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AUG. 2013

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State Adaptation Map

Coal and CCS

Back to school

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The EPA’s Climate Leadership Awards application deadline is Sept. 13. The awards, which C2ES co-sponsors, recognize exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change.

Eileen Claussen speaks to top investment professionals at the Bloomberg Markets 50 Summit Sept. 24 in New York about the threat climate impacts pose to global markets.

Joe Casola talks to community planning officials in Arizona on Sept. 25 about pragmatic strategies and policies for coping with hotter temperatures in the state.

Eileen Claussen leads a discussion Oct. 15 on business resilience to climate change at the National Association of Corporate Directors annual conference.

Stephen Seidel will talk Oct. 15 at Nextgov Prime about how the federal government is using IT to reduce energy use and save money.

C2ES is supporting the World Association for Decentralized Energy conference in November in Boston, where Eileen Claussen will deliver a keynote address.

C2ES in the News

Make an Impact’s Geaux Green project with Entergy encouraging Super Bowl fans to save energy is a finalist in the Platinum PR Awards.

Elliot Diringer tells Politico Pro that a Sept. 18 House hearing is an opportunity for the administration to lay out the case for climate action.

Eileen Claussen tells Climate Central that carbon capture and storage is essential to reducing carbon emissions.

Climatewire talks with Nick Nigro about food trucks powered with natural gas and California's Zero-Emission Vehicle credits.


Business resilience at Climate Week NYC
Nine out of 10 top global companies see extreme weather and other climate change impacts as current or near-term business risks. Senior executives from leading firms in the power, mining and insurance industries join C2ES on Sept. 23, the opening day of Climate Week NYC, to discuss how firms are assessing and addressing their growing climate risks. Join us by registering here.


EPA consults on power plant rules
The Environmental Protection Agency is starting public consultations on rules to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. EPA has posted a video overview and plans conference calls with states, industry and community and environmental groups. Power plants account for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, and the new rules are a cornerstone of President Obama’s Climate Action Agenda.

More on Federal Policy


Investing in alternative fuel vehicles
New private financing mechanisms are needed to encourage wide-scale adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), such as electric or natural gas-powered cars and trucks. C2ES is partnering with the National Association of State Energy Officials and transportation and finance experts in a new two-year initiative to develop innovative models for financing alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.

More on Initiatives


Join us at Carbon Forum North America
Policymakers and leading analysts will discuss global climate efforts, linking national carbon markets, and the state of clean energy at this year’s Carbon Forum North America. C2ES is again the program sponsor for the Oct. 1-2 event in Washington, D.C. See the full agenda and register.

More on Business


States, cities plan for climate risks
A growing number of cities and states are taking steps to protect public goods such as water supplies, coastal infrastructure, and public health from the impacts of climate change. A new C2ES interactive map provides an overview of many of these groundbreaking adaptation efforts.

Encouraging efficiency in buildings
High up-front costs can be a barrier to improving the efficiency of buildings, which consume 41 percent of U.S. energy. A new C2ES brief explains how increasingly popular on-bill financing allows consumers to pay back investments in energy efficiency through their regular utility bills.

More on Regions and States


Webinar series: building business resilience
A free C2ES webinar series will delve deeper into business resilience to climate change. Join us:
  • Sept. 11, 2 p.m.: Jeff Williams of Entergy on resilience planning in the electric power sector.
  • Sept. 25, 2 p.m.: Sara Kendall of Weyerhaeuser on building resilience to climate impacts on forestry and land use.
  • Oct. 30, 2 p.m.: Jay Bruns of The Hartford on extreme weather and the insurance industry.

Headwinds for coal
Three government-run institutions financing overseas development will sharply curtail their investments in coal-fired power plants. Doug Vine explains that while the actions by the World Bank, US Export-Import Bank, and European Investment Bank are significant, stronger support for carbon capture and storage is also essential because many coal plants will still be built.

More on International Policy


Estimating the social cost of carbon
The Obama administration’s recent increase in the estimate of the “social cost of carbon” has drawn opposition in Congress. But Sarah Dougherty says the revision was overdue and provides a more realistic estimate of the costs of climate change impacts.

Communicating climate risk
Localized data can help drive home the impacts of complex global climate change. In a project for the Skoll Global Threats Fund, C2ES analyzed streamflow, precipitation and temperature records in two areas, Missouri and central California, to assess opportunities and challenges in using local data to explain climate risks.

More on Science and Impacts


Make it a greener school year
As parents and students stock up for a new school year, Make an Impact offers tips on how to be more eco-friendly this fall. E-tools, recycled supplies, and sustainable apparel can all help green the back-to-school season.

More from Make an Impact


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