Episode 114: Talking smart cities, Tyson's meaty agenda, GM's waste 'MacGyver'
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Former McKinsey consultant Justin Whitmore was on the job as the first chief sustainability officer of Tyson Foods just one month when he disclosed his team’s intention to set science-based targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and to embrace "outcome-based" water conservation goals across the company’s operations and supply chain. He chats with Heather Clancy about his team's progress, plus an emerging program to address food waste.
2. What's motivating cities to get "smarter" (28:05)
Did you know that smaller cities are investing faster in LED street lighting than larger ones? That's one finding from the Johnson Controls Smart City Indicator, which reflects the opinions of more than 150 leaders involved in smart city projects in 12 countries. Clay Nesler, the company's vice president of global sustainability and industry initiatives, chats about the findings with GreenBiz Group Executive Editor Joel Makower. You can download research highlights here.
3. Meet the "MacGyver" behind GM's successful zero-waste-to-landfill initiatives (37:55)
General Motors this week disclosed that all of its manufacturing plants in Canada, Mexico and South America have reached landfill-free status. Getting there has required the company to embrace unconventional processes for recycling, reusing and composting waste. The man in charge of those programs is John Bradburn. His official title is global manager of waste reduction. But internally, John is known as GM’s MacGyver of waste.
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