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 initial 2018 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

CommentAug 14, 2018 - 10:30am

Comments of the Waters Advocacy Coalition on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule and Recodify the Pre-Existing Rules

The Waters Advocacy Coalition (“WAC” or “Coalition”) writes to provide comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) (together, “the Agencies”) supplemental proposed rulemaking to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule (“2015 Rule” or “Rule”) and recodify the definition of “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) in place prior to the 2015 Rule. 83 Fed. Reg. 32,227 (July 12, 2018) (“Supplemental Repeal Notice”). The Coalition represents a large cross-section of the nation’s construction, real estate, mining, manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, energy, wildlife conservation, and public health and safety sectors – all of which are vital to a thriving national economy and provide much needed jobs. The Coalition’s members are committed to the protection and restoration of America’s wetlands and waters, and possess a wealth of expertise directly relevant to the Agencies’ supplemental proposal to repeal the 2015 Rule.

CommentAug 14, 2018 - 10:15am

Definition of “Waters of the United States”—Recodification of Preexisting Rule; Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The undersigned organizations support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) proposal to repeal the 2015 Rule Defining Waters of the United States (“2015 Rule”), and many of us are submitting individual comment letters detailing our reasons for supporting the proposal. We write this letter to separately address an issue of particular importance to all of us: the effect of the Supreme Court’s decision in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 531 U.S. 159 (2001) (“SWANCC”). As EPA and the Corps move forward with this rulemaking, the agencies must recognize the limitations SWANCC imposes on jurisdiction.

CommentJul 09, 2018 - 11:00am

National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Comments

Chamber members operate at all stages of the nation’s food supply chain and many food products marketed today contain bioengineered (BE) ingredients. It is imperative that AMS promulgates a standard that provides regulatory certainty for the food supply chain, allows consumers to obtain more information if they want it, and protects the biotechnology industry from harmful and stigmatizing mandatory warning labels.

LetterJun 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

S. 2602, the "Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act"

This was letter was sent to all members of the United States Senate in support of S. 2602, the "Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act."

LetterJun 13, 2018 - 4:45pm

FY 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee ahead of their markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

LetterJun 07, 2018 - 5:15pm

H.R. 5895, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

This letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives as they begin to consider H.R. 5895, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019.

LetterJun 05, 2018 - 10:15am

Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee ahead of their markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

CommentMay 24, 2018 - 10:45am

User Fees for the Administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act, 83 Fed. Reg. 8,212 (Feb. 26, 2018); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0401; FRL-9974-31

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING Mr. Mark HartmanImmediate Office, Office of Pollution Prevention and ToxicsU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460 RE: User Fees for the Administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act, 83 Fed. Reg.8,212 (Feb. 26, 2018); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0401; FRL-9974-31

CommentMay 21, 2018 - 4:30pm

Comments on Clean Water Act Coverage of “Discharges of Pollutants” via a Direct Hydrologic Connection to Surface Water

For the reasons set forth herein, we believe it is critically important that EPA engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking to clarify that the CWA does not regulate discharges that reach surface waters via groundwater...

CommentMay 14, 2018 - 2:30pm

Comments to USAID on their reorganization and implications for water portfolio

The Chamber believes the reorganization underway at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an important opportunity to ensure that water and water infrastructure are appropriately prioritized in projects going forward...