What Biden could do about plastics

Most environmentally oriented eyes on the Biden administration are focused — appropriately — on mitigating climate change, creating jobs and transitioning to a clean energy future. Count me among them. So, I’m not holding out hope for a federal circular economy policy any time soon (I’ll let the EU take the lead on that front). However, I…

Lessons from a Very Difficult Year

The first, most obvious challenge has been a massive global pandemic. But what are the lessons? First, of course, is the lesson the need to listen to the experts who warn us about possibilities of threats. The most obvious example is climate change; where scientists have been sounding the alarm for decades that the pathway we are…

Sustainability and Healthcare:Transformational Work During a Global Pandemic

Shaw is spotlighting organizations making a positive impact through initiatives that support the wellbeing of people and the planet. Here, we discuss a new sustainability initiative led by three of the most influential organizations working to transform health care: Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth and Greenhealth Exchange. Health Care Without Harm is a coalition that…

Diageo to Use 100% Recycled Content in Packaging by 2030

Diageo, maker of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, and Guinness, has announced 25 goals in its “Society 2030: Spirit of Progress” plan, designed to make a positive impact on the world by 2030. Diageo will focus its action over the next 10 years in three core areas, selected to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): promoting positive…

How Carrier Plans to Reduce Customers’ Carbon Footprint by More than One Gigaton

Carrier Global Corporation has announced the company’s first set of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goals since becoming an independent company in April. Carrier is targeting carbon neutrality across its operations by 2030. The company is also aiming to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by more than one gigaton, supported by a planned investment of more than $2 billion…

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and the climate cloud

Despite all they’re doing to address climate change with both emissions reduction plans, circular economy innovation and consumer awareness, Amazon, Google and Microsoft have been criticized — rightly so, in my mind — for their close ties to the oil and gas sector. All of them are using their artificial intelligence prowess and analytics power to…

CDP: Fashion Companies Slow to Recognize Water Pollution Risks

CDP published a new report today analyzing water data from 62 companies involved in the fashion, apparel, footwear, and home textiles industry. Only seven companies demonstrated awareness of water pollution across their entire value chains. “Interwoven Risks, Untapped Opportunities” pulled data from brands, manufacturers, and retailers in the industry that disclosed through CDP’s 2019 water…

How the climate crisis will crash the economy

The chickens are coming home to roost. Even before the western United States became a regional inferno, even before the Midwest U.S. became a summertime flood zone, even before an annual hurricane season so bad that the government is running out of names to attach to them, even before Colorado saw a 100 degrees Fahrenheit…