CalSTRS Joins The Climate Registry
Commits to measure and report carbon emissions

News release

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA  – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) today announced it has joined The Climate Registry, the leading voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) registry in North America. A nonprofit group governed by states, provinces and tribes, The Registry helps organizations measure and reduce their GHG emissions.

CalSTRS, a Climate Action Leader, and a member of the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) since 2005 will transition to the North American collaborative and extend its voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reporting into its sixth year.

“CalSTRS is committed to setting an example by ‘walking the talk’ with The Climate Registry and reporting our progress in reducing our carbon emissions and footprint,” said Jack Ehnes, Chief Executive Officer of CalSTRS. “We understand that climate change risk is already having an effect on the global economy so it only seems right that we go beyond what we ask our portfolio companies to do, which is to at least have a plan in place to report their greenhouse gas emissions.”

“CalSTRS is demonstrating true environmental leadership by committing to report their carbon emissions in a public, transparent and credible way,” said Doug Scott, Chair of The Climate Registry and Chair of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. “Measuring your emissions is the critical first step to managing them and fostering new ways to reduce your carbon footprint – and your impact on the planet.”

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $140.1 billion, is the second largest public pension fund in the United States. It administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s 852,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,400 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts. In 2010, its headquarters received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) New Construction Gold certificate from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that operates the only voluntary carbon footprint registry in North America supported by states, provinces, territories and tribes.