The Ceres Sustainability Podcast is an ongoing conversation with investors, corporations, policy makers and public interest groups about how they are adapting business strategies and financial markets to address the risks and opportunities of climate change and other sustainability issues.
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This three-part podcast series focuses on the ethics of supply chain management and the evolving impacts on human rights. This episode looks at a recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring all companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to disclose the origin of four key minerals—tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. Found in most consumer electronic devices, as well as the aerospace, automotive and heavy manufacturing sectors, these minerals contribute to ongoing political violence, illegal trafficking and devastating human rights violations in the DRC.
Ceres, along with Oxfam America and Calvert Investments, released a new guide to help improve corporate disclosure and management of financial impacts of climate change and help investors make more informed investment decisions. This week, we speak with Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President of Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments about the new guide and what it means for companies and investors alike.
As electric utility companies face new challenges -- outdated energy infrastructure, rising fossil fuel prices, incorporating renewable energy sources -- state utility regulators have a unique and important role to play in shaping the future of energy generation in the U.S.
When eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, built its first ever data center in South Jordan, Utah, it wanted to use clean energy to power much of the facility -- to both reduce its environmental impact and stabilize energy costs for company down the road. But by law, Utah didn't allow large energy consumers to buy and transmit power directly from renewable energy developers, leaving eBay with the choice of sourcing their energy needs from coal (which powers 94% of the state), or not doing business in Utah.
Montana's Energy Future (Part Three): Differing Perspectives on the Energy Economy of the Rocky Mountain West
In the third and final episode of our Montana Energy Series, we speak with Tom Darin, Western Regional Representative for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Despite Montana's wind generating potential, project developers are wary of building large wind farms where there isn't enough infrastructure and power lines to properly distribute and export clean energy. Darin is working with everyone from policymakers to local farmers to help create a viable wind market that would bring jobs and investments to Montana's economy.
Montana's Energy Future (Part Two): Differing Perspectives on the Energy Economy of the Rocky Mountain West
In the second episode of this three part series, we speak with Gloria Flora, former U.S. Forest Supervisor and Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions. Gloria recently co-authored a report on how Montana can become energy self-reliant through renewables, energy efficiency and conservation and is championing 'biochar' as a possible carbon-negative energy source.
Montana's Energy Future (Part One): Differing Perspectives on the Energy Economy of the Rocky Mountain West
In the first episode of our three-part series on Montana's energy economy we speak with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Schweitzer spent a number of years developing agricultural systems in Libya and Saudi Arabia, which strongly shaped one of his ongoing policy priorities: securing American energy independence. And with huge coal and oil reserves, as well as wind potential, he explains how Montana fits snugly into this plan.
This episode, we are joined by Ceres’ own Sharlene Leurig, senior manager of Ceres’ insurance program and author of the report The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market. The report evaluates and ranks water scarcity risks for public water and power utilities in some of the country's most water-stressed regions, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta. Listen in as Sharlene explains the findings of the report and the hidden risks that water scarcity poses to investors, companies and municipalities.
In this episode, we’re joined by Kevin Kennedy, executive officer of California’s Air Resources Board’s climate division and main architect of the bill’s cap-and-trade rules. Kennedy describes the process and progress on climate policy in California and what it might mean for carbon management in the rest of the country.
In this episode, we are joined by Dorjee Sun, CEO of Carbon Conservation, a forest carbon financing and management company, to talk about the work his company is doing to protect forests and help get these carbon reduction markets out of the woods.
In this episode, Bill Green, Managing Director of Macquarie Capital's renewable infrastructure investing team explains the world of renewable energy infrastructure and makes the case for why scaling up the physical infrastructure for renewable energy is a good bet for investors even in the absence of an immediate price on carbon.
In Hot Water: The Trouble with the Virtual Water Trade and the Role of Corporations, Investors and Governments in Solving the World Water Crisis.
In this episode, we speak with Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, about the virtual global water trade, how it affects local communities as well as multinational corporations and what companies, investors and governments need to do to avert the global water crisis.
Re-Energizing America: How Passing Climate and Energy Legislation Can Keep the U.S. Competitive in the Global Race for Energy
In this episode, we speak with Kevin Parker, Global Head of Deutsche Asset Management, about the need for a strong regulatory environment that will spur energy investment here in the U.S. instead of sending investment dollars outside our borders.
Investing in Sustainability: Integrating Corporate Sustainability Performance into Institutional Investment Strategies
In this episode we’re joined by Jack Ehnes Chief Executive Officer of CalSTRS to talk about the role investors play in creating sustainable companies – and how the recently released Ceres Roadmap for sustainability can be used by investors to help evaluate a company’s sustainability performance and move us closer to a more sustainable economy.
In this episode, we are joined by Anne Stausboll, CEO of the California Public Employees Retirement System, Howard Rifkin, Deputy Treasurer of Connecticut, Hannah Jones, VP Sustainable Business and Innovation at Nike, and Ceres’ own Andrea Moffat, to talk about how both companies and investors can use the Ceres Roadmap to help move us towards a more sustainable economy.
This episode, we are joined by Jeff Rickert, Director of the AFL-CIO Center for Green Jobs who talks about how the new energy economy is our best hope to revitalize American labor so we don’t get left behind in the global clean tech markets of the future.
For this podcast, Ceres sat down with Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Big Green Innovations division that aims to provide better real-time environmental data to help companies measure their impact and better manage risk.
This month, we speak with Lauralee Martin, CFO of Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate services provider that operates and manages 1.4 billion square feet of commercial building space in more than 60 countries. Martin reveals how Jones Lang LaSalle is unlocking the power of energy efficiency to reduce energy use in commercial buildings and save money in the process.
The Ceres podcast caught up with Jim Hanna, Environmental Affairs Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company to talk about Starbucks' views on climate and energy legislation and the company's involvement in Ceres' new coalition, Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).
The Ceres podcast caught up with David Douglas, Senior Vice President of Cloud Computing and Chief Sustainability Officer at Sun Microsystems to talk about the company's views on climate and energy legislation and the company's involvement in Ceres' new coalition, Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).
The Ceres podcast caught up with Sarah Severn, Director of Horizons Corporate Responsibility at Nike at to talk about Nike's views on climate and energy legislation and the company's involvement in Ceres' new Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP).
This week we are joined by the Pacific Institute's Jason Morrison and Ceres' own Brooke Barton who released a new report, "Water Scarcity and Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses & Investors" that discusses the links between climate change and water supply, how it affects companies and investors, and ways to prepare for a world of increasing water scarcity.
To shed some light on the advantages and shortcomings of solar technology, we caught up with Reese Tisdale, Research Director for Renewable Power Generation at Emerging Energy Research.
Michael Kobori, Vice President of Global Supply Chains at Levi's speaks with the Ceres Podcast about how Levi's is incorporating environmental and labor challenges into its sourcing decisions in order to create a more sustainable supply chain for its products.
This week, we talk with Jeff Connelly, VP of General Electric’s Global Supply Chain and Water and Process Technologies Division, about the technological solutions being implemented in order to conserve and recycle the earth’s most valuable resource - water.
The New York City Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee Environmental Law Interview with Ceres staffer Anne Kelly, Director of Ceres Corporate Governance Program about the investors behind their petition requesting that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) require companies to disclose risks to their businesses from climate change.
Ceres recently caught up with Van Jones, President of Green for All and director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, to discuss how new technology and energy solutions to the climate crisis can also help solve urban poverty, unemployment, and inequality in America's workforce.
Lance Lindblom, President of the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) and a leader in the SRI movement, talks to Ceres about how NCF leverages their $500 million foundation endowment to improve corporate accountability.
On February 14, 2008, investors representing over $22 trillion joined Ceres and the United Nations Foundation at the UN Headquarters in New York City to discuss the physical and financial risks of climate change and the opportunities and solutions to mitigate that risk. Presenters included Harvard University's John Holdren, Khosla Ventures' Vinod Khosla, Ceres president Mindy Lubber, United Nations Foundation president Timothy Wirth.
This week we're joined by Bill Page, VP of Environmental, Social and Governance Investments at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), to talk about the emerging cleantech market and SSGA's Global Environment Opportunity Strategy (GEOS).