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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 115: Leadership from the Climate Collaborative to the Climate Group to Palo Alto

This week: Helen Clarkson of the Climate Group and Erin Callahan of the Climate Collaborative. Plus, meet the rockstar journalist joining GreenBiz.

Week in Review

Tune in around 13:00 for a weekly roundup of news.

1. Banks laser in on the deforestation-free movement

2. With Clif Bar, supplier States Logistics gains an appetite for clean energy

3. How companies can navigate the ESG disclosure maze

Featured stories

1. Palo Alto's sky-high climate ambitions (3:19)

The city of Palo Alto, California, has set a goal to reduce 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The goal will take a commitment from the built environment and an intense focus on energy, emissions, water and indoor air quality, among other factors and industries. Shana Rappaport, GreenBiz's director of strategic programming, interviews Michelle Flaherty, deputy city manager of Palo Alto, about the level of ambition the city is taking in each area, its environmental goals and what comes next.

2. Can the natural products industry reverse climate change? (27:05)

On March 3, Anaheim, California, hosted the second annual Climate Day at Natural Products Expo West, a trade show for the natural products industry — and our Executive Editor Joel Makower was its official MC. He spoke with Erin Callahan, executive director of the Climate Collaborative, about why Climate Day was dedicated to helping natural products companies make bold commitments to reverse climate change through eliminating food waste, promoting responsible forestry, using renewable energy or low-carbon transportation. 

3. The power of peer pressure in corporate leadership (37:00)

In March, Helen Clarkson celebrates her one-month anniversary as CEO of the Climate Group, a 14-year-old organization that accelerates corporate sustainability efforts through the RE100 (companies committed to using 100 percent renewable energy); the EV100 (companies transitioning to electric vehicles by 2030); and the EP100 (helps companies double energy productivity). Editorial Director Heather Clancy and Clarkson discussed the power of (the good kind) of peer pressure to do the right thing. Read more in this month's Big Green interview.

4. Transportation reporting goes from 0 to 60 (45:20)

The GreenBiz team welcomes Katie Fehrenbacher as a senior writer and analyst covering transportation and mobility. Joel interviews her about how she went from a Silicon Valley journalist to a specialist on the convergence of transportation, greentech and the electrification of vehicles. 

What's new at GreenBiz?

News, events, webcasts — the list goes on. Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest in sustainability by keeping up with GreenBiz.

• We're pleased to welcome veteran greentech journalist Katie Fehrenbacher to the GreenBiz team as a senior writer and analyst. She will focus on transportation and mobility and will lend her expertise to building the VERGE Transport conference within VERGE 18.

• Know an emerging young leader who works in sustainability? Nominate them here for recognition as a GreenBiz 30 Under 30 honoree. We welcome applications from around the world, and the nominations page is now available in Spanish, French and Portuguese.

• If you're building a fledgling, climate-smart solution in energy, transportation, buildings, water or cybersecurity — and can pitch it in 60 seconds — here's how to apply for our VERGE Hawaii Accelerate competition.

• Looking to change up your career? GreenBiz is hiring, and you can check out all the open positions mentioned during the podcast introduction here.

• Don't miss our webcast "Supplier Sustainability Ratings for Procurement and Supply Chain Needs," which will teach you how to identify highly credible rating tools for selecting suppliers with high sustainability scores. Register here for free for the webcast at 1 a.m. EST/10 a.m. PST March 13.

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