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A list of all BICEP-related press releases. For press inquiries, please contact: Peyton Fleming, Communications Director, Ceres: fleming@ceres.org | 617.247.0700 ext 120

Below is a list of all BICEP-related press releases. For a list of Ceres press releases, visit the Ceres Press Room.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Peyton Fleming, Communications Director, Ceres: 617-247-0700 ext. 120 | email

Over 100 Washington Businesses Call for State Action on Climate Change

Oct 27, 2014
Companies call it one of Washington’s greatest economic opportunities

Over 100 businesses, including Virginia Mason, Microsoft, REI, and Saltchuk launched an open declaration calling for action on climate change. The Washington Business Climate Declaration highlights the support of state business leaders for action on climate change that would preserve and expand our state’s vibrant economy.

Ceres Press Release

First-of-its-Kind Report Ranks U.S. Insurance Companies on Climate Change Responses

Oct 22, 2014
Climate Change Responses Only Nine of 330 Insurers Get High Grades; The Hartford, Prudential, Munich Re and Allianz Are Among Top Scorers

Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, a new report from Ceres ranks the nation's 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to respond to escalating climate risks.

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Ceres Press Release

Oregon Technology Companies Commit their Support for State Climate Change Policy

Sep 23, 2014
Intel, Elemental Technologies, Symantec, and eBay are among the 200+ Oregon Companies Calling for Action on Climate

Oregon’s technology companies, including Intel and Elemental Technologies, have joined the growing list of businesses that have signed onto the Oregon Business Climate Declaration, highlighting opportunities to spur local economic development and job creation while curbing carbon pollution.

Ceres Press Release

Kellogg Company Joins BICEP Coalition

Sep 19, 2014
BOSTON

Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) announced today that the American icon and inventor of Corn Flakes, Kellogg Company, has joined the BICEP coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies.

Ceres Press Release

General Mills Joins BICEP Coalition

Jul 28, 2014
Boston, MA

BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) announced today that one of the world’s largest and most storied food companies, General Mills, has joined the BICEP coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies.

Ceres Press Release

Oregon Businesses Call for State Action on Climate Change

Jul 15, 2014
Portland, OR
"Tackling climate change is of America's greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century"

Over 70 Oregon businesses, including Adidas, eBay, Moda Health, NIKE, Inc. and Portland Trailblazers today issued a joint declaration calling for state action on climate change.

Ceres Press Release

New Analysis: America’s Largest Companies are Jumping on Clean Energy Bandwagon and Saving More Than $1 Billion a Year

Jun 19, 2014
Washington, DC
Recent corporate renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts equivalent to retiring 15 coal-fired power plants

The nation’s largest companies are leaving Washington gridlock on climate change behind and rapidly embracing renewable energy sourcing and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, according to a new report from Calvert Investments, Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, and World Wildlife Fund.

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Ceres Press Release

New Report: Water and Climate Risks Are a Growing Threat to U.S. Corn Production

Jun 11, 2014
Growing number of food, livestock and retail companies are responding with push for more sustainable growing practices

A new Ceres report released today shows that water and climate change risks are rising in the $67 billion U.S. corn sector, contributing to production and price volatility and growing concern by corn buyers that the nation’s largest crop needs to be grown more sustainably.

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Ceres Press Release

Unilever, VF Corp., Mars Incorporated and New York State Comptroller Join 173 Companies and Investors in Supporting EPA’s New Carbon Standard

Jun 02, 2014
Boston, MA
Power Plant Standard Called “Critical Step in Moving Our Country Towards a Clean Energy Economy”

In response to today’s release of a new EPA standard to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants, 128 companies and 49 investors, managing $800 billion in assets, sent letters of support to the Obama Administration, and to Senate and House majority and minority leaders.

Ceres Press Release

New Report Shows Decline in Carbon Dioxide and Other Pollutants from U.S. Power Plants, but State and Power Company Emissions Vary Widely

May 28, 2014
Boston, MA
Electric Power Industry is Transitioning to Lower-Carbon Sources and Positioned to Meet New EPA Carbon Standards

A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the country’s top 100 electric power producers shows a downward trend in nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, mercury and carbon dioxide. The findings show that the industry is already shifting toward a combination of increased energy efficiency and lower carbon fuel sources, which should help it meet new EPA carbon standards.

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Ceres Press Release

Statement by Ceres President Mindy Lubber on the National Climate Assessment

May 06, 2014
Tackling Climate Change is the Greatest Economic Opportunity of the 21st Century

"We simply can no longer afford to risk our children’s futures on the false hope that the vast majority of scientists are wrong."

Ceres Press Release

More U.S. Corporations Must Scale Up Sustainability Efforts, Report Says

Apr 30, 2014
Report assesses how well 613 of the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. are performing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting human rights, and more

A report released today by Ceres and Sustainalytics found that while there are encouraging pockets of sustainability leadership in the U.S. business community, far 
too many companies are only taking small, incremental steps to address pressing sustainability issues that could impact their bottom lines and the future of our planet and economy – such as climate change and human rights.

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Ceres Press Release

Business Support for Policy Action on Climate Change Grows 20-Fold as the “Climate Declaration” Hits First Anniversary

Apr 10, 2014
Washington, DC
17 Major Companies Meet with Congressional Leaders to Push for Climate Policies; IKEA Announces Purchase of Major Wind Farm in Illinois

On the heels of a new UN report detailing damaging and accelerating impacts of climate change, top business executives from IKEA, JLL, Mars Inc., Sprint and VF Corp. met today with members of the Congressional Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change to discuss climate-related impacts on their companies.

Ceres Press Release

Statement by Ceres President Mindy Lubber on Today's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report

Mar 31, 2014

Today's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report pulls no punches in concluding that our world is on a dangerous path and urgent action is needed now to reverse the pollution that is causing it.

Ceres Press Release

Aveda, Pioneer of Natural Beauty Products Becomes 30th Company to Join BICEP Coalition

Mar 13, 2014
Boston, MA

BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) announced today that Aveda, the Minnesota-based manufacturer and distributor of botanically-based personal care products, has joined the coalition.

Ceres Press Release

Apple, San Diego International Airport, SolarCity and Sapphire Energy Join Call for U.S. Action on Climate Change

Feb 25, 2014
San Diego, CA
140+ California Companies Say Climate Change is the “Greatest Economic Opportunity Of the 21st Century”

As California battles the worst drought in centuries, more than a dozen major businesses joined with more than 120 California-based companies in signing the Climate Declaration.

Ceres Press Release

Leading Global Investors Gather at UN on Urgency for Boosting Clean Energy to Curb Climate Change

Jan 15, 2014
NEW YORK, NY
Ceres, UN urge capital market actors to close vast clean energy investment gap

Nearly 500 leading investors meeting today at the United Nations see major growth potential for ramping up green bonds and other clean energy investments to the levels necessary in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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Ceres Press Release

Ceres Touts Economic Opportunity of Carbon Standards for Existing Power Plants at Boston EPA Listening Session

Nov 04, 2013
Boston, MA

During a listening session hosted today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ceres staff members testified to the economic opportunity provided by addressing climate change and spoke out in support of the EPA’s proposed rules for existing power plants.

BICEP Press Release

Companies Push White House to Follow Through on Climate Action Plan

Oct 29, 2013
Boston, MA
One year after Superstorm Sandy, 20 major U.S. businesses demand action

One year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, major U. S. companies including Starbucks, Unilever and Mars, Inc. have called on President Obama and the White House to follow through on climate change preparedness efforts outlined in the Climate Action Plan announced by the President on June 25th.

Ceres Press Release

The Climate Declaration Hits Broadway…

Oct 25, 2013
Boston, MA

Starting this week, the Climate Declaration’s message that “tackling climate change is America’s greatest economic opportunity of the 21st century” will be showcased on the CBS Jumbotron on 42nd street in New York City’s Times Square for the next three months.

Ceres Press Release

Investors ask fossil fuel companies to assess how business plans fare in low-carbon future

Oct 24, 2013
Boston, MA
Coalition of 70 investors worth $3 trillion call on world’s largest oil & gas, coal and electric power companies to assess risks under climate action and ‘business as usual’ scenarios

A group of 70 global investors managing more than $3 trillion of collective assets launched the first-ever coordinated effort to spur 45 of the world’s top oil and gas, coal and electric power companies to assess the financial risks that climate change poses to their business plans.

BICEP Press Release

Apparel Giant VF Corporation Joins BICEP and Signs the Climate Declaration

Sep 27, 2013
Boston, MA
Lifestyle Apparel Powerhouse Commits to Climate Leadership on same day as new IPCC climate science report release showing that climate change is underway

BICEP today announced that VF Corporation has joined the coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies. The company has also signed the Climate Declaration, which calls for federal policymakers to seize the American economic opportunity to address climate change.

Ceres Press Release

New IPCC Report Confirms What Companies Already Know: Climate Change is Changing How Business Gets Done

Sep 27, 2013
Boston, MA
HSBC, VF Corporation, insurance firms provide insights on key business sectors

In the wake of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report re-confirming the reality of climate change and clarifying its effects, business and investor leaders talked today about the ways in which global warming is already affecting their bottom lines and their strategies.

Ceres Press Release

Major U.S. Companies and Investors Support Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

Sep 20, 2013
Boston, MA
22 U.S. Companies including Unilever, Levi Strauss & Co. and The North Face sign support letter for Performance Standards for Power Plants and call for Existing Source Standards

Nearly two-dozen major U.S. companies and nearly 50 investors with more than $900 billion of collective assets announced their support today for new carbon pollution standards proposed by the EPA for new power plants.

Ceres Press Release

Burton Snowboards Joins BICEP

Sep 19, 2013
Boston, MA
The World’s Leading Snowboarding Company Commits to Climate and Clean Energy Action

BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) announced today that Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company, has joined the BICEP coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies.

BICEP Press Release

Major U.S. Companies Call for Climate Change Action

Sep 19, 2013
Boston, MA
Microsoft, Owens Corning, Diageo, Thornton Tomasetti & Acer America Corporation join hundreds of companies in seeking strong climate and clean energy policies in Washington

Business calls for strong climate change action are getting louder. Today, a half-dozen leading global companies with more than 100,000 employees, including Microsoft, Owens Corning, Diageo, Thornton Tomasetti, and Acer America Corporation joined hundreds of other U.S. businesses in signing the Climate Declaration.

Ceres Press Release

New Report: North Dakota Natural Gas Flaring More Than Doubles in Two Years

Jul 29, 2013
Boston, MA
Ceres’ Analysis Shows North Dakota Oil Industry Burned Off $1 Billion of Natural Gas in 2012; Industry Now Flares $3.6 Million Each Day

The tremendous growth of unconventional oil production in North Dakota has also led to a rapid rise in the production of associated natural gas and natural gas liquids. A new Ceres report reveals that large and growing volumes of this gas are being burned off rather than sold, creating significant economic and environmental impacts.

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BICEP Press Release

Business Leaders Continue Call to Action on U.S. Climate Policy by Signing the Climate Declaration

Jul 10, 2013
Boston, MA
The Weather Company, K2 Sports and Others Join More Than 600 Companies in Push for National Action on Climate Change

Two weeks after President Obama announced plans to address climate change in a major speech, large American businesses are continuing to express their support for U.S. policy action on climate change.

BICEP Press Release

Patagonia and New Chapter Join BICEP to Partner in Climate and Clean Energy Advocacy

Jul 02, 2013
Boston, MA
Corporate Leaders Join Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy’s Growing Coalition of 26 American Companies

BICEP today announced that outdoor apparel company Patagonia and dietary supplement provider New Chapter have joined the BICEP coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies.

Ceres Press Release

CEOs and Businesses Respond to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

Jun 27, 2013
Boston, MA
Nike, Intel, eBay, Symantec, Unilever and Other Climate Declaration Signatories Join Dozens of Businesses Expressing Support for U.S. Action on Climate Change

Two days after President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to address the threat of climate change, more than 50 companies have offered their support for the President’s national climate change strategy, including statements from several CEOs.

Ceres Press Release

Wide-Ranging Businesses Support President Obama’s Climate Plan

Jun 25, 2013
Boston, MA

A broad range of businesses and investors from across the country are offering strong support for President Obama’s climate plan. The businesses are all signatories of the Climate Declaration, a statement calling on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunities of addressing climate change.

BICEP Press Release

350+ Small Businesses Sign Climate Declaration in Call for U.S. Climate Change Policy

Jun 20, 2013
Boston, MA
Small Business Leaders Urge Federal Policymakers to Capture Economic Opportunities of Addressing Climate Change

A total of 364 American small businesses from 47 states and the District of Columbia have signed the Climate Declaration, a statement calling on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunities of addressing climate change.

BICEP Press Release

Mars, Incorporated Joins BICEP and Signs Climate Declaration to Promote Climate-Focused Policies

Jun 18, 2013
Global Food Leader is Newest Member of Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) Coalition, Joining Starbucks, Annie’s and Other Food Sector Firms

BICEP announced that Mars, Incorporated has joined Ceres’ BICEP coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies. In addition, Mars has signed BICEP’s Climate Declaration, which calls upon federal policymakers to seize the American economic opportunity of addressing climate change.

BICEP Press Release

Led by CalSTRS and Oregon Treasurer, 22 U.S. Investors Sign Climate Declaration, Joining Call to Action on Climate Policy

Jun 11, 2013
On the Eve of the First Global Investor Forum on Climate Change in Hong Kong, Investors Cite Economic Opportunity of Addressing Climate Change in the U.S.

On the eve of the inaugural Global Investor Forum on Climate Change, 22 American investment firms with approximately $240 billion in assets under management have signed the Climate Declaration, calling on U.S. policymakers to seize the American economic opportunity of addressing climate change.

BICEP Press Release

More Than 100 Ski Areas Sign Climate Declaration, Calling for U.S. Policy Action on Climate Change

May 29, 2013
Boston, MA
Ski Resorts from 24 States Join 40 Other Large Businesses in Call for U.S. Policies That Capture Economic Opportunities of Addressing Climate Change

Today, 108 ski areas from around the United States joined with 40 other businesses, Ceres and its BICEP in signing the Climate Declaration, which calls upon federal policymakers to seize the American economic opportunity of addressing climate change

Ceres Press Release

Investors Highlight Policies That Could Spur Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity in Energy Efficiency Investments

May 21, 2013
Boston, MA
New Report from Investor Network on Climate Risk Identifies Policies That Can Bring Energy Efficiency Finance to Institutional Scale in U.S.

Energy efficiency is estimated to be a multi-hundred-billion dollar investment opportunity in the United States, but better policies are required to unlock broad-based financing from institutional investors, who together manage approximately $70 trillion in assets globally.

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Ceres Press Release

New Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Faces Growing Competition for Water Supplies in Water-Stressed Regions

May 02, 2013
San Francisco, CA
Nearly half of 25,450 oil and gas wells evaluated in U.S. are in water basins with high and extremely high water stress; industry’s future growth depends on accelerating solutions such as more water recycling, better water management planning

A new Ceres research paper on water use in hydraulic fracturing operations shows that a significant portion of this activity is happening in water stressed regions of the United States, most prominently Texas and Colorado, which are both in the midst of prolonged drought conditions.

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Ceres Press Release

Phil Angelides, a Leader in Shareholder Activism and Green Investment, Wins the Joan Bavaria Award

May 01, 2013
San Francisco, CA

Phil Angelides has been awarded the fifth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The announcement was made today, the first day of the annual Ceres Conference, which is running May 1-2 at The Fairmont in San Francisco, CA.