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Why sustainability professionals should embrace Black Lives Matter 21.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Why sustainability professionals should embrace Black Lives Matter Charles Orgbon Mon, 09/21/2020 - 00:45 Long before corporations acknowledged Black Lives Matter, they championed the plights of specific endangered species. Corporate conservation campaigns used phrases such as "Save the [insert your favorite animal]," which have been catchy, effective and oddly similar to the language we’re now using to educate people about the status of Black life in America. The Disney Conservation Fund protects lions, elephants, chimpanzees and thousands of other species. Ben & Jerry’s brings awareness to declining honeybee populations. Coca-Cola appropriately is the longtime ally of the poster child for climate change, the polar bear. As a kid, I, too, was influenced by Coca-Cola’s messaging. At just 11, I thought I could stop global warming, so I created a blog with articles urging people, "Save the polar bears." No one challenged me by asking, "What about the tigers? The tigers...matter, too! All endangered species ...
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Killing the Vegas Pipeline 18.9.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Nevada’s attitude toward water is changing.
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‘Somebody has to keep people on their toes’ 1.9.2020 High Country News Most Recent
High Country News’ unlikely and remarkable origin story.
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Marco Vargas grew up with gun violence. Now, he wants to do something about it. 26.8.2020 High Country News Most Recent
A new program in Los Angeles is working to train young activists.
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How racism adversely affects wildlife, too 24.8.2020 High Country News Most Recent
New research exposes how systemic racism physically alters ecosystems for the worse.
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The undeniable truths in literature 24.8.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Four Colorado writers discuss empathy, systems of oppression and ‘the moment.’
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The many faces of energy resilience 17.8.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The many faces of energy resilience Michelle Moore Mon, 08/17/2020 - 00:30 This series explores how clean energy can deliver on finance and corporate social and governance goals alongside climate and environmental benefits. "Resilience" is a powerful word in 2020. Fires, floods, pestilence, pandemic — I don’t know about you all, but I was raised in a fundamentalist Southern Baptist Church and my Revelations bingo card is just about full. Thinking about the idea of resilience as it relates to equity and energy systems merely as the ability to keep the lights on, however, is missing a powerful opportunity to right the scales of justice. Large corporate energy buyers and utilities, in particular, hold the opportunity to build better and make things right. On resilience The term "resilience" can be applied to a vast array of natural, built and social systems and refers to the ability to recover function following a significant, potentially unpredictable disruption. As it relates to energy, moving away from ...
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Sustainability leaders must celebrate the work of female mayors on racial equity 17.8.2020 GreenBiz.com
Sustainability leaders must celebrate the work of female mayors on racial equity Kimberly Lewis Mon, 08/17/2020 - 01:00 Sustainability leaders are architects, designers, city planners, engineers, scientists, energy experts, lawyers, nonprofit leaders and business owners. The United Nations defines "sustainability" as meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of the next generation to meet their own needs. In practice, much of our work centers around developing global climate change solutions to save the planet. The Black Lives Matter movement has cast a bright light on what we’ve all known for a long time: We cannot do this work effectively without fighting against white supremacy and putting racial justice at the center of sustainability.  Sustainability also relies on local government. Despite the pain and heartbreak across the country, we have seen leaders — especially female mayors and local officials such as mayors Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., ...
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Indigenous and Black Lives Matter activists join forces in Oregon 14.8.2020 High Country News Most Recent
An acknowledged, shared history of oppression renews the fight for justice.
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Native Americans and Black Lives Matters activists join forces in Oregon 14.8.2020 High Country News Most Recent
An acknowledged, shared history of oppression renews the fight for justice.
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The old-school organizers who got it done on Zoom 6.8.2020 High Country News Most Recent
How the country’s oldest organizing group won COVID-19 relief for undocumented immigrants in California.
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As a plague sweeps the land, zealots see a gift from heaven 1.8.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Extremist pastors are using the COVID-19 pandemic to push their conservative religious ideologies.
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How big oil funds big brother 30.7.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Some of the largest fossil fuel companies in the nation back police foundations that raise money for weapons, equipment and surveillance technology.
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The Estée Lauder Companies' sustainability leader on racial justice, 'sector-agnostic' solutions 27.7.2020 GreenBiz.com
The Estée Lauder Companies' sustainability leader on racial justice, 'sector-agnostic' solutions Heather Clancy Mon, 07/27/2020 - 01:30 In the four years since Nancy Mahon assumed responsibility for CSR and sustainability strategy at The Estée Lauder Companies — she's currently senior vice president of corporate citizenship and sustainability — her team has launched a series of new initiatives that are a "first" among her organization's sector. The list includes the company's first virtual power purchase agreement for 22 megawatts, a move made in pursuit of its 2020 net-zero carbon emission goal. More recently, it energized on-site two solar arrays — one at its Melville, New York, campus that will produce 1,800 megawatt-hours of power annually, and a smaller one at the Aveda brand's campus in Minnesota. The New York installation will provide 100 percent of the electricity required for its Joseph H. Lauder office facility, while the Minnesota one will contribute up to 50 percent — the remainder of its ...
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Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests 27.7.2020 High Country News Most Recent
“That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.”
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Estée Lauder's sustainability leader on racial justice, 'sector-agnostic' solutions 27.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Estée Lauder's sustainability leader on racial justice, 'sector-agnostic' solutions Heather Clancy Mon, 07/27/2020 - 01:30 In the six years since Nancy Mahon assumed responsibility for CSR and sustainability strategy at Estée Lauder Companies — she's currently senior vice president of corporate citizenship and sustainability — her team has launched a series of new initiatives that are a "first" among her organization's sector. The list includes the company's first virtual power purchase agreement for 22 megawatts, a move made in pursuit of its 2020 net-zero carbon emission goal. More recently, it energized on-site two solar arrays — one at its Melville, New York, campus that will produce 1,800 megawatt-hours of power annually, and a smaller one at the Aveda brand's campus in Minnesota. The New York installation will provide 100 percent of the electricity required by the office operations, while the Minnesota one will contribute up to 50 percent — the remainder of its power will come from utility-sourced ...
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Canada’s Oka Crisis marked a change in how police use force 21.7.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Decades later, the standoff between Mohawk activists and police shows a stark comparison in militarization.
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8 cities share how racial justice is embedded into their climate plans 20.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
8 cities share how racial justice is embedded into their climate plans Jesse Klein Mon, 07/20/2020 - 02:00 As COVID-19 rampages through vulnerable minority populations with tragic consequences, and protests for racial justice surge among a similar demographic, city climate planners see a renewed focus on climate justice. The pandemic, in some ways, has been a trial run for the anticipated coming impacts of climate change — a not-so-distant future in which low-income and minority populations are the most at risk. As mayors make quick strategic changes to address the short-term COVID crisis, they are also in the midst of planning for similar long-term climate issues. Last week, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group , an organization of mayors from around the global, launched a Detailed Agenda for Green and Just Recovery from COVID-19 to ensure that this crisis propels sustainable innovations instead of a return to old ways.  "Equity is really at the heart of our recovery in the city," said Mayor LaToya ...
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Tribal courts should abolish cash bail 15.7.2020 High Country News Most Recent
A European justice model was forced onto tribes and should be done away with.
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An unexpected breakout year for the social side of ESG 13.7.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
An unexpected breakout year for the social side of ESG Mike Hower Mon, 07/13/2020 - 01:30 About six months ago, I wrote that 2020 would be a pivotal year for environmental, social and governance (ESG), and that what happens this year and over the next decade could determine the next century. While it would be the world’s biggest understatement to say 2020 isn’t turning out the way we all thought or hoped it would, I stand by my conclusion. This is a critical time for corporate sustainability. What we do or don’t do will change the world, but for reasons nobody could have predicted in December. The mass climate protests of 2019 and subsequent outpouring of major corporate climate commitments from the likes of Amazon, IKEA and Kering, among others, seemed to indicate that 2020 would be the year of the E in ESG — when corporate climate action hit critical mass. In January, the momentum built as Microsoft committed to becoming carbon-negative and BlackRock Chairman Larry Fink’s now-fabled letter to CEOs ...
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