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Water May Be Life, But It Is Never a Given: Learnings from the Navajo Nation
Water May Be Life, But It Is Never a Given: Learnings from the Navajo Nation

COLLABORATION - It’s 2022, and 1 in 3 homes on the Navajo Nation Reservation still do not have a tap or toilet. In 2021, human rights nonprofit DigDeep collaborated with Kohler to launch the Water Is Life microgrant program — which is working to make safe water a reality for all residents of the Navajo Nation.

Climate Action Plans: How Do We Know If We’re Making Real Progress?
Climate Action Plans: How Do We Know If We’re Making Real Progress?

WALKING THE TALK - In our experience, it’s challenging to proceed from knowing your company’s emissions profile to crafting a climate action plan to reduce it. Successful companies will adopt the right mix of strategies for them — which is where the bigger challenge comes in.

BlackRock's Fink Expounds on Need for Decarbonization, But Not Divestment
BlackRock's Fink Expounds on Need for Decarbonization, But Not Divestment

WALKING THE TALK - In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says that, while decarbonizing the global economy is ‘the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime,’ he also asserts that ‘divesting from entire sectors will not get the world to net zero.’

Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund Propels Completion of LanzaJet’s First SAF Plant
Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund Propels Completion of LanzaJet’s First SAF Plant

CLEANTECH - The financing partnership will enable LanzaJet to bring its alcohol-to-jet, net-zero sustainable aviation fuels to commercial scale.

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Enterprise-Wide Engagement Unearths Sweeping Solutions for Reining in SO2 Emissions
Enterprise-Wide Engagement Unearths Sweeping Solutions for Reining in SO2 Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The team at Vestolit — part of polymers, materials and infrastructure leader Orbia — worked closely with the corporate sustainability team to find modifications to plant operations that promise significant reductions in the entire enterprise’s sulphur dioxide emissions.

Climate Failure, Growing Social Divides Top WEF’s Global Risks for 2022
Climate Failure, Growing Social Divides Top WEF’s Global Risks for 2022

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The World Economic Forum's annual global survey of experts finds only 1 in 6 are optimistic and only 1 in 10 believe in our ability to implement a stable, sustainable global recovery.

2022 Is the Year of Net-Zero Integrity
2022 Is the Year of Net-Zero Integrity

WALKING THE TALK - All net-zero commitments are not made equal. 2022 must be the year of authentic climate action — and for that to happen, net-zero strategies must rise to their full potential as a tool to combat climate change.

New Tool Captures Employee Scope 3 Emissions Data, No Matter Where They Work
New Tool Captures Employee Scope 3 Emissions Data, No Matter Where They Work

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - New solution from WeSpire, Cox and South Pole dramatically improves how companies measure and reduce employee emissions in hybrid and increasingly remote work environments.

How Brands and Retailers Can Collaborate to Activate Sustainability, Drive Growth
How Brands and Retailers Can Collaborate to Activate Sustainability, Drive Growth

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Why are so few brands and retailers partnering to communicate their sustainability attributes at the moment of truth — when shoppers are in the right mindset to buy? A new guidebook offers 10 guiding principles and many inspirational examples to help guide brands and retailers through the process.

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Report Presents Decarbonization of Fashion Industry as $1T Investment Opportunity
Report Presents Decarbonization of Fashion Industry as $1T Investment Opportunity

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Estimating an investment opportunity of $1 trillion, a new Fashion for Good-Apparel Impact Institute report breaks down the funding needed by solution category and identifies the types of funders best placed to take advantage of the opportunity and benefit from the positive returns.

HSBC to Phase Out Coal Financing by 2040 — Will Wall Street Follow Suit?
HSBC to Phase Out Coal Financing by 2040 — Will Wall Street Follow Suit?

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - HSBC announces its thermal coal phase-out plan on the same day as a Sierra Club-Center for American Progress report calls out Wall Street’s outsized contribution to the climate crisis. Can the necessary sea change be made in time to avoid disaster?

How Carbon Removal as a Service Is Poised to Aid the Clean Energy Transition
How Carbon Removal as a Service Is Poised to Aid the Clean Energy Transition

CLEANTECH - Energy company Occidental and its subsidiary, Oxy Low-Carbon Ventures, are on a path to achieve net-zero emissions in their own operations and those associated with their products before 2050. And they are helping others reduce theirs, too.

Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?
Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?

WALKING THE TALK - Many companies say they’ve reached their net-zero goals, but is it really that easy? We can make the numbers look good, at least in the short-term; or we can strive for greater impacts — towards real zero and beyond. If we don’t take this challenge seriously today, we won’t be in business in ten years’ time.

While Travel Was Quiet, JetBlue Was Busy with Sustainability
While Travel Was Quiet, JetBlue Was Busy with Sustainability

CLEANTECH - During COVID, JetBlue announced several sustainability targets — including a net-zero target by 2040, as well as a set of short-and medium-term targets to help them get there. We asked Carl Otto, JetBlue’s Senior Analyst for Sustainability and ESG, how they'll do it.

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Carbon Footprint Measurement and Challenges: A Case Study
Carbon Footprint Measurement and Challenges: A Case Study

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Cuningham was commissioned to estimate GHG emissions for a company with $6.6B in annual sales and operations in 14 states, with 305 locations comprising more than 4M square feet. Companies’ real work begins when their GHGs are known and they can decide how to respond to newfound knowledge about their impacts.

Microgrids Could Be a Secret Weapon in the Corporate Race Towards Net Zero
Microgrids Could Be a Secret Weapon in the Corporate Race Towards Net Zero

CLEANTECH - Reining in energy emissions is top of mind for companies; so having more control of how, where and when energy is produced makes good business sense. Here, Shell Energy’s Matt Baker explains why microgrids are an increasingly popular solution.

Trending: Baby Steps on Eliminating Transport Emissions Still Leave Big Carbon Footprint
Trending: Baby Steps on Eliminating Transport Emissions Still Leave Big Carbon Footprint

WALKING THE TALK - Wednesday was Transport Day at COP26; and promising corporate and government pledges came together from airlines, automakers and the shipping industry. But the question remains: Are we doing enough, fast enough?

Water and Climate: The Business Imperative to Change Behavior
Water and Climate: The Business Imperative to Change Behavior

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - While it can feel overwhelming to see how much our actions impact the Earth, we still have a small window of opportunity. And by changing how we consume, store and distribute water, the water sector alone could eliminate 10% of global GHG emissions.

From Silicon Valley to Rural Africa: Boosting Energy Access with the D-REC Initiative
From Silicon Valley to Rural Africa: Boosting Energy Access with the D-REC Initiative

CLEANTECH - The potential for D-RECs as an instrument for transformative change is limited only by the corporate appetite for renewables, which at this point sees no signs of waning. While the infrastructure is currently being built and finalized, the chance to funnel investments is just around the corner.

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How Kao Is Creating a More Sustainable, Beautiful, ‘Kirei’ Life for All
How Kao Is Creating a More Sustainable, Beautiful, ‘Kirei’ Life for All

WALKING THE TALK - Through its Kirei Lifestyle Plan, Kao aims to empower at least 1 billion people to live more gently and sustainably by 2030. We caught up with Kao’s Dave Muenz to hear about the company’s progress toward its goals; and how the pandemic has both impacted, but also provided opportunities for, progress on sustainability.

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