Keeping in in the Family!

Alter Eco Appoints Industry Veteran Mike Forbes as New CEO

Orignal Source: https://www.fooddive.com/press-release/20181106-alter-eco-appoints-industry-veteran-mike-forbes-as-new-ceo/

Alter Eco®, a chocolate-centric, sustainability-directed snack company and pioneer of enlightened indulgence, today announced the Company’s Board of Directors appointed Mike Forbes as Chief Executive Officer. He will assume day-to-day leadership of the Company and will join Alter Eco’s Board of Directors. A 12-year veteran in the natural products industry and core member of One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community (OSC²), Forbes was tapped for his expertise and leadership in scaling CPG businesses while maintaining a brand’s core mission and values.…

Climate Leaders: An interview with the co-CEOs of Lotus Foods

Highlights from OSC2 Packaging Collaborative Tour of Recology

Author: Lara Dickinson, Executive Director of the OSC2
Date: Oct 24, 2018

While there are certainly challenges to composting packaging at Recology, there’s a surprising amount of encouragement to keep the Packaging Collaborative work going.  We all know that pulling carbon out of the ground vs. putting O2 into the air, when it comes to making packaging, makes a lot more sense. …

Coming to Life! Chris Mann

Founding OSC2 Member and Guayaki’s Chairman of the Gourd for, Chris Mann, on living purpose companies

Chris postulates that wealth and work have become a “proxy” for friends, family, and community, and that building a culture of shared connection will lead us toward not just a more sustainable society, but a much happier one. Chris will be sharing his ideas of how we can learn from the native cultures of Argentina and implement the ideas of mindfulness, building long-term social infrastructures, ritual, and play to evoke a more connected, aware, and empathetic business model.…

Future of Food: Climate Wins

OSC2 and Naturally Bay Area present..

FUTURE OF FOOD: CLIMATE WINS
Consumer, Company, And Industry-led Climate Strategies In Action

Featuring the Climate Collaborative, with special guests:
~ Afternoon Workshops~
Eric Ahnmark, Sustainability Program Manager, Recology
Ben Couch, Sustainability Manager at Traditional Medicinals, Inc.
Dana Gunders, Principal, Next Course, LLC
Calla Rose Ostrander, Strategic Advisor, Phoenix Rising Resources

~Evening Panel~
Mike Forbes, 
EVP & General Manager, California Olive Ranch
Caryl Levine,
 CoFounder/CoCEO Lotus Foods
Jenny Lester Moffitt, Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Ben Mand, CEO, Harmless Harvest
Mathieu Senard, CoFounder/CoCEO, Alter Eco

Sponsored by New Resource Bank and Sensiba San Filippo

Date/Time

Wednesday, October 17, 2018: 4:00pm-8:00pm

Location

David Brower Center: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Registration

Afternoon Climate Workshops & Happy Hour (4:oopm – 6:30pm)
~ Free!…

GCAS Follow Up from the Climate Collaborative

By Lara Dickinson, Executive Director, OSC2 and Climate Collaborative Co-Founder

This September has been packed on the global climate action landscape—Climate Week NYC is taking place as I write this, two weeks ago we convened an afternoon of climate programming at Expo East for the natural products industry, and bigger than all of this, this month California became the epicenter of the global dialogue on climate change as the state hosted the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) from September 12-14.

Results from the Climate Collaborative’s first Tracking Progress Update Are In!

We are pleased to share with you results of the Climate Collaborative’s first Tracking Progress Update. We had 168 companies provide updates on a total of 543 climate action commitments.

Two-thirds (66%) of the companies reported making progress on their commitments with roughly one-third (36%) also quantifying the emissions reductions of their efforts.

Topline findings:

  • Companies are most advanced in working toward transitioning to Renewable Energy, with 75% of companies actively implementing and 70% of companies reporting that they are also quantifying their progress.

Future of Food returns in May with Paul Hawken, Sheryl O’Loughlin, and Ahmed Rahim!

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PROJECT DRAWDOWN: ONE YEAR AND COUNTING

with Paul Hawken, Sheryl O’Loughlin, and Ahmed Rahim

No industry has a bigger impact on climate change than agriculture and food, both as a source of the problem and as a solution. – Paul Hawken

*** THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT***

Join us on May 10 for our next installment of Future of Food with the progressive climate author/activist Paul Hawken and two visionary leaders of the natural products industry, Sheryl O’Loughlin, CEO of REBBL, and Ahmed Rahim, CEO of Numi Tea / CoFounder of OSC2.…

Climate Day Reflections from Director, Erin Callahan

How the natural products industry is building a climate movement

By Erin Callahan

Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator
The Climate Collaborative
Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator, at Expo West.

What I witnessed at Climate Day 2018 at Expo West two weeks ago filled me with inspiration and hope — two emotions that are not always easy to come by for those of us working on climate change.

Who Won? Celebrating the winners of the inaugural national CO+OP Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards

The Climate Collaborative and National CO+OP Grocers are thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards as part of Climate Day at Expo West. Scroll down to find out who won–and why!

These awards provide a powerful platform for recognizing climate leaders in the natural products industry, raising awareness of their efforts and celebrating their innovative and forward-thinking approaches to this global problem.