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Episode 175: Some 30 Under 30 sound bites, circular thinking, electric ferries

Week in Review

Tune in around 6:14 for commentary on this week's stories.

  1. Circularity needs a positive narrative to drive action
  2. It’s time to include developing nations more holistically in circular economy discussions


Catching up with 30 Under 30 alumna Emily Grady (15:45)

When we first met Emily Grady, as part of the 2016 GreenBiz 30 Under 30, she was part of the North American operations for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development — advising member companies about how to build strategies around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These days, she's in Geneva, where she supports the organization's food and nature program. One of her projects: research into ways food and beverage companies can better measure their impacts and dependencies. Listen up to learn how. Plus, learn more about what some of our past 30 Under 30 honorees are doing today.

A conversation with Circle Economy CEO Harald Friedl (22:50)

Circle Economy, based in Amsterdam, is at the center of European's fast-evolving circular economy ecosystem. GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower visited with the non-profit, where he met with CEO Harald Friedl. On their minds: the role of cities in the transition from linear to circular economic models; and how the transition might bring more power to the people by breaking down silos that can hold back municipal services.

Whatever floats your electric ferry (28:14)

The Enhydra ferry is in a class of its own: the 600-passenger, aluminum-hulled, lithium-Ion battery plug-in hybrid is the first vessel of its kind to be built from the keel up under U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Now ferrying passengers in the San Francisco Bay, Enhydra is part of tour company Red and White Fleet's strategy to transition to a zero-emissions fleet by 2025. Engineer Paul Smith takes GreenBiz Senior Writer Katie Fehrenbacher on board to chat about the technology that keeps this boat afloat.

Voices of the 30 Under 30 (31:35)

This week marked the publication of our fourth annual 30 Under 30 list, a tribute to twentysomethings who are sustainability leaders in their companies, nonprofits and communities. This episode includes perspectives from five of this year's cohort: 

  • Ashley Fahey, sustainability principal with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (31:51); 
  • Benji Backer, co-founder of the American Conservation Coalition (33:50); 
  • Alexis Rocamora, senior consultant of climate change and sustainability services with Ernst & Young Japan (37:38);
  • Giana Amador, co-founder and managing director of Carbon180 (39:22); and 
  • Holly Beale, program manager for datacenter community environment sustainability and founder of the worldwide sustainability community for Microsoft (41:57).

* All music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "4th Avenue Walkup," "Arcade Montage," "I'm Going For A Coffee" and "Here's The Thing."

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