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

CommentOct 11, 2019 - 10:45am

Comments to the Interagency Task Force on Water Quality

Small communities play a critical role in the overall economic health of America. They cannot attract and keep business without adequate infrastructure, including water and wastewater services. The U.S. Chamber believes that addressing the unique water challenges of small communities and small companies should be a top priority.

Press ReleaseSep 24, 2019 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Announces Member Task Force on Climate Action

New York, NY – On the heels of the U.N. Climate Action Summit, the Chamber today announced the formation of a new Task Force on Climate Action. The announcement came during a Chamber-led meeting of nearly 30 companies, and climate and energy experts at the Concordia summit. 

Letters to CongressAug 30, 2019 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on NDAA Conference Negotiations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Armed Services and Senate Armed Services committees, on conference negotiations for the National Defense Authorization Act.

Letters to CongressJun 25, 2019 - 10:45am

Coalition Letter on Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019

We are excited that the bill will re-assert federal leadership by authorizing new forward-looking energy intensity and water reduction goals that recognize past agency performance. This legislation will make significant contributions to reducing the carbon footprint associated with energy and water waste within federal agencies through common-sense cost-saving measures...

Letters to CongressFeb 27, 2019 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter Supporting S. 383, "USE IT Act"

This letter was sent to the United States Senate, supporting S. 383, the USE IT Act.

Letters to CongressJan 15, 2019 - 3:30pm

Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the EPA

This letter was sent to the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, supporting the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Press ReleaseDec 18, 2018 - 8:45am

New Analysis Demonstrates Massive Costs of “Keep It In the Ground” Anti-Energy Movement

A new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute (GEI) found that the anti-energy “Keep it in the Ground” (KIITG) movement has prevented at least $91.9 billion in domestic economic activity and eliminated nearly 730,000 job opportunities.

Press ReleaseDec 11, 2018 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber’s Harbert Praises New Water Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute President & CEO Karen Harbert issued the following statement regarding a new proposed rule revising the definition of “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)”:

Letters to CongressNov 27, 2018 - 11:00am

Water Infrastructure Provisions in the Farm Bill Reauthorization

This letter was sent to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, on water infrastructure provisions in the Farm Bill reauthorizations.

CommentNov 15, 2018 - 10:00am

US Chamber Comments-A Working Approach for Identifying Potential Candidate Chemicals for Prioritization

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submits these comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) in response to its publication of the document, “A Working Approach for Identifying Potential Candidate Chemicals for Prioritization” (White Paper).1 The Chamber generally supports EPA’s efforts to prescribe approaches for identifying existing chemicals as potential candidates for prioritization, but urges EPA to reexamine a number of deficiencies included in the White Paper...