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The Future of Business Sustainability: Pushing Sustainable Consumption Toward the Mainstream

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How can the “sustainable consumption” movement mainstream itself by becoming more accessible and thus inclusive and diverse? This year, I had the privilege of co-organizing the Erb Institute’s first-ever diversity, equity and inclusion panel, alongside fellow Erb student Kathy Tian. Knowing that retailers and marketers alike still see sustainable consumers as a niche consumer segment, our panelists proposed two solutions to mainstream sustainable consumption.

Smithfield Foods Collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund and Roeslein Alternative Energy Helps Bring Monarch Butterflies Back in Large Numbers

Partnership restores prairie, supports largest monarch migration in 10 years and new revenue model for generating clean, renewable energy
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SMITHFIELD, Va., November 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Smithfield Foods, Inc. is the first food company to participate in a new program with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) to restore key prairie habitat for monarch butterflies, as described in this video.

Smithfield Foods Announces Landmark Investment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Global food company expands “Manure-To-Energy” and other renewables projects in North Carolina, Missouri, and Utah
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October 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Smithfield Foods, Inc.

New Platform Offers Resources and Engagement Tools for California Water Agencies and Communities

Website provides a one-stop shop for information on the state’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
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SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Maven’s Notebook, in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Stanford’s Program on Water in the West (WitW), launched a new website today at www.groundwaterexchange.org to provide a central hub of science-based information related to California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Creating Smarter, Healthier Cities

How hyper-local air pollution monitoring is changing the landscape
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By Aileen Nowlan

4 Reasons Companies from BP America to Unilever are Thanking Rep. Curbelo for Leadership on Climate

For the first time since 2010, a Republican has introduced a climate bill. Business leaders are welcoming its market-based approach to fighting climate change.
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Grassland Conservation Project Earns Groundbreaking Recognition as Carbon Sink

Credits purchased on behalf of Microsoft, with EDF Facilitation and SCS Verification
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The Southern Plains Land Trust, working with the Environmental Defense Fund, has sold the first listed grassland carbon credits, making possible the restoration and preservation of two Colorado ranches that together sequester 8,000 metric tons of soil carbon per year.  SCS Global Services conducted the third-party verification of the carbon offset project, confirming the accuracy of the emissions reductions and compliance with the Climate Action Reserve’s Grassland Project Protocol. The project was funded in part by a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant.

How Tech Is Driving a Fourth Wave of Environmentalism

Sustainability is not just some nice-to-have byproduct of innovation – it's the goal.
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Fred Krupp | Environmental Defense Fund

In any era, the hard work of environmental progress requires the best available tools. Today those tools include technological innovations that are giving corporations and NGOs alike new capabilities and supercharging the partnerships between them.

Sensors, data analytics, machine learning and blockchain are just some of the breakthroughs driving business growth as well as environmental stewardship.

Smithfield Foods Invests in Sustainable Agronomics: Q&A with Bill Gill

by Alyssa Danigelis
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In early December 2016, Smithfield Foods became the first major livestock company to set an absolute supply chain goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The world’s largest pork producer committed to cutting emissions in its US supply chain 25% by 2025.

“We’re getting a lot of input from our customers, NGOs, and different groups as to how we can participate in an effort to reduce our carbon emissions,” says Bill Gill, assistant vice president for sustainability at Smithfield Foods.

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