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Interview of the Week: Maria Devaney, Founder of Blue S.O.S.

Interview of the Week: Maria Devaney, Founder of Blue S.O.S.

Maria Devaney is the Founder of Blue S.O.S., which organizes next-gen consumers behind ocean-friendly brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and travel industries. ODP:  This year, the theme of the World Economic Forum was sustainability.  The fashion industry has a role to play.  What did the industry announce this week about its sustainability effort? MD:  […]

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One Cool Thing: A Big Week for Corporate Sustainability as Starbucks, Taco Bell Step Up

One Cool Thing: A Big Week for Corporate Sustainability as Starbucks, Taco Bell Step Up

After the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock announced that climate change and sustainability are now its core principles, one more corporate giant is stepping up its climate commitments. Starbucks announced today that it wants to become “resource-positive”: Storing more carbon than it emits, eliminating waste, and providing more clean freshwater than it uses in coffee-growing […]

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Blackrock Announces Climate Change/Sustainability Are Now Its Core Principles For Investing

Blackrock Announces Climate Change/Sustainability Are Now Its Core Principles For Investing

In a stunning and groundbreaking turnaround, the CEO of the world’s largest asset manager with $7T under its control, BlackRock, announced that from now on the company will make its investment decisions with environmental sustainability as a core goal and will take climate change into account.

Why This Matters:  This is HUGE.  BlackRock is the single largest investor in fossil fuels in the world.  And they are getting out of that business.  

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Green Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Green Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Hey #FriendsOfThePlanet, if you’ve been reading the email all week then you will have seen our picks for meaningful green gifts for you and your loved ones. We’ve compiled all of our recs into this handy guide and hope that if you’re looking for gifts, that you love all of these items and experiences as […]

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Interview of the Week: Dan Esty on the New Book of Essays Entitled “A Better Planet”

Interview of the Week: Dan Esty on the New Book of Essays Entitled “A Better Planet”

Daniel Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University and the editor of a new book entitled “A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future.” ODP:  The Yale Environmental Dialogue was launched in 2017 — why?  What did you hope it would accomplish? DE:  Dean Indy Burke of […]

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One Spooky Thing: Beware the Energy Vampires!

One Spooky Thing: Beware the Energy Vampires!

We all have appliances that are using energy even when we’re not home. Read Clean Technica’s, A Room-by-Room Guide To Ousting The (Energy) Vampires Lurking In Your Home and get your spooky spirit on!

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Four of Top Five Greenest Cities in U.S. Are In California

Four of Top Five Greenest Cities in U.S. Are In California

The annual ranking of the greenest cities in the U.S., as ranked by the consumer website WalletHub, came out on Tuesday and San Francisco, San Diego and Irvine California were the top three.

Why This Matters: California had 7 of the top 10 cities — only Washington, D.C., Seattle and Portland made the top ten.  Despite the Trump Administration’s claims to the contrary, in an independent evaluation, California came out on top — which shows that it’s strong environmental laws and sustainability programs make a difference.

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Corporations Make Climate and Sustainability Commitments at UN

Corporations Make Climate and Sustainability Commitments at UN

The UN General Assembly’s #ClimateWeek may have been dedicated to governments making new commitments to meeting the Paris Accord, but many corporations also announced actions they will take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve their sustainability.  According to The Climate Group, an NGO that works with businesses and governments to shift their climate policies,  […]

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What To Do With Wind Turbine Scraps

While some wind turbine parts can be repurposed to be used elsewhere, as NPR reported, researchers estimate the U.S. will have more than 720,000 tons of blade material to dispose of over the next 20 years. As Living Circular explained, the rotor blades, in particular, are a problem although they are only 2% to 3% […]

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NatGeo Helps ‘Activate’ Viewers

Last Week the six-part series Activate premiered on the National Geographic Channel as a partnership between consumer product giant P&G, Radical Media, Global Citizen, and National Geographic. As Fast & Co. explained, the series “features celebrities such as music producer Pharrell Williams, rapper Common, and actors Darren Criss and Uzo Aduba, and highlights the work […]

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Interview of the Week: Tatiana Schlossberg

Interview of the Week: Tatiana Schlossberg

Journalist and author Tatiana Schlossberg recently wrote one of our favorite environmental books of the year: Inconspicuous Consumption. We sat down with Tatiana to ask her about the experience of writing this book and her unique approach to making readers more aware of how their consumption is directly connected to the health of our planet. […]

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One Funny Thing: Grocery Store’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Bags Backfires

One Funny Thing: Grocery Store’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Bags Backfires

When East West Market in Vancouver, British Columbia attempted to get their customers to bring reusable bags and say no to plastic ones, they never knew that their big plan would backfire. The market began offering single-use plastic bags with embarrassing slogans that read “Wart Ointment Wholesale,” “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium” or “The […]

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