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It will take personal sustainability to meet the global challenges we face 6.7.2020 GreenBiz.com
It will take personal sustainability to meet the global challenges we face Chris Gaither Mon, 07/06/2020 - 02:15 Earth Day, when we remember the planet’s fragility and resilience, was when I finally understood that I had nothing left to give. It was April 2017. After two decades of striving in my career, I had risen to a role of great impact: a director on Apple’s Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives team. My boss, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, had entrusted me with orchestrating the company’s annual Earth Day celebration. And, wow, had we stepped up our game that year. We released a 58-page environmental responsibility report and a series of animated videos about Apple’s environmental achievements, posing curious questions such as "Do solar farms feed yaks?" We turned the leaf on our logo green at hundreds of Apple stores around the world. Even bolder, we announced ambitions to make Apple products out of entirely recycled or renewable materials. I drank beer and hugged the brilliant ...
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How 5 communities across the US are seeking environmental justice 6.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
How 5 communities across the US are seeking environmental justice Kristoffer Tigue Mon, 07/06/2020 - 01:00 This story originally appeared in InsideClimate News and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story. In many ways, Maleta Kimmons defines her neighborhood by what it lacks. Several houses near her home remain vacant. Last week, she had to drive seven miles just to buy groceries. And two weeks ago, at the height of the Minneapolis protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a police officer May 25, looters broke into the only pharmacy in the area, forcing the store to close and leaving many in the neighborhood without easy access to life-saving medication such as insulin or inhalers for asthma. Kimmons, who prefers to go by the name Queen, said what her neighborhood doesn't lack is pollution. Near North, where Queen lives, is one of several neighborhoods that make up north Minneapolis, a  predominately ...
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A truly clean energy system runs on a clean conscience 2.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
A truly clean energy system runs on a clean conscience Alec Appelbaum Thu, 07/02/2020 - 01:15 What would you do if the cause that lights your day turned out to be trapping fellow citizens in the dark?  For Shalanda Baker, a professor of law and public policy at Northeastern University, thinking about a clean energy future means thinking about the daily, weekly and sometimes invisible ways that people in deprived communities can control their power supply. Her work — in blogs, scholarship, professional services and a forthcoming book — reminds professionals that deals made on the backs of oppressed people are no deals at all.  Baker recently spoke with the Clean Energy Finance Forum about how her scholarship and an institute she co-runs aim to forge connections from investment committee members to utility executives to neighborhood volunteers. Read on to reckon with how a truly clean energy system runs on a clean conscience.  Alec Appelbaum: How did you start working on empowerment in an energy ...
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The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water 1.7.2020 Current Issue
The Yaqui catfish was going extinct. Then came the border wall.
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The West has a role in reimagining the U.S. 23.6.2020 Current Issue
Our notion of ‘American exceptionalism’ has collapsed. What will replace it?
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The 2020 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 22.6.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
LinkedIn | Twitter Daphany Rose Sanchez already has experienced climate change as a matter of life or death. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy thrust a wall of brown water into her Staten Island bedroom. Sanchez clambered to the roof, where she was rescued eight hours later by boat. The first home her family had ever purchased was a total loss. Sanchez returned to the Brooklyn public housing flat where she was raised and lives today, "a tight-knit community with lots of caring people." Her engineering professors at New York University helped assess the home’s structural damage, inspiring her to merge her technical and social service expertise to help New York City’s marginalized populations. "I'm sick and tired of our communities having to be resilient," Sanchez says. "Why is it that they’re the ones to face the biggest threats?" In 2017, she founded Kinetic Communities Consulting, a B Corp that helps frontline New Yorkers transition away from fossil fuels through social services, energy efficiency and technical ...
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The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation 8.6.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Binational groups are preserving migratory corridors and restoring degraded areas in the Borderlands. Will the landscape be severed?
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How on-demand food delivery apps could encourage low-carbon food 8.6.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
How on-demand food delivery apps could encourage low-carbon food Anna Zhang Mon, 06/08/2020 - 02:00 The COVID-19 crisis has affected most aspects of daily life, including how we get our food. Because the COVID-19 response has restricted restaurants to pick-up and delivery orders in many areas, business for on-demand food delivery apps such as DoorDash, Grubhub, Seamless and Uber Eats has increased dramatically.  Uber Eats claims to have experienced a tenfold increase in new restaurant signups, and some local restaurants say the percentage of orders placed through third-party apps has risen from around 20 percent to roughly 75 percent .  Even before the COVID era, food order and delivery apps were growing rapidly, and the sector was on track to more than double in value by 2025 — from $82 billion in 2018 to $200 billion by 2025. Projections showed that by 2023 about one-quarter of smartphone users , or 14 million Americans, will use these apps.  For the environmentally minded, the increased adoption of ...
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#BlackBirdersWeek takes on systemic racism 1.6.2020 High Country News Most Recent
‘The whole purpose is to highlight and showcase Black birders, and anybody can do that.’
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When the ‘war on terror’ comes home 1.6.2020 Current Issue
‘Acceleration Hours’ is an honest, rare look at American militarism.
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Demystifying the ‘Absolute Zero’ concept 29.5.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Demystifying the ‘Absolute Zero’ concept Heather Clancy Fri, 05/29/2020 - 02:15 If your sustainability team has regular debates about how to label or describe its various initiatives, it’s not alone. The nuances of all the various adjectives and descriptors that are used to describe climate action — from "science-based" to "net zero" to "carbon negative" — are enough to make heads spin, especially for those who spend their professional lives worrying about how to communicate these concepts. The analysts and journalists of GreenBiz feel your pain. So, it was hardly surprising when literally thousands of GreenBiz community members signed up for the recent webcast about "Absolute Zero," moderated by yours truly. It was one of the best-attended sessions in the history of our online events.  Technically speaking, the literal definition of absolute zero is the lowest possible temperature that’s theoretically possible. From the climate perspective, the phrase is used frequently by UK Fires, a research ...
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The fashion industry is unsustainable — here's how journalism is inspiring activism to improve it 15.5.2020 GreenBiz.com
The fashion industry is unsustainable — here's how journalism is inspiring activism to improve it Kirstie Dabbs Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:43 The fast fashion industry has long been critiqued for unsustainable practices and unethical working conditions. From global cotton supply chains to pollution from textile factories, the need to improve the industry in favor of both people and the planet is pressing.  Bard MBA student Kirstie Dabbs spoke recently with author Elizabeth Segran about their shared passion for building a sustainability-centered future for the fashion industry. They discussed the unchecked growth of the fashion industry’s business model, possibilities for regulations, and how to inspire systematic change in global fast fashion.  Segran writes about design, with a particular focus on the fashion industry as a senior staff writer at Fast Company Magazine . She also recently authored a new book, " The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch the Rest of Your Life ." In it, she discusses how all ...
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SDG No. 17, coronavirus and the battle for a collaborative future 30.4.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Here's why a key Sustainable Development Goal is back in style, and why it may be the SDG "for our times."
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Why Amazon's commitment to working forests matters 30.4.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
It’s not just about carbon removal, it’s about creating or preserving economic opportunities in rural communities.
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Youth lead the Earth Day digital strike 22.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Social distancing measures are in place but these organizations are still engaging in collective action.
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A roadmap for restoring our life support system 21.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Ecologist John Harte explains how we can use the same interconnectedness that is spurring catastrophe to promote health and sustainability.
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Climate change isn't going away — it's still important to recognize Earth Day 17.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
COVID-19 may be stopping in-person gatherings but Earth Day celebrations will go on, digital.
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How fashion professionals are re-educating for a circular economy 17.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Eighty percent of a product’s environmental impact is decided on the design table but most apparel professionals weren't trained to design with the end-user or end-of-life of the garment in mind.
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Park closures have unequal costs 16.4.2020 High Country News Most Recent
As we limit outdoor access, consider the impact on underrepresented communities.
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Is carbon sequestration on farms actually working to fight climate change? 16.4.2020 GreenBiz.com
There's an emerging market to pay farmers to store more carbon in the soil by using improved agricultural practices. But some scientists are questioning whether these efforts will actually help slow global warming.
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