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Episode 217: Checking in with CSOs, biodiversity talk, the 'fragility' of auto-centric cities

Plus, McKinsey Partner Dickon Pinner offers advice on how corporate sustainability professions can apply lessons from the COVID-19 crisis to long-term climate strategy.

Week in Review

Commentary on this week's news highlights begins at 8:15.

  1. PepsiCo CSO: We can’t ‘lose sight’ of the long-term crisis
  2. What happens to corporate sustainability amid the COVID-19 crisis? Some reflections
  3. Biodiversity, pandemics and the circle of life
  4. Coronavirus has exposed the fragility of auto-centric cities


McKinsey: How corporate sustainability teams can prioritize in this moment (24:45)

What can the coronavirus crisis teach us about climate change? Dickon Pinner, senior partner with McKinsey and the lead on the consulting firm's global sustainability practice, discusses how the response to COVID-19 could reshape future supply chain strategies and how to make the most of this moment.

Youth rally around Earth Day's 50th anniversary (38:15)

While the celebrations were more muted — and digital — today's youth isn't remaining silent on the need to address the climate crisis. Listen up for a highlight from our interview with Sarah Goody, a youth activist who is part of the lead circle for Youth vs. Apocalypse, a network of young climate justice activists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

*This episode was sponsored by Villanova University. 

*Music in this episode: Banu Kanibelli ("Earth Is My Home, It's Calling") and AdmiralBob77 ("Two Guitars," "Sax, Guitar and Organ at the Club" and "Confederation Line")

Virtual Conversations

Mark your calendar for these upcoming GreenBiz webcasts. Can't join live? All of these events also will be available on demand.

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.

Resources Galore

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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