P3 People Podcast with Richard Eidlin of the American Sustainable Business Council

Richard Eidlin talks with Steve Klass of P3 Utah about the importance for businesses to make time to get involved with the public policy process: if you are not at the table, then you are on the menu.  He explains the role of ASBC and the status of public policy concerning sustainable business in the U.S.  Richard explains where there are strong opportunities to advance public policy, especially in workplace and environmental issues, providing pointers to several vital ASBC initiatives currently underway.  Richard shared his perspective on The Power of the West, a panel on the prospects for multi-state and interdisciplinary collaboration that took place to cap the UPEC 15 Purpose Economy and Business Sustainability Conference produced by P3 Utah in Salt lake City on September 17, 2015.

About Richard Eidlin

Richard Eidlin is the Vice President for Policy & Campaigns and a Co-Founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, a national coalition of business organizations and businesses committed to building a vibrant and sustainable economy. He directs ASBC’s policy and advocacy campaigns, spending time supporting the Council’s state based partners and traveling to Washington, D.C, where he works with and represents the Council’s members on Capitol Hill, at the White House and to a range of regulatory agencies. He has always believed that sustainable businesses need to participate in the policy process.

Richard served as the national Business Outreach Director for the Apollo Alliance from 2005 to 2009. He served as a Board of Director of the NH Businesses for Social Responsibility from 1994-1997. Richard consulted to Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship for five years from 1995-2000. He worked with the UN Environment Programme for several years in the early 1990’s on sustainable development programs, organized a series of international conferences and attended the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero. During that time and while living in New York City, Richard also worked for the City government for four and a half years as a senior policy analyst. He also helped to found the Brooklyn-based Community Capital Bank in 1997. Richard has also worked in the solar (PV) energy industry for a decade, promoting state legislation and regulations that helped to create new markets for solar electric systems.

Richard co-directed the Colorado chapter of the Clean Tech for 2008 Obama campaign and advised candidate (Governor) Bill Ritter on renewable energy issues. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver teaching Environmental Policy and Sustainability and is a board member of the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center and is active in the Social Venture Network and the Business for the Future.   He earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin.

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This post was contributed by Steve Klass on June 23, 2017.