Business Executives to Meet with Admin Officials in First Ever, Day-long Summit at White House on Moving to a Sustainable Economy
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2012 - Business executives are meeting with Administration officials to discuss how to move to a sustainable economy that emphasizes profit along with people and planet in a first-of-its-kind, day-long summit at the White House on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
The summit is being organized by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), whose member organizations represent more than 150,000 individual businesses. The White House will confirm its participants on Tuesday, June 12.
Businesses prove every day that they can succeed while pursuing a mix of “people planet and profit,” the so-called “triple bottom line”,” said David Levine, Co-founder and CEO of ASBC. “We believe that these approaches point the way toward a new and dynamic 21st century economy. From advancing US manufacturing, innovating safer chemicals and products, and instituting fair tax structures to reforming campaign finance, ASBC will be presenting a range of policy ideas to be considered. “Especially now as we work to restart economic growth, the U.S. has a unique opportunity to restructure our economy to achieve growth that combined with shared prosperity and environmental stewardship,” he said.
Participating business executives and leaders include:
- Barry Cik, Founder and Owner of Naturepedic
- Al Fuller, President and CEO of Integrated Packaging Corporation (IPC)
- Gary Hirshberg is chairman and former president and CEO of Stonyfield Farm
- Jeffrey Hollender, Co-founder of Seventh Generation, ASBC Board Chair
- Frank Knapp, President of South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce
- Ally LaTourelle, Director of Government Affairs of Bio-Amber, Inc.
- David Levine, Co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council
- Deborah Nelson, Executive Director of Social Venture Network
- Roger Smith, President of American Income Life
- Sandy Wiggins, Chair of e3bank and BALLE
(Editor's note: Bios follow. More executives are available for interview.)
Participating Administration officials include: Council on Environmental Quality Chair, Nancy Sutley, Treasury Assistant Secretary, Don Graves, Energy Dept. Advisor, Richard Kaufman, Dept. of Agriculture Assistant Secretary, Kathleen Merrigan, OSHA Director, Dr. David Michaels, SBA Assistant Administrator, Sean Greene, White House Chef, Sam Kass. (Editor's Note: A tentative agenda is available by request.)
Participants will be tweeting from the event, using the hashtag: #asbcWH.
The American Sustainable Business Council and its member organizations represent more than 150,000 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. www.asbcouncil.org
Barry Cik is founder and owner of Naturepedic, a manufacturer of organic, non-toxic baby crib mattresses. The company’s mattresses are sold throughout the United States in 300 retail stores via 200 websites. The company has transformed the industry, leading many mattress companies to take a more environmentally friendly manufacturing approach. Barry’s company is a great example of sustaining the environment and protecting the health of the public.
Richard Eidlin is Director, Public Policy and Business Engagement for ASBC. He has worked on sustainable business and policy issues for twenty-five years in the public and private sector. Sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility have been his focus since the early 1980s. He consulted to the UN Environment Programme and worked in the U.S. solar energy industry. Richard was the Business Outreach Director for the Apollo Alliance. During 2008, he co-directed the Colorado Clean Tech for Obama campaign. He was an adjunct faculty member with Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and a Board Member of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. He currently teaches Environmental Policy at the University of Denver and is on the Board of the Mile High Business Alliance. Richard earned a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin.
Al Fuller is the President and CEO of Integrated Packaging Corporation (IPC). As a child, Al grew up in a working-class, African-American neighborhood in Detroit and dreamed of helping inner-city communities prosper. After graduating from college, he revitalized a failing corrugated box plant in New Jersey by making it more efficient, loosening tensions between employees, and heightening quality control. Al’s goal has been to create a successful manufacturing business that also produces jobs available for people in inner cities, like his hometown. The corporation has been Proctor and Gamble’s Minority Business Enterprise “Company of the Year” and it was also named a “Top 100 Industrial Company” by Black Enterprise magazine. Al Fuller is a member of the President’s Council on Manufacturing.
Jeffrey Hollender is dedicated to corporate responsibility, sustainability, and social equality. Jeffrey is a speaker, consultant, author, and activist. He is the co-founder of Seventh Generation and is working to help businesses, like his own, to become more sustainable, transparent, and responsible. Jeffrey is the author of six books that present his passion for changing the negative impacts that industry can have upon the environment and society. They also promote ethical product choices. Jeffrey began his business ventures in education and publishing and later on he acquired Renew America, which was a catalog for green products and he transformed it into Seventh Generation. Jeffrey is on the board of Greenpeace U.S., the Environmental Health Fund, and Verite. He is also the co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council.
Ally LaTourelle is the Director of Government Affairs at Bio-Amber Inc., which is a renewable chemistry company that uses crops and turns them into green chemicals that directly substitute for petrochemicals. Ally received her law degree from Pace University Law School and in addition to being an attorney, she is a consultant, former financial advisor, and former sustainable business owner. She founded her own consulting practice known as Earthventure Capital which is uses socially responsible investments. Previously, she was the top business generator at UBS Financial Services. Bio-Amber is committed to social responsibility and sustaining the environment by providing alternatives to petroleum derived chemicals.
David Levine is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the American Sustainable Business Council. David has directed Sustainable Economies at the Environmental Health Fund, where his work catalyzes interest in green chemistry and the development of innovative sustainable materials, products, processes, and businesses. He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 30 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives. Previously, he was the Founding Director of Continuing Education & Public Programs at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. From 1984–1997, David was Founder and executive director of the Learning Alliance, an independent popular education organization.
Deborah Nelson is the Executive Director of Social Venture Network (SVN). She received a B.A. in English from Northwestern and an M.B.A. in marketing and management strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Before SVN, Deb was Marketing Director for Working Assets and she was also Region Marketing Director for American Express. Ms. Nelson co-founded the Social Impact Leadership Coalition (SILC), which promotes socially responsible business practices.
Sandy Wiggins is founder and principal of Consilience, LLC, a national consultancy with a mission to build environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable communities. During his three-decade career in the real estate industry, he has led the development, design, and construction of projects totaling more than a billion dollars. In 2001, he co-founded the Philadelphia-based Delaware Valley Green Building Council, devoted to changing the building industry to regenerate the natural environment and leverage the built environment to improve human health and productivity. He is a director and immediate past chair of both the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute. He is currently chair of the newly formed e3bank, a triple-bottom-line bank with a mission to facilitate the transition to a green economy, as well as chair of BALLE.