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Small Gains, Big Wins: Net Zero Is About More Than Just Carbon Offsetting
Small Gains, Big Wins: Net Zero Is About More Than Just Carbon Offsetting

SUPPLY CHAIN - Offsetting initiatives are becoming increasingly popular among businesses looking to be seen as leaders in sustainability. However — while the approach can be an interim solution for operations that can’t be fully decarbonized — companies must focus first on working with their supply chain to identify where immediate changes can be made.

Closing the Loop: Rethinking Operations, the Economy to Save the Planet
Closing the Loop: Rethinking Operations, the Economy to Save the Planet

WASTE NOT - Whether making a widget or a culinary treat, prioritizing a circular life cycle for products helps keep them out of waste streams until they are negligible — or better yet, they never land there.

Breaking Through the Logjam to Accelerate Decarbonization in the Energy Sector
Breaking Through the Logjam to Accelerate Decarbonization in the Energy Sector

WALKING THE TALK - Why have the collective efforts of national governments, NGOs, forward-looking companies and citizens had so little impact on curbing carbon emissions? Here are three reasons why high-level pledges are not translating into concrete actions — and what’s needed to break through.

COP27 Yields Landmark Deal to Compensate Developing Nations for Climate Damage, But Backpedals on Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels
COP27 Yields Landmark Deal to Compensate Developing Nations for Climate Damage, But Backpedals on Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels

WALKING THE TALK - COP27 ended with an agreement to create a funding facility to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and damage’ from climate disasters; but weakened language around the phase-out of fossil fuels opens a dangerous loophole that could threaten decarbonization before it’s too late.

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Vail Resorts Meets 100% Renewable Energy Goal, on Track to Achieve Net Zero Operating Footprint By 2030
Vail Resorts Meets 100% Renewable Energy Goal, on Track to Achieve Net Zero Operating Footprint By 2030

CLEANTECH - The company reports progress in its climate goals, as well as its work to support local communities and increase equitable access to snow sports and recreation.

IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World
IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World

CLEANTECH - The second cohort of the IBM Sustainability Accelerator comprises five organizations helping marginalized communities get just and equitable access to sustainable energy resources around the world.

Outdoor Drinkware Brands Join Forces to Drive Supply Chain Sustainability
Outdoor Drinkware Brands Join Forces to Drive Supply Chain Sustainability

COLLABORATION - Klean Kanteen, MiiR, Stanley and YETI have partnered to reduce emissions and establish science-based targets across their manufacturing supply chains.

WWF, Ørsted Partner to Develop Offshore Wind Farms That Enhance Ocean Biodiversity
WWF, Ørsted Partner to Develop Offshore Wind Farms That Enhance Ocean Biodiversity

CLEANTECH - The unique partnership aims to advance offshore wind deployment that enhances ocean biodiversity, and drive a global shift towards addressing both climate and biodiversity goals.

Consortium of Venue Groups Launches Sustainability Platform for Large Arenas, Halls, Convention Centers
Consortium of Venue Groups Launches Sustainability Platform for Large Arenas, Halls, Convention Centers

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The GOAL platform aims to standardize sustainability reporting and processes across some of the US’s largest public gathering spaces — and entice the rest to come aboard.

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These Are a Few of Our Favorite Innovators Creating Healthier Products, Lifestyles, Communities, Supply Chains
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Innovators Creating Healthier Products, Lifestyles, Communities, Supply Chains

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week at SB’22 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and opportunities for collaboration with the goal of building a regenerative future for all. Here, we hear highlights from our day three keynotes, which featured pioneers disrupting and upleveling a variety of industries.

4 Ways the Commercial Real Estate Industry Can Help Address Water Scarcity
4 Ways the Commercial Real Estate Industry Can Help Address Water Scarcity

CLEANTECH - Commercial real estate is the second-largest consumer of publicly supplied water in the US. Imagine if we came together to tackle this problem head on! Here are four recommendations for how property managers and building owners can lead the way.

Trending: Carbon-Capture Innovators Continue Paving Path to Climate-Beneficial Future
Trending: Carbon-Capture Innovators Continue Paving Path to Climate-Beneficial Future

CLEANTECH - 2 startups at the forefront of the carbon-capture space, Air Company and LanzaTech, continue to expand their portfolio of carbon-negative products and groundbreaking brand partnerships that will ensure global proliferation of their technologies.

Carbon Trust Teams Up with Tech Giants to Tackle Climate Impact of Connected Devices
Carbon Trust Teams Up with Tech Giants to Tackle Climate Impact of Connected Devices

COLLABORATION - The group will develop the industry’s first specification for measuring, accounting for and decarbonizing the emissions associated with consumer use of connected devices.

In Our Water- and Climate-Stressed World, There’s No Excuse for Wastewater Going to Waste
In Our Water- and Climate-Stressed World, There’s No Excuse for Wastewater Going to Waste

CLEANTECH - Globally, 80% of wastewater is discharged into local environments with minimal or no treatment — water that could be recycled and reused. California-based startup Aquacycl's waste-to-energy solution protects water resources while helping companies reduce costs.

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Study Finds Social Cost of Carbon More Than Triple the Current Federal Estimate
Study Finds Social Cost of Carbon More Than Triple the Current Federal Estimate

NEW METRICS - A multi-year study of the social cost of carbon, a critical input for climate policy analysis, finds that every additional ton of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere costs society $185 — far higher than the current federal estimate of $51 per ton.

The Hidden Cost of Cryptocurrency and NFTs
The Hidden Cost of Cryptocurrency and NFTs

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Companies with significant ESG commitments to shareholders will not be able to hold investments in cryptocurrencies or NFTs and still meet their sustainability goals; public companies with these technologies in their portfolios will be responsible for the emissions created by their investments.

10 Biomimetic Innovations Poised to Tackle Countless Climate, Biodiversity, Business Challenges
10 Biomimetic Innovations Poised to Tackle Countless Climate, Biodiversity, Business Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Biomimicry Institute’s 2022 cohort of Ray of Hope Prize finalists are leveraging nature’s genius to revolutionize textiles, wind turbines, waste remediation, building materials, cleaning products, sunscreen, plastics and more.

Alaska Airlines Aiming to Advance Low-Carbon Aviation Through Corporate Partnerships, Shared Learning
Alaska Airlines Aiming to Advance Low-Carbon Aviation Through Corporate Partnerships, Shared Learning

CLEANTECH - New program expands first-in-the-US agreement with corporate partners to reduce business travel emissions through sustainable aviation fuels.

Businesses Can Chart a Course Toward Decarbonization, One Step at a Time
Businesses Can Chart a Course Toward Decarbonization, One Step at a Time

CLEANTECH - With a wealth of technologies and competing demands across sites, decarbonization can be a complex challenge for companies of all shapes and sizes. Taking a data-centric approach to building an energy roadmap — and letting the data point to what happens next — is key in supporting companies along the way.

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Smart, ‘Living’ Buildings Can Sense, Think and Act to Improve Sustainability
Smart, ‘Living’ Buildings Can Sense, Think and Act to Improve Sustainability

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Our buildings have long been unresponsive, mute structures for housing, work and play. But the ongoing Fourth Industrial Revolution’s technological advances — high-speed connectivity, AI, the ability to acquire and analyze vast data streams — have enabled buildings to actively participate in their operations and use resources more efficiently.

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