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Episode 24: Berkeley's microgrid move, CDP goes beyond carbon

GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 24: Berkeley's microgrid move, CDP goes beyond carbon

GreenBiz 350 sustainable business environmental podcast

We're back with another episode of GreenBiz 350, the weekly podcast covering all things sustainable business.

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Up this week: a famously progressive California city doubles down on resilience, the fight over the Clean Power Plan heats up, sustainability becomes an employee perk and the debate over environmental reporting.

Questions, comments or suggestions? Drop us a line at [email protected]. The full episode archive is always available at greenbiz.com/350.

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  minutes into the episode for a weekly roundup of the news you need to know about.

Companies, cities back the Clean Power Plan

Apple, Amazon, Google, Mars and Ikea were among the companies that this week filed a federal court brief in support of the Obama administration's proposed Clean Power Plan, which is currently on hold ahead of legal proceedings slated to begin this June.

As Senior Writer Barbara Grady reported in a second piece on the topic, cities — even those in politically-conservative states — are also stepping up to argue that the daunting economics of energy volatility and climate risks like sea-level rise make it necessary to move ahead with the plan at full speed.

Sustainability as job perk?

Move over, brightly-colored lounge seating and free food. Cash rebates for moving closer to work, electric vehicle incentives and subsidies for installing home solar are just a few of the strategies companies are employing to engage workers in sustainability.

The goal? Part human resources reinforcement, encouraging employees to stick around and feel engaged, and part progress toward corporate sustainability goals.

Biogas catches on with business

Converting organic waste into a source of energy has long been an elusive goal in many environmental circles.

While biogas isn't necessarily emissions-free, Senior Writer Heather Clancy reports that companies like Microsoft, Disney and PepsiCo. are experimenting with different fuel sources for everything from powering data centers to curbing waste from corporate facilities.

Featured stories

An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around 13  minute and 21  minute to hear this week's features.

Berkeley goes big on resilience, microgrids

Lots of places are talking about resilience in the face of climate change, social conflict and other localized risk factors. The San Francisco suburb of Berkeley, California, however, is elevating the issue with a new strategy incorporating a public-private microgrid, new community disaster education hubs and plans to bolster solar and electric vehicles.

Senior Editor Lauren Hepler explains the opportunities and obstacles at hand in the piece "Berkeley's journey from revolution to resilience."

CDP and the state of sustainability reporting

Depending who you ask, sustainability reporting — broadly speaking — is either a great tool for management or a logistical headache with big holes in methodology. CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, has been at the vanguard of more standardized and in-depth carbon accounting.

Executive Editor Joel Makower sat down with CDP's CEO Paul Simpson to hear what's next for the organization when it comes to non-carbon-related corporate disclosure.

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.

Going in circles

Interested in extending the life expectancy of your products and cutting down on material consumption? Don't miss a free April 19 webcast on "Product Stewardship and the Challenges of a Circular Economy."

Pack your bags

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

Stay connected

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Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.

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