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 CongressJul 21, 2021 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on H.R. 2467, the “PFAS Action Act”

This Key Vote Alert! Letter was sent to Members of the House of Representatives.

Letters to CongressJul 21, 2021 - 10:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Climate and the Clean Electricity Standard

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committees on Environment and Public Works, Energy and Natural Resources, and Finance; and the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, on climate issues and the Clean Electricity Standard (CES).

Letters to CongressJul 21, 2021 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 2324, the "Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate supporting S. 2324, the "Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act." This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.

Letters to CongressJul 21, 2021 - 8:30am

Coalition Letter on H.R. 2467, the "PFAS Action Act"

This coalition letter was sent to Members of the House of Representatives opposing H.R. 2467, the "PFAS Action Act."

Letters to CongressJul 15, 2021 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 Energy and Water Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations, on the FY22 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, Appropriations legislation.

Letters to CongressJul 07, 2021 - 3:45pm

Coalition Letter on the Border Water Infrastructure Program

This coalition letter was sent to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP) in the FY2022 Interior and Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

Letters to CongressJun 30, 2021 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 Interior and Environment Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations on the Fiscal Year 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

EventJun 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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EnergyInnovates: Critical Minerals

Innovation is driving America’s energy future. This event series features discussions about the projects, policies and technologies that are shaping our energy landscape—and laying the groundwork to solve global challenges. We're all in. Are you?

Letters to CongressJun 23, 2021 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on S. 1251, "Growing Climate Solutions Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate supporting S. 1251, the "Growing Climate Solutions Act."

EventJun 22, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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The Future of ESG: Issuers, Investors, and Stakeholders

On June 22, CCMC will host an event marking the first in a series on the future of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) policy and investing.