U.S. EPA Honors Three California Organizations for Climate Action Leadership
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored the California Department of Water Resources (Sacramento), Cisco Systems (San Jose), and the Government Authorities for the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program (San Diego) for their leadership in addressing climate change. The three awardees were among 17 Climate Leadership Award winners nationwide.
This is the fifth year of the annual Climate Leadership Awards, a partnership between EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the Climate Registry. Awardees were recognized for managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into their operating strategies.
“This year’s Climate Leadership Award winners are setting a high bar for organizations across the country,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “They are proving that climate action isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also the profitable thing to do.”
The California awardees were recognized by EPA as follows:
- The California Department of Water Resources received the Organizational Leadership Award for protecting California’s water supply.
- Cisco Systems received the Supply Chain Leadership Award for engaging all suppliers to have strong sustainability programs.
- The Government Authorities (comprising the Western Riverside Council of Governments, San Bernardino Associated Governments, and County of Los Angeles) for the HERO Program was awarded the Innovative Partnerships Certificate for helping to increase the mass adoption of home energy and water efficiency across California.
The awards were presented at the 2016 Climate Leadership Conference in Seattle, Washington.
EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership establishes standards of climate leadership by encouraging organizations with emerging climate objectives to identify and achieve cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reductions, while helping more advanced organizations drive innovations in reducing their greenhouse gas impacts in their supply chains and beyond. The Center provides technical tools, guidance, educational resources, and opportunities for information sharing and peer exchange among organizations interested in reducing the environmental impacts associated with climate change.
More information about the 2016 Climate Leadership Award winners: http://www.epa.gov/climateleadership/2016-climate-leadership-award-winners
More information about EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership: www.epa.gov/climateleadership