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Inside Allbirds’ mission to make a shoe with no carbon footprint

GreenBiz

As of its most recent progress update, the shoemaker is more than halfway toward its goal to cut its per-product footprint in half by 2025.

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Australia has huge global green iron potential, but if we blink we’ll miss it

Renew Economy

As Brazil, the Middle East and Africa position themselves to lead the green iron race, Australia is at a fork in the road. The post Australia has huge global green iron potential, but if we blink we’ll miss it appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Howard University’s Creative Twist on STEM Education

3BL Media

Verizon In the heart of Washington, D.C., Howard University is redefining STEM education by embedding within it elements that reach far beyond the conventional realms of science, technology, engineering, and math. The Historically Black College and University (HBCU) has woven Black history and culture, meditation, yoga and African dance into the curriculum of its Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program.

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Why so many bad bosses still rise to the top

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Narcissism. Overconfidence. Low EQ. Why do we persist in selecting for leadership traits that hamper organizational progress—and leave the right potential leaders in the wrong roles?

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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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How Workday uses carbon offtake agreements to scale climate impact

GreenBiz

The enterpriser software provider is one of the large corporations signing offtake agreements with carbon reduction and capture projects.

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Five things the “nuclear bros” don’t want you to know about small modular reactors

Renew Economy

The hype surrounding SMRs is way overblown. Here are five facts that the nuclear industry and its boosters don’t want the public to know. The post Five things the “nuclear bros” don’t want you to know about small modular reactors appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Gen AI talent: Your next flight risk

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Active users of gen AI are high value and in demand—and in many cases, poised to quit. New research reveals how to attract them, keep them engaged, and motivate them to stay put.

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Microsoft signs its biggest renewable energy contract yet

GreenBiz

Deal with Brookfield will add 10.5 gigawatts of wind and solar in the U.S. and Europe between 2026 and 2030.

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Coalition’s O’Brien prompts walkout at solar event after claiming renewables will lead to blackouts

Renew Economy

Opposition energy spokesman Ted O'Brien prompts walkout at solar events after claiming Australia's renewable energy plans lead to regular blackouts. The post Coalition’s O’Brien prompts walkout at solar event after claiming renewables will lead to blackouts appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Fostering Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Introducing Empower by GoDaddy’s 2024 Partners

3BL Media

By Kami Hoskins , Sr. Director of Legal and Head of Corporate Sustainability and ESG at GoDaddy As a trusted growth partner to millions of entrepreneurs globally, we at GoDaddy recognize that the entrepreneurial journey is as diverse and unique as the entrepreneurs themselves. According to GoDaddy’s Venture Forward research initiative, every U.S. microbusiness entrepreneur adds about seven new jobs on a county-level through hiring and local spending.

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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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Did a magnetic field collapse trigger the emergence of animals?

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers uncovered compelling evidence that Earth's magnetic field was in a highly unusual state when the macroscopic animals of the Ediacaran Period -- 635 to 541 million years ago -- diversified and thrived. Their study raises the question of whether these fluctuations in Earth's ancient magnetic field led to shifts in oxygen levels that may have been crucial to the proliferation of life forms millions of years ago.

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12 innovative circular economy startups in 2024

GreenBiz

Get ready: Building materials made from fungus, AI-powered thrift shops, vacuum shares and more.

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Six projects named to start feasibility studies for Australia’s first offshore wind farms

Renew Economy

Big day for Australia's offshore wind ambitions with six potential projects awarded feasibility licences and another six to follow. Altogether, a potential 25GW of new capacity. The post Six projects named to start feasibility studies for Australia’s first offshore wind farms appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Digital twins: Capturing value from renewable hydrogen megaprojects

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Hydrogen developers could use digital twins to improve the economic viability of renewable projects and meet increasing demand. Here, we illustrate how, using renewable hydrogen as an example.

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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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Birdwatching can help students improve mental health, reduce distress

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A new study finds people who have nature-based experiences report better well-being and lower psychological distress than those who do not. Birdwatching in particular yielded promising results, with higher gains in subjective well-being and more reduction in distress than more generic nature exposure, such as walks. Because birdwatching is an easily accessible activity, the results are encouraging for college students -- who are among those most likely to suffer from mental health problems.

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EU gifts companies a two-year delay on sustainability disclosures

GreenBiz

The delay grants companies more time before they’re expected to disclose ESG impacts and data under new reporting regulations.

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Solar is now being installed faster than any technology in history

Renew Economy

At current installation rates, solar will pass fossil gas in 2024 and coal in 2025. Technologies like nuclear would require "magical growth rates" to compete. The post Solar is now being installed faster than any technology in history appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Amazing discovery of 9000-year-old rock art among dinosaur footprints proves humans knew about them

Good.is: Planet

Researchers said the ancient people created these petroglyphs as they were curious and interested in what the dinosaur prints represented

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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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Every breath you take: Study models the journey of inhaled plastic particle pollution

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

With recent studies having established the presence of nano and microplastic particles in the respiratory systems of both human and bird populations, new research has modeled what happens when people breathe in different kinds of plastic particles and where they end up.

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Why climate disclosure policy is critical to corporate sustainability

GreenBiz

There are 3 primary reasons why disclosure rules can help accelerate climate policy progress.

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Neoen’s Collie battery to be Australia’s biggest after winning new contract to flatten solar duck

Renew Economy

One state has found the solution to replace the coal fired generators that are about to close: Build more and bigger batteries. The post Neoen’s Collie battery to be Australia’s biggest after winning new contract to flatten solar duck appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Investment manager diversity matters when investing for health equity

Impact Alpha

Editor’s note: This article is part of a partnership between ImpactAlpha and Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) to present new ideas and perspectives in. The post Investment manager diversity matters when investing for health equity appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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Methane emissions from landfill could be turned into sustainable jet fuel in plasma chemistry leap

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have developed a chemical process using plasma that could create sustainable jet fuel from methane gas emitted from landfills, potentially creating a low-carbon aviation industry.

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What Biden’s new power plant rules mean for utilities

GreenBiz

Utilities must comply with the EPA’s new emissions rules and invest in carbon capture and storage.

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“Simply astounding:” Australian coal mine methane emissions may be twice offical data

Renew Economy

Australia's coal mine methane emissions are being vastly underreported and are damaging the nation's credibility on climate change, economist Professor Rod Sims has warned. The post “Simply astounding:” Australian coal mine methane emissions may be twice offical data appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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From start-up to centaur: Leadership lessons on scaling

McKinsey Sustainabilty

This playbook for founder CEOs on scaling from start-up to standout and beyond borrows lessons from the global B2B software-as-a-service industry.

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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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'Gap' in carbon removal: Countries' plans to remove CO2 not enough

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

New research suggests that countries' current plans to remove CO2 from the atmosphere will not be enough to comply with the 1.5 C warming limit set out under the Paris Agreement.

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Alphabet, Meta and others are paying $58.3 million to bury sludge

GreenBiz

Corporate buyers’ group Frontier contracts with startup using deep wells to store waste that would otherwise emit methane or CO2.

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Batteries smash more records as they shift solar to evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids

Renew Economy

California's 10 GW of big battery capacity is now dominant player in evening peaks, and soaking up solar in middle of the day. The post Batteries smash more records as they shift solar to evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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83% of Companies Say Collecting Accurate Data for CSRD Reporting Requirements will be a Challenge: Workiva Survey

ESG Today

More than 4 out of 5 professionals involved in corporate reporting say that collecting accurate data to comply with the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) will be a challenge, yet most companies plan to align their reporting with the new regulation, even if they don’t need to, according to a new survey released by business data and reporting solutions provider Workiva.

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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.