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

Above the FoldJun 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Colorado River in Austin, Texas

Advancing Environmentally Sustainable International Trade Amid COVID-19

Mohammad Abunayyan, chair of the B20 ESC Taskforce, breaks down the importance of environmentally sustainable trade in the wake of COVID-19.

Above the FoldJun 08, 2020 - 12:00pm
Infrastructure, Truck

Resilience Is Good Public Policy

Improving lifeline infrastructure is necessary for companies and communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

CommentMay 06, 2020 - 12:00pm

Comments on the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program guidance

Comments on the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program guidance sent to Katherine Fox, Assistant Administrator for Mitigation Federal Emergency Management Agency on May 6, 2020.

Letters to CongressApr 08, 2020 - 11:00am

Hill Letter on HFC Phasedown Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, on legislation relating to the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Letters to CongressMar 11, 2020 - 10:45am

Coalition Letter on the "Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act of 2020"

This Coalition letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, supporting the "Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act of 2020."

Letters to CongressMar 10, 2020 - 11:45am

Coalition Letter on S. 2301, the "Reforming Disaster Recovery Act"

This Coalition letter was sent Sen. Brian Schatz as well as to the Members of the House Committee on Financial Services and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, supporting S. 2301, the "Reforming Disaster Recovery Act."

Letters to CongressFeb 06, 2020 - 9:15am

Coalition Letter on H.R. 3779, the "Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act of 2019"

This Coalition letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, urging consideration of H.R. 3779, the "Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act of 2019," under suspension of the rules.

Letters to CongressJan 17, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Water Policy Priorities

This Hill letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on water policy priorities for 2020.

Letters to CongressJan 13, 2020 - 2:00pm

Coalition Letter on H.R. 5544, the "American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2019"

This Hill letter was sent to Representative Paul Tonko, supporting H.R. 5544, the "American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act of 2019."