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 08, 2020 - 11:00am

Hill Letter on HFC Phasedown Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, on legislation relating to the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Letters to CongressMar 11, 2020 - 10:45am

Coalition Letter on the "Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act of 2020"

This Coalition letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, supporting the "Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act of 2020."

Letters to CongressMar 10, 2020 - 11:45am

Coalition Letter on S. 2301, the "Reforming Disaster Recovery Act"

This Coalition letter was sent Sen. Brian Schatz as well as to the Members of the House Committee on Financial Services and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, supporting S. 2301, the "Reforming Disaster Recovery Act."

Letters to CongressFeb 06, 2020 - 9:15am

Coalition Letter on H.R. 3779, the "Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act of 2019"

This Coalition letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, urging consideration of H.R. 3779, the "Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act of 2019," under suspension of the rules.

Letters to CongressJan 17, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Water Policy Priorities

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 2020.

Letters to CongressJan 13, 2020 - 2:00pm

Coalition Letter on H.R. 5544, the "American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2019"

This Hill letter was sent to Representative Paul Tonko, supporting H.R. 5544, the "American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act of 2019."

Press ReleaseJan 10, 2020 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber's Donohue Praises Efforts to Modernize NEPA

“If America is to meet its growing challenges on infrastructure, energy and the environment, then we must modernize the 40-year old NEPA process. In many cases, it takes far longer to obtain a permit than it actually takes to build one of these critical projects, and that should not be acceptable."

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.

Letters to CongressDec 12, 2019 - 10:30am

Coalition Letter on U.S.-Mexico Water Solutions

This Coalition letter was sent to the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Financial Services, on water issues and solutions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Letters to CongressDec 03, 2019 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 1982, the "Save Our Seas 2.0 Act of 2019"

This Hill letter was sent to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, supporting S. 1982, the "Save our Seas 2.0 Act of 2019."