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Wide-Ranging Businesses Support President Obama’s Climate Plan

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.
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Boston, MA Jun 25, 2013

A broad range of businesses and investors from across the country are offering strong support today 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. The campaign, endorsed by major companies such as General Motors, Nike, Intel and Unilever, was launched this spring by the business network BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy), which is coordinated by Ceres.

“Nike applauds President Obama’s leadership to mitigate climate change.  Nike, together with a number of other companies, has signed the BICEP Climate Declaration urging action on climate change and we are supportive of the President’s focus on tackling this systemic challenge.  Now is the time to work together on an innovative, bold framework.   We look forward to reviewing the details of the President’s plans and working with the Administration, Congress, and other businesses to move forward on strategies to address climate change.” – Hannah Jones, VP Sustainable Business & Innovation, Nike Inc.

"American business leaders have been clamoring for action on climate change through initiatives like the Climate Declaration, and we are pleased to see President Obama heed their call. The President's climate change plan provides much-needed policies and guidelines that will strengthen our economy for the long term. Less pollution from power plants, stronger more-resilient towns and cities - these are standards that any business will welcome, and they set the nation on the right course for economic growth." – Anne Kelly, director of BICEP, a project at Ceres

"People often ask whether we can afford to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt society to climate change. But I think the real question is can we afford not to? Nobody can tackle climate change successfully on their own. We need to have a partnership, which includes governments at all levels working hand in hand with the private sector. This is why we applaud this announcement by The President. This year is Swiss Re's 150th year in the risk management industry and we view the threat posed by climate change as a very real one. As a society we need to act now and not stick our heads in the sand." – Mark Way, Head Sustainability Americas, Swiss Re, a global reinsurance company

“Climate change has implications for the production of agricultural ingredients from corn to cocoa, and addressing it requires changes to the way we source materials and manufacture our products. Therefore, it is imperative we continue to improve sustainability in our approach to business, as well as the way we create policy.” – Brad Figel, Vice President of Public Affairs, Mars North America, McLean, VA, the United States’ third largest private company

“As Pennsylvania Treasurer, I am concerned about both the risks the Commonwealth faces to its financial investments and the potential for direct losses to our economy from ever more extreme weather events.  Superstorm Sandy showed the devastating impact of severe weather, causing at least $50 billion in losses to homeowners, businesses and insurers across a number of states. I applaud the President’s newly announced program to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change while expanding new opportunities for workers and investors in the clean energy economy.” –Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord

“Annie's signed the Climate Declaration because we know business plays a critical role in combatting climate change. Today, we applaud President Obama's plan to address climate change.  The plan will reduce harmful pollutants, protect our children's health and provide jobs for Americans. Annie’s is deeply committed to a cleaner planet; we enthusiastically support the President's plan to keep us moving in this direction!” – John Foraker, CEO at Annie's

“The President’s plan to address climate change makes total sense. It is clear that the Administration has done the math. Inaction clearly costs more than taking the practical steps to address climate change, while also putting in place a plan to tackle the inevitable impacts we can no longer reverse.  We at Eastern Bank will do everything we can to support the President’s plan.” – Robert F. Rivers, President, Eastern Bank, Boston, MA

“Averting a planetary meltdown (we know a little something about what happens when things melt) requires leadership for governments and business.  For the first time, the United States has a President committing to lead on climate, and not a moment too soon.” – Christopher Miller, Social Mission Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry's

“We are heartened by the leadership shown by the White House, without which there can be no forward movement on climate change. As a company, Seventh Generation has always taken responsibility for its actions, accounting for and working to mitigate its environmental impacts. We support the strong and aggressive proposals in the President’s plan." – John Replogle, CEO, Seventh Generation, Burlington, VT

“President Obama’s plan is what we’ve been waiting for.  It will help our business and the rest of the Colorado ski industry thrive long into the future, and we’re ready to start implementing it today.” – Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO

“There can be no progress on climate change without strong and aggressive leadership from the White House. While we have been frustrated that it took until now, we find that the President’s plan contains plenty of smart proposals and pathways for action.  Stonyfield stands firmly behind the President's vision.“ – Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm, Londonderry, NH

“We applaud President Obama’s remarks on climate. The outdoor recreation industry and the U.S. economy depend on climate stability. Americans spend $646 billion annually on outdoor recreation, supporting 6.1 million jobs. This requires safe, reliable access to outdoor recreation opportunities, which are threatened by climate change and volatile weather patterns. We are encouraged that the Obama administration has outlined important steps to addressing climate issues and hope this spurs a robust national discussion.” – Kirk Bailey, Vice President, Government Affairs, Outdoor Industry Association, Boulder CO

"Being one of the leaders in environmental stewardship among professional sports franchises, the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers take great pride in applauding the President’s remarks.  As a recent signatory of the Climate Declaration, we believe addressing climate change is not only essential for the health of our planet and children, but will result in a healthy economy.  As a member of BICEP and one of the co-founders of the Green Sports Alliance, the Trail Blazers are pleased with the President’s acknowledgement and commitment to clean air, increased energy efficiencies, mitigation of carbon emissions, investments in renewables and moving this country towards a healthy future” – Justin Zeulner, Senior Director, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Portland Trail Blazers

“Climate change is the defining investment issue of our generation. The implementation of policies that limit carbon pollution, which were announced today by President Obama, should help unleash investment in clean energy and low-carbon technologies, which is an important step toward a truly sustainable economy.” – Matthew W. Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management, Boston, MA

"Climate change presents material risks to many American companies, and the costs of inaction on climate change are clearly greater that the costs of taking practical steps to address it. Corporations and investors should welcome the President’s plan to address this urgent and important environmental and economic issue." – Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Calvert Investments, Bethesda, MD

“As a recent signatory to the Climate Declaration, Symantec recognizes the great economic opportunity inherent in addressing climate change. We support the President’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand renewable energy sources, and engage in meaningful dialogue on an international level. While difficult, leadership in this space is necessary, and by taking a stand at this critical moment, the U.S. is poised to drive these discussions to a favorable global outcome.” – Steve Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Symantec Corporation, Mountain View, CA, a technology security company

“As a proud signatory of the Climate Declaration CA Technologies is prepared to stand with the President and his common sense approach to tackling climate change. CA Technologies has done its part and will continue to reduce our carbon footprint and to help our clients with IT enabled energy efficiency. The economic opportunities embedded in addressing climate change abound and the President's decision to highlight them as a way to strengthen our economy and protect our future is a key to making real progress. Standing up and supporting the White House through a clean energy transition is simply the right thing to do.” – Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies, Islandia, New York

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About 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 $11 trillion. For more information, visit http://www.ceres.org

About BICEP

BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) 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. For more information, visit www.ceres.org/bicep.

 

 

 

Major Businesses

“Annie's signed the Climate Declaration because we know business plays a critical role in combatting climate change. Today, we applaud President Obama's plan to address climate change.  The plan will reduce harmful pollutants, protect our children's health and provide jobs for Americans. Annie’s is deeply committed to a cleaner planet; we enthusiastically support the President's plan to keep us moving in this direction!” - John Foraker, CEO, Annie's, Berkeley, CA

“President Obama’s plan is what we’ve been waiting for.  It will help our business and the rest of the Colorado ski industry thrive long into the future, and we’re ready to start implementing it today.” -Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO

“Averting a planetary meltdown (we know a little something about what happens when things melt) requires leadership for governments and business.  For the first time, the United States has a President committing to lead on climate, and not a moment too soon.” -Christopher Miller, Social Mission Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry's, Burlington, VT

“We are thankful that the White House has taken key steps to address climate change. Forward progress in this area is necessary to ensure that the snowsports industry can thrive and we can enjoy the outdoors for many generations to come.  Thanks Obama for helping to save snow!” -Jake Burton Carpenter and Donna Carpenter, Owners, Burton Snowboards, Burlington, VT

“As a proud signatory of the Climate Declaration CA Technologies is prepared to stand with the President and his common sense approach to tackling climate change.  CA Technologies has done its part and will continue to reduce our carbon footprint and to help our clients with IT enabled energy efficiency.  The economic opportunities embedded in addressing climate change abound and the President's decision to highlight them as a way to strengthen our economy and protect our future is a key to making real progress. Standing up and supporting the White House through a clean energy transition is simply the right thing to do.” -Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies, Islandia, NY

“Clif Bar applauds the President for raising the bar on climate action. As a company of people who love the outdoors, we know that tackling carbon pollution is critical to protecting the planet, and the wild places where we climb, hike and ski. As a company that makes food, we know that an unstable climate puts agricultural land and farming communities at risk. It will take all of us working together — companies, individuals and government— to create a more sustainable, resilient future. We join the President in calling for our nation's transition to clean, renewable energy.” -Elysa Hammond, Director of Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar, Emeryville, CA

“The Co-operators Group is pleased to endorse the President’s plan to tackle the issue of climate change. This is long overdue and we applaud him for taking the initiative to call on the United States and the international community to take action now. As the President said, “America must help to forge a truly global solution to this global challenge by galvanizing international action to significantly reduce carbon emissions, prepare for climate impacts, and drive progress through international negotiations.

As an insurer, far too often we witness the devastating effects of catastrophic weather events.  In Canada, we are in the process of cleaning up after the horrific floods in Alberta. It is very difficult to continue to see the impact of these events on our citizens.  We cannot continue to stand by and wait for the next event to occur.

This is why we are particularly enthusiastic to hear the President speak about the need to build more resilient communities.  Now is the time for governments around the world to partner with all stakeholders, including the insurance industry to do all that we can to strengthen communities against future climate impacts and extreme weather. Efforts to improve flood-risk mapping and standards, infrastructure improvements, and better residential planning, will go a long way to ensuring that our citizens are in a better position to adapt to the changing environment.

The President’s Call to Action is a bold first step and we urge the United States Congress and Governments around the world to join him in this important journey.” -Kathy Bardswick, President & CEO, The Co-operators Group Ltd.

“As health care providers aware that the health of the planet is our health, we welcome President Obama’s initiatives to address and mitigate climate change.” -Susan Vickers, Vice President of Community Health, Dignity Health, San Francisco, CA

“The President’s plan to address climate change makes total sense. It is clear that the Administration has done the math. Inaction clearly costs more than taking the practical steps to address climate change, while also putting in place a plan to tackle the inevitable impacts we can no longer reverse.  We at Eastern Bank will do everything we can to support the President’s plan.” -Robert F. Rivers, President, Eastern Bank, Boston, MA

“The President’s call to action rings true and reminds us that the burden of tackling climate change rests on all sectors, communities and countries. The new three-year environmental goals that we're rolling out this week at eBay Inc. demonstrate our commitment to stand beside and work in collaboration with all stakeholders to meaningfully address climate challenges.” -Lori Duvall, Global Director of Green, eBay Inc., San Jose, CA

“EILEEN FISHER applauds the Obama Administration for recognizing the serious impacts of climate change and the importance of reducing carbon emissions through collaboration, innovation and a values-based mindset.  EILEEN FISHER understands the challenges and rewards of tackling both fiscal and planetary health.  It's not an easy task, but one we believe is important.  Thank you, President Obama for taking the first step toward a stronger, more resilient future for our citizens and the planet.” -Shona Quinn, Sustainability Leader, EILEEN FISHER, Irvington, NY

“Intel believes climate change is one of the greatest threats and opportunities facing our country and the world.  We support efforts by the US government to address climate change in a serious way and commend the Administration for helping to reset the climate change policy debate by announcing an integrated set of policy proposals.  We hope that this debate can evolve with bipartisan participation and we stand ready to be part of this process.” -Stephen Harper, Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA

“The President’s call to action rings true and reminds us that the obligation of tackling climate change rests not on the White House alone, but on all sectors, communities and countries. Levi Strauss & Co. will remain vigilant in our commitment to reduce greenhouse gases and advocate for the legislative and policy measures to make the President’s vision a reality.” -Anna Walker, Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA

"It is our greatest responsibility to take big steps now to mitigate the climate crisis. Globally, we are faced with the ultimate dilemma… how to care for a sick planet. An aggressive approach is needed to make advancements in reducing our emissions, innovating for the future and creating jobs domestically. This multilateral climate action plan provides American businesses with the tools, and more importantly, the rules necessary to reach a 17% reduction in GHG emissions by 2020. As strong advocates of climate policy and the protection of natural resources, we support President Obama’s vision outlined in today’s speech." -Shama Alexander, Environmental Officer, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Vancouver, BC

“Climate change has implications for the production of agricultural ingredients from corn to cocoa, and addressing it requires changes to the way we source materials and manufacture our products. Therefore, it is imperative we continue to improve sustainability in our approach to business, as well as the way we create policy.” -Brad Figel, Vice President of Public Affairs, Mars North America, McLean, VA

“Climate change will impact every aspect of our businesses and our lives. The US and the world need the leadership President Obama is proposing today.  Effective regulation will enable innovation in the public and private sectors and promote economic prosperity in the face of enormous challenges.  We strongly support the President bringing this plan to fruition.” -Jenn Vervier, Sustainability and Strategy Director, New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO

“President Obama’s call to action rings true to us at New Chapter and reminds us that this burden of tackling climate change rests not on the White House alone but on all sectors, communities and countries.  New Chapter will remain vigilant in pursuit of our own renewable energy and ghg reduction goals and will continue to press for the right legislative measures to make the President’s vision a reality.” -Sara Newmark, Director of Sustainability, New Chapter, Brattleboro, VT

“Nike applauds President Obama’s leadership to mitigate climate change.  Nike, together with a number of other companies, has signed the BICEP Climate Declaration urging action on climate change and we are supportive of the President’s focus on tackling this systemic challenge. Now is the time to work together on an innovative, bold framework. We look forward to reviewing the details of the President’s plans and working with the Administration, Congress, and other businesses to move forward on strategies to address climate change.” -Hannah Jones, Vice President of Sustainable Business and Innovation, Nike Inc., Beaverton, OR

“We applaud President Obama’s remarks on climate. The outdoor recreation industry and the U.S. economy depend on climate stability. Americans spend $646 billion annually on outdoor recreation, supporting 6.1 million jobs. This requires safe, reliable access to outdoor recreation opportunities, which are threatened by climate change and volatile weather patterns. We are encouraged that the Obama administration has outlined important steps to addressing climate issues and hope this spurs a robust national discussion. The outdoor industry has demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility through our industry-wide sustainability efforts and our support of BICEP." -Kirk Bailey, Vice President of Government Affairs, Outdoor Industry Association, Boulder, CO

“Being one of the leaders in environmental stewardship among professional sports franchises, the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers take great pride in applauding the President’s remarks.  As a recent signatory of the Climate Declaration, we believe addressing climate change is not only essential for the health of our planet and children, but will result in a healthy economy.  As a member of BICEP and one of the co-founders of the Green Sports Alliance, the Trail Blazers are pleased with the President’s acknowledgement and commitment to clean air, increased energy efficiencies, mitigation of carbon emissions, investments in renewables and moving this country towards a healthy future.” -Justin Zeulner, Senior Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs, Portland Trail Blazers, Portland, OR

“Our travel business depends on stable weather - and as for all of us is severely at risk from extreme weather. We applaud President Obama for standing up and taking action despite the big-oil funded, anti-science obstruction and denial. We all have so much to lose if we continue to let some elected officials delay the US from facing this major threat and taking the necessary steps to reduce our climate footprint. The proposed actions will create good paying US jobs, while helping clean our drinking water and the air we breathe. Even more importantly, they will reduce the likelihood that any of us will have to deal with the tragic flooding, super storms, droughts and fires that the people of NY, CO, FL, OK and many other American places have faced in the last several years.” -Tedd Saunders, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Saunders Hotel Group, Boston, MA

“We are heartened by the leadership shown by the White House, without which there can be no forward movement on climate change.  As a company, Seventh Generation has always taken responsibility for its actions, accounting for and working to mitigate its environmental impacts. We support the strong and aggressive proposals in the President’s plan.” -John Replogle, CEO, Seventh Generation, Burlington, VT

“There can be no progress on climate change without strong and aggressive leadership from the White House.  While we have been frustrated that it took until now, we find that the President’s plan contains plenty of smart proposals and pathways for action. Stonyfield stands firmly behind the President's vision.” -Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm, Londonderry, NH

“As a recent signatory to the Climate Declaration, Symantec recognizes the great economic opportunity inherent in addressing climate change. We support the President’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand renewable energy sources, and engage in meaningful dialog on an international level. From our own experience, we know this is not an easy task. For us, it means looking across the entire value chain –our own operations, our suppliers’ operations, our products and the role they play in maximizing energy efficiency, and our nonprofit partnerships. While difficult, leadership in this space is necessary, and by taking a stand at this critical moment, the US is poised to drive these discussions to a favorable global outcome.” -Steve Bennett, President and CEO, Symantec Corporation, Mountain View, CA

“As a signatory of the Ceres BICEP Climate Declaration, President Obama’s call to action is particularly relevant for The North Face. We are deeply committed to continuing our understanding of the effects of climate change and its impact to the global environment. We believe the success of our business is fundamentally linked to having a healthy planet. We share the president’s vision and believe that comprehensive climate change policy is necessary to effect real and meaningful change. Current and future generations of our athletes, employees and customers will benefit from policies designed to protect our natural playgrounds, and The North Face supports the president’s plan.” -The North Face, Alameda, CA

“Unilever applauds President Obama’s leadership to address climate change.

Climate change is accelerating and the effects are being felt across the world. As a major manufacturer of fast moving consumer goods, we feel a significant impact of climate change on our business. The sourcing of our agricultural raw materials is affected by changes in weather patterns, our business and our consumers will be affected by increases in energy and food prices, and extreme weather events will displace communities.

Being proactive on climate change is essential to ensuring we remain a viable business in the future. This is why the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (http://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/uslp/)  has established a commitment to reducing the impact of greenhouse gases by 50% for all our brands across the value chain by 2020.  We aim to do this while doubling the size of our business as we reap the benefits of innovation, new product development and cost efficiencies.

Unilever is for example taking action to replace all of our existing ice cream freezer cabinets with hydrocarbon (HC) freezers in the U.S. The HC freezers are significantly more energy efficient and use gases with lower global warming potential than standard freezers. They're less expensive to run than the old HFC freezers because the newer technology is more energy efficient – which is good for business and better for the environment.

We are also working to reduce the climate related impacts of deforestation driven by agricultural production. In partnership with USAID and through our work with the Consumer Goods Forum, Unilever helped found the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a group that mobilizes and coordinates actions by governments, the private sector, and civil society to reduce tropical deforestation related to key agricultural commodities by 2020.

We commend the President and his Administration for raising the issue of climate change on the U.S. agenda.” -Jonathan Atwood, Vice President, Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, Unilever North America

“United Natural Foods Inc. UNFI,  applauds the Presidents climate call to action. UNFI is committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Over the years, UNFI has invested significantly in numerous LEED certified facilities and continues to plan future sustainable building projects. The company has constructed several solar arrays and made reducing fleet emissions and energy consumption a priority. UNFI believes it is important to be a leader on this critical issue.” -Melody L Meyer, Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations, UNFI, Providence, RI

Insurance Sector

“We endorse the President’s proposal to convene an insurance sector group to focus on best practices and processes for assessing climate risk. Since the reinsurance industry has been a leader in assessing extreme weather and climate risk, as well as how to finance the costs associated with the consequences of both, we look forward to working with the Administration on this important initiative.” -Frank Nutter, President of the Reinsurance Association of America

“President Obama’s plans to boost renewable energy production on federal lands is a no-regrets approach to meeting the country’s future energy needs.  Shifting energy production to CO2-free technologies will be necessary in the coming decades due to the finite nature of fossil fuels.  The later we take action, the more expensive it will be and the more it will burden future generations. As an insurer, we can contribute our expertise in analyzing the data and clearly point to the relevant trends that already show a specific, but not exactly quantifiable, contribution of climate change to certain changes of frequencies of loss relevant events.” -Dr. Peter Hoeppe, Head of Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Center, Munich Re

“We applaud President Obama’s comments on preparing for the effects of climate change, which includes certain types of severe weather.  Improving our national infrastructure and the weather readiness of our communities will reduce the impact of severe weather, allow us to recover more quickly from natural catastrophes and help the country maintain its position as the world’s economic leader.  This is not only an issue of improving building structures but an issue of saving lives and fortifying communities.  We can no longer keep our fingers crossed and hope we can withstand the increasingly severe weather we have been experiencing.  Updating our infrastructure is a big task that will require cooperation at all levels of government, will require government and business partnerships, including expertise from and will require the education of all our citizens, but we can do anything we put our minds to.  As insurers, we can provide our technical and risk-solutions knowledge to help move these efforts forward.  The time to act is now as the longer we wait, the more expensive the price tag will be.” -Anthony J. Kuczinski, President and CEO, Munich Reinsurance America Inc.

"People often ask whether we can afford to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt society to climate change. But I think the real question is can we afford not to? Nobody can tackle climate change successfully on their own. We need to have a partnership which includes governments at all levels working hand in hand with the private sector. This is why we applaud this announcement by The President. This year is Swiss Re's 150th year in the risk management industry and we view the threat posed by climate change as a very real one. As a society we need to act now and not stick our heads in the sand." -Mark Way, Head Sustainability Americas, Swiss Re

Investors

“As Pennsylvania Treasurer, I am concerned about both the risks the Commonwealth faces to its financial investments and the potential for direct losses to our economy from ever more extreme weather events.  Superstorm Sandy showed the devastating impact of severe weather, causing at least $50 billion in losses to homeowners, businesses and insurers across a number of states. I applaud the President’s newly announced program to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change while expanding new opportunities for workers and investors in the clean energy economy.” -Rob McCord, Pennsylvania State Treasurer

“Climate change is the defining investment issue of our generation. The implementation of policies that limit carbon pollution, which were announced today by President Obama, should help unleash investment in clean energy and low-carbon technologies, which is an important step toward a truly sustainable economy.” -Matthew W. Patsky, CEO, Trillium Asset Management

"Climate change presents material risks to many American companies, and the costs of inaction on climate change are clearly greater that the costs of taking practical steps to address it. Corporations and investors should welcome the President’s plan to address this urgent and important environmental and economic issue." -Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Calvert Investments

“Climate change is one of the biggest economic challenges and opportunities of the century. We need strong leadership from companies and political leaders in order to mitigate the risks, and seize the opportunities associated with climate change. As an investment firm committed to sustainable investing for our clients , we applaud President Obama for standing up today, laying out a straightforward and sensible plan, and leading our country forward on this issue.” -Tim Smith, Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental Social and Governance Shareowner Engagement, Walden Asset Management

“This is an important first step. The time is now to take bold, decisive action to address the climate crisis and build resiliency.” -Wendy Holding, Trustee of the Sustainability Group, Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge

"Climate change presents a grave threat to investors' portfolios and society at large. We're always on the lookout for competitive investment opportunities that tackle the problem, but we need a framework of clear policy signals to meet this challenge. We applaud the President's announcement today and look forward to the actions it entails." -Geeta Aiyer, President and Founder, Boston Common Asset Management

“The steps we take now to mitigate climate change are crucial to our future, and whatever we do—including nothing—will be remembered.  The steps the Administration has pledged to take are a big step down the path toward sustainability, and away from the road that goes over the cliff.  Congratulations to the Obama Administration for its leadership on this critical issue.” -Julie Fox Gorte, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Pax World Management LLC

“Climate change is the greatest systemic risk society has ever faced. It is an environmental issue, a human rights issue and an economic issue. As investors, we welcome strong executive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions and provide the right incentives for a rapid transition toward clean, renewable energy. The window of opportunity is rapidly closing to avoid the worst effects of global warming. We cannot afford to miss it.” -Adam M. Kanzer, Esq., Managing Director and General Counsel, Domini Social Investments LLC

"Carbon pollution standards for power plants are a logical extension of our current environmental regulations.  They will spur innovation and increase investment in cleaner, more efficient energy technologies.  We welcome the Obama administration's new plan; and agree that tackling climate change is one of the greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century." -Ken Locklin, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management LLC

"We are excited by the President's clear articulation of the risks of climate change to our planet and our country. We applaud his call for actions to increase the resiliency of our communities while also shifting our economy to be more efficient and to use cleaner greener sources of energy. We believe the President's call to action creates an opportunity to mobilize private capital to complement government efforts to transition our economy to a more sustainable path for economic growth while protecting our land, water and air." -Jason Scott, Managing Partner, EKO Asset Management Partners

Small Businesses

"As a leading voice in the ski industry seeking to combat climate change, I am highly encouraged by President Obama's new climate plan. Now it's time for ski areas big and small to join forces to preserve our sport for future generations." -Jamie Schectman, CEO, Mountain Rider's Alliance, Hope, AK

“Obama’s speech today shows that he understands the urgency of climate change and is ready to address it in meaningful ways. Thank you, President Obama, for having the courage to regulate power plants knowing the opposition you’ll face from entrenched interests that are only concerned with short-term profit. Climate deniers and have confused the public on this most important issue and it’s up to those that understand the science to push forward now without any more delays. We can’t have an economy without a healthy environment. As endless studies show, transitioning to a green economy will usher in a revolution of new industries, millions of jobs, while cleaning up the air and water we rely on and keeping our planet habitable for us and the millions of species we share this earth with.” -Rona Fried, Ph.D., CEO, SustainableBusiness.com, Huntington Station, NY

“We applaud President Obama’s remarks on climate change today. Only through strong, aggressive, collaborative, non-partisan leadership from all of our nation’s leaders can we begin the very hard work of slowing the devastating effects of climate change on our planet’s biosphere and civilization. As a company that makes products for the outdoors, GoLite depends on the existence of healthy, thriving outdoor environments for our customers. The effects of climate change such as wildfires, drought, and superstorms, are threatening our livelihood. We hope the Obama Administration’s thoughtful plans mark the beginning of real, serious, action-based changes. As a company, we stand at the ready to help our national leaders to tackle this enormous challenge together.” -Kim Riether Coupounas, Co-Founder and Chief Sustainability Officer, GoLite, Boulder, CO

“Sonoma Wine Company shares the President’s vision. While we do not always agree with this Administration, we know that his climate change plan makes sense for our business, our economy and for future generations. Sonoma Wine Company has pursued aggressive goals to mitigate our impact and to use energy and water more efficiently for the past ten years, all the while doubling our business throughput and tripling revenue. We know the business case for turning this around and it is reassuring that we have the President’s full support. If we do not reduce the impact of carbon emissions at power plants – we are missing our greatest chances for addressing climate change.” -Natasha Granoff, Director of Business Development, Sonoma Wine Company, Graton, CA

“Medley Meadows Vineyards in the new American Viticulture Region of the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina is so very pleased you are addressing the issue of climate change. We have felt it since planting our vineyards in 1999 since the last 14 years have been the hottest on record. Last spring the vines budded out in the 80 degree March prematurely then were nipped in the bud during three nights of 19 degree temps in late April. They were severely damaged and thus removed this spring loosing our investment of $10,000 per acre. We hope to plant biomass or solar panels.” -Vivian Fulk, Co-Owner, Medley Meadows Farm, King, NC

“We applaud the President’s remarks. His common sense plan of action is consistent with the goals of Bluegrass Academic Tutoring LLC. As a nation, we need to increase energy efficiency, scale renewables and mitigate our carbon emissions through wise standards in the Clean Air Act. The Administration is doing its part. Leading companies in all sectors must continue to do ours.” -Monica E. Unseld, Bluegrass Academic Tutoring LLC, Louisville, KY

"TwentyTwo Designs strongly supports President Obama's plan to address climate change.  As a small business which relies on a robust winter, we feel that the United States needs to take a leading role in the worldwide fight against a warming planet.  The costs of inaction far outweigh the costs of acting now in a strong, decisive manner." -Chris Valiante, Owner, TwentyTwo Designs, Driggs, ID

"As strategic sustainability consultants, Resonate LLC knows firsthand that carbon reduction, prosperity and resilience have a symbiotic relationship. We stand by President Obama’s plan to scale renewable energy and energy efficiency with full confidence that it is the right decision for our country, the world and future generations." -Max Pinnola, Resonate LLC, Berwyn, PA

"We support all efforts to combat climate change by personally installing solar panels in our own homes, buying hybrid vehicles, conserving, recycling, and strongly urging the President to help level the playing field by removing tax incentives for large oil corporations and using those for green businesses instead." -Paul Harris, Owner, Leisure Wheels Quadracycles, Palm Springs, CA

“Congratulations to President Obama for finally exercising his authority under the Clean Air Act. As a nation and a significant leader in the world, we need to increase energy efficiency, scale renewables and mitigate our carbon emissions through wise standards in the Clean Air Act. This effort and negotiations should involve the International community of nations as well.” -Michael Covington, President and CEO, Green Equipment Solutions, Pinehurst, NC

“This is our opportunity to respond as a whole community, using the tools of science, to meet a problem at the level of whole systems as it presents itself to us, so that our great-grandchildren in turn will have a world to nurture.” -Mark Moulton, Executive Director, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, Redwood City, CA

“I am thrilled that President Obama is rolling out a bold plan to address climate change.

As owner of a communications firm for green and sustainable business, I believe that investment in renewable energy and innovation is the key to our nation's future. We can no longer rely on "all of the above" energy strategy that allows for continued extreme fossil fuel extraction that exacerbates climate change. We can -- and we must --  meet our energy needs with wind, solar, wave and other renewable energy innovations.”-Rosemary Dreger Carey, Green Writer, Copyrose Marketing and Communications, Rivervale, NJ

"New incentives for adoption of energy efficient technology for homeowners will do more than reduce our collective carbon footprint.  Energy efficient incentives will put money back in homeowner's pockets, reduce the rate of foreclosure, and create local jobs in industries hit hardest by the economic downturn.  Energy efficiency incentives are a common sense public policy to address multiple areas of concern that should extend beyond partisan lines." -Josh Kammerer, President and CEO, Intelliroof, Dallas, TX

“For three decades I have been working to help homeowners and businesses save energy, save water, and save money on their utility bills. The thousands of projects I have helped with were good investments. They created more American jobs, and they reduced climate impacts. I encourage businesses and homeowners to look for more of these good energy efficiency investments. Their pocketbooks and their children will be glad they did.” -Michael Laurie, Sustainability Consultant, Watershed LLC, Vashon, WA

“[The President’s] call to action is timely and it reminds us that this burden of tackling climate change rests not on the White House alone but on all sectors, communities and countries. RetroCom Energy Strategies Inc. is a small, veteran owned business focused on providing energy efficiency solutions for the built environment. Our work not only helps to reduce GHG emissions but it provides a growing number of high income jobs for energy efficiency professionals. Our company is a perfect example of the sound business case that GHS reduction represents and it is reassuring that we have [the Obama] Administration’s full support.” -Richard Cull, President and CEO, RetroCom Energy Strategies, Elk Grove, CA

“As a pioneer in natural beauty, The Ecco Bella Company considers action to stop climate change critical to our business survival. Our international suppliers of natural and organic ingredients rely on stable weather.  Our consumers will not purchase products if they are battling natural disasters caused by rising seas and extreme weather. We have made it a core value to seek out and use green technology and clean energy. That which supports life also supports a healthy economy. We urge President Obama and our elected officials to mandate clean energy, reduce consumption of animal products and plant trees.”-Sally Malanga, President, Ecco Bella, West Orange, NJ

“We are so glad to be part of today's climate change call and part of your climate change initiatives. This movement adds fire to the sustainability focus that project managers seek to achieve daily. Project managers are looking for improved methods to achieve success on projects. Your plan will validate wider discussions with small and large corporations on work related to climate control and other actions they can take to reduce carbon footprints, and reduce/eliminate harm of the planet and its inhabitants.” -Elaine Jackson, Project Manager, Holistic Project Management Consulting, Baldwinville, MA

“If we are to prosper as a world, if we are to serve as a global leader, if we are to succeed for our grandchildren's grandchildren, we must act now to address climate change and environmental impacts that reduce access to water, clean air and our ozone layer.” -Andrea Nocito, LEED Green Associate, EcoStrategies, San Antonio, TX

“As a recent signatory of the Climate Declaration, we completely agree that addressing climate change is in fact a major economic opportunity for this country. The Administration’s commitment to regulate carbon is a critical step in moving this country toward a clean energy economy. Unless and until we take leadership here at home, the US will have zero credibility at the international negotiating table.” -Gina Vitale Syrja, Owner, Fair Portia, Olympia, WA

"Thank you Mr. President for a plan of action that helps address the moral imperative of our time by better living up to the American values that we all share, regardless of political affiliation -  values like taking personal responsibility for the consequences of our actions by equitably accounting for our environmental impacts, caring about the common good by not exploiting a position of power over the "least among us," and being responsible stewards of the natural world with which we've been blessed." -Richard Lawton, President and Founder, TripleEthos, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

“President Obama’s announcement is evidence of the Administration’s continuing commitment to tackling climate change and building a clean energy economy.  By targeting carbon emissions and planning for resilient communities, the President’s plan sets out a path that is at once aggressive and practical.  Gaia stands behind the Administration and will continue to promote business solutions that do not compromise between sustainability and prosperity." -Ryan McEvoy, Principal, Gaia Development, Marina del Ray, CA

"Captains of Industry believes that tackling climate change and building American economic competitiveness are fully compatible concepts. Also, when we are old and grey, we don't want to have to come up with lame excuses when our children ask us, "Why didn't you do anything about climate change while we still had a chance?" For these reasons and many more we applaud the President's actions on climate change, and urge even broader efforts here and globally to protect our world and way of life." -Ted Page, Principal and Creative Director, Captains of Industry, Boston, MA

“For more than 25 years, we have been working to encourage our elected leadership to take common sense action on climate change. Even before the data became overwhelming, it was clear that any action we took to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would result in cost savings and more good jobs across the country. The President’s Climate Change Plan is a good first step which we hope the Congress and state legislatures will follow. With clear market indicators, we can expect an economic boom to occur as we move away from inefficient systems and off our dependency on fossil fuels. We need to keep our eyes on the prize of sustainable economic development powered by clean, renewable energy resources.” -John Neville, President, Sustainable Arizona, Sedona, AZ

“These bold first steps, outlined by the President today, will enable the United States to join the governments of scores of other nations, multinational corporations, and billions of individuals that have identified climate change to be, perhaps. the single most significant risk to our global economy. By taking action now, the President is acknowledging that this risk is also a great opportunity. Advances in reducing climate-affecting emissions, the development of new technologies for cleaner, more sustainable energy sources and promotion of an aggressive program for climate adaptation will set the path for the United States to show the way to a prosperous and healthier tomorrow for this and future generations. SustainEdge has been working with clients worldwide to seize this opportunity as early adopters; we welcome President Obama in joining us today in this business-critical endeavor.” -Greg Stine, President and CEO, SustainEdge, Chesterfield, MO

"We welcome this president's bold plan to finally tackle the greatest threat we face as a species. This declaration was a long time in coming and it is our obligation as business leaders to see that it is enacted. We must hold the president accountable to his words.  And we must hold ourselves accountable, re-orienting our businesses to the recognition that the health of our enterprises depends entirely on the health of our planet." -Jonah Sachs, CEO, Free Range Studios, Oakland, CA

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