About a week ago something unusual happened. I received an email from the U.S. Ambassador to Finland.  He was worried about going to Copenhagen as part of the U.S. delegation to the climate negotiations and getting his head handed to him by a bunch of irate delegates from other countries who believe that the United States is doing nothing to fix a problem that we’ve largely created - global warming.

I am co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a community of American business leaders who believe that strong environmental policy promotes economic growth.  We’ve been around since 2000, well before the term “clean tech” was even a whisper on the wind (or a beam of sunshine).  Even then we were convinced that we were on the cusp of an era when doing business efficiently and sustainably would be a prerequisite to profitability, and when creating the technologies to enable business to transform itself in this way would be hugely profitable.  We had no idea, though, how fast and how high the clean tech tide would rise.

E2 now has 850 members in 30 states.  A significant number of them either run or invest in classic clean technology businesses: large scale renewable energy, distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, biofuels, water conservation, green building materials, efficient grid technologies, and the like. Our E2 members work with us to lobby Congress and state governments for policy that will help an American clean low-carbon energy economy take shape.  And that’s why the Ambassador called on us - to provide evidence that there really is a thriving American clean energy movement.

So, I put out the casting call, asking our members to take one-minute videos of themselves telling what they do, where they do it, and how their activities contribute to fighting global warming.  The result so far is here (www.youtube.com/e2flix).  They’re mostly home-made and a bit wonky, but they’re the beginning of a catalogue that we’ll continue to build showing that even with Congress dragging its heels, American innovators and entrepreneurs are committed to leading this global transformation.

Here's what one of those innovators has to say:



The Ambassador to Finland is very happy to have something to show our detractors in Copenhagen, and I look forward to hearing how these videos are received.  Other countries may well have a legitimate gripe against the United States on our response to global warming so far. But they should not underestimate the renewable power of the grassroots in America – where the biomass grows as high as an elephant’s eye.

Nicole Lederer is the Co-Founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)