2019 Climate Leadership Award Winners

Organizational Leadership Award

Individual Leadership Award

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award)

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

Organizational Leadership Award

Mars Inc.

Mars, Inc.

Mars Incorporated is a global confectionery, food and pet care company with operations in over 80 countries. The company generates annual revenue of $35 billion. Mars is known for brands such as M&M’s®, Skittles®, and Pedigree®, Mars Incorporated is being recognized for an Organizational Leadership Award for the following:

  • Improving land use change methodologies: Mars is part of a group of companies, NGOs, scientists, and governments who teamed up with Quantis to answer the urgent need for a robust, credible, and streamlined approach for measuring forests, land use, and land use change across supply chains. Mars piloted a methodology for its cocoa supply chains, aiming to more accurately capture emissions impacts associated with deforestation in at-risk countries.
  • Helping to launch the Renewable Thermal Collaborative: Thermal energy is the largest energy use globally, accounting for nearly 50 percent of total consumption. Since Mars believes renewable heat sources are not growing fast enough and more viable and cost-effective bioenergy is needed, Mars helped to launch the Renewable Thermal Collaborative to scale up renewable heating solutions globally.
  • Diagnosing climate risk: At the Global Climate Action Summit, Mars, Coca-Cola, and BSR launched a new corporate leadership platform to enable businesses to diagnose climate risk throughout their supply chains. Tools and data generated from the platform will accelerate the adoption of climate-resilient actions.
Pepsico

PepsiCo

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage company with products in more than 200 countries and territories. The company generated approximately $64 billion in 2017 and is known for brands such as Frito-Lay, Quaker, and Tropicana. PepsiCo is being recognized for an Organizational Leadership Award for the following achievements:

  • Identification of climate change as a material business risk through an Integrated Risk Management Framework and as a result establishing an aggressive Science-Based Target on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy.
  • Conducting focused risk assessments on their manufacturing plants to evaluate performance against targets and progress towards mitigating environmental risk. Assessing packaging as a risk area related to climate and developing a sustainable packaging strategy that includes substantial investment in the development of lower-carbon packaging formats.
  • Ensuring that governance and implementation of climate initiatives have oversight at the board level and cross-functional teams including sustainability, R&D, procurement, operations, supply chain and finance are mobilized to implement initiatives within company operations as well as the supply chain. Demonstrated leadership in engaging employees, customers and suppliers on climate related issues and initiatives.
  • External disclosure and reporting on climate-related risks and opportunities through various avenues including the annual CDP report as well as the company’s own Annual Report on Form 10-K.
  • Embedding climate impact evaluation in addition to other sustainability metrics within the company’s capital expenditures and within the company’s global new product innovation process.
  • Taking a variety of actions to reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions through programs like Resource Conservation (ReCon), a comprehensive global platform of resources, tools and programs designed to improve energy, water and waste efficiencies of manufacturing plants; improving the company’s fleet efficiency by diversifying fuel types and continuing investments on low-carbon and renewable energy, including making the biggest public pre-order of Tesla’s electric semi-trucks.
  • On the supply chain side improving vending and cooler equipment by replacing less energy efficient models with more efficient ones and transitioning to hydrofluorocarbon-free equipment; progress towards sustainably sourcing palm oil, reducing sugar in beverages, participation in industry efforts towards increasing recycling in the U.S., such as the Closed Loop Fund and The Recycling Partnership, and waste diversion from facilities – all activities aimed at reducing the company’s supply chain GHG emissions.
  • Participation in a variety of external initiatives to further the field of climate and sustainability, including adopting the Renewable Energy Buyers Principles and membership in the NaturALL Bottle Alliance and the Gold Standard’s Value Chain Interventions Program, as well as founding membership in the US Climate Leadership Council.
  • Their Sustainable Farming Program, which allows the company to work with farmers to reduce physical climate change impacts of farming practices while improving soil health and water use efficiency.
Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

Schneider is a global energy management and automation company with employees in approximately 100 countries. The company generates an annual revenue of $25.7 billion euros. Schneider develops technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in a safe and sustainable manner. Schneider Electric is being recognized for an Organizational Leadership award for the following:

  • Commitment to accomplish the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through its core business and five megatrends: climate, circular economy, health and equity, and development.
  • Building an increasingly greener supply chain by mapping their end-to-end resource footprint to identify improvement opportunities, progressing towards a zero waste to landfill goal, and striving for energy efficiency in their operations.
  • Connecting and digitizing their products, enabling machine-to-machine connections, and instituting circular capabilities like reuse, repair, and refurbish which are designed to extend product lifespans and open avenues of product reuse.

Individual Leadership Award

Mars Inc.

Nancy Sutley, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipal utility in the United States and the third largest utility in California. LADWP serves 680,000 water customers and 1.5 million electric customers. The utility has over 7880 megawatts of generation capacity.

Ms. Nancy Sutley is being recognized with a Climate Leadership Award for Individual Leadership.
Highlights from her recent efforts include:

  • As LADWP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Nancy oversees LADWP’s regulatory compliance with greenhouse gas emissions. By end of 2016, LADWP has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 42% from 1990 levels, exceeding California’s 2030 goal.
  • Along with LADWP’s Chief Operating Officer, Nancy led and supported LADWP’s participation in the DOE’s Better Plants Challenge, which led to the Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant being highlighted for integrating energy efficiency into capital improvement programs for the plant. The capital improvement projects resulted in 15% energy savings and an annual cost savings of $115,000. These retrofits generated annual energy savings of approximately 55,000 kWh and annual cost savings of approximately $10,000 with a payback period of less than three years.
  • Nancy’s Office of Sustainability conducts sustainability workshops to engage facility managers, engineers, and other employees on conservation efforts. Since 2016, the Office of Sustainability has held over 15 sustainability workshops to highlight the message of "walking our conservation talk" and "leading by example".
  • Nancy was instrumental in crafting the Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn, with LADWP responsible for over half of the goals listed in the pLAn including energy efficiency, water conservation, greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, renewable energy and solar, electrification of vehicles, and others.

Supply Chain Award

Mars Inc.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco is a global developer of Internet Protocol-based networking technologies with over 300 offices worldwide. The company generates an annual revenue of $49 billion. Cisco Systems, Inc. is being recognized for a Supply Chain Award for the following achievements:

  • A formalized Supply Chain Emissions Reductions program which works with the Global Manufacturing Operations, Logistics, Product Operations, and Global Supplier Management teams on a variety of initiatives. One initiative, Mode Shift, optimizes global factory-to-factory shipments from air to ocean whenever feasible while meeting customer expectations.
  • A formal, cross-functional management team that sets targets, plan and prioritizes actions, monitors progress, and continuously improve on GHG emissions.
  • A business scorecard to monitor key suppliers’ performance on a range of criteria, including technology, cost, quality, delivery, and resiliency. Suppliers must maintain strong scores in order to earn and retain key suppliers and Cisco uses the scores to assess their sustainability performance as part of business reviews.
Pepsico

Mars, Inc.

Mars Incorporated is a global confectionery, food and pet care company with operations in over 80 countries. The company generates an annual revenue of $35 billion. Mars is known for brands such as M&M’s®, Skittles®, and Pedigree®, Mars Incorporated is being recognized for a Supply Chain Award for the following achievements:

  • Using the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology, a GHG impact assessment and prioritization tool that allows buyers to develop a sustainable procurement strategy to improve raw materials production practices, change where materials are sourced, and replace raw materials that are sourced in an effort to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Working with rice growers within the supply chain to adopt alternate wetting and drying irrigation approaches which saves water and reduces methane emissions.
  • Working on Cocoa Forests Initiative, a collective effort to end deforestation in cocoa farming. Mars is currently working on a cocoa and forests commitment and a detailed implementation plan for Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Pepsico

PepsiCo

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage company with products in more than 200 countries and territories. The company generated approximately $64 billion in 2017 and is known for brands such as Frito-Lay, Quaker, and Tropicana. PepsiCo is being recognized for a Supply Chain Award for the following achievements:

  • Reducing supply chain Scope 3 emissions by approximately 2.1 million metric tons in 2017 versus their 2015 baseline.Actively creating and fostering partnerships with peer companies, non-profit organizations and industry groups in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the supply chain. For example partnering with Nestle in Thailand on sustainable and responsible cane sugar practices; participating in the World Foods Life Cycle database development; partnering with Danimer Scientific to develop biodegradable film resins; participating in the NaturAll Bottle Alliance aiming to develop innovative packaging solutions from renewable sources and joining the Value Chain Interventions Program of the Gold Standard to develop credible pathways to verify Scope 3 emission reduction.
  • Investing $10 million in The Recycling Partnership to launch “All in On Recycling,” an industry-wide challenge to raise $25 million to improve recycling for 25 million families while supporting a circular economy, simplifying recycling, and reducing GHG emissions.
  • At the end of 2017, engaging farmers that represent 79 percent of the volume of agricultural raw materials that are directly sourced in their Sustainable Farming Program. Sustainably sourcing 34% of procured cane sugar which is an increase from 16 percent in 2016. Achieving 32% of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) physically certified palm oil sourcing.
  • Improving vending and cooler equipment by replacing less energy efficient models with more efficient ones, all compliant with latest DOE2017 and e-star3 standards, saving approximately 1.2 billion kWh of energy and transitioning to hydrofluorocarbon-free equipment, as well as reducing GHG emissions by 19 percent in 2017.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award)

Mars Inc.

CH2M, now Jacobs

CH2M, now Jacobs, is a global environmental and engineering consulting firm with employees on six continents. Their annual revenue is $5 million. They partner with clients in the energy, water, environment, and infrastructure sectors to deliver integrated solutions. CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd. is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Certificate) for the following:

  • Reducing GHG emissions 29% from 2012 to 2017, exceeding a goal of 25%.
  • To reduce idling time and fuel consumption for its vehicles, CH2M used bull rails and warm storage tents to keep engines warm and where possible, replaced diesel vehicles with gasoline vehicles.
  • CH2M designed and constructed four Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified campus buildings at their Denver headquarters. All buildings are ENERGY STAR certified and as part of a continuing energy reduction program, CH2M continues to remodel and implement energy savings measures at the buildings.
Pepsico

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco is a global developer of Internet Protocol-based networking technologies with over 300 offices worldwide. The company generates an annual revenue of $49 billion. Cisco Systems, Inc. is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Certificate) for the following:

  • Reducing GHG emissions 41% from 2007 to 2017, exceeding a goal of 40%.
  • Optimizing their real estate portfolio while reducing energy use and GHG emissions by implementing a solution the integrates workspace design, policy, and technology to transform the workplace experience.
  • Maintaining a Global Energy Management and Sustainability team that manages a $50+ million Energy Ops program to implement efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)

Pepsico

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco is a global developer of Internet Protocol-based networking technologies with over 300 offices worldwide. The company generates an annual revenue of $49 billion. Cisco Systems, Inc. is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Certificate) for the following:

  • Cisco set a third generation goal for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, to reduce 60% from 2007 to 2022.
  • Implementing activity-based workspaces to accommodate approximately 30% more employees than a traditional layout and reducing need for space and land and associated environmental impacts.
  • Increasing voluntary renewable energy purchases through contracts and Renewable Energy Certificate purchases globally.
Mars Inc.

Comerica, Inc.

Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company and one of the 25 largest U.S. financial holding companies. Comerica reported total assets of $70.8 billion at December 31, 2018. Comerica Incorporated is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) for the following third generation goals:

  • Setting a short term goal of 50% reduction by 2025 from a 2012 baseline, setting a medium term goal of 65% reduction by 2030 from a 2012 baseline, and setting a long term goal of 100% reduction by 2050 from a 2012 baseline.
  • Implementing energy efficiency projects, including using an enterprise-wide building management system and doing a targeted LED lighting upgrade project at 45 Comerica facilities.
  • Using the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program for facility managers, engineers, real estate managers, and retail managers to understand equipment use and help drive down energy use. Comerica implemented a portfolio-wide Corporate Temperature Standards Policy to standardize setpoints on energy use.
Mars Inc.

Harvard University

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, research, and developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) for the following:

  • Setting University-wide goals to be fossil fuel-neutral by 2026 and fossil fuel-free by 2050.
  • Using Harvard’s campus as a living lab to pilot, test, prove and scale innovations in emissions and energy reduction. This includes working with faculty, students and staff on coursework, research, demonstration projects, and operational advancements such as developing a comprehensive, University-wide energy management strategy which incorporates building energy use optimization, capital planning, district energy investments, and energy procurement.
  • Expanding its district energy system with a flexible new facility that will accommodate a fossil fuel-free future, starting with using low temperature hot water and the largest thermal storage system in Massachusetts.
Mars Inc.

IBM

IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company and its global capabilities include services, software, systems, and fundamental research and financing. The company’s annual revenue is $79 billion. IBM is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) for the following:

  • Setting a goal of 40% reduction in GHG emissions from 2005 to 2025.
  • Setting a complementary, supporting goal to increase renewable electricity procurement to 55% of consumption by 2025.
  • Aiming to conserve energy equal to 3% of the company’s total annual energy consumption each year, including energy consumed at co-location data centers.
  • Deploying a “Smarter Buildings” technology, which enables early identification of faults in almost any building system by using Internet of Things technology.
Mars Inc.

Mastercard

Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry in more than 210 countries. The company’s annual revenue is $12.5 billion. Mastercard is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) for the following:

  • Setting a goal of 20% reduction in GHG emissions from 2016 to 2025.
  • Analyzing fuel use in order to identify opportunities for reduction, especially in the last three years of the goal.
  • Establishing a protocol for energy audits of its data centers, including taking actual electricity meter readings. Renewable Energy Certificates are also purchased for all owned sites.
Mars Inc.

Microsoft

Microsoft is a multinational technology company which develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, electronics, personal computers, and services. The company’s annual revenue in 2018 was $110 billion. Microsoft is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) for the following:

  • Setting a goal of 75% reduction in GHG emissions from 2013 to 2030.
  • Increasing year-over-year green power consumption by 36% in 2017 and moving into the top spot on EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100.
  • Completing multiple internal efficiency upgrades, including HVAC upgrades at work campuses and using innovative cooling technology at a datacenter.
Mars Inc.

Shire, now part of Takeda

Shire was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on 8 January 2019. Shire was a global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. Shire is now part of Takeda, a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to people worldwide. Shire is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) for the following:

  • Setting a goal of 20% reduction in GHG emissions from 2016 to 2025.
  • Forming a site Energy Manager Network in which the company identified and implemented more than 65 resource conservation measures with an expected reduction of 3,500 MT of CO2e emissions and $1.5 million in savings.
  • Entering into power purchase agreements for renewable energy at locations in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria.

Innovative Partnership Certificate

Pepsico

American Honda Motor Co.

Honda is a global manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment. For years, the company has been, and remains, firmly committed to reducing its environmental footprint through a variety of corporate activities. Honda is being recognized for an Innovative Partnership Certificate for the following:

  • Creating the Honda Environmental Leadership Program to help participating dealerships identify and implement measurable energy efficiency improvements.
  • Recruiting more than 800 dealerships to voluntarily participate in the program.
  • Achieving a savings of nearly $12.8 million and 59,000 MT of CO2e over the lifetime of the program.
Mars Inc.

Bank of America and American Forests

Bank of America is an American multinational investment bank with offices worldwide. The company’s annual revenue is $110 billion. Bank of America is being recognized for an Innovative Partnership Certificate for the following work in partnership with American Forests to carry out its Community ReLeaf program:

  • Developing data and action plans so that cities nationwide can adapt their urban forests to be resilient to climate change;
  • Maintaining existing urban canopy through incentivizing preservation, addressing invasive species, pests and diseases, and dissuading tree removal in rights of way while enhancing tree management through protection ordinances, best practices, and impactful planting and land restoration projects.
  • Increasing coordination among urban forestry professionals, building organizational capacity, and enhancing financial and data resources by improving networking opportunities and developing new funding mechanisms and technical resources.

Electric Vehicle Charging Carbon Coalition

The Electric Vehicle Charging Carbon Coalition (EVCCC) was founded by seven different organizations from the private and public sectors: the Climate Neutral Business Network, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Connecticut Green Bank, Electrify America, EVgo, Exelon, and Siemens. Beyond its founders, EVCCC brought stakeholders together to develop a creative, all new option for expanding EV charging infrastructure. The Coalition is being recognized for an Innovative Partnership Certificate for the following:

  • Opened up access for EV charging systems to innovative financing from the carbon capital markets by pioneering a new EV charging carbon offset methodology, accredited by Verified Carbon Standard
  • Monetized the climate change benefits associated with the transition to electric vehicles by securing incremental certified carbon credit revenues from EV charging systems to help overcome the key charging infrastructure deployment barrier (economics)
  • Actively engaged a diverse array of stakeholders – from vehicle and charging equipment manufacturers, charging network operators to cities, utilities and banks – who are now not only empowered to help accelerate this low-carbon future financed with the new and more attractive revenues needed to invest in EV charging infrastructure, but who have collectively demonstrated how the private and public sectors can work successfully towards notable green initiatives.
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:

2019 Application Reviewers

Richard Love, United Technologies
Andrew Cummings, CDP
Liz Tate, Johnson Controls
Alexandra Degher, HP
Michael Mondshine, WSP
Susan Wickwire
Tim Carter, Second Nature
Angie Fyfe, ICLEI USA
John Andrew, CA Dept. of Water
Megan Zanella-Litke, AU
Davida Heller, Citi
Matt Banks, Navigant
Michael Macrae, Harvard University
Tim Juliani, WWF
Bruno Sarda, NRG
Amy Bailey, C2ES
Nancy Meyer, C2ES
Jessica Leung, C2ES
Jordan Faires, TCR