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A corporate water strategy manifesto: We can and will do better 23.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
A corporate water strategy manifesto: We can and will do better Will Sarni Wed, 09/23/2020 - 01:30 We have decided to craft this brief manifesto to challenge the status quo, accelerate innovation, solve wicked water problems and achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all." The pandemic has strengthened our resolve to do better. Our observations and point of view for 2020 so far are: The pandemic has been an accelerator of trends, such as the digital transformation of the water sector, attention on lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and the appalling underinvestment in water infrastructure in the U.S. and globally. The recent interest and commitment to water pledges has diverted scarce resources and funds from actions such as watershed conservation and protection, reuse, technology innovation and adoption, public policy innovation, etc. The corporate sector has too narrow of a view ...
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Why Some US Cities Are Plotting a 'Green Recovery' After the Pandemic 23.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The cars that typically throng the huge highways weaving through Los Angeles are such an established part of the city’s fabric that when the coronavirus pandemic hit, their sudden absence felt bizarre to locals even eerie. But many Angelenos have now discovered a new sort of relationship with their streets.

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As the UN Turns 75, Countries Should Embrace a Shared Vision of a Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Future 22.9.2020 THE CITY FIX
This year is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations – an institution created in the wake of World War II, when the world was looking to emerge from a tragic era filled with conflict and political and economic turmoil. ...
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Column: Group says it’s near deal to buy Emmett Till house and turn it into museum 22.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A plan to transform the South Side house of civil rights icon Emmett Till into a museum appeared closer to reality Monday when the head of a nonprofit revealed her group is near a deal to buy the brick two-flat.
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ESG investments: Exponential potential or surfing one wave? 21.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
ESG investments: Exponential potential or surfing one wave? Terry F. Yosie Mon, 09/21/2020 - 00:30 Amidst four concurrent crises — health, economic, race relations and climate — one stand-out 2020 development has been the rebound of major stock markets and, particularly, the growing performance and prominence of environment, social and governance (ESG) traded funds. ESG portfolios not only have outperformed traditional financial assets this year, but also a data analysis prepared by Morningstar, a financial advisory research firm, concluded that almost 60 percent of sustainable investments delivered higher returns than comparable funds over the past decade. Morningstar also found that ESG funds have greater longevity than non-ESG portfolios. About 77 percent of ESG funds that existed 10 years ago are presently available, whereas only 46 percent of traditional investment vehicles maintain that survivorship. These developments raise two overriding questions: what factors have converged to catapult ESG ...
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4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery 21.9.2020 THE CITY FIX
The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable – providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. The people most exposed to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic ...
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A Post-Pandemic Bright Spot: Cities All Over the World Have Big Plans for a “Green Recovery” 19.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The cars that typically throng the huge highways weaving through Los Angeles are such an established part of the city’s fabric that when the coronavirus pandemic hit, their sudden absence felt bizarre to locals even eerie. But many Angelenos […]
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As the UN Turns 75, Countries Should Embrace a Shared Vision of a Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Future 18.9.2020 WRI Stories
As the UN Turns 75, Countries Should Embrace a Shared Vision of a Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Future Comments|Add Comment|Print75 years after its founding, the United Nation's core mission to solve global challenges holds true. Photo by Mat Reding/Unsplash This year is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations — an institution created in the wake of World War II, when the world was looking to emerge from a tragic era filled with conflict and political and economic turmoil. The U.N. was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Coca-Cola has made progress on sustainability — and there’s still more to do 18.9.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Coca-Cola has made progress on sustainability — and there’s still more to do The year 2020 has been a reckoning of sorts for many people and companies across the globe. For Coca-Cola, the last five months have made the company realize how critical it is to move more quickly and accelerate change. “The circular economy has been worked on for years and several people have made amazing progress towards it,” said Bea Perez, senior vice president and chief communications, public affairs, sustainability and marketing assets officer at Coca-Cola. “Now it’s time to accelerate that progress and start to deliver global results across every aspect of every business and every society.” Over the last few years, recycling rates in the U.S. have not improved much. So, what will it take for that to change for the health of the planet? A lot of intentional design and collection work, partnerships and accountability. “It’s within our control and our accountability to put the innovation to work,” Perez said. Deonna ...
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Sustainable Innovation in the Textile Industry 17.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Sustainable Innovation in the Textile Industry As global apparel consumption continues to rise—an expected increase of 60% by 2030—that growth could have a dangerous impact on the environment. Currently, 87% of textiles are landfilled or incinerated and 10% of GHG emissions come from fashion industry. As Earth’s resources become more and more constrained, the global fashion industry is looking toward innovative materials and strategies to reduce its environmental impact and carbon footprint. But bringing consumers and others in the apparel industry value chain along on the sustainability journey can be a challenge. Join Eastman and H&M for a webcast to learn about: Eastman’s recent launch of Naia™ Renew that addresses the need to have more sustainable fibers. Why H&M chose to use Naia™ Renew in their new clothing line How H&M is supporting these types of initiatives through accelerating the use of preferred materials across the global textile industry. Moderator: John Davies, Vice President, ...
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Why agtech is critical for regenerative agriculture 17.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Why agtech is critical for regenerative agriculture Heather Clancy Thu, 09/17/2020 - 01:30 Early this month, McDonald’s made headlines when it teamed with Cargill, Target and The Nature Conservancy to put $8.5 million toward helping Nebraska farmers cultivate regenerative agriculture practices over the next five years. The initiative, like others emerging in the past several years from Cargill , General Mills, Danone and other big companies in the food system, is aimed at promoting natural carbon sequestration practices — and it is piloting ways farmers can be rewarded for embracing them. As much as I’m encouraged by these efforts, I’ve often wondered: What metrics are being used to evaluate them? What does success look like? What will it take to scale these pilots? And how on earth is this all being measured? A new relationship between Microsoft and Land O’Lakes points to part of the answer. The multiyear alliance centers on the farmer cooperative’s agtech software portfolio, including its Winfield ...
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Here are some easy ways to make sustainable choices during the pandemic 16.9.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Appalled by the tidal wave of single-use plastic from takeout and more? Experts give tips for how to be eco-friendly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Using the Ocean As a Tool for Global Economic Recovery 16.9.2020 WRI Stories
Using the Ocean As a Tool for Global Economic Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoastal communities, which heavily rely on the ocean economy, are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Nilantha Ilanguamuwa/Flickr The ocean economy, which contributes upwards of $1.5 trillion in value added to the global economy, was particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a projected loss of $1.9 billion for international shipping carriers alone. Coastal communities were hardest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans 15.9.2020 WRI Stories
Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans Comments|Add Comment|PrintElectric vehicle charging stations, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Mariordo/Wikimedia Commons Governments have already announced $11.8 trillion in fiscal stimulus in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, more than three times the amount spent in response to the Great Recession of 2008-09. While most of it will prioritize healthcare and direct support to the unemployed, about 30% of stimulus packages are being spent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Don’t be square: How to tell a successful, circular story that sticks 15.9.2020 GreenBiz.com
Don’t be square: How to tell a successful, circular story that sticks How can companies effectively communicate circular initiatives without confusing or alienating customers and stakeholders? The circular economy is becoming a centerpiece of many corporate sustainability strategies. Yet companies often struggle to translate this into stories that inform and engage employees, customers, investors and other stakeholders. This poses a problem because if we hope to unlock the circular economy’s full potential, we’ll need to make sure that it’s understood and embraced by all — and not just sustainability wonks. In this session, panelists explore how companies are learning to leverage the power of narrative to educate and inspire stakeholders on their circular ambitions, products and service offerings. Speakers: Mike Hower, Managing Director, Sustainability & Social Impact, thinkPARALLAX Devin Giles, Sustainability Project Leader, International Paper Tamay Kiper, Project Director, McDonough Innovation  Holly ...
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Early September frost jeopardized a peak month for Front Range farmers. Here’s how you can help. 15.9.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
At local farms, crews scrambled to collect all of the tomatoes, peppers and more, a month ahead of schedule.
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The Road to Zero-Emission Cities Goes Through Freight 15.9.2020 THE CITY FIX
Left unchecked, urban freight will continue to be a major driver of the global climate crisis.
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An idea for solving the plastics crisis 15.9.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
An idea for solving the plastics crisis Sara Kingman Tue, 09/15/2020 - 01:30 A major problem with behavior-change programs in the waste industry is that they rely on consumers being taught to feel the guilt of plastic in the ocean, and the harm to turtles and whales. They’ve tried to condition people to believe that if we buy so-called "zero waste kits," choose zucchini and cucumbers without plastic shrink-wrap and champion our favorite reusable metal straws, these choices alone somehow will drive a reduction in single-use plastics. While these steps can provide some benefit — and the strategy of creating consumer guilt shouldn’t be entirely discredited — this narrative is misguided. Ultimately, it never will address the root of the issue. Instead, savvy leaders in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) are focusing more attention on the plastics industry — and by extension, the oil industry. First, those producers and their trade groups for decades have driven misleading, consumer-centric ...
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Comedian Ron White seeks $7 million for custom Beverly Hills abode 15.9.2020 LA Times: Business

Ron White's completely custom home, a three-story spot in the Beverly Hills Post Office area, just hit the market for $7 million.

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Supporting Business in the Race to Create the World’s Most Sustainable Package 15.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Supporting Business in the Race to Create the World’s Most Sustainable Package Fossil-based plastic production is still growing exponentially. Only 9% of all plastic is recycled and it can take hundreds of years to degrade. Recycling is critical, but the world cannot rely on that alone. In recent years, we’ve seen over 450 companies pledge to dramatically slash their use or production of plastic by 2025 as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation circular economy commitments. We’ve watched as retailers have made public commitments to remove products packaged in non-recyclable materials from their shelves and have seen governments implement policies to support the circular economy. But how do we develop sustainable packaging solutions that protect food safety and availability everywhere, while living up to critical environmental and climate commitments? Join Tetra Pak in this discussion about ways companies can incorporate more renewable and recyclable content into their packaging to have the lowest impact ...
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