Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the UK Parliament last week--one of the latest stops in her tireless efforts to galvanize people into action. Her approach is extremely powerful because there's absolutely no flummery, no politics, no sugarcoating--she is blunt and direct. See her closing remarks below:

"We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back. I hope my microphone was on. I hope you could all hear me."

A week out from Earth Day and from Greta's starkly honest prod, I want to thank YOU for being part of this community. I'm inspired and heartened by all the energy and momentum I've witnessed since Climate Day. I am also deeply grateful to the generous donors that make all our work possible. 

I'm excited to continue this journey with you as we find new ways to do even more to create the world we want to live in and pass on to the next generation. 

We've certainly got a busy month ahead - details below! 

Best,

Erin

SNAPSHOT

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Welcome to the newest companies making commitments, Hippie Snacks, Left Coast Naturals, Sittch, Inc., Makeena, Backpacker's Pantry, Chef Soraya, Climate Clean, Inc., Cusa Tea, OneForNeptune, and Joolies! Click here for a complete list of the companies that have made commitments to date. 

SPOTLIGHT: Glen's Garden Market Founder Hosts Climate Podcast & We Thank all of You!

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This month we're inspired by Climate Collaborative committed company Founder Danielle Vogel of Glen's Garden Market, who has launched a new podcast, Everyday Enviro, meant to show all of us how to do a little bet more on climate--as citizens, employees, consumers, and more. You can listen to episodes here

We also want to send a big Earth Day thank you to our whole community. This year I’m both inspired by the climate action and leadership I see all around me and also endlessly grateful to the companies in our industry who are making it all possible by making bold commitments to act, and by supporting our work. Read more here on what I'm hopeful about this Earth Day!

IN THE NEWS

A Market-Driven Green New Deal? We'd Be Unstoppable

Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need 

Why Walmart's Project Gigaton gives us hope

Seventh Generation's ultra-concentrated detergent uses 60% less plastic 

RESOURCES

Signs of Hope: Climate Policy Takes Centerstage

If one thing has excited us this past month, it’s been seeing climate policy take center stage in the platforms of numerous candidates on the campaign trail and watching the companies in our network enthusiastically embrace the next frontier -- climate policy. Read more here to learn about what you can do to advance climate-friendly policies! 

 

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Climate-Smart Package Optimization Case Studies 

Last May we shared an opportunity for three Climate Collaborative committed companies to work with Trayak to improve the climate impacts of their packaging. With Trayak's help, these companies optimized packaging type to reduce climate-related impacts. You can read the case studies here!

 

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SFTA Knowledge Network: Putting Pen to Paper - Climate Action Plan Development and Progress Tracking

While normally open only to SFTA members, June’s inaugural Knowledge Network session will also be open to OSC2 members and companies who have made commitments to the Climate Collaborative. This session will focus on sharing of specific techniques that companies employ to track climate impacts, set goals, and develop climate action plans or strategies. Learn more and register here!

 

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Climate Change in the American Mind: Data, Tools, and Trends

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication is pleased to announce their survey data is publicly available, as well, they've launched an interactive data visualization tool where you can explore the diversity of American responses to climate change. You can read the full article here

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

ReCAP Workshop: Unlocking the Value of Energy Efficiency 

May 30, 11 AM PDT // 12 PM MDT // 1 PM CDT // 2 PM EDT

The Climate Collaborative and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are working together to bring retailers the tools they need to drastically increase operational efficiency of their spaces. This event will guide retail professionals toward opportunities to pursue efficiency solutions through simple updates such as enhanced energy management, effective leasing practices, and much more. Don’t miss this collaboration opportunity—participants will leave the virtual workshop with easy next steps to significantly improve the efficiency of their retail spaces within the year. Please email us to learn more or to join if you're a retailer! 


Partner Webinar: A Company's Guide to Renewable Energy Procurement

June 6, 11 AM PDT // 12 PM MDT // 1 PM CDT // 2 PM EDT

We're excited to share content on an upcoming webinar from Climate Collaborative community partner Greentech Media. Companies of all sizes are increasingly interested in clean energy, whether for cost savings, resilience, corporate social responsibility or a combination thereof. While it may seem counterintuitive to first reach out to your distribution utility to buy a product they may not currently offer, utilities of all types and sizes are increasing investment in renewable energy and are willing to work creatively with businesses they serve to meet their needs. This webinar will provide information on what companies should know before engaging with their utility, what – and who – to bring to the table, and examples of the innovative ways businesses and utilities are working together today. Learn more and register here!


Rooted Community: Proof in the Pudding - The Soil Carbon Initiative's Outcomes-Based Standard

May 23, 11 AM PDT // 12 PM MDT // 1 PM CDT // 2 PM EDT

The Soil Carbon Initiative standard (currently under public comment until May 6th) is one of the hottest new topics in regenerative agriculture. ROOTED’s May session takes a special look at this topic, with Sarah Andrysiak of Green America, co-organizer of the Soil Carbon Initiative standard. Sarah will explain the inner-workings of this standard and its unique outcomes-based approach. Please email us to learn more or to join if you'd made the agriculture commitment. 


Climate Collaborative Introductory Webinar: Building a Roadmap for Climate Action

June 13, 11 AM PDT // 12 PM MDT // 1 PM CDT // 2 PM EDT

This June, the Climate Collaborative is thrilled to host an introductory webinar for companies wishing to learn more about how to integrate regenerative agriculture, food waste, packaging, and other climate-related goals into their work. We'll share information on how the Climate Collaborative, and its network of 375+ natural products companies, can help you as you work toward implementing climate change goals and actions. Register here!


Clear Winners: How Three Companies Improved their Packaging Impacts Using LCAs

May 15, 10 AM PDT // 11 AM MDT // 12 PM CDT // 1 PM EDT

Last May we shared an opportunity for three Climate Collaborative committed companies to work with Trayak to improve the climate impacts of their packaging. Join us for a special May report highlighting the improvements each company chose to make, and the associated environmental impacts. Webinar participants will be among the first to know about the new packaging optimization project open to companies that have made a commitment to the Climate Collaborative. Register here!


SHARE YOUR STORY

Have you had any climate impact successes you think we should know about? Send them our way and we’ll make sure that your lessons learned benefit the whole community. 

Send us any blog or social media posts your company publishes about your experience reducing your impact on the climate and we’ll spread the word!

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COMMIT TO CLIMATE ACTION

If you haven't already made a commitment to Climate Action please visit the Climate Collaborative website and check out the nine areas in which your company can make a commitment to bold climate action.

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