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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 227: Houston gets climate tech incubator; sustainability execs 'busier than ever'

Plus, more audio highlights from the 2020 GreenBiz 30 Under 30.


Week in Review

Stories discussed this week (2:35).


What should the new normal look like? (13:50)

Helena Wayth, founder and managing director of U.K. consultancy A Bird's Eye View, chats about a new survey that asked consumers to weigh in on the role of corporate responsibility in the post-pandemic era. As she wrote last week: "They want a recovery that doesn’t simply resuscitate our old economy, but rather delivers a lasting response to the social and environmental challenges of our age."

No pandemic pause for the business of sustainability (23:40)

GreenBiz Senior Analyst John Davies checks in with insights from a recent GreenBusiness Executive Network gathering that considered this question: What the heck is going on? One big theme: More attention to the "S" part of environmental, social and governance issues, including racial justice and human well-being. 

Nurturing Houston's climate tech startup scene (33:30)

Last month, incubator Greentown Labs announced plans to open a second location in Houston in spring 2021. Greentown CEO Emily Reichert talks about her expectations for the expansion, and how large companies are part of the ecosystem.

Voices of the 30 Under 30 (49:45)

Last month marked the publication of our fifth annual report highlighting rising stars in the field of sustainability. This segment features more highlights from our interviews. 

  • Kiera O'Brien, founder and president of Young Conservations for Carbon Dividends, on bridging differences (50:10)
  • Hana Kajimura, sustainability lead for Allbirds, on getting things done (51:25)
  • Mateo Dugand, technologist for IT efficiency and sustainability with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, on what he'd address if he had boundless resources (53:45)

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "Try Anything Once," "Southside," "Slow Lights," "More On That Later," "And So Then," "New Day," "Sad Marimba Planet" 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.

Planning for climate risk. Join experts from Verizon, NRG Energy and Oliver Wyman at 1 p.m. EDT July 14 for a discussion on strategies for scenario planning and risk disclosure. 

In conversation with former Unilever CEO Paul Polman. One of the most influential voices in sustainability joins Executive Editor Joel Makower at 1 p.m. EDT July 16 for a one-on-one conversation about redesigning business and commerce in the post-pandemic era to better address sustainability and social challenges.

SDG ambition. How companies are setting ambitious benchmarks in the areas that will have the greatest business impact on the Sustainable Development Goals. Register here for the 1 p.m. EDT July 21 discussion.

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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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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