May 2020 Newsletter

I hope this finds you continuing to stay healthy and safe. I want to send out an enormous thank you to our network for your quick action this month, which gives me great hope for our work ahead on climate.

The response to our call for participation in LEAD on Climate this month was incredible. More than 120 companies from our network joined, and all of you were integral in making it the largest business advocacy day on climate ever. Our community made up over a third of the 330 total participating companies and took part in over 80 meetings calling for a climate inclusive path forward from COVID-19.

I'm proud to stand in community with you, and can't wait to share upcoming opportunities to continue engaging on this vital work! In the meantime, we have a lot of new resources below--including a virtual roundup of our Climate Day Resource Fair! I hope you'll find it useful, and I hope you continue to find ways to stay motivated and hopeful this month. 

Best,

Erin

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April 2020 Newsletter

My heart goes out to all of you as we close out what I know has been another busy and stress-filled month for our community. Thank you for working to keep our vital food supply chains running.

This month marked the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, when 10% of Americans came out to participate. Its success helped the passage of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Half a century later, the COVID-19 crisis has brought us to another crossroads moment on climate change, and I'm so grateful and inspired to see hundreds of you stepping up in response to it!

In our call last Friday Bill McKibben shared how critical it is for the economic recovery from COVID-19 to build in resilience to climate change. We also presented our plan to build back better from this crisis, and I'm thrilled that within a week 50 of you have stepped up and committed to being part of the upcoming LEAD on Climate virtual climate democracy event.

Your quick response gives us so much hope. Please continue to share your ideas and needs with us. We can't wait to get to work supporting all of you.

Warmly,

Erin

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March 2020 Newsletter

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.

Warmly,

Erin

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February 2020 Newsletter

I can't wait to see many of you next week at Climate Day. If you can't be there in person, be sure to tune into our livestream in the afternoon!

We'll be sharing a big slate of announcements highlighting huge progress in the climate movement you're building with us.

Alongside that, as we go into Climate Day, I have been reflecting on how it truly feels like we're at an inflection point in how businesses are responding to climate change--both globally and within our industry. The signs of this are everywhere, and over the next year, I see a vital opportunity to turn the energy around public climate commitments into concrete collaborative projects and actions, on policy advocacy, regenerative agriculture, food waste, consumer climate engagement, and more. I hope you'll check out some of our work in these areas below, like our newly published packaging case studies.

I hope we can all bring this will to work collaboratively with purpose next week. We'll see you there! 

Warmly,

Erin

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January 2020 Newsletter

We are busy gearing up for our best Climate Day yet, and I hope we'll see each of you there! We've truly got an incredible line-up: You'll hear from youth climate activists, the CEOs of Seventh Generation, Patagonia, and Danone North America, and we'll convene panels on some of the biggest issues we're facing in the industry, from packaging solutions to regenerative agriculture, food waste, and business innovation. Make sure to RSVP and save your spot, if you haven't already!

Ahead of Climate Day, we are in a race to reach 500 companies committed to action--an incredible milestone ahead of the three-year anniversary of the Climate Collaborative's launch! If you know of a company that hasn't yet made commitments, we invite them to join the community here and be part of the announcement.

Good luck in the lead-up to March! In the meantime, don't miss out on our latest webinar recording below, on regenerative agriculture. It was our most oversubscribed webinar yet, and to those of you who weren't able to join the session live, we hope you'll catch up on it here.

Warmly,

Erin

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December 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year! I hope you've had a restful holiday. As we look toward tackling a new year and a new decade, I'm heartened to see that climate change is already at the forefront of so many conversations--from policy to corporate action and grassroots movements--and looking forward, I'm hopeful about what we can accomplish as a community.

Closing out 2019, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was just named Time's Person of the Year, putting the climate crisis--and the enormous youth movement for climate action--at the center of public attention like never before.

Here at the Climate Collaborative, we grew our network to well over 450 companies--representing farmers, producers, distributors, ingredients manufacturers, and more--and launched exciting new projects on consumer engagement, food waste, and more. We can't wait to work with all of you in 2020, to create meaningful pathways to policy advocacy, as well as new collaborative opportunities on regenerative agriculture and packaging. 

We hope you'll bring us your ideas, energy, and a willingness to collaborate. We look forward to working with you in the new year.

Warmly,

Erin

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November 2019 Newsletter

As we head into a holiday this week, I want to send out thanks to YOU and to everyone in our community. I'm so grateful you're committed to working with your peers and the industry on climate change.

From packaging to food waste, consumer engagement, policy work and more, there is a lot we plan to accomplish in the next year. And we hope you'll be there every step of the way. We are trying to close a funding gap to enable this work, and we need you to help us get there! We'll announce any new donors on stage at Climate Day 2020. And as ever, thank you to our current donors for enabling everything we do.

You can also RSVP for Climate Day 2020--let us know you'll be there! We still have speaking roles available; join our Dec. 11 call to learn more, especially if you have a story of climate innovation.

Happy Thanksgiving!

- Erin

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October 2019 Newsletter

All our thoughts this week are with the members of our community who are currently evacuated and/or without power due to the wildfires in California. The now annual, tragic reminder of the impact climate change is already having in CA is maddening and scary for all of us.

It also makes me energized and resolved to keep working with all of you to push forward industry solutions to climate change. And I want to thank you for being on the journey with us.

To that end, we need your help to keep improving our programming to be as effective and actionable as possible. If you haven't already, please fill out our short survey to help inform our 2020 planning. Thank you to those of you who have given us your input!

We also hope you'll give us a new reason to celebrate at Climate Day 2020: Nominate your own company or a peer for the 2020 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative awards! The deadline for applying is next Friday, November 8. You can also check out an interview with one of last year's winners, Glen's Garden Market, below. 

Best,

Erin

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September 2019 Newsletter

This month we have a huge slate of announcements, so I hope you'll read to the end! Last month proved to be our busiest month ever, with 40+ new companies making over 160 commitments to act! We also released this year's Tracking Progress survey results, showing 71% of companies are making active progress on their climate commitments. Read our Expo East roundup to learn more.

We also launched the 2020 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards nomination form--we encourage you to nominate yourselves and any peers that have great stories of leadership!

The momentum we see is heartening amid Climate Week and the UN talks last week, where millions of young people came out in a massive climate strike, and companies and governments gathered as part of a climate summit. A major takeaway is that we all need to be doing more, faster.

I hope over the coming days, all of us can ask ourselves what we can do to deepen our commitment to tackling climate change. If you haven't made a commitment, do so today! If you have, consider taking a new step to support the vital work our industry is doing. For those of you that do support us, thank you so much for helping usher in a new wave of industry action, knowledge sharing, and leadership. 

Best,

Erin

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August 2019 Newsletter

This month the IPCC published its first-ever comprehensive report on land use and climate change, drawing out the crucial role land-use plays as both a cause and a solution to climate change.

It makes me so grateful for the momentum I see in this industry--and to that end, we'll be announcing exciting progress in two weeks at Expo East, including the findings of this year's Tracking Progress Update.

We hope to see all of you all there! If you haven't yet, RSVP here to save your spot. We'll also be hosting two panels at Supply Side, so join us there if you won't be in Baltimore!

Best,

Erin

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