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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 150: Mobility insights from Lime, clean-energy policies that work

Also in this episode, digging into sustainable agriculture and what's in store at the upcoming Sustainable Innovation Forum, being held alongside COP24 in Poland.

Week in Review

Tune in around 9:25 for a roundup of news.

  1. Planning a TCFD project? Begin with the end in mind
  2. A new ‘playbook’ for financing a climate-constrained world
  3. Partnering to protect water

Featured Stories

Why supporting federal R&D matters, plus other policies that count (15:48)

Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation, has extensive experience when it comes to federal energy policy — having served on panels appointed by Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. His new book "Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy," written with two other experts from Energy Innovation, is a handbook for policymakers on both national and subnational levels. You can find an excerpt here. Plus, tune in for insight into how business leaders can participate. 

Lime's sustainability chief on how scooters benefit cities (29:38)

Listen to two outtakes from GreenBiz senior writer and analyst Katie Fehrenbacher's interview with Andrew Savage, chief sustainability officer of bike-, scooter and soon-to-be-car-sharing company Lime. You can read more of the Q&A here.

From ambition to ambitious action (33:10)

Nearly 25,000 policymakers, executives, NGOs, consulting organizations and other stakeholders are headed to Poland next week for COP 24, the informal name for the Fourth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The dialogue at one of the influential side events, the Sustainable Innovation Forum, will focus on four big themes: the circular economy; the energy transition; sustainable mobility; and climate finance. For a preview of what's in store, we spoke with Nick Henry, founder and CEO of event organizer Climate Action, organizer of the Sustainable Innovation Forum; and Andreas Klugescheid, head of steering governmental affairs, external relations and sustainability communication for sponsor BMW.

Farming for sustainability (40:45)

During the annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Denver earlier this month, farmers spoke up about economics, technology and a preponderance of nebulous food marketing terms such as "natural." Observations from the event's master of ceremonies, former McDonald's sustainability chief and GreenBiz editor-at-large Bob Langert.

*All music in this episode by Lee Rosevere ("Try Anything Once," "Credit Role," "Wandering" and "Late Night Tales.")

What's new at GreenBiz?

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• An ocean of plastic. Companies, NGOs, investors and other stakeholders are collaborating to stem the tide of more than 8 million metric tons of plastic waste that flow into the ocean every year — with a particular focus on developing countries in Southeast Asia. Hear more about potential solutions and how the Circulate Capital fund could help make them possible by registering for this free interactive webcast at 1 p.m. EST Dec. 4.

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