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The Miami Herald: Drilling Down Deep on Fracking and Our Nation's Energy Future
Jun 17, 2011
"We need a more balanced look at what's to be gained - and lost - if we embrace natural gas too heartily," said Ceres President Mindy Lubber in an op-ed. "Natural gas is no panacea for a country with a long history of over-dependence on fossil fuels that still hasn't come to grips with climate change."
Mother Nature Network: Water Scarcity Means Business for Companies & Investors
Jun 15, 2011
Growing pressure on our most precious resource – clean, potable water – is creating a new set of challenges that will quite literally impact things basic to everyday life, such as eating, drinking and turning on the lights.
Climate Change Investor Groups Publish Report on Global Investor Practices Relating to Climate Change
Jun 13, 2011
The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (“IIGCC”), the North American Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) and Australia/New Zealand Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) have today jointly published a report detailing the investment practices of asset managers, such as primary fund managers, and asset owners, such as pension funds, towards climate change issues.
2010 Global Investor Survey on Climate Change
Jun 13, 2011
This report provides the results of the first global survey of investment practices co-ordinated by the three investor networks on climate change – the IIGCC, based in Europe, INCR, based in North America and the Australia/New Zealand IGCC. As such it provides an overview of investment practices around the world, highlighting best practice and analysing the drivers for change.
Pensions & Investments: Large investors urge Russell 1000 companies to adopt ESG practices
Jun 09, 2011
California Public Employees’ Retirement System, California State Teachers’ Retirement System and other major institutional investors called on the 1,000 largest U.S. companies to “embrace a new reality” and imbed environmental, social and governance concerns into their business models.
The Bond Buyer: Georgia Pressured by Water Deficit
Jun 09, 2011
Georgia issuers are facing new credit pressures and calls for conservation because of a looming deadline to cut back on withdrawals from certain river basins and a federal reservoir that provide drinking water to the state’s growing population.
Ceres, Tellus Unveil Global Initiative for a Standardized, Comprehensive Corporate Sustainability Rating Standard
Jun 09, 2011
Ceres and Tellus Institute, two leading organizations that work with companies, investors and nonprofit groups to embed sustainable practices in capital markets, today announced the launch of an initiative to create and bring to widespread adoption a single standard for rating the sustainability performance of companies.
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.