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 ReleaseSep 23, 2021 - 10:00am

Industry Associations Applaud EPA's HFC Allocation Rule

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, American Chemistry Council, and National Association of Manufacturers issued the following statement today in response to EPA's announced HFC Allocation Rule.

Letters to CongressSep 23, 2021 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on a Hearing on Voluntary Carbon Markets

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Agriculture, on a hearing entitled, "Voluntary Carbon Markets in Agriculture and Forestry." This letter also reiterates our support for S. 1251, the "Growing Climate Solutions Act."

Letters to CongressSep 21, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the FY22 NDAA

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Letters to CongressSep 14, 2021 - 12:00pm

Coalition Letter on Western Water Provisions in Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

This Coalition letter was sent to Members of the House of Representatives on Western water provisions of the bipartisan infrastructure package.

Press ReleaseSep 10, 2021 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber Calls on Administration to Review Water Rule Decision

Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement regarding next steps on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

EventSep 09, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
EnergyInnovates: Plastics and Sustainability

EnergyInnovates: Plastics and Sustainability

Plastic waste and marine debris are significant global challenges that are key drivers for the sustainability and climate policy debate. Join our EnergyInnovates: Plastics and Sustainability to learn more.

CommentAug 25, 2021 - 2:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter Requesting Extension of Comment Period for Recommendations on the "Navigable Waters Protection Rule"

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce requests that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers grant at least a 60-day extension of the period for receiving written recommendations about your plans to consider revising the rule “The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (the “NWPR”).

Letters to CongressAug 03, 2021 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee on FY22 Energy and Water Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, on Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Development Appropriations legislation.

Letters to CongressJul 30, 2021 - 8:45am

Coalition Letter on the STORM Act of 2020

This Coalition letter was sent to Members of the House of Representatives supporting full funding of $100 million for FY 2022 appropriations for the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act of 2020.

CommentJul 28, 2021 - 8:15am

U.S. Chamber Comments on PFAS Reporting Extension

This letter was sent to Dr. Michal Freedhoff, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at the Environmental Protection Agency.