Tag Archives: environmental

Episode 40 Kate Williams

“Our Planet can’t wait. Climate change is an imminent threat, our food systems are increasingly stressed, and our lands, waters, and species are threatened like never before. If we don’t act now, the viability of our planet and our quality of life – to say nothing of the health of our economy – face an existential threat.”

I couldn’t have said it better, pulling these quotes off the website of 1% For the Planet, which was cofounded by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia. The organization has built a fascinating and impactful network of donors and recipients for environmental contributions. They’ve raised an astounding $150 million and put the funds to great work across six strategic areas.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes Podcast show we learn from my conversation with its CEO, Kate Williams, that the global community is falling far short of meeting our environmental challenges. It’s hard for us to know where to donate and 1% provides unique guidance and giving strategies for both corporations and individuals.

To protecting and improving the future!

David Gottfried
Host: Regen360 Podcast Show
Author: Explosion Green

PS: Each of us can contribute, even if we’re students or don’t have the resources for our own foundation. The key is to make an annual commitment and put the money to work with credible organizations. During our conversation, Kate Williams helps us learn more about the awesome facilitation 1% For the Planet is doing, the structure of their interesting network and guidance for how we can each step it up.

Episode 39 John Mandyck

More than ever we need organizations to step up their environmental commitments and stewardship. This requires extensive goal setting, research, improvement and measurement, and verification. Though some believe environmental performance hurts business, many are finding it can actually boost the profitability, stock performance, and brand.

I remember when we founded the U.S. Green Building Council and our LEED Green Building Rating System back in the early 90s, some of our board members only wanted us to work with activist NGOs and avoid large corporations at our table. They were leery of the heavy hand of business and that they’d try to control our nascent non-profit and extinguish our lofty goals.

Well, thankfully we didn’t adhere to that call and remained open to both sides to join us. One of the world’s biggest corporations actually turned out to support us the most of almost any other. United Technologies [known as UTC] not only contributed Rick Fedrizzi, our founding Chairman, and long-term CEO but provided decades of voluntary assistance, financial contributions, and advancement of our professionalism and credibility into the marketplace.

Today’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show features an interview with UTC’s Chief Sustainability Officer, John Mandyck. John also chairs the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, which I founded in 2002. John and I spent interesting times together as we worked to help foster the formation and growth of the China, Russia and India Green Building Councils.

In our conversation, John informs us about UTC’s significant emphasis on the importance and benefit of adopting a deep sustainability program. UTC is not only a global leader in aerospace, food refrigeration, and commercial buildings but also environmental ingenuity and performance. We learn about UTC’s sponsorship of a fascinating indoor air quality research project with Harvard University and John’s book Food Foolish.

To corporations stepping it up to helping us sustain and prosper!

David Gottfried

Episode 31 Rob Bennett

“Just, resilient and sustainable neighborhoods are imperative for environmental, social and economic health. Yet business, as usual, is a brick and mortar linear machine that doesn’t embrace the totality of urban life,” according to Rob Bennett a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement.

Our cities have significant economic displacement and marginalization, resulting in health disparities and environmental degradation.

I’m excited for you to meet Rob Bennett in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Rob is the Founder and CEO of EcoDistricts. He has more than 20 years of experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy and considers himself a civic entrepreneur. Rob served as the City of Portland’s Executive Director of its Sustainability Institute.

It’s imperative that we not only better understand the relative vibrancy of our neighborhoods, but help to make them prosper on a triple-bottom-line basis. But where do we start? EcoDistricts is providing the blueprint and inspiration.

Please join me in learning about EcoDistricts and their new framework for collaboration and integration of the whole neighborhood in my Regen360 podcast interview with Rob Bennett.

-David

PS: The mission of my Regen360 podcast show is to find active solutions that ignite progress and inspire transformation. Learn about how to evaluate and build your neighborhood into a flourishing ecodistrict. And if you’re digging my podcasts, please leave a review comment in iTunes and send me a note. I’d love to get your feedback.