Our climate political advocacy program assists member businesses in identifying and acting on opportunities to advocate for better climate policies and understand the political landscape. By understanding the legislative process and keeping informed on relevant legislation, businesses are in a position to be well-informed advocates for climate change policy that is better for small business and the local community.
Our approach balances member education and dialogue with public officials.
Access to legislation briefs
Policy updates and alerts
Testify at hearings or submit written comments to policies
Attend a legislative meeting or a lobby day
Sign policy endorsement letter
We advocate for climate policies that would create and maintain a resilient and sustainable future for the local business community.
Our framework includes promoting renewable energy, opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure, preparing our communities for climate impacts, and putting a price on carbon.
Setting a price on carbon assigns a fair price to fossil fuels for their associated costs on society in the form of pollution and climate change. We need a strong price incentive to encourage energy suppliers and consumers to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, moving to more efficient, local energy sources.
Ready to get started making your business more sustainable? We’ll help you every step of the way. Our approach balances member education and dialogue with public officials. We have three engagement levels that vary in time-commitment and difficulty. We call the the engagement levels “Crawl, Walk, and Run”. Click below to learn about actions you can take at each level.
Ensuring a Local Economy Resilient to Climate Change Impacts
Small businesses are an important part of our local economy and have unique challenges when it comes to climate change preparation. According to a report released by the American Sustainable Business Council, more than 57% of small businesses do not have emergency plans or have not performed a business impact analysis of climate change. Putting this in perspective, after Hurricane Sandy, 25-30% of all small businesses impacted by the storm went out of business. With this in mind, small businesses have a direct stake in ensuring we are prepared for the impacts of climate change.