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Episode 197: Shell gets back to nature, General Mills' soil savant

Plus, why urban agriculture is a fertile market for growth.

Week in Review

Commentary of some of this week's stories begins at 4:59.

  1. Vehicle-to-grid technology is revving up
  2. The vertical farming industry is growing deeper roots
  3. Sustainability-linked loans soar as green bond issues slow


Meet the General Mills soil savant (18:39)

Steve Rosenzweig, soil scientist at General Mills, is instrumental in the food company's commitment to cultivate at least 1 million acres of farmland using regenerative agriculture techniques by 2030. He chats about partnering with farmers and how to measure soil health. 

Invenergy charges up turnkey energy solutions (27:58)

In early November, Chicago-based renewables developer Invenergy created a new business dedicated to deploying turnkey energy installations for large facility and fleet owners. Its focus is on managing energy costs, increasing reliability and enhancing electrification efforts. Shashank Sane, senior vice president at Invenergy, discusses the mission. 

Shell gets back to nature (39:35)

David Hone has been Shell's chief climate change adviser for more than a decade. He chats about natural-based solutions to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, especially for sectors where technological options will be slower to emerge.

"There's a very clear recognition now that not only do we have to limit the use of fossil fuels, but we also have to see large swaths of the planet reforested for all sorts of reasons, not just to manage emissions but to restore biodiversity, to restore clean air in a different sort of way, to ensure that wetlands and all of the other things that nature offers are still there in the future," he said.

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "4th Ave Walkup," "Arcade Montage," "I'm Going For a Coffee," "Thinking It Over" and "Here's the Thing"

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