2018 Climate Leadership Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Climate Leadership Award winners! Fifteen organizations, three partnerships and one individual were publicly recognized for their leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking climate action. They represent a wide array of sectors, including manufacturing, technology, local government, financial services and consumer goods.

Organizational Leadership Award

Individual Leadership Award

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award)

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

Innovative Partnership Certificate

Organizational Leadership Award Winner

Headquartered in New York City, Citi is the leading global bank. Citi's mission is to serve as a trusted partner to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions by responsively providing financial services that enable growth and economic progress.

Citi is receiving a Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership. Highlights from its recent efforts include:

  • $100 Billion Environmental Finance Goal: In 2015, Citi announced a $100 Billion Environmental Finance Goal to finance and facilitate $100 billion over 10 years toward activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and create environmental solutions in collaboration with its clients.
  • Paris Agreement: Citi has been an outspoken supporter of the Paris Agreement. In 2015, Citi joined five other financial institutions and the NGO Ceres to issue a statement that highlighted the business opportunity in supporting a sustainable, low-carbon economy and called for a strong global climate agreement ahead of the COP21 event in Paris.
  • 100% Renewable Energy: In 2017, Citi announced that it will source renewable energy for 100% of its global energy needs by the year 2020. To accelerate this transition to sourcing 100 percent renewable energy, Citi will consider onsite power generation, power purchase agreements for energy-intensive properties such as data centers, and appropriate use of renewable energy credits, as well as continuing to focus on energy efficiency as a critical component of its strategy.
  • Coal Mining Standard: Citi developed a new coal mining standard in 2015 that requires more in-depth due diligence of all coal mining client relationships and commits to reducing credit exposure to this sector over time.

Organizational Leadership Award Honorable Mention

Allergan plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a unique, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative branded pharmaceuticals and biologic products for patients around the world. Allergan has significant R&D and manufacturing operations in the US.

Allergan is receiving a Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership (Honorable Mention). Highlights from its recent efforts include:

  • In 2016, Allergan established goals to aggressively reduce its impact on climate change by reducing GHG emissions and energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020.
  • Allergan developed the Global Energy program to be regional and site-focused with day-to-day energy management. The first line of energy management starts at the site level with the Global Energy Network for improvement in Usage and Supply (GENIUS) Team. Each site has designated an energy manager to be a member of the GENIUS Team and to lead the energy efficiency effort at their respective sites, as well as establish a site energy team to drive results through various energy initiatives.
  • Allergan established the Energy Efficiency Capital Fund. The Fund has $5m per year available to fund energy projects with a simple payback of five years or less. Energy projects completed through the Energy Capital Fund will help drive energy performance, and play a significant role in helping Allergan achieve its energy and GHG emission reduction goals.

Organizational Leadership Award Honorable Mention

Baxter Healthcare Corporation provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including acute and chronic dialysis products. The company's global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries.

Baxter Healthcare Corporation is receiving a Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership (Honorable Mention). Highlights from its recent efforts include:

  • Baxter's 2020 goals include reducing absolute GHG emissions by 10% and energy use by 15% indexed to revenue (baseline 2015). In 2016, the company reduced GHG emissions from operations by 3% compared to 2015. From 2005 to 2015, Baxter reduced GHG emissions from operations by 40% indexed to revenue, an absolute decrease of 19%.
  • Energy usage accounts for 98% of Baxter's GHG emissions from operations, so the company focuses its emissions reduction efforts in this area. During 2016, the company implemented 212 energy conservation projects that saved more than $5.6 million and 298 trillion joules of energy on an annual basis, avoiding more than 16,000 metric tons of CO2e. Globally in 2016, Baxter purchased more than 250,000 MWh of electricity generated from 100% certified renewable power, a 25% increase from 2015.
  • In 2015, Baxter conducted its first comprehensive, non-financial, corporate responsibility materiality assessment to assess its priority corporate responsibility issues. Baxter's 2020 goals include reducing absolute GHG emissions by 10%, as well as reducing total energy and water use and total waste generation by 15% indexed to revenue, expanding green transport partnerships, achieving at least 15% material reduction on three therapies/products, and eliminating 3,000 metric tons of packaging material.

Individual Leadership Award

Gerard M. Anderson, CEO, DTE Energy
DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.

Mr. Gerry Anderson is being recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for Individual Leadership.

Highlights from his recent efforts include:

  • Mr. Anderson developed and received Board approval for DTE Energy's 80% carbon reduction goal by 2050. After working with his peers and US EPA on developing a final Clean Power Plan that was promulgated in 2015 - but subsequently stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and recently proposed for repeal by the current EPA - Mr. Anderson led an initiative to define a pathway for decarbonization of DTE Energy's generation that works for DTE Energy, its customers and the state of Michigan.
  • Mr. Gerry Anderson led the company in developing its Force for Growth aspiration, which is DTE Energy's sustainability strategy. The Force for Growth initiative is made up of five pillars, each with its own goals and metrics. The pillars include:
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Economic Progress
  • Education and Employment
  • Political Leadership
  • Community Transformation
  • Mr. Anderson serves as a leading member of the Michigan Board of Trustees of the local Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Mr. Anderson was influential in securing $1m from the DTE Energy Foundation in September 2017 to help fund Lake Michigan coastal restoration projects and green infrastructure effort in the Detroit area.

Goal Achievement Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) owns and operates California's State Water Project (SWP), manages levees and other flood protection structures, develops the State's strategic plan for water resources, administers over USD$1b in grant funds for improvements to local water resources, and oversees dam safety throughout California. Due primarily to the operation of the SWP, DWR is the single largest user of electricity in the state, while at the same time the Department is the state's third-largest generator of hydroelectricity

California Department of Water Resources is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Achievement for the following accomplishments:

  • The DWR set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 33 percent from 2010 to 2020. DWR's first generation GHG emission reduction goal was established in 2010 as a 50% reduction from 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.
  • During the goal period, a 69 percent reduction in absolute emissions was achieved.
  • DWR will cut emissions by nearly 700,000 tons between 2010 and 2020 (-33%) and another 850,000 tons between 2020 and 2050 (-73%).
  • DWR's Climate Action Plan is reducing the GHG emissions of the SWP by steadily increasing the amount of renewable energy used by the Project each year through2050.

The California Department of Water Resources was previously recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership in 2016, and a Certificate for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal-Setting Certificate) in 2015.

Goal Achievement Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management

For more than eight decades, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has been a steward of retirement and health security for the state, school, and public agency members; people who have invested their life's work in public service. CalPERS is the largest defined benefit public pension in the United States and has a total fund market value of approximately $344.79 billion in assets. The pension fund serves more than 1.8 million current and retired members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their dependents in the health programs.

California Public Employees Retirement System is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Achievement for the following accomplishments:

  • In conjunction with the California Executive Order B-18-12, CalPERS set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 10 percent from 2010 to 2015. During the goal period, a 76 percent reduction in absolute emissions was achieved.
  • CalPERS' Building Management Control System (BMCS), a complex network of controls that integrates mechanical and electric systems, provides real-time energy data, trend alarms and historical data for thousands of points across the facilities. Checks and adjustments to the BMCS programming are made by highly specialized team members to ensure the building equipment is run optimally, minimizing energy usage as well as the impact of business operations on the environment.

Goal Achievement Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management

Comerica Incorporated in a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is among the 25 largest U.S. financial holding companies in the United States. For over 165 years, the company has focused on building long-term relationships and helping people and businesses be successful. Comerica Incorporated is aligned into three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, Wealth Management.

Comerica Incorporated is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Achievement-for the following accomplishments:

  • Comerica Incorporated set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 20 percent from 2012 to 2020. Comerica achieved the 20 percent reduction goal during 2016 (vs. 2020), with actual emissions down 22.4 percent at the end of 2016 and with an annual reduction of 5.6 percent vs. the science-based projected goal of 3 percent.
  • Reductions were achieved through improvements in Comerica's data center and building management systems, by improving the energy efficiency of existing construction, and by more effectively using our occupied office space.

Goal Achievement Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management

The Hartford Financial Services, Group, Inc. is an insurance and financial services company. The Hartford, headquartered in Connecticut, is among the largest providers of property and casualty insurance and investment products to both individual and business customers in the United States. Hartford Fire Insurance Company, founded in 1810, is the oldest of The Hartford subsidiaries.

The Hartford is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Achievement Award for the following accomplishments:

  • The Hartford exceeded an absolute GHG reduction goal of 20 percent from 2013 through 2018 by achieving it in 2016.
  • The Hartford has implemented and/or initiated implementation of several emission reduction activities focused on energy efficiency during the goal period, including: elevator upgrades, steam traps, building automation, tower roof replacement with increased roof insulation, insulation upgrades, windsor office lighting, and building retro-commissioning.
  • As part of The Harford 'Connecticut on the Move' program, which includes consolidation of real estate and modernization of The Hartford's headquarters campus, the company recycled 85% of demolished materials. The major refurbishment of 700,000 sq. ft. office space at The Hartford's downtown location resulted in a 16% reduction of The Hartford's carbon footprint and an overall 20% energy savings at Hartford campus.

The Hartford was previously recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award) in 2014 and Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) in 2015.

Goal Achievement Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management

IBM is the world's leading cognitive solutions and cloud platform company for enterprises. IBM creates value for clients through integrated solutions and products that leverage the full spectrum of data, most advanced information technologies, deep expertise in industries and business processes, and the world's premier industrial research labs. IBM has applied analytics and cognitive solutions to its own operations to increase operational efficiency and reduce energy use, and we offer these innovative solutions to clients across all sectors to enhance their operational efficiency and help them meet the goals of their organizations. In addition to its cognitive and analytics solutions and cloud platform, the company's global capabilities include services, software, systems, and fundamental research.

IBM is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Achievement for the following accomplishments:

  • IBM set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 35 percent from 2005 to 2020, adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures. This goal represents an additional 20 percent reduction over what IBM achieved under its second-generation goal covering 2005 to 2012.
  • Achieving this CO2 emissions goal requires a 2.3 percent per year absolute reduction in the GHG emissions over the period of the goal. According to the IPCC, the absolute emissions reduction scenario to stay under a 2 C temperature rise requires an 80 percent reduction in global GHG emissions from 2010 to 2050, which translates into a 2 percent per year reduction. IBM exceeded the 2 percent benchmark.
  • In 2016, IBM contracted with its utility suppliers to purchase 783,000 MWh of renewable electricity. This was equivalent to 21.5 percent of IBM's global electricity consumption, exceeding the goal to purchase 20 percent of the electricity IBM consumes from renewable sources by 2020. These purchases represented a 19 percent year-to-year increase and avoided 300,000 metric tons of GHG emissions.

IBM was previously recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for Goal Achievement in 2014, Goal Setting in 2016, Organizational Leadership in 2012 and 2017, and Supply Chain Leadership in 2013.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

Biogen discovers, develops, and delivers worldwide innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Founded in 1978 as one of the world's first global biotechnology companies by Charles Weissman, Heinz Schaller, Kenneth Murray, and Nobel Prize winners Walter Gilbert and Phillip Sharp, today Biogen has the leading portfolio of medicines to treat multiple sclerosis; has introduced the first and only approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy; and is focused on advancing neuroscience research programs in Alzheimer's disease and dementia, MS and neuroimmunology, movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, pain, ophthalmology, neuropsychiatry, and acute neurology. Biogen also manufactures and commercializes biosimilars of advanced biologics.

Biogen is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Setting for the following:

  • Biogen set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 35 percent from 2013 to 2030.
  • Biogen's prior context-based GHG reduction goal was to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 (location-based method) GHG emissions by 80% between 2006 and 2020 relative to revenue.
  • In 2014, Biogen signed onto the RE100 initiative and is committed to sourcing 100 percent of the company's electricity globally from renewable sources. Understanding that a majority of the value chain emissions reside within the supply chain, Biogen has sourced renewable electricity to cover 100 percent of the estimated electricity consumption of its suppliers. Cumulatively, this strategy has mitigated greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain by nearly 500,000 metric tons since 2014.

Biogen also works closely with suppliers to better understand their contributions to Biogen's carbon footprint and help support them with their own climate strategies. By 2030 this strategy is projected to result in carbon reductions of around 35,000 metric tons CO2e annually.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

CA Technologies creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning to development to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate.

CA Technologies is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Setting for the following:

  • CA Technologies set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 40 percent from 2015 to 2030.
  • This is the company's second GHG reduction goal. The first goal was to reduce 35% by 2020 from a 2006 baseline, which was achieved in 2015.
  • CA Technologies currently purchases 100 percent renewable energy at its second largest US-based facility, with on-site solar panels at another location. Outside of the United States, additional locations are engaged in renewable energy sourcing and projects.
  • In 2016, CA Technologies was recognized as one of the Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency by the Northeast Energy Partnership. CA Technologies was nominated for the award by PSEG Long Island, which cited a number of recently completed efficiency renovations at the Islandia, New York, facility. These efforts have already yielded an annual savings of nearly $275,000 in energy costs, and 1.3 million kilowatt hours of energy.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

The Hartford Financial Services, Group, Inc. is an insurance and financial services company. The Hartford, headquartered in Connecticut, is among the largest providers of property and casualty insurance and investment products to both individual and business customers in the United States. Hartford Fire Insurance Company, founded in 1810, is the oldest of The Harford subsidiaries.

The Hartford is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Setting for the following accomplishments:

  • The Hartford set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 25.7 percent from 2015 to 2027, achieving a minimum 2.1 percent reduction each year.
  • This is the company's fourth GHG reduction goal. The first goal was to reduce global GHG emissions by 15% by 2017, using 2007 as the base year by 2017, which was achieved in 2010. The second goal was to reduce GHG emissions by 20% by 2017, using 2010 as the base year by 2017, which was achieved in 2012. The third reduction target was to reduce overall GHG emissions by 20% through 2018 using 2013 as a base year.

The Hartford was previously recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award) in 2014 and Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) in 2015.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

Kimberly-Clark Corporation ("Kimberly-Clark") is leading the world in essentials for a better life. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with nearly 42,000 employees worldwide and operations in 35 countries, Kimberly-Clark posted sales of $18.2 billion in 2016. With well-known family care and personal care such as Kleenex, Scott, Andrex, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Poise and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position globally in more than 80 countries.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management -Goal Setting for the following:

  • Kimberly-Clark set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 20 percent from 2005 to 2022.
  • In 2011, Kimberly-Clark set a goal to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 5% by year-end 2015, using 2010 as the baseline, which was exceeded by 7% in 2015.
  • During 2015 and 2016, more than 250 energy projects were implemented in Kimberly-Clark's global manufacturing sites, delivering more than 260,000 MT in CO2e emissions reduction and contributing to a great progress against the 2022 goal.
  • Lean Energy is the company's strategy to create a culture of energy conservation at mill level. Lean Energy has been fully implemented in 33 manufacturing sites globally, with an estimated impact of 80,000 MT CO2e in emissions reductions.
  • Kimberly-Clark is also investing in alternative energy, including renewable energy bundled in a portfolio of smaller initiatives.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation was previously recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for GHG Goal Achievement in 2016.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25b and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Raytheon Company is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management -Goal Setting for the following accomplishments:

  • Raytheon Company set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 12 percent from 2015 to 2020. This is the company's fourth GHG reduction goal. The first goal was to reduce 33% GHG per dollar revenue by 2009 from 2002 levels. Raytheon surpassed this goal by reducing 38% between 2002 and 2008. The second goal was to reduce 10% absolute GHG by 2015 from a 2008 baseline, which was surpassed in 2012 with a reduction of 21%. The third goal was to reduce 25% absolute GHG by 2015 from the 2008 baseline, which was achieved in 2015 by reducing emissions by 28%.
  • Since approximately 90% of Raytheon's GHG emissions come from its energy usage, reducing energy consumption is Raytheon's primary strategy for decreasing GHGs. Raytheon Company is an active partner in U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR program and has received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for the last 11 consecutive years.
  • Raytheon Company implemented facility operational improvements, including maximizing HVAC efficiency, continuing with the company's deployment of LED lighting and controls upgrades, and upgrading data centers with energy-efficient technology and practices.
  • Raytheon Company launched a "Smart Campus" technology strategy at its expansive Tucson, Arizona facility. It consists of an integrated network of sensors, meters, data loggers and controls that provide powerful capability to visualize and analyze building performance. Adopting these technologies will help conserve energy, improve energy efficiency and minimize each building's environmental footprint. In addition, Raytheon Company reduces GHG chemical use in manufacturing. SF-6, PFC-14, and HFC 134a are the priority targets for reduction.

Raytheon Company was previously recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for Goal Achievement in 2013.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products.

SC Johnson is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Setting for the following accomplishments:

  • SC Johnson set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 15 percent from 2015 to 2020.
  • This is the company's fourth GHG reduction goal. Previous goals have resulted in significant GHG emission reductions from global manufacturing sites. All goals were met ahead of the stated reduction achievement year. Therefore, SC Johnson made an ambitious commitment to reduce its current GHG emissions by an additional 15 percent over a five-year period resulting in an almost two-thirds reduction in GHG emissions since 2000.
  • In 2008, SC Johnson secured a source of wind power for nearly half of the electricity required to run Bay City, Mich., factory. In 2013, SC Johnson increased its wind power purchases by 50 percent, representing an additional 14,000 metric ton reduction in GHG emissions per year at Bay City. As of 2017, this facility secured enough renewable electricity credits equal to 100 percent wind power.
  • In December 2012, SC Johnson started up two 415-foot wind turbines at Waxdale, the company's largest global manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Wis. The addition of the turbines means that products made at Waxdale can be made using clean energy.

SC Johnson was previously recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for Goal Setting in 2013 and Goal Achievement in 2015.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is a diversified global company that provides high-technology products and services to the global building systems and aerospace markets. UTC has over 450 manufacturing facilities worldwide, with 115 in the United States.

United Technologies Corporation is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Setting for the following accomplishments:

  • UTC set an absolute GHG reduction goal of 15 percent from 2015 to 2020.
  • UTC has developed and implemented a structured energy management and GHG emissions reduction program to mitigate Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions. The program includes five core components: policies and goals, data management, core energy team, tools, and projects.
  • Identification and investment in building, infrastructure and manufacturing process efficiency projects are essential in UTC's GHG emissions mitigation strategy. Infrastructure projects in 2016 resulted in a reduction of 69,730 mtCO2e.
  • UTC established a 12% (3% per year) absolute GHG reduction goal in 2006 and required its global sites to meet the goal for each year 2007 – 2010. It then renewed the 3% annual targets for 2011 to 2015.

United Technologies Corporate was previously recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for GHG Goal Achievement in 2016.

Innovative Partnership Certificate

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world - covering Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and the UK. National Grid is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future. Every day National Grid works with stakeholders to promote the development and implementation of sustainable, innovative and affordable energy solutions.

National Grid partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund, Colorado State University and Google Earth Outreach on the Methane Leak Detection and Quantification Technology Collaboration, which is being recognized for a Climate Leadership Award-Innovative Partnership Certificate for the following accomplishments:

  • The Methane Leak Detection and Quantification Technology Collaboration came together to evaluate several methane emission technologies, including new mobile methane detection technology to develop techniques for quantifying and prioritizing non-hazardous leaks.
  • The advance leak detection technology spearheaded by the National Grid is a radically new approach to strategizing non-hazardous leak repair. The methodology presents significant environmental benefits, as it enables utilities to design pipeline replacement projects that are efficient, both environmentally and economically.
  • Incorporating the partnership into National Grid's rate cases has reinforced its long-term impact, with the partnership's methodology being used to maximize the benefits of National Grid's three-year, $3b capital investment plan.
  • This partnership is leading an industry trend towards the eventual adoption leak quantification and prioritization strategies that will enhance utilities ability to target high-emission non-hazardous emissions and accelerate the development of higher efficiency natural gas distribution systems for environmental, economic, and safety benefits.

Primary partners include National Grid, Environmental Defense Fund, Colorado State University and Google Earth Outreach.

Innovative Partnership Certificate

The Utah Climate Action Network is a growing and diverse network of organizations working towards a simple goal: empowering local climate action. The Utah Climate Action Network has a mission to "foster diverse conversation, leadership, and coordinated action to ensure a collaborative response to climate change and its impacts on the people, economies, and prosperity of Utah."

The Utah Climate Action Network is being recognized for a Climate Leadership Award-Innovative Partnership Certificate for the following accomplishments:

  • The Network is a partnership between government, research institutions, non-profits/foundations, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and individuals working to respond to climate change in Utah.
  • The Utah Climate Action Network is unique in terms of providing a hyperlocal program and platform for organizations to connect with climate-related activities and drive efficiencies and improvements related to their work. The Utah Climate Action Network also serves to create recognition for expertise in climate change science and public engagement that has traditionally not been formally recognized in Utah.
  • The Network has facilitated over 10 quarterly all-network meetings thus far, with attendance ranging from 40-65 participants at each. Webinar and technical sub-group programming were launched in 2016.
  • The Utah Climate Action Network also created "Utah Climate Week," a participant-led initiative that enables organizations to host climate-related events for either internal employees/stakeholders or the public. This initiative was held October 8 - 14, 2017 and included participation from over 25 separate organizations.

Primary partners:

  • Utah Clean Energy
  • Salt Lake City Corporation
  • University of Utah
  • Salt Lake County Health Department
  • Park City Municipal Corporation

Innovative Partnership Certificate

Goldman Sachs has had a long-standing commitment to the environment since the publication of the firm's Environmental Policy Framework (EPF) in 2005. The updated 2015 EPF includes climate and energy goals of reducing primary energy use 10%, powering operations with 100% renewable energy, achieving 70% Green Building certification, and an ongoing commitment to net-zero GHG emissions.

Goldman Sachs is being recognized for a Climate Leadership Award-Innovative Partnership Certificate for the following accomplishments:

  • The investment by Goldman Sachs in the Living Lab resulted in new technologies being implemented and created a model for what tenants and owners can do to help the US achieve aggressive climate change goals.
  • Using the Living Lab approach, the monitored evaluation established clear energy benefits from the use of innovative technologies. Project outcomes were developed to support replication across the industry by providing third-party data verifying real-world performance, educational materials, workshops, procurement specifications, guidance on codes and standards, workflow checklists, and hands-on training for contractors and installers.
  • The Living Lab partnership has demonstrated the ability of emerging energy efficiency solutions to reduce energy use and cost in office buildings, exceeding industry-leading performance benchmarks. Additionally, the partnership developed materials that educate the building community on the successful solutions deployed, encouraging greater adoption of emerging efficient solutions in NYC and throughout the broader national design, construction, and real estate communities.

Primary partners:

  • Goldman Sachs (GS)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • Building Energy Exchange (BEEX)

Climate Leadership Awards Steering Committee

    Ann McCabe, Interim Executive Director, TCR
    Bob Perciasepe, President, C2ES
    Janet Peace, Senior Vice President, C2ES
    Amy Holm, Director of Programs & Operations, TCR

Special Thanks

The Climate Leadership Awards Steering Committee would like to thank the following individuals for their dedication to and support of the program:

2018 Application Reviewers

    Nate Aden, WRI

    John Andrew, California Department of Water Resources
    Amy Bailey, C2ES

    Manjyot Bhan, C2ES

    Tonia Buell, Washington State Department of Transportation
    Betty Cremmins, CDP

    Jordan Faires, TCR

    Chelsea Hasenauer, TCR

    Tim Juliani, Edison Energy LLC

    Jennifer Kaminski, TCR

    Minhee Kim, TCR
    Susan Kolodziejczyk, National Geographic Society
    Richard Love, United Technologies Corporation
    Michael Macrae, Harvard University

    Emilie Mazzacurati, Four Twenty Seven, Inc.
    Nancy Meyer, C2ES
    Margery Moore, Moore & Gasperecz Global
    Michael Mondshine, WSP

    Dan Welch, C2ES

    Susan Wickwire, 2030 Districts
    Liz Willmott, Microsoft Corporation
    Megan Zanella-Litke, American University
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