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Episode 216: Commemorating Earth Day amid the pandemic

Leaders from Archer Daniels Midland, Danone, Herman Miller, Mars, Perdue and more share how their companies are marking the 50th anniversary, while keeping their sights firmly focused on addressing COVID-19.


Week in Review

Commentary on this week's news highlights begins at 5:43.

  1. Microsoft is building a "Planetary Computer" to protect biodiversity
  2. Tree Top, Pop-Tarts and the beauty of ugly fruit in tackling food waste
  3. Why sustainability professionals should drive green consumerism
  4. Earth Day and the polling of America, 2020


Happy anniversary, Earth Day (21:39)

Members of the corporate sustainability community share how they plan to mark the 50th year of a day dedicated to being mindful about the sustainability of Planet Earth, while being respectful about addressing the health, social and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring: 

  1. Archer Daniels Midland — Alison Taylor, chief sustainability officer (22:13)
  2. RMI —Jules Kortenhorst, CEO (24:18)
  3. PNM — Patricia Vincent-Collawn, CEO (25:45)
  4. U.S. Green Building Council — Taryn Holowka, senior vice president (27:10)
  5. Perdue Farms — Steve Levitsky, vice president of sustainability (28:30)
  6. Herman Miller — Gabe Wing, director of sustainability (29:59)
  7. Enel North America — Marcus Krembs, head of sustainability (31:31)
  8. Danone North America — Angela Grist, senior director of marketing (33:01)
  9. Lenzing — Tricia Carey, director of business development, apparel (34:33)
  10. HP Inc.  Nate Hurst, chief sustainability and social impact officer (36:00)
  11. Mars Inc. — Ashley Allen, senior manager, climate and land (38:00) 

*This episode was sponsored by Villanova University. 

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "Curiosity," "As I Was Saying," "More On That Later" and "Southside"

Virtual Conversations

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State of the Profession. As we embark on a new decade — and a new business normal — what's in store for sustainability professionals in terms of talent and teams? Join GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower, GreenBiz Senior Analyst John Davies and sustainability and ESG recruiting expert Ellen Weinreb as they discuss the findings and implications of our sixth State of the Professional survey. Register now for this free digital event at 1 p.m. EDT April 28.

Coronavirus and the clean economy. Join us at 2:30 p.m. EDT April 30 as GreenBiz analysts weigh in about how the pandemic is altering priorities in food production, recycling and materials recovery, public transit and renewables procurement. 

Are you ready for "absolute zero"? Experts from Quantis, Gold Standard and Microsoft discuss the latest in science-based sustainability strategy in this interactive session at 11 a.m. EDT May 5.

What fringe consumers tell us. Experts from marketing insights firm Shelton Group present the latest findings about fringe ideas that could become mainstream expectations in the post-pandemic marketplace. Mark your calendar for 1 p.m. EDT May 7.

Moving to a regenerative food supply. Pioneering companies, NGOs and policymakers will discuss tracking technologies, regenerative agriculture projects and new collaborations that could make food systems more sustainable. Sign up here for the session at 1 p.m. EDT May 12.

In conversation with John Elkington. Don't miss this one-on-one interview featuring GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower and well-respected sustainability consultant John Elkinton, who recently published his 20th book, "Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism." Register for the live event at 1 p.m. EDT May 14.

Circularity goes digital. Our Circularity 20 conference may be postponed, but you don't have to wait until August for three great discussions on the circular economy. We'll debate "Reusable Packaging in the Age of Contagion," "Can Recycled Plastic Survive Low Oil Prices" and "Repair, Resilience and Customer Engagement." Register here for our half-day event starting at 1 p.m. EDT May 18.

What's New?

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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