April 20, 2011
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In This Issue:
The Gulf Coast, One Year Later
Business Seminar, April 29-30th
Earth Day, April 22nd
High Gas Prices
Featured Board Member
Featured Staff Member

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The Gulf Coast, One Year Later


A year ago today, BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, commencing months of what became the worst oil spill in US history. While BP is pledging millions to promote tourism in the area and cleaning up sludge on the Gulf's beaches, businesses in the affected areas are still recovering. 


Read the BBC article here.

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Earth Day, April 22nd

The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. 

After last year's worst oil spill in the nation's history, this year's Earth Day is even more important. 

The fight for a clean environment continues in a climate of increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. The future of our planet relies on our ability to innovate and cope with these changes. 

What will you pledge to do this Earth Day? To see what others are doing, visit www.earthday.org.

High Gas Prices: 
"Efficiency and Better Cars Will Fuel America Faster than Drilling"

The United States consumes 19 million barrels of oil a day, 25 percent of the global supply, but we have less than 2 percent of the world's proved oil reserves. That means no amount of domestic drilling will reduce gas prices or provide enough to meet America's daily demand for oil. The only solution: develop better cars and cleaner, safer sources of fuel. By 2025, we can reduce our reliance on oil through increased efficiency, transit, and alternative fuels, saving more oil than we can drill.


Read more NRDC's article here.

U.S. Green Chamber Board Member:
Craig Nelson

Currently with Torrey Pines Bank, Craig has over 25 years in the banking and financial services industry. Starting his career in corporate banking, Craig got the technology bug - eventually becoming Technology Practice Leader for MARSH and later founding the San Diego Technology & Life Sciences office of Comerica Bank.


The deflating of the dot.com bubble brought Craig back to commercial banking but his passion for technology remains. He serves on multiple technology award selection committees and served two terms as President of the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum.

Torrey Pines Bank's commitment to the Not for Profit business segment runs deep in the San Diego community, where Craig serves on the Charitable Organization Banking Group and NFP task force.


Craig has personally served as President, Chairman or Director of several NFP's including the SDSU Aztec Athletic Foundation, American Lung Association of San Diego-Imperial Counties. He currently serves as Chairman of the Budget & Finance Commission for the City of Solana Beach.

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Featured Staff Member
Laura Powers

Laura has worked in several capacities for the U.S. Green Chamber, including marketing communications, events, advocacy, and most recently its membership efforts. She is a graduate of the University of Miami where she holds a degree in political science and communications.


Before joining the green chamber Laura, worked at IntertechPira in their information services department, where she organized conferences on emerging technologies. Laura has taken graduate level courses in cost benefit analysis and international politics. 


She enjoys traveling and has visited countries on four continents. She is a professional, intelligent, and worldly individual to say the least and a great asset to the US Green Chamber team!

Yours for a Greener Future,

Carin Hall
Chief of Staff, U.S. Green Chamber 

"When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world."

-John Muir