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Is Patagonia the Rabbit or the Duck: Why It's Okay to Answer “Both”

By: John A. Lanier
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John Lanier takes a deep-dive into exactly how Yvon Chouinard gave away his ownership of Patagonia earlier this month. As John notes, the details matter, and they show that Chouinard was both acting philanthropically and in a way that minimized his tax liability.

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John Lanier takes a deep-dive into exactly how Yvon Chouinard gave away his ownership of Patagonia earlier this month. As John notes, the details matter, and they show that Chouinard was both acting philanthropically and in a way that minimized his tax liability.

Brightening Our Corner Newsletter - August 2022

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Ray Anderson always said, "Brighten the corner where you are." This quarter's newsletter features all of the latest stories from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation's key funding initiatives, including The Ray, Drawdown Georgia, the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and Drawdown Georgia.

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Ray Anderson always said, "Brighten the corner where you are." This quarter's newsletter features all of the latest stories from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation's key funding initiatives, including The Ray, Drawdown Georgia, the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and Drawdown Georgia.

Shifting the Burden of Proof: Why It's Now On the Fossil Fuel Industry to Defend Itself

By: John A. Lanier
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After many decades of research and advocacy, the climate movement has carried its burden of proof in showing how detrimental the fossil fuel industry has been. It’s now time for the fossil fuel industry to justify its role in our future economy, and I don’t think it looks good for them.

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After many decades of research and advocacy, the climate movement has carried its burden of proof in showing how detrimental the fossil fuel industry has been. It’s now time for the fossil fuel industry to justify its role in our future economy, and I don’t think it looks good for them.

Ecocentricity Blog: Revisiting Our Climate Solution Set: The Latest from Project Drawdown

By: John A. Lanier
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Climate is in the news right now, which seems like the perfect time to revisit Project Drawdown’s trailblazing work in modeling our most effective climate solutions. In their latest update, we get 11 new solutions and some other updates that might surprise you.

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Climate is in the news right now, which seems like the perfect time to revisit Project Drawdown’s trailblazing work in modeling our most effective climate solutions. In their latest update, we get 11 new solutions and some other updates that might surprise you.

Top 10 Nature-Inspired Companies Addressing Environmental and Social Issues

Biomimicry Institute announces new cohort of bioinspired startups participating in the Ray of Hope Prize® program
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From inventing higher-performing and more sustainable renewable energy systems, to reducing food waste, to solving the plastic waste problem, the 2022 Ray of Hope Prize® finalists offer inspiring solutions through their use of biomimicry (also referred to as nature-inspired or bioinspired design). Selected from hundreds of impressive submissions from companies around the world, the Biomimicry Institute is proud to announce the top 10 finalists selected to participate in this transformational program.  

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From inventing higher-performing and more sustainable renewable energy systems, to reducing food waste, to solving the plastic waste problem, the 2022 Ray of Hope Prize® finalists offer inspiring solutions through their use of biomimicry (also referred to as nature-inspired or bioinspired design). Selected from hundreds of impressive submissions from companies around the world, the Biomimicry Institute is proud to announce the top 10 finalists selected to participate in this transformational program.  

Sailing the Salish Sea, and Why We Should Think Carefully About the Salmon We Buy

By: John A. Lanier
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My wife and I had an amazing experience off the coast of Vancouver, and it was an experience that taught me a lot about an endangered species and how the salmon we buy contributes to the problem.

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My wife and I had an amazing experience off the coast of Vancouver, and it was an experience that taught me a lot about an endangered species and how the salmon we buy contributes to the problem.

Ecocentricity Blog: Reflecting on Ten Years of our Philanthropic Voyage

By: John A. Lanier
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A sailing parable is the perfect way to capture our foundation’s philanthropic philosophy. We’ve worked hard to put it into effect in our first ten years, and we are proud of our efforts. Still, there is much work to be done.

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A sailing parable is the perfect way to capture our foundation’s philanthropic philosophy. We’ve worked hard to put it into effect in our first ten years, and we are proud of our efforts. Still, there is much work to be done.

Collaborating to Fund Climate Solutions and Equity in Georgia

By: John A. Lanier
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A new collaborative funding opportunity has emerged as five family foundations have come together with a shared vision to jointly support a grant program for climate solutions and equity in Georgia.

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A new collaborative funding opportunity has emerged as five family foundations have come together with a shared vision to jointly support a grant program for climate solutions and equity in Georgia.

Ecocentricity Blog: Chitosan: The Wonder Material You've Probably Never Heard Of

By: John A. Lanier
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Chitosan is a natural material derived from shellfish and crustaceans. It has a remarkably broad range of applications, and one young company is pioneering its manufacturing based on the waste stream of sustainable fisheries. It’s a great example of green chemistry intersecting with the circular economy.

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Chitosan is a natural material derived from shellfish and crustaceans. It has a remarkably broad range of applications, and one young company is pioneering its manufacturing based on the waste stream of sustainable fisheries. It’s a great example of green chemistry intersecting with the circular economy.

Paltry Plastic Recycling Rates, and Why We Can't Ask Consumers To Solve the Problem

By: John A. Lanier
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Across the world, but in the United States in particular, very little of the plastic we use is ever recycled. That’s been the case for years, and the recent trend is getting even worse. Fortunately, we are seeing more places take legislative action to address the problem, which is a good thing, since regulation is the best tool we currently have to make a difference on plastic pollution.

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Across the world, but in the United States in particular, very little of the plastic we use is ever recycled. That’s been the case for years, and the recent trend is getting even worse. Fortunately, we are seeing more places take legislative action to address the problem, which is a good thing, since regulation is the best tool we currently have to make a difference on plastic pollution.

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