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We interview sustainability leaders across industries to learn what they are working on and how they are steering their companies toward a climate-friendly world.
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Alex is talking with Andrew "Riz" Rizkallah, Head of ESG Delivery at MorganFranklin, a management advisory firm under Vaco. They get into the essence of ESG delivery, its critical importance for companies today, and how MorganFranklin assists clients through various stages of ESG maturity. They discuss the growing demands for ESG transparency, the strategic importance of sustainability in financial planning, and the diverse challenges companies face in this evolving landscape. Whether you're a finance leader at a middle-market firm or part of a large corporation, you'll learn ways to make smarter, more sustainable business decisions.  This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
Alex is diving into the intricacies of environmental regulations and sustainability initiatives with Vidhya Prabhakaran, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, and Andrew Shaw, a partner at Dentons, who are bringing their expertise in environmental law and ESG to the table. From the challenges of mitigating emissions and navigating regulatory changes to the opportunities presented by renewable energy initiatives and sustainable practices, this episode provides a comprehensive look at how businesses are responding to the urgent call for environmental responsibility.Tune in to learn about:The transition of traditional energy practices to modern ESG-focused strategies.The implications of regulatory changes across different jurisdictions, particularly in the U.S. and the European Union.The real-world application of sustainability commitments in law firms and their clients.Practical steps companies are taking to reduce their carbon footprints and integrate sustainability into their core values. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
Join Alex and Christine Uri, a seasoned lawyer and consultant specializing in ESG programs, as they delve into the practical challenges and strategic considerations for companies striving to address ESG concerns. From the evolving role of general counsel to the impact of ESG regulations on businesses of all sizes, Christine shares insights from her experience working with companies to navigate the intersection of legal compliance and sustainability. Learn why ESG has become a top priority for legal departments, how it influences investor decisions, and why proactive engagement with suppliers is essential for long-term success.  This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
Alex is joined by Lisa Hart Shepherd, Founder of Lamp House Strategy. As they delve into Lisa's extensive 25-year journey researching the legal industry, discover the genesis of Lamp House and its mission to elevate the legal community's performance while fostering positive impacts. The two talk the unique challenges the legal landscape faces in embracing ESG considerations and understand why firms are compelled to adapt. Lisa shares insights from Lamp House's recent report, shedding light on the state of ESG initiatives in law firms across the UK, US, and Canada. Gain perspective on the importance of measuring and reporting, the evolving role of stakeholders, and the pressure firms face to align with ESG values. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
Join Alex as he talks with JP Flaherty, Global Head of Sustainability at Tishman Speyer. The two delve into the intricacies of Tishman's sustainability expedition, gaining exclusive insights into managing colossal structures like the iconic 200 Park Avenue. JP sheds light on decarbonization challenges, meeting investor demands, and adapting to regulatory shifts, offering a unique behind-the-scenes perspective. Explore the intersection of technology, investor expectations, and evolving regulations in the realm of real estate's green odyssey.  This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex is joined by Brian Matt, Head of ESG at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Tune in as they explore Brian's investor relations journey, spanning from the late '90s to his current role at the forefront of the evolving ESG landscape. Discover the intricacies of sustainability integration within the business models of over 2,400 listed companies at NYSE and the growing significance of dedicated sustainability roles within these organizations. Whether you're an investor or a business leader, this episode provides a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies for driving sustainable business growth.  This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex is talking with Zach Berliner, a sixth-year associate in Lowenstein Sandler's Environmental Law and Litigation Practice Group. Together, they explore the groundbreaking sustainability legislation recently enacted in California – SB 253, SB 261, and AB 1305. Discover the implications for businesses, including the reporting of scope 1 through 3 emissions, climate-related financial risks, and the scrutiny of net-zero claims and carbon offsets. Gain insights into how these laws are reshaping the landscape of environmental law, influencing businesses, and compelling even law firms to adopt ESG frameworks. Join us as we unravel the complexities of sustainability and learn how companies, both large and small, are gearing up to meet the challenges of a more eco-conscious future.The information discussed in this episode is intended for a general audience and is not legal advice or a substitute for such advice. This episode’s content reflects the personal views of the participants only. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex talks with Emily Kane Miller, the visionary behind Ethos Giving, to unpack the layers of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the realm beyond compliance. From tracing the fascinating history of philanthropy post-World War I to dissecting the motivations behind embracing CSR during the Cold War, this episode is a rollercoaster through ethical business practices. Dive into the complexities of CSR frameworks, the rise of sustainability efforts in the 1990s, and explore how businesses today can be instrumental in tackling global challenges. This episode offers a fast-paced journey through the past, present, and future of corporate impact, sharing actionable insights for a purpose-driven business revolution. Tune in for a dynamic exploration of Ethos Giving's impact blueprint and discover how businesses can shape a sustainable and purposeful future. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex delves into the world of sustainability and ESG hiring with Nick, the founder of Hunt Club. Discover how sustainability and ESG practices are influencing the recruitment landscape, and explore the evolving hiring trends in this rapidly growing sustainability field. Gain valuable insights into the key skills and attributes required for successful sustainability leaders, and how businesses are adapting to attract top talent passionate about creating a better tomorrow. Nick also highlights the significance of authentic, business-aligned sustainability initiatives. Tune in for a deeper understanding of the sustainability talent revolution and its profound impact on the future of hiring. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex is joined by Pamela Cone, founder and CEO of Amity Advisory. A dedicated board member of the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN) with extensive expertise in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) matters, Pam and Alex explore the pivotal role that law firms play in the global journey toward achieving net-zero emissions. Pamela reveals how law firms are becoming integral to the sustainability efforts of their clients, emphasizing the significance of managing Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions in supplier relationships. Pamela also highlights the importance of transparency, sharing practical steps for law firms to take inventory of their existing sustainability practices, conduct materiality assessments, and proactively engage with the EcoVadis assessment, which allows firms to showcase their commitment to sustainability and maintain their competitive edge. Discover why sustainability is no longer confined to companies manufacturing physical products, and why legal service providers are increasingly finding themselves in the spotlight of sustainability and ESG scrutiny, and gain insights into how law firms can respond to client demands, build their sustainability narratives, and adapt to evolving industry expectations. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex is talking with two distinguished guests: Brad Ives, Head of Sustainability at Catawba College, and Will Crawford, Head of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) at Follett, North America's leading campus retail partner. Together, they explore the multifaceted journey toward sustainability and reducing carbon footprints on college campuses across the United States. Discover the challenges and unique approaches faced by colleges and universities of various sizes, including factors like energy consumption, transportation, waste management, and more. Brad shares insights from Catawba College's remarkable achievement as the first college in the Southeast to achieve carbon neutrality. Will sheds light on Follett's commitment to sustainability and how it aligns with the diverse needs of higher education institutions. Learn how collaborative efforts, innovative solutions, and initiatives like Follett Access are transforming the way students access course materials while contributing to a greener future.  This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex is talking sustainability strategy with Corinne Hanson, a seasoned professional with a decade of experience in the field. As a former head of sustainability at SH Hotels and Resorts and now the VP of Sustainability at GreenPlaces, Corinne shares her expertise on how businesses are transitioning from mere philanthropy to holistic sustainability, driven by customer expectations, investor demands, and regulatory shifts. Learn the essential steps to kick-start your sustainability journey, from centralizing data to tapping into available incentives. Gain insights into the evolving landscape of sustainability reporting and strategy, and how GreenPlaces is empowering businesses with actionable intelligence to achieve their sustainability goals. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex is joined by Scot Wingo, the co-founder and CEO of Spiffy, a pioneering on-demand mobile car wash and detailing company. As a serial entrepreneur and former CEO of ChannelAdvisor, Scot's expertise and curiosity led him to revolutionize the car care industry. Tune in to hear how Spiffy employs convenience, technology, and sustainability to create a modern, greener car care service and business model. Learn about innovative solutions like water reclamation, eco-friendly chemicals, and lithium-ion “penguin power packs,” that are environmentally friendly and create a better customer experience. Plus, hear Scot’s insights on Spiffy's role in evolving markets and electrification, and its commitment to sustainability.  This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, we chat with Beth Whitehouse, Senior Director of Strategic Planning at Oglebay, a 2000-acre resort and public park in Wheeling, West Virginia with a history steeped in environmental stewardship. In addition to providing leisure and luxury activities and accommodations for the whole family, Oglebay is building a one-of-a-kind sustainable ecosystem–one that enriches the resort’s operations, guest experience, the broader community, and the planet alike. In partnership with businesses, donors, and local groups, Beth and team are tackling awesome sustainability initiatives, including a robust forestry management plan (think: removing invasive species, reforestation of native trees, and converting forest litter into biochar), and an innovative solar project to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs. Explore the park’s fascinating history and hear how today’s team continues to honor the founding vision, creating a greener future for their campus and community. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Alex speaks with Annie Field, the Head of Community Impact at Contentful, about how the content management platform and a grass-roots, cross-functional team are driving positive change within the tech industry through ambitious sustainability goals. Annie shares her journey from the nonprofit sector to the corporate world, and highlights the similarities in driving positive impact for business and the planet. Hear how Contentful is tackling sustainability—through the model of handprints and footprints—aligning with their core values, engaging cross-functional teams, and integrating sustainability into business practices to drive positive impact on climate and profitability. Gain valuable insight on a grass-roots approach to building a thoughtful sustainability practice, and motivation from Annie to “just get started!”  This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, we speak with Jeffrey Kamis, VP of Marketing and PR at PDQ, a beloved fast-casual dining chain. PDQ stands for People Dedicated to Quality—quality of food, service, and now, sustainability. Discover how PDQ is approaching sustainability one step at a time and anchoring, as always, in quality. Amidst rising challenges faced by the restaurant industry, PDQ is working with GreenPlaces and committing to understanding their footprint, defining their version of sustainability, and taking small steps that will add up to a long-lasting impact for the environment, their brand, and the well-being of their team members and the communities they serve. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Ben Clymer, Founder of Hodinkee, shares the journey to becoming the top destination for all things horology: making watches and information about them accessible to all. Ben shares his timeless story of how a simple blog (in 2008) evolved into a thriving watch business with a strong sustainability mission, proving luxury and eco-friendly aren’t mutually exclusive, and founding the content-to-commerce business path along the way. From pioneering sustainable packaging to partnering with brands using Fairmined gold and recycled materials, sustainability is woven into Hodinkee's products and experiences. Join us for a good time, as we unravel the fascinating world of watches and a progressive view on sustainability–where thoughtfulness and curiosity lead to more efficient operations, improved customer experiences, and a smaller environmental footprint. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
In this episode, Neal Booker, Senior Manager of Inclusion and Diversity at Yext, shares valuable insights into how Yext incorporates sustainable practices and innovative strategies into its core operations to make a meaningful impact. After discussing Yext's sustainability initiatives, Neal delves into the company's efforts to foster a culture of environmental responsibility, where employees are encouraged to contribute to sustainability goals and make a difference in their local communities. Learn how Yext leverages its platform and partnerships to promote sustainable practices across the digital landscape and empower other digital organizations to adopt eco-friendly strategies. This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
Durham Academy is training the next generation of climate champions by teaching students about carbon footprints, waste generation, and more as a part of their primary education. Tina, the school's sustainability coordinator, along with a student government sustainability committee work to ensure the K-12 school in Durham, N.C. is doing its part to reduce its footprint, and teach students to do the same through courses on the topic.  In this episode, Alex and Tina discuss why the school has introduced combating the climate crisis to their curriculum and the impact these lessons can have on the planet.This episode was recorded during Earth Month, and a portion of this conversation was included in our Earth Day compilation episode. Listen here! This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
To celebrate another miraculous Earth Month, we're sharing this compilation of conversations between Alex and GreenPlaces' partners as they discuss how they're making small changes in their industries that are leading to big differences. He'll be talking with Ben Clymer from Hodinkee, Neal Booker from Yext, Tina Bessias from Durham Academy and Jeffrey Kamis from PDQ. We hope this bonus episode inspires you to treat every day like Earth Day!  This podcast is powered by GreenPlaces. For help in reaching your company's sustainability goals, visit www.greenplaces.com.
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