Regenerative Business: From Theory to Practice

September 15, 2020 by  
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Regenerative Business: From Theory to Practice How can diverse stakeholders move beyond designing out waste and keeping products in play, to regenerating local economies and natural systems? The promise of a circular economy includes so much more than just designing out waste and keeping molecules in play. The opportunity, and necessity, is to improve the health of every single system that we touch — from product design and manufacturing to how we engage suppliers across a value chain. What’s the opportunity for your organization to regenerate the natural systems upon which your business depends? How can we learn from nature’s ingenious design to increase value across all forms of capital? This discussion grounds regenerative principles in practice, and shares actionable tools for implementing them. Speakers Shana Rappaport, Vice President & Executive Director, VERGE, GreenBiz Group Ahmed Rahiem, CEO & Co-Founder, Numi Amanda Ravenhill, Executive Director, Buckminster Fuller Institute  Holly Secon Tue, 09/15/2020 – 10:33 Featured Off

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Leveraging Design for Circular Momentum

September 14, 2020 by  
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Leveraging Design for Circular Momentum   How can you advance circularity within your team and throughout your company by championing designers and their process? Design decisions have ripple effects throughout a product’s lifecycle and beyond, affecting production, use and end of life management. In this way, designers and creators hold tremendous influence on material flows throughout the supply chain, determining whether materials end up as waste and pollution, or remain in the economy providing value. As the idea of a circular economy becomes increasingly mainstream, how can we support people making decisions that shape materials, products and business models? Where are these professionals found within your business? What role do they play, and how can you empower them in the context of your circular economy ambition? This discussion is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, alongside practitioners and thought-leaders at the frontier of circular design. Speakers Joe Iles, Editor in Chief of Circulate, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Zoé Bezpalko, Sustainability Strategy Manager, Autodesk Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 14:11 Featured Off

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Climate Considerations: Using Circularity to Achieve Carbon Goals

September 14, 2020 by  
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Climate Considerations: Using Circularity to Achieve Carbon Goals How can you advance circularity within your team and throughout your company by championing designers and their process? Design decisions have ripple effects throughout a product’s lifecycle and beyond, affecting production, use and end of life management. In this way, designers and creators hold tremendous influence on material flows throughout the supply chain, determining whether materials end up as waste and pollution, or remain in the economy providing value. As the idea of a circular economy becomes increasingly mainstream, how can we support people making decisions that shape materials, products and business models? Where are these professionals found within your business? What role do they play, and how can you empower them in the context of your circular economy ambition? This discussion is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, alongside practitioners and thought-leaders at the frontier of circular design. Speakers Benjamin Soltoff, Environmental Innovation Manager, Yale Center for Business and the Environment Eva Gladek, Founder & CEO, Metabolic Anna Vinagradova, Director, Sustainability, Walmart Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 14:04 Featured Off

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Supporting Business in the Race to Create the World’s Most Sustainable Package

September 14, 2020 by  
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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 on nature.  Topics include:  Innovations in plant-based materials, including wood fibre and plant-based polymers The safety and performance of plant-based packaging materials Partnering with consumers to secure recycling behavior change  How companies can apply a full value-chain approach to their sustainability strategies Moderator: Heather Clancy, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group Speakers: Jason Pelz, Vice President of Sustainability, Tetra Pak, Americas Trewin Restorick, Founder & CEO, Hubbub 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. taylor flores Mon, 09/14/2020 – 13:52 gbz_webcast_date Tue, 09/29/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 09/29/2020 – 11:00

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Algae and Mushrooms and Pineapples, Oh My! Bioutilization in Action

September 14, 2020 by  
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Algae and Mushrooms and Pineapples, Oh My! Bioutilization in Action   What opportunities exist to incorporate bio-based materials into products and packaging, how can they be sustainably sourced, and what benefits or challenges do these materials afford? From fish scales in electronics to fabrics made from milk protein, the utilization of biomaterials can often seem like a page out science fiction. Whether futuristic or highly practical, new uses of biological materials are garnering attention as a new and exciting approach to circular products. Can the use of these materials offer a sustainable pathway forward? How can bio-based materials be effectively and sustainably scaled, and when should your company take advantage of them? This discussion explores these questions. Speakers Suz Okie, Circular Economy Associate Analyst, GreenBiz Group Sea Briganti, CEO, LOLIWARE Dr. Carmen Hijosa, Founder and Chief Creative & Innovation Officer, Ananas Anam UK ltd Meghan Olson, Business Development Lead, MycoComposite, Ecovative Design Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 10:51 Featured Off

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A Roadmap for Best of Class Circular Partnerships

September 14, 2020 by  
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A Roadmap for Best of Class Circular Partnerships How can companies navigate internal and external roadblocks in order to unlock circular advancement? Fueled by consumer activism and investor demand, the transition from a linear to a circular economy is disrupting how the private sector conventionally positions its sustainability agenda. Traditionally siloed in a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), the infusion of circular economy into sustainability has provided companies a platform to unlock financial value and demonstrate ROI, while appealing to a broad range of diverse stakeholders. For many companies however, the rapid shift to a circular platform is causing tension in how a company prioritizes, partners and communicates sustainability and circular economy initiatives both internally and externally. To ensure that companies are aligned on their sustainability, shared value and philanthropic initiatives, this discussion will address: How to identify and overcome internal barriers that prohibit progress on circular economy goals. Insights into the internal silos around sustainability/corporate responsibility that exist in the corporate space that stifle innovation, grow distrust and potentially can cause financial harm to the company. Best practices on integrating circular economy initiatives into the corporate ecosystem to drive internal alignment, innovation and external partnerships. Internal corporate value chain biases (Finance, Sustainability, CSR and Corporate Foundation) How to build successful corporate and nonprofit circular partnerships. Speakers John Holm, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, PYXERA Global Vivien Luk, Executive Director, Work Katrina Shum, Sustainability Officer, North America, Lush Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 10:22 Featured Off

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Forging a Resilient Circular Supply Chain

September 14, 2020 by  
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Forging a Resilient Circular Supply Chain Where should supply chain management and circular strategy overlap, and how can your supply chain advance the circular economy? From repair and remanufacturing to material reclamation, there are numerous ways to fold circular principles into your company’s supply chain. But what does it take to build these circular initiatives throughout a dispersed supply chain? What ROI can these changes afford? Can a circular supply chain hold more resiliency than its linear counterpart? Join this session to hear from companies forging robust, resilient, circular supply chains. Learn about the challenges they’ve faced as well as the risk mitigation and value they’ve seen as reward. Speakers Stephanie Potter, Executive Director, Sustainability and Circular Economy, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Deborah Dull, Product Leader, GE Digital George Richter, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Cox Communications, Inc. James McCall, Senior Director, Global Climate and Supply Chain Sustainability, Procter & Gamble This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 20, August 25-27, 2020. Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 09:39 Featured Off

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Circular by Design: Physical Criteria for Circular Products

September 11, 2020 by  
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Circular by Design: Physical Criteria for Circular Products What physical attributes must be considered and prioritized when designing circular products? When creating circular products, businesses face a daunting task: They must balance product performance, health and safety, regulatory compliance, cost, and a host of physical criteria (such as durability, repairability and modularity) to name a few of the countless considerations — along with frequent barriers. With an ever increasing demand to deliver products to market with speed, effectively evaluating and prioritizing these attributes is a critical yet challenging hurdle. This discussion explores how businesses have balanced physical criteria when creating circular products. Speakers Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group  Sripriya Narayanan, Product Manager, Cisco Lauren Smith, Product Sustainability Manager, Columbia” Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 20:26 Featured Off

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Leaders from Unilever, WWF, others reflect on what’s changed since the first Earth Day

April 22, 2020 by  
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The CEOs of Unilever, Trane and West Rock and other corporate sustainability leaders convened virtually last week for a virtual edition of the Yale Business Sustainability Summit. Here are key themes that stood out from the discussion.

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What I heard (and didn’t) at an electric utility convention

July 2, 2013 by  
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When utility CEOs gathered for the Edison Electric Institute meeting, the discussion didn’t include customer engagement or renewables. 

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