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Nicole Lederer
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Nicole Lederer is Co-Founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs, “The Independent Business Voice for the Environment”. Started in 2000, E2 is a national, non-partisan organization of business leaders who promote good environmental policy to grow the economy – advancing the idea that better environmental performance is linked to stronger economic results. Nicole does advocacy work at both the state and national level, offering legislators a pro-environment business perspective. She leads E2's advocacy agenda in Washington, DC, supporting policy that fosters environmental innovation, sustainable economic development and green job creation. Nicole graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Zoology. Prior to focusing her efforts on the environment she did medical research in cancer biology and neonatal intensive care. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, and has two daughters.

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Military, Private Sector Are Close Partners in Securing America's Clean Energy Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:49 PM

The military has ambitious energy goals - like the Navy sourcing 50 percent of its on-shore energy from alternative sources by 2020, or the Army and Air Force each aiming to have 1 GW of renewable energy installed on their bases by 2025. To realize those goals, it's going to...

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Want Economic Growth and Good Jobs? Plan for a Low-Carbon Future

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 2:21 PM

Smart companies realize that carbon pollution and climate change have an impact - and will continue to have an impact - on their bottom lines.

According to a report just out from CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project), 29 major publicly traded companies now factor into their business...

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Addressing Climate Change Grows Our Economy, Creates Jobs

(13) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:41 PM

The economic costs of climate change are now clear. From weather-related disasters like Superstorm Sandy to droughts that have wiped out family farms and fueled devastating fires, the United States suffered 11 climate-related disasters last year alone that cost $1 billion -- each.

But the economic...

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Rural America Tells Washington: Clean Energy Works for Us

(25) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 1:18 PM

I've been helping business leaders voice their support for clean energy policies in Washington, D.C, for more than a decade. Leading advocacy trips to the nation's capital allows me to work closely with some of the brightest, most successful clean energy entrepreneurs in the United States, and to hear what's...

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With Senate's Support, Advanced Biofuel Industry Ready for Takeoff

(5) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 6:00 PM

When it comes to reducing the military's dependence on oil, senators from both sides of the aisle have the Department of Defense's back.

By striking down a pair of shortsighted amendments to the military's annual spending bill, the Senate this week gave a green light to the DoD to pursue...

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For Returning Tennessee Veterans, Clean Energy Jobs Are a Perfect Fit

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 10:36 AM

It just got a little bit easier for veterans returning to western Tennessee to find a good job.

And one of the main reasons is the work of my friend, retired Marine Lt. Gen. John "Glad" Castellaw.

While Tennessee might not be the first place that comes to mind when...

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California and the U.S. Military: A Powerful Partnership for Clean Energy

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 1:37 AM

Recently, California took a bold step into the future when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Energy Security Coordination Act. This aligns California with the Department of Defense in our shared pursuit of clean energy. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the state legislature, this is a winning proposition for Californians,...

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Don't Believe the Fantasy Job Claims: Keystone XL is Not in Our Best Interest

(23) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 10:27 PM

Groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable say they speak for the country's business interests.

When it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline, they most definitely do not.

In his "State of American Business speech," U.S. Chamber president Tom Donohue once again trotted out his fantasy...

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New UT Poll Shows Americans Want Clean Energy

(5) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 6:09 PM

A poll just out from the University of Texas shows that most Americans think we need to change how we get and use our energy.

Only 14 percent of respondents to the University of Texas at Austin's Energy Poll said they think the country is going in the...

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No Reason to Give Up on Clean Energy

(17) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 1:08 PM

I spend a lot of time in Silicon Valley, the birthplace of technologies that have transformed our world and powered our last economic boom.

But rest assured that for every Google or Apple or Intel or Facebook, there are hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of other unknown technology companies that...

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A Clean Energy Future For Our Troops, For Us

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 2:33 PM

Congress is debating the Defense Department authorization bill, the legislation that allocates the $700 billion needed to fund our military through 2012.

Wrapped deep in the legislation is an important issue we can all relate to -- fuel costs. The DOD consumes two percent...

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A New Military-Industrial Collaboration - Good News for Clean Energy and Security

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 6:54 PM

Co-authored by Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip (USAF-RET.)

Osama bin Laden is gone, but in the nearly 10 years since his attack on our country, the primary threat to our economic and national security -- our dependence on foreign fuel -- remains.

Rather than embracing rational energy policy to advance...

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Where the Jobs Are

(7) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 5:00 PM

In the fall of 2000, a small but visionary group of environmental entrepreneurs bet big on our clean energy future. We believed we could create jobs and spur growth by investing in secure and renewable sources of power, new ways to recycle, and the next generation of energy and resource...

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