How Walmart is working to reduce supply chain emissions | Drug stores increase clean beauty inventory | Microsoft to buy greener fuel for Alaska Airlines flights
October 23, 2020
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Walmart wants to expand its use of renewable energy sources in its stores and warehouses from 29% of the total today to 100% by 2035, largely through power purchase agreements with green energy companies. The retailer is also on a mission to shrink the carbon footprint of its supply chain through an initiative launched last month that will let suppliers band together to obtain group pricing for renewable energy.
Full Story: CNBC (10/23) 
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Setting the Example
More clean beauty brands are entering drug stores with the category gaining in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic and traffic increasing in these stores due to their "essential" retail status, writes Liz Flora. Clean skin care brand Boscia is entering approximately 2,500 Walgreens stores, and the Flower Beauty brand founded by actress Drew Barrymore has debuted at 3,000 CVS locations.
Full Story: Glossy (tiered subscription model) (10/23) 
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Microsoft plans to buy alternative jet fuel to be used on Alaska Airlines flights in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of its corporate travel. "I believe it may well become a template for other business travelers," says Alaska CEO Brad Tilden, who said it was the first such deal made in the US.
Full Story: CNBC (10/22),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Seattle (10/22),  Alaska Airlines Blog (10/22) 
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The city of Greensburg, Kan., decided to embrace sustainability in the wake of a 2007 tornado that destroyed the community. Today, the city has energy-efficient buildings, sources 100% of its power from wind energy and is an example for other cities interested in making a similar transition.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/22) 
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Lime and the World Wildlife Fund have launched the Ride Green initiative to educate the public about the benefits of cleaner transportation. Lime has pledged to meet the standards set by the Paris climate accord and will transition to 100% renewable energy for its offices and warehouses, in addition to shifting to electric vehicles globally by 2023.
Full Story: Smart Cities Dive (10/22) 
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Improved reinforced cement that allows for better building quality at lower environmental cost is among the flexible components in building construction developed by a trio of MIT and Georgia Tech architects and engineers. The trio, which formed startup WoHo, is developing the use of more flexible reusable components that can be connected quickly to create a more environmentally sound structure.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (10/22) 
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Powering Tomorrow
Alliant Energy has achieved commercial operations at the 150-megawatt Kossuth project in Iowa. "Wind is cost-effective and has no associated fuel cost, resulting in long-term savings for our customers as we continue to deliver reliable and affordable energy," said executive David de Leon.
Full Story: Daily Energy Insider (10/22) 
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
See your business as part of a system of possible events instead of using a linear strategy model to better identify unforeseen consequences of decisions, writes Barry O'Reilly. "You can forecast what might happen by looking at alternative scenarios or actually show the interrelationship between challenges and problems," O'Reilly writes.
Full Story: Barry O‚ÄôReilly (10/21) 
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