Our opening panel discussion, moderated by Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Inc., focused on what cities, NGOs and corporations can do to reduce GHG emissions. Panelists included Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown; Cooper Martin, Director Sustainability & Solutions, Center for City Solutions at the National League of Cities; David Tulauskas, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters; Rachel Goldstein, Global Sustainability Director for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Mars, Inc.; Susan Robinson, Sr. Director of Sustainability and Policy, WM; and Tim Juliani, Director of US Corporate Climate Engagement, World Wildlife Fund.
On day two, WM CEO Jim Fish spoke with two other CEOs—Doug McMillon of Walmart and Satya Nadella of Microsoft—to discuss leading during a time of change.
Driving Sustainability Series
Leading up to the Forum, we hosted a two-part virtual panel discussion called Driving Sustainability. The first session featured Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a Sustainability Forum veteran, in conversation with Jasmine Crowe, CEO of Goodr, a startup addressing food waste and food insecurity. The second conversation, between journalist and author Alex Wagner and Nathaniel Bullard, Chief Content Officer at BloombergNEF, focused on ways leaders can strengthen cooperation and accelerate change in the wake of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Supporting the Next Generation of Innovators
In collaboration with Slow Factory, a nonprofit operating education, design and community initiatives in the fashion sector, WM announced a design challenge that will support emerging designers in applying circular and regenerative principles to their work. Through the WM Design Challenge, Powered by Slow Factory, six individuals/teams will create design solutions for products, materials and/or systems that embrace regenerative practices. Participants will receive grants to develop their ideas and will be mentored by leaders in the textile recycling supply chain. The program will culminate in a showcase of lessons learned at the 2022 WM Sustainability Forum.