comprehensive climate and clean energy policies. You can learn more about ASBC’s clean energy initiatives here.

Source Author: 
Emily Barber