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Climate legislation: catalyst for energy efficiency
Mar 14, 2011
Cleveland's office workers could contribute to reductions in global warming pollution equivalent to taking 35,000 cars off the roads -- permanently.
Closing the Climate Change Accounting Loophole
Mar 14, 2011
Ceres president Mindy Lubber blogs about the world's first Carbon Counter unveiled in NYC today and why honest accounting of environmental costs of doing business are crucial to solving the climate crisis.
Big Business Failing to Disclose Climate Change Risks
Mar 14, 2011
As climate change business impacts take hold, a growing number of investors are boosting their attention to the risks and opportunities from global warming that are embedded in their portfolios
Don't Believe the Doomsayers
Mar 14, 2011
Rather than join forward-thinking business leaders in meeting our energy and climate challenges, special interests fall back on their old refrain that tougher regulations will hurt business and thus the country.
It’s All About the Money in Copenhagen
Mar 14, 2011
Mindy Lubber of Ceres blogs about the key question being asked in the Danish capital: How on earth do you build and finance a robust and credible global carbon market?
Why Businesses (Big and Small) Should Support the Waxman-Markey Bill
Mar 07, 2011
Tom Benson, owner of the World's Largest Laundromat in Berwyn, Illinois, is tired of listening to conservative industry groups' bluster that climate change legislation is bad for business. That's because clean energy saved his.
Companies Cannot Sweep Climate Change Under the Rug
Mar 07, 2011
In Australia, epic floods and drought have caused billions of dollars in economic losses and helped send food, coal and other global commodity prices through the roof. In China, melting glaciers have contributed to a drop in water supplies comparable to the entire flow of the Mississippi River. In the western U.S., warmer temperatures and the spread of destructive insect pests have ravaged millions of acres of valuable forest; Colorado alone lost 100,000 spruce trees a day last year from spruce tree infestation. Scientists have been warning for years that the frequency of these extreme weather events will only increase as we continue to emit more carbon pollution into the atmosphere.
Ceres 20th Anniversary Video
Mar 04, 2011
In 1989, a major environmental disaster shook public confidence in corporate America—the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. 10.8 million gallons of oil poured into Alaska's Prince William Sound, devastating one of the worlds most pristine habitats. Just 6 months after the spill, a group of investors launched an organization to tackle this problem: a nonprofit called Ceres.
New Report Helps Green Investors To Identify Climate Related Risks and Opportunities
Feb 28, 2011
The greener a company, the more profitable. This is at least, what many investors believe these days. The SEC knows that, and issued a guidance for companies last year that identifies risks related to climate change material such as energy waste, carbon emissions and other polluting activities.
New Report Outlines What Companies Should Be Disclosing on Climate Change Risks and Opportunities
Feb 25, 2011
February 25, 2011 – Amid growing evidence that climate change is impacting the global environment and the global economy, the Ceres investor coalition today announced a new report aimed at improving corporate disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities they face.
Green Real Estate and Funds of Funds Webinar
Feb 25, 2011
February 25, 2011 - This webinar, the last in a four-part series exploring sustainable investment, addresses emerging low carbon investment opportunities in green real estate and funds of funds.
Shareholders Offer a Spate of Climate and Environmental Resolutions
Feb 18, 2011
After a year marked by Congressional paralysis on issues like global warming and renewable energy, and after a parade of energy-related disasters — including the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — social investment groups are signaling their displeasure with a suite of shareholder resolutions.
Public Equity and Green Bonds Webinar
Feb 18, 2011
February 18, 2011 - The third installment of a four-part INCR webinar series on sustainable investment, this webinar addresses emerging opportunities for low carbon investment in fixed income and public equity.
Oil, Coal and Power Companies See 50% Increase in Climate- and Energy-Related Shareholder Resolutions in 2011 Proxy Season
Feb 16, 2011
February 16, 2011 – Affirming the financial risks that climate change and other environmental concerns pose to leading energy companies, investors announced today the filing of 66 climate and energy related shareholder resolutions with 41 coal, electric power and oil companies in the 2011 proxy season, making 2011 a record for shareholder engagement in the energy sector, even in the face of Congressional inaction on climate change.
INCR DIRECTOR Mindy Lubber Statement on new Mercer report “Climate Change Scenarios – Implications for Strategic Asset Allocation”
Feb 15, 2011
February 15, 2011 – Mercer’s report, “Climate Change Scenarios – Implications for Strategic Asset Allocation,” lends credence to a concern that the Investor Network on Climate Risk has been voicing for years. Climate change poses real costs and risks that are material to investment portfolios of pension funds and institutions around the world
Private Equity Investing Webinar
Feb 11, 2011
February 11, 2011 - The second installment in a four-part INCR series on sustainable investing, this webinar addresses opportunities for investment in clean energy projects, infrastructure finance and low carbon venture capital initiatives.
Activist Investors Press Energy Companies On Safety, Spill Risks
Feb 11, 2011
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- As proxy season approaches, activist investors with stakes in energy companies are pressuring oil firms for proof that the companies are improving safety and reducing the risk of a major spill. The investors include unions, public pension funds, and environmental and religious groups. They are targeting publicly trading companies leading up to the annual shareholder meeting season this spring.
EPA's Power Plant Rules Would Spur Job Creation -- Report
Feb 09, 2011
Despite claims that U.S. EPA's regulations are destroying jobs at a time of already high unemployment, two new sets of air pollution rules for power plants would create hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next five years, according to a report (pdf) released today.
Video: Ceres' Lubber says job growth possible under new air regulations
Feb 09, 2011
As utilities prepare for a series of air pollution regulations coming out of U.S. EPA, what impact will the new rules have on job growth and the economy? During today's OnPoint, Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, discusses new research that points to job growth under EPA's Clean Air Act regulations. She explains why she believes industry is misguided in thinking that new power plant regulations will negatively affect the bottom line.
EPA Must Be Free to Pursue Its Legal Mandate to Clean Up Air Pollution, BICEP Coalition Representative Timberland Company Tells Congress
Feb 09, 2011
February 9, 2011 – Timberland Senior Manager Betsy Blaisdell told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that “preventing EPA from exercising its authority, or rolling back any of its actions, would cost the economy in human health, in terms of illness that often results in lost work days, and more.