The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded 2015 Climate Leadership Awards to 16 organizations and one individual representing a wide array of industries from finance and manufacturing to retail and technology for showing what the agency said was exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. One of the 16 was Chevrolet (earlier post), the only automaker among the group.
The Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign engaged hundreds of stakeholders spanning the education, energy, carbon, auditing, and nonprofit sectors to develop a way for campuses to draw on a new source of funding—carbon credits from the voluntary carbon market—to help further their large-scale energy efficiency efforts.
Campus leaders have learned about the program through webinars and workshops. Dozens of students participated in the clean energy conversation and successfully engaged their campus leaders to secure funding.
EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR), announced the fourth annual Climate Leadership Award winners.
In the Innovative Partnerships Certificate (new category), the recipients were:
The Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign; and
San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (San Diego, Calif.): The Climate Collaborative supports members in setting and meeting GHG reduction targets via trainings and information on GHG inventory and monitoring tools; sharing climate action plan templates; supporting local governments in developing climate action plans; developing capacity for local governments to implement measures in their climate action plans; and more.
The Organizational Leadership Award went to Bank of America 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.
The Individual Leadership Award went to Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport, Conn., 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% below 2007 levels by 2020.
The following organizations received Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award) awards:
- The City and County of San Francisco;
- The Clorox Company;
- DPR Construction;
- SC Johnson;
- Sprint; and
Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) awards went to:
- Brown-Forman Corporation;
- California Department of Water Resources;
- Capital One Financial Corporation;
- CH2M HILL;
- The Clorox Company;
- EMC Corporation;
- The Hartford; and
- Tiffany & Co.
The awards were presented at the 2015 Climate Leadership Conference in Arlington, Va.