Environmental Affairs and Sustainability

The Environmental Affairs and Sustainability team promotes an enabling environment to ensure that the business community has the flexibility and policy tools it needs to succeed – for their shareholders, employees, customers and communities where they operate.

Introduction

Companies are increasingly interested in the intersection between public policy and their own sustainability efforts. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's environment and sustainability policy capability promotes an enabling environment to ensure that the business community has the flexibility and policy tools it needs to succeed – for their shareholders, employees, customers and communities where they operate.

Objectives

  • Ensure that policymakers support the creative and innovative approaches that companies are undertaking to address their environmental and sustainability challenges.
  • Promote voluntary, flexible – not one-size-fits-all or prescriptive – policy solutions that will unleash business innovation and economic and environmental progress.
  • Catalyze federal investments in research and development, infrastructure modernization, smart technologies, and export initiatives that support continued business leadership and growth in the sustainability space.

Services

Based on the recent survey and discussions with members, the environment and sustainability policy service offerings include:

  • Policymaker education – The Chamber is working to build awareness among policymakers and the public regarding the varied and substantial environmental and sustainability efforts being undertaken by the business community, including through the sharing of data, information, and best practices.
  • A supportive enabling environment – The Chamber works with members and stakeholders to identify and advocate for proactive policies and investments that will continue to empower companies to pursue and maximize the impact of their sustainability initiatives.

The policy agenda is focusing on climate and water issues.

For more information, contact Chuck Chaitovitz, vice president for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at CChaitovitz@uschamber.com.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJan 20, 2021 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Opposes Executive Action to Halt Keystone XL Pipeline

Marty Durbin, president of the U.S. Chamber's Global Energy Institute, issued the following statement today opposing the Biden Administration’s announced plans to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline permit.

Press ReleaseJan 20, 2021 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Welcomes Rejoining Paris Agreement

Marty Durbin, president of the U.S. Chamber's Global Energy Institute, issued the following statement today welcoming the Biden Administration’s decision to immediately rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement:

Letters to CongressDec 21, 2020 - 4:15pm

Key Vote Letter on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 133, the COVID-19 Relief Package

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, supporting the Senate Amendment to H.R. 133, the omnibus COVID-19 relief legislative package.

Press ReleaseDec 21, 2020 - 8:30am

U.S. Chamber Applauds Agreement on Historic Climate and Energy Legislation

Marty Durbin, senior vice president of policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement today applauding the news that House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement to include climate and energy innovation legislation in their year-end omnibus appropriations package.

Press ReleaseDec 03, 2020 - 4:00pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Chemistry Council, and the National Association of Manufacturers Call on President to Sign Save Our Seas 2.0 Act

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Chemistry Council, and the National Association of Manufacturers call on the President to sign the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act in short order.

Letters to CongressNov 18, 2020 - 10:15pm

Coalition Letter on HFC Phasedown

This Coalition letter was sent to House and Senate leadership requesting the swift passage of bipartisan legislation that would phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) before the end of this Congress.

Letters to CongressNov 16, 2020 - 10:30pm

Coalition Letter in Support of Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits

This Coalition letter was sent to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of the proposal to "Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits."

Press ReleaseOct 14, 2020 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber Applauds Executive Order Improving Coordination on Water Policy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Chuck Chaitovitz issued the following statement after the White House issued an Executive Order on Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure:

Letters to CongressOct 02, 2020 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 6395 / S. 4049, "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, on H.R. 6395 / S. 4049, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021."

Letters to CongressOct 02, 2020 - 9:45am

Coalition Letter on PFAS in the FY21 NDAA

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).