For the first time in five years, Divine Chocolate is changing up its packaging. The Green Business Network member’s new design will now include “Owned by Cocoa Farmers” to demonstrate the company’s commitment to fair labor practices. (more…)
Eric Henry, president of T.S. Designs and Green Business Network member, was featured in The Washington Post for his business experience with past North Carolina tax cuts and the implications of the looming tax bill in Congress. T.S. Designs produces responsible textiles from local suppliers to strengthen the regional economy. Their entire supply chain is transparent, and each shirt purchased can be tracked. (more…)
In 2009, Leah Fanning was to participate in a large gallery and needed to paint full-time to be prepared for it. Around the same time, she discovered that she was pregnant with her first child. In response, she ditched every single toxin in her art studio—from paints, to primers, and thinners. (more…)
Offbeat Press, a certified member of the Green Business Network, has partnered with Day by Day Warming Shelter to sponsor Hoodies for the Homeless, a fundraising partnership that offers community businesses, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to support Day by Day between now and the end of December.
Offbeat Press is a socially and environmentally-conscious screen-printing and creative design shop based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Established in 2008, Offbeat started in an abandoned building that was previously a tram station. By 2015, they had more than doubled their capacity, printing equipment, and capabilities. Offbeat specializes in quality printing and products, including water-based printing, and has earned Green America’s Gold-Level Green Business Certification.
Day by Day is a community emergency night shelter for adult men and women who have no other sheltering options in Oshkosh. They provide guests with a warm evening meal, a place to sleep, a breakfast, and other additional essentials.
To participate in Hoodies for the Homeless, clients only need to place an order for custom-printed hooded sweatshirts or zip hooded sweatshirts, or purchase a Support Community hoodie by December 31. To find out more and place your order, visit offbeatpress.com/hoodies-for-the-homeless.
On August 1, the Environmental Protection Agency was sued by 15 states and the District of Columbia after their attempt to delay enforcement of Obama Administration ozone pollution standards.
Environmental groups also filed their own lawsuits against the EPA for trying to delay methane and ozone pollution regulations. In July, Green America joined dozens of environmental, health, indigenous, religious, and other organizations in testifying at the EPA against a proposed 2-year delay in implementing already-approved methane pollution standards.
Fran Teplitz, Co-Executive Director of Green America, participated on behalf of the Green Business Network, making the business case for moving forward immediately without any delay or weakening of the EPA’s methane pollution regulation standards. She stated:
“A growing number of business leaders have come to recognize that policies that support workers, communities, and natural eco-systems also best serve the long-term interests of our economy. We see time again that exploitation of the labor force or the environment, while potentially financially profitable for certain sectors in the short term, ultimately does not serve our national interests well over time. With methane regulation, policy makers need to take into account the serious consequences that will result if the already-approved methane standards are in any way delayed or weakened.”
Her testimony also made the following points concerning impacts on business: In terms of climate pollution, businesses—especially small business—will benefit from actions to mitigate climate change. Methane emissions have 80% times the heat-trapping capability of carbon dioxide, making it a major cause of the climate crisis. Regulation of methane can therefore make a significant difference to climate change mitigation efforts.
Among the many disruptions caused by climate change are its economic impacts, especially for small businesses that are far less capable of responding successfully than are large corporations. In the sectors of agriculture, landscaping, fishing, tourism, recreation, and others – the impacts of climate change are likely to be profound.
Between 2009 and 2015, oil and gas companies operating on public and Native American lands flared, vented, or otherwise lost enough natural gas to serve the needs of 6.2 million U.S. homes in one year, according to the US Department of the Interior. Reducing this gas pollution is essential to the health of people and the planet.
Green America members are speaking up. During the EPA’s public comment period on methane standards, more than 9,800 people (businesses and individuals) signed our letters to the EPA in support of immediate action to control methane pollution. Protecting human health and mitigating climate change should be priorities for any Administration.
Although we’ve seen victories such as the Trump Administration withdrawing its plan for the 1-year delay of ozone pollution regulation, the fight is not over. Under the Trump administration, we face an adversarial EPA head Scott Pruitt, who has many times cast doubt on the idea that climate change poses a threat to the United States.
Green America will continue to mobilize people in their economic roles—as consumers, investors, workers, and business leaders—to protect people and the planet.