You are here: Home BICEP Press & Media BICEP Blog
Document Actions
  • Print this Print this
  • Email this page

The BICEP Blog

Welcome to the BICEP blog. Where consumer companies flex their muscle on climate and clean energy and advocate for innovative policies. And stuff.

Welcome to the BICEP blog. Where consumer companies flex their muscle on climate and clean energy solutions and advocate for innovative policies at the local, state and federal level.

Click on the titles of the blog post below to read and comment on a post.

Advocating for Renewable Energy on Capitol Hill

Many major businesses produce or purchase renewable energy, and the list is growing. But there are still significant barriers in place.

Read more

IKEA Announces Largest Wind Farm Investment to Date

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.

Read more

Companies support climate action during NYC Climate Week

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.

Read more

New Belgium Supports Clean Power for the Future of Beer

Climate change impacts nearly every sector and industry of the economy, and the beer brewing industry is no exception.

Read more

Defending AB 32 and Staying the Course

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.

Read more

Companies Support Clean Power Plan

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.

Read more

BICEP: Business Muscle Where It's Needed Most

In a blog for Walden Asset Management, Anne Kelly, Director of BICEP, explains the origins and impacts of Ceres’ BICEP coalition.

Read more

Aspen Skiing Company Visits Washington, D.C. to lobby on Climate Change

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.

Read more

Clif Bar Rises to Solar Challenge

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

Read more

BICEP Companies Recognized by Senator Whitehouse

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.

Read more

Mars Announces Major Wind Purchase toward 100% Renewable Energy

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.

Read more

White House Asks BICEP Companies to Support Carbon Reductions

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.

Read more

What a Difference a Year Makes

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

The Economic Benefit of #MoreSnowDays

Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs.

Read more

Owens Corning Goes Solar in NY

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.

Read more

Your eBay Shopping Is Greener With New Data Center

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.

Read more

Companies Back Carbon Pollution Standards

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.

Read more

More Major Companies Join Climate Declaration

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.

Read more

Timberland knows energy efficiency bill would save help save money

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.

Read more

Real estate leaders push for energy efficiency bill

“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.

Read more

Renewable Energy Celebrates Victories

Renewable Energy is winning! Despite attempts to weaken or destroy state renewable energy programs, both Kansas and Arizona recently upheld their support for renewables.

Read more

In Annual Reports, Companies Recognize Climate Risk and Opportunity

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.

Read more

Where are Obama’s business allies on climate? Right here.

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.

Read more

Obama’s Climate Change Legacy

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.

Read more

Why Companies Are Making Their Voices Heard

As the newest member of BICEP, Cynthia Curtis recently explained why CA Technologies has a stake in shaping the discourse on sustainability.

Read more

The business voice is changing the clean energy debate

When businesses went to Washington to lobby on the wind production tax credit last year, it got the attention of lawmakers.

Read more

Victory! PTC Blows Past the Cliff

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.

Read more

A food company on a mission

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.

Read more

Support for wind power in Colorado is brewing

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.

Read more

Three Viable Paths for Fixing Climate in Obama’s Second Term

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.

Read more

Sports Companies Are Teaming Up As Climate Activists

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.

Read more

KB Home wins EPA WaterSense Partner of the Year Award

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.

Read more

Extreme Weather Calls for Extreme Measures

The recent droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes sweeping the nation has put the words ‘climate change’ back in the national dialogue.

Read more

Companies support historic new fuel economy standards

By 2025, passenger cars and trucks will be averaging 54.5 miles per gallon creating nearly 500,000 new jobs nationwide.

Read more

The Climate for Action

In November 2008, five companies banded together to send a message to Washington. Nike, Levi Strauss & Co. Starbucks, Sun Microsystems and Timberland stood up for a clean energy economy.

Read more