GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 125: The world's largest EV maker, sustainable French fries, Intel's water wisdom

Week in Review

Tune in around 7:30 for a weekly roundup of news.

  1. The world’s biggest electric vehicle company you’ve never heard of

  2.  Makeover artists: How the beauty and personal care products industry enhanced its sustainability

Featured stories

Why water expert Will Sarni preaches ‘abundance’ (19:08)

Longtime GreenBiz columnist and former Deloitte consulting partner has not one but two books out this spring. We chat with him about the common theme across both: the need for a radical rethink to entrepreneurship and public policy that moves the focus of solutions — particularly those for addressing water scarcity — beyond incremental improvements. 

Intel's water wisdom (28:52)

Tech giant Intel uses an estimated 10 billion gallons of water annually, but that number could actually be a lot worse. It has spent more than two decades on efficiency measures. Now, it’s focusing on a larger goal: it’s on a mission to restore 100 percent of its water use by 2025. Toddy Brady, Intel’s director of global public affairs and sustainability, talks about what's behind that target, the company's latest efficiency and reclamation projects, why more municipalities need better gray water policies, and why there’s plenty more room for innovation when it comes to water technology.

For J.R. Simplot, sustainability is no small potatoes (41:42)

Brandy Wilson, sustainability director, digs into her priorities for the privately held food company and why water management is a strategic priority. Plus, why (and how) the company created a LEED-certified french fry factory.

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• Don't miss our upcoming interactive webcast, "The Science of Setting Credible, Courageous Sustainability Goals," in which we'll explore how to connect carbon reduction, water conservation and other ambitious corporate sustainability targets more closely with your company's overall innovation and growth agenda. The session features experts from General Mills, McDonald's, Kering and Quantis. Register here for free for the webcast at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST May 22.

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