Episode 252: Duty to democracy, lower-carbon labs

January 22, 2021 by  
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Episode 252: Duty to democracy, lower-carbon labs Heather Clancy Fri, 01/22/2021 – 02:15 Week in Review Stories discussed this week (5:40). Supporting democracy becomes the measure of leadership The case for buying climate tech from BIPOC and women-owned suppliers When was the last time you chatted with your CIO, CTO or CDO ? Features Is this the secret formula to lower-carbon labs (18:25) Research laboratories use far more energy than commercial offices. Astra-Zeneca risk management lead Pernilla Sörme and My Green Lab CEO James Connelly discuss how the initiative is making a difference. Read the complete story  here . *Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “I’m Going for a Coffee,” “Southside” and “Here’s the Thing” Stay connected To make sure you don’t miss the newest episodes of GreenBiz 350, subscribe on iTunes . Have a question or suggestion for a future segment? E-mail us at 350@greenbiz.com . Contributors Joel Makower Elsa Wenzel Topics Podcast Corporate Strategy Information Technology Technology Collective Insight GreenBiz 350 Podcast Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 24:38 Sponsored Article Off GreenBiz Close Authorship

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Episode 252: Duty to democracy, lower-carbon labs Heather Clancy Fri, 01/22/2021 – 02:15 Week in Review Stories discussed this week (5:40). Supporting democracy becomes the measure of leadership The case for buying climate tech from BIPOC and women-owned suppliers When was the last time you chatted with your CIO, CTO or CDO ? Features Is this the secret formula to lower-carbon labs (18:25) Research laboratories use far more energy than commercial offices. Astra-Zeneca risk management lead Pernilla Sörme and My Green Lab CEO James Connelly discuss how the initiative is making a difference. Read the complete story  here . *Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “I’m Going for a Coffee,” “Southside” and “Here’s the Thing” Stay connected To make sure you don’t miss the newest episodes of GreenBiz 350, subscribe on iTunes . Have a question or suggestion for a future segment? E-mail us at 350@greenbiz.com . Contributors Joel Makower Elsa Wenzel Topics Podcast Corporate Strategy Information Technology Technology Collective Insight GreenBiz 350 Podcast Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 24:38 Sponsored Article Off GreenBiz Close Authorship

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Episode 252: Duty to democracy, lower-carbon labs

January 22, 2021 by  
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Episode 252: Duty to democracy, lower-carbon labs Heather Clancy Fri, 01/22/2021 – 02:15 Week in Review Stories discussed this week (5:40). Supporting democracy becomes the measure of leadership The case for buying climate tech from BIPOC and women-owned suppliers When was the last time you chatted with your CIO, CTO or CDO ? Features Is this the secret formula to lower-carbon labs (18:25) Research laboratories use far more energy than commercial offices. Astra-Zeneca risk management lead Pernilla Sörme and My Green Lab CEO James Connelly discuss how the initiative is making a difference. Read the complete story  here . *Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “I’m Going for a Coffee,” “Southside” and “Here’s the Thing” Stay connected To make sure you don’t miss the newest episodes of GreenBiz 350, subscribe on iTunes . Have a question or suggestion for a future segment? E-mail us at 350@greenbiz.com . Contributors Joel Makower Elsa Wenzel Topics Podcast Corporate Strategy Information Technology Technology Collective Insight GreenBiz 350 Podcast Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 24:38 Sponsored Article Off GreenBiz Close Authorship

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Discover Bruvi, a single-serve coffee machine with biodegradable pods

December 29, 2020 by  
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Coffee aficionados struggle with a balance between smooth flavor, convenience and environmental impact. While most single-serve coffee pods rank high in the convenience category, they fail to perform in quality, and the waste from coffee pods ranges from challenging to detrimental. Enter Bruvi, a startup aimed at solving these dilemmas. Bruvi looks like many other single-serve coffee pod systems with a water reservoir in the back and a pad to set a mug beneath the drip exit. However, the pod that goes into the machine is very different. Firstly, the company is dedicated to offering high-quality coffee options. The company’s B-pods offer premium coffees from licensed brand partners that produce ethically and sustainably sourced coffee. When Bruvi says premium, it means a brew that meets the Golden Cup Standard of the Specialty Coffee Association.  Related: Startup creates compostable, single-serve coffee bags for your busy mornings Bruvi is also an innovative product meant to cater to all types of caffeine-lovers. The machine brews filter coffee, matcha lattes, espresso, Americanos, iced coffee, infused coffee and tea. It’s also the world’s first single-serve system to produce cold brew. It can be used as a smart device that you control remotely using a phone app. Make coffee from bed or before arriving home after dropping the kids off at school. Bruvi’s B-Pods combat the mounds of disposable coffee pods dumped in the landfills. They are not only 100% recyclable, but they are also designed to break down without leaving microplastics behind in a landfill environment. The company has even eliminated adhesives and uses water-based inks for packaging. Bruvi is currently pursuing B-Corp certification and is a U.S. company based out of Los Angeles.  As Mel Elias, co-founder of Bruvi stated, “Bruvi is first and foremost, a coffee company. Our mission is to upgrade the at home coffee experience, with breakthrough brewing technology , better coffee and more eco-consciousness along with the convenience of single-serve.” + Bruvi Images via Bruvi

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Tips for Buying and Enjoying Sustainable Coffee

December 15, 2020 by  
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Episode 243: VERGE voices with Apple’s Lisa Jackson, 350.org’s Bill McKibben

October 30, 2020 by  
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Episode 243: VERGE voices with Apple’s Lisa Jackson, 350.org’s Bill McKibben Heather Clancy Fri, 10/30/2020 – 00:10 Week in Review Stories discussed this week (4:30). Carbontech is getting ready for its market moment The top 25 most sustainable fleets Why Google, BASF and Sephora are coming together on safer chemistry Features VERGE 20 mainstage highlights (16:55)   Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple , reflects on the intersection of racial inequity and climate strategy; how it’s shaping the company’s circular economy strategy. Andrew Zolli, head of global impact initiatives at Planet , on making the most of our “long emergency”  Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, on how companies can be more authentic in their storytelling 5 questions with JPMorgan Chase (31:35)   Marisa Buchanan is managing director and head of sustainability for the financial services firm. She chats about JPMorgan Chase’s new financing commitment aligned with the Paris Agreement, how it’s helping clients with their carbon mitigation journeys, and its strategy for supporting stronger community resilience.  A ‘Fixation’ with fixing things (41:30)   Sandra Goldmark, is a theater design artisan and founder of social enterprise Fixup , which runs repair and reuse events. She urges us to reimagine our relationships with stuff, especially broken stuff. In this segment, the Right to Repair movement advocate discusses her new book, “Fixation: How to have stuff without breaking the planet.” Read an excerpt here . *Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “Curiosity,” “Waiting for the Moment that Never Comes,” “Knowing the Truth,” “Night Caves” and “I’m Going for a Coffee”  *This episode was sponsored by Amazon and IHG, and features VERGE 20 sponsor JPMorgan Chase. Resources galore Lessons in resilience from the produce industry. Subject matter experts from Kwik Lok, Walmart and Second Harvest Food Bank join us at 1 p.m. EST Nov. 10 to discuss responding to disruption and how to balance food safety and security to minimize food waste. Behavior change and the circular economy. How innovation and new business models alter people’s relationship with waste. Join the discussion at 8 p.m. EST Nov. 12.  Missing pieces of decarbonization. Join us for a discussion on how 100 percent renewable power can practically, affordably and quickly become a reality. Register for this webcast at 1 p.m. EST Nov. 19. Do we have a newsletter for you! We produce six weekly newsletters: GreenBuzz by Executive Editor Joel Makower (Monday); Transport Weekly by Senior Writer and Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher (Tuesday); VERGE Weekly by Executive Director Shana Rappaport and Editorial Director Heather Clancy (Wednesday); Energy Weekly by Senior Energy Analyst Sarah Golden (Thursday); Food Weekly by Carbon and Food Analyst Jim Giles (Thursday); and Circular Weekly by Director and Senior Analyst Lauren Phipps (Friday). You must subscribe to each newsletter in order to receive it. Please visit this page to choose which you want to receive. The GreenBiz Intelligence Panel is the survey body we poll regularly throughout the year on key trends and developments in sustainability. To become part of the panel, click here . Enrolling is free and should take two minutes. Stay connected To make sure you don’t miss the newest episodes of GreenBiz 350, subscribe on iTunes . Have a question or suggestion for a future segment? E-mail us at 350@greenbiz.com . Contributors Joel Makower Deonna Anderson Topics Podcast Circular Economy Policy & Politics VERGE 20 Finance Collective Insight GreenBiz 350 Podcast Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 58:59 Sponsored Article Off GreenBiz Close Authorship

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The best vegan snacks at Trader Joe’s this fall

October 8, 2020 by  
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The darker and colder the days, the more it becomes self-evident that we are a nation programmed to crave pumpkin spices come autumn . September ushers in a flurry of pumpkin-themed advertising. Fortunately, vegans need not be left out of the fall flavor craze. Trader Joe’s provides with pumpkin, squash, apple and other cozy autumn treats, all at affordable prices. Here are some of Trader Joe’s vegan fall foods to enjoy in chillier days ahead. Vegan snacks from a mix One of the best ways to fill your house with delicious autumn scents is to do some baking. Fortunately, Trader Joe’s packaged mixes eliminate much of the work of baking from scratch. Many of the store’s standard mixes don’t say that they’re vegan, but can easily be made that way with a substitution or two. For a fall mid-morning — or anytime — snack, the pumpkin bread and muffin mix is vegan if you use an egg replacement. Same goes for the pumpkin chunk oatmeal cookie mix. There are lots of ingredients you can use instead of eggs. Some of the easiest are flaxseeds, applesauce, ripe bananas or soft tofu. Proveg offers a list of even more. Related: How to make your own organic caramel apple treats for Halloween Trader Joe’s cinnamon crumb coffee cake mix requires you to do nothing more than add a can of pumpkin and some water. Canned pumpkin is extremely high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that turns into vitamin A in your body. It also has almost half your recommended daily intake of Vitamin K and substantial amounts of Vitamin C and potassium. As such, this veg-friendly mix comes out slightly more nutritious than your average coffee cake. Then there’s the just-add-water mixes. For a slightly healthy — though still sugary — snack, stir up a bowl of Trader Joe’s pecan pumpkin instant oatmeal. Don’t even want to add water ? Trader Joe’s pumpkin cinnamon rolls require nothing other than sticking them in the oven. And you’ll be rewarded with the same scent as if you’d baked them from scratch. Salty vegan snacks One of the cutest vegan fall foods you can eat this year, ghosts and bats crispy potato snacks are available just in time for Halloween . You’ll love the ghosts’ little O-shaped mouths as they moan a spooky warning: “We’re addictive. You’ll want to eat the whole bag.” This vegan snack comes in an eye-catching chartreuse, black and orange bag, making it a suitable Halloween-themed gift for a socially distanced visit to a friend. If you prefer your salt from tortilla chips, pair them with Trader Joe’s vegan fall harvest salsa. This is not your typical salsa; instead of focusing on tomatoes, the flavor comes from an unlikely combination of butternut squash, apples and pumpkin. Not sure whether you want a sweet snack or a salty snack? You can satisfy both cravings with maple and sea salt kettle corn. Move over, pumpkin. Maple is just as worthy a fall flavor. Sweet vegan snacks Okay, now we get to what Halloween is all about. Sugar ! Trader Joe’s has the sugary vegan snacks covered. Let’s start with cookies. Maple leaf cookies are some of the world’s most delicious sandwich cookies, plus they’re shaped attractively like maple leaves. You might want to take a few and then get somebody to hide the rest, lest you eat the whole box. Glimmering pumpkins are another cute cookie, this time pumpkin-shaped, soft and topped with sparkling orange sugar granules. Then you have the Trader Joe’s classic, the Joe-Joe sandwich cookie. The fall edition is flavored with pumpkin spices. You can also find some Joe-Joe cookies made specially for Halloween that are shaped like chocolate jack-o’-lanterns stuffed with orange frosting. Trader Joe’s Halloween gummies are a special treat for vegans . Because unlike most gummies, they’re not made with gelatin. These gummies are purple, orange and yellow and shaped like skulls, bones, bats, skeletons and pumpkins. Candy corn popcorn is another mix of sweet and salty. If you like candy corn and popcorn, this is the obvious vegan fall food for you. If you want something even sweeter, try Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice granola bark. Want something a little less decadent? Trader Joe’s pumpkin bagels are vegan. Pair them with Trader Joe’s maple butter or apple cider jam and you’ve consumed several of your fall food groups all at once. You know who else likes to snack? Your dog . Don’t forget to buy some pumpkin-flavored dog treats when you visit Trader Joe’s. Fall flavor drinks We can’t live on food alone. We also need hydration. In the coffee and tea department, you can start your day with pumpkin spice coffee or pumpkin spice rooibos tea. Go even fancier with a can of caramel spice coconut cream cold brew latte for a portable caffeine fix any time of the day. Pumpkin spice almond beverage is especially versatile. You can drink it straight or on the rocks, add it to your cold cereal, perk up your coffee, cook it in oatmeal or blend it in a smoothie. Prefer the oat milk craze? The new maple-flavored oat milk is a hit and tastes delicious alone or in, oatmeal, coffee and tea. Fuji apple spiced cider is good hot or cold and makes for a great party drink. For an invigorating soft drink, try Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie-spiced ginger brew. Trader Joe’s is one of the country’s most popular grocery stores, especially for vegans. This year the chain comes through, as usual, with a huge array of vegan fall foods and vegan snacks. + Trader Joe’s Images via Trader Joe’s

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Couple renovates 1975 Chevy van for minimalist living during pandemic

October 8, 2020 by  
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When Jenna Aldus and Colin Dierker found out that all of their classes were shifting online due to the pandemic, they decided to take full advantage of the newfound freedom. Both university students, the couple currently conducts their studies on the road in their new  home-on-wheels , a renovated 1975 Chevy van named Nelly. According to Jenna, the  van conversion  and renovations only took about 40 days thanks to the help and support of friends and family (they even threw the couple a going away party with a Nelly-inspired cake). Related: Go off the grid with a Tesla-powered adventure vehicle by Ready.Set.Van. Now about a month into their mobile learning journey, the pair enjoys making the world their classroom while riding in style. The couple has already learned a lesson or two about  van life , such as always use a restroom when you see one and make sure to stock up on everything you need before leaving a major town. New tricks, like using free water fill-up stations at most national park campsites, come in handy as well. While completing the project, Aldus and Dierker wanted to keep as much of the original vehicle intact as possible and embrace its groovy 70s vibe with bright, funky features. “It truly is shocking how much fresh paint and little TLC does,” Aldus said. The converted van measures 70 square feet in size, and nearly all its furnishings came from local thrift stores. An electric sink pump supplies water, and a solar-powered shower bag makes showering outdoors more comfortable. Inside, plenty of live plants help naturally purify the air. “Most of our time went making sure that Nelly was mechanically sound and trustworthy enough to live in for the next couple of months. As for where we will be living, the motto ‘home is where you park it’ is very popular in the Vanlife community and is what we are currently living by,” Aldus added. The duo plans on spending the next couple of months traveling around  Vancouver  Island to surf, hike, study and enjoy the local beer tasting scene. + Nellys.vanlife Via Apartment Therapy Images via Jenna Aldus

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HoekHome gives furniture a sustainable makeover

September 28, 2020 by  
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Putting together furniture has been rich sitcom fodder for years. People often associate this task with frustration, confusion and many lost hours. But thanks to modern furniture companies such as HoekHome, furniture assembly has changed. You can assemble HoekHome’s click-together furniture with no tools other than your hands. This sleek, stylish and modern furniture also incorporates sustainable practices for the eco-conscious consumer. Together, these features elevate HoekHome’s furniture game to a new level. It will take you longer to tell a joke than it will to put together HoekHome furniture. The click-together design means that you only need to use your hands to assemble each piece. Unclip the legs from the chassis, click it all into place, and then you’re done. Assembly may only take seconds. You won’t need a hammer, nails, screws or even that notorious furniture construction manual. You can also “unclick” HoekHome furniture to make it flat again. This process makes moving significantly easier, as the flat furniture proves easy to store and transport . While easy assembly, disassembly and storage make the brand stand out, these features only tell half of the HoekHome furniture story. HoekHome furniture is also sustainable. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE plastic and FSC certified plywood , the furniture appeals to consumers who value eco-friendly design. These pieces epitomize responsible, environmentally-conscious design practices. You can decorate your entire house in sleek, sustainable HoekHome furniture. The product line includes side tables, desks, coffee tables and dining tables. Find your favorite pieces in multiple colors, from natural wood tones to bright, vibrant shades. As a new company, HoekHome is still gaining its footing. A Kickstarter campaign planned for October aims to help the company launch so it can create more products for consumers. If successful, this campaign could represent a major shift toward making the furniture industry friendlier to both consumers and the environment . + HoekHome Images via HoekHome

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Episode 234: Circularity 20 highlights, talking green chemistry

August 28, 2020 by  
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Episode 234: Circularity 20 highlights, talking green chemistry Heather Clancy Fri, 08/28/2020 – 02:00 Week in Review Stories discussed this week (6:45). The rise (and rise) of sustainability-linked finance This Israeli startup mimics mangroves, coral and oysters to create protective seawalls Amid devastating forest fires, One Trillion Trees movement puts down U.S. roots Features Mainstage highlights from Circularity 20 (19:10) This week, GreenBiz hosted Circularity 20, the largest North American conference focused on circular economy issues. We’ll be posting videos for many systems in coming weeks. Meanwhile, here are highlights from four of our mainstage speakers. (A second batch is forthcoming next week.) Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which has been instrumental in catalyzing collective corporate action to address key circular economy issues such as plastics and food waste, kicked off the conference. This outtake feature her thoughts on systems change and the link between climate change and circularity. Audrey Choi, chief marketing officer and chief sustainability officer of Morgan Stanley, gave a great presentation on ways to engage the C-suite about circular economy issues. “I can’t think of another instance in which it would be a smart business position to take a finite natural resource, turn it into a product we use on average for 12 minutes and throw it away,” she said, talking about single-use plastics.  Ovie Mughelli, the former Atlanta Falcons fullback who has dedicated his voice and resources to environmental education for children, challenged the business community to work harder on including environmental justice considerations in their strategy. Jasmine Crowe, founder and CEO of Goodr, addressed the persistent problem of food waste and made the case for why every company — no matter its industry — needs to be have a strategy for addressing it.  Reflections on circular economy progress (34:00) Lauren Phipps, director of the Circularity conference and senior analyst for GreenBiz, chats about the challenges — and opportunities — associated with taking the event online, the need to move from pilots into fully scaled projects and the imperative to prioritize concerns for equity and access in circular business processes. Green chemistry pioneer goes corporate (44:05) Chemist John Warner has joined materials company Zymergen as a research fellow, where he’ll focus on building the 12 principles of green chemistry into its work. Warner and Zymergen co-founder and CEO Josh Hoffman chat about their new mission. *Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “Curiosity,” “Knowing the Truth,” “4th Avenue Walkup,” “Going for a Coffee,” “Here’s the Thing” and “And So Then” *This episode was sponsored by WestRock Resources galore Greentech on the red sea. How do we innovate our way out of the climate crisis? Three professors from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology discussing promising solutions in energy and water. Join the webcast at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 8. Today’s carbon-negative fuel. Exploring the potential for fleet emissions reductions through renewable natural gas. Register here for the discussion at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 10. ESG values and a sustainable future.  Why placing environment, social and governance principles at the center of COVID-19 recovery places makes sense for resilience and the bottom line. Sign up for the interactive session at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 15. Inside The Climate Pledge. Senior executives from Amazon, Global Optimism and Verizon share insights on why collaborative corporate action on the climate crisis is more critical than ever. Join us during Climate Week at noon EDT Sept. 24. State of the Profession. Our sixth report examining the evolving role of corporate sustainability leaders. Download it here . The State of Green Business 2020. Our 13th annual analysis of key metrics and trends published here . Do we have a newsletter for you! We produce six weekly newsletters: GreenBuzz by Executive Editor Joel Makower (Monday); Transport Weekly by Senior Writer and Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher (Tuesday); VERGE Weekly by Executive Director Shana Rappaport and Editorial Director Heather Clancy (Wednesday); Energy Weekly by Senior Energy Analyst Sarah Golden (Thursday); Food Weekly by Carbon and Food Analyst Jim Giles (Thursday); and Circular Weekly by Director and Senior Analyst Lauren Phipps (Friday). You must subscribe to each newsletter in order to receive it. Please visit this page to choose which you want to receive. The GreenBiz Intelligence Panel is the survey body we poll regularly throughout the year on key trends and developments in sustainability. To become part of the panel, click here . Enrolling is free and should take two minutes. Stay connected To make sure you don’t miss the newest episodes of GreenBiz 350, subscribe on iTunes . Have a question or suggestion for a future segment? E-mail us at 350@greenbiz.com . Contributors Joel Makower Deonna Anderson Lauren Phipps Topics Circular Economy Podcast Chemicals & Toxics Circularity 20 Collective Insight GreenBiz 350 Podcast Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 58:00 Sponsored Article Off GreenBiz Close Authorship

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