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KB Home and Annie's Inc., Join BICEP- A Business Coalition Calling for Strong Clean Energy, Climate Policies
National homebuilder KB Home and organic food producer Annie’s Inc. today became the two newest companies to advocate for strong clean energy and climate change policies in the US by joining BICEP – Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy – a national coalition of consumer brands organized by Ceres.
Along with 21 other consumer brand giants, including Levis Strauss & Co., Starbucks, eBay and Nike, CA-based KB Home and Annie’s are calling for public action on climate change and energy policy that will compliment and enhance their individual corporate sustainability commitments.
KB Home has been a national leader in building energy efficient homes and was first homebuilder to provide MPG-like energy performance labels on its new homes starting in 2011.
“We believe that continued advancements in energy efficiency are fundamental to the future of homebuilding and we continue to look for ways to help minimize our homeowners’ environmental impact while lowering their energy costs,” said Jeff Mezger, CEO of KB Home. “We are honored to join the leading companies in BICEP and to advocate for sensible cost-effective climate and energy policies.”
“As a company committed to sustainable business practices, we know that climate change is a key issue that must be addressed at a national policy level and by the collective business community,” said Shauna Sadowski, sustainability director at Annie’s. “We applaud the efforts of BICEP to advocate for strong and effective climate and energy policies to protect our planet now and for future generations”.
“As BICEP grows so do our chances for creating systemic change to accelerate a clean-energy economy that is both prosperous and good for the environment,” said Anne Kelly, BICEP Director at Ceres. “We are thrilled to welcome both Annie’s and KB Home into BICEP where they will join other courageous corporate leaders who are making a difference.”
About KB Home
KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilding companies in the US. Since its founding in 1957, the Los Angeles-based company has built more than half a million quality homes. KB Home's signature Built to Order™ approach lets each buyer customize their new home from lot location to floor plan and design features. In addition to meeting strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines, all KB homes are highly energy efficient to help lower monthly utility costs for homeowners, which the company demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy Performance Guide™ (EPG). A leader in utilizing state-of-the-art sustainable building practices, KB Home was named the #1 Green Homebuilder in a 2010 study by Calvert Investments and the #1 Homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine's 2011 World's Most Admired Companies list. For more information about KB Home's new home communities, visit www.kbhome.com.
About Annie's, Inc.
Annie's, Inc. is a natural and organic food company that makes great-tasting products in mainstream categories. Annie's products are made without the artificial flavors, synthetic colors and preservatives regularly used in many conventional packaged foods. Today, Annie's offers over 125 products, which are present in over 25,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1989, Annie's is committed to operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.
About Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP)
BICEP is an advocacy coalition of businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation enabling a rapid transition to a low-carbon, 21st century economy – an economy that will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth while stabilizing our planet’s fragile climate. BICEP is a project of Ceres.
Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful coalition of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $10 trillion. For more information, visit www.ceres.org and www.incr.com.