Boston University Green Pages: Green Chamber Vows Change.
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The Green Chamber of Commerce, founded in San Francisco in 2007, decided to go national this past summer in light of what it perceived as a failing of the US Chamber of Commerce to represent the views and values of many businesses, as well as the best interests of US citizens. The group took particular [...]
The Green Chamber of Commerce, founded in San Francisco in 2007, decided to go national this past summer in light of what it perceived as a failing of the US Chamber of Commerce to represent the views and values of many businesses, as well as the best interests of US citizens. The group took particular umbrage at the chamber’s blatant anti-environmental stance and its ongoing campaign against regulating green house gas emissions.
The green group has already established two chapters in Las Vegas and North Carolina, and has added an “ambassador-level program” for those ramping up for full membership. Today 25 percent of the 300 members are in businesses outside of San Francisco. While region-wide applications are welcome, companies may join as individuals.
Is the group political? We asked Executive Director Stacie Shepp. “We advocate for positions and actions. While the US Chamber of Commerce uses a political voice, we serve as a significant alternative voice. Bill McKibben [author and founder of 350.org] says, ‘The US Chamber of Commerce doesn’t speak for us.’ And apparently companies such as Apple, Exelon, and Pacific Gas & Electric agree—by dropping out of the old chamber.” (Nike resigned in protest from the board, but remains a member.)
“Our goal,” says Shepp, “is to be the alternative to the US Chamber, a voice for green businesses and sustainable business practices, for moving forward beyond the staus quo, and advocating for the immense opportunities that green business and alternative energy firms present to us: jobs, an end to dependence on foreign fuel sources, whole new industries, and a much cleaner world.” Learn more at www.greenchamberofcommerce.net