This week ClimateCounts.org Green Watching campaign is teaming up with DoSomething.org’s Green Your School Challenge and asking teens across the country to sign-up and raise their voices directly to Hewlett-Packard thanking the company for their continued climate action.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) topped the electronics portion of the Climate Counts scorecard this year scoring 85 out of a possible 100 points. HP was one of twenty-five Climate Counts policy standouts recognized for their support of mandatory federal action on climate change that would lead to market-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the growth of renewable energy capacity.
“Having worked with HP for a number of years we were thrilled to see them as the #1 Climate Counts electronics company and the second highest scoring company overall. We were equally as thrilled that the Climate Counts Green Watching campaign provides young people with a free app and website to send messages directly to HP thanking them for their current climate work and encouraging HP to continue raising the bar on corporate climate action," said Melanie Stevenson of DoSomething.org.
The electronic companies scored by CountsCounts.org have over 2.3 million employees combined and pulled in more than $822 billion dollars in revenue last year. That’s more people than the city of Houston - the fourth largest city in the U.S. - and more money than the entire U.S. economic stimulus package of 2009.
“The electronics sector is by far our most competitive sector and HP is leading the way. The Green Watching campaign gives help consumers see the difference between green leaders and greenwashers and gives consumer the tools to tell companies climate action matters,” said Mark Harrison, Climate Counts campaign coordinator.
ClimateCounts.org and DoSomething.org along with other non-profits will be "Green Watching" HP in the form of ‘thank you’ e-mail and Twitter messages from the ClimateCounts.org website and free app encouraging HP to continue leading the way in their efforts to take climate action.
Climate Counts is a non-profit campaign that scores companies annually on the basis of their voluntary action to reverse climate change. The Climate Counts Company Scorecard -- launched in June 2007 -- helps people vote with their dollars by making climate-conscious purchasing and investing choices that put pressure on the world's most well-known companies to take the issue of climate change seriously. Launched by organics pioneer Stonyfield Farm, Climate Counts believes everyday consumers can be the most important activists in the fight against global warming. Climate Counts has currently evaluated nearly 150 companies in sixteen major consumer sectors with plans to expand the number of companies and sectors. Climate Counts' work has appeared in many of the world's leading media outlets, among them the New York Times, National Public Radio, The Economist, BBC World Service, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review. The organization launched its free iPhone app and its Climate Counts Industry Innovators (i2) program in early 2010.
DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething.org is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething.org inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.