News Releases from Region 04
UPS in Atlanta, Ga. Among 16 Organizations Across the Country Recognized for Action on Climate Change
Organizational Leadership Award: Bank of America (Charlotte, N.C.) is being honored with this award for not only completing its own comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory and setting an aggressive emissions reduction goal, but also exemplifying extraordinary leadership in its internal response to climate change through engagement of its peers, competitors, partners, and supply chain, and addressing climate risk in its enterprise strategies. Bank of America issued the first corporate green bond to fund energy efficiency projects in 2013. Bank of America is setting an absolute global greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal of 15 percent from 2010 levels through 2015. This goal builds on a previous total reduction of 18 percent of its U.S. GHG emissions from 2004-2009.
Individual Leadership Award: Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport, Conn., is being recognized for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in driving meaningful climate action within the Greater Bridgeport community and throughout the City's operations. The Mayor is implementing an emission reduction goal for the city of 10 percent below 2007 levels by 2020.
Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award): The following organizations are being honored for publicly reporting and verifying organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and achieving publicly-set aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals:
o The Clorox Company (Oakland, Calif.);
o DPR Construction (Redwood City, Calif.);
o SC Johnson (Racine, Wis.);
o Sprint (Overland Park, Kan.); and
o UPS (Atlanta).
Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate): The following organizations are being honored for publicly reporting and verifying organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and publicly setting aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals:
o California Department of Water Resources;
o Capital One Financial Corporation (McLean, Va.);
o CH2M HILL (Englewood, Colo.);
o The Clorox Company (Oakland, Calif.);
o EMC Corporation (Hopkinton, Mass.);
o The Hartford (Hartford, Conn.); and
o Tiffany & Co. (New York).
"Climate change presents immense challenges across an incredible array of sectors, geographic regions and job functions," said Daniel Kreeger, executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers. "The 2015 Climate Leadership Award winners have shown that incorporating climate into decision making is critical to their organizational success and are raising the bar on climate action."
"After the hottest year globally on record, action on climate change is more urgent than ever," said Elliot Diringer, executive vice president of C2ES. "We applaud the CLA winners for demonstrating the many paths forward to a low-carbon future, and hope others follow their example."
"The Climate Registry is honored to recognize an impressive group of climate champions for their dedication to and leadership in addressing climate change in their operations," said David Rosenheim, executive director of TCR. "This year's deserving award winners are leading the way in reducing carbon pollution through greater transparency and consistent data, demonstrating the path to a more sustainable future."
The awards were presented at the 2015 Climate Leadership Conference in Arlington, Va.
EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership establishes norms of climate leadership by encouraging organizations with emerging climate objectives to identify and achieve cost-effective GHG emission reductions, while helping more advanced organizations drive innovations in reducing their greenhouse gas impacts in their supply chains and beyond. The Center provides technical tools, guidance, educational resources, and opportunities for information sharing and peer exchange among organizations interested in reducing the environmental impacts associated with climate change.
More information about the 2015 Climate Leadership Award winners: www.epa.gov/climateleadership/awards/2015winners.html