SEATTLE – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce joined more than 100 businesses – including Chamber members Microsoft, REI, and Virginia Mason – who today launched an open declaration to protect the region’s natural environment, its communities, and its economy.
The Chamber sees climate change as a significant risk to our economy and unique quality of life, but it also poses an opportunity. Our region’s businesses have designed products and services that have improved lives around the planet and they are uniquely positioned to provide solutions to our global climate and energy challenges. We support positioning our businesses to be the first movers to address this global challenge," said Maud Daudon, the Chamber’s President and CEO.
The declaration states: “There is a clear and present need for action on climate change to protect our region’s natural assets, its vibrant communities and its growing economy. We business leaders of the Pacific Northwest endorse the Climate Declaration because we support using energy efficiently, investing in cleaner fuels, advancing renewable energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Leaders from the signatory companies encourage other businesses to join them. Companies interested in signing the declaration can do so at http://climatedeclaration.us/wa - the page includes the full list of companies that have signed the Washington Business Climate Declaration.
The Washington Business Climate Declaration is a companion to the Climate Declaration launched in 2013 by Ceres, a nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, and its business network, Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy. The Climate Declaration has more than 1,000 signatories nationwide. See the nationwide list here.
About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.