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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 160: Dialogue on drawdown, why a Microsoft exec took a job at National Geographic

Plus, an excerpt from our interview with former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack.

Week in Review

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Featured Stories

How drawdown strategies can become a differentiator (19:57)

Environmental scientist Jon Foley, who became executive director of Project Drawdown in late 2018, reminds us that there's more to global warming than CO2. Foley chats about how the concept of "drawdown" is inspiring new sustainabilities strategies for companies such as tax software specialist Intuit. Plus, his plan to reach 1 billion people with the drawdown message.

The economic plight of farmers (26:52)

The role of technology in the future of farming is still largely misunderstood by American consumers, according to former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, now president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. GreenBiz Editor at Large Bob Langert spoke with Vilsack about a range of issues, including the role of genetically modified organisms in improving agricultural productivity. Here's an excerpt from that interview. (You can read more here.)

From Microsoft to National Geographic (33:56)

A few months ago, a good friend of ours, Rob Bernard, who headed sustainability strategy at Microsoft, took a new job at the National Geographic Society, where he is now the Global Head of Strategic Partnership. Here's some insight into what inspired his new adventure.

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