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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.

Can Our Current Food System Be Redeemed?

Cross-Posted from Protein PACT. At SB’23 San Diego, we got several looks at some of the holistic, new approaches to agriculture that may just mitigate the risks in how our food — even meat — is produced.

Microsoft, Twelve, Vertical Harvest Paint Powerful Picture of a Regenerative Near-Future

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Day 3 keynotes regaled SB’23 San Diego attendees with a peek at regenerative, circular and win-win-win social-purpose business models.

4 Keys to Accurately Accounting for Your Company’s Impacts on Nature

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. This week at SB’23 San Diego, Context Nature shared guiding principles with which business can bridge nature and finance strategies; and three companies shared lessons learned from enacting their own biodiversity commitments.

Cosmohub Opens Travelers’ Eyes to India's Skies While Supporting Local Communities

Astrostays launched in 2019 to promote tourism while training local youth in astronomy to show off the Himalayas’ night sky. Now, Cosmohub is a more scalable, sustainable model — a connected community space that highlights local folklore and traditions along with stargazing.

Companies Designing out Waste Will Run Circles Around Those with Linear Business Models

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. This week at SB’23 San Diego, two illuminating panels featured experts from a variety of aspects of the emerging circular economy, who shared key insights and lessons learned in the pursuit of circularity.

Brands Putting Rubber to Road to Create a Regenerative Near-Future

Keynotes on day 2 of SB’23 San Diego touched on everything from optimizing global companies’ resource use, building regenerative supply chains, and partnerships addressing the environmental and human impacts of plastic pollution to standing firm in the face of backlash.

Animal-Free Egg Whites: The Next Frontier in Ethical, Sustainable Protein

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. No chickens were harmed in the making of Onego Bio’s Bioalbumen — which has a 90% lower carbon footprint than traditional egg production, 10 times better yields and at price parity.

Hilton, Oatly Advance Case for Carbon Labeling Food

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The vocal oatmilk brand is calling for mandatory climate labeling of food in the UK; and the global hotel chain now has carbon-labeled menus at 30 UK properties.

EY, Microsoft Partner to Advance Sustainability Education Worldwide with ‘Green Skills Passport’

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The program will position learners ages 16 and over to thrive in the evolving market for jobs related to sustainability and climate change; and provide NGOs a platform to empower underserved communities with new, employable skills.

Plant-Based World Expo Showcases Continued Global Momentum Behind Food Innovation

The 4th annual event provided a comprehensive glimpse into the state and direction of an exciting, maturing industry and provided a valuable platform for businesses within the evolving global food supply network.

Low-Carbon Retrofits are Becoming a Climate Priority for Cities, Fast

Cities and states are incentivizing retrofits because buildings are major emitters — and because retrofit investments offer significant long-term ROI through energy savings alone.

6 Principles Driving Circular Innovation at Eastman

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Learn about how we're transforming recycling to create a circular economy in this six-part series.

New Report Urges Insurance Companies to Stop Underwriting Climate Change

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. ‘Underwriting Our Planet’ finds that rather than addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, many economic activities underwritten by insurance companies actually fuel the twin crises.

US Government Launches Climate Corps to Train Youth with Skills Needed to Tackle the Climate Crisis

In its first year, the American Climate Corps aims to put more than 20,000 young people on career pathways in the growing fields of clean energy, conservation and climate resilience.

Intrepid Travelers Can Now Understand Their Adventures’ Carbon Impacts

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Intrepid has launched one of tourism’s most comprehensive carbon-labeling initiatives, alongside new research that shows consumer demand for better transparency and understanding their personal impacts.

‘We Are All Wearing Oil:’ Campaign Calls for Fair Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels from Fashion

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. An impressive panel of activists, climate and human rights leaders launched a campaign at Climate Week NYC calling for prompt, radical, legislative action to break the fashion industry’s intrinsic links to fossil fuels.

IRA Will Get US Halfway to Paris Goals; But We Need Mandates to Reach the Finish Line

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Keeping the planet below 1.5ºC will require rapid scaling of current technologies and deployment of emergent climate solutions — as well as innovative, binding policy interventions.

Beyond ‘Carbon Neutral:’ Refining Corporate Carbon-Credit Claims

With the explosive growth of the voluntary carbon market came concerns around carbon-reduction claims lacking clarity or being misleading. Several refined claims frameworks have emerged to bridge these gaps.

As DOE Invests $1.2B in Direct Air Capture, Climate Justice Groups Decry Business as Usual

Many see DAC as a necessary, if imperfect, tool for achieving needed carbon reductions; but climate justice groups oppose anything that perpetuates petrochemical operation, which often disproportionately harms communities where they are built.

Reports Lay Out the True Cost of Frequent Flyer Programs, Private Jets

Frequent flyer reward programs encourage flyers to emit up to 34x their lifetime carbon budget; while flying private can pollute up to 30x more than a standard flight.