California governor issues executive order to conserve 30% of state land by 2030

October 9, 2020 by  
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On Wednesday, October 7, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an executive order to reserve 30% of state land for conservation by 2030. The governor said the move will help preserve biodiversity and prevent further destruction of vulnerable ecosystems. Gov. Newsom explained that the executive order corresponds with existing plans to conserve at least 30% of state land. Following the executive order, state agencies will be required to boost and maintain soil health, restore wetlands , manage forests to reduce fire risks and create more parks and green spaces for cities. The governor said California would be the first state to carry out this type of land conservation. Related: No new gas-powered cars by 2035, California governor says “This is a critical part of the climate change conversation, and it’s so often omitted,” the governor said. “When we talk about climate change , we get so consumed by energy and industry, commercial and residential side of this equation, and we forget our working lands. We forget our natural lands. We forget about species and we forget about animals, and plants, and insects. All of these things that truly make life not only worth living but life even capable of living.” The executive order is just one of many measures that have been put in place by the state to curb environmental degradation. Last month, the governor made an executive order to phase out gas-powered vehicles in favor of zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The executive order does not make it illegal for residents of California to own gas-powered cars or even resell them as used cars. It only aims at ensuring that gas-powered cars are phased out moving forward. “I don’t know of any other state in this country that’s been more forceful and forthright in establishing and anchoring a consciousness around climate change,” Gov. Newsom said. “We just want to fundamentally reconcile the fact we’re no longer living in the 19th century, and we don’t need to drill things or extract things in order to advance our economic goals and advance our mobility needs.” Via ABC7 Image via David Mark

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Going plastic neutral: Footprints, credits and offsets

September 14, 2020 by  
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Going plastic neutral: Footprints, credits and offsets What does it mean for companies to go “plastic neutral” and what will it take to scale, track and standardize effective plastic-offsetting infrastructure? From Norway to Microsoft, companies and countries alike have been making headlines with sweeping commitments to go carbon neutral. But what about going “plastic neutral”? Much like carbon neutrality, its plastics counterpart will require a significant reduction of outputs. But as companies work to shift supply chains and develop infrastructure to achieve ambitious plastics-reduction goals, offsets could offer a near-term approach to lightening a company’s plastic footprint. From tools to calculate plastic footprints, to a standardized system for plastics credits, to on-the-ground projects and partnerships with informal waste workers, several organizations are developing critical elements of an effective and impact-oriented plastic-offsetting system. Learn how these trailblazers are partnering to establish a market for plastic waste, and how your company can support their efforts while advancing your plastic reduction or neutrality goals. Speakers Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Commit, World Economic Forum Svanika Balasubramanian, Co-Founder & CEO, rePurpose Julianne Baroody, Director, Standards Development, Verra Nick McCulloch, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Rubicon Global Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 11:23 Featured Off

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Unpacking Packaging: The Nuances of Material Health

September 14, 2020 by  
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Unpacking Packaging: The Nuances of Material Health How can businesses balance material health, regulatory compliance and public perception when selecting packaging materials? The health and safety implications of materials used in packaging has become a growing concern for consumers, brands and retailers. This discussion unpacks some key questions and nuances in material health, addressing regulatory compliance, evolving public perceptions and growing concerns from consumers. The panel shares real-world insights on materials selection and the importance of material health throughout the lifecycle of a package. Listeners will walk away with strategies and tools to select the best materials for a safe, circular supply chain. Speakers Nina Goodrich, Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition Jay Bolus, President, MBDC Dr. Lauren Heine, Director of Safer Materials & Data Integrity, ChemForward; Senior Science Advisor, Northwest Green Chemistry Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 11:19 Featured Off

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Tools of the Trade: Circular Standards, Metrics and Measurements

September 14, 2020 by  
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Tools of the Trade: Circular Standards, Metrics and Measurements What standards, metrics and tools exist to measure circularity, and which is best for your company? To progress circularity, it is critical to transition from theoretical intentions to tactical, number-based goals. This discussion explores the emerging landscape of metrics, standards and tools currently measuring institutional circularity. The panel covers how to use these tools in practice, discussing effective applications and ideal business fit. Speakers Alyson Genovese, Director, North America, Global Reporting Initiative Jarkko Havas, Lead of Data and Metrics, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Christina Raab, Vice President, Strategy & Development, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Carolien van Brunschot, Manager, Circular Economy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 11:08 Featured Off

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Advanced Recycling: What, When and How to Scale?

September 14, 2020 by  
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Advanced Recycling: What, When and How to Scale?   What is the state of the advanced recycling industry, and what will it take to get it to scale? There’s been a noticeable uptick lately in buzz around advanced recycling (also known as chemical recycling) and the promise of technologies that can fix the broken recycling system. However, the technologies, terminology and applications can be confusing and are not widely understood. This discussion explores the landscape of transformational technologies that stop plastic waste, keep materials in play and grow markets. Speakers discuss the state of the market and highlight the potential for transformational technologies to turn waste plastics back into new materials, decrease reliance on fossil fuels and curb the flow of plastics into marine environments. Speakers Paula Luu, Director, Center for the Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners Jodie Morgan, CEO, Green Mantra Techologies Mitchell Toomey, Director of Sustainability, BASF Corporation Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 11:05 Featured Off

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Sustainable Recovery: ESG Values and our Resilient Future

August 19, 2020 by  
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Sustainable Recovery: ESG Values and our Resilient Future In a world facing multiple crises, businesses, cities and organizations that have placed ESG values at the core of their work are proving to be more resilient, adapting more rapidly to change while charting a sustainable course to benefit future generations. Today’s pandemic has made the business case for sustainability stronger and the timelines shorter.  How can businesses learn from this pivotal moment and drive sustainable and equitable changes for the mutual benefit of consumers, employees and our planet? This one-hour webcast will focus on the principles of sustainable recovery and how ESG-led strategies help organizations successfully navigate the trials of COVID-19 and today’s other complex challenges. Topics include:  The essential role of ESG principles in business model resilience Tactics for ESG planning and implementation Trends in stakeholder engagement and consumer awareness Key considerations for sustainability messaging and education in this moment  Moderator: Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Speakers: Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation  David Rachelson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Rubicon Geoffrey Stiles, VP of Facilities and Operations, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena 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. saracefalu2 Tue, 08/18/2020 – 22:50 Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor GreenBiz Group @makower Geoffrey Stiles VP of Facilities and Operations Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena Collin O’Mara President & CEO National Wildlife Federation David Rachelson Chief Sustainability Officer Rubicon gbz_webcast_date Tue, 09/15/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 09/15/2020 – 11:00

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August 19, 2020 by  
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Sustainable Recovery: ESG Values and our Resilient Future In a world facing multiple crises, businesses, cities and organizations that have placed ESG values at the core of their work are proving to be more resilient, adapting more rapidly to change while charting a sustainable course to benefit future generations. Today’s pandemic has made the business case for sustainability stronger and the timelines shorter.  How can businesses learn from this pivotal moment and drive sustainable and equitable changes for the mutual benefit of consumers, employees and our planet? This one-hour webcast will focus on the principles of sustainable recovery and how ESG-led strategies help organizations successfully navigate the trials of COVID-19 and today’s other complex challenges. Topics include:  The essential role of ESG principles in business model resilience Tactics for ESG planning and implementation Trends in stakeholder engagement and consumer awareness Key considerations for sustainability messaging and education in this moment  Moderator: Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Speakers: Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation  David Rachelson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Rubicon Geoffrey Stiles, VP of Facilities and Operations, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena 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. saracefalu2 Tue, 08/18/2020 – 22:50 Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor GreenBiz Group @makower Geoffrey Stiles VP of Facilities and Operations Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena Collin O’Mara President & CEO National Wildlife Federation David Rachelson Chief Sustainability Officer Rubicon gbz_webcast_date Tue, 09/15/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 09/15/2020 – 11:00

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Joel Makower on the state of green business

March 6, 2020 by  
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GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower opens GreenBiz 20 by discussing the current moment — “exciting, engaging and terrifying” — and the challenges ahead for sustainability professionals.

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VERGE 19: Welcoming Remarks

February 12, 2020 by  
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GreenBiz Vice President and VERGE Executive Director, Shana Rappaport, welcomes VERGE 19 participants to the event with a clean economy call to action and surprise performance by The Seastars. “This isn’t just about avoiding an ecological and economic crisis,” Rappaport says. “It’s about helping a future unfold that has the potential to be more prosperous for all people and all life than it’s ever been.”

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Episode 204: Direct from Davos

January 24, 2020 by  
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What’s the buzz at the World Economic Forum? Plus, GreenBiz Executive Director Shana Rappaport reads between the lines of Starbucks’ new “resource positive” pursuit.

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