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.

3 Ways to Get Informed about Business Environmental Innovations


When people discuss the environmental impact of business, it's often with the assumption that the impacts are always going to be negative. This leads to a public fixation on mitigating -- rather than empowering -- business and environmental interactions. Reducing negative impact is crucial (you'll hear no argument from us there). But so are conversations about the business sector's ability to bring ingenuity and technology advancements that are positive for the company and the environment.

How Environmental Innovator Lube Stop Became the "Netflix" of Motor Oil


[Editor's Note: Care about this topic? BCLC is hosting a working meeting on environmental innovation on July 18, 2012.]

Navistar’s Multi-Company Partnership that Makes Natural Gas a Reality


By Bill Osborne, Senior Vice President - Custom Products, Navistar, Inc.

//Editor's Note: Care about this topic? BCLC is hosting a working meeting on environmental innovation on July 18, 2012.//

Good environmental citizenship is not always viewed as aligned with the bottom-line demands of running a business. But for companies who can find new ways of working together to bridge marketplace gaps, that alignment can become a reality.

The Business View of Rio+20


I've been enjoying GreenBiz's coverage of Rio+20 this week. In their piece about environmental public-private partnerships, writers Tensie Wheland (Rainforest Alliance) and John Williams (Domtar Corporation) write:

Chris Carmody, Green Plus

Chris Carmody of Green Plus was interivewed at the BCLC National Conference on his organization's role in the Environmental Help Desk. Launch in April, the Help Desk is a free resource to help America's small and medium-sized businesses understand green and sustainable business practices.

Learn more about the Environmental Help Desk.

New Pigment Can Help Keep Buildings Cool–and Green


Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new blue pigment that could help make buildings more energy efficient.

Interface CEO Dan Hendrix On Innovative Environmental Solutions

In this video, Interface Inc. CEO Daniel Hendrix shares recent sustainability innovations and the philosophies that drive progress at the company. Learn how Interface developed a carpet product that you'll see on every airplane in Southwest Airlines' fleet -- and more!

Interface and Southwest Airlines: A 4-Year Environmental Innovation Pays Off


Environmental Tools for Business from BCLC & Green Plus


The 2012 theme for World Environment Day isGreen Economy: Does it include you? The program’s emphasis is not only on growing inherently green sectors, but also in greening traditional businesses one wouldn’t necessarily regard as environmentally oriented. It’s with the latter goal in mind that BCLC has teamed up with the Green Plus program at the Institute for Sustainable Development to create the Environmental Help Desk for Business.

On this World Environment Day, Remember the Role of Business


Today, June 5th, the United Nations leads the 40th anniversary of World Environment Day (WED). World Environment Day aims to stimulate awareness of environmental issues around the world and encourage individuals to take action. Each year WED activities center around a specific theme; this year's is "Green Economy: Does it Include You?"


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