Episode 18: Ellen MacArthur, James Hansen, Paul Hawken at GreenBiz 16
Live from Arizona, it's the GreenBiz 350 podcast!
This week we're at the GreenBiz 16 conference in Scottsdale, which has just wrapped up after three days of wall-to-wall sessions on what's next in sustainable business — supply chains, the circular economy, climate risk and many more subjects.
For those new to the game, click play on the track above to listen now for analysis of the latest news in sustainable business, or head over to iTunes and subscribe. You can also find us on SoundCloud or Stitcher.
Finally, follow along with the stories, companies and initiatives mentioned during the show with the guide below:
GreenBiz week in review
A weekly roundup of the news you need to know about.
Ellen MacArthur talks circular economy
Few (if any) have emerged as leaders of the push for a circular economy with the visibility and buy-in of Ellen MacArthur, who explained in an on-stage interview how her namesake MacArthur Foundation is working with others to accelerate a new production paradigm.
Make or break time for renewable energy leaders
The list of companies aiming for 100 percent renewable energy noticeably expanded in the run up to the Paris climate talks, but as Senior Editor Lauren Hepler reported from Arizona, it won't mean much unless those goals get closer to reality.
Steelcase CEO couples sustainability and the future of work
For Jim Keane, the chief executive of furniture manufacturer Steelcase, sustainability now goes beyond the material that makes up a given object. As commercial spaces evolve to keep pace with rapidly evolving work styles, Keane shared how closed loop design is driving innovation for the company.
An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business.
COP21: Friend or "fraud?"
While some in the world of corporate sustainability saw the Paris climate talks as a practical market signal that renewable energy will be the way of the future, climate scientist James Hansen was more skeptical in a keynote interview on Thursday. Fellow environmental pioneer Paul Hawken, meanwhile, is pushing for more aggressive carbon drawdown and urging climate advocates to ditch hope for fearlessness.
How to (finally) tell your sustainability story
Green guilt and sustainability self-promotion just doesn't cut it. For all the hype about environmental marketing, public perception about climate change is still flagging. Conservation International's M. Sanjayan and Futerra's Solitaire Townsend weighed in this week with their thoughts on storytelling approaches to actually make people care.
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.
Save the date(s)
Add this to your calendar (if you haven't already): The VERGE Hawaii Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit is slated for June 21-23 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Have a question or suggestion for a future segment? E-mail us at [email protected].
Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.