Episode 36: Brexit, VW and 21st century environmentalism
Well, that was a crazy week. On top of Volkswagen's $15 billion diesel pollution penalty — and "Brexit" throwing into question Europe's economic stability and environmentally-conscious political climate — there was no shortage of other environmental news.
Finally, follow along with the stories, companies and initiatives mentioned during the show with the guide below:
GreenBiz week in review
Tune in at 2:00 minutes into the episode for a weekly roundup of the news you need to know about.
Brexit and the future of European sustainability
What does Britain's break with European regionalism mean for the future of corporate sustainability on the continent?
With the UK political and economic landscapes in a state of upheaval, BSR's Aron Cramer breaks down four takeaways for businesses. Meanwhile, GreenBiz Editor at Large Bob Langert analyzes European vs. American approaches to curbing the environmental footprint of companies.
Volkswagen settles on $15 billion emissions penalty
The cost of cheating on emissions regulations is starting to get real for German automotive giant Volkswagen. As Senior Editor Lauren Hepler wrote this week, the company is learning a $14.7 billion lesson on the increasingly high stakes of corporate sustainability.
Shopping for clean energy? Talk to these utilities
Yes, California power providers are ahead of the pack when it comes to the mix of renewable energy entering the grid thanks to utilities. But a new report analyzed by Senior Writer Barbara Grady explains that there's also much more to the picture in the piece "Want to expand renewable power? Know these states."
An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around 12:00 and 27:00 to hear this week's features.
Old school environmentalism meets the digital age
Quick: what comes to mind when you think of the Audubon Society? If you're thinking birds, you're definitely not wrong — but that's not all the 111-year-old conservation group is focused on these days.
As Managing Editor Elsa Wenzel reports in our Big Green interview with the leaders of major environmental NGOs, the Audubon Society is also at the forefront of a digital marketing overhaul that would inspire jealousy at many companies with the group's high levels of consumer engagement.
Energy storage to materials revolution, what's next in clean tech?
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.
Free online events
Enjoy the long 4th of July weekend, but don't forget to check back for two free upcoming webcasts: "Smart Actions to Accelerate Urban Energy Efficiency" on July 12 and "A Next-Generation Solar Strategy for Commercial Operations" slated for July 19.
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Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.