Climate & Energy
Global temperature has been on the rise, with the first decade of the 21st century the warmest on record. Overwhelmingly, scientists agree that man-made climate change is occurring. Climate events are indisputably more frequent, more severe and more destructive. Yet many policymakers have avoided meaningful action to reverse these effects, sometimes claiming that addressing climate change would hamper businesses and the economy. The opposite is true.
Most products are brought to market in packaging that is excessive, unsustainable or both. Globally, nationally and locally, packaging waste causes enormous environmental damage, and good disposal solutions are not widely implemented. As business is the source of most product packaging, it is best positioned to advance more sustainable packaging policies. ASBC’s Reduce Packaging Waste campaign offers a way to gather business leaders’ practical insights and collaborate with policymakers to develop packaging waste reduction policies that make sense.
The Green New Deal offers an historic opportunity to combine the strengths of private industry and government to solve critical problems and put us on the path toward a sustainable economy. We can address climate change, restore America’s broad prosperity and improve quality of life for the 21st century and beyond. But it will take public-private collaboration of the magnitude of our successful past. Join other responsible business leaders to support the goals of the Green New Deal.
It’s clear that, both environmentally and economically, incineration is the worst of the options for managing trash. While on the path to Zero Waste, there are less damaging ways to manage “leftover” discarded materials. Landfilling is less damaging than burning and dumping ash in landfills, and there are ways to minimize the impacts on landfills, especially by getting food scraps and yard waste into aerobic composting.
As a Philadelphia business leader, please help advance efforts to reduce environmental impact as we create good jobs for a sustainable economy.
A price on carbon is the most efficient, business-friendly way to mitigate climate change. It will reduce emissions, create competition in the energy market, spur innovation, and create jobs. Businesses support pricing carbon because it provides the ﬂexibility to adapt over time and plan for ﬁxed costs.
Join our growing coalition of businesses demanding a price on carbon.
As the risks of climate change become clearer, the need grows for comprehensive action to cut carbon pollution. By far the simplest and most effective action we can take is to institute a statewide carbon tax.
Join our growing coalition of state-based businesses demanding a price on carbon.
Despite the Administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, businesses, state and local governments, and other institutions are moving forward. In 2016, thousands of mayors, governors, businesses of all sizes, colleges and universities, and institutions signed the pledge to say they were still committed to fighting climate change and driving down carbon pollution.