Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think!

September 2, 2020 by  
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Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think! In the run up to California Clean Air Day, join GreenBiz for a conversation about some of the available and affordable solutions that are delivering a real lasting impact in California’s fight against air pollution and climate change.  Certain regions in the United States, particularly in California, continue to face an air pollution crisis. Fighting air pollution, and the many health issues caused by it, means accelerating the phase out of fossil fuels. And doing so could save millions of lives and billions of dollars. In this one-hour webcast, Neste US President Jeremy Baines, California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard Corey, and GreenBiz Sr. Transportation Writer & Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher, will explore how advanced biofuels and the circular economy are measurably helping in our collective fight against air pollution and climate change. Importantly, it will provide solutions that any forward-thinking business or city can choose to use right now. Among the topics: How renewable diesel can accelerate the phase out of fossil fuels, enabling cities and businesses to quickly and affordably achieve their climate goals.  How the City of Oakland created a closed-loop, circular economy that benefits its residents. One where the city’s fleet runs on 100% renewable fuel made from the city’s waste. What fuels have played the biggest role in the LCFS to date, where the regulation is heading, and what businesses and cities can do now to help “future proof their fleets. Moderator: Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer & Transportation Analyst, GreenBiz Group Speakers:  Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board Jeremy Baines, President, Neste US 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 Wed, 09/02/2020 – 10:19 Katie Fehrenbacher Senior Writer & Analyst, Transportation GreenBiz Group @katiefehren Richard Corey Executive Officer California Air Resources Board @AirResources gbz_webcast_date Thu, 10/01/2020 – 10:00 – Thu, 10/01/2020 – 11:00

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Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think!

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Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think! In the run up to California Clean Air Day, join GreenBiz for a conversation about some of the available and affordable solutions that are delivering a real lasting impact in California’s fight against air pollution and climate change.  Certain regions in the United States, particularly in California, continue to face an air pollution crisis. Fighting air pollution, and the many health issues caused by it, means accelerating the phase out of fossil fuels. And doing so could save millions of lives and billions of dollars. In this one-hour webcast, Neste US President Jeremy Baines, California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard Corey, and GreenBiz Sr. Transportation Writer & Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher, will explore how advanced biofuels and the circular economy are measurably helping in our collective fight against air pollution and climate change. Importantly, it will provide solutions that any forward-thinking business or city can choose to use right now. Among the topics: How renewable diesel can accelerate the phase out of fossil fuels, enabling cities and businesses to quickly and affordably achieve their climate goals.  How the City of Oakland created a closed-loop, circular economy that benefits its residents. One where the city’s fleet runs on 100% renewable fuel made from the city’s waste. What fuels have played the biggest role in the LCFS to date, where the regulation is heading, and what businesses and cities can do now to help “future proof their fleets. Moderator: Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer & Transportation Analyst, GreenBiz Group Speakers:  Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board Jeremy Baines, President, Neste US 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 Wed, 09/02/2020 – 10:19 Katie Fehrenbacher Senior Writer & Analyst, Transportation GreenBiz Group @katiefehren Richard Corey Executive Officer California Air Resources Board @AirResources gbz_webcast_date Thu, 10/01/2020 – 10:00 – Thu, 10/01/2020 – 11:00

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Better Together: The Climate Pledge

August 20, 2020 by  
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Better Together: The Climate Pledge Join us for a conversation about the power of companies (big and small) coming together to tackle the climate crisis, and hear why Global Optimism and Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge—a bold commitment to become net zero carbon by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.  In this one-hour webcast, GreenBiz Editorial Director Heather Clancy will moderate a discussion with Global Optimism’s founding partner Tom Rivett-Carnac, Amazon’s Head of Worldwide Sustainability Kara Hurst, and Verizon’s Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations & Chief Sustainability Officer to dive deep on why the time to take action is now. Among the topics: The realities of our planet, and where climate change stands How coming together is better, and what companies can expect by taking The Climate Pledge How companies are rethinking their approach to business, and how this collective effort will accelerate progress Investing in decarbonizing technologies, and putting them into practice  Embracing nature based solutions as part of the carbon reduction equation, but not as the primary way Moderator: Heather Clancy, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group Speakers:  James Gowen, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations & Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon Tom Rivett, Founding Partner, Global Optimism Kara Hurst, Head of Worldwide Sustainability, Amazon 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 Thu, 08/20/2020 – 08:42 Heather Clancy Editorial Director GreenBiz Group @GreenTechLady James Gowen Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations & Chief Sustainability Officer Verizon Tom Rivett Founding Partner Amazon’s Climate Pledge Kara Hurst Head of Worldwide Sustainability Amazon @KaraHurst gbz_webcast_date Thu, 09/24/2020 – 09:00 – Thu, 09/24/2020 – 10:00

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Verizon, NRG, Oliver Wyman share tips on TCFD scenario planning and reporting

July 21, 2020 by  
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Verizon, NRG, Oliver Wyman share tips on TCFD scenario planning and reporting Aaron Mok Tue, 07/21/2020 – 00:30 More than 1,000 global leaders have implemented recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure as part of their climate action plans. But many organizations are still grappling with how, exactly, to do this. TCFD reporting offers a standardized framework for companies to disclose information on climate-related financial risk to their investors and stakeholders who seek greater corporate transparency. The core elements of the TCFD framework include: governance; strategy; risk management; metrics; and targets.  During last week’s GreenBiz webcast “How Businesses Can Overcome Barriers to Achieving Climate Goals,” three corporate sustainability leaders offered insights for how businesses can best adopt TCFD recommendations into their carbon reduction strategies.  In particular, TCFD reporting expands the scope of climate-related financial transparency, considering issues related to both corporate social responsibility and risk management, noted Edwin Anderson, partner with management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Businesses are exposed to two types of climate risks: physical and transition. Physical risk refers to climate-related events such as natural disasters, while transition risk encompasses the financial costs associated with institutional changes required to decarbonize, Anderson said. In the TCFD framework, these risks are assessed through a climate-scenario analysis, a methodology companies use to set science-based targets in line with their climate goals and to provide insight into climate change’s potential opportunities and risks. Most senior executives are sympathetic to the problems that the world faces, and you have to face the roles and metrics they rely on. Greg Kandankulam, senior manager of sustainability at NRG Energy highlighted the importance of engaging a third-party expert to aid scenario-planning. “Don’t be afraid to get external on your scenario process,” he said during the webcast. “Sometimes, institutional thinking doesn’t provide everything you need.”  Using the TCFD framework, NRG developed its own scenario, then received recommendations from the International Energy Agency and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Kandankulam said. He also emphasized collaboration with individuals on the governance team to increase the likelihood of buy-in.  “Direction from the board and CEO helps,” Kandankulam said. “As the TCFD conversation evolved between 2017-2018, we approached leadership with a body of work and engaged with institutional investors to discuss how important it is, what decision-making is useful, and what stakeholders will be looking for in credibility and disclosure. A collaborative process engenders a greater level of buy-in on a management and executive level.” Emily Bosland, director of ESG reporting and engagement at Verizon, stressed the value gained from speaking to investors during the reporting process.  “We found having very honest, transparent conversations with our investors and governance to be exceptionally helpful,” she said. “Feedback from investors and governance on the report has been entirely positive.” After conducting a scenario analysis with IEA’s assistance, Verizon drew on the TCFD recommendations to include this disclosure in its recent sustainability reporting: “Even with growth in electricity usage, carbon prices and electricity prices, Verizon is resilient in a carbon policy environment that is aligned to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius.” (The company aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.) Verizon plans to reach its carbon goal by reducing its carbon footprint across all its operations, using tactics such as adopting newer, energy-efficient technologies and optimizing the temperature control of its data centers, Bosland said. At the end of the webcast, speakers shared their closing thoughts on best practices for businesses to adopt the TCFD disclosure recommendations. Bosland reiterated Kandankulam’s advice that receiving outside help is useful if feasible. Likewise, Kandankulam expanded on his previous point about prioritizing internal collaboration, advising listeners, “Start canvassing your companies and start finding those champions — risk, strategy, investor relations, get them to understand why this is important and necessary.” Finally, Anderson underscored the effectiveness of explaining the value of TCFD disclosure to executives through monetary terms. “Pull it back to dollars and cents. 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Innovation in Forest Carbon Solutions

July 9, 2020 by  
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Innovation in Forest Carbon Solutions Join us for a conversation on the role of forests in addressing climate change and how technology can make forest carbon projects more credible. In this one-hour webcast, GreenBiz Editorial Director Heather Clancy will moderate a discussion of World Resources Institute Deputy Director of Forests Fred Stolle, Verra Chief Innovation Officer Toby Janson-Smith, Pachama CEO Diego Saez-Gil, and Microsoft Carbon Program Manager Liz Willmott on key trends in the use of technology to improve forest carbon projects. Among the topics:  The rationale for investing in innovative forest projects How to participate in innovative solutions for climate change  The top criteria for vetting forest carbon solutions  How technology can help de-risk and scale forest carbon projects  Moderator: Heather Clancy, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group Speakers:  Fred Stolle, Deputy Director, Forests, World Resources Institute Diego Saez-Gil, CEO & Co-founder, Pachama Toby Janson-Smith, Chief Innovation Officer, Verra Elizabeth Willmott, Carbon Program Manager, Microsoft 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 Thu, 07/09/2020 – 10:19 Heather Clancy Editorial Director GreenBiz Group @GreenTechLady Fred Stolle Deputy Director, Forests World Resources Institute Diego Saez-Gil CEO & Co-founder Pachama @dsaezgil Toby Janson-Smith Chief Innovation Officer Verra Elizabeth Willmott Carbon Program Manager Microsoft gbz_webcast_date Tue, 08/04/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 08/04/2020 – 11:00

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SDG Ambition: Scaling Business Impact for the Decade of Action

June 25, 2020 by  
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SDG Ambition: Scaling Business Impact for the Decade of Action Now more than ever, companies everywhere must unite in the business of a more resilient, sustainable world. Despite progress made in many areas, we are not on track to deliver on the SDGs by 2030. In fact, the United Nations Global Compact Progress Report 2020 reveals only 39 per cent of companies surveyed believe they have targets that are sufficiently ambitious to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Less than a third consider their industry to be moving fast enough to deliver priority SDGs. While 84 per cent of companies surveyed are taking action on SDGs, only 46 per cent are embedding them into their core business and only 37 per cent are designing business models that contribute to the SDGs.  The need for increased business ambition is clear but how do companies get started? How do they set ambitious benchmarks in the areas that will have the greatest business impact on the SDGs and accelerate integration of sustainable development into enterprise management processes and systems? In this webcast: Learn how to prioritize opportunities for SDG impact through core business activities – operations, products & services, and value chain Learn about best practice business benchmarks to gauge whether corporate activities are aiming at the necessary level of ambition to deliver on the SDGs Hear how companies can set goals – or level-set existing goals – in line with what is required to achieve the SDGs and about the processes and tools required to meet them Learn about SDG Ambition, a new accelerator initiative, in partnership with SAP and Accenture that aims to empower and equip companies to set ambitious corporate targets aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accelerate integration into core business management Moderator: John Davies, Vice President & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group Speakers: Sue Allchurch, Chief, Outreach & Engagement, UN Global Compact Michael D. Hughes, Manager, Sustainability & Responsible Business, Accenture Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, UN Partnerships and Sustainability, SAP 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 Thu, 06/25/2020 – 11:22 John Davies VP, Senior Analyst GreenBiz @greenbizjd Sue Allchurch Chief, Outreach & Engagement UN Global Compact @allchurch_sue Michael Hughes Manager, Sustainability & Responsible Business Accenture Ann Rosenberg Senior Vice President, UN Partnerships and Sustainability SAP gbz_webcast_date Tue, 07/21/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 07/21/2020 – 11:00

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LIVE WEBCAST: Join Ford and the AIANY’s ‘Design With a Purpose’ Webcast and Talk To Leading Architects & Auto Designers!

October 2, 2013 by  
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Inhabitat has joined forces with the American Institute of Architects New York  (AIANY) and Ford Motor Company to bring to you a panel discussion and live, interactive webcast focused on resilient design. This sure-to-be-provocative discussion will bring together builders from across NYC with a prominent automative designer and the head of AIANY who will talk about how we can create resilient designs that are sensitive to environment, beautiful, functional, and able to stand the test of time. The Design With a Purpose panel will include Erik Churchill, project manager at  SHoP Construction ; Steven Colletta, Vie President of  Sciame Construction Company ; Ford’s group vice president of design  J Mays ; and moderator  Rick Bell , the executive director of the  AIANY . We’ll be  live streaming  this discussion  right here  on  October 3rd at 12:30PM EST , so bookmark this page! You can join in on this discussion by submitting your questions to us in advance in the comments below, or simply tweet at us during the live panel at  @Ford  and  @Inhabitat  using the hashtag  #FordArchitecture ! We’ll be sending  Inhabitat t-shirts  to selected question submitters! Read the rest of LIVE WEBCAST: Join Ford and the AIANY’s ‘Design With a Purpose’ Webcast and Talk To Leading Architects & Auto Designers! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIANY , American Institute of Architects New York , architecture and automotive , architecture panels , architecture webcast , automotive design , Car Design , design events , design panels , design with a purpose , Design With a Purpose: Built Tough , Erik Churchill , ford , ford f series , ford live , ford motor company , ford motors , ford webcast , Frank J. Sciame Jr. , J Mays , new york architecture , ny architects , ny architecture , nyc architecture , resilient design , Rick Bell FAIA , Sciame Construction Company , shop architects , shop construction        

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LIVE WEBCAST: Join Us for ‘Design With a Purpose: Built Tough’ Panel Discussion and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers

September 23, 2013 by  
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In celebration of Archtober happening next month in NYC, the Ford Motor Company and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) chapter are teaming up to bring us a brand new live panel discussion focused on design that stands the test of time. ’ Design With a Purpose: Built Tough ‘ is the third in Ford’s illuminating webcast series  which has hosted talks between several of today’s leading architects and automotive designers. This month’s webcast will feature high-profile architects and builders from across New York, including Erik Churchill, project manager at SHoP Construction ; Frank J. Sciame Jr., Hon. AIANY Chapter and CEO/chairman of Sciame Construction Company ; Ford’s group vice president of design and chief creative officer  J Mays ; and moderator Rick Bell, FAIA, the executive director of the AIANY . This distinguished panel will discuss how designers can create strong, functional buildings that blend into their environment, yet are resilient enough to endure the passage of time, much like New York City ‘s famous skyscrapers. We’ll be  live streaming  this discussion on  Inhabitat.com  on October 3rd , so mark your calendars! You can also join in on this discussion by submitting your questions in advance for the speakers below in the comments, or during the live panel by tweeting questions to @Ford and @Inhabitat with the hashtag #FordArchitecture ! We’ll be sending  Inhabitat t-shirts  to selected question submitters! WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST Read the rest of LIVE WEBCAST: Join Us for ‘Design With a Purpose: Built Tough’ Panel Discussion and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIANY , American Institute of Architects New York , architecture and automotive , architecture panels , architecture webcast , automotive design , Car Design , design events , design panels , design with a purpose , Design With a Purpose: Built Tough , Erik Churchill , ford , ford f series , ford live , ford motor company , ford motors , ford webcast , Frank J. Sciame Jr. , J Mays , new york architecture , ny architects , ny architecture , nyc architecture , Rick Bell FAIA , Sciame Construction Company , shop architects , shop construction        

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INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company

April 11, 2013 by  
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In just a few hours we’ll be kicking off Design with a Conscience , a live webcast panel discussion where visionary California architects and automotive designers will be talking about the intersection of car and building design and how conscious design can spur innovation. This year’s event will feature notable architects such as Allison Willams, Anne Fougeron, and Ann Hand, and will be moderated by  Ford Motor Company ‘s Director of Strategic Design, Freeman Thomas . Mr. Thomas, a pioneer in automotive design, has designed everything from the New Beetle to the Audi TT , and he’s been steering Ford’s Strategic Design department since 2005. In anticipation of this afternoon’s webcast conference , we’ve asked Mr. Thomas to answer few questions for us about the future of car design, as well as some of the things that inspire his work. Read on to hear what he has to say, and don’t forget to tune into our live webcast happening at  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. pst (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. est) TODAY !   Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aia conferences , aia discussions , aia panels , AIA san francisco , American Institute for Architects (AIA) San Francisco , architecture conference , architecture panel , architecture webcast , automotive panel , design conference , design panel , design webcast , design with a conscience , eco design , ford , ford motor company , Ford Strategic Concept Group , Freeman Thomas , Green Design Events , live webcast , strategic design ford , strategic design ford motors , sustainable design , webcast        

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Westpol’s Sunken Observation Deck Brings Visitors Chest-Deep in an Austrian Pond Without Getting Wet

April 11, 2013 by  
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