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New Opportunities in Sustainable Investment: 21st Century Strategies for Institutional Investors Webinar
Feb 04, 2011
February 4, 2011 - This webinar is the first in a series of four webinars exploring the current and cutting edge investment opportunities in sustainable investment and their performance to date.
'Race to Green' good for business
Feb 03, 2011
In a speech at Pennsylvania State University Thursday, President Obama proposed a suite of incentives intended to cut energy consumption from existing U.S. commercial buildings by 20 percent by 2020. This proposal is exactly what’s needed to jump-start major energy and carbon reduction initiatives and to create jobs and efficiencies that enhance our global competitiveness. The proposal includes tax credits, loan guarantees, worker training initiatives and a competitive grant program, dubbed "Race to Green." The cost is expected to be offset elsewhere when the President’s budget is delivered later this month, but incentives such as loan guarantees do not add to government spending, and the cost of training workers is much lower than the cost of paying them unemployment benefits.
The Walt Disney Co. Joins Ceres Corporate Network
Feb 03, 2011
Ceres today announced the approval of The Walt Disney Company (Disney) as a Ceres network company. Disney will work with Ceres to improve its efforts on key environmental and social sustainability issues. Disney will also engage key stakeholders to help advance its sustainability strategy, disclosure, and performance.
Reaching the Boiling Point: Hidden Water Risks in the U.S. Municipal Bond Market
Feb 02, 2011
This episode, we are joined by Ceres’ own Sharlene Leurig, senior manager of Ceres’ insurance program and author of the report The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market. The report evaluates and ranks water scarcity risks for public water and power utilities in some of the country's most water-stressed regions, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta. Listen in as Sharlene explains the findings of the report and the hidden risks that water scarcity poses to investors, companies and municipalities.
New Jobs-Cleaner Air: Employment Effects under Planned Changes to EPA’s Air Pollution Rules
Feb 01, 2011
February 2011 - This study demonstrates how new air pollution rules proposed for the electric power sector by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide long-term economic benefits across much of the United States in the form of highly skilled, well paying jobs through infrastructure investment in the nation's generation fleet. Significantly, many of these jobs will be created over the next five years as the United States recovers from its severe economic downturn.
Is ESG Data Going Mainstream?
Jan 28, 2011
It wasn't so long ago that U.S. corporate reports on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks were as rare as penguins in the desert. Not anymore. Last week, American Electric Power published a sustainability report detailing its environmental and social performance, including laudable goals to double renewable energy sources and reduce contractor injuries by 10 percent. Coca-Cola Co.'s recent 10-K filing outlined water scarcity risks and how those risks will likely be exacerbated by climate change. National Grid is now disclosing publicly how it is linking executive pay to greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Growing Business Risks from Global Water Scarcity
Jan 28, 2011
With global temperatures increasing, scientists have told us to expect water scarcity problems like those California and China are now experiencing to increase and become even more severe. The consequences for an already reeling global economy will be profound. Numerous industry sectors should expect decreased water allotments, shifts towards full-cost water pricing and ever-more stringent water quality regulations.
Short-Term Strategies Don't Work for Wall Street or the Planet
Jan 28, 2011
The fiscal crisis on Wall Street is a painful lesson in how entire industries can delude themselves into ignoring the most fundamental issues -- in this case, the hidden risks from easy sub-prime mortgages. It also reveals the vast pitfalls of an economic system obsessed with short-term gains and growth at all costs while ignoring essentials such as building long-term shareholder value and protecting the future of the planet. As we confront global climate change -- perhaps the biggest challenge mankind has ever faced -- business and government leaders have an opportunity to learn from the ongoing Wall Street debacle and get it right.
Ceres 20 20 Vision and Accomplishments
Jan 28, 2011
New Report: Growing Water Scarcity in US is 'Hidden' Financial Risk for Investors Owning Utility Bonds
Jan 28, 2011
October 21, 2010 – Growing water scarcity in many parts of the United States is a hidden financial risk for investors who buy the water and electric utility bonds that finance much of the country's vast water and power infrastructure, according to a first-ever report on the issue released today by Ceres and Water Asset Management.
New Report: Canada's Oil Sands Face Significant Financial and Environmental Risks as Great as Those in BP Spill
Jan 28, 2011
While public attention is focused on widespread environmental and financial damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a new Ceres report released today shows that the environmental and financial risks of producing oil in Canada's vast oil sands region may be even greater.
New Climate Change Report Rates Political and Regulatory Environments as Top Concerns by Corporate Risk Managers
Jan 28, 2011
A survey of risk managers on how climate change risk is perceived and dealt with by their businesses, released this morning, reveals the political and regulatory environments are top concerns among risk managers, survey sponsor Zurich Financial Services Group announced today. The survey, analyzed and reported by the Boston-based investor and environmental sustainability network Ceres and administered jointly with the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA), sheds light on how 200 risk managers view climate change and its potential impact on their industries.
A Race Toward Sustainability - and Profits: New Report Delivers Powerful Message and Roadmap for Companies
Jan 28, 2011
A new Ceres report outlining the urgency, vision and competitive advantages for companies that fully embrace sustainability in their business as energy prices rise, water supplies are increasingly contested and the world’s population grows.
New Study: North Carolina’s Economy Will Benefit from Strong Clean Energy Policies
Jan 28, 2011
On the eve of U.S. Senate deliberations on climate legislation, North Carolina business leaders today released a new economic study showing major economic growth and job gains in North Carolina if strong climate and energy policies are passed in Washington.
Ceres Hails “Landmark” Waxman/Markey Bill
Jan 28, 2011
Ceres President Mindy Lubber today issued the following statement supporting the “discussion draft” for climate and energy legislation released today: This is a landmark bill that is a great first step in tackling America's energy and climate challenges in a comprehensive fashion - a strategy that Ceres has advocated from the beginning.
Ceres Applauds EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule; Renews Call on SEC to Require Mandatory Climate Risk Disclosure in Securities Filings
Jan 28, 2011
Lauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas reporting rule, Ceres renewed its call on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require publicly-traded companies to assess and fully disclose their financial risks and opportunities from climate change.
Ceres Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Jan 28, 2011
Ceres announced today the kickoff of a special year-long program to celebrate its 20th anniversary with the release of Ceres 20•20, a bold plan with four key pillars and ambitious goals designed to move businesses, investors and policymakers towards a sustainable global economy over the next decade. Ceres will host a series of special initiatives to call attention to the Ceres 20•20 agenda (www.ceres.org) throughout the anniversary year. Ceres was launched largely in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred 20 years ago on March 24, 1989.
IBM, Tesco and Dell Receive Top Scores in First-Ever Ranking of Consumer & Tech Companies on Climate Change Strategies
Jan 28, 2011
While progress is being made, consumer and technology companies still have more to do in confronting the business challenges posed by climate change, according to a report issued today by the Ceres investor coalition and authored by RiskMetrics Group that analyzes climate change governance practices at 63 of the world's largest retail, pharmaceutical, technology, apparel and other consumer-facing companies.
Ceres President Recognized as 'Leader of Change' by United Nations and Foundation for Social Change
Jan 28, 2011
Mindy S. Lubber, president of the non-profit group Ceres, was honored today by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into their core business strategies.
Ceres President Issues Statement at Annual Conference Condemning Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill; Calls for Policy Actions to Reduce Dependence on Oil and other Fossil Fuels
Jan 28, 2011
The following statement was issued this morning by Ceres president Mindy S. Lubber on the opening day of Ceres annual conference, "Roadmap for a Sustainable Future," May 5 and 6 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Ceres was launched in 1989 in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.