Virtual Eco Biz Buzz
In August, we will come together to hear from Pittsburgh Business leaders at the Sustainable Business Breakfast. They will tell us about how they are implementing sustainable practices to transform the ways that they do business.
In the meantime, we bring to you a curated Virtual Eco Biz Buzz filled with big ideas, bold thoughts, and fresh actions that are being undertaken right here in Pittsburgh, as well as around the globe. Get a fresh cup of coffee and pull up a chair to challenge your thinking.
Interested in learning what your City is doing? Pittsburgh has already begun to experience the effects of climate change with harsher winters, hotter summers, record setting precipitation, and increased numbers of invasive species. Coordinated, concentrated and comprehensive carbon mitigation action is needed to reduce the severity of regional impacts and prepare for low carbon economy. To address these challenges, Pittsburgh has created the Climate Action Plan.
Decades have passed since humanity landed on the moon. What if the moon has untapped value to Earth? Through mineable resources and through a safe home base to setup deep space exploration by humans? Want to learn more? View To Save Earth, We Need to Go Back to the Moon by Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic’s space entrepreneur John Thornton. Presented at TEDxPittsburgh in 2019.
Our friends at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sustainable Business have launched a new podcast series called “Sustaining Sustainability,” which explores sustainability lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find all episodes at: https://www.sustainablebusiness.pitt.edu/sustaining-sustainability.
The P4 Conference occurs annually in Pittsburgh and brings together some of Pittsburgh’s thought leaders in a conversation about the City to assess its future, benchmark its progress against other cities, and address its unmet potential. Check out Sustainable Pittsburgh’s presentation from 2019 “Climate Change Means Business - Addressing Your Organization’s Risk.”
Another great call to action from right here in Pittsburgh is “Climate Change is Real and an Opportunity to Adapt” by Nicole Heller, Curator of Anthropocene Studies for Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Presented at TEDxPittsburghWomen in 2018.
Big ideas get started in small ways. Learn “How Soap Recycling Can Prevent Diseases & Create Jobs” by Pittsburgher, Samir Lakhani, Founder and Executive Director of Eco-Soap Bank. Presented at TEDxPittsburgh in 2018.
Ready to get your business started? Check out Sustainable Pittsburgh’s CEO For Sustainability initiative. The information site includes resources for getting started, benefits and sustainability trends, and best practices.
Every Google search or YouTube upload costs the global network both energy and resources. As Google's head of sustainability, it's Kate E. Brandt's job to strategize solutions that cut the cost on our environment and our economy. In “A World Without Waste”, she dives into her plan to green up Google by creating a circular economy which reuses, recycles and eliminates waste altogether. Presented at TedWomen in 2018
Bjarke Ingels' architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. In this TEDxEast talk “Hedonistic Sustainability” from 2011, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant.