Episode 193: Combating food waste, measuring plastic footprints, get ready to advocate
Week in Review
Commentary on this week's featured stories starts at 8:13.
- Where’s your Zero Czar?
- BlackRock and Ellen MacArthur Foundation launch circular economy fund
- How the Urban Freight Lab seeks to fix the last 50 feet of shipping
A zest for combating food waste (20:45)
Zest Labs has zeroed in on one small, but critical, link of the food waste challenge: using technology to understand why produce might spoil while in transit to retailers, or shortly after a consumer buys it, and find ways to prevent that from happening. Tune in for outtakes from GreenBiz Associate Editor Deonna Anderson's interview with Zest CEO Peter Mehring.
This startup helps you get a grip on your plastic footprint (28:20)
RePurpose is a social startup, born at the University of Pennsylvania, focused on helping consumers and businesses calculate and offset plastics consumption. We spoke with co-founder Svanika Balasubramanian about graduate research that inspired her team, the two big challenges that rePurpose addresses and how companies might use the platform.
A call for corporate climate leadership (35:29)
This week, 11 major environmental groups published an open letter in the New York Times calling on companies to adopt science-based targets for reducing their GHG emissions — and to urge the trade associations they support to do the same. The call to action further urges business leaders to get more active at lobbying for governmental policies intended to counter and mitigate climate change. Dropping in to chat about this new call to action is Victoria Mills, managing director of the Environmental Defense Fund.
*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "Try Anything Once," "Credit Roll," "Curiosity," "Late Night Tales," "I'm Going for a Coffee" and "As I Was Saying"
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