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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 218: What's next for sustainability careers, capitalism in a 'world on fire'

Plus, the role of sustainable finance in the COVID-19 recovery.

Week in Review

Commentary on this week's news highlights begins at 7:05.

  1. Downturn signals opportunity for climate-aligned investing
  2. Amazon's commitment to working forests and how businesses can really protect trees 
  3. The state of the sustainability profession in uncertain times (commentary from John Davies, senior analyst at GreenBiz; Peggy Brannigan, senior program manager, global environmental sustainability at LinkedIn; and sustainability recruiting specialist Ellen Weinreb) 


Capitalism is broken (31:15)

Talk about timing. We talk with Harvard Business School professor Rebecca Henderson about her new book out this week, "Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire." "For me, a reimagined capitalism is a capitalism in balance," she says. Look for an excerpt in the GreenBiz Reads column.

The role of sustainable finance in the COVID-19 recovery (44:05)

Banks will be at the center of the economic recovery — ensuring that infrastructure investments consider the climate crisis is critical. James Davis, partner with management consultancy Oliver Wyman, chats about the potential.

An opportunity to redefine value (53:40)

Eileen Mockus, CEO of home textiles company Coyuchi, discusses how sustainable business practices — particularly circular economy processes — can help businesses strengthen their relationships with customers after the pandemic.

*This episode was sponsored by Villanova University. 

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "4th Ave Walkup," "Curiosity," "And So Then," "I'm Going for a Coffee," "Here's the Thing" and "As I Was Saying"

Virtual Conversations

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

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. Marketing insights firm Shelton Group presents 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 Elkington, 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. 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.

Scaling municipal fleets. Experts from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ChargePoint, Smart City Columbus and the city of Oakland, California share tips at 1 p.m. EDT May 26.  

This is climate tech. Join respected venture capitalists Nancy Pfund (DBL Partners), Andrew Beebe (Obvious Ventures) and Andrew Chung (1955 Capital) for a discussion at 1 p.m. EDT May 28 about compelling solutions and startups that address the climate crisis — and how big companies can play a role in scaling them.

Resources Galore

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

Do we have a newsletter for you! We produce six weekly newsletters: GreenBuzz by Executive Editor Joel Makower (Monday); Transport Weekly by Senior Writer and Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher (Tuesday); VERGE Weekly by Executive Director Shana Rappaport and Editorial Director Heather Clancy (Wednesday); Energy Weekly by Senior Energy Analyst Sarah Golden (Thursday); Food Weekly by Carbon and Food Analyst Jim Giles (Thursday); and Circular Weekly by Director and Senior Analyst Lauren Phipps (Friday). You must subscribe to each newsletter in order to receive it. Please visit this page to choose which you want to receive.

The GreenBiz Intelligence Panel is the survey body we poll regularly throughout the year on key trends and developments in sustainability. To become part of the panel, click here. Enrolling is free and should take two minutes.

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