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Peyton Fleming, Communications Director
Tel: 617-247-0700 ext 120
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Press Releases

Ceres Press Release

Investors Secure Groundbreaking Corporate Commitments to Protect Forests, Reduce Carbon Emissions

Aug 14, 2014
Record-high number of shareholder resolutions filed in 2014 proxy season drive more aggressive action by top companies on climate-related issues

In response to nearly 150 climate-related resolutions filed by institutional investors during the 2014 proxy season, 20 major international corporations have committed to set goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or sustainably source palm oil and 45 corporate commitments were secured related to sustainability reporting, energy efficiency and carbon asset risk.

Ceres Press Release

General Mills Joins BICEP Coalition

Jul 28, 2014

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

First-Of-Its-Kind Report Ranks U.S. Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

Jul 24, 2014
Xcel Energy, Edison International, Sempra Energy, Northeast Utilities, PG&E Rank High; Dominion Resources, Southern Company, SCANA Rank Low

As the U.S. EPA prepares for listening sessions on its Clean Power Plan for existing power plants, a new report from Ceres and Clean Edge ranks the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings.

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Blogs and Columns

Ceres

Ceres Brings a Clean Energy Message to the States

by Alli Gold Roberts, Associate, Policy Program Ceres Posted on Sep 02, 2014

While federal clean energy policy is stymied in Washington, consensus is growing among America’s largest businesses and a bipartisan group of state legislators that clean energy makes economic sense, and it’s the right thing to do.

National Geographic

CA Farmers Find Unlikely Ally In Weathering Drought: A Major Utility Company

by Peyton FlemingNational Geographic Posted on Aug 12, 2014

PG&E sees a big opportunity to help farmers reduce their water use – and electricity use – at the same time. By doing so, it can save precious water, help farmers save money and help the power company itself reduce overall electricity demand.

National Geographic

Growing A Solution To California’s Groundwater Crisis

by Peyton FlemingNational Geographic Posted on Aug 06, 2014

Three years before the California drought became a national crisis, national berry giant Driscoll's, on the state’s Central Coast, knew it had a major problem with water.

Press Clips

InsideClimate News

Only $1 Trillion: Annual Investment Goal Puts Climate Solutions Within Reach

InsideClimate News
Sep 15, 2015

A two-year-old number is changing the way governments, companies and investors approach the fight against climate change: $1 trillion.

KUT.org

Why Closing a Power Plant Could Be Part of Austin's Water Solution

KUT.org
Sep 02, 2014

Last week, Austin's city council approved a plan to wean Austin off Decker Power Plant electricity, opting to shutter the plant to lower citywide carbon emissions. If that happens, the lake could serve as Austin’s new city reservoir.

Institutional Investor

Analyzing Climate Risk: Why Mandatory Reporting Matters

Institutional Investor
Aug 16, 2014

Fully incorporating all risks, including climate change, into the investment-decision-making process will have a tangible impact in shifting significant capital away from high-carbon emitters toward clean energy alternatives.

Podcasts

Sourcing Conflict: The Link Between Human Rights and Corporate Supply Chains (Part One)

Posted on Dec 10, 2012

This three-part podcast series focuses on the ethics of supply chain management and the evolving impacts on human rights. This episode looks at a recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring all companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to disclose the origin of four key minerals—tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. Found in most consumer electronic devices, as well as the aerospace, automotive and heavy manufacturing sectors, these minerals contribute to ongoing political violence, illegal trafficking and devastating human rights violations in the DRC.

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Let's Get Physical: Identifying Physical Risks of Climate Change for Companies and Investors

Posted on Jun 21, 2012

Ceres, along with Oxfam America and Calvert Investments, released a new guide to help improve corporate disclosure and management of financial impacts of climate change and help investors make more informed investment decisions. This week, we speak with Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President of Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments about the new guide and what it means for companies and investors alike.

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Meet the Expert

Cynthia McHale

Cynthia McHale is the Director of Ceres Insurance Program. She brings over twenty years of sector expertise working with many of the leading North American and European insurers, re-insurers and industry brokers. In her current role, Cynthia is leading a campaign to promote the insurance industry’s understanding and leadership on climate risks and opportunities. As risk managers, risk carriers and major institutional investors, insurers have a vital interest, and play an important role in fostering society’s response to global warming. Stronger insurance industry leadership on climate change issues will strengthen and accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean energy future while helping to build a resilient and sustainable society.

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