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

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).

Letters to CongressOct 01, 2020 - 10:15am

Coalition Letter on S. 1982, the "Save our Seas 2.0 Act"

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting S. 1982, the "Save our Seas 2.0 Act."

Letters to CongressOct 01, 2020 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on S. 1982, "Save our Seas 2.0 Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting S. 1982, the "Save our Seas 2.0 Act."

Letters to CongressSep 22, 2020 - 10:15am

Coalition Letter on the Amendment to S. 2657, "American Energy Innovation Act"

This Coalition letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, on the Amendment to S. 2657, the American Energy Innovation Act, which would phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

CommentSep 21, 2020 - 5:15pm

Multi-Association Letter to Minister Mary Ng on CEPA plastics issue

The Honorable Mary NgMinister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International TradeCanada Dear Minister Ng:

TestimonySep 17, 2020 - 10:45am

Testimony on Control of Air Pollution From Airplanes and Airplane Engines: GHG Emission Standards and Test Procedures rule

Chuck Chaitovitz's testimony before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on "Control of Air Pollution From Airplanes and Airplane Engines: GHG Emission Standards and Test Procedures rule.”