Episode 221: Mapping biodiversity, repair and the circular economy

Energy

Week in Review

Commentary on this week’s news highlights begins at 4:35.

Features

Esri and the science of corporate biodiversity (20:45)

The sophistication of environmental monitoring tools continues to grow, with satellites, sensors and artificial intelligence all playing a role. We chat about potential business applications with Dawn Wright, chief scientist of geographic information systems software leader Esri. 

Highlights from Circularity 20 Digital (32:45)

Due to the pandemic, this week’s Circularity conference was postponed until August — when it will be held as a primarily virtual event. (Registration details here.) Here are some highlights from this week’s precursor, which featured an interview on the viability of reusable packaging, and two panel sessions — one on the future of recycled plastics in an age of cheap oil and one on the role of repair in circular economy strategies.

  • TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky on what goes into a life cycle assessment for reusable packaging
  • Dell Senior Vice President Ed Boyd on how designing for repair can dovetail with a broader circular economy strategy

*This episode was sponsored by WestRock. 

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere and admiralbob77: “Southside” and “Curiosity” (Lee Rosevere); “Two Guitars,” “Sax, Guitar and Organ at the Club” and “Confederation Line” (admiralbob77)

Virtual Conversations

Mark your calendar for these upcoming GreenBiz webcasts. Can’t join live? All of these events also will be available on demand.

Scaling municipal fleets. Experts from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ChargePoint, Smart City Columbus and the city of Oakland, California share tips at 1 p.m. EDT May 26.  

This is climate tech. Join respected venture capitalists Nancy Pfund (DBL Partners), Andrew Beebe (Obvious Ventures) and Andrew Chung (1955 Capital) for a discussion at 1 p.m. EDT May 28 about compelling solutions and startups that address the climate crisis — and how big companies can play a role in scaling them.

The future of risk assessment. Ideas for building a supply chain resilient to both short-term disruptions such as the pandemic and long-term risks such as climate change. Register here for the session at 1 p.m. EDT June 16.

Resources galore

State of the Profession. Our sixth report examining the evolving role of corporate sustainability leaders. Download it here.

The State of Green Business 2020. Our 13th annual analysis of key metrics and trends published here.

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