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 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.

Letters to CongressMar 02, 2021 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Brenda Mallory to be Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, on the Nomination of Brenda Mallory to be Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

Letters to CongressFeb 25, 2021 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on a Hearing entitled, "Climate Change and Social Responsibility"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Financial Services' committee's Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, on the subcommittee's hearing, "Climate Change and Social Responsibility."

Press ReleaseJan 27, 2021 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber Welcomes Biden Focus on Climate Solutions, Opposes Federal Lands and Waters Energy Ban

In response to today’s announcement of White House actions on climate change, Marty Durbin, Senior Vice President of Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, made the following statement.

Press ReleaseJan 20, 2021 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Opposes Executive Action to Halt Keystone XL Pipeline

Marty Durbin, president of the U.S. Chamber's Global Energy Institute, issued the following statement today opposing the Biden Administration’s announced plans to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline permit.

Press ReleaseJan 20, 2021 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Welcomes Rejoining Paris Agreement

Marty Durbin, president of the U.S. Chamber's Global Energy Institute, issued the following statement today welcoming the Biden Administration’s decision to immediately rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement:

Letters to CongressDec 21, 2020 - 4:15pm

Key Vote Letter on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 133, the COVID-19 Relief Package

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, supporting the Senate Amendment to H.R. 133, the omnibus COVID-19 relief legislative package.

Press ReleaseDec 21, 2020 - 8:30am

U.S. Chamber Applauds Agreement on Historic Climate and Energy Legislation

Marty Durbin, senior vice president of policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement today applauding the news that House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement to include climate and energy innovation legislation in their year-end omnibus appropriations package.