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Forbes.com: Strong Fuel Economy Standards Will Fuel America’s Economy
Jun 08, 2011
This spring, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) is working jointly with federal officials on one of this year’s biggest energy and environmental decisions – stronger nationwide fuel economy standards.
Investors Controlling $1 Trillion in Assets Call on Russell 1000 Companies to Integrate Sustainability Into Business Models
Jun 08, 2011
Citing global climate change, resource constraints and growing population pressures, more than two dozen major institutional investors, collectively managing $1 trillion in assets, have asked the Russell 1000 companies in a jointly-signed letter to actively embrace the “new reality” of so-called ESG risks – environmental, social and governance – in both their actions and required investor disclosures.
Water Wars Threaten Credit of Metro Governments
Jun 03, 2011
Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings issued a report this week warning that it may downgrade the credit scores of metro Atlanta governments if a federal court does not side with Georgia on access to drinking water from Lake Lanier.
Poll: Most back higher fuel-efficiency standards
May 31, 2011
Toledo Blade columnist Tom Henry shares his thoughts on the new fuel-economy label rolled out by the Obama Administration, and his interest in Ceres' latest report stating that Michigan and Ohio residents were overwhelmingly supportive of higher fuel efficiency standards by 2025.
Forbes.com: Companies, Investors Band Together to Catalyze a Sustainable Economy
May 27, 2011
From Wall Street to business associations, recognition is growing that the long-term viability of business depends on how quickly we develop and support solutions that use fewer resources and cleaner energy. That’s what sustainable capitalism is all about: generating financial return in a long-term and responsible manner.
IBEW Union Sides With Power Industry on Clean Air Rules
May 26, 2011
In These Times' writer Kari Lydersen discusses how the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union joined with one of the nation's largest coal-fired power companies to lobby against proposed rules that would force coal plants to control emissions of toxic compounds. A Ceres study concluded that these rules - along with two other air quality rules - could create 1.5 million jobs over five years.
The Hill: Demanding stricter fuel economy
May 25, 2011
In surveys we conducted over the last year, Americans express a clear preference for much higher fuel economy standards. Just last month, for Ceres, we explored attitudes in the heart of the industrial Midwest and the headquarters of America’s auto industry — Ohio and Michigan — where we found overwhelming support for at least a 60 miles per gallon standard.
Voters in America’s Auto & Manufacturing Heartland Want 60 MPG Fuel Economy Standard by 2025
May 25, 2011
A new poll of 800 likely Michigan voters and 800 likely Ohio voters found overwhelming and intense support for requiring the auto industry to increase average fuel economy to 60 miles per gallon by 2025 and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from new cars, pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs.
2010 Ceres-ACCA Awards Report of the Judges
May 25, 2011
May 2011 - This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting. Sustainability reports from 98 companies and organizations were submitted for review this year. For the first time in several years, the submissions represented all of North America—including three Mexican submissions. Of all the reports submitted, 17 of the reports were short-listed and an independent, expert panel of judges met in February 2011 to select the award winners.
Who Will Reap the Dividends of Fuel Economy?
May 20, 2011
There are two basic arguments over whether and how the country should respond to climate change and other environmental challenges. One focuses on government’s right to regulate industry, and the other on the costs and benefits of such regulation. A new, almost biblical twist to one of these arguments was presented at a recent conference organized by Ceres – when it comes to automobile fuel economy, two analysts suggested, the worst shall do best.
Investors urge US to adopt California’s ‘clean cars’ policies
May 17, 2011
The US government could significantly propel investments in the clean energy and energy efficiency sector by following California’s lead in adopting stronger fuel economy and emissions standards through 2025, investment experts said.
CalSTRS Takes Another Step Towards Sustainable Investing
May 15, 2011
The $152.9 billion California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) announced that it would be taking what CEO Jack Ehnes calls a “significant step” in its already broad sustainable investing program: From now on, all performance-related discussions that the pension giant has with its external managers will include an analysis of how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues factor into their strategies.
PBS Climate Watch Conversation with Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
May 13, 2011
Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller talks with Mindy Lubber, president of the Boston based nonprofit Ceres. The organization works to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. This week, it held a conference in Oakland at which environmentalists, executives and investors from around the world gathered to consider ways for business to adopt environmentally sustainable practices.
California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and Major Investors Discuss Economic Benefits of Clean Car Standards
May 13, 2011
Against a backdrop of gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon in many U.S. cities, Ceres hosted a face-to-face media availability and roundtable discussion on the economic benefits of strong fuel economy and emissions standards with California Air Resources Board (CARB) chair Mary Nichols and institutional investors.
Harnessing the Benefits of Open-Source Sustainability Tools
May 12, 2011
A growing number of companies are turning the concept of intellectual capital on its head in the name of sustainability. Count IBM, Nike and the Outdoor Industry Association among the growing list of business interests turning to open source models to lower costs and scale best practices and technologies.
Ceres Conference 2011: The world can no longer afford business as usual
May 12, 2011
Business as usual, the old economy, single bottom line capitalism -- these are terms, practices and policies Ceres would like to put behind us. But how?
Why Sustainability Reporting Is Revolutionary
May 12, 2011
The following was adapted from the acceptance speech given by Nike's Hannah Jones at the Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting, where Nike won top honors for Best Sustainability Report.
Al Gore, Levi’s and PG&E rally around sustainability
May 12, 2011
The two largest US pension funds have teamed with leading companies such Levi Strauss and Pacific Gas & Electric, and an Al Gore-founded investment firm, in a commitment to promote environmental sustainability and tackle climate change.
Brown-Forman is First Beverage Alcohol Company to Join Ceres Network of Companies
May 12, 2011
Ceres announced today that it is has approved Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE:BF.B), a spirits and wine company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, as a Ceres Network Company. Brown-Forman has brands in its portfolio such as Jack Daniel’s, Herradura, El Jimador, Finlandia, Sonoma-Cutrer and Southern Comfort, among others. Companies that join Ceres commit to improve their sustainability disclosure and performance by engaging with investors, environmental groups and other stakeholders.
US pension giants make massive ESG commitments
May 12, 2011
CalPERS and CalSTRS, the giant California pension funds, today made sweeping commitments towards integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment processes. It came as the funds helped launch the groundbreaking Investor-Business Roundtable for a Sustainable Economy at the Ceres conference.