Past deforestation awaits a world of conversion-free supply chains

September 17, 2021 by  
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Grasslands are one of the most in danger landscapes in America. The World Wildlife Fund is working to raise awareness about the conversion of these lands.

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Big money flows into long-duration energy storage

September 17, 2021 by  
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Long-duration energy storage is the linchpin technology that will let the economy run off of intermittent renewable energy sources and backup power after grid disruptions. 

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Shoptivism: Why Consumers (& Job Seekers) Opt In & Opt Out of Today’s Brands

September 10, 2021 by  
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Date/Time: October 7, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) The last five years have seen significant growth in the number of Americans who say they want to buy eco-friendly products — 42% as of January 2021, according to the latest Shelton Group research. There has also been significant growth in the number of people who can name — unaided — a brand they have intentionally purchased or intentionally stopped purchasing because of the company’s environmental or social record (26%). As Shelton Group’s “Good Company” report revealed earlier this year, people in America are increasingly parsing companies and brands onto a “good” list and a “bad” list that is driving both purchasing and employment decisions. So, who are these people? Are they a demographic your brand or company should care about? If so, what messages and actions will drive favorability with these “Choosers” and “Stoppers?” And what about the people who are so savvy they have lengthy lists of both “good” and “bad” brands: Do they represent your future customers and employees? In this exclusive webcast, Suzanne Shelton and Susannah Enkema of Shelton Group will present newly analyzed, never-before-seen data and insights to answer these questions. Specifically, you’ll learn: Profiles and personas of the people who choose and stop buying brands because of their company’s record on people and the planet. The actions and messages that work with each group to drive brand favorability Our prediction for how you can expect these groups — and their expectations — to grow over time Moderator: Joel Makower, Chairman & Co-Founder, GreenBiz Group Speakers: Suzanne Shelton, President & CEO, Shelton Group Susannah Enkema, VP, Research & Insights, Shelton Group If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast.

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Join the TrashDash to Keep America Beautiful

September 7, 2021 by  
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The third annual TrashDash started on September 1 and runs through the month of September…. The post Join the TrashDash to Keep America Beautiful appeared first on Earth911.

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New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity announced

August 31, 2021 by  
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The U.S. Office of Climate Change and Health Equity will be charged with protecting vulnerable communities from climate-driven disasters. Responding to President Joe  Biden’s  executive order on climate change, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the new office Monday. “History will judge us for the actions we take today to protect our world and our health from  climate change ,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in a statement released Monday. “The consequences for our inaction are real and worsening. We’ve always known that health is at the center of climate change, and now we’re going to double-down on a necessity: fighting climate change in order to help protect public health in our communities.” Related: Evacuations ordered as Caldor Fire moves toward Lake Tahoe OCCHE plans to play a pivotal role in protecting  health  both in the U.S. and abroad. Its mandate includes identifying communities that face disproportionate exposure to climate hazards and addressing their health disparities. The office will promote research on the public health benefits of climate actions and translate that research for the public. OCCHE will also lend its expertise to the White House and federal agencies working on climate change and health equity. With the Caldor Fire still raging in the west and Hurricane Ida’s trail of ruin in the east, help for those with few resources cannot come soon enough. “Climate change is turbo-charging the horrific  wildfires , extreme heat, and devastating floods that are killing people and making millions more sick from exposure to unhealthy smoke, mold and debilitating heat,” said National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy in a statement. “The new HHS Office of Climate Change and Health Equity is fulfilling President Biden’s vision to bring America’s world-class medical community into the fight against climate change—a fight for our health that ensures no community is left behind.” Via Department of Health and Human Services Lead image via Gage Skidmore

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Try Furoshiki, Packaging Without the Plastic

August 31, 2021 by  
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Plastic bags are hard to recycle, but in America, they’re also hard to avoid. In… The post Try Furoshiki, Packaging Without the Plastic appeared first on Earth911.

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Petaluma becomes first US city to ban new gas stations

August 18, 2021 by  
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A small group of activists is driving the conversation about climate change in new directions with a push against establishing new gas stations. In March, Petaluma, California , became the first town in America to place a moratorium on new gas station construction thanks to the efforts of local activists Jenny Blaker and Woody Hastings. The actions of Blaker and Hastings have inspired many other activists and helped start the conversation about putting an end to the era of gas stations. One such activist is Emily Bit, whose family lives in southern Napa County in California. According to Bit, climate change has become more apparent in her life, with wildfires and extreme weather patterns appearing in recent years.  Related: Maintaining an electric vehicle costs less than gas or hybrid counterparts Bit has mobilized her fellow students to stand against the establishment of new gas stations in her town. She believes that together they can stop the construction of two new gas stations proposed in her town.  Bit borrows a lot from other activists such as Hastings and Blaker, who have had success in their local community. Blaker and Hastings are the co-coordinators of Coalition Opposing New Gas Stations. Blaker says that the push to stop the construction of more gas stations is just the beginning. In the future, the coalition may consider pushing for the construction of more charging stations and demand better public transport facilities.  “Hopefully the next step is more charging stations, cheaper electric vehicles, better public transport, more bikes . But you have to start somewhere,” said Blaker. The city of Petaluma has a population of roughly 60,000 people and is served by 16 gas stations. D’Lynda Fischer, a Petaluma councilor, says that for an area of 14.5 square miles, the 16 gas stations are enough. “Sixty percent of trips in Sonoma County are under five miles and we are basically flat,” Fischer said. “On top of that, 60% of our greenhouse gas emissions are from transportation. We have an obligation to do this.” Although Hastings and Blaker are happy about their success, they say that it is easier to drive the conversation on a local scale than at the national level at the moment. Hastings argues that if the movement gains national traction, it may be dragged into culture wars. “We are in a bubble,” said Hastings. “But as more affordable alternatives for transportation emerge I think it’ll become less of an extreme idea.” Via The Guardian Lead image via Pexels

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Why rural America is key to climate change policy

August 11, 2021 by  
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Investment in rural America will fuel the new climate economy

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Ask an Expert: How Can the U.S. Reach Net-Zero Emissions?

August 9, 2021 by  
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Net Zero America lead author Eric Larson takes questions on how organizations of all types can contribute to the net-zero transition. Speakers: Eric Larson | Senior Research Engineer | Princeton University Theresa Lieb | Food Systems Analyst | GreenBiz Group This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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You’ve set a bold climate goal, so now what?

August 4, 2021 by  
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Sponsored: Neste North America’s Sustainability Manager explains how to set bold climate goals by embracing a variety of solutions and measuring the impact.

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