Can environmental action be good for business?

Can environmental action be good for business?

series that we're doing at the Bangor Daily News trying to tackle some big topics in small sentence my name is Matt GoM's remember Bangor Daily News the system editorial editor editorial board and that we are we are focusing on four issues this year 2019 one of the main climate change workforce development costs of world of it and we're also looking at referendum reforms here in states as well but so where this what sort of views and climate changes and it's a jumping-off point today to talk about environmental action and whether or not it can make sense for businesses and I think spoiler alert I think you're going to hear tonight that can but I just want to what I can probably all man I can really show us our event coordinator JoEllen Houston audience director and I'm Robert B Simmons I run a tech course and very talented photographer grow window president over there and also big thank you to Cheryl and police markets where Hardison coffeehouse for hosting us today and hopefully you guys have all gotten differences but you'll be back there if you need but yes so again we're just trying to you know work on this issue just have a conversation today about you know what are we in the business incentives and maybe even imperatives for environmental action and we're all going to have a great panel here because they have Kristen Porter who is a longtime color fisherman and he is the new head of the Maine law student association okay so we're not but I'm gonna have sometimes some great insights correspond the officer industry and we have brand riding from Epic Sports here in Bangor here to talk about the nexus of environmental issues and he helped a from our notary company they visit : on several businesses here in the Bangor and or no area and he's a member of this new initiative with the Natural Resources Council of Maine called the main through satellite so it's gonna talk to us about the importance of clean water and improving industry that maybe some of some other environmental causes such as businesses are involved and last but not least be able Kristen Jackson so we have to Kristen's on the mail Kristen Kristen Jackson the outreach coordinator for the Natural Resources Council you mate who's going to talk about how her organization engages with members of the business community shared goals in terms of environmental and economic action so I think I'm gonna turn it over to her now she's going to talk a little bit about those efforts that we're going to ask questions of the pale and fifteen minutes or so and questions from all of you that's we're hoping most of this event will be you know a discussion with all of us in this person so we're gonna we're gonna kind of set the stage here with a little bit of conversation to then turn it over to you guys yeah thanks Matt so like you said my name's Kristin I work with the Natural Resources Council of Maine and so we are the state's largest environmental advocacy group we have been around since 1959 and actually just this past Tuesday was our 60th birthday which is very exciting and we work on a whole host of issues across the environmental spectrum mostly focused in the Statehouse it just came off one of the most successful legislative sessions that in the past 20 years for the environment so lots to celebrate there but throughout our 6000 history we've worked and partnered with the business community on you know a whole bunch of different issues everything from climate change to protecting public lands to protecting clean water all of which we see is really integral to the main brand and the two main as as it is you know we're known for our forests and our waterways and our fisheries and our other recreation opportunities and so all of that I think contributes to not only having a healthy environment but I felt the economy and so I think not only made people but made businesses really recognize that our economy and our environment are intertwined and it can't really be we separated from each other so I'll tell you just about three really quickly about three different ways we've engaged the business community but then turn it over to these folks who can actually talk about what they've done as business men thought leaders but the first I'll mention is what Matt sort of teed up was forming the main Reutimann Alliance which came in Orono brewing were founding members of this is a coalition of breweries in Maine that are committed to protecting clean water we just launched back in March but the ideas will engage in advocacy so having the brewery members speak up about clean water policies that are active will also engage in education and outreach so talking to our customers and members about the importance of clean water and then also in fundraising so raising money for various clean water initiatives and we started with 13 brewery members and since we launched in March went out to around 35 and you know through through the outreach that I did to help start this alliance we didn't have one single person saying no but I was really surprised by how engaged the maybe not surprised because that sounds like I wasn't expecting it which I don't think it's true but you know that the whole brewing community was really welcoming of the idea of this initiative not only because the water is their number-one ingredient and what they need for their bottom line but waiting point beyond just the economic impact it recognising that clean water is so imperative to our way of life here in Maine whether it's the help of made people or our recreation opportunities to them or you know yeah but beyond this the economic imperative so that's one example and we'll probably talk a little bit more about that but another example that I believe Brad was involved in epic sports was working to form the Catalan woods and waters National Monument which happened at the end of the Obama administration administration in 2016 and so we were trying really hard to get that piece of land to be protected for all of theaters to enjoy and the entire country and so we're looking for ways to advocate for that land and one of the things that we found really influential was in 2015 we got over 200 businesses in the Bangor region so epic sports was on that letter and in the patata region to send to the Department of Interior to support the National Monument and so that letter was really influential in getting the Maine's congressional delegation to speak out for the monument interior and then the last example is we've done a ton of work over the past few decades to get businesses involved in climate change again was the spurred this whole conversation that started in genesee in 2010 we did a letter to the man's congressional delegation urging for positive action on climate that over 500 businesses signed in Maine and so that was big businesses like lady well Hannah and I'm sure you all are recognized all the way down to like your mom-and-pop acupuncturist on Main Street or whatever it might be that's just one of the stands out in my mind but some tons of its is calling for climate action some of them calling because again it would it impacts their their businesses but again just many of them because of the moral imperative protecting our environment not only because of the economy but because it's what makes protect the environment it's what makes me me and so I'm happy to talk more about any of those initiatives or elaborate more on our climate stuff but I think y'all probably want to hear from these guys so I'll turn to yeah I'd like to start with an a just because I mean the the idea for this event actually happened when we got the information about the Bruce analyzer and Alliance I mean that's a very interesting idea so interested here from you you know was it an easy decision to sign up for that Alliance and can you talk a little bit about why clean water is so important sure so name is the place where we get a national reputation for having a great beer we're really excited to be part of that there's over a hundred giri's in the state and our water quality amazing it's a big reason why we have such big here here so it was a very natural fit we feel that we have a responsibility based on the fact that we use so much water and hit our 570 lies on the fact that water stays quality water but also we want to be good neighbors and the other we are able to have a voice that could go statewide through things like the the beer we made that we did an Earth Day miracle but your planet there was a clap with foundation not in Portland and we told the story of what we're doing with bruschetta lions and we raise a little bit of money for the man bruschetta lions and for the Natural Resources Council so it's just a great way for us to kind of work together to spread awareness and to help protect the resource that we feel is imperative to our business but also to why we're in me my parents moved here kind of state before I was born because made its beautiful place and they wanted to enjoy and they live about they looked about 10 minutes from from on Lakshmi over here down the coast and Danny's name they lived in a log cabin without electricity or running water because they were really very extremely to get into environmentalism and to low-impact living so early on in my life I got to you know have the joy of having well not a well and is this natural spring be our water source and just building buckets and that's where a lot of us and now I live at home and or know that so yeah always kind of had a change over years based on never of the experience to live in like a modern with and stuff you know it's definitely something that brought my family here for all of us to appreciate that brat who were very they were pretty vocal in support of the National Monument and its creation why did you decide to jump into that issue so cool bro well when the whole effort to create a National Monument started it seemed like besides being the the right thing to do but it also seemed like no one from the state level but the exception of angus King was really interested in getting behind everything and so if they're not going to than somebody has to and we quickly learned that there were a lot of lot of the people that really want to see it happen so it it wasn't a difficult decision among people and have you seen any change to your business volume since the monies we created well I would like to be able to say oh yes you know Joey you know huge percentages so that that would be really terribly honest but just in the last two years the number of people that have come through our doors and said gee you know can you tell me about the National Monument or do you have a map or how do you get there and it just led to really easy conversations about what it what is about where it was and no you can't get there in 15 minutes and no it's not Acadia but not yet but that's that's to become weary crazy it is really a gentleman if that anyone hasn't been there yet it's it's like a great place in preparing for this event Kristin I was your Twitter page protein didn't see anything didn't see any event but I did I I couldn't help but notice your bio I'm gonna really hope for make no mind says I work hard to catch the bitch and to make sure my kids will be able to catch bitch – so can you talk a little bit about that sort of generational imperative within the lobstering into industry to protect your resource gentlemen you know get up tonight I can give it as as far as lots of ministry and the fishing industry as old just everybody I mean it's in this business most most of its generational time small communities have been working on the water and they want to make sure they're kids and they're friends kids can we still make a living so you know the the things that especially the lobster industry has done for 50 or 60 years is to have our regulations so that there'll always be something there throwing back too small on something back state bans and we do things so that if we are not doing the fame of other industries other fisheries that didn't do those collapsed or in the process of rebuilding and obviously climate and just some of my other pictures have helped us so we're kind of reaping the benefits of a change is there a point where those couldn't cease being benefits and yeah it's it's a ways off but yes there's there there's a tipping point of you know right now or in what we call a sweet spot of what ocean temperature in the Gulf remain where it's what loves just like to reproduce and this small bus was this big like and and also when they when they to the bottom there main predators the ground fish there anymore we had an urgent fishery the fishery is kind all the couch things to eat has grown up so that's protective cover because baby loves using that because of some of the other things that happened where and then you know things that go on in the right to action other than some of the external things around adoption but the Box retention resources now can you explain a little bit in a time I met sort of shifting sweet spot everything there's this narrative of lobsters moving north yeah you know is this is like a family of lobsters packing up their lifes hey anybody where have not even store everything

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