360+ Small Businesses Sign Climate Declaration in Call for U.S. Climate Change Policy

For Immediate Release: 
June 20, 2013

Small Business Leaders Urge Federal Policymakers to Capture Economic Opportunities of Addressing Climate Change

BOSTON, MA (June 20, 2013) — A total of 364 American small businesses from 47 states and the District of Columbia have signed the Climate Declaration, a statement calling on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunities of addressing climate change.

The announcement comes during Small Business Week in Washington, D.C., where dozens of small business leaders will meet with lawmakers to discuss the economic impacts and opportunities of climate change with the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), which launched the Climate Declaration campaign earlier this year.

These small business leaders join more than 150 other companies, including General Motors Co., Unilever, IKEA, Stonyfield Farm and more than 100 ski areas, in asserting, “Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century … There must be a coordinated effort to combat climate change—with America taking the lead here at home.”

Small businesses contribute approximately $11.7 billion to the U.S. economy, employ approximately 60 million Americans and yet are highly vulnerable to extreme weather and other impacts of climate change. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved more than 34,000 disaster loan applications for a total of $2.2 billion in aid. The storm prompted the third largest total of small business disaster lending in U.S. history, and the 2013 wildfire and hurricane seasons are already well underway, threatening businesses from coast to coast.

“Small business owners are flexible and adaptable to changing economic conditions, but not to disastrous weather and climate.  Our livelihoods could be easily wiped away by a storm like Sandy,” said Susan Labandibar, President of Tech Networks, a Boston-based IT services firm. “We signed the Declaration and are here in Washington to remind members of Congress that responding to this problem—rather than wishing it away—is the course of action that will lead to a better economic outlook for American businesses.”

The signatories of the Climate Declaration include businesses spanning a variety of industries, including the financial services, hospitality, consulting, architecture, food service, agriculture and technology sectors. A full list of signatories follows below.

“Most small businesses do not benefit from either the sources or the disastrous effects of climate change. On the contrary, they see tackling climate change as key to the future prosperity of their companies and communities,” said Richard Eidlin, Director of Public Policy for ASBC. “It is time for Washington to address the climate challenge by making investments in clean and efficient energy systems that will create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and drive the future of the American economy.”

“We are proud to have the support of so many small business leaders and the ASBC, who believe that tackling climate change is an American economic opportunity,” said Anne Kelly, director of BICEP. “Many of these businesses are pillars of their communities; still more are important suppliers to other Climate Declaration signatories. The voice of the business community is strong on climate action, and it’s time for policymakers to respond.”

Over the course of an ongoing campaign organized by Ceres and BICEP, other businesses, as well as individuals, are encouraged to sign the Declaration and join the call to action. For more information visit the Climate Declaration.

About Ceres
Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful coalition of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $11 trillion. For more information, visit http://www.ceres.org

About the American Sustainable Business Council
The American Sustainable Business Council and its member organizations represent more than 165,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 300,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and investors. The council includes chambers of commerce, trade associations, and groups representing small business, investors, microenterprise, social enterprise, green and sustainable business, local living economy, and women and minority business leaders. ASBC informs and engages policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy. For more information, visit www.asbcouncil.org

 

ALASKA
Earth Friendly Coffee   Homer
Mountain Rider's Alliance   Hope

ARIZONA
BKW III, LLC    Bisbee
ClarkFarms    Patagonia
CLE Assets, LLC    Phoenix
Institute for Business Longevity  Chandler
Journey Beyond Life   Prescott
Originate Natural Building Materials Showroom 
Tucson
Prologic Technical group   Tucson
Sustainable Arizona   Sedona

ARKANSAS
Design Work Group   Monticello

CALIFORNIA
ABSC     Placerville
Bay Trading    Novato
BitJazz, Inc.    Woodacre
BlueJayWay    Oakland
California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity     San Francisco
Cagwen & Dorward Landscape Contractors Novato
Care2     Rohnert Park
Chosen Futures    San Francisco
Communitas Financial Planning   San Francisco
Continuum Industries   San Francisco
Coto Consulting, Inc.   Coto De Caza
David Sanger Photography, LLC  Albany
Debra Little Sustainable Design  Grass Valley
Distance Learning Consulting  Lafayette
DLSD     Grass Valley
Flynn & Assoc., Inc.   El Cerrito
Free Range Studios   Oakland
Gaia Development Services  Marina del Rey
Go Solar USA, Inc.   Fremont
Gravitas Docufilms   Martinez
Great Mex Grill Newport Beach
Green Age 360    Oakland
Green Retirement Plans, Inc.  Oakland
GVC     San Francisco
Health Insurance for Californians  Sacramento
House Kombucha    Oakland
Imageworks    San Diego
Joint Venture Monterey Bay  Salinas
Leisure Wheels Quadracycles, LLC  Palm Springs
LittleFootprint Lighting   Santa Cruz
Living Tree Community Foods  Berkeley
Mal Warwick | Donordigital  Berkeley
Matrix Design Studio   San Diego
Natural Logic, Inc.   Berkeley
New Moon Girl Media   Emeryville
New Resource Bank   San Francisco
PODenergy, Inc.    Ventura
Proof Lab Surf Shop   Mill Valley
RC Cubed    Santa Cruz
RCFA, Inc.    Rancho Murieta
Realty Transacts, Inc.   San Diego
RetroCom Energy Strategies, Inc.  Elk Grove
Rinova International   Tiburon
SaveWithSunlight, Inc.   Davis
Sidel Systems USA, Inc.    Atascadero
Simmons Natural Bodycare  Bridgeville
SolSource, Inc.     Fullerton
Sonoma Wine Company   Graton
St. John & Associates   Mendocino
Sustainable Concepts Studio  El Cerrito
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Forestville
Tall Tree Labs Huntington Beach
Tamalpais NatureWorks   San Rafael
Technical Equipment Cleaners  Truckee
The Added Edge    Glen Ellen
The Ratcliff Architects    Emeryville
The Specialty Sleep Association  Friant
True Market Solutions   San Francisco
Underground    San Francisco
Weil Aquatronics    Fountain Valley

COLORADO
Abraham Paiss & Associates  Boulder
AECB Designs    Wheat Ridge
Albritton Skis    Salida
Best Organics, Inc.   Boulder
Canyonlights Photography   Lyons
ClearSky Reporting   Boulder
Earth and Sky Architecture  Denver
Equinox Consultancy, LLC  Boulder
GoLite, LLC    Boulder
Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium Conifer
iResortApp    Silverthorne
Krahmer Holdings, LLC   Englewood
NeverSummer Studio   Grand Lake
Nomad, Inc.    Carbondale
San Juan Coffee Company   Durango
Suite Sleep, Inc.    Boulder
Taiga Company    Golden
The Vector Group   Streamboat Springs
Urban Life 5280    Lafayette
Venner Consulting, Inc.   Lakewood
webShine    Aspen

CONNECTICUT
Chandler, LLC    Greenwich

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
American Income Life Insurance  Washington
DCSTA     Washington
Eighty2degrees, LLC   Washington
Eva Realty, LLC    Washington
Greenease    Washington
Pansaari     Washington
PRé North America   Washington
Shifting Patterns Consulting  Washington
The Organic Center   Washington

FLORIDA
3 Pillar Solutions, LLC   Jupiter
Breaking Ground Contracting  Jacksonville
Carters Pest Control   Bradenton
Cyrus LNR    Cocoa
Ethical Markets Media    St. Augustine
FTS Telecom    Orlando
globotext    Coconut Grove
Great Green Editing   Lutz
Green Energy Marketing & Consulting Tallahassee
Hayes Law, PL    Orlando
IDEAS For Us    Miami
Javier's Restaurant   Sarasota
Nancy Deren Financial Coaching  Gainesville
National Benefit Service Center  Maitland

GEORGIA
Follett and Smith Enterprises, LLC  Alpharetta
Law Office of Linda Aronson  Atlanta
New Leaf Distributing Co.   Lithia Springs
Solaero     Peachtree City
Sustainable Atlanta   Atlanta

HAWAII
Barzman Consulting   Honolulu
Sustainable Island Products, LLC  Hilo

IDAHO
All Seasons Garden Center  Sandpoint
TwentyTwo Designs   Driggs

ILLINOIS
A. Anderson Music    Chicago
Chicago Family Health Center  Chicago
DeepGreen    Des Plaines
DuPage Psychological Associates  Glen Ellyn
General Biomass Company  Evanston
Gilasi by Innerglow, Inc.   Chicago
HeatSaver    Calumet City
HJKessler Associates   Chicago
HMP     Chicago
Hoffman Management Partners, LLC Chicago
Interactive Campus Technologies  Des Plaines
Just in Time Direction   Glen Ellyn
Paper Free Programs   Evanston
Promotional Product Solutions  Evanston
Sangamon River Arborist   White Heath
TheHitBid Company, Inc.    Homer Glen

INDIANA
GPM Global    Fort Wayne
Green Project Management Global  Fort Wayne

IOWA
Rain Barrels Iowa   Des Moines

KANSAS
Interdependent Web   Emporia

KENTUCKY
Bluegrass Academic Tutoring, LLC  Louisville

LOUSIANA
Rebirth Capital, LLC   New Orleans

MAINE
Admiral's Buttons, Inc.   Camden
Back Country Excursions, LLC  Parsonsfield
Jennifer Kierstead Consulting  Waterville

MARYLAND
ABC Box Co.    Baltimore
Amicus Green Building Center, LLC Kensington
Blessed Coffee    Takoma Park
CEM Design Architects   Rockville
EcoKraft    Silver Spring
Endosys, LLC    Silver Spring
Ethical Electric    Silver Spring
HarborWest Design   Owings Mills
Helicon Works Architects   Takoma Park
Living Calmness    Laurel
Refresh! Interiors & Staging  -
Solar Energy World   Elkridge
The Fehlig Group, LLC   Gaithersburg

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Building Resources  Boston
Broadside Bookshop, Inc.   Northampton
Business Wisdom    Lexington
Captains of Industry   Boston
CDI Meters, Inc.    Woburn
Chez Sven B&B    Wellfleet
Classic Communications   Foxboro
Co-op Power    Hatfield
EcoValuePoints    Cambridge
Green And Profitable   Hadley
Holistic Project Management Consulting  Baldwinville
Market Dynamics LOHAS   Acton
Martha's     Cambridge
Melina/Hyland Design Group  Cambridge
NYR Organic    Concord
Oaktree/Greenline   Cambridge
People & Planet Holdings   Medford
South Mountain Company, Inc.  West Tisbury
Tech Networks of Boston   South Boston
Tel-Affinity Corporation   Needham
TRU2U  Communications   Amherst
Video4Good Studios   Easthampton

MICHIGAN
Blue Chip Technologies Group  Brighton
Green Advantage Consultants  Chelsea
Wolcott House Bed & Breakfast  Fenton

MINNESOTA
Adroit Solutions    Minneapolis
Bee Free Honee    Minneapolis
BioAmber, Inc.    Plymouth
Contempl8 T-Shirts   Minneapolis
David Karakatsoulis Pottery  Duluth
Global Perception, Inc. Columbia Heights
Lake Climate Group   Minneapolis
Rune's Furniture    Fairmont
TransUNImission, Inc.   Lakeville
Z2 Enterprises    Sauk Rapids

MISSISSIPPI
Fair Trade Green    Jackson

MISSOURI
Miller Chiropractic   Troy
SustainEdge    Wildwood

MONTANA
Blue Ribbon Flies West Yellowstone
Dahlman Ranch, Inc.   Forsyth
HaydenTanner, LLC   Bigfork

NEBRASKA
Earthshade Natural Window Fashions Elkhorn

NEVADA
Escape Adventures, Inc.   Las Vegas
Gomez Consulting Group.   Henderson
On Demand Ventures, Inc.   Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center  Hebron
PeopleSense Consulting, LLC  Jaffrey
Worthen Industries   Nashua

NEW JERSEY
Ristorante Maietta   Englishtown
Consumer Eyes    Glen Ridge
Copyrose Marketing & Communications River Vale
Ecco Bella    West Orange
Kayak Media    West Orange
KKI     Warren
Moorland Studios, Inc.   Stockton
SumaGreen    Hammonton
Swan Creek Energy   Trenton
Transitioning To Green   Montville
Triple Ethos Point Pleasant Beach

NEW MEXICO
Concept Green    Albuquerque
Current-C Energy Systems, Inc.  Albuquerque
Rio Grande Natural Health Clinic  Albuquerque
William Freimuth Architecture  Farmington

NEW YORK
39 West Press    New York
Abundance Cooperative Market  Rochester
AlphaSource Capital Securities, LLC New York
Bates Apartments    Morrisonville
BCW Historic Properties LP  Brooklyn
Bespoken Corporate Communication New York
Big Blue Advisors   New York
EcoPlum    New York
Green Map System   New York
GREENPLAN, Inc.   Rhinebeck
Independence    New York
Jayne Winter Design, LLC   Ithaca
Kenoza Type, Inc.    Kenoza Lake
Little Cupcake Bakeshop   New York
LWGriffin’s Supply, LLC   Trumansburg
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce  New York
Octagon Builders    East Chatham
Olavie     New York
Sea to Table    Brooklyn
Singlebrook Technology   Ithaca
Splice Photography   Brooklyn
SustainableBusiness.com Huntington Station
The Law Office of Jordana M. Gutman, PC New York
Village Car Service   Staten Island

NORTH CAROLINA
AIRES     Asheville
Auralites, Inc.    Fletcher
Buena     Wilmington
Fiberactive Organics, L3C   Apex
Gypsy Divers    Raleigh
JEVAS     Asheville
Medley Meadows Farm   King
PLC Repair    Charlotte
Resourcing Natural Solutions  Durham
Sigmon Design, Inc.   Charlotte

NORTH DAKOTA
Kirschenmann Family Farms  Medina

OHIO
Della Zona Restaurant   Athens
Ecologic Farms    Delaware
Muddy Fork Farm   Wooster
Sunsprout Farms of Central Ohio  Columbus
SupraOrganics    Columbus
Tulong, LLC    Cincinnati
Village Bakery & Cafe   Athens

OKLAHOMA
High Flight Arts and Letters  Claremore

OREGON
3rd Rock Data, Inc.   Portland
Artifice, Inc.    Eugene
Combined Facility Systems  Medford
GO Box     Portland
GoGreen Conference   Portland
Hobi Fire Wagons, LLC   Roseburg
Independence Gardens, LLC  Portland
JB Bane & Company, Inc.   Enterprise
Johnny Creek Ranch   Kimberly
Meeting Strategies Worldwide  Portland
MindEase Billing    Portland
Mirador Community Store   Portland
Roots Realty    Portland
SpiritWorks Software, Inc.   Keizer
Stumptown Puzzles   Portland
Susan Hebert Imports   Portland
Susan Mackenzie Interiors   Grants Pass
Sustainable Environmental Services Corp. Hillsboro
Tamara Staton    Portland

PENNSYLVANIA
Belkis Consulting, LLC   York
Community Heritage Partners, LLC  Lancaster
Environmental Logic, Inc.   Pittsburgh
Exact Solar    Yardley
Finance     Ashley
Green Heron Tools, LLC   New Tripoli
Hydroscapes, Inc.    Yardley
MooreBetterFood    Narberth
National Foundry Products, Inc.  Philadelphia
Resonate, LLC    Berwyn
The Philadelphia Catering Co.   Philadelphia
UKZN     Pittsburgh
West Side Auto Repair   Uniontown

RHODE ISLAND
Klinkman Solar Design   Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA
Harry Barker    Charleston
Levin Consultants   Columbia
South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce
     Columbia
Wellness Boutique, LLC   Hartsville

TENNESSEE
American Exchange   Chattanooga

TEXAS
Barbara Ann's Antiques   Queen City
BLK Virtual Assistance   Spring
Blue Moon Massage   Lubbock
Dolphin Blue, Inc.   Dallas
EcoStrategies    San Antonio
Evolving Electric Motor Company  Georgetown
Hill Country Green Team   Austin
Intelliroof    Dallas
RecycleMatch    Houston
Rosh Energy, LLC   Houston
The Hummer Group, Inc.    Uvalde
The Pretenders    Austin

UTAH
Park City Lodging, Inc.   Park City
Peterson Equipment Company  Hyde Park

VERMONT
Aegis Wind, LLC    Waitsfield
Agrilab Technologies, LLC  Enosburg Falls
Ethics By Design    Middlebury
Maslack Media, Inc.   Saint Albans
R. John & Co.    Brattleboro
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Burlington

VIRGINIA
Curren Media Group   Staunton
Hanging Rock Animal Hospital  Salem
Marstel-Day, LLC   Fredericksburg
Envolve      Merrified
Pennie Rose Massage Therapy, Inc.  Fredericksburg
Re-Nuble    Lorton

WASHINGTON
B2B4Me    Bellevue
Camp Creative    Spokane
Change Catalyst    Seattle
Chekfaxx Corp.     Seattle
Fair Portia    Olympia
GreenBalance Energy Marketing  Duvall
I & I Design    Seattle
JFK Chilson Opals & More  Enumclaw
Liberty Bottleworks   Union Gap
McColl Studio, Inc.   Bellingham
MJ's Chocolate Fantasy   Spokane
Modern Species    Seattle
Moldestad Industrial, LLC   Snohomish
NRG Insurance    Seattle
Occupy.com    -
S2 Sustainability Consultants  Seattle
Van Pelt Corbett Bellows, Inc.  Seattle
Watershed, LLC    Vashon

WEST VIRGINIA
Good Natured, LLC   Martinsburg
Probst Furniture Makers   Hamlin
Tenfold Fair Trade Collection  Harpers Ferry

WISCONSIN
Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm  Delafield
Chrysalis Farm    Viroqua
Convergence Energy   Lake Geneva
Green Apple Inn B&B   La Farge
Johnson Custom Leathers   Osceola
Kinder Kloset, Inc.    Rochester
Write Stuff Resources, LLC  Cedarburg

WYOMING
Ebb & Flow Media   Jackson
Terra Public Relations   Jackson
Teton Gravity Research   Teton Villa

 

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