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Making the Business Case

These reports contain clear and compelling business and economic benefits exist for our policy positions. In fact, most of our policy positions include ones that have been painted by others as bad for business. These documents can be used to help educate policymakers and others about how policies based on sustainable principles can be good for all stakeholders, including the planet.

The Business Case for Safer Alternatives to Fertilizers and Pesticides

The Business Case for EPA action on clean water

The Business Case for Federal Investment in Water Infrastructure

Clean Water is Good for Business Case Study: The Catskill Brewery

Clean Water is Good for Business Case Study: Dock to Dish, Montauk, NY

Clean Water is Good for Business Case Study: Tiny Diner, Minneapolis, MN

Clean Water is Good for Business Case Study: Hugo Neu at Kearny Point, Kearny NJ

Clean Water is Good for Business Case Study: Riverbend GreenRoofs Projects in Delaware


ASBN regularly conducts polling of small business owners nationwide. In recent years polling has covered several policy areas:

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Small business owners recognize that clean water is crucial for their companies, and for the economy at large. Clear majorities support strong regulations to protect waterways, particularly a federal proposal currently under consideration. Read or download the complete report.

White Papers

ASBC has released several reports which take an in-depth look into important sustainability issues:

Clean Water in the Upper Mississippi River Basin: Economic Importance, Threats, and Opportunities

Water is one of our nation’s priceless resources, essential to life itself. Healthy ecosystems and a robust economy depend on plentiful, clean water — and unlike almost all other resources water has no substitute. It’s why businesses in all sectors support protecting clean water — whether as a direct component of their operations or simply to keep their communities and employees healthy. And in the Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMRB), clean water is big business. American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) has worked tirelessly to support legislation protecting and improving our clean water supplies. Read or download the complete report.

Delaware River Watershed, CleanWater Newsletter and Other Resources 

CleanWater – Newsletter Dedicated to the Delaware River Watershed

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Business Case Studies 

Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A Tool for Economic Recovery and Growth in PA 

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia makes the case that GSI is one such holistic solution. In the report, we measure the size and scale of the GSI industry in Pennsylvania, assess the trends over the last 10 years, evaluate the stormwater management needs and opportunities in urban and rural areas across the state, and provide recommendations to ensure communities across the Commonwealth can benefit from the economic, social, and environmental benefits that come with robust GSI infrastructure investments. Download the complete report

The Business Case for Supporting Clean Water in the Delaware River Watershed

The Delaware River runs 330 miles from upstate New York to the Delaware Bay, providing a critical resource for New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. This report provides an overview of the economic impact this watershed has as well as the current threats that are guiding our work. Download the complete report.    

Clean Water is Good for Business Case Study: The Catskill Brewery

The Catskill Brewery is a microbrewery in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. The company was founded by three friends with a mission to create a positive impact on the local economy by attracting tourists from far and wide to the place they call home. The founders are committed to making the best beer without taking a toll on the place they live and love. In their building, beliefs, and processes, Catskill’s founders and employees demonstrate how to operate with the “triple bottom line” in mind. Download the complete report.

Clean Water is Good for Business Case Study: Dock to Dish, Montauk, NY

Dock to Dish is a community-based seafood sourcing program that provides local chefs and members direct access to fresh, sustainable seafood, fully traceable to its origin and the fisher of the haul. Sean Barrett, lifelong fisherman and restaurateur, was inspired by concierge fishermen in Spain who brought their hauls to the backdoors of restaurants. Realizing this practice could be viable in the U.S., Barrett and fellow veteran seafarers established Dock to Dish. Download the complete report.

Farming Systems Trial 40-Year Report

The Rodale Institute conducted a study that would use the most credible analytic methods to compare the side-by-side results of organic and conventional farming practices from a variety of perspectives and planned to share that knowledge with farmers, scientists, and policymakers. Over the last 40 years, the research has evolved and broadened, building a deeper body of information with each passing season. The study tracks the impact of different practices on the farm’s economic viability and energy usage, the nutritional quality of the food produced, the health of the soil, and the water that flows through the systems; it also measures the impact of these practices on the environment as a whole. Download the complete report. 

Other Resources for the watershed 

Rodale Institute’s Grow Clean Water Consumer advocacy campaign highlights the link between supporting regenerative organic farmers and protecting watershed health.

Become an ambassador for the College Activation program for university students in the Delaware River Watershed 

Other Resources 

Business Forum Letter to the White House Council of Environmental Quality on PFAS Action

Market Garden Brewery - Clean Water is Good for Business Video