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Why the US Green Chamber?

July 31, 2011

From 2002 to 2006 I was fortunate to hold a seat on Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District.  It was an unpaid elected position that received more criticism than praise.  As a board we accomplished some amazing things that included rebounding from a $35,000 debt the previous board was kind enough to leave, establishing the need and acceptance for water conservation education, and providing over a half a million dollars worth of services on less than $40,000 per year.


We did this through dedication and hard work, connections, and a fair amount of luck.  One of the most fortunate turns was to find a woman that is unmatched and in her dedication and passion for finding environmentally positive solutions.  We somehow convinced Michelle Thatcher that we had a worthwhile mission and she should dedicate most of her life at the time to something that paid too close to a zero hourly rate.


When Michelle came on board as our Executive Director, I pegged her as competent idealist that could be useful.  Within a few short months she proved to be invaluable.  Since our tenure, on SSWCD I have watched Michelle follow her passions and enjoy her connection to nature.  When I heard she was getting involved with a new green chamber I remembered a conversation/debate (we had more than a few) on the best way to wake the public up to the realities and the needs of being environmentally responsible.  Being the capitalist that I am I stood fast in my position that profit must be tied to the desired responsible behavior.


Now I can’t recall if she ever actually agreed with that, but I can say with certainty that I watched her develop relationships with local businesses and government officials that would have never previously listened to much less subscribe to some of the solutions we were offering.  She has an amazing talent for presenting ideas to people that have previously been shut off to considering.


The fact that Michelle Thatcher is the National Director is certainly enough to join and support the emerging US Green Chamber.  It also happens to be a huge benefit for Green Oil Solutions, Inc. considering that our entire business matches the stated goals and ideas of the USGC.   If you are doing business with us, then you are working toward the Solution which means that you are working toward the goals of the US Green Chamber.  As proud new members we invite you to join an organization that is going to look out for your (and your grandchildren’s) future and your bottom line.  It truly pays to be green.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2011 8:24 pm

    Thank you so much Steve—It was under your board leadership that the SSWCD was able to accomplish so much. Kudos to YOU!

    We are so honored to have you as a member of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce! Thank you for joining.

    • August 8, 2011 3:03 am

      I was just one of five elected supervisors, you did the day in and day out, but thank you for the compliments. I am looking forward to what can be accomplished with a national organization and already know we can make a difference. The question is how big of a difference?!

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