Episode 157: McDonald's as muse, next-gen cleantech, Honda's open-garage policy
Week in Review
Tune in around 3:17 for a roundup of news.
- Honda is looking for your energy or mobility startup
- Shareholders ask retailers to report on plastic bags
- An air conditioner powered by outer space and help from the sun
Former McDonald's CSO wants you to learn from his mistakes (16:26)
Bob Langert, the first vice president of sustainability for McDonald's and now an editor-at-large for GreenBiz, was instrumental in leading the company toward its current policies for environmental and supply chain sustainability, as well as balanced menu choices. That journey took more than two decades. Given the urgent need for speed in addressing climate change, Langert wrote his new book to share some well-mapped shortcuts. Listen up, and come see Bob later this month at GreenBiz 19.
How businesses can help urban planners (23:26)
Is your company at the table when it comes to community and regional transportation strategy? Christof Spieler, vice president and director of planning for engineering firm Huitt-Zollars, and author of "Trains, Buses, People," offers insight for how businesses can join the dialogue.
On the scene at the Cleantech Open (33:06)
VERGE Executive Director Shana Rappaport was in Los Angeles this week for the Cleantech Open Global Forum, where she had the chance to mingle with more than 100 startups in energy, transportation, clean water and smart agriculture. Settle in for conversations with Erik Steeb, senior programs officer for incubator LACI, and Dvorit Mausner, executive director of carbontech specialist Manylabs.
*All music in this episode by Lee Rosevere ("Southside," "4th Avenue Walkup" and "Here's the Thing")
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