Reputational Risks and Opportunities: Managing the Impacts of COVID-19 and Climate Change

May 19, 2020 by  
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Reputational Risks and Opportunities: Managing the Impacts of COVID-19 and Climate Change The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of the global economy and its supply chains. It has also shown that reputational risks and opportunities can become magnified in times of crisis. Across sectors, leading companies have built valuable trust in their brands by taking early and serious action to protect their workers and suppliers—and slow the spread of the virus. In the face of another existential threat—the climate crisis—companies are also finding ways to minimize risk and identify opportunities to lead by: Assessing risks across their enterprises, including how the COVID-19 and climate crises could potentially interact, in order to anticipate, minimize and manage business disruptions that can impact its operations, supply chain and reputation. Building a supply chain that is resilient to the impacts of both climate change and COVID-19. In this one-hour webcast, Joe Bialowitz, Head of Sustainable Healthcare at ENGIE Impact, will explore this topic of reputation and provide insight into: How organizational leaders should approach risk assessment; How organizations can build resilience; and, How organizations can manage through the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change Moderator: Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst & VERGE Energy Chair, GreenBiz Group Speakers:  Joe Bialowitz, Head of Sustainable Healthcare, ENGIE Impact More to be announced 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 Tue, 05/19/2020 – 09:49 Sarah Golden Senior Energy Analyst & VERGE Energy Chair GreenBiz Group @sbgolden Joe Bialowitz Head of Sustainable Healthcare ENGIE Impact gbz_webcast_date Tue, 06/16/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 06/16/2020 – 11:00

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Earth911 Quiz #84: Earth Day Goals for 2030

April 23, 2020 by  
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Quick, what are the key goals for reducing human impacts … The post Earth911 Quiz #84: Earth Day Goals for 2030 appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Quiz #82: Coronavirus Environmental Impacts & Opportunities

March 19, 2020 by  
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Cargill’s Jill Kolling on partnering with farmers to build more sustainable food systems

March 3, 2020 by  
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Jill Kolling, vice president of global sustainability at Cargill, says that it’s important for the farmers and ranchers it works with to be able to withstand the impacts of climate change. “Resiliency is important for our business as a whole,” Kolling says. “Nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way is now our purpose at Cargill.”

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Avery Dennison’s Deon Stander on the future and benefits of enabling traceability

March 3, 2020 by  
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Avery Dennison started off at the world’s first self-adhesive label 80 years ago. While it has continued to provide analog labeling solutions, the company has also transformed into provide digital solutions. “We’re thinking about solutions and ideas that will allow us to enable a digital future for all companies and supply chains as well,” says Deon Stander, vice president and general manager of retail branding and information solutions at Avery Dennison. Stander continued to explain that in the future, every item will have a digital identity.

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Tetra Pak’s Mustan Lalani on the company’s move toward a low-carbon circular economy

March 3, 2020 by  
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Mustan Lalani, global director of environmental policy at Tetra Pak, says a phrase coined by Ruben Rausing, the company’s founder, continues to guide its work. The phrase? “A package should save more than it costs.” Because we’re in climate emergency, Lalani says the phrase rings even more true than in years past, especially as Tetra Pak moves toward a low-carbon circular economy.

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Governments need to find better ways to finance a resilient tomorrow

November 2, 2019 by  
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In order to prepare for more climate disruption, the United States and others will have to “raise unprecedented amounts of money to cope with the impacts of climate change.”

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Innovative fish adoption program protects San Marcos River from invasive species

September 26, 2019 by  
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Like any ecosystem , the San Marcos River is happier without invasive species taking over. This spring-fed river in San Marcos, Texas, maintains its 72-degree temperature year-round, making it popular with humans, fish and turtles who live in the area. But a problem arises when humans decide they no longer want their exotic aquarium fish and decide to release these non-native species into the river . Fortunately, the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department has devised an innovative way to protect both the river and the unwanted fish. Inhabitat spoke with Melani Howard and Eric Weeks to learn more about San Marcos’ Pet Fish Drop Off program. Howard is the Habitat Conservation Plan Manager for San Marcos’ Engineering and Capital Improvements Department. Weeks is the coordinator of the Discovery Center, an interpretive center for the Blanco and San Marcos rivers, parks and associated trails. Related: Robotic fish offer a solution to controlling invasive species Inhabitat: How and when did the program start, and why was it needed? Howard and Weeks: The program started in 2017 to reduce the number of non-native fish being dumped into the San Marcos River from aquaria and, most importantly, to educate the public about the impacts of non-native fish on native populations. We started with a small outside pond, but the predators eventually turned it into a “food bowl,” so we had to move the program to our inside tanks.  We have three large aquaria — one is dedicated to native species and the other two we use for the Fish Drop Off program. Inhabitat: How many fish do you usually have at once? Howard and Weeks: We typically have anywhere between 15 to 30 fish total in both aquaria. Inhabitat: What types of fish have people dropped off? Howard and Weeks: Suckermouth catfish (our target fish to collect, as it is incredibly invasive ), goldfish, angelfish, neons, beta, zebra, bala, gourami, cichlid, rainbow, Oscar, aquatic frog, carp, tetra and platy. Inhabitat: Do the fish get “adopted” and brought home to new aquariums? If so, how does that process work? Howard and Weeks: Yes, all the fish are adoptable by anyone who wants them. The adoption process has been fairly constant, although has slowed down somewhat because of decreased marketing. Individuals just have to stop by the Discovery Center, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with their own take-home containers. Inhabitat: Who takes care of the fish, and what kind of care is provided? Howard and Weeks: Discovery Center staff cares for the fish. Care consists of regular cleaning, water changes and feeding. Inhabitat: What results have you seen from this program? Howard and Weeks: The program has been used by college students primarily, but we have also received goldfish after the carnival has been in town (ugh), and people are very grateful to have such a program. Adopters are also quite pleased to be getting free fish. But the most important result is public education regarding the impacts of aquaria dumping.  Inhabitat: What has the public response been? Howard and Weeks: Incredibly positive. It’s been fun. Inhabitat: Could you give us a brief overview of your involvement with the fish program, as well as your other duties as watershed protection manager? Howard and Weeks: My involvement consists of responding to questions and assisting the public with dropping off or adopting the pet fish, tracking the number of fish and species type dropped off/adopted for reports and ensuring proper care and feeding. We also have education and outreach with the intent to reduce the introduction of non-native fish species in the San Marcos River. Watershed protection manager duties include implementation of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan to conserve habitat for endangered and threatened species that inhabit the upper San Marcos River. Conservation measures include non-native predator fish removal, non-native aquatic and terrestrial vegetation removal, aquatic and terrestrial native plantings, recreation management, litter removal, bank stabilization, education and outreach and water quality best management practices. Inhabitat: What are the main threats to the San Marcos River? Howard and Weeks: The primary threat is overpumping of the Edwards Aquifer, which feeds the San Marcos River, water quality impacts from urbanization, impacts of recreation, invasive species — all these threaten the diverse, high quality habitat in the river, which supports diverse natives including several endangered species . + Pet Fish Drop Off Program Images via Melani Howard

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IPCC landmark report warns about the state of the oceans, polar ice content and the climate crisis

September 26, 2019 by  
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The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — which is, in fact, the UN body responsible for communicating on the deteriorating climate — has officially recognized the oceans as a critical component in the climate change crisis. Warming ocean temperatures are becoming commonplace and are melting ice sheets and glaciers and contributing to rising sea levels. Additionally, the warm waters affect the ocean’s oxygen levels. As these phenomena accelerate toward a tipping point, nature’s ecosystems will be disrupted, and human society will be adversely affected. The IPCC’s announcement of its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate — which is based on almost 7,000 peer-reviewed research articles — signals a crucial milestone. If things remain as the status quo, then ecological upheaval is imminent. Related: Even scientists are shocked by the latest UN report on climate change Our oceans comprise an important habitat that many living things, including humans, rely on for food and sustenance. Oceans also collectively absorb more than a quarter of the human-made carbon dioxide being produced, while simultaneously providing half of the oxygen created on our planet. Similarly, more than 90 percent of the heat generated via greenhouse gas emissions is likewise absorbed by our oceans. In this way, the oceans play a significant role in global climate regulation. But our climate is in dire crisis. Rising global temperatures are making oceans warmer through marine heatwaves. Warm ocean water is less likely to hold oxygen, leading to subsequent ocean acidification. Plus, warmer waters bleach coral reefs and also increase the likelihood of water chemistry disruptions, so that both bacterial and algal blooms become more common, as do red tides. Marine biodiversity is thrown off-kilter, leaving certain ocean regions devoid of life. Mass endangerment and extinctions of particular marine species becomes inevitable, and fishing yields dwindle considerably. Hence, for the 70-member coalition known as the Ocean and Climate Platform, the ocean’s sustainability comes into question. To stem the tide of climate catastrophe, the authors of the report are warning humanity and calling for policy change. If human-induced warming continues, there will come a time when the damage can no longer be healed. Immediate collaborative action is required, before it is too late, to reverse and remedy the climate crisis. + IPCC Image via Oregon State University

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Wall Street, ESG and the Wild West

May 14, 2019 by  
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The world of ESG is growing by leaps and bounds among big companies and mainstream investors. But the metrics — and the impacts — are still inconclusive.

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