Environmental Innovation

Across America, businesses both large and small are developing new ideas, inventing new technologies, and changing the way they interact with the environment. BCLC’s Environmental Innovation Network seeks to advance companies leading this trend and connect private sector, public sector, and NGO leaders towards more effective collaboration. 


Bricks and Sticks Sustainability Symposium




From April 16 - 17, BCLC will be convening the Bricks and Sticks Sustainability Symposium. The event will bring together thought leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to discuss how public/private partnerships and other tools can help communities and regions acheive economic and environmental goals. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear best practices from experts from companies like General Motors, Veolia Water, and Entergy. The Symposium will also feature breakout sessions that focus on community challenges according to geography and issues like water use, energy efficiency, and mobility where attendees can make connections and propose solutions to crucial environmental and economic challenges.

For more information on the Symposium, including a list of confirmed speakers and panel topics, please visit here




April 2nd: European Industry Flocks to United States to Take Advantage of Cheaper Gas, via The Washington Post


March 26th: Disney, Microsoft, and Shell Opt for Self-Imposed Carbon Taxes, via The Guardian


March 26th: Petrobras, Brazil's Oil Giant, Struggles to Regain Lost Swagger, via The New York Times


March 22nd: Yes, Conservatives can be Environmentalists, Here's How, via The Washington Post


March 20th: Top Cities with the Most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings in 2012, via ENERGY STAR


March 19th: FedEx Delivers Bigger Fuel Efficiency Targets, via GreenBiz


March 18th: This 17 Year-Old Built An Algae Biofuel Lab Under Her Bed, via Fast Company


March 16th: Cars in the U.S. Are More Fuel Efficient than Ever, Heres Why, via The Washington Post


March 11th: Designing Wealth: The Missing Piece in the Sustainability Puzzle, via GOOD


February 12th: State of Green Business Report, via GreenBiz



Corporate Sustainability Ratings & Rankings


2012 - 2013 Climate Counts Annual Company Scorecard Report


 2012 Newsweek Green Rankings


2012 CDP Leadership Indexes


The Dow Jones SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2012





The Environmental Innovation Network has made significant progress towards its dual goals of promoting business leadership around environmental issues and facilitating collaboration between small & large businesses, as well as the public and NGO sectors:

  •  Hosted the Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Working Meeting on July 18th (see below), which brought together 80+ private sector, public sector, and NGO leaders to discuss the best ways to promote private sector solutions to environmental challenges.

  • Released the Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Report, which featured thought leaders from IBM, the Carbon War Room, Intel and other companies and organizations.

  • Convened a strategic planning meeting on September 24th to discuss how to advance regional resiliency around the U.S. 25+ attended the meeting.

  • Revamped the Environmental Innovation Map, implementing a detailed process for project selection and increasing to over 100 projects featured. ADD LINK

  • Expanded the Environmental Help Desk for Business, which now features more examples of environmental innovations and sector guides for small and medium sized businesses. 




On July 18th, 2012 BCLC convened a high level meeting to explore how to advance the role of business in environmental innovation. The event featured such prominent thought leaders as David Bartlett from IBM and Nancy Gillis from the General Services Adminstration to discuss how to make progress towards more sustainable supply chains, where businesses can make the largest positive environmental impacts, and ways businesses, non-profit groups, and government agencies can work more efficiently together. More photos from the event can be found here



The Role of business in environmental innovation Report


On July 18th, 2012 BCLC released The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Report. The Report explores some of the most important trends facing businesses around environmental issues such as the American shale gas revolution and the movement towards a smarter built environment. The Report also features case studies from environmental leaders such as Prudential, MGM International, and Xilinx. 



For more information about the Report and to access the pdf version, please visit this link.



Key Issues

BCLC uses resources such as the Environmental  Innovation Map and the Environmental Help Desk for Business and services such as monthly conference calls and annual working meetings to make progress on:

  • Advancing R&D and Product and Technology Innovations for Environmental Progress
  • Stimulating Local, Regional, and National Green Market Development
  • Sharing Financial Service and Project Investment Tools for Environmental R&D
  • Identification and Advancement of Business Resource Management Practices
  • Cultivating Awareness of Green Supply Chain Opportunities
  • Capturing Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Promoting Environmental Innovation






The Environmental Innovation Network is driven by a group of businesses who are leaders in their fields and in the overall advancement of strategic sustainability.

The Environmental Help Desk for Business is a resource to help America’s small and medium-sized businesses understand green supply chain requirements, green business certifications, and innovations that can save money while reducing environmental impacts. Discover what the Help Desk can do for you.

The Environmental  Innovation Map represents creative and innovative business solutions to environmental challenges. The Map showcases projects that deviate from standard practices and could potentially have a revolutionsary, game-changing impact. To learn more about what businesses are doing please visit the Map.


Working Group Members

BCLC's Environmental Innovation Network is comprised of global companies across multiple sectors who are leaders in the practice of responsible environmental stewardship. 



  • Intel Corporation
  • Prudential
  • Shell Oil Company


  • Abbott
  • Accenture Foundation
  • Alcoa
  • Allstate
  • Altria
  • Bank of America
  • Daimler
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Entergy Corporation
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • FedEx
  • IBM Corporation
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Mattel
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Motorola Mobility Foundation
  • NorthWestern Energy
  • Pepco Holdings, Inc.
  • PwC
  • Toyota
  • TXU Energy
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • UPS
  • URS
  • Wellpoint
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Xilinx


Chris Ryan (email, @ChrisRyan_87) coordinates the Environmental Innovation Network. In this role, he is responsible for building awareness about best practices regarding environmental issues and facilitating collaboration between the public, private, and non-government sectors. Chris is also responsible for implementation of BCLC's annual Sustainable Community Awards, underwritten by Siemens. Chris can be reached at (202) 463-5714.

How Business Innovates in the Built Environment


[Editor's Note: One of the most important things companies need when determining how to become more sustainable and energy efficient is information. Only once they have facts on what materials they use to produce their products, how much fuel their fleets consume, and how energy efficient their buildings are can they create smart, sustainable strategies.

BCLC’s Environmental Help Desk Helps Business Compete


There’s a B2B tsunami coming -- an enormous wave of green supply chain requirements by Fortune 1000 companies that will touch every small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) wanting to do business with them. The world’s largest businesses are greening their supply chains to reduce energy and waste costs, better manage risk, and to enhance their brands. In greening their supply chains, these companies are beginning to make every supplier to do the same.

There’s a B2B tsunami coming -- an enormous wave of green supply chain requirements.

Environmental How-To's from Walmart: Tapping the Supply Chain


Every January, millions of Americans unveil a brand new list of their New Year’s Resolutions. Gyms are packed and purchases of healthy food shoot up dramatically. At least in January. As time goes on, more and more people begin to give up on their goals and things revert back to normal, more or less.

Research Wednesday: What Do Business Environmental Leaders Say in Their Reports?


As Researcher Manager at BCLC I’m happy to announce the start of two new research initiatives for 2013. First, welcome to the first official edition of "Research Wednesday”! Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, the Research Wednesday column will give you the latest insights from BCLC, including our unique data analysis about positive business impact in society.

The Future of Cities – My Reflections on Meeting of the Minds 2012


//Editor's Note: BCLC is organizing a meeting on financing community resilience in late 2012 and a conference on sustainable systems in April 2013. Email Gerald for more info.// 

Standout Environmental Projects on the Business for Good Map


BCLC’s Business for Good Map is a great resource for discovering how leading companies are making impacts in communities both here in the United States and around the world. Lately, we’ve seen a large increase in projects on the Map, highlighting exciting projects from a wide range of companies. Many of these projects relate to environmental challenges. Here are a few examples of outstanding projects I’ve noticed recently: 

The Trifecta That Opens a $10 Trillion Opportunity Into The Next Economy


The famed horse, “I’ll Have Another” just did not achieve the near impossible: the ultimate trifecta of winning the elusive Triple Crown.

Yet, to win a Triple Crown, everything has to go right. The track.The horse. The jockey. The weather. In fact, the stars have to align. To win the Triple Crown, one cannot miss a beat.

5 Trends at the Nexus of Business and the Environment


Some conversations at the nexus of business and the environment can be confusing and conflicting, but one thing is certain – if the conversation remains the same, we can expect to get the same results. Such discussions rarely accomplish much (just look at the outcomes of the last dozen large international convenings) and push parties to be more stubbornly resistant to outside ideas.

Have the Conversation – It’s Where Business Sustainability Starts


I realized last week during our environmental innovation working meeting that many organizations and individuals share a similar perspective on sustainability. It’s the system of blending economic, environmental, and quality of life factors to achieve positive outcomes today and for the future.

Business Delivering Environmental Innovation


Over the course of human history, inventions such as the printing press, automobile, computer, and Internet-related technologies have radically altered the way humans live, work, and connect to each other. According to Radicati Group, worldwide more than 200 billion emails are sent and a billion online videos are watched every day. These technological innovations and the businesses that design, build, and deliver them have enriched our lives, strengthened our economy, and allowed us to experience things that were only recently considered the domain of science fiction novels.


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