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Eastern Bank Joins Influential Sustainability Group To Help Advance Clean Energy Economy
Mar 27, 2017
The nonprofit sustainability organization Ceres announced today that Eastern Bank has joined the Ceres Company Network. The Ceres board of directors approved the mutual bank’s membership in February 2017.
Major Businesses Say States’ Clean Cars Program Provides Economic Benefits
Mar 25, 2017
13 states and Washington, D.C. benefit from vehicle emissions standards that support consumers and businesses.
Investor Groups Representing $65 Trillion Tell Trump Administration that Current Shareholder Resolution Process is Working Well to Protect Investors
Mar 21, 2017
Demonstrating strong investor opposition to special interest efforts to weaken key elements of the shareholder resolution process (SEC rule 14a-8), a group of leading investor organizations representing $65 trillion in assets wrote last week to the Trump administration urging support for the SEC’s existing shareholder proposal process, which is providing wide-ranging benefits.
Commentary: Virginia Should Take Advantage of Vast Clean Energy Opportunities
Mar 20, 2017
With dozens of Fortune 500 companies looking to run their facilities on renewable energy, Virginia has a golden opportunity to ensure that these investments — and the jobs that come with them — are being made in the Old Dominion State.
Are House Republicans the Climate’s Best Hope?
Mar 20, 2017
Given the Trump administration’s hostile stance on climate change and attack on crucial Obama era climate regulations you would be excused for thinking that bipartisan climate action in Washington is a far off fantasy. And yet, quietly, the foundation is being laid for long-term solutions.
Congress Should Reject Short-Sighted EPA Budget Cuts
Mar 16, 2017
The Trump Administration announcement of proposed massive budget cuts for programs vital to addressing climate change and broader environmental protections at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is “deeply concerning and flies in the face of what the American people and U.S. investor and businesses communities alike are seeking,” said Ceres President Mindy Lubber.
Rollback of Clean Vehicle Standards Would Be Bad for Business, Consumers and the Economy
Mar 15, 2017
Today’s announcement from President Trump to reopen the clean vehicle standards is a huge setback for business, consumers and the economy. The move opens the door to weakening the standards and rejects findings based on years of comprehensive and robust analysis informed by a wide range of stakeholders and technical experts.
Businesses Seek Policy Certainty as Ohio Legislators Consider Rolling Back Clean Energy Standards
Mar 08, 2017
Today, Ceres and members from the business community came out in opposition to House Bill 114, legislation that would make Ohio’s renewable standards voluntary, weaken energy efficiency standards and allow commercial and industrial customers who use more than 700,000 kWH per year to opt out of energy saving programs.
Five Key Steps for Building a Climate Competent Board
Mar 07, 2017
Climate competency of boards—and broader corporate attention to escalating climate change risks—isn’t just a hot topic for one set of shareholders and one oil company. It is a key investor imperative for all sectors of the economy.
Big Business and Investors Urge New EPA Chief to Keep MPG and GHG Standards in Place
Mar 03, 2017
Major U.S. businesses are urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt to leave in place vehicle standards for passenger cars and light trucks. In a letter delivered this week to Mr. Pruitt, the businesses pointed out that the standards are good for business and for the economy as a whole.
How Food Companies Can Help Drive Agricultural Water Conservation
Feb 27, 2017
Farmers with high-priority water rights have little incentive to conserve water, but food companies have leverage to help drive sustainable practices.
Commentary: Michigan Businesses Thank Lawmakers for Strengthening Clean Energy Standards
Feb 24, 2017
Last December, after two years of thoughtful debate, Michigan lawmakers passed a bipartisan energy package that will foster a clean energy future for businesses and ratepayers across the state. As the new legislative session gets underway, businesses continue the call for clean energy and thank lawmakers for their leadership last year.
Carbon Tax Proposal Deserves Attention, But Big Questions Remain
Feb 24, 2017
A group of prominent conservative political and thought leaders, under the newly-formed Climate Leadership Council (CLC), recently released a proposal for a carbon fee and dividend model for the U.S. economy that seeks to set the stage for future conservative and bipartisan discussions on tackling climate change.
Michigan Businesses and Trade Associations Thank Legislators, Snyder Administration for Clean Energy Support
Feb 23, 2017
Twelve leading Michigan businesses and trade associations sent a letter today commending members of the Michigan Legislature and the Snyder Administration for passing comprehensive energy reforms that will increase Michigan’s use of renewable energy and expand investments in energy waste reduction.
Ceres Responds to Climate Disclosure Task Force Recommendations
Feb 22, 2017
Information moves markets, but bad information hurts investors and companies alike. Investors need companies to disclose accurate information about today’s challenges, among the biggest being global climate change.
Senate Vote for Pruitt Sends EPA Down Potentially Perilous Path
Feb 17, 2017
The Senate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “sends the agency down a potentially perilous path of crippling core environmental and public health protections that Americans expect and demand,” Ceres president Mindy Lubber said in a statement.
New Report: Cap-and-Trade Cuts GHG Emissions More Economically With a Strong LCFS
Feb 16, 2017
A combination of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and California’s Cap-and-Trade Program can reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and reduce dependence on oil more economically and effectively, relative to Cap-and-Trade alone.
Why Washington's Anti-Regulation Agenda Will Hurt the Economy
Feb 16, 2017
The president and congressional leaders are fixated on demolishing public health, safety and environmental regulations, but these efforts make little practical — or economic — sense.
Oil Companies Now Have New Tools For Navigating The Low-Carbon Transition
Feb 08, 2017
Although many companies already use scenario planning, questions still remain on how to conduct a two-degree scenario analysis. That’s why the TCFD and Ceres have both developed tools to help companies conduct scenario analysis and meet increasing calls for robust climate risk disclosure.
Companies From Chanel to Ben and Jerry’s are Benefiting From the New “Carbon Insetting” Trend
Feb 07, 2017
Insetting does more than just offset carbon emissions — it helps companies boost resilience and care for the ecosystems that provide their raw materials.