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Episode 223: Climate action and racial justice must converge, urban forest credits

Plus, how the COVID-19 pandemic could influence the quest for net-positive buildings.

Week in Review

Commentary on this week's news highlights begins at 13:00.


The quest for net-positive buildings (22:35)

The pressure for companies and cities to consider the climate crisis — and associated risks — in post-COVID 19 recovery strategies is increasing. How feasible are net-positive buildings, and how might our new economic landscape affect their development? We discuss the issue with Ryan Colker, vice president of innovation for the International Code Council; and Andrew Klein, a professional engineer who is a member of ICC and code consultant for the Building Owners and Managers Association International.

Growing a carbon market for urban forests (34:45)

The process of issuing carbon credits for reforestation projects in places such as rainforests as well established — not so much when it comes to trees growing in the shadow of skyscrapers. Mark McPherson, executive director of City Forest Credits, talks about the nonprofit's mission to plant and preserve more trees to towns and cities, and how companies can get involved.

Extending the life of medical equipment (43:25)

The iFixit repair site just added the world’s largest medical equipment repair database, a free resource for hospitals having trouble fixing equipment quickly — a problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The site’s CEO and founder, Kyle Weens, joins us to chat about the project and why more product vendors should rethink their repair and service policies.

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

*This episode was sponsored by UPS.

Virtual conversations

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The future of risk assessment. Ideas for building a supply chain resilient to both short-term disruptions such as the pandemic and long-term risks such as climate change. Register here for the session at 1 p.m. EDT June 16.

Supply chains and circularity. Join us at 1 p.m. EDT June 23 for a discussion of how companies such as Interface are getting suppliers to buy into circular models for manufacturing, distribution and beyond. 

Resources galore

State of the Profession. Our sixth report examining the evolving role of corporate sustainability leaders. Download it here.

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

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