Episode 205: Cargill cultivates soil health, greening the Super Bowl

Week in Review

Commentary of some of this week’s stories begins at 7:21.


How corporate land can protect biodiversity (20:31)

Margaret O’Gorman, president of the Wildlife Habitat Council, chats with GreenBiz Associate Editor Deonna Anderson about practical ways companies can use corporate land to stimulate green spaces and cultivate biodiversity — using the organization’s work at General Motors manufacturing sites as a case study in meaningful engagement.

The ingredients of Cargill’s bold new climate ambition (28:10)

In late 2019, food and agriculture giant Cargill adopted one of its boldest commitments yet with a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent per ton of product across its global supply chain by just 10 years from now. Greg Downing, sustainability director, climate, at Cargill discusses how it’s getting ranchers and farmers on board with that vision. Plus, the company’s role in decarbonizing the maritime industry.

The solar plane inventor’s next journey (39:48)

Swiss environmentalist Bertrand Piccard, whose solar-powered airplane captured imaginations around the world, is on the hunt for 1,000 profitable cleantech solutions that he can promote in his travels. Here are excerpts of his down-to-earth conversation with GreenBiz Senior Writer and Transportation Katie Fehrenbacher.  

Greening the Big Game (45:02)

Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs meet the San Francisco 49ers at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium for the year’s biggest U.S. sporting event, Super Bowl LIV. How sustainable are the operations behind the big game? Lew Blaustein, the veteran sports marketing professional behind the GreenSportsBlog, and Madeleine Orr, co-director of Sport Ecology Group, join us for some pre-game analysis.  

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “Southside,” “More On That Later,” “Thinking It Over” and “As I Was Saying”

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