This month at the Climate Collaborative, we want to send a big thank you out to all of you in our community. We are nearing the end of the project’s first year, and with your support, participation, and energy, we are entering 2018 with bigger and better plans to inspire and support action in the natural products industry.
We recently asked you to help us shape the Climate Collaborative’s 2018 programming priorities and were blown away by the response to our brief survey! 200 respondents—109 of whom came from our committed company base—provided invaluable feedback on how we can improve and grow our programs as we enter our second year. We are actively integrating the insights you shared into our program planning. Some of the survey’s key findings are:
- Companies in the natural products industry are already acting on climate change at scale. We were thrilled to see that 75% of survey respondents said that their organizations have existing approaches to managing climate change.
- Companies are struggling to implement packaging- and transportation-related commitments. 40% of respondents identified packaging as the most challenging commitment to implement, and 38% identified transportation as the most challenging.
- Companies are looking for partners and solutions providers to help implement their climate strategies and want case studies showing how other companies are implementing their commitments.
You can read more in our survey blog. This month we are also gearing up for Climate Day at Expo West next March and preparing for the inaugural National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards. We hope you’ll participate in both!
Welcome to the newest companies making commitments, FruitWorld, Living Intentions, K'ul Chocolate, Liaqat Corp, Teatulia, Three Trees, Orcas Food Co-op, Choice Organic Teas, Mambo Sprouts Marketing, The Marquette Food Co-op and Coolhaus Ice Cream! Click here for a complete list of the companies that have made commitments to date.
For Guayaki, climate change management starts with forests. The organic beverage company has been promoting carbon drawdown from rainforest-grown yerba mate for 20 years. It also has a mission of stewarding 200,000 rainforest acres and creating 1,000 living wage jobs in the U.S. and South America by 2020.
Guayaki has built on its longstanding forest stewardship by making all nine climate action commitments through the Climate Collaborative in 2017, broadening its commitment to reversing climate change.
This month, we spoke with Gretchen Grani, Regeneration & Sustainability Cebadora (the term for a mate server) at Guayaki, to learn more about its climate action initiatives.
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How did Outpost Natural Foods reach 100% renewable energy in their power procurement, and become 26th on the EPA's 2016 Green Power Partnership retailer list? Their journey started with a coop-wide commitment to renewable power back in 1998; along the way they participated in regional renewable energy programs, installed on-site solar power systems, and even invested in electric vehicle charging stations.
Webinar: How to Transition to Renewable Power
Renewable energy access has been growing steadily as a practical and increasingly cost-effective way for businesses to power their operation and benefit their communities.
Learn about the latest global movements in renewable energy and groundbreaking renewable energy initiatives being realized by Climate Collaborative committed companies. Speakers from the RE 100 campaign, Dr. Bronner’s, and Organic Valley will join to share practical information and case studies on how companies can ramp up their use of renewables. Watch the recording here.
Apply for the Inaugural National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards!
We are excited to share information on nominations for the first-ever National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards! These awards give Climate Collaborative committed companies a platform for recognizing leaders in the natural products industry as well as the opportunity to be recognized for their own accomplishments. Awards will be given out in three categories: Outstanding Company, Outstanding Value Chain Engagement, and Outstanding Influencer. Learn more and apply here by Friday, December 29.
Save the Date: Climate Day 2018
March 7, Anaheim, CA
We are thrilled to be putting on Climate Day at Expo West for the second time! Join industry leaders for inspirational keynotes, executive roundtables, workshops, music, networking, climate awards, a reception and more. RSVP 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!
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.