Episode 202: GreenBiz community shares 2020 ambitions, Dalkia’s energy services rebrand

Week in Review

Commentary of some of this week’s stories begins at 8:11.

  1. 20 C-suite sustainability champions for 2020
  2. 2020 will be a key year (and decade) for electric vehicles
  3. Proposed SEC rule changes could impede investor activism


Dalkia reenergizes services group (21:56)

Dalkia, a division of energy company EDF Group, last fall rebranded its existing 16,000-person energy services operations in the United States. The parent company generated $4.6 billion in revenue last year for its efficiency and building management services. Jon Guerster, CEO of Dalkia Energy Solutions, decodes the rebranding and chats about one of his company’s latest success stories, helping engineer a 10 percent carbon footprint reduction across 10 resorts managed by Great Wolf Lodge. 

Your voices: What’s your professional ambition for 2020? (35:19)

  • Kate Brandt, sustainability officer for Google (35:44)
  • Scott Breen, vice president of sustainability at Can Manufacturers Institute (36:37)
  • John Elkington, founding partner and executive chairman, Volans (37:28)
  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, principal at NorthBridge Energy Partners (39:11)
  • Kamillah Knight, diversity and inclusion lead at Unilever North America (39:35)
  • Will Sarni, founder of Water Foundry (40:20)
  • Emilio Tenuta, chief sustainability officer at Ecolab (40:52)
  • Willem Vriesendorp, founder of #SustainablePublicAffairs (42:31)
  • Ellen Weinreb, managing director, Weinreb Group (44:02)
  • Kathrin Winkler, former CSO and GreenBiz editor at large (45:35)

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “Knowing The Truth,” “4th Ave Walkup,” “Southside,” “Arcade Montage” and “As I Was Saying”

What’s new at GreenBiz?

The State of Green Business 2020. Our 13th annual analysis of key metrics and trends for the year ahead publishes Monday, Jan. 13. The corresponding webcast at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern that day is hosted by GreenBiz Group Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower; it also features members of our editorial and analyst teams, along with S&P Trucost CEO Richard Mattison and Trucost Managing Director Lauren Smart. 

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