LEAD stands for Lawmaker Education Advocacy Day. The primary purpose is to educate members of the House and Senate (as well as key members of the Administration) on the business case for climate action.
Yes, LEAD 2021 is the third annual LEAD event for businesses and investors to advocate on climate policy on Capitol Hill.
To bring the collective leading business voice to federal lawmakers in support of a robust, infrastructure/jobs package that will effectively address climate change.
Does my company or investment firm have to be an official member of one of the sponsoring groups to participate in LEAD?
No, it does not.
Not at all. Ceres will offer comprehensive training and briefing documents, including guidance from former lawmakers, staffers, and lobbyists.
Ceres and our partner, K&L Gates will work to schedule all the meetings for you, taking into account the state and districts where your company has a presence and other preferences/interests you may have.
Each meeting will have three to ten individuals from participating businesses, and a designated facilitator from Ceres or a participating business. Businesses and investors will be meeting with members of Congress, congressional staff, and officials from the Biden Administration.
Yes. LEAD on Climate is designed to give you maximum flexibility. You may attend as little of as much of the event as works for your schedule. However, we strongly encourage participation in lawmaker meetings.
Why are you holding this event now? Do you expect to see significant action on climate from this Congress?
Climate action has come to the forefront of national discussions thanks to the private sector, to the Biden Administration’s leadership and to that of individual states across the country. Given the urgency of the economic recovery and bipartisan agreement on the need for improved infrastructure, we believe there is a true opening for bipartisan negotiations and action on climate change.
President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan in March, which boldly sets forth a vision for a $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan that would put Americans back to work, fix our crumbling infrastructure and put us on a path to reach 50-52% reduction of 2005 emissions by 2030 and zero emissions by 2050. The support from leadership in the House and the Senate on this ambitious package makes this a generational opportunity to act on climate and invest in America’s future. We have the opportunity in this moment to leverage the national conversation, make the business case for strong climate policies, and share the economic perspective on why smart climate policy should be a centerpiece of our nation’s effort to build back better.
We are looking forward to building on the success of LEAD on Carbon Pricing 2019 and LEAD on Climate 2020, which helped to elevate the business voice in support of climate action and contributed to important bipartisan discussions.
Yes. Environmental justice is one of our core messaging areas and is embedded in the entire framework of LEAD. We believe that President Biden’s pledge to route at least 40% of the benefits afforded by his infrastructure plan to disadvantaged communities (i.e, Justice40) is an important benchmark that deserves our full support.
The priorities outlined through LEAD are neutral as to which piece of legislation they are included in. You should feel free to discuss specific bills, but should make it clear that your company supports the broad priorities above all.
While durable, bipartisan Congressional action on climate smart infrastructure would be ideal, what is most important is that positive climate legislation gets passed. LEAD is focused on climate infrastructure priorities regardless of legislative vehicle. We also recognize that the Biden Administration should exercise its administrative authority as it “builds back” our essential rules regulating auto emissions, methane and agriculture among other areas.
No, you do not. Participating companies simply need to agree with the core messaging for the event. However, companies that have endorsed specific policies are free to highlight their positions in meetings. Ceres will provide a list of suggested optional policies and talking points.
If my company advocates for President Biden’s plan on infrastructure, do we need to also support a tax increase to pay for it?
No, you do not. We understand that different organizations and businesses have different perspectives on where infrastructure funding should come from. Our message is that we must build back better with climate smart policy. The event does not advocate for a specific funding mechanism.