Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Marstel-Day President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin today served on a panel at the White House entitled "Climate Change: Discussion with Small Business Leaders."
This is the second time this month that Rubin has participated in a White House event. Earlier in the month, she was recognized as a White House "Champion of Change" for climate resilience.
Rubin said "I am really pleased to see the White House shining a light on small businesses and their profound role as climate leaders, and the equal recognition that green jobs are of tremendous import to each and every local economy. That's a message I can proudly carry back to our community right here in Virginia."
The panel, chaired by Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, involved Rubin and 6 other business leaders from across the country and explored three key questions:
1. How has climate change and related impacts (extreme weather, etc.) changed the way think about and operate your business?
2. How do you see the addressing climate change as good for business? (energy efficiency, clean energy technologies, etc.)
3. Given your experience and expertise in your profession, how do you see climate change affecting small business going forward?
Small businesses employ 60-80 percent of the population, depending on how one counts and what statistics are used to define 'small.'
Rubin said: "In its totality, the small business community is anything but small It's a huge force for change, from almost any angle -- culture, ethics, environment, you name it. One of the key factors we as a nation need to examine is the absolutely critical role small businesses play as a shaping force for the environment and society."
Rubin said her remarks on the panel focused on three key points:
1. Unfortunately, many climate initiatives tend to block out small businesses and focus only on the large companies as 'climate leaders.' From a societal perspective, that's a mistake because it overlooks the real cultural powerhouse and more ambitious and also more flexible engine for economic development via green jobs, which is the small business community.
2. If the federal government wants to have an impact on shaping green jobs, it needs to start inserting green factors as a selection criteria for government contracts
3. Green "tech" is incredibly important, especially as a means to attract jobs in all sectors of the economy; however, an overemphasis on green tech can often obscure the fact that the natural landscape itself is a potent factor in addressing and mitigating climate change. Work to protect and enhance natural resources, especially at landscape-scale, needs to be to be equally recognized and rewarded.
Marstel-Day is a growing environmental, land use, and conservation consulting company headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, with over 120 staff and seven offices located in Virginia, California, Colorado, Mississippi, and Texas.