At the American Sustainable Business Council, we strive to support solutions to America’s infrastructure that champion climate resiliency and racial equity, creating a more vibrant, broadly prosperous, and sustainable economy.
Few issues in the current political landscape enjoy as much bipartisan recognition as America’s challenges with infrastructure. Both parties openly acknowledge concerning diagnostics coming from credible institutions like the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where the country’s infrastructure was labeled as not complying with safety standards and a deterrence to the overall economic performance.
The urgency to upgrade America’s infrastructure is also shared by business, large and small, across the country, particularly with the unemployment and financial instability accompanying Covid-19. Unless decisive action is taken now at a federal, state and local level, the financial gap to recover the country’s infrastructure will have a dire impact on our economy, mobility, trade, general well-fare , and social cohesion.
The ASBC is proud to advocate for Infrastructure solutions moving our economy towards President Biden’s 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. We must work to ensure that the infrastructure solutions being enacted comply with this imperative goal.
Show your support by joining the ASBC in supporting the National Infrastructure Bank, clean water infrastructure, widespread internet access, high speed rail, and smart surfaces. To learn more about each of these topics, view the links below.
The time to advocate for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and the $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill is now. For the benefit to the most Americans, it is essential that both bills pass in tandem because the Budget Reconciliation bills fortifies the areas in which the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework falls short. This is especially the case in issues such as paid leave, climate, and agriculture.
A national high speed rail system (HRS) is the large-scale, fast way to reduce carbon from our transportation and energy sectors. With trains powered by electricity generated 100% by renewables, this can cut the nation’s energy consumption and carbon output by 70%. HSR reduces flights, car usage and long distance trucking all at the same time. No other emission reduction solution can be scaled up this quickly and have this large of an impact.
The American Sustainable Business Council, representing more than 250,000 responsible businesses committed to the triple bottom line – People, Planet & Profits – is pleased to support the National Infrastructure Bank Coalition on reintroduction of H.R.6422, to improve our infrastructure while creating new well-paying jobs.
ASBC is bringing together a broad variety of business voices to advocate for reduced nutrient pollution, better water infrastructure, and policies that make businesses more resilient to floods and droughts. In the end, we hope our work shifts the dialogue on water issues so that there is a greater balance of business perspectives, including the economic reasons for sensible clean water regulations.
Only a few companies sell internet access, but virtually all companies in America rely on it – including ours. Removing the 2015 standards undermines our free market economy by handing internet access providers immense power to steer businesses and customers one way or another.
Making the Business Case
These reports contain clear and compelling business and economic benefits exist for our policy positions. In fact, most of our policy positions include ones that have been painted by others as bad for business. These documents can be used to help educate policymakers and others about how policies based on sustainable principles can be good for all stakeholders, including the planet.