A few months ago, Minnesota-based Best Buy joined other leading U.S. companies in signing President Obama’s American Business Act on Climate pledge, committing to reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions and expressing support for a strong agreement at COP21. This pledge, signed by 81 companies in all 50 states that have committed at least $160 billion in new low-carbon investments, represents the growing contributions of the business community to climate solutions. Best Buy itself pledged to reduce their carbon emissions 45 percent by 2020, provide energy-efficient products and solutions to their customers, and work with partners to promote a more sustainable electronics industry. More recently, they extended their support for climate action by agreeing to sponsor Climate Generation’s Window into Paris: COP21 educator delegation.
By contributing financial support to our Window into Paris: COP21 program, Best Buy is signalling its impressive depth of support for a positive outcome at these critical negotiations, as well as also reaffirming the company’s commitment to education and youth leadership. Best Buy’s Teen Tech Centers provide urban teenagers with opportunities to develop their tech skills, and our partnership with Best Buy will build on the potential to connect technology education with climate change education. Since climate change is the issue that will most define the future of today’s students, there is real potential to equip students with strong tech skills through climate change education.
At COP21, Climate Generation staff and our Education Ambassadors will meet with Best Buy’s Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Laura Bishop, who will highlight Best Buy’s carbon reduction goal, the company’s climate commitment, and their Teen Tech Centers.
We appreciate the strong climate leadership demonstrated by Best Buy, and are happy to count the company as a sponsor of our Window into Paris program.