March, 2023

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The first rule of ESG: Don’t talk about ESG

GreenBiz

Amid the pushback, companies are staying the course but keeping their heads down.

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ESG is the private equity industry’s next frontier

Corporate Knights

Shilpa Tiwari is executive vice-president of social impact and sustainability at Citizen Relations and the founder of Her Climb. In 2015, the United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a blueprint of 17 ways to make the world a more just, inclusive and sustainable place. The UN estimated that it would take approximately US$5 to $7 trillion per year in investments to achieve the SDGs.

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Musk says electric world that kicks out fossil fuels will cost less than combustion economy

Renew Economy

Musk says world can dump fossil fuels and move to an electric economy, and save money and energy. "I'm shocked by how few people realise this." The post Musk says electric world that kicks out fossil fuels will cost less than combustion economy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Why all dogs are good dogs | Alexandra Horowitz

TEDxInnovations

Canine cognition expert Alexandra Horowitz offers a peek inside the mind of your dog, sharing solutions to common "misbehaviors" that are often simply the result of a pup's attempt to communicate in a world that's very different from their own. Hear about the evolution and psychology behind your dog's actions -- and how to give them a happier, healthier life.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Toilet paper is an unexpected source of PFAS in wastewater, study says

Envirotec Magazine

Researchers have reported an unexpected source of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in wastewater systems — toilet paper. The study in question appeared in a recent edition of ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology Letter s PFAS have been detected in many personal care products, such as cosmetics and cleansers, that people use every day and then wash down the drain.

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EU Commission Unveils Plans to Scale Clean Tech Manufacturing: “The Race is On”

ESG Today

The European Commission announced today a series of proposals aimed at ensuring its place in the race to scale up clean tech industrial capacity for the net zero energy transition, including the launch of the Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA), focused on the facilitation of clean technology industrial capabilities and capacity in Europe, and the European Critical Raw Materials Act, aimed at ensuring access to the raw materials necessary for the net zero, digital, aerospace and defense sectors.

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Going electric will save Canadians money on energy costs

Corporate Knights

Climate change and affordability are closely intertwined. The impacts of the climate crisis already cost Canadians an average of $720 per year for things like repairs after flooding or wildfires – and that price tag is expected to double or triple by 2050. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions can help mitigate these impacts and their costs. The Canadian Climate Institute has explored in detail Canada’s options for getting to net-zero emissions.

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Australia’s biggest solar farm powers up to help replace New South Wales coal

Renew Economy

The first stage of what will be the biggest solar farm in Australia - at least for the time being - has been officially opened near Uralla in NSW. The post Australia’s biggest solar farm powers up to help replace New South Wales coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Generative AI: Unlocking the future of fashion

McKinsey Sustainabilty

While still nascent, generative AI has the potential to help fashion businesses become more productive, get to market faster, and serve customers better. The time to explore the technology is now.

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Taking a look at Home Assistant in 2023: Simpler and more capable

Stacey Higginbotham

Although I settled on Apple HomeKit to run my smart home back in 2021 , I have tried most of the major smart home platforms. And in 2020, one of those was Home Assistant , the free, open-source software that integrates with thousands of devices and services. Given my recent mini-rants on app-centric homes and Apple HomeKit not working well lately , I thought now is a good time to take a second look at Home Assistant.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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Biden Announces $250 Million Funding to Decarbonize Federal Buildings

ESG Today

The Biden administration on Thursday announced $250 million in funding through the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) program aimed at helping federal agencies to implement and advance net zero building projects. The new funding announcement follows an executive order signed by President Biden in December 2021, outlining a series of goals and initiatives for the U.S. federal government to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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Climate finance must center frontline, underrepresented and underserved communities

GreenBiz

Frontline communities have been underrepresented and underserved in climate resiliency efforts to date, mirroring their underinvestment in the investment field as a whole.

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Companies that invest the most in green growth earn triple the returns

Corporate Knights

For today’s investors, there is no more important question than this: How do you grow your capital in an economy that’s on the verge of drastic change? Corporate Knights has been tracking the world’s largest companies and their commitment to sustainability for more than two decades. But only in the past five years have our researchers drilled down to calculate how much each company is actively investing in new, sustainable systems, such as renewable energy and green building materials.

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Australia has just lost its best energy minister, lets hope Labor doesn’t trash his legacy

Renew Economy

The NSW Coalition loss means Australia's best performing energy minister is no longer running the show. What does that mean for the state's transition from coal? The post Australia has just lost its best energy minister, lets hope Labor doesn’t trash his legacy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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NuScale Power, the canary in the small modular reactor market

Utiliity Dive

SMRs are being marketed as a solution to the climate crisis, but they're already far more expensive and take much longer to build than renewable and storage resources — technologies we already have.

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BlocPower raises $154 million to decarbonize buildings in low-income neighborhoods 

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, March 1 — Brooklyn-based climate tech venture BlocPower has raised $154 million in debt and equity funding to partner with municipalities in. The post BlocPower raises $154 million to decarbonize buildings in low-income neighborhoods appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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EU Launches Green Claim Rules to Protect Consumers from Greenwashing

ESG Today

The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled the proposed “Directive on Green Claims,” a new set of rules requiring companies to substantiate and verify their environmental claims and labels, aimed at protecting consumers from greenwashing. In a statement announcing the launch of the new proposed rules, the Commission said: “Under today’s proposal, consumers will have more clarity, stronger reassurance that when something is sold as green, it actually is green, and better quality informat

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The enormous opportunity of e-waste recycling

GreenBiz

In Minnesota alone, the value of metals and materials that could be mined from electronic waste has an estimated value of over $2.8 billion annually.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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First Nations leaders urge Ottawa to cut red tape to build needed infrastructure

Corporate Knights

Let us borrow so we can build. That’s one of the messages from some 30 First Nations leaders travelling to Ottawa March 21 to push the federal government for more power to borrow money to finance infrastructure projects. The group comprises employees and members of the First Nations Finance Authority ( FNFA ), a non-profit, Indigenous-owned corporation that works with 151 individual nations to access capital markets to finance major projects that contribute to their economic development.

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Greens establish Senate inquiry into greenwashing

Renew Economy

Senate agrees to landmark inquiry into the impacts of greenwashing on both consumers and the environment, and how best to stop it. The post Greens establish Senate inquiry into greenwashing appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Reuse of coal plants can cut small modular nuclear reactor development costs by 35%: report

Utiliity Dive

Re-using coal plant sites could have labor force advantages, with 77% of jobs transferable to nuclear plants with no new workforce licensing requirements, the report said.

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The next frontier of customer engagement: AI-enabled customer service

McKinsey Sustainabilty

AI-enabled customer service is now the quickest and most effective route for institutions to deliver personalized, proactive experiences that drive customer engagement.

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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Investor Group Urges Companies to Provide “Credible Net Zero Transition Plans”

ESG Today

Climate-focused investor organization the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) announced today the launch of the Net Zero Engagement Initiative (NZEI), kicking off with a group of 93 investors, aimed at scaling and accelerating climate-related corporate engagement. The initiative was launched with a series of investor letters sent to 107 companies, outlining expectations for credible net zero transition plans, including recommendations for comprehensive net zero commitments, a

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Should regenerative agriculture follow organic’s path?

GreenBiz

The organic movement forged a path for a federally recognized standard for food. Should regenerative follow its course?

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Feds roll out climate requirements for companies that receive big government contracts

Corporate Knights

If companies want to do big business with the Canadian government going forward, they’ll need to prove how green they are. The federal government is pursuing new policies on procurement and low-carbon investment standards aimed at boosting the business prospects for companies committed to net-zero climate plans. At the GLOBExCHANGE conference, Treasury Board President Mona Fortier and Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault announced that companies wanting to supply the federal government on cont

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Recyclable wind turbine blades make debut in offshore project

Renew Economy

Two wins for wind industry sustainability, with recyclable turbine blades entering operation in the North Sea and a new 95% recyclable offering from China. The post Recyclable wind turbine blades make debut in offshore project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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Wasted Food: Rethinking Our Perceptions and Practices

Environment + Energy Leader

In 2022, Feeding America salvaged 3.6 billion pounds of groceries to provide sustenance to families experiencing food insecurity. The post Wasted Food: Rethinking Our Perceptions and Practices appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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What is design thinking?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Design thinking is a systemic, intuitive, customer-focused problem-solving approach that organizations can use to respond to rapidly changing environments and to create maximum impact.

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America’s Top 4 Companies for Women in 2023

Just Capital

(Thomas Barwick/Getty Images) As the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted over the last three years, so has its impact on America’s working women. Lockdowns, closures, and restrictions hit more women-heavy industries, like education, health care, retail, and hospitality, with job losses. While remote classes remained the norm for schools across the country, many women also found themselves shouldering the burden of childcare as well.

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3 ocean sequestration technologies you should know

GreenBiz

Microalgae cultivation, seaweed sinking and electrochemistry enhanced sequestration are new ocean focused ways to pull CO2 out of the air.

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.