Mar 03, 2015

EPA Recognizes 16 Organizations for Climate Leadership

Climate Leadership Awards recognize organizations & individuals taking action to combat climate change

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From a partnership enabling colleges to sell carbon credits to fund clean energy projects on campuses to some of the country’s leading corporations setting and exceeding aggressive emission reduction goals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leadership Award winners are demonstrating that innovative actions to combat climate change are smart business decisions. Sixteen organizations and one individual representing an array of industries from finance and manufacturing to retail and technology show exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in response to climate change.

“I am proud to recognize our Climate Leadership Award winners for their actions to reduce the harmful carbon pollution that’s fueling climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Our winners are demonstrating that a healthy environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. These organizations are providing the leadership, commitment and solutions needed to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meet head on the challenge of a changing climate.”  

EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR), announced the fourth annual Climate Leadership Award winners.

The 2015 Climate Leadership Award recipients are:

Innovative Partnerships Certificate (new category): This award recognizes organizations working collaboratively on leading edge climate initiatives with established objectives to measurably address greenhouse gas reduction goals and/or adaptation and resilience activities. This year’s recipients include:

  • ChevroletClean Energy Campus Campaign (Detroit, Mich.): The campaign marks the first time college campuses have been able to use carbon performance methodologies to earn revenue via GHG reductions that result from on-campus efficiency and clean energy. The campaign set a 100% absolute GHG reduction goal through 2014 (2012 base year). 
  • San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (San Diego, Calif.): The Climate Collaborative supports members in setting and meeting GHG reduction targets via trainings and information on GHG inventory and monitoring tools; sharing climate action plan templates; supporting local governments in developing climate action plans; developing capacity for local governments to implement measures in their climate action plans; and more.

Organizational Leadership Award: Bank of America (Charlotte, N.C.) is being honored with this award for not only completing its own comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory and setting an aggressive emissions reduction goal, but also exemplifying extraordinary leadership in its internal response to climate change through engagement of its peers, competitors, partners and supply chain, and addressing climate risk in its enterprise strategies. Bank of America issued the first corporate green bond to fund energy efficiency projects in 2013. Bank of America is setting an absolute global greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal of 15% from 2010 levels through 2015. This goal builds on a previous total reduction of 18% of its U.S. GHG emissions from 2004 to 2009.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award): The following organizations are being honored for publicly reporting and verifying organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and achieving publicly-set aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals:

  • The City and County of San Francisco;
  • The Clorox Co. (Oakland, Calif.);
  • DPR Construction (Redwood City, Calif.);
  • SC Johnson (Racine, Wis.);
  • Sprint (Overland Park, Kan.); and
  • UPS (Atlanta).

Individual Leadership Award: Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport, Conn., is being recognized for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in driving meaningful climate action within the Greater Bridgeport community and throughout the cty’s operations. The Mayor is implementing an emission reduction goal for the city of 10% below 2007 levels by 2020.

  • Brown-Forman Corporation (Louisville, Ky.);
  • California Department of Water Resources;
  • Capital One Financial Corporation (McLean, Va.);
  • CH2M HILL (Englewood, Colo.);
  • The Clorox Co. (Oakland, Calif.);
  • EMC Corp. (Hopkinton, Mass.);
  • The Hartford (Hartford, Conn.); and
  • Tiffany & Co. (New York).

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate): The following organizations are being honored for publicly reporting and verifying organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and publicly setting aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals:

“Climate change presents immense challenges across an incredible array of sectors, geographic regions and job functions," said Daniel Kreeger, executive director of the ACCO. "The 2015 Climate Leadership Award winners have shown that incorporating climate into decision making is critical to their organizational success and are raising the bar on climate action."

The awards were presented at the 2015 Climate Leadership Conference in Arlington, Va.