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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 195: AI tale, Ceres tackles capital markets, the kids are more than alright

Plus, what you missed during the Clean Tech Open showcase at VERGE 19.

Week in Review

Commentary of some of this week's stories begins at 7:20.

  1. Logistics leaders suggest quickest routes for decarbonizing shipping
  2. The need to digitize traceability is key to enabling circularity
  3. Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper team up for recycled plastics drive


The kids are more than alright (19:52)

What would youth activists appreciate from the business community — in the form of support, mentorship and the like? During VERGE 19, GreenBiz co-founder and Executive Editor Joel Makower put that question to a panel of inspiring young women. We hear from Marlow Baines, global crew director, Earth Guardians; Tokata Iron Eyes, indigenous youth leader and advocate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenized Energy; and Isha Clarke, youth organizer with Youth vs. Apocalypse. Plus, here are five things we learned from the session.

Why artificial intelligence is in fashion for thredUP (30:35)

How does the thrift marketplace manage an inventory of more than 3.5 million apparel items? Without machine learning, it would be nearly impossible. We size up the issue with Chris Homer, co-founder and CTO of the fast-growing circular fashion startup.

The crusade to accelerate sustainable capital markets (39:00)

Nonprofit Ceres, which represents the interests of institutional investors, has created a new center called the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets. Ceres president and CEO Mindy Lubber chats about how the accelerator aims to help financial regulators build climate risk considerations into capital markets and assist investment managers in transitioning their portfolios to support the drive toward net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. 

What you missed at the Clean Tech Open (50:44)

More than 100 companies were represented in this year's Clean Tech Open accelerator competition. Clean Tech Open Executive Director Ken Hayes talks about this year's crop of startups, notably those that rose to the fore at the western regional showcase last week during VERGE 19. Next stop: the annual forum, Nov. 11-12 in Los Angeles. GreenBiz 350 listeners can receive a 30 percent discount with this promo code: Partner350.

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "I'm Going for a Coffee," "Try Anything Once," "Southside," "4th Ave Walkup" and "Here's the Thing"

What's new at GreenBiz?

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