How the Clinton Climate Initiative Is Helping Businesses Go Green


The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation. It was launched in order to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. To further this goal, the CCI has launched a number of major programs directed at business owners other other private sector organizations to address climate change issues.

What They Do

Some of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s most important programs are directed at reducing carbon emissions from cities. Although cities occupy only two percent of the world’s land mass, they contribute more than two thirds of its carbon emissions, so the CCI has partnered with 40 large cities from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, to help reduce their climate impacts.

One of the most important ways to reduce municipal climate impacts is to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Worldwide, More than one third of all energy is consumed in buildings. In cities, this can climb to 80%. The CCI’s Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program (EEBRP) has helped retrofit more than 500 million square feet of public and privately owned buildings for energy efficiency. In addition to directly assisting with retrofit planning and financing, the CCI also offers a number of case studies and toolkits for business owners and other professionals interested in greening their existing buildings. One of the CCI’s most prominent success stories is an energy retrofit of the Empire State Building, which is expected to cut the building’s energy consumption by 38% and reduce annual energy costs by $4.4 million.

Other urban CCI programs that may directly or indirectly benefit green businesses include the waste program, which focuses on developing and implementing innovative waste management plans, and the transportation program, which works to help cities develop cost-effective mass transit systems and to promote carbon-neutral transportation alternatives such as clean energy powered electric vehicles.

Another of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s main areas of focus is clean energy. To date, the CCI has focused primarily on research into carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies. Solar businesses in particular may benefit from the CCI’s lobbying and research initiatives designed to fund and support the development and implementation of large-scale solar power projects.

The CCI’s third main focus area is deforestation, where it works primarily with governments and NGOs to protect forests in ways that both mitigate climate change and help create jobs and other opportunities for local communities in order to reduce poverty, one of the main driving forces of deforestation in many regions of the world.

How You Can Help

If you are interested in supporting the Clinton Climate Initiative or other programs of the Clinton Foundation, the Foundation offers a number of options to donate, including one time and recurring gifts. The Foundation also offers a number of volunteer and internship opportunities.

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