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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 210: Ford's systemic sustainability, Project Drawdown's climate solutions update

Plus, what do consumers think of the circular economy? ING executive Anne van Riel offers some perspective.

Week in Review

Commentary on this week's news highlights begins at 6:08.

  1. 25 badass women shaking up the climate movement in 2020
  2. Signs of progress for green chemistry
  3. Can this app solve our coffee cup problem?


A Project Drawdown update: Here are the climate solutions we should draw on first (20:10)

Jonathan Foley, executive director of Project Drawdown, believes we have the technologies and natural solutions to lead the world to "climate security," a place where greenhouse gas emissions have peaked and are beginning to drop. Tune in for an update of the organization's list of which approaches could make a difference most quickly, including shifting to plant-based diets, better-managing chemical refrigerants and improving access to voluntary reproductive health care.

What consumers think of the circular economy (32:32)

One big focus for the sustainable finance team at ING, the financial services firm headquartered in Amsterdam, is the circular economy. Anne Van Riel, head of sustainable finance, Americas, discusses high-level findings from its survey of more than 15,000 consumers in 11 countries. 

Ford CSO drives sustainability mainstream (42:18)

Ford has plenty of news down the road this year on its electric vehicle journey, including an all-electric SUV. But new Ford CSO Bob Holycross believes his most important priority is getting the entire organization to consider sustainability in design, sourcing and manufacturing decisions — just like they would safety or quality. Here's a snippet of our recent interview, and be sure to read the entire conversation with Holycross.

*Music in this episode by Stefan Kartenberg: "The Vendetta," "Smokey Eyes," "Oryk Taiko Rhap," "Guitalele's Happy Place" and "Arc De Triomphe"

What's new at GreenBiz?

Retailers and the circular economy. Hear from a panel of retail experts navigating the financial, operational, behavioral and strategic hurdles to introduce business models based on resale, refurbishment and more. Register for this free webcast at 1 p.m. EST March 24.  

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The State of Green Business 2020. Our 13th annual analysis of key metrics and trends for the year ahead published here.

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