What a month! The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act certainly was a milestone, providing exhilarating momentum to our work. We are actively exploring how we harness the opportunities this legislation provides, while also leaning into the areas where it falls short. This is a work in progress, and we would love to hear your thoughts.
As I approach my one-year anniversary with the Climate Collaborative, I find myself reflecting on all that the past year has taught me. The familiar words of Margaret Mead come to mind, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." I am blessed every day to interact with people and organizations that are working diligently to reduce their impact on the climate. While this work is not for the faint of heart, our Climate Collaborators share a deep love for this planet we call home–it fuels this critical work, and it regenerates us when we face struggles in our efforts to impact climate change at scale. I am deeply thankful for this community.
To that end, I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at Expo East in Philadelphia! We're hosting three climate focused sessions on Friday, September 30th. We'll be diving into investing in climate focused CPGs, operationalizing climate within your organization and hosting a conversation on what makes a product climate friendly. Oh! And did you see that New Hope is hosting Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson as a keynote? She is incredible. We hope to see you there!
The J.E.D.I Collaborative has created a set of curriculums specifically for the natural products industry designed to help you integrate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your business practices. The J.E.D.I Collaborative's content is tailored to reflect the unique business needs and systems of consumer packaged goods (CPG) and natural products brands. If you're looking to more deeply embed justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your company, there are four pathways to action for you to consider. The J.E.D.I Collaborative is accepting applications for their upcoming pathways through mid-September!
Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change named fossil fuel advertising and PR as one of the biggest barriers to climate action. Fossil fuel companies use marketing campaigns to mislead the public into thinking their products are green, or that the climate transition is too expensive or difficult to achieve.
The team at Clean Creatives has built a framework that gives brands a platform to steer the creative industry away from working for fossil fuels. View this recording to hear from Clean Creatives’ Executive Director Duncan Meisel how your business can be a part of a growing campaign to put an end to oil industry greenwashing. Consider joining other leading brands and sign-on to the Clean Creatives pledge not to work with creative agencies that provide services to the fossil fuel industry.
To help consumers understand the historic incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), our friends at Rewiring America released a Savings Calculator! The Calculator tells consumers which incentives apply to them, how much they'll save on electrification investments by utilizing IRA incentives, when consumers can claim these incentives, and what their estimated annual bill savings will be by electrifying their lives. Check it out to see how much you can save!
Climate Fit 2.0, a free online training course for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) reducing carbon emissions, launches in early 2023. In advance of the launch, the BSR team is looking for case study candidates that are:
- US-based SMEs (<500 employees)
- Addressing climate challenges through any of the following mechanisms: governance & strategy, operations, supply chain, design, finance, people & communities, and/or net zero storytelling.
September 14-16, 2022, Minneapolis, MN
The annual Renewable Energy Markets™ (REM™) conference convenes a broad spectrum of industry professionals who are rapidly transforming the global clean energy marketplace. REM™ brings corporate leaders, policymakers, and suppliers together to collaborate and guide the rapidly expanding market. Attendees explore emerging trends in policy, exchange best practices in renewable energy procurement and marketing, review the latest technology and market innovations, and help shape the future for renewable energy.
September 30th, 2022, Philadelphia PA
Expo East is just around the corner, where we hope to see many of you in-person. We’re hosting three climate focused sessions with New Hope Network on Friday, September 30th. Join us to learn more about investing in climate focused CPGs, operationalizing climate action within your organization, and a discussion on what makes a food climate friendly.
October 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST
In this session, Dr. Samar Habib, Director of Research at Fair Trade USA, will provide an introduction to the theory of change methodology used in development programs across the world, and discuss how Fair Trade USA leverages their Theory of Change to continuously improve its programs in promoting workers' rights globally.
October 25-27, 2022, San Jose, CA
VERGE 22 convenes thousands of leaders working together to address the climate crisis across six strategic areas: clean energy, sustainable transportation, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, net-zero buildings and the startup ecosystem.
Register today and use the code CLIMATECOV22 at registration for 10% off of the pass type of your choice.
NYC CLIMATE WEEK EVENTS
September 21 - 22, Javits Center
The Nest Summit Campus, the Official Event Partner of Climate Week NYC, is a dynamic destination for climate solutions leaders from business, NGOs, academia and government to come together to educate, inspire, share best practices and accelerate climate action.
As an event focused on climate solutions, attending The Nest Summit Campus will empower you to further advance sustainability in your business or organization as well as your personal life.
Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 pm EST
Join Clean Creatives during New York Climate Week at a meetup for ad and PR professionals, organizers, and climate leaders! Connect with other leaders in the industry who are working to end fossil fuel misinformation, and make climate action possible.
Thursday, September 22, 8:00 am EST
Over 1,200 companies have set science-based targets in line with net-zero. As pressure mounts from their own constituents to decarbonize, institutional investors are looking for the companies they invest in to shift from net-zero pronouncements to concrete net-zero action plans. Join MSCI and the CECP at this in-person breakfast session that will examine some of the questions that investors and companies are confronting as they are working on putting net-zero into practice.
Thursday, September 22, 10:30 am EST
The SME Climate Hub and America Is All In will unite leaders across businesses, government, and civil society to accelerate climate action amongst small and medium sized business. You'll learn from small businesses driving climate action within their own companies and communities and candidly discuss the support they need to move further, faster to prosper in the growing net-zero economy.
Hear from experts on the collaboration needed to build more resilient businesses and communities—and the benefits that exist for the SMEs already standing up to reduce their emissions through the SME climate Hub. Attend in-person or register to receive a recording 2-3 weeks post event.
IN THE NEWS
The White House advanced one of its trademark environmental justice initiatives after repeated delays. The council on Environmental Quality launched the comment process on its Environmental Justice Scorecard, a progress report that will track federal agencies' efforts to fight legacy pollution in underserved communities. If you would like to comment on the scorecard you can do so here.
Leaders in food, retail and agriculture convened during New Hope Network's Future of Food Forum. From technology and transparency to ethics and climate action, diverse perspectives are creating a roadmap for how the food industry can support a more sustainable future.
Researchers design composite resin for blades that can be broken down to make new products including sweets.
In this new section of our newsletter, we want to share out climate-related progress, announcements, and good news from our community in action. Send us an email at [email protected] to contribute to next month's section.
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.