Javier Palomarez, President & CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), has been named among the top 100 Hispanics leading the charge on environmental issues, according to Poder Magazine.
The list—titled “100 Latinos Green Leaders”—is comprised of political figures, business leaders, government officials, journalists, academia and heads of non-profit organizations.
“We are honored that Poder has recognized Javier Palomarez among influential Latino Green leaders, alongside friends such as former United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio,” said Marc Rodriguez, Chairman of the USHCC. “We believe environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility. It is not only the right thing to do, but in today’s economy, it is also an integral part of a sound business strategy” added Rodriguez.
During his current tenure as the Chamber’s President and CEO, Palomarez launched the USHCC Foundation’s Green Builds Business (GBB) program, championing environmental stewardship to America’s small businesses. GBB has since completed a national tour teaching Hispanic small business owners about the money saving benefits and increased profitability opportunities in going green.
As a result of the initiative, more than 220 entrepreneurs were trained on practical ways to incorporate green practices into their businesses.
“Green Builds Business was born out of the realization that minority communities are often the first impacted and least educated about bad environmental policy and its consequences,” said Palomarez. “We are committed to continuing programs like Green Builds Business, which teaches Hispanic entrepreneurs that sustainable business practices are both profitable and responsible.”
Palomarez cites a united effort when it comes to improving our economy. ” As the engine that drives the American economy, small businesses have a tremendous role to play in safeguarding our Earth,” concluded Palomarez.
A link to the article in Poder Magazine can be found here.
A link to the USHCC Foundation’s Green Builds Business initiative can be found here.