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Sustainability Reports

ASBC has released several reports which take an in-depth look into important sustainability issues:

Climate Preparedness in the Small Business Sector

A 2013 report produced with Small Business Majority explains how businesses can adapt to the increased risk of climate change, and the risks they face from continued inaction. For example, just two events - Superstorm Sandy and a record-breaking drought that covered most of the country - cost the U.S. a combined $95 billion in 2012; one estimate found that up to 30 percent of small businesses affected by Sandy failed as a direct result of it. The report also included several case studies of businesses that are already taking steps to increase their climate resilience. Read or download the complete report.

High Market Growth for Safer Chemicals

A 2015 report commissioned with the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, and developed by independent research firm Trucost, found a substantially higher market growth potential for safer chemicals than their conventional counterparts. Among the key findings, the report found that the market for safer chemicals is estimated to have 24 times the growth of conventional chemicals market worldwide from 2011 to 2020, with some sectors experiencing far higher growth. Read or download the complete report. Watch the webinar on the report.

True Cost of Externalities

An economy based on conventional accounting methods, not reflective of true costs, is unsustainable and inefficient. Cultivating a sustainable economy depends on constructive interplay between business and government, and on how each handles externalities within its own operating realms. The scope and shape of public economic policy is largely determined by prevailing business sector goals and strategies.  Read or download the complete report.

Rethinking Fracking

While shale development is vital to current U.S. energy policy, a 2015 report found a number of ill effects associated with hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking). These include stressed local water supplies, health risks from toxic chemicals and emissions, and increased methane emissions that contribute to climate change—which itself poses a number of challenges to businesses. Read or download the complete report.

The Business Case for Green Building

Green building is the process of creating or retrofitting a building through an environmentally- and resource-mindful process, from conception to design and through operations and maintenance. The report describes market trends and projected economic activity resulting from the growth of green building construction and retrofitting, as well as its positive impact on the environment. Read or download the complete report.

Municipal Primer on Climate Investing

Municipalities have many opportunities to promote ambitious action and policies to help to avoid a climate crisis. One major opportunity is the use of pension funds and investments to advance clean energy investment and fossil fuel divestment. This report lays out options for city and pension fund managers to use their power as investors to accelerate the clean energy transition. Read or download the complete report.