April 9, 2021
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Fifty-five job types across four industries are highlighted in the online Green Buildings Career Map to help workers find a path in the growing sector of energy efficiency. Organizations in the field assembled the guide under a grant from the Department of Energy Building Technologies Office to develop a steady flow of labor.
Full Story: Construction Dive (4/7) 
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Do you want to learn more about how renewables are combatting climate change and creating the jobs that will power the new energy economy? Listen now to this fun and informative podcast about the trends and technologies shaping the energy of tomorrow.
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Setting the Example
Adweek spotlights 17 brand executives that are leading the charge in sustainable corporate actions. Some of the pioneers include Dole's Rupen Desai, General Mills' Brad Hiranaga and Patagonia's Wendy Savage.
Full Story: Adweek (4/5) 
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The US Department of Energy announced a $61.4 million grant competition for biofuel projects that include aviation fuel, cellulosic sugars, renewable natural gas and residential wood heating. The target is to develop methods that result in at least 70% lower greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum.
Full Story: Biomass Magazine online (4/8) 
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Raley's has released its first Impact Report, a 45-page document outlining the chain's plans to bolster its sustainability initiatives, community investment and focus on nutrition and wellness. The grocer also announced plans this week to convert all of its stores to the new O-N-E (Organics, Nutrition and Education) concept.
Full Story: Supermarket News (free registration) (4/8) 
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Bank of America is allocating $1 trillion to environmental business efforts by 2030, bringing its commitment to sustainable finance by that year to $1.5 trillion. The investment supports the bank's work for a greener economy through capital raising, lending and financial services for sustainable businesses.
Full Story: Reuters (4/8) 
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Utah-based Swire Coca-Cola is building a $21.7 million plant in Colorado Springs, Colo., with several eco-friendly features, such as high-efficiency lighting and heating and a 900-kilowatt rooftop solar panel installation. Swire produces and distributes Coca-Cola products to 13 states.
Full Story: KXRM-TV/KXTU-TV (Pueblo, Colo.) (4/7) 
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Powering Tomorrow
As solar PV manufacturing costs continue to drop, green hydrogen costs will decline 85% and become more cost-efficient than natural gas and blue hydrogen by 2050, according to BloombergNEF. "The key driver is falling cost of solar PV electricity. We now think solar PV power will be 40% cheaper by 2050 than what we had thought just two years ago," says Martin Tengler, lead hydrogen analyst at BloombergNEF.
Full Story: PV Magazine (Germany) (4/8),  The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (4/8) 
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
Engagement and connection will remain important even as more people return to offices, and leaders will need to listen for signs of what people need and what ideas they've brought with them, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Guiding people through this uncharted terrain into a future characterized by even greater cohesion, relationships and commitment is possible," she writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (4/8) 
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