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Wednesday, September 29, 2021   

CLEVELAND -- As Congress gears up to vote on the Build Back Better plan, President Joe Biden's climate and social policy agenda, a letter from hundreds of environmentally conscious businesses in Ohio and beyond urges passage of the package, to create clean-energy jobs.

The letter from the American Sustainable Business Council said the plan will invest in climate solutions that can also help rebuild the economy.

Tracy Graziani, CEO of Graziani Multimedia, a Cleveland-based marketing agency that works with startups and alternative energy brands, signed the letter, and said the notion "going green" is anti-business is inaccurate, and jobs focused on sustainability could be the future for Ohio.

"And you look at an area like the Rust Belt, where there's a lot of economic difficulty to this day, those job losses from lost industry can easily be made up with green technology," Graziani asserted. "And with a lot of the startups that are not only coming from the Rust Belt, but from other parts of the country as well."

Last week, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, signed a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling for $30 billion within Build Back Better to create a Civilian Climate Corps.

Bill Wollrab, founder of the e-commerce marketplace AllPeople, also signed the letter. He said his business has set a goal of being 100% customer and employee-owned and uses carbon-neutral shipping.

Wollrab argued the letter is one way businesses can use their platform to hold lawmakers accountable.

"So, if you've got numerous companies and millions of consumers that all believe that climate change is real and that it should be addressed, then you've got a very powerful ecosystem that can demand that our politicians listen to us rather than ignore us," Wollrab contended.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ohio has warmed by about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1900. Without a major reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions, the state could see unprecedented warming by the end of this century.


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