Episode 23: Singapore's smart nation push; Reporting goes high tech

GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 23: Singapore's smart nation push; Reporting goes high tech

GreenBiz 350 sustainable business podcast


Welcome to GreenBiz 350 — the weekly podcast covering all things sustainable business.

This week we delve into the slow death of once-a-year corporate sustainability reports, one tiny country's quest to bring the Internet of Things to bear and why technologists are rushing to build resilience tools.

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GreenBiz week in review

Tune in at 4:00 minutes into the episode for a weekly roundup of the news you need to know about.

G7, meet the circular economy

The international group of economic policy setters has decided that zero waste and circular economy thinking have big enough potential to be worthy of their time. After all, the world's use of raw materials is on pace to grow 35 percent in a mere 15 years.

Senior Writer Barbara Grady talked with EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus who hosted a G7 meeting on the circular economy last week, inviting major automakers and suppliers to share their best practices. Their ideas are explored in "GM, Johnson Controls teach G7 about circular economy thinking."

Mutual funds and the democratization of green investment

Wall Street's sniffing around the realm of sustainability continues with a new environment, safety and governance (ESG) ranking recently released by financial services firm Morningstar.

Reporter Keith Larsen explains what it means in the piece "Morningstar and the democratization of ESG information."

Why annual sustainability reports won't cut it

Still uploading that once-a-year PDF cataloguing your company's environmental achievements? Say goodbye to the monolithic annual sustainability report. As Senior Writer Mike Hower writes in the piece "The future of reporting: Goodbye, annual PDFs; hello, real-time feeds" IT innovation has (finally) collided with corporate social responsibility.

Featured stories

An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around minutes 13:00 and 28:00 to hear this week's features.

Singapore's smart city play

Could one of the world's tiniest countries — which also happens to be the world's third-richest country — become a test bed for smart city technologies like Internet of Things sensors and self-driving cars?

The government of Singapore certainly hopes so, as Senior Editor Lauren Hepler details in the piece "Singapore aims to become the world's first smart city-state."

Resilience: There's an app for that

Lots of people, in and out of government, have been thinking about what could make cities more resilient in the face of climate change, over-crowding, pollution and affordability challenges. While the urbanist movement keeps the topic central, the White House decided to launch a tool kit of data resources to help city dwellers be, well, resilient.

Senior Writer Barbara Grady describes the state of play in "Urban resilience? There's an app for that."  

What's new at GreenBiz?

News, events, webcasts — the list goes on. Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest in sustainability by keeping up with GreenBiz.

What goes around comes around

The circular economy enthusiasts at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have officially made it stateside, as was made clear with the launch this week of a U.S. branch of the group's international Circular Economy 100 (CE100).Get the inside scoop around minute 19:00 of this episode.

But how does the concept of the circular economy square with day-to-day business realities? Check out a new joint report by GreenBiz and UPS to find out.

Hit the beach

What happens when tech and sustainability collide? Find out at VERGE Hawaii June 21-23 in Honolulu.

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Technical direction for this episode of GreenBiz 350 by Lauren Hepler.