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Episode 233: Earth Overshoot Day moves later, e-commerce and disclosure

Week in Review

Stories discussed this week (5:30).

Features

Why e-commerce retailers should be chatting up sustainability (19:30)

The Environmental Defense Fund released a new roadmap challenging the likes of Amazon, eBay and Walmart to use their e-commerce platforms for disclosures on issues such as toxic chemical footprints of products, as well as the emissions caused by their production. Associate Editor Deonna Anderson shares highlights from her related interview with Boma Brown-West, senior manager at EDF+Business. Read the story here.

We only have one planet (24:10)

This Saturday, Aug. 22, marks Earth Overshoot Day, defined as the point at which humanity has used up nature's resource budget for the year. The date is actually three weeks later than in 2019. What can we learn from this moment? Mathis Wackernagel, founder and president of the Global Footprint Network, and Kevin Self, senior vice president of strategy, business development and government relations at Schneider Electric, weigh in with advice from their new e-book.

Is sustainability part of your sales dialogue? (34:10)

John Davies, vice president and senior analyst with GreenBiz, drops by with an update from his conversations with the GreenBiz Executive Network, which represents the sustainability teams of large companies. One encouraging development: Many are more engaged than ever with their counterparts in sales.

*Music in this episode: Lee Rosevere — "Southside," "More On That Later," "Curiosity," "Sad Marimba Planet" and "As I Was Saying"; Stefan Kartenberg — "The Vendetta"

*This episode was sponsored by Eastman and Prescott College.

Resources galore

Greentech on the red sea. How do we innovate our way out of the climate crisis? Three professors from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology discussing promising solutions in energy and water. Join the webcast at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 8.

Today's carbon-negative fuel. Exploring the potential for fleet emissions reductions through renewable natural gas. Register here for the discussion at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 10.

ESG values and a sustainable future. Why placing environment, social and governance principles at the center of COVID-19 recovery places makes sense for resilience and the bottom line. Sign up for the interactive session at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 15.

Inside The Climate Pledge. Senior executives from Amazon, Global Optimism and Verizon share insights on why collaborative corporate action on the climate crisis is more critical than ever. Join us during Climate Week at noon EDT Sept. 24.

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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