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Reflections on the 2023 Georgia Climate Conference
The most recent edition of the Georgia Climate Conference was a resounding success. All of us at the Ray C. Anderson Foundation are grateful for the work that went into convening it. We came away inspired and reminded of how important it is to gather as a climate community.

Green Infrastructure

How a Breakthrough Anode Technology Is About To Level-Up Lithium Ion Batteries
In recent years, multiple companies have made promising progress on replacing graphite with silicon in the anodes of lithium ion batteries.


The Latest Numbers From Lazard on the Levelized Cost of Energy
Whenever Lazard publishes their levelized cost of energy reports, I always dive in. I offer my takeaways below, but the bottom line is clear - the economics of renewable energy look really good.


Regulating PFAS: Why We Can’t Just Put It All on the EPA
There is some recent regulatory news out from the EPA to protect our water supplies from some harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, asking the EPA to regulate these chemicals the traditional way won’t be effective. Instead, chemical manufacturers should be required to prove the safet


A Factory Like a Forest: Interface and Biomimicry 3.8 Announce the Positive Performance Methodology
Ray Anderson and the people of Interface were pioneers in creating a model for corporate sustainability. We need corporations to go beyond that benchmark though, seeking ways to be regenerative enterprises. What might that framework look like?

Responsible Production & Consumption

How Recycling Is Done Right: Lessons Learned at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials
CHaRM is a remarkable materials collection facility in Atlanta. On a recent visit, I came away not only impressed by how many different types of products they recycle, but by the good work they do in educating people about how to properly keep stuff out of the landfill.


The Cautionary Tale of Banana Farming, Panama Disease, and the Inherent Risks of Monocultures
For decades, banana farmers have tried to stay one step ahead of a fungus that is deadly to their crops. As that task becomes more difficult, farms will face the growing risk of the complete loss of their trees. This risk is one of the reasons that monoculture farming may not be


The History of Steelmaking, and Why It Has a Long Way Yet To Go
Humans have been making steel for more than two millennia. In its modern form and scale though, steel is responsible for a significant portion of annual carbon dioxide emissions. That industry will need to adopt a range of technologies and practices to reduce its impact.


The Problem of Biodiversity Loss: How It Relates to Climate, and What the Countries of the World Are Doing About It
Humans are the primary cause of the accelerated rate of biodiversity loss around the globe. The current statistics are sobering, and the urgency we must feel to solve the problem is only heightened when you examine the links between biodiversity and our changing climate.


Understanding 1.5 Degrees Celsius, and Why We Can't Treat It as a Make-or-Break Goal
The 1.5°C climate change goal is an important one with a lot of science and history backing it up. We need to be careful; however, to remember that it is a political goal.

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