Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday commended a newly formed group that aims to help Virginia-based businesses and nonprofits address climate change and prepare the economy for a clean energy future.

Northam spoke at the Community Climate Collaborative (C3) launch of the Green Business Alliance at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.

“We’ve had these climate commissions in Virginia and we listen to the data and we’ve said that we really need to get out there and take action and then we really never have. In the past few years, we have been able to work together and really understand what we’re up against as a society,” Northam said.