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On February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to pause implementation of the Clean Power Plan while the lower court reviews the legality of the regulations. The “stay” of the rule means that the EPA may not enforce the Clean Power Plan pending the resolution of the case on the merits. While the ultimate legal outcome is unclear at this point, what is very clear is that the pace and scale of the transition to a thriving, clean economy is now undeniable, irresistible, and inevitable.
State-level support for clean energy is critical at a time when federal level policies are difficult to move in Washington D.C.. Moreover, state governments have the power to significantly advance—or cripple—development of renewable energy and energy efficiency within their boundaries.
BICEP member Vulcan Inc. and its CEO – philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen – have long been advocating for reform of the federal coal-leasing program. Last month, the Administration listened and took action.
Joining the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge this December, BICEP member VF Corporation announced a bold commitment to source 100 percent renewable energy at its owned and operated facilities by 2025 and to develop science-based goals to support additional emission reductions throughout their operations.
BICEP member Gap Inc. flew past its 20 percent greenhouse gas reduction target for 2015. Now, the parent company of Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic has set itself a worthy new target: halving its emissions by 2020.
At this year’s UNFCCC Climate Conference in Paris this December, BICEP members and colleagues joined together at the U.S. Center to discuss how corporate action on climate policy can lead to real change.
This year, thanks to the support of our BICEP members and investor partners, Ceres made a big splash in the realm of climate change and energy policy.
The historic global climate agreement finalized this December in Paris proves not just a win for our world’s environment but also for our world’s economy.
At the end of October I traveled to Toledo, Ohio to celebrate at the headquarters of Owens Corning as they unveiled on a 2.4 megawatt, 11-acre solar array that does double duty in the winter as a canopy over the employee parking lot.
Thanks to Clif Bar, rock-climbers sporting red t-shirts everywhere are now synonymous with energy bars, wholesome, organic snacks, and sports nutrition. What’s more, these same climbers (or “Clifsters”) are not only scaling the rocky terrain up mountainsides, they’re ascending the summit of climate action in their own communities.
With COP21 less than one week away, the chief executive officers of Coca-Cola, The Hain Celestial Group, Hershey’s and PepsiCo have signed on to BICEP’s letter to U.S. and world leaders urging them to forge a robust international climate agreement in Paris.
This fall, BICEP companies joined a growing business movement to fight for clean energy policies in Ohio and Michigan. Both state legislatures are attempting to roll back their states’ forward-looking renewable energy and energy efficiency resources standards. With the help of Ceres, companies are stepping up and expressing their support for these policies, which have been key to expanding clean energy in the Midwest.
Last week, representatives from 15 companies and investors joined Ceres in Washington, D.C. to meet with over 30 Congressional offices in both the Senate and House on a range of issues related to climate and clean energy policy. The group met with both Republicans and Democrats to discuss important matters such as the Green Climate Fund, the EPA Clean Power Plan, and a promising Climate Resolution offered by Representative Chris Gibson (R-NY).
Increasingly, American Fortune 500 companies are focusing on reducing their energy footprints and investing in renewable energy. Industry and business leaders are attracted to policy environments that allow them to leverage efficiency and clean energy investments to save money, lock in fixed energy prices, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
BICEP members were instrumental in bringing the business voice in support of key climate and clean energy policies SB 350 and SB 32 to the forefront of the debate in California.
BICEP members were well represented among the impressive array of private sector actions announced over this September’s Climate Week in New York City. BICEP members’ commitments to reduce emissions and scale up renewable energy deployment not only demonstrates their leadership on climate action but also marks their contribution toward keeping the world within 2°C of warming.
This week, companies and investors traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to defend the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, and to lend their support to a proposal to extend the state’s renewable energy investment tax credit.
Last week, BICEP’s director Anne Kelly attended the 2015 Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego, where she moderated a panel on corporate engagement in climate policy alongside representatives from eBay and VF Corporation.
Aveda knows that caring for the world in which we live means helping to make it more beautiful while also caring for the environment. Their business of beauty hopes to sustain for years to come. That’s why Aveda supports expanding clean energy in their home state of Minnesota.
The 2015 Ceres Conference in San Francisco gave us a lot to be hopeful about in the world of clean energy, thanks to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Danny Kennedy of Sungevity, who both served as speakers at the conference.
The road to Paris is through Washington, DC. That’s the message BICEP brought to our nation’s capitol last week as we count down toward a global climate deal expected to be reached in Paris this December.
Clean fuels are important for cutting carbon pollution, creating new jobs, and reducing our dependence on oil. That’s why BICEP is calling on leaders in Washington State to move forward with implementing a Clean Fuels Standard.
International fashion brand and BICEP member EILEEN FISHER recently announced a bold new plan to achieve 100% sustainability in all its practices.
This week, Ceres brought leading California businesses to discuss climate and water policy with key state policymakers in Sacramento. Company representatives from KB Home, Dignity Health, Driscoll’s, and Jackson Family Wines joined Ceres staff in California’s capitol to make the business case for strong climate and water policies in the state.
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, leading breweries across America are reminding us that there are lots of ways to green your beer. Climate change impacts the brewing industry in unique ways, and the industry is finding innovative ways to reduce their impacts. On Tuesday, BICEP announced that 24 leading breweries have joined the Brewery Climate Declaration, a companion to the larger national Climate Declaration.
BICEP member Owens Corning is moving forward on another large renewable energy project—this time to power its headquarters in Toledo, Ohio.
This week, the Oregon House approved SB 324, legislation that extends the state’s Clean Fuels Program beyond its initial 2015 sunset date, allowing the program to be fully implemented. The Clean Fuels Program has the ability to create new jobs, stimulate economic growth, and help to stabilize the planet’s fragile climate.
Climate Declaration signatory Apple already relies on renewable energy for much of its U.S. operations. Now, the company has announced that it will power its California operations under a power purchase agreement that is the largest-ever solar procurement deal for a commercial end user.
We had quite a year in 2014, and wanted to share all of the impacts we’ve had. Our success is due to the leadership of the companies, investors, partners, and individuals who enable our efforts. Check out our infographic which demonstrates our 2014 Policy Impacts.
Many major businesses produce or purchase renewable energy, and the list is growing. But there are still significant barriers in place.
IKEA continues to lead the way in business sustainability practices. Recently, IKEA announced their investment in a new, 165 MW wind farm being built in Texas, which will be the company’s largest wind investment to date.
Companies congregated in New York for the People’s Climate March, the launch of Climate Week, and the UN Climate Summit. Companies are taking bold steps: committing to policy advocacy, making new sustainability commitments, and calling on the world’s nations to act.
Climate change impacts nearly every sector and industry of the economy, and the beer brewing industry is no exception.
California’s AB 32 is working. The strongest climate and energy policy of any state in the nation, AB 32 has shown that programs like a cap and trade program, energy efficiency incentives, and strong renewable energy policies can build a robust and sustainable economy. That’s why BICEP members sprang into action when a bill to weaken and delay its implementation was introduced in the California legislature this year.
The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced last week that under the newly unveiled Clean Power Plan our nation’s power plants will reduce carbon emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2020. The Clean Power Plan is the single largest action a nation has ever taken to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and Climate Declaration companies were quick to support it.
In a blog for Walden Asset Management, Anne Kelly, Director of BICEP, explains the origins and impacts of Ceres’ BICEP coalition.
Aspen Skiing Company’s Matt Hamilton, Director of Sustainability, recently traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby on Capitol Hill, asking for senators to address the damaging and accelerating impacts of climate change.
In response to President Obama’s “On Site Renewables Challenge”, issued at the Solar Summit, to encourage private companies to increase their use of solar power, Clif Bar has launched its 50/50 by 2020 initiative
In Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's 65th weekly climate change speech on the floor of the Senate last week he praised BICEP and Climate Declaration companies like Mars, IKEA, JLL, and VF Brands.
Your favorite chocolate will soon be powered by wind electricity. Mars, Incorporated recently announced that the company has purchased a 200MW wind farm in Texas.
At the 25th Anniversary Ceres Conference in Boston last week, BICEP hosted a packed breakfast to celebrate our achievements over the past year and look at what’s to come in the year ahead.
When we launched the Climate Declaration one year ago, our goal was to get 100 companies to sign in 100 days. Within the first week we surpassed that goal, demonstrating that businesses are serious about tackling climate change.
California-based businesses, including Apple, SolarCity, San Diego International Airport, and Sungevity Sign the Climate Declaration
Last week, more than a dozen major California-based businesses, including Apple, SolarCity, San Diego International Airport, and Sungevity added their names to the list of more than 140 California-based companies that have signed the Climate Declaration.
Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs.
Owens Corning, the newest BICEP member and the world’s largest fiberglass manufacturer for energy efficient building products, has just flipped the switch on a new 2.7-megawatt solar project at their New York manufacturing facility.
Shoppers can go green by bringing a reusable bag, shopping locally or buying items with less packaging. Now, shopping online can be green too. eBay is powering more data centers with innovative energy technologies, making every time you click a chance to use renewable energy.
Last week, twenty-three major companies wrote a letter in support of reducing U.S. carbon pollution from power plants. A major milestone in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the EPA released standards for carbon pollution from new power plants.
BICEP announced 5 more major companies joining the Climate Declaration. Microsoft, Owens Corning, Diageo, Thornton Tomasetti, and Acer America Corporation have all signed the statement calling for US climate action.
Timberland knows from its own business practices that energy efficiency saves the company money, and that’s why it wrote in the New Hampshire Union Leader about their support for energy efficiency legislation moving through Congress that is co-sponsored by New Hampshire’s Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
“Anyone still laboring under the impression that fighting climate change has to mean financial sacrifice should take a look at our clients’ income statements,” wrote Michael Jordan, Executive Vice President of Sustainable Strategy at Jones Lang LaSalle, in an op-ed for The Hill.
Renewable Energy is winning! Despite attempts to weaken or destroy state renewable energy programs, both Kansas and Arizona recently upheld their support for renewables.
Major companies are examining the risks of how changing weather patterns could affect their businesses, but it’s not all gloom and doom. Companies are also recognizing the business opportunities that new innovations would bring as we tackle climate change. The next step is to push for clear policies.
Tonight, President Obama is expected to lay out his plans for following through on his promise to “respond to the threat of climate change.” He is going to need help from leaders in the business community to accomplish those plans.
In his second Inaugural Address, President Obama set the stage for a renewed course of action on energy and climate change. The path going forward won't be easy, but the President's statement affirms that climate change remains a front and center priority of this Administration.
As the newest member of BICEP, Cynthia Curtis recently explained why CA Technologies has a stake in shaping the discourse on sustainability.
When businesses went to Washington to lobby on the wind production tax credit last year, it got the attention of lawmakers.
We are welcoming 2013 by celebrating a new victory for the future of clean, renewable energy here in the U.S. The wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) was extended in the final hours of U.S. Congressional sessions.
It’s always great when BICEP leaders get the praise they deserve. Shauna Sadowski, Director of Sustainability at Annie’s Homegrown, a BICEP member, was highlighted on GreenBiz.com.
Jenn Vervier, Director of Sustainability and Strategic Projects at New Belgium, recently published an op-ed in urging Congress to extend the wind Production Tax Credit.
With the 2012 election behind us, Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company (a BICEP member), wrote about 3 ways that President Obama could address climate change in his second term.
Playing sports is all about teamwork. When BICEP members, the Portland Trail Blazers and Aspen Skiing Company teamed up for the Aspen Skiing Company sustainability report, they both won.
For the second year in a row, BICEP Member KB Home was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense Partner of the Year Award.
The recent droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes sweeping the nation has put the words ‘climate change’ back in the national dialogue.
By 2025, passenger cars and trucks will be averaging 54.5 miles per gallon creating nearly 500,000 new jobs nationwide.