I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. It has been a tumultuous month, and, in the midst of it, I'm so grateful for the strength of the community we've built here at the Collaborative and to you for being part of it.

It is clear that even as we respond to COVID-19, there remains a more urgent need for climate action than ever. Even today, an announcement is expected which will roll back auto pollution standards in the United States. Christiana Figueres, who led the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the delivery of the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, emphasized in a fantastic Time article this week how vital it is for us to not let the climate movement be derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she lays out a roadmap of ideas on how we can learn valuable lessons from the global response to it, which we can apply to strengthen our work combatting climate change.

This week, I am already energized by the ways in which this crisis has made us all think creatively about the ways we connect with each other virtually. We'll be trying new ways of doing that in the coming months and hope you'll be there with us. In the meantime, we have pulled together a number of new resources--including a compilation of our favorite past webinars to in-depth interviews--for you to check out below. Have a great week, everyone, and stay healthy.





Welcome to the newest companies making commitments, Fucol Group Capital, Okina, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc., Prima, EFFI Foods, Sensoterra, Nature's Yoke, and Serenity Kids. Click here for a complete list of the companies that have made commitments to date. 

SPOTLIGHT: UNFI unveils 2020 climate initiatives



We're profiling some of the newest companies stepping up to make commitments around our announcement of 150+ companies making commitments in 2020. UNFI revealed new commitments to energy efficiency, transportation and food waste through the Climate Collaborative on March 3, and we asked the distributor to share some of the details regarding its ongoing work and upcoming climate projects, as well as where climate fits into its overall business plan. Read the full interview here!


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Five of Our Favorite Webinars

We know many of you are working from home or away from the office, and we hope you are coping and staying safe amid these strange times. Wherever you may be, we wanted to share a few of our favorite webinars covering our industry's most pressing climate concerns. Read our roundup here!



Partner Project: Confronting Climate Change with Action using SFTA’s CAMP Tool

As a follow-up to their webinar on March 24th, Sustainable Food Trade Association is offering up to three climate-committed candidates the opportunity to experience the CAMP service module at a deeply discounted rate. Built in conjunction with climate experts Good Company, this accessible SFTA tool walks participants through a detailed training on Climate Action Plans and uses proprietary tools to conduct a climate hotspot analysis and materiality assessment. Participants walk away with a prioritized list of climate opportunity actions to take, and resources to help them implement next steps. Learn more here!



Interview with Sarah Andrysiak from the Soil Carbon Index

As a follow-up to the Climate Collaborative's January Webinar, Mapping the Regenerative Standards Landscape, Lisa Spicka, Strategic Partnerships Director at Sustainable Food Trade Association, caught up with Sarah Andrysiak to dive a bit deeper into the Soil Carbon Index. Watch the interview here!



Recording: Ideate. Analyze. Mitigate: Lessons From Packaging Life Cycle Assessments

Three natural product companies stepped up to the challenge of improving their packaging's climate impacts by participating in the Climate Collaborative's 2019 Packaging Climate Emissions Optimization Project. The Climate Collaborative's February webinar, led by project partner and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) expert Trayak, highlights the multi-layered results of these three projects. Watch the recording here



Recording: Regenerative Toolbox - How OpenTEAM Software Can Help Farmers Draw Down Emissions

Our special March Rooted session featured speakers from Stonyfield, the USDA, and Land PKS who discussed how OpenTEAM software knits together critical agricultural and climate-related software applications to create a powerful data-based, positive feedback loop that provides recommendations to speed up soil health and climate improvement on farms. Watch the recording here!




Virtual Climate Day CEO Dialogue: Climate Leadership in a Changing World

April 3, 11 AM PT // 12 PM MT // 1 PM CT // 2 PM ET

We are excited to announce an upcoming 1.5-hour virtual session with our keynotes for the day--the CEOs of Danone NA, W.S. Badger Company and Seventh Generation--three companies defining what a holistic company-level response to climate change looks like. You do not want to miss this conversation, moderated by GreenBiz Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower! We will also be celebrating climate leaders in the industry through our annual National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards. Learn more and register here

Playbook for Purpose: A Practical Guide on Communicating Climate Action to Consumers

April 16, 11 AM PT // 12 PM MT // 1 PM CT // 2 PM ET

Join our April 2020 webinar in the lead-up to Earth Day 2020 to get the roadmap you need to engage consumers in a robust climate dialogue. Speakers from Guru, Natural Grocers, and Sambazon will join to share their consumer engagement journey. And we hope you'll stay until the end, as we launch a social campaign to get the conversation started ahead of April 22. Learn more and register here!

Partner Event: Women Leading Regeneration Summit

April 28-29, 2020 

Austin, TX

The Women Leading Regeneration Summit is At the Epicenter’s celebration of the spirit and power of women leading. If bringing your values to the workplace and gaining insight into how to improve the positive impact of your brand or service, then join us. WLR2020 offers rich interaction between all participants. Women Leading Regeneration is different from most conferences. Your voice matters. Learn more and register here!


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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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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