November 7, 2016
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Only one month left to join AWB's fly-in to Washington, D.C., Dec. 5-7

It’s vital that the voice of employers is heard in Olympia and in Washington, D.C. AWB is the catalytic leader and unifying voice for Washington employers – in both capitals. This December, AWB will lead a delegation of Washington business leaders to meet with national leaders in Washington, D.C.

This is a prime chance to be heard by decision-makers and help inform the discussion about how regulations and laws affect the ability of employers to create and retain jobs.

The third-annual AWB fly-in will include meetings with members of Congress and the new administration, federal agency visits, a Washington state grand reception, keynote speakers, a candlelight tour of the Capitol and more.

Previous AWB fly-ins have included meetings with U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, most of Washington’s 10 members of Congress, and many opportunities to make important connections. Read more in this roundup of AWB’s 2015 fly-in.

Contact Kelli Schueler at 800.521.9325 for more information.

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Focus on Sustainability

Boeing, Alaska Air lauded for leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

By Andrew McIntosh, The Puget Sound Business Journal.

Two of Puget Sound's biggest aerospace companies are working hard to cut emissions as part of the regional efforts to combat climate change, a new report says.

Boeing Co. and Alaska Air Group each adopted a series of small but important measures that can make a difference, according to a new Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce report.

Entitled "Bright Green in an Emerald City," the report lists dozens of examples of emission-reduction efforts at companies, a university and some non-profits.

Boeing and Alaska Airlines are praised for developing shorter, more precise routes for incoming aircraft traffic flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport... Every Sea-Tac flight using such approaches conserves an average of 87 gallons of fuel, and saves passengers nine minutes of flying, the Seattle Chamber's report said.

Greenhouse gas emissions reduced with each of these flights equals to what a small car would use, driving all the way from Seattle to Minneapolis, the report added.

Read the full story in The Puget Sound Business Journal
The Risks of I-732

Collaborate, don't regulate carbon

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington state employers are proven leaders and innovators in energy conservation, carbon reduction and environmental efforts.

The record proves this is already taking place without a carbon tax, but rather through innovation and collaboration.

Washington's population has increased 43 percent since 1990 and the economy has grown 260 percent, yet carbon emissions are down 18 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

From small operations to large steel mills, companies have built sustainability and environmental stewardship into their operations, not as an afterthought.

Despite this solid environmental record, voters will be faced with a choice to raise the cost of energy -- the engine that keeps Washingtonians moving and warm -- through Initiative 732. It would put in place a carbon tax under the guise of doing what employers and residents are already doing -- lowering carbon emissions. But, it is not without risk to the economy, K-12 education and our low- and fixed-income neighbors...

Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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