Resources

6 Steps to More Effective Water Conservation for Businesses

This is a detailed list of six steps which businesses and other small to medium sized entities can take to conserve their water resources.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Local Energy Efficiency Portals

ACEEE’s State and Local Policy Database includes comprehensive information on energy efficiency policies and programs being implemented in dozens of leading localities around the United States.

B Corp Inclusive Economy Challenge

The Inclusive Economy Challenge is a call to action for businesses to make concrete and measurable improvements to our business practices in pursuit of a more inclusive economy - one that is equitable and creates opportunity for all for the long term. See here their downloadable resources.

Better Business Guide to Energy Saving

New to energy saving? This guide helps you identify measures where energy and cost savings can be easily made with little or no cost (Registration requested).

BuildingRating.org

BuildingRating.org is an online hub for tools and critical information on building energy and water performance policies throughout the world. The site allows users to: get the latest on benchmarking and transparency policies; search for comprehensive building performance policy information; compare policies elements across jurisdictions; and access additional background information and tools.

Carbon Pricing Resource Suite

Contact: takeaction@wemeanbusinesscoalition.org UN Global Compact's Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing

CDP Carbon Pricing Web Page: Access key resources and guidance around what constitutes a price on carbon and how companies can go about implementing an internal price.

CDP Putting a price on carbon 2017 report: Integrating climate risk into business planning

C2ES The Business of pricing carbon 2017 report: How companies are pricing carbon to mitigate risks and preapare for a low carbon future

ICP Best Practice Guide: How-to guide to corporate internal carbon pricing

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) Web Page

CPLC Resource Hub: Research on current and emerging carbon pricing practices

Carbon Pricing Corridors: An initiative aiming to enable large market players to define the carbon prices needed for industry to meet the Paris Agreement

Carbon-Free City Handbook

The Handbook is a resource for city leaders around the world to take real and meaningful action toward their commitments with ready-to-implement, no regrets solutions that have proven success. It is an actionable resource for city mayors, chief sustainability officers, and other leaders who are in the drivers seat in making key decisions that shape their community's future.

Carbon-Free City Handbook

The Handbook is a resource for city leaders around the world to take real and meaningful action toward their commitments with ready-to-implement, no regrets solutions that have proven success. It is an actionable resource for city mayors, chief sustainability officers, and other leaders who are in the drivers seat in making key decisions that shape their community's future.

carbonn Climate Registry

The carbonn Climate Registry (cCR)supports cities, towns and regions in developing robust reporting practices that enhance transparency, accountability and credibility. The platform uses reporting tools consistent with global standards and protocols and encourages measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) local climate action.

CDP Disclosure Guidance for Cities

CDP provides guidance that explains each question in their reporting framework in detail and describes what information to provide, the required format, and where to find tools or further information to construct your answer.

CDP Investor Data and Reporting

Investors can use CDP's data and award-winning analysis to understand risk, protect investments and seize opportunities. We gather the most reliable data from companies at the request of shareholders. This information is used to improve financial decision making and increase corporate engagement.

City Energy Project

The City Energy Project is a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings. The pioneering actions of the 20 cities involved in the City Energy Project will be models for communities nationwide and around the world. The Project focuses on large public and private-sector buildings. The City Energy Project makes available resources to any city wishing to improve the performance of its built environment.

ClearPath by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

ClearPath™ is the leading online software platform for completing greenhouse gas inventories, forecasts, climate action plans, and monitoring at the community-wide or government-operations scales.

Climate Action Planning Resource Centre

C40's Climate Action Planning Resource Centre brings together a wide range of resources and tools to support city climate planners in the process of delivering action consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. New resources and tools will be added as they become available.

Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants

The HFC Initiative's overall objective is to significantly reduce the projected growth in the use and emissions of high-GWP HFCs in coming decades.

Climate CoLab

Climate CoLab, a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, is an online community and contest platform where over 100,000 people work with experts and eachother to create, analyze, and select detailed proposals for what to do about climate change. Climate CoLab has hosted over 90 contests to help cities, companies, and organizations of all kinds surface and assess projects and policies on how to reduce emissions and prepare for climate impacts, with topics such as transportation efficiency, shifting public attitudes and behaviors, building climate resilience, and many others.

By constructively engaging a broad range of scientists, policymakers, business people, practitioners, investors, and concerned citizens, we hope Climate CoLab can help build -- and gain momentum for -- plans for achieving global climate change goals that are more detailed, actionable, and effective than any that would have otherwise been developed.

Climate CoLab has worked with Nike; the City of Boulder, CO; the University of Cincinnati; and many others. If #WeAreStillIn signatories are interested in collaborating with Climate CoLab to engage stakeholders, and to identify and evaluate actions to meet their climate change contributions, please contact us: Laur Hesse Fisher, lfi@mit.edu

Climate Mayors Climate Action Compendium

See what programs and policies Climate Mayors cities are undertaking and promoting.

Cool Choices

Motivating regular folks to be part of the climate solution is critical—and doable. Cool Choices offers a game-based online platform that successfully inspires individual action while aggregating the results of those actions—which empowers individuals and whole groups. Customizable to your specific priorities, Cool Choices accelerates momentum within businesses and across whole communities.

Cool Congregations

The Cool Congregations program is designed to support faith communities as they “walk the talk” by reducing their own carbon footprint, thus helping to cool the planet. A side benefit of the program is the ‘multiplier effect,’ as congregants are encouraged to model the same energy saving behavior at home that they see at their congregation.

Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

Collectively, archeological sites, cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, museum collections, and historic buildings and structures connect one generation to the next. The Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy sets out a vision and broad approach for managing impacts to and learning from cultural resources under modern climate change.

DOE State and Local Solution Center

The State and Local Solution Center provides resources to advance successful, high-impact energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, programs, and projects.

Electric Buses in Cities: Driving Towards Cleaner Air and Lower CO2

Cities around the world are introducing electric buses, driven by growing concerns over urban air quality, carbon emissions and potential operational cost savings. The timing is now right for cities to start shifting to electrified transport but there are still several barriers to widespread adoption. This report, authored by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on behalf of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, provides an overview of the e-bus sector, including a description of business models, an overview of existing e-bus manufacturers and a detailed analysis of the costs associated with running e-buses. The report also discusses how different types of cities can best deploy electric buses.

Electric Buses in Cities: Driving Towards Cleaner Air and Lower CO2

Cities around the world are introducing electric buses, driven by growing concerns over urban air quality, carbon emissions and potential operational cost savings. The timing is now right for cities to start shifting to electrified transport but there are still several barriers to widespread adoption. This report, authored by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on behalf of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, provides an overview of the e-bus sector, including a description of business models, an overview of existing e-bus manufacturers and a detailed analysis of the costs associated with running e-buses. The report also discusses how different types of cities can best deploy electric buses.

Energy Star Guidelines for Energy Management

Based on the successful practices of Energy Star partners, these guidelines for energy management can assist your organization in improving its energy and financial performance while distinguishing your organization as an environmental leader. Thousands of organizations have used the Guidelines to tailor their approach towards managing energy that delivers results and demonstrates leadership.

Energy Star Portfolio Manager

Energy Star Portfolio Manager is an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.

Faith Principles on Climate Change

This two page document, endorsed by 22+ faith organizations of varying denominations, outlines principles on Climate Change from a faith perspective.

Global Forest Watch

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world.

Green Faith Certification Program

The Green Faith Certification Program is a 2 year environmental leadership program for houses of worship. GreenFaith provides faith organizations of different demoninations with extensive resources, one-on-one coaching, support, and networking opportunities to help develop holistic & successful environmental programming.

Green Revolving Funds: A Guide to Implementation and Management

A GRF is an internal investment vehicle that provides financing to parties within an organization for implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability projects that generate cost savings. The goal of this Implementation Guide is to provide practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college, university, or other institution

Guide to Public-Private Collaboration on City Climate Resilience Planning

Cities and businesses are separately preparing for climate change and building their resilience to impacts. But they have not had guidance on how to work together, until now. This report lays out the value in public-private collaboration on city climate resilience planning, and recommends to city resilience planners specific actions they can take to bring their business community into the climate resilience planning process.

Guide to Purchasing Green Power

The Guide to Purchasing Green Power is intended for organizations that are considering the merits of buying green power as well as those that have decided to buy it and want help doing so. The guide was written for a broad audience, including businesses, government agencies, universities, and all organizations wanting to diversify their energy supply and reduce the environmental impact of their electricity use.

Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy

Engagement by the private sector that is collaborative, serious and solutions-oriented is vital, and can help ensure widespread support for sustainability and climate action. This report is designed to help companies and other private sector actors inform and accelerate the policies most urgently needed to support a stable global economy.

Health Care Climate Challenge

After enrolling, the Health Care Climate Challenge provides participants with easy-to-use resources to help support climate-smart solutions and a login to submit data. Practice Greenhealth members have access to additional resources to complete the challenge and their data can be automatically uploaded from the Climate page of the Environmental Excellence Awards.

Instant Life Cycle Assessment Software

Consumer goods manufacturers and retailers are increasingly looking to life cycle assessment (LCA) for insight into their products’ full life cycle to identify opportunities for reducing environmental impacts across the whole supply chain.

Institute for Sustainable Communities Solar Tools

The Solar Market Pathways project, a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office initiative, has supported 14 innovative solar projects around the country with the goal of increasing solar energy adoption by reducing the soft costs associated with solar. These projects have generated an abundance of new online tools and how-to guides that include financial calculators, increasingly sophisticated rooftop solar potential tools, manuals, checklists, and software to integrate solar with battery storage systems. They focus on community solar, energy resilience, new markets, colleges and universities, and multi-family housing.

Institute for Sustainable Communities Webinar on Resilient Solar

This webinar, which complements the publication Resilient Solar: Powering and Empowering Communities, shares the stories of trailblazing resilient solar projects in New York City, Baltimore, and San Francisco, and connects viewers to tools, resources, and lessons learned that they can put to use in their own communities.

Institute for Sustainable Communities: Resilient Solar: Powering and Empowering Communities

This publication shares the stories of trailblazing resilient solar projects in New York City, Baltimore, Duluth, and San Francisco, and connects readers to tools, resources, and lessons learned that they can put to use in their own communities.

Interfaith Power & Light Climate Prayers and Sample Sermons

A collection of prayers and sermons focused on climate care, justice, and stewardship, shared among faith denominations to provided guidance and inspiration for faith leaders and organizations

Just Transition Declaration

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Let’s Talk Communities and Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders

To build support for local climate solutions, mayors and other leaders must effectively engage citizens and stakeholders within their communities. A key step is to ensure that leaders are well equipped to communicate local climate solutions to their citizens. This guide provides that support. Featuring research-proven practices for successful climate communication, this guide is a vital tool in every community leader’s tool kit. From talking points to counterpoints, “dos” and “don’ts,” proven steps to create custom messages, and a model speech, the guide helps political leaders to successfully integrate climate into conversations, speaking engagements, and other communications.

Let’s Talk Communities and Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders

To build support for local climate solutions, mayors and other leaders must effectively engage citizens and stakeholders within their communities. A key step is to ensure that leaders are well equipped to communicate local climate solutions to their citizens. This guide provides that support. Featuring research-proven practices for successful climate communication, this guide is a vital tool in every community leader’s tool kit. From talking points to counterpoints, “dos” and “don’ts,” proven steps to create custom messages, and a model speech, the guide helps political leaders to successfully integrate climate into conversations, speaking engagements, and other communications.

Localizing the Paris Agreement: A Guide for Local Government Action in Support of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution

This guide is intended to help local governments go beyond pledges and move toward action on implementing the Paris Agreement.

Localizing the Paris Agreement: A Guide for Local Government Action in Support of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution

This guide is intended to help local governments go beyond pledges and move toward action on implementing the Paris Agreement.

Minneapolis, MN Electric Vehicle Study

This report was prepared by the City of Minneapolis Public Works Department and the Fleet Services Division as requested by the Minneapolis City Council on the replacement of the currently used City-wide fleet of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with electric vehicle (EV) fleet technology based on the anticipated costs and environmental benefits of this transition over the coming years. The report presents multiple different approaches the City could take in the transition to an EV fleet of vehicles, which can be chosen based on the availability of funds to procure an EV fleet within the current purchasing model of vehicle replacement utilized by the City’s Fleet Services Division.

My Green Doctor

Earn your "Green Doctor Recognition certificate" by comitting to reduce your impact in 7 key areas: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Water Efficiency, Waste Reduction, Drug Disposal and Chemicals, Transportation, and Food.

NAFA/CALSTART Sustainable Fleet Accreditation

The NAFA Sustainable Accredited Program is flexible enough for those looking to start a sustainable fleet program or for those looking to improve their already successful program on reducing environmental impact and improving your bottom line.

National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences. You can explore the projected impacts science shows your region of the country will face due to climate change.

National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation

NNOCCI focuses unites climate scientists, informal science educators, and social scientists to explore and develop best practices for zoos, museums, and other cultural institutions to explain and communicate climate change

North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council

The North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) is an action-oriented nonprofit dedicated to advancing natural refrigerants to create a more sustainable, climate-friendly future for supermarket refrigeration.

Pathways to 100: An Energy Supply Transformation Primer for U.S. Cities

This guide is designed to help cities plan for a transition towards 100% renewable electricity supply. Cities and their partners will be able to use “Pathways to 100” to 1) understand their unique energy landscape, 2) identify strategies that are applicable to their utility and state policy context, and 3) organize city staff and external networks to support energy supply transformation.

Pathways to 100: An Energy Supply Transformation Primer for U.S. Cities

This guide is designed to help cities plan for a transition towards 100% renewable electricity supply. Cities and their partners will be able to use “Pathways to 100” to 1) understand their unique energy landscape, 2) identify strategies that are applicable to their utility and state policy context, and 3) organize city staff and external networks to support energy supply transformation.

Principles for Responsible Investment

The six Principles for Responsible Investment are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice.

Public Engagement Roadmap

Effective public engagement is not easy to achieve. This roadmap helps organizations get to where they want to go. Get started by reviewing The Toolkit. It’s filled with ideas about structuring your process and loads of hands-on activities you can try. Interested in reading about 21st century engagement practices in depth? Check out The Guide for a deep conceptual review or go directly to the five Case Studies for specific examples. And for a really unique experience, play The Game as a team building exercise for those leading your engagement process.

Public Engagement Roadmap

Effective public engagement is not easy to achieve. This roadmap helps organizations get to where they want to go. Get started by reviewing The Toolkit. It’s filled with ideas about structuring your process and loads of hands-on activities you can try. Interested in reading about 21st century engagement practices in depth? Check out The Guide for a deep conceptual review or go directly to the five Case Studies for specific examples. And for a really unique experience, play The Game as a team building exercise for those leading your engagement process.

Publication: Carbon Asset Risk: Discussion Framework

Changing policy and market dynamics have led a number of investors and other stakeholders to question whether loans or investments in carbon-intensive physical assets or companies could be at risk. This framework focuses principally on non-physical risks, such as policy, market, and technology risks, associated with carbon and climate change.

Publication: Climate Strategies and Metrics: Exploring Options for Institutional Investors

This report reviews the strategies and metrics available to investors seeking to measure and improve the climate friendliness of their portfolios, defined as the intent to reduce GHG emissions and aid the transition to a low-carbon economy through investment activities

Publication: Navigating the Sustainable Investment Landscape

Global natural resource scarcity, climate change, population growth, demographic shifts, and extreme poverty are impacting the way investors view the future. A new paper by World Resources Institute finds strong interest and opportunities for sustainable investing within the US institutional investor marketplace. But key barriers persist.

RE 100 Resource Suite

Contact: info@RE100.org RE100 Joining Criteria

RE100 Technical Criteria

RE100 Company Case Studies

RE100 Annual Report

Events and Webinars

Reports and Briefings

News

If you are committed to buying renewable energy, connect with the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance (REBA). The four NGO initiatives that form REBA: WWF’s Buyers’ Principles, RMI’s Business Renewables Center, WRI’s Electricity Initiative, and BSR’s Future of Internet can help simplify renewable energy purchasing in the US or international markets. Contact Information: Marty Spitzer at marty.spitzer@wwfus.org for the WWF/Renewable Energy Buyers Principles; Lily Donge at donge@rmi.org for the RMI/Business Renewables Center; Letha Tawney at ltawney@wri.org for the WRI/Electricity Iniative; Michael Rohwer at mrohwer@bsr.org for the BSR/Future of Internet Power.

RE100 Technical Criteria

The RE100 Criteria define what counts as renewable electricity for the purpose of participation in the RE100 campaign. This document outlines the options available to companies making progress towards 100% renewable electricity consumption, and basic requirements for making claims about the use of that electricity and its attributes.

Rebuilding with Resilience: Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Obama administration, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, launched the innovative Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition, which sought to inspire affected communities to rebuild differently in ways that would enhance their physical, economic, social, and environmental resilience. This report aims to capture and share lessons learned from the innovative process for developing the RBD proposals and the novel projects that were generated through this competition.

Renewable Energy 101

The Renewable Energy 101 guide includes a series of fact sheets highlighting 10 key tools to help colleges and universities build a 100 percent clean, renewable energy system.

Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy Resource Suite

Contact: arnell@ceres.org Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy sets out a program of action for companies wishing to demonstrate best practice in policy engagement.

The We Mean Business Climate Policy Tracker is a freely available online platform designed to help businesses determine which climate policies are relevant to them across key regions and sectors.

InfluenceMap Scoring Table: Corporations and Influencers assesses, ranks and communicates the extent to which corporations are lobbying climate and energy policy worldwide.

Science Based Targets Initative Resource Suite

Contact: info@sciencebasedtargets.org SBTi Criteria

Call to Action Guidelines

FAQ

Draft SBT Manual

GHG Protocol Value Chain (Scope 3 Standard)

GHG Protocol Corporate Standard

Scope 3 Evaluator Tool

Already committed to a science-based target? Learn about Net-Zero by 2050 to accelerate transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Solar Market Pathways Website

Solar Market Pathways brings together 14 diverse teams from across the country under a single goal: to increase solar energy adoption by reducing the soft costs associated with solar.

Solar Market Pathways Website

Solar Market Pathways brings together 14 diverse teams from across the country under a single goal: to increase solar energy adoption by reducing the soft costs associated with solar.

SolSmart

SolSmart recognizes cities, counties, and small towns for making it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. A national team of experts provides no-cost technical assistance to help local governments become "open for solar businesses." In recognition of their achievements, communities receive designations of SolSmart Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

SolSmart

SolSmart recognizes cities, counties, and small towns for making it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. A national team of experts provides no-cost technical assistance to help local governments become "open for solar businesses." In recognition of their achievements, communities receive designations of SolSmart Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

The Climate Collaborative

The Climate Collaborative is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, brokers, suppliers and other concerned businesses from the natural foods industry working collaboratively to take bold action to reverse climate change.

The Green Freight Handbook

The Green Freight Handbook was created by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to assist companies in developing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and overall costs linked to freight transportation.

The Oceanic Standard

The Oceanic Standard offers a clear approach for reducing single-use waste

U.S. EPA Energy Efficiency in Government Operations and Facilities

EPA offers a proven strategy for superior energy management with tools and resources to help each step of the way. Based on the successful practices of ENERGY STAR partners, these guidelines for energy management illustrated by the graphic below/above can help local governments improve energy and financial performance while distinguishing themselves as an environmental leader.

U.S. EPA Local Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tool

EPA’s Local Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tool was developed to help communities across the United States to evaluate their greenhouse gas emissions. Use this tool to compile a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for your entire community or for local government operations in particular.

U.S. EPA Local Renewable energy Benefits and Resources

This page presents a variety of resources for how to generate renewable energy on-site, purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) and purchasing renewable power directly.

Urban Efficiency II: Seven Innovative City Programmes for Existing Building Energy Efficiency

Urban Efficiency II: Seven Innovative City Programmes for Existing Building Energy Efficiency builds on research in the successful predecessor “Urban Efficiency” Report and captures seven new detailed city case studies from C40 member cities. It is primarily targeted at city-level policy makers and decision makers across the world. The report increases the resource and evidence base available to support cities understanding of the characteristics and impact of innovative city programmes emerging across C40 cities, that advance operational energy efficiency and retrofitting in existing, privately owned buildings.

Urban Efficiency II: Seven Innovative City Programmes for Existing Building Energy Efficiency

Urban Efficiency II: Seven Innovative City Programmes for Existing Building Energy Efficiency builds on research in the successful predecessor “Urban Efficiency” Report and captures seven new detailed city case studies from C40 member cities. It is primarily targeted at city-level policy makers and decision makers across the world. The report increases the resource and evidence base available to support cities understanding of the characteristics and impact of innovative city programmes emerging across C40 cities, that advance operational energy efficiency and retrofitting in existing, privately owned buildings.

Webinar: How to Transition to Renewable Power

Learn about the latest global movements in renewable energy and groundbreaking renewable energy initiatives being realized by Climate Collaborative committed companies. Speakers from the RE 100 campaign, Dr. Bronner’s, and Organic Valley will join to share practical information and case studies on how companies can ramp up their use of renewables.

Webinar: Making it Pay: Energy Efficiency Programs and Financing Options

This webinar looks at energy efficiency trends, as well as specific programs and funding options to grow your company’s investment in and access to energy efficiency.

Webinar: Right Side Up: The Lowdown on Packaging Lifecycle Climate Impacts and Opportunitites

Nancy Hirshberg of Hirshberg Strategic provides an overview of the climate impacts of packaging across product lifecycles, and identifies strategies companies can employ to reduce the impacts.

Webinar: The Fast and Furious: A Company's Guide to Reducing Transportation Emissions

Speakers from the Environmental Defense Fund and Happy Family Brands discuss best practices around reducing climate impacts through transportation.

Webinars: Catholic Climate Covenant

The Catholic Climate Covenant has produced a series of webinars which deal with various aspects and intersections of Catholicism and the environment, which can be viewed here