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 CongressApr 29, 2021 - 9:45am

Coalition Letter on an Amendment to S. 914, the "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act"

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, opposing an amendment expected to be offered by Sen. Rubio to S. 914, the "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act," relating to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund allocation formula.

CommentApr 29, 2021 - 9:00am

Comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Request for Information on its Approach to Addressing Climate Action

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce appreciates the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Request for Information regarding the agency’s overall approach to address climate action.

Letters to CongressApr 28, 2021 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on an Amendment to S. 914, the "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, opposing an amendment expected to be offered by Sen. Rubio to S. 914, the "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act," relating to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund allocation formula.

Letters to CongressApr 27, 2021 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 1251, the “Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture on S. 1251, the "Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021."

Press ReleaseApr 22, 2021 - 8:30am

U.S. Chamber Statement on Biden Climate Goal

Marty Durbin, Senior Vice President of Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s announced climate goal. 

Letters to CongressApr 20, 2021 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! Letter on S. 914, "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, supporting S. 914, the "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.”

Press ReleaseApr 20, 2021 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Statement on House Republican Energy Innovation Agenda

Global Energy Institute President Marty Durbin issued the following statement on the House Republican Energy Innovation Agenda:

Letters to CongressApr 14, 2021 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on the Nomination of Brenda Mallory to be CEQ Chair

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, on the Nomination of Brenda Mallory to be Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.

Letters to CongressMar 08, 2021 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Water Policy Priorities for 2021

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 2021.

Press ReleaseMar 02, 2021 - 2:15pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on "CLEAN Future Act" Introduction

In response to today’s introduction of the “CLEAN Future Act” by leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President of Policy Marty Durbin made the following statement.