Dear President-elect Trump, President Obama, Members of the US Congress, and Global Leaders at COP22 in Marrakech:

We, the undersigned members in the business and investor community of the United States, re-affirm our deep commitment to addressing climate change through the implementation of the historic Paris Climate Agreement.

We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy. Cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost US competitiveness. We pledge to do our part, in our own operations and beyond, to realize the Paris Agreement’s commitment of a global economy that limits global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

We call on our elected US leaders to strongly support:

  • 1

    Continuation of low-carbon policies to allow the US to meet or exceed our promised national commitment and to increase our nation’s future ambition

  • 2

    Investment in the low carbon economy at home and abroad in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost the confidence of investors worldwide

  • 3

    Continued US participation in the Paris Agreement, in order to provide the long-term direction needed to keep global temperature rise below 2°C

Implementing the Paris Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy and prosperity to all.

We support leaders around the world as they seek to implement the Paris Agreement and leverage this historic opportunity to tackle climate change.

Sincerely,

  • 22 Designs
  • 3P Partners
  • Abt Electronics
  • Abundance Food Co-op
  • Acer America Corporation
  • Active Minds LLC
  • Addenda Capital
  • AjO
  • Allagash Brewing Company
  • Allianz
  • Allumia
  • AlphaFlow, Inc.
  • Altiz Orchard
  • Amalgamated Bank
  • Ameresco, Inc.
  • Amherst College
  • Anchor
  • Annie’s, Inc.
  • Anthesis Group
  • Apricus Inc.
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Artemis Water Strategy
  • As You Sow
  • As You Sow Foundation
  • Aspen Brewing Company
  • Aspen Skiing Company
  • Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • Aveda
  • Baldwin Brothers Inc.
  • BELKIS Consulting, LLC
  • Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.
  • Bergsund DeLaney Architecture & Planning
  • Bespoken Corporate Communications
  • Big Kid Science
  • BioJam Industrial Research & Development Global, Inc.
  • Biosynthetic Technologies
  • Blackthorne S&D Consulting
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Blue Mountain Solar Inc.
  • Boreal Mountain Resort/Woodward Tahoe/Soda Springs Ski Resort
  • Borst Engineering & Construction LLC
  • Boston Common Asset Management
  • Bowling Green LLC
  • Box Digital Media
  • Brewery Vivant
  • Broadside Bookshop
  • Buglet Solar Electric Installation
  • Burton Snowboards
  • BVW Historic Properties Ltd
  • C+C
  • CA Technologies
  • Calvert Investments
  • Cambridge Energy Advisors
  • Carolina Biodiesel, LLC
  • Catalyst Paper Corporation
  • Catalyze Partners
  • CDI Meters, Inc.
  • CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
  • CEVG
  • Charge Across Town
  • Che Qualita Enterprises, Inc.
  • ChicoEco, Inc DBA ChicoBag Company
  • City Brewery
  • Clean Agency
  • Clean Edge, Inc.
  • Clean Energy Collective
  • Clean Energy Investment Management
  • Clean Technology Partners, LLC
  • Clean Yield Asset Management
  • CleanCapital
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Climate Coach International, LLC
  • Climate First!
  • Climate Ready Solutions
  • Coelius Consulting
  • Coerver Analytics, LLC
  • Columbia Green Technologies
  • Confluence Sustainability
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  • Congregration of St. Joseph
  • Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Fund
  • CONTEMPL8 T-SHIRTS LLC
  • Cool Energy
  • Cooper Sput Mountain Resort
  • Copper Mountain Ski Resort
  • Craft Brew Alliance
  • Crystal Mountain
  • CTA Architects Engineers
  • Curren Media Group
  • Cyclone Energy Group
  • Dana Investment Advisors
  • Dannon Company, Inc.
  • Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise
  • Deep Green
  • Deer Valley Resort
  • Dehn Bloom Design
  • Detour
  • Dignity Health
  • Distance Learning Consulting
  • Domini Social Investments LLC
  • Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
  • Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
  • Drew Maran Construction, Inc.
  • DuPont
  • Durango Compost Company
  • Eaglecrest Ski Area
  • EarthKind Energy
  • Earthshade Natural Window Fashions
  • Ebates
  • eBay
  • Echo Credits
  • Echo Mountain
  • Eco-Products
  • Ecogate
  • EcoPlum
  • Eighty2degrees LLC
  • EILEEN FISHER
  • Eleek, Inc.
  • Elephants Delicatessen
  • Empowerment Solar LLC
  • Endosys
  • Energy Optimizers, USA, LLC
  • Entercom Communications Corp.
  • Environment & Enterprise Strategies
  • Environmental Entrepreneurs
  • EOS Climate
  • Espresso Parts LLC
  • Essex Timber Co. LLC
  • ETM Solar Works
  • Eva Realty, LLC
  • Exact Solar
  • Faller Real Estate
  • Fencas Real Estate Development Company
  • Fetzer Vineyards
  • Fiberactive Organics
  • First Affirmative Financial Network
  • Four Twenty Seven
  • Friends Fiduciary Corporation
  • Gap Inc.
  • Garmentory Inc.
  • GCI General Contractors
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • Gerding Edlen
  • Globetrans EC
  • GO Box
  • Going Beyond Sustainability
  • Good Meets World
  • Granlibakken Management Company
  • Green Century Capital Management
  • Green Heron Tools, LLC
  • Green Pod LLC
  • GreenBeams, LLC
  • GREENPLAN Inc.
  • Hanging Rock Animal Hospital, Inc.
  • Hannon Armstrong
  • Happyfamily
  • Hello!Lucky
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • High Plains Architects, PC
  • Hilton
  • HJKessler Associates
  • Holiday Valley Resort
  • House Kombucha
  • HP Inc.
  • ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility)
  • Ideal Energy Inc
  • IDEAS For Us
  • IKEA North America Services, LLC
  • Impact Bioenergy, Inc.
  • Impax Asset Management
  • Independence Solar
  • Indow
  • Infer Energy
  • Innovative Power Systems
  • Inntopia
  • Intel Corporation
  • IntelliparkUS, Inc.
  • Interface
  • Intext Solutions, Inc.
  • ISOS Group
  • iSpring
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Jantz Management LLC
  • JF Pontzer, LLC
  • JGE Global LLC
  • Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, LLC
  • JLens Investor Network
  • JLL
  • JMJ Construction Group
  • JSA Financial Group
  • JTN Energy
  • Just Business
  • K2 Sports
  • Kayak Media
  • Kellogg Company
  • KERBspace
  • KL Felicitas Foundation
  • Kostis Kosmos Inc.
  • Krull & Company
  • Kuity Corp.
  • L’Oreal USA
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Liftopia, Inc.
  • Linear City Concepts
  • LiveNeighborly
  • Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area
  • Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain
  • Mars Incorporated
  • Mazzetti + GBA
  • Melina/Hyland design group
  • Mercury Press International
  • Mercy Health
  • Mercy Investment Services
  • Michael W. Grainey Consulting LLC
  • Mightybytes
  • MILLC
  • Miller/Howard Investments
  • MindEase Billing
  • Minerva Consulting
  • Mission Cheese
  • Mobile Data Labs
  • Mondelēz International
  • Monsanto Company
  • Montanus Energy
  • Moore
  • MooreBetterFood
  • Mount Bohemia
  • Mountain Gear, Inc.
  • Mountain High Resort
  • Mountain Rider’s Alliance, LLC
  • mphpm design
  • Mt. Hood Meadows
  • Mulago Foundation
  • MyFlightbook
  • National Foundry
  • Natural Habitat Adventures
  • Nettleton Strategies
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • New York City Comptroller’s Office
  • New York State Common Retirement Fund
  • NIKE
  • North Highland Worldwide Consulting
  • North Ridge Investment Management
  • North Sound Energy Remodel, LLC
  • NorthStar Asset Management, Inc.
  • nurx
  • Octagon Builders
  • Office of the General Treasurer of Rhode Island
  • OgreOgress productions
  • OhmConnect
  • Omnidian, Inc.
  • On Belay Business Advisors Inc
  • Organically Grown Company
  • Orion Renewable Energy Group
  • Our Earth Music, Inc.
  • Outdoor Industry Association
  • Outdoor Project
  • Outerknown
  • Owens Business & Cnsltg., Llc.
  • Parnassus Investments
  • Patagonia
  • Pax World Funds
  • Pepper Sisters, Inc.
  • PlanGreen
  • PLC Repair
  • Portfolio Advisory Board, Adrian Dominican Sisters
  • Portland Consulting Group
  • Prisere
  • Projector.is, Inc.
  • Pure Strategies, Inc.
  • Quest
  • Quri
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc.
  • Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC
  • Reynolds Foundation
  • RL Investments
  • Rockford Brewing Company
  • Royal DSM
  • RPM Bank
  • Rune’s Furniture and Carpet
  • Salesforce.com
  • Saunders Hotel Group
  • Schneider Electric
  • SEA Builders LLC
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Sefte Living
  • Seismic Brewing Company
  • Seventh Generation
  • SheerWind
  • Sheng Ai International,LLC
  • Shift Advantage
  • Sidel Systems USA Inc.
  • Sierra Club Foundation
  • Sierra Energy
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Real Estate
  • Sisters of Bon Secours USA
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell
  • Sisters of St. Jospeh
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary WAP
  • Skibutlers
  • SMMA
  • Snake River Brewing Co.
  • SNOCRU LLC
  • Snow King Mountain Resort
  • Snowbird Resort
  • SolAire Homebuilders
  • Solar Design Associates
  • Solitude Mountain Resort
  • Sonen Capital
  • South Salem Cycleworks
  • SPEEDILICIOUS LLC
  • Spruce Finance
  • Staples, Inc
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Starvation Alley Farms
  • State of Maryland Treasurer’s Office
  • Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
  • Stitch
  • STOKE Certified
  • StoneWork Capital
  • Stonyfield
  • Strong Brewing Co.
  • Sugarbush
  • Sundance Mountain Resort
  • Sungevity
  • Sunsprout Farms
  • Sustainability Roundtable Inc.
  • Sustainable Capital
  • Sustainable Food Trade Association
  • Sustainable Health Solutions, Inc.
  • Sustainable Island Products
  • Sustainable North Bay
  • SustainableBusiness.com
  • Sustrana
  • SVT Group
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Synapse International
  • T2 Energy
  • Taos Ski Valley, Inc.
  • Tech Networks of Bostoon
  • Terrapin Bright Green
  • Tetra Pak
  • Tevlin Strategic Communication
  • The Alchemist Brewery
  • The George Gund Foundation
  • The Green Engineer, Inc.
  • The Hartford
  • The Hivery
  • The Lion Company, Inc.
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • The North Face
  • The Refill Shoppe, Inc.
  • The Stella Group, Ltd.
  • The Sustainability Group at Loring, Wolcott &Coolidge
  • Thriving Solar
  • Throwback Brewery
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • TransPower
  • TransUNImission, Inc
  • TreeZero
  • Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
  • Trillium Asset Management LLC
  • Trinity Health
  • TripZero
  • Triskele Collaborative
  • Truck Trike
  • Unilever
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Vail Resorts
  • Vans
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • VF Corporation
  • Vibes
  • Vigilent
  • Violich Farms
  • Virgin
  • Vision Realty & Management
  • VMware
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Walden Asset Management
  • Walden International
  • webShine, LLC
  • Welch Village Ski Area, Inc
  • Win Before Trial
  • Wisp Resort
  • Woodsong Property Renovation Partners. LLC
  • WorkTurbo
  • Worthen Industries
  • WR Consulting, Inc.
  • Wynkoop Properties, LLC
  • Xylem Inc.
  • Yodsampa Consulting
  • Zaurie Zimmerman Associates, Inc.
  • Zero Waste Solutions
  • Zevin Asset Management
  • ZipPower

Note: Signatories in bold > $100 million annual revenues

LEADING EXECUTIVES ARE CALLING FOR A LOW CARBON USA

“Now more than ever, Levi Strauss & Co. believes it is important to reaffirm our commitment to address climate change by supporting the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Michael Kobori, vice president, sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co. “Building an energy-efficient economy in the U.S., powered by low-carbon energy will ensure our nation’s competitiveness and position US companies as leaders in the global market – all while doing the right thing for our planet.”

“The Paris Agreement was a vital step forward, but its power is in our collective action,” said Lara Birkes, chief sustainability officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Business and government leaders must urgently work together to drive a thriving, low-carbon economy.”

“It is vital that the business community demonstrates its ongoing commitment to tackling climate change,” said Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing Officer at Mars Incorporated. “This is an important moment in global political and economic history, and we absolutely must come together to solve the immense challenges facing the planet. Climate change, water scarcity and deforestation are serious threats to society. It is imperative that global businesses, like Mars, do their part to face down those threats.”

“Elections change our leadership but they don’t change reality,” said Matthew Hamilton, Sustainability Director at Aspen Skiing Company. “Thirty more frost free days are thirty fewer days we can make snow increasing the pressure on our business. The Paris agreement is critical to our business and the 6.1 million employees of the outdoor recreation industry.”

“The enormous momentum generated by the business and investment community to address climate change cannot be reversed and cannot be ignored by the Trump administration. That train has left the station and to stand in its way is folly,” said Matt Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management. “Nevertheless, we know that now is the time to remind the incoming administration that virtually every company in the Fortune 500 and over $100 trillion in investor assets has acknowledged the reality of climate change and the need to address it head on.”

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is committed to creating a low-carbon economy and creating healthy environments for our associates, members and communities,” said Kyle Cahill, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “We strongly support continued U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement to help address climate change, one of our biggest public health threats today.”

“Delivering on the Paris Agreement is an opportunity and responsibility for all,” said Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM. “Now is the time to future proof our economies by investing in, among other, low-carbon infrastructure. Together we can create new jobs and build our infrastructure while securing clean air and sustainable energy. This is key for people today and generations to come.”

“Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC reaffirms our support of the Paris Climate Agreement to ensure we are doing our part to get to a low carbon future,” said Maria Arabatzis, Portfolio Manager and Shareholder Engagement Manager at Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC.

“Kentucky needs to grow its clean economy more than many other states,” said Zaurie Zimmerman, CEO of The Lion Company in Louisville, Kentucky. “As CEO of the Lion Company, Inc., a 60 year old family business, I am hopeful that President-elect Trump is pragmatic enough to see the job-growing potential of the clean energy transition.  Affirming the US commitment to the Paris Agreement is a crucial strategy in keeping the US, and eventually Kentucky, truly competitive in the global economy.”

“Sugarbush is fully committed to doing our part to reduce our carbon foot print and address climate change,” said Win Smith, President of Sugarbush Resort. “In recent years, we have converted our entire snowmaking system to using energy efficient guns, installed LED and florescent lighting on the majority of our resort, implemented composting in all of our kitchens and in some cafeterias, partnered in the development of six solar farms with a combined estimated annual generation rate of 5,340 megawatts of electricity, introduced reusable plates and cutlery in key dining facilities, and encouraged the use of reusable tumblers for our employees’ hydration. We have also made significant progress on a long-term plan to improve our local streams and brooks in partnership with local organizations. Climate change is real, and we are doing our part to combat it.”

“Long-term stable financial returns are dependent upon a stable and resilient climate,” said Adam Kanzer, Managing Director, Domini Social Investments LLC. “The goal established by the Paris agreement to limit average temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels, with a target of 1.5 degrees, is not simply a good idea, it is an imperative. Today, we recommit ourselves to that goal and urge our government to do the same.”

About this effort

This statement was coordinated by C2ES, Ceres, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Entrepreneurs, The B Team, The Climate Group,We Mean Business, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Business Backs Low-Carbon USA kicked off in December 2015 with a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal urging US and international leaders to adopt an ambitious climate agreement in Paris.

Companies also joined together in April 2016 to welcome the signing of the Paris Agreement and to call for a just transition to a clean energy economy.

If your organization would like more information on how to participate, please contact Brianna Esteves at esteves@ceres.org.

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