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Renewable NW seeks an Executive Director to lead a strong staff and vibrant membership to advance environmentally responsible renewable energy products and services in the Northwest.

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Press Release
June 3, 2010

Major Employers, Outdoor Industries, and Small Businesses Urge Immediate Action on Comprehensive Climate, Clean Energy Legislation

Hundreds of businesses across the region demand action – New polls show strong public support

Hundreds of northwest businesses, employing tens of thousands of people in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, are urging the region's Senators to pass comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation, including a cap on carbon.


The businesses include global powerhouses Nike and Weyerhaeuser, along with the Outdoor Industry Association, which represents large outdoor retailers like REI and The North Face. Farmers, guides, clean energy companies and hundreds of other businesses across the region also support legislation to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce the pollution that causes global warming and leaves us vulnerable to more tragedies like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A recent report by American Business for Clean Energy estimates that more than 6,000 large and small businesses across the United States are now calling on Congress to enact clean energy and climate legislation. In the Northwest region, 874 companies employing over 258,000 people support clean energy and climate legislation. See the report summarizing the strong support from businesses in the NW and across the nation here, as well as summaries for Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho.

The public is joining business leaders in urging action now. New statewide polls in Oregon and Washington show strong public support for clean energy and climate legislation. The polls, conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of Clean Energy Works, show Washington voters supporting the legislation by a 13 point margin -- 54 percent support to 41 percent opposed. Support is even stronger in Oregon, where voters support the legislation 57 percent to 39 percent opposed. The polling confirms that voters in both states agree that the tragic disaster in the Gulf of Mexico provides a strong reminder of the need to move to clean energy now.

The new jobs in clean energy industries that passage of the bill would generate enjoys strong bi-partisan support as well: 70 percent in Washington and 75 percent in Oregon.

More information on the polls and the breadth of business support for action on clean energy and climate are available here.

A number of business leaders across the region are available for comment on the business community’s support for clean energy and climate legislation, including:

Oregon
Sarah A. Severn is Director of Stakeholder Mobilization for Nike, Inc., where her responsibilities include coordinating Nike’s advocacy strategy on climate change. A member of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s Climate Change Integration Group (predecessor to the state’s Global Warming Commission) and former board member of The Natural Step U.S., Sarah has been a leading figure in corporate sustainability and the nexus of people, planet, and profit throughout her career. Nike is a founding member of the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of leading companies that are united in pushing for immediate action on these issues.
 
Washington
Sara Kendall is the Vice President for Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability at Weyerhaeuser Company, an integrated Forest Products Company. She is responsible for the company’s Sustainability approach and all EHS programs. She leads company direction on issues such as global climate change, water conservation, environmental performance, sustainability and safety performance and programs. In March, Weyerhaeuser joined the US Climate Action Partnership, a group of 29 leading businesses and non-profit organizations that are urging action on well-designed climate and energy policy.

Idaho
Clay Young is the co-founder and CEO of Inovus Solar in Boise – a company dedicated to making the world’s antiquated outdoor lighting system obsolete. Clay is a 22 year veteran of the Information Technology space and successful entrepreneur.

Montana
Denny Gignoux is owner and guide at Glacier Wilderness Guides at Glacier National Park. Glacier Guides provides ecologically sensitive backcountry guiding and interpretation through Glacier National Park. Glacier Guides has more than 70 guides and support staff.

Arlo Skari has lived and farmed 16 miles north of Chester, MT since 1969. Arlo currently serves on the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee and is active in several wildlife and conservation organizations.

Regional
Amy Roberts is the Vice President of Government Affairs for Outdoor Industry Association. The Outdoor Industry Association is a national trade association whose mission is to ensure the growth and success of the $730 billion active outdoor recreation economy. OIA members include recognized brands and retailers such as REI, Levi’s, The North Face, Patagonia and Timberland. OIA announced today that it is joining Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy because of its members’ strong belief regarding the need for action.

Ross Macfarlane is Senior Advisor for Business Partnerships at Climate Solutions. He directs the Business Leaders for Climate Solutions and Montana Business Leaders for Clean Energy network, which includes more than 750 NW businesses, executives, investors and entrepreneurs who support leadership in creating a clean energy economy.
Tel: (206) 443.9570 x26 
For more information contact:
Andy Grow, Climate Solutions: 206-713-1792
Joelle Robinson, Climate Solutions: 206-351-5646
Ross Macfarlane, Climate Solutions: 206-443-9570 x26
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