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We urge you to support our colleagues at Nuclear Information and Resource Service and Beyond Nuclear's call to action to stop the Exelon/Pepco merger.  They make a very compelling, but almost hidden argument about how our area ratepayers may very much be on the hook for future massive losses Exelon will be confronted with when they deal with their aging nuclear infrastructure.  
Aside from our agenda to promote a renewable and safer energy industries, CSBC feels that our sustainable businesses allies should not be vulnerable to future rate hikes to cover Exelon's very likely future losses from their nuclear time bomb business model.
Please take a moment to raise your voice by signing on to this call to action.  We owe it to our businesses, our community and the environment and local economy.
Steve Shaff
CSBC, Executive Director

Nuclear Information and Resource Service 

6930 Carroll Avenue, #340, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 301-270-6477nirsnet@nirs.orgwww.nirs.org

Dear Friends who live and/or work in DC and Maryland,

You surely know by now that the nation's largest nuclear power utility, Exelon, is attempting to take over our local non-nuclear utility Pepco.

Saddled by a fleet of uneconomic and dangerously aging nuclear reactors, Exelon wants to take money from DC and Maryland ratepayers and use it to prop up its failing balance sheet.

Take action now. If you live or work in DC, tell the DC Public Service Commission to reject this takeover. Our colleagues at PowerDC have made it easy to do so here

If you're in Maryland, where the PSC has made it unnecessarily and outrageously difficult to submit your comments, 
please sign the petition created by our friends at Public Citizen here

We're the first to agree that Pepco hasn't been the country's best utility. But Exelon isn't the answer to Pepco's problems; rather, it is one of the few utilities that would be radically worse for local ratepayers. And, while Exelon is engaged in a war against solar and wind power (it's the only utility ever kicked out of the American Wind Energy Association for its anti-renewable stance), Pepco has embraced rooftop solar power in the District.

DC residents already know all this: A new public opinion poll released this morning finds that only 6 percent of DC residents support Exelon's takeover of Pepco. Nearly 44% oppose the deal, the rest are unsure. 59% of the people in DC are aware of the issue, so it's highly unlikely all of those "unsures" would turn into Exelon supporters. It's clear: DC wants Exelon to stay in Chicago and keep out of the District of Columbia.

Take action now. If you live or work in DC, tell the DC Public Service Commission to reject this takeover

If you're in Maryland, where the PSC has made it unnecessarily and outrageously difficult to submit your comments, 
please sign the petition created by our friends at Public Citizen here

And please ask your officemates, your neighbors on the block, and everybody you know who lives or works in DC and Maryland to do the same.

Together we can stop this takeover. That would be great for our region, and give a deserved blow to Exelon.

Thanks for all you do,

Michael Mariotte
Nuclear Information and Resource Service


NIRS on the webhttp://www.nirs.org

GreenWorld: (NIRS' daily blog chronicling nuclear issues and the transition to a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system) http://www.safeenergy.org

President Obama supporting Paid Sick Leave

For Working Families 



CSBC Board Member and Manager of Charmington's, Amanda Rothschild, was paid a surprise visit by President Obama who was visiting Baltimore to promote sick paid leave. She spoke to the President about how her business benefits from paying its employees' sick leave, making them healthier and reducing staff turnover, saving the business time and money. You can support the petition to get all Marylanders paid sick leave.  

CSBC at the ASBC White House Summit (11/15)

ASBC's third annual business summit was a rousing success!  It was great to have so many sustainable business leaders join together in Washington, D.C. for three days of networking, discussion, and meetings with top policymakers, including Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration; representatives from the EPA, U.S. Treasury, and White House Council on Environmental Quality; and over 30 members of Congress.  CSBC Board Member Samantha Benson and Executive Director Stephen Shaff were proud to represent CSBC at the Summit.




CSBC Teams up with Groundswell -- Go Wind Energy and Save Through Group Buying Power (9/11)

        As part of our mission to help businesses go green AND potentially save money, CSBC is proud to announce our partnership with Groundswell, a non-profit collaborator whose mission is to increase access to greener goods and service—like wind energy.  Through this partnership, Maryland and DC small businesses can be part of a purchasing group to get a reduced rate on wind energy.  This has become possible because Groundswell leverages the shared purchasing power of small businesses, non-profits, and community organizations to negotiate the reduced rate.


 If you are interested in joining a buying group for wind energy, please take two minutes to sign up at http://act.groundswell.org/csbccommercial!




CSBC's Green for Good Business Project -- A Preview (9/11)

The "Green for Good" Business Project – is a strategic initiative intended to drive transformative change by combining social enterprise market expertise with organizing strategies.


Learn more about the Green for Good Business Project here! 





 CSBC Partners with Capital Sustainability

to Provide with Reduced-Rate Wind Power (9/09)


We are excited to let you know that we have teamed up with Capital Sustainability - a new CSBC collaborator who can help businesses, property owners and other commercial energy users lower their energy use and costs. 

 Click here for more information about a great opportunity to lower your energy costs, improve your facility and receive considerable subsidies (yes, free funds!) with minimal effort and resources on your part.



Check out CSBC E.D. Stephen Shaff's August op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, titled "Clean water is good for Maryland business"!


The new Waters of the U.S. rule is designed to clarify that the Clean Water Act protects a variety of important waters, including seasonal and rain-dependent streams, as well as wetlands near rivers and streams. Getting it implemented will depend on support from our members of Congress for the agencies' proposal. It'll affect a lot more than your favorite crab cakes — it could save your job... Read more here!



The "Stop Cove Point" Rally (7/13)

Marching to FERC

On July 13th, CSBC members attended an anti-Cove Point demonstration on the DC Mall, organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) -- another great CSBC collaborator.





American Sustainable Business Council Climate Change Poll (6/04) 


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In June 2014, ASBC commissioned a scientific poll of 555 small business owners nationwide. Released on the 24th, the first poll report focused on how small business owners are concerned about the impact climate change will have on their businesses. The polling results have already been picked up by CNBCand ThinkProgress, among many others.  Click here for the full report. 





CSBC Featured on Conscious Capitalism


 Our associates at the DC chapter of Conscious Capitalism honored CSBC with an hour long webcast about how we can collectively make a greater difference.  Check it out here!





Thanks to the business owners, elected officials, sustainable advocates and CSBC board members and staff who made our May 20th organizational kick-off breakfast such a great success.  Check out the event video below, or scroll down for pictures!




Sustainable business leaders pack the event! (left), Buyboys & Poets Owner Andy Shallal (right)

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ASBC Co-Founder Richard Eidlin (left), State Senators Victor Ramirez and Paul Pinsky (right)

CSBC ED Stephen Shaff, CSBC President John Shepley, Prince George's County Env. Resources Dir. Adam Ortiz

State Senator Jamie Raskin, Councilmember Marc Elrich, CSBC Supporter Dana Beyer & CSBC Member Gary Skulnik



"The future of our Bay, our water, our environment, and
our economy depend on the emergence of a progressive business force
that helps us to reconcile all of our values and priorities in a
successful way.  I am convinced that the Chesapeake Sustainable
Business Council has an essential role to play in that difficult and
necessary process."

-- MD State Senator Jamie Raskin



Governor O'Malley Signs Maryland's Minimum Wage Bill 


On May 5, Governor O'Malley signed the Maryland Minimum Wage Bill in to law. The bill will raise the Maryland minimum wage to $10.10 an hour gradually over the next few years. CSBC Board members James August and Tebabu Assefa, and CSBC Executive Director Stephen Shaff, were in attendance at the bill's signing.



Executive Director Steve Shaff and Fran Teplitz of Green America featured on the Hill's Blog

CSBC's Executive Director Steve Shaff and Fran Teplitz of Green America co-wrote an article that was published on the Hill's blog about Cove Point Fracking and the affects that opening a liquified natural gas (LNG) export facility at Cove Point would have not just on the climate but on Maryland local businesses as well.

Read the full article on thehill.com!



CSBC Teams Up With Green America Against Cove Point Fracking


CSBC and Green America's Green Business Network joined forces to gather support from over 50 Maryland businesses in opposition of the the plans for the controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility at Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The joint letter signed by these businesses called for a denial of the application to begin fracking, stating that "this proposal will benefit neither the Maryland public nor our economy –only the gas industry will profit."

Read about CSBC and Green America's impact here.

Read the official sign-on statement here.



Gov. O'Malley, Rep. Cummings, and a Business Voice for Raising the MD Minimum Wage


 After a MD Fair Minimum Wage rally in Catonsville on March 20th, CSBC Executive Director Stephen Shaff and Gov. O'Malley discuss small, local, sustainable business issues at Atwaters.  At the rally, Gov. O'Malley, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, and Atwaters owner Ned Atwater advocated for a fair MD minimum wage in MD.



MD Governor O’Malley Speaks with Business Leaders & CSBC on Raising the Minimum Wage


Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (seated in center) speaks with business leaders on raising the Maryland minimum wage at Linemark printing in Upper Marlboro, MD on March 6th. CSBC Executive Director Stephen Shaff, CSBC Board members John Shepley and Tebabu Assefa, and other CSBC associates were present. You can read Capital News Service’s article on the event here. Picture by Lonni Moffet.


Small Business Recommendations Report Released

The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development has released its "Report on Recommendations for Improving Small Business Success in DC." This report of recommendations is the culmination of a year-long effort of 200 stakeholders who worked collaboratively throughout 2013 to examine challenges to small business success, explore best practices, formulate a shared vision for the District and develop solutions to overcome the challenges. 

Read the full report here.



CSBC Testifies for Raising the MD Minimum Wage



Brian England, President of British American Auto Care Inc. and CSBC collaborator, testifies in favor of raising the Maryland minimum wage at the House hearing in Annapolis on Feb. 17th, 2014.  CSBC Executive Director Stephen Shaff (seated farthest right at the main table) is also testifying, representing CSBC and our partner Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.  To support CSBC and a fair MD minimum wage, please sign the Business for a Fair Minimum Wage

MD Fair Minimum Wage Sign-on Statement.



CSBC is Making an Impact



U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez meets with small business owners on Jan. 23rd to hear their arguments in favor of raising the minimum wage.  CSBC Founding Executive Stephen Shaff is second to the left of the cameraman.  CSBC President John Shepley and CSBC members Gina Schaefer, owner of nine hardware stores in the DC area, and Amanda Rothschild, Managing Partner of Charmington's Cafe, are also in attendance.

Click Here to Read U.S. Secretary of Labor Perez's Blog about the Meeting.



CSBC Partners with Business for a Fair Minimum Wage in Annapolis

CSBC President John Shepley represents small businesses at the Raise the MD Minimum Wage press event in Annapolis, MD, on Jan. 14th, 2014.  You can take action with CSBC by signing the Business for a Fair Minimum Wage

MD Fair Minimum Wage Sign-on Statement.






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