Episode 144: Genentech's energy formula, water advocacy and that depressing IPCC report
Week in Review
Tune in around 7:45 for a roundup of news.
- IPCC’s latest report, and other troubling news
- After IPCC report, what businesses should do next
- The transportation equity conundrum: 6 ways cities can improve mobility without displacement
- The implications of Walmart’s blockchain mandate for food suppliers
The case for holistic energy management (26:04)
Most organizations make efficiency, renewables procurement and other decisions about electricity or energy on a site by site basis. But they recognize imperative for a comprehensive strategy. We share highlights from the latest collaborative research project from GreenBiz and Siemens Building Technologies. Plus, an outtake from this week's related webcast, with insights from Jerry Meek, energy and sustainability manager with biotech company Genentech.
Spotlight on clean energy equity: Greenlining Institute (35:19)
The GreenBiz team is committed to supporting clean-economy organizations that put access and equity at the center of their mission. Our inaugural Clean Energy Equity Showcase at VERGE 18 next week honors three Bay Area-based organizations doing exemplary work in this area. In the final of three installments, we catch up with Orson Aguilar, president of Greenlining Institute, a policy, research and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice. Here's more insight into how companies could help amplify its efforts.
Preaching the value of water (40:44)
Amy Skoczlas Cole, managing director of water for American Public Media Group, has made it her mission to raise the average American's "water IQ" — starting with the radio organization's more than 20 million listeners. Cole discusses why the Minnesota-based company values water so highly and how it hopes to catalyze more thoughtful water stewardship.
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• How do you measure a circle? As more companies reconsider materials, products and business models for the circular economy, the need for new metrics to track progress is becoming more apparent. An upcoming one-hour webcast — "Measuring Circularity: Why Lifecycle Assessment is Not the Right Tool" — will explore new options that help managers keep tabs on factors such as recycled content or solid waste from manufacturing. Register for this free, interactive session at 1 PM EST Oct. 23, brought to you by GreenBiz and UL Environment.
• A helping (solar) hand. This upcoming one-hour webcast — "Powering Inclusion Through Solar Handprints: An Innovative Partnership" — will explore an initiative spearheaded by flooring manufacturer Mohawk Industries in collaboration with nonprofit Groundswell to bring clean power to underserved communities. You'll learn more about how this relationship aligns environmental stewardship with social equity. Register for the free, interactive session at 1 PM EST Oct. 30.
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