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New Insulating Paints Reduce Energy, Costs, Emissions, Discomfort in Extreme Temperatures

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The paints, developed by Stanford researchers, can reduce the need for both heating and air conditioning in buildings, as well as refrigerated cargo spaces such as trains and trucks.

In the Face of a Polycrisis, a Transformative Mindset Is Business’ Only Way Forward

BUSINESS CASE - Forum for the Future’s latest "Future of Sustainability" report sets out four plausible trajectories for how companies can respond to current threats and opportunities across markets.

We Can Eat Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Applied to food supply chains, ambient IoT allows farmers, distributors, grocers, regulators and consumers to know where food came from, how far it traveled, how it was transported and stored, and what condition it’s in — in real time.

Commons App Informing, Facilitating Mass Shifts in Climate-Influenced Consumer Living & Spending

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Highlighting the impact of individual purchases and their associated emissions output, the app — fresh off a large funding round — is evolving to meet the daily spending directives of its users.

No More Styrofoam: 2 Startups Creating Viable, Sustainable Alternatives with Ag Waste

WASTE NOT - By upcycling coconut husks and shrimp shells, Fortuna Cools and Cruz Foam are diverting agricultural waste from landfill and offering circular polystyrene alternatives that match its performance.

Discovery Education Supports Students and Educators with Free Financial Literacy Materials During College Savings Month and Beyond

PRESS RELEASE - Alongside select social impact partners, Discovery Education is offering educators & students free digital resources to promote financial literacy.

ISSB Urged to Prioritize Human and Worker Rights in Next Set of Reporting Standards

SUPPLY CHAIN - The investor letter asserts that the financial materiality of human rights-related topics – and the critical role of human rights due diligence in identifying business risks – has never been clearer, and that ‘investors are in dire need of a unified social disclosure framework.’

A Defiant Optimist: How One Woman Has Reshaped Finance to Fight Global Inequality

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - “By valuing and giving a voice to [women of color], and recognizing their potential as solutions and stabilizers, impact investing is a powerful way to build systemic resilience … and reduce the negative impact of climate change on everyone.” — Durreen Shahnaz

Could AI Root Out the Greenwash Marring Sustainability Communications?

MARKETING AND COMMS - It's about to get more costly for companies that exaggerate environmental and social claims in their communications. But what if artificial intelligence could eradicate greenwash forever?

Becoming a Regenerative Enterprise: Stories from the Field

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - At Biomimicry 3.8’s third annual Project Positive Summit, participants shared progress and groundbreaking new tools for raising the bar on ‘sustainability’ and demonstrating what regenerative design looks like in practice.

Introducing Resilience Science: A Visionary Shift for Corporate Strategy and Reporting

NEW METRICS - Climate resilience is the ‘resilience of a company’s strategy and business model to climate-related changes, developments and uncertainties.’ This language is worth reflecting on, as it brings the concept of resilience science into mainstream business thinking.

We Need to Choose Better Intensity Metrics; Here's How

NEW METRICS - The availability and measurability of data is critical in determining the right metric. Quantifying ‘social good,’ for example, is nebulous; if the metrics we select give us no ability to measurably improve them, then our work is for naught.

Report: Economic Uncertainty, Systemic Inequity Preserving Intention-Action Gap

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - A recent study shows that people across the socioeconomic spectrum care about climate action; but taking that action remains cost-prohibitive for lower-income groups.

In Current Regulatory Climate, Alt Proteins Can’t Cut It in Race to Reduce Impact of Food

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Phasing out animal agriculture over the next 15 years could reduce GHGs 68% by the year 2100. Yet, ongoing lobbying and subsidies in the US and EU are not giving alternatives the chance to fully compete.

Salesforce, Deloitte, WEF Calling on Startups Ready to Fuel Sustainable Aviation

CLEANTECH - The challenge seeks next-generation aviation solutions including alternative fuels and propulsion technologies; and innovations in feedstock, engineering, and physical and market infrastructure.

2 New Reports Zero in on Materials’ Biggest Impacts in Fashion Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - The publicly available reports, commissioned by the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, are part of a roadmap toward industry decarbonization.

Mercari: Brands Would Do Well to Join the ‘Resale Revolution’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Younger consumers are pushing resale into mainstream retail; and it’s changing how brands, platforms and other services that support commerce support and strategize around it.

More Companies with Large Water Footprints Are Taking Action; But Gaps Remain

WALKING THE TALK - Adequate water-stewardship goals must address the full range of water issues across the value chain — including amount of water used, impacts on water quality, ecosystem health and communities’ access to safe water.

Tourism Shaped by 'Unseen' Communities Surfaces Unheard Stories, Infuses Capital Into Destinations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Instead of the traditional approach of shielding tourists from places' 'messy' parts, more travel-focused social enterprises are working with marginalized communities to introduce tourists to their destination’s complex fabric.

Aaron Ling Welcomed as Director of Sustainability at Sustana

PRESS RELEASE - Sustana, a manufacturer of premium, sustainable recycled fiber and paper products, announces the appointment of Aaron Ling to Director of Sustainability.