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

Press ReleaseAug 04, 2020 - 11:00am

National Audubon Society, The Pew Charitable Trusts and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Praise Enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act

The National Audubon Society, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the United States Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today about the Great American Outdoors Act becoming law.

Letters to CongressJul 27, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! on H.R. 7575, "Water Resources Development Act of 2020"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting H.R. 7575, the "Water Resources Development Act of 2020."

Letters to CongressJul 20, 2020 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 6395, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021""

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on H.R. 6395, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021."

Letters to CongressJul 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote to the House Letter on S. 3422, the "Great American Outdoors Act"

This Key Vote Alert! was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives on S. 3422, the "Great American Outdoors Act."

Letters to CongressJul 20, 2020 - 9:00am

Coalition Letter on PFAS in the FY2021 NDAA

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on PFAS issues in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Letters to CongressJul 09, 2020 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on FY21 Appropriations for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

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.