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About Us

Better World Club, Inc. is dedicated to balancing economic goals with social and environmental responsibility. Better World Club supports a cleaner environment and alternative modes of transportation. We provide our customers with high quality, good value and environmentally sensitive products and services:

 

 

We act as an advocate on behalf of the consumer and demonstrate our social and environmental commitment by donating an amount equal to 1% of our annual revenues toward environmental clean-up and advocacy and by providing unique eco-friendly travel alternatives.

A Brief History of BWC’s Advocacy

Ohio Boys Make Good

 

Todd Silberman and Mitch Rofsky met forty years ago in an Ohio Cub Scout troop. Little did they know that someday they would create Better World Services, Inc. Wouldn’t their den mother be proud? (There’s so much more to tell about Todd and Mitch in their youth: from academic honors to the culture of the 1960’s—you know about the 1960’s don’t you? But we thought you’d be most interested in the Cub Scout story.)

 

Better World Club’s founders worked their way through law school in the 70’s, Todd as a travel agent, Mitch with winnings from game shows like the Joker’s Wild. Upon graduating, Todd sensed the airline industry beginning to deregulate. He seized the opportunity and co-founded the third largest travel agency in the U.S. before selling it to American Express in the early 90’s. Todd was an innovator at the cutting edge of the fast evolving industry.

Meanwhile, Mitch selflessly dedicated himself to the public interest, working for Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen —(this was Nader well before he became a politician). He later helped to provide the initial financing for the socially responsible Working Assets Mutual Fund and became its President in 1991. He was the first chair of Business for Social Responsibility, and in 1996 founded just such a progressive business, American Consumer Insurance which is now Better World Insurance, Cambridge MA.

The Right Idea at the Right Time

 

While test marketing the insurance program in Massachusetts, Mitch was approached by environmentalists who were fighting AAA on issues like Clean Air and Mass Transit. Mitch thought there was an opportunity to compete with AAA as well and Todd agreed. But there was work to do. Better World Club has grown through the efforts of a committed staff whose dedication to social responsibility spans every aspect of travel — whether when from flying around the world, renting a cottage in Ireland, or riding a bike to work.

In 2013

we asked congress to close a $100 billion corporate tax loophole, Supported Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, Supported California’s continued efforts towards a 3-foot passing rule for bike safety, Advocated for non-corn ethanol production, Sponsored The World Naked Bike Ride in Portland, OR, Encouraged members to participate in Bike To Work week, Spoken out against and asked members to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

In 2012

we protested the Citizen’s United ruling by signing a “Business Statement<br /> In Support of Government by the People,” along with leaders from Seventh<br /> Generation, Patagonia, Ben and Jerry’s, Utne Reader, and Green America; Began offering bicycle accident and liability insurance to help protect cyclists nationwide; Helped fund and publicize a project to transform used tires into trail-paving material.

In 2011

we supported Senate Bill 910, a bill that would have amended the CA Vehicle code to require<br /> drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing.<br /> Joined with the American Sustainable Business Council to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline.<br /> In 2010, we opposed Prop. 23, which would have suspend California’s greenhouse gas<br /> emission laws.

In 2009

we joined the American Sustainable Business Council.

In 2008

we helped protest anti-environmental lobbying by Toyota. Were the first auto club to publicly acknowledge and offer partner benefits to LGBT couples. Urged the EPA to update lead emissions standards.

In 2007

we joined the Biodiesel Alliance. Supported a Massachusetts proposal to legalize Pay-by-the-Mile auto insurance.

In 2005

we testified in support of legislation requiring the state of Oregon to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions of automobiles. Joined Oregon’s Task Force on Automobile Emissions to help implement tougher emission rules.

Testimonials

Customer Testimonials

BATTERY JUMPED!

I called BWC less than a half-hour ago because my car wouldn't start. The roadside service fellow has already been and gone; he arrived, jumped the battery, and left. That was fast! Thank you, BWC!

- Chapel Hill, NC
SNOWSTORM SAVIORS

Called today during a snowstorm because I did not have our member number. Call was answered promptly, and staff person (Stephanie) was able to provide me all the information I needed, including member number and emergency call number. I was never put on hold or transferred to another person. Service was ABSOLUTELY the best I have had from a service rep, anywhere, in a very long time. It was like calling my next door neighbor!!

- Mary, PA
GREAT SAVINGS

Thanks for this info [regarding our discounts]. It was immediately and significantly helpful. The discounts using the codes on the brochure made a big difference. Two nights in Roanoke, at about a $20 savings off of what I found if I went to the hotel's website (Days Inn in Salem) and three nights in Atlanta at the Wyndham Galleria at a nightly savings of at least $10 maybe more like $20

- Georgia
SHOP YOUR VALUES

Also, I'm really pleased that I found Better World; it really suits the values of my family and, by the way, my congregation and my grad students. I don't know how many in either group belong to any auto club or travel club, but they surely would be ashamed not to join up with BW if they ever join any. 🙂

- New York
COVERAGE!

This claim was the only time so far that we've needed to use our BWC coverage, but it was exactly what we needed in that situation, so we'll definitely keep our memberships active in case we run into issues on future rides!

- California
GREEN ON

Thank you Better World Club Team!! My husband Marc and I share your vision as well, living a green lifestyle (own/drive a Prius and a Leaf). Looking forward to another year - Green On!!

- Massachusetts
High quality

For the second time buying from these guys and just get better and better!

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Our Team

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Kelly is the VP of Sales and Service. She manages the day to day interactions with Better World Club members and works to ensure customer satisfaction. Before joining the Better World family she worked with the Sierra Club and the State PIRGS. Environmental advocacy has always been a passion of hers and she always welcomes a friendly conversation. In her free time she enjoys gardening, bicycling, rock collecting, and spoiling two overgrown fur balls she calls cats. She has recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy into her home that has brought her much joy.

Mark

Director of Design
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Mitchell is President of Better World Club, Inc. His experience represents nearly two decades of leading businesses that market environmental products and nonprofit organizations that support environmental stewardship. Prior to the merger, Mitch was President of American Consumer Insurance Agency, Inc. (ACI), a property and casualty insurance broker. Prior to this, he was President of Working Assets Capital Management, which managed one of the leading socially screened mutual fund families in the nation. Mitch formerly was an attorney for Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen, and was also the first chair of Business for Social Responsibility. He received a JD from the University of California at Los Angeles and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Mitchell Rofsky

Founder and CEO
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Kelly is the VP of Sales and Service. She manages the day to day interactions with Better World Club members and works to ensure customer satisfaction. Before joining the Better World family she worked with the Sierra Club and the State PIRGS. Environmental advocacy has always been a passion of hers and she always welcomes a friendly conversation. In her free time she enjoys gardening, bicycling, rock collecting, and spoiling two overgrown fur balls she calls cats. She has recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy into her home that has brought her much joy.

Kelly Shultz

VP of Sales
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Kelly is the VP of Sales and Service. She manages the day to day interactions with Better World Club members and works to ensure customer satisfaction. Before joining the Better World family she worked with the Sierra Club and the State PIRGS. Environmental advocacy has always been a passion of hers and she always welcomes a friendly conversation. In her free time she enjoys gardening, bicycling, rock collecting, and spoiling two overgrown fur balls she calls cats. She has recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy into her home that has brought her much joy.

Adam Itzkowitz

Director of Design

Our Values

Better World Club strives to be a profitable example of social, economic, and environmental responsibility by supporting consumer advocacy, sustainable transportation development, and environmental projects that remedy the adverse impacts of travel. We are not promising the world.  We are just doing our part to make it better. Here is how:
 

1. Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is:

 

Our 1% Promise for Clean-up Efforts:
We are committed to giving away an amount equal to 1% of our revenue (not profits, which are much smaller) to environmental cleanup and advocacy.

 

Our donations are largely in the form of carbon offsets. Offsets help neutralize the greenhouse gas pollution that is associated with the burning of fossil fuels. When you drive in your car or fly in an airplane, harmful gases (including CO2) are released into the atmosphere. Our Foundation carefully screens and selects offset projects to neutralize emissions that are directly contributing to global warming.

 

Contributions have been committed to the following projects:

 

Replacing out-of-date oil-burning boilers for Portland (OR) Public Schools
Maintaining and enlarging the Greater New Bedford LFG Utilization Project.
Maintaining the Sexton Energy Des Plaines landfill methane recovery and destruction project.
An electrically-charged plasma torch that destroys HFCs in Monterrey, Mexico.
A steam generator that runs on waste heat from petroleum processing in Visakhapatnam, India.
A separator that turns nitrous oxide into oxygen and nitrogen in Lu Cheng City, China.
Steel recycling facilities in Bakersfield California, where new metal shredders can tackle buses and even airplanes.

2. Green Operations:

Being green isn’t just about spending money on environmental projects.  Many things we do are small but they keep our daily operations in line with our public advocacy.

 

We offset all the emissions associated with our headquarters’ operations in Portland, OR
Our web hosting is solar-powered.
Our paper membership materials are recycled from 100% post-consumer waste.
We use eco-friendly ink in all of our printers.
Our plastic membership cards are 100% recycled and recyclable.
And, of course, we recycle office materials and equipment.
In 2012, we began offsetting all the carbon emissions from our nationwide fleet of roadside service providers. We also began offering prizes to reward ecologically-friendly towing providers.

3. Driving Change:

We believe in the power of consumer based change.  We don’t lobby with your membership dues, period. We do act by working to keep you informed and engaged, so you will speak up for what you believe in both with your voice and with your money. Check out and sign up for our advocacy e-newsletter Driving Change, a part of our regular e-newsletter, Kicking Asphalt.