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The Next Economy

The myriad new models and processes aimed at fixing the flaws in capitalism and laying the groundwork for practical, alternative economic frameworks designed to benefit all stakeholders.

The Evolution of Insurers’ Climate-Related Reporting in the US

Though these disclosures are meant to provide an overview of an insurer’s climate-management practices and are not judged by length, the limited content analysis in some findings highlights the need for more substance on the part of insurers.

As COP28 Goes Into Overtime, Hope Dwindles for Meaningful Climate Agreement

Climate groups and world leaders decry draft agreement as falling fatally short of the clarity and ambition the climate and economy demand — including a phase-out of fossil fuels.

Cities Now Have Guidance on Setting Science-Based Targets for Nature

SBTN’s new Cities program will offer a holistic, science-based target indicators framework for understanding the impact of cities on both climate and other natural systems.

Carrot and Stick: European & US Businesses Must Learn From Each Other to Become More Sustainable

As our North American operations continue to grow rapidly, we have witnessed in microcosm the sustainability benefits of marrying together US innovation and efficiency with European standards.

Alaska Airlines Empowers Guests to Reduce Emissions, Support Growth of SAF Market

This month, Alaska Mileage Plan members can earn Elite-Qualifying Miles when they support sustainable aviation fuel, contributing to their elite qualification for the new year.

New Expedia Fund Supports Nonprofits Removing Barriers to Travel

In its first year, the Made to Travel™ Fund has awarded more than $1.5M in grants to a diverse set of organizations working with underserved or underrepresented travelers.

Roadmap for Europe’s Circular Plastics Transition May Be Full of Potholes

Industry experts say Plastics Europe’s roadmap for plastics to be ‘circular and net zero by 2050’ is weakened by a focus on doing business as usual, just better.

New Study Calls for a ‘Reuse Revolution’ in Packaging

A new Ellen MacArthur Foundation study shows that a reusable packaging economy could lower both GHGs and water use by up to 35-70% compared with single-use plastics.

Anti-Black Friday Movement Continues to Promote Repair, Reuse Over Rampant Consumption

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. The antidote to the annual shopping frenzy promotes reuse and repair over buying new, and a more mindful approach when we do shop.

How Supply Chain Professionals Benefit from a Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Suppliers are critical to a circular transition as they source, move and transform 100B tonnes of materials through the global economy each year. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation highlights 9 areas for supply chain professionals to address to build circular supply chains.

Reflecting on America Recycles Day: 5 Ways Recycled Waste is Transforming Circularity

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Recycling is a powerful tool; but we also must recognize there is much more work to be done to achieve circularity at the scope and scale necessary.

Preparing for the CSRD’s Impact on US Companies

Like many recent rulings coming out of the EU, the CSRD is designed to drive the rest of the global economy — including around 3,000 US companies — towards meaningful action and ESG disclosure.

How to Ensure Better Offsets and Save the Carbon Market

Newer players Climate Vault and Covalent are banking on their unique approaches — along with the dreaded “R” word, regulation — to salvage the credibility and efficacy of carbon markets.

The Future — It’s Electric! But Are We Ready?

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Reducing GHGs can’t be maximized by simply building solar arrays or windmills. While we upgrade our existing power grid, we must embrace and scale other clean-energy technologies — including renewable natural gas.

Coachtopia Turns Waste Into ‘Impeccable Taste’ in New Holiday Campaign

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The circular brand’s “Wasty Holiday” campaign highlights the fact that up to 43% more waste is created during the holidays than at any other time of the year.

NextGen Consortium Outlines Path Toward Circular Economy for Paper Cups in US

Insights include solutions for paper mills, materials-recovery facilities, brands, consumers and communities to increase recovery of paper cups and reduce waste to landfill.

Student Demand for Low-Impact Meals Increases After Climate-Labeled College Menus

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Results from first year of Chartwells Higher Education’s exclusive partnership with HowGood show positive correlations between climate labels on menus and sustainable choices.

Molecular Recycling Could Be Crucial to Realizing a Circular Economy

We caught up with Eastman’s Plastics Division President, Scott Ballard, who explained the potential of molecular recycling as the company prepares to show the world what’s possible.

Summit Provides Ecosystem-wide Look at Groundwork for a Regenerative Food Future

SB’23 San Diego concluded with the inaugural Regenerative Agriculture Summit, in which players from the field explored the shared opportunities offered by regenerative ag — where sustainable practices intersect with economic growth.

New Book Serves Up Case Studies for Cultivating Local Food Economies

Centered around a rural region of lower Michigan, ‘Shared Abundance’ highlights the power of stakeholder collaboration in building more resilient communities.