Statement from U.S. Chamber’s BCLC Senior Advisor Ben Erulkar on Earth Day 2010

April 20, 2010

Today, U.S. Chamber BCLC Senior Advisor Ben Erulkar issued the following statement in commemoration of Earth Day:

"On this 40th Earth Day, companies from all industries - from Abbott, Allstate, and ARAMARK to Siemens, Shell, and Southwest - are minimizing their environmental footprint and advancing sustainability. 

The U.S. Chamber’s BCLC has launched a new Earth Day portal sharing how 70 business partners are engaging in environmental stewardship, not just today, but every day.  Examples include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline reducing their emissions by nearly 26% since 2006;AB-cardboard-bale
  •  ITT reducing their water footprint by 30 percent over the past five years;
  •  Florida Power and Light generating enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 2 million homes;
  • Merck installing two solar energy systems which helps avoid more than 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually; and
  • AMD designing innovative products that use less power and generate less heat for a smaller environmental footprint while providing stellar performance-per-watt.

And it’s not just large companies; hometown companies are working in partnership with their municipal governments to advance sustainable practices, as demonstrated by the nine Siemens Sustainable Community Awards finalists this year

The U.S. Chamber’s BCLC believes that economic growth and environmental progress go hand in hand, and that responsible business and environmental leaders can work together to grow our economy and preserve the planet.  

Businesses across our nation are renewing their commitment to responsive and responsible operations -- for their customers, their employees and for the environment.  That’s good business, not just for today and tomorrow but for the next generation.

To learn more, check out BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan’s last Earth Day Blog, my Earth Day blog, and the U.S. Chamber’s position on the environment.