In 2006, Meridian Institute assisted several large companies and national environmental organizations in establishing what eventually became known as the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). USCAP members joined together to recommend the prompt enactment of national legislation in the United States to slow, stop, and reverse the growth of greenhouse gas emissions over the shortest period of time reasonably achievable. USCAP members include utility, energy, manufacturing, consumer products, and financial services companies, as well as leading national NGOs focused on climate change.
In early 2007, the principals of the USCAP member companies and organizations released A Call for Action, which provides consensus principles and recommendations that USCAP members believe should form the foundation of US climate change legislation. The report release served as the beginning of efforts by USCAP members to build consensus among policy makers and opinion leaders regarding the US direction on climate change policy. In 2009, USCAP members released A Blueprint for Legislative Action, a detailed framework for legislation to address climate change. Elements of this document became the basis for the Waxman-Markey climate change bill (HR 2454) that passed the US House of Representatives in 2009.
Meridian managed the USCAP process, including facilitating all policy negotiations of USCAP’s staff-level steering committee as well as its CEO-level board. Lighthouse Consulting assisted with USCAP’s government outreach efforts, and Outreach Strategies assisted with implementing USCAP’s communications strategy. USCAP was the most influential business/NGO coalition working on climate change issues in the United States, and its members remain committed to ensuring that effective federal climate change legislation is enacted in the United States.