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Listing of news clips featuring Ceres and our work.
Al Gore, Levi’s and PG&E rally around sustainability
May 12, 2011
The two largest US pension funds have teamed with leading companies such Levi Strauss and Pacific Gas & Electric, and an Al Gore-founded investment firm, in a commitment to promote environmental sustainability and tackle climate change.
Investors urge US to adopt California’s ‘clean cars’ policies
May 17, 2011
The US government could significantly propel investments in the clean energy and energy efficiency sector by following California’s lead in adopting stronger fuel economy and emissions standards through 2025, investment experts said.
Levi's Revamps Supply Chain Engagement to Focus on Workers' Rights
May 11, 2011
On the opening day of the 2011 Ceres Conference, Levi's president, John Anderson, announced new Terms of Engagement that aim to step up the commitments put in place two decades ago.
Who Will Reap the Dividends of Fuel Economy?
May 20, 2011
There are two basic arguments over whether and how the country should respond to climate change and other environmental challenges. One focuses on government’s right to regulate industry, and the other on the costs and benefits of such regulation. A new, almost biblical twist to one of these arguments was presented at a recent conference organized by Ceres – when it comes to automobile fuel economy, two analysts suggested, the worst shall do best.
IBEW Union Sides With Power Industry on Clean Air Rules
May 26, 2011
In These Times' writer Kari Lydersen discusses how the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union joined with one of the nation's largest coal-fired power companies to lobby against proposed rules that would force coal plants to control emissions of toxic compounds. A Ceres study concluded that these rules - along with two other air quality rules - could create 1.5 million jobs over five years.
Poll: Most back higher fuel-efficiency standards
May 31, 2011
Toledo Blade columnist Tom Henry shares his thoughts on the new fuel-economy label rolled out by the Obama Administration, and his interest in Ceres' latest report stating that Michigan and Ohio residents were overwhelmingly supportive of higher fuel efficiency standards by 2025.
Water Wars Threaten Credit of Metro Governments
Jun 03, 2011
Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings issued a report this week warning that it may downgrade the credit scores of metro Atlanta governments if a federal court does not side with Georgia on access to drinking water from Lake Lanier.
The Bond Buyer: Georgia Pressured by Water Deficit
Jun 09, 2011
Georgia issuers are facing new credit pressures and calls for conservation because of a looming deadline to cut back on withdrawals from certain river basins and a federal reservoir that provide drinking water to the state’s growing population.
Pensions & Investments: Large investors urge Russell 1000 companies to adopt ESG practices
Jun 09, 2011
California Public Employees’ Retirement System, California State Teachers’ Retirement System and other major institutional investors called on the 1,000 largest U.S. companies to “embrace a new reality” and imbed environmental, social and governance concerns into their business models.
The Miami Herald: Drilling Down Deep on Fracking and Our Nation's Energy Future
Jun 17, 2011
"We need a more balanced look at what's to be gained - and lost - if we embrace natural gas too heartily," said Ceres President Mindy Lubber in an op-ed. "Natural gas is no panacea for a country with a long history of over-dependence on fossil fuels that still hasn't come to grips with climate change."
Politico: Higher CAFE Standards to Create Jobs
Jun 30, 2011
Tough new fuel economy limits could help create 700,000 full-time jobs by 2030, including 60,000 in the auto industry, according to early findings from a coalition of green-minded investors and environmental groups.
White House Chooses BICEP Companies Best Buy, Portland Trail Blazers for Clean Energy 'Better Buildings Challenge'
Jul 01, 2011
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago the 14 initial partners - including Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) companies Best Buy and the Portland Trail Blazers - that have committed to participating in the to the Better Buildings Challenge.
Reuters: Why We Need to Calm the Natural Gas Frenzy
Jun 26, 2011
Natural gas wells are popping up like spring dandelions. But it's time to calm the frenzy. We need a more balanced look at what's to be gained - and lost - if we embrace natural gas too heartily. Despite its many positives, natural gas is no panacea for a country with a long history of over-dependence on fossil fuels that still hasn't come to grips with climate change.
GreenBiz.com: 6 Ways Companies Can Address Their Water Scarcity Risks
Jul 15, 2011
As the world starts to wake up to the reality of looming water shortages, companies, investors and other stakeholders care about the risks posed to business from water scarcity. As a result, companies are measuring their water footprint - direct water use and increasingly indirect water use in their value chain.
The New York Times: Obama’s Chance to Reduce Auto Emissions and Our Thirst for Oil
Jul 20, 2011
President Obama has promised to break the United States’ oil addiction and tackle global warming. With a decision he will make in coming days, he can do both, and help consumers cut gas costs as well.
Treasury & Risk: Greener Frontiers
Aug 03, 2011
Many, if not most, major companies are doing something to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. But cutting-edge businesses are taking more ambitious and sophisticated steps to address climate change. Cutting-edge companies, including Ceres' partners Jones Lang LaSalle, SAP and Starbucks, are moving past recycling and energy efficiency and embarking on more ambitious efforts to address climate change.
ClimateWire: Regulators to Focus on Climate Threats to Insurers' Investments
Aug 05, 2011
Insurance regulators are refocusing their efforts on climate change to examine the financial risk it might hold for the nation's collage of companies that wield trillions of dollars in the energy sector and other investments.
Forbes: Obama’s Stricter Fuel Efficiency Standards Will Save Money, Create Jobs, Report Says
Aug 05, 2011
Nearly lost in the debt-ceiling drama was President Obama’s announcement last Friday of new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard for cars and light-duty trucks: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Thirteen automakers, representing 90 percent of the cars sold in the United States, were on board with the agreement, which follows Obama’s 2009 mandate for a CAFE average of 35.5 by 2016.
Reuters: Few Insurers Planning for Climate Change - Report
Sep 02, 2011
Only one in eight insurers has a formal policy in place to manage climate risk, despite rising evidence that environmental changes are exacerbating insurers' disaster losses, according to a coalition of public interest groups.
MarketWatch: Global Warming No Hoax to Insurance Companies
Sep 09, 2011
MarketWatch's Al Lewis discusses how severe weather is impacting insurance companies and the general public, and cites Ceres' new report on climate risk disclosure by insurers.