ABOUT E2

E2’s Pacific Northwest Chapter was founded in 2009 and has since grown to nearly 1,000 members and supporters. Since its founding, the chapter has advocated for policies in both Oregon and Washington State that reduce climate pollution from across the economy while sending strong market signals to drive clean energy innovation, job growth, and investment.

Chapter Leadership

Erik Wohlgemuth

Erik Wohlgemuth

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Erik Wohlgemuth

E2 Chapter Director

Erik Wohlgemuth is the Chief Operating Officer at Future 500, a global nonprofit that engages diverse stakeholders in achieving market-based solutions to social and ecological issues. He is a trusted counsel to executives and policymakers across sectors for his expertise in aligning change agents around mutual objectives. Erik earned an MBA, MEM and a BA in history from Yale.
Alex Wall

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Alex Wall

E2 Chapter Director

Alex Wall is the founder and managing member of Wall Law, LLC,  and former General Counsel for litigation support and software development companies. Alex helps businesses, shareholders and individuals avoid legal issues, comply with regulatory schemes, and defend themselves. Prior to moving to Portland where he resides with his wife and fellow E2 member and Oregonian Marie Kent, Alex was a litigation attorney at the internationally-known law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, in Manhattan. Alex was introduced to E2’s New York Chapter, where he was active for several years, before helping found the Pacific Northwest Chapter.  Alex grew up in the state of Maine, where he developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors and perceived a need for humans to learn new ways to be economically productive in greater harmony with nature. Alex holds a B.A. from Colby College, a J.D. from the University of Maine, a privacy certification from the IAPP, a certification in the French language from the French government, as well as certifications in litigation support technologies.  He loves languages and culture and is currently enjoying learning Mandarin.
Chris Dennett

Chris Dennett

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Chris Dennett

E2 Chapter Director

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Chris is a Principal in North Highland’s Strategy practice. He is a communication strategist, with broad industry experience including manufacturing, financial services, sports apparel, and health care. His areas of expertise include strategy development and business modeling, program management, change leadership and a talent to bridge the gap between complex analysis and story-telling. His area of special interest is of mission-driven companies that emphasize environmental stewardship in their “triple-bottom line” business model. Chris became Chapter Director for the Pacific Northwest Chapter in January of 2010 and has actively been leading advocacy work in Oregon from clean fuels to a state-wide carbon pricing mechanism.
Gina Williams

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Gina Williams

E2 Chapter Director

Gina comes to E2 from the community and brings a lived-experience of having grown up in the haze of Los Angeles smog during the 70’s. She remembers cloudy glasses of water sometimes boiled before drinking. Gina watched the impact the Clean Air Act of 1970 had (voted 73 to 0 in the Senate) in transforming Los Angeles into a healthier city within her lifetime. Gina moved to Seattle area in late 80’s falling in love with clean air and natural beauty. Gina has loved serving the community in many capacities to include human relations and diversity work; long time board of director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound; and in her many roles over the years doing her day job at Puget Sound Energy.
Rebecca Eaton

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Rebecca Eaton

E2 Chapter Director

Rebecca Eaton got the bug for climate action while working in a massive industrial wastewater treatment plant in upstate New York. Set against the natural beauty of the area, she became convinced that businesses could help communities prosper while significantly reducing their environmental footprint. After obtaining a Master’s in Environmental Management and Policy by going to school at night, Rebecca returned to her hometown of Washington, DC, to lead climate-related corporate sustainability disclosure and partnership programs at Business for Social Responsibility and World Wildlife Fund. Over the years, Rebecca has worked with Fortune 500 companies and environmental organizations to measure, analyze, and reduce the environmental impact and greenhouse gas footprint of the business community. In addition, her journey has led her to help government agencies on a variety of workforce development, infrastructure, and other projects. With decades of experience in leading successful projects, she is as passionate about climate resilience as she is about effective project management. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), she has had the pleasure of managing complex projects from design through implementation for consulting firms, government agencies, private-sector companies, and nonprofit organizations. Rebecca founded Eaton Synergies, LLC, in 2017 to provide high-quality products and services to clients who need access to deep professional experience in a variety of sectors. Eaton Synergies is an Oregon-certified Women Business Enterprise and Emerging Small Business. Joining Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has been another rewarding aspect of launching her own company. Using our group business savvy to help the planet, what’s not to love?!
Eric Berman

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Eric Berman

E2 Chapter Director

Eric Berman is an active investor and board member for E8, a Seattle-based community of investors whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a prosperous and cleaner world by investing in and fostering emerging cleantech enterprises. Since 2006, E8 has facilitated more than $43M in investment in more than 100 cleantech companies across North America.  Eric is also the primary force behind MyFlightbook, an online logbook for pilots to track their flying, with over 100,000 pilots tracking more than 10M flights. Prior to joining E8, Eric led teams at Microsoft and Expedia through 2005. Eric has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from MIT and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.

Our Issues

  • Growing the clean energy economy
  • Reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improving carbon sequestration on the Pacific Northwest’s natural and working lands
  • Decarbonizing the transportation sector
  • Decarbonizing the built environment

Our Work

  • In February 2021, E2 released the latest version of Clean Jobs Oregon, a report that detailed employment in the state’s clean energy economy, including energy efficiency, renewable generation, and clean fuels and vehicles. The report also included data on clean energy job losses in Oregon driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.
  • In November 2020, E2 released Clean Jobs Washington 2020, a report that details employment in the Golden State’s clean energy economy, including energy efficiency, renewable generation, and clean fuels and vehicles. The report also included data on clean energy job losses in Washington driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. The report received strong media coverage, including from the Seattle Business Magazine and the Daily Herald.
  • In February 2020, a delegation of 19 E2 Oregon members and supporters traveled to Salem for meetings with Governor Kate Brown and 42 legislative offices on both sides of the aisle to advocate for the passage of a strong Cap-and-Invest carbon pricing program and aggressive executive action should the Legislature fail to act.
  • In July 2020, two E2 Oregon members provided testimony in support of strengthening Oregon’s appliance standards at an Oregon Department of Energy virtual hearing, which was called for by Governor Brown’s Executive Order on Climate Action (EO 20-04).
  • In October 2020, 38 E2 Oregon members and supporters signed onto a letter in support of a well-designed and strong Cap-and-Reduce Program to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the largest sources across Oregon’s economy. E2 members and staff also delivered supportive testimony at an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality virtual town hall on the topic.
  • Building on our success championing a Clean Fuels Program in OR, E2 has advocated in support of a clean fuels standard in WA over multiple legislative sessions, delivering the business case for reducing the carbon-intensity of transportation fuels. In addition to support letters, an E2 member testified before the Washington House Committee on Environment & Energy in 2019.
  • In January 2019, an E2 member testified before the Washington House Committee on Environment & Energy in support of a clean fuels standard proposal, delivering the business case for reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels
  • In December 2018, E2 hosted a briefing for legislators and staff in Salem, Oregon. The briefing included an overview of Clean Jobs Oregon, an economic analysis of carbon pricing programs across North America, and perspectives on a Cap-and-Invest carbon pricing program from an investment strategist.

Recent Success

  • In 2020, E2 was a central business voice in the successful push for executive action on climate in Oregon, leading to Governor Brown’s EO 20-04, an ambitious and wide-ranging executive order to reduce emissions from across Oregon’s economy and prime the state’s clean energy sector for accelerating and sustained growth.
  • In 2019, E2, primarily through the production of our clean energy economy jobs report, engaged with the coalition that helped pass Washington’s SB 5116, which requires Washington’s utilities to be self-generating 100% clean energy by 2045. Also in 2019, Washington passed an electric vehicle tax incentive extension and a bill to increase the energy efficiency of large commercial buildings.
  • In 2016, E2 elevated the business voice to help pass Oregon’s Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which transitions Oregon’s largest utilities off coal-fired electricity by 2030 and requires those utilities to generate 50% of their electricity from clean energy sources by 2040.

GET INVOLVED

Interested in learning more? Want to help us advance our climate and clean energy goals in the Pacific Northwest?

Reach out to Advocate Zach Amittay at to start receiving updates on E2’s work in your area – including attending upcoming regional events, participating in our advocacy campaigns, receiving our email newsletters, and more!

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Report: Energy efficiency remains energy industry’s largest workforce, employing 2.2 million Americans

New analysis unveils state and county level employment data; 99 percent of U.S. counties are home to energy efficiency workers WASHINGTON — Nearly 2.2 million Americans now work in energy efficiency —more than any other sector of the U.S. energy industry, ...


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E2: Over 125 Business Leaders Call on Mayor Lightfoot to Act on Building Decarbonization

Over 125 business leaders call on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to act on electrifying and decarbonizing Chicago’s buildings, in a letter to be delivered to the Mayor this afternoon by business groups E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and Illinois Green Alliance. E2 ...


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E2: USPS Finally Delivers on Clean Vehicles

WASHINGTON – In a welcome about-face, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced that it plans to significantly increase its purchases of electric delivery vehicles and move towards creating one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in the nation. Boosted by...


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