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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 174: UPS and Walmart share fleet strategies; a peek into Citi's sustainability strategy

Plus, we debate direct air capture technology, Ford's robotics partnership and sustainability in the fashion industry.

Week in Review

Tune in around 6:41 for commentary on this week's stories.

  1. How social entrepreneur Safia Minney is designing responsible sourcing into the fashion industry
  2. The case for investing in direct air capture just got clearer
  3. Ford’s CTO on robotaxis, delivery bots and automotive disruptions


Bringing clean energy into Africa (20:55)

Amar Inamdar, an investor and entrepreneur from East Africa, is managing director of KawiSafi Ventures, a $70 million investment fund created by impact investment organization Acumen. He chats with GreenBiz Editorial Director Heather Clancy about the sorts of startups and technology that could be instrumental in bringing clean energy to at least 10 million people in sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade.

The conundrum of cleaning up long-haul trucking (32:33)

Charging electric trucks multiple times along journeys that are often hundreds of miles long isn't a viable option for companies such as Walmart or UPS that need to get things from Point A to Point B in the quickest, most efficient method possible. GreenBiz Senior Writer and Transportation Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher chats with two logistics strategists about the routes they're taking to get off dirty diesel: Jennifer Wheeler, senior manager of supply chain sustainability for Walmart, and Mike Casteel, director of fleet procurement for UPS. 

Citi sustainability strategist shares (37:37)

In our second "What I Do" segment, Citi Senior Vice President Davida Heller talks about her unusual career pivot from the film industry into sustainability strategy, the pillars that underpin her team's decision-making process, and how she juggles internal versus external stakeholder engagement. "What I love most about my job is the opportunities in the nexus of finance and sustainability," she says. "I think we're at a pivotal moment in the evolution of incorporating sustainability in how you do business, and it is fascinating to watch how we are developing and starting to understand how to actually finance that transition to a low-carbon economy."

* All music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "Wandering," "Knowing the Truth," "Start the Day" and "Thinking It Over."

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