The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), whose business supporters incluide Dankso, Patagonia, The North Face and Timberland, applauded the Senate for voting Thursday to confirm Gina McCarthy as the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The ASBC, which is lobbying Congress to take immediate action to address climate change, lauded McCarthy as a leader who understands that economic prosperity is not at odds with environmental protection.
“The Senate’s action on Ms. McCarthy’s nomination means that EPA can now focus on key challenges such as drafting rules on carbon pollution, protecting the nation’s water supplies and leveling the playing field for green chemistry and safer alternatives to dangerous chemicals,” said ASBC CEO David Levine. “We look forward to a constructive working relationship with Administrator McCarthy to find solutions that benefit both the environment and the economy.”
The ASBC 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 such as Outdoor Industry Assoiciation, and groups representing small business, investors, microenterprise, social enterprise, green and sustainable business, local living economy, and women and minority business leaders.
“Business Supporters” are U.S.-based corporations of varying size that have made a commitment to the principles of vibrant and sustainable economic development. They participate in policy discussions, outreach, and public communications to build understand and support for new options for the economy. Business supporters also provide ongoing financial support for the American Sustainable Business Council.