Newsletter #5

This month we will try something new, just to shake things up. We have been writing our newsletter for a couple of months now, summarizing the most relevant pieces of news related to sustainability and sharing articles we deemed particularly interesting. Today we dedicate this newsletter to the members of our association, to reward their passionate commitment and the outstanding quality of their work. We have decided to repropose to you some of the articles that were published throughout the month of April on our blog and that we truly believe deserve delving into.
Lots of activities have also taken place within the association. To find out more about it, read our dedicated section at the end of the newsletter.

Next month we will resume our news section, so keep in touch!

Our topics this month

April was a great month for our blog, we kept our rate of publishing two articles per week, one about sustainable businesses, the other about a broader topic in the context of sustainability.
The month started off with the debut article by Gaia Gallarini about LVMH and its “LIFE Influencers Energy” project, followed by two articles by Riccardo Casarin in which explained how companies can drive the transition to renewables without being exposed to institutional pressure. As an example, IKEA will not only power itself 100% by the end of next year, it will do so by producing its own electricity. To get a good overview over all the companies that committed to powering their operations fully by renewable energy, check out Riccardo’s second article about the RE100 initiative.
While it is great to see many famous names to take part in the initiative and committing to go green, it might not be enough to just put your faith into the voluntary actions taken by companies. For this reason Giulia Galli presented us a different approach towards nudging companies to a sustainable future. In her article she explains the different possible implementations of carbon pricing and how it would force companies to internalize their negative externalities on the environment.
Then, Rebecca Budel presented us the startup 4oceans, which fights plastic pollution by selling bracelets made of ocean plastic. The project has already removed 4.232.548 pounds of trash (at the time of publishing). Another article I highly recommend you to read is the one by Francesca Ernani about meat consumption and vegetarianism. It’s an honest, interesting and very well researched piece that doesn’t try to impose any specific moral upon you and yet will most likely let you reconsider your diet.
Lastly we had two more articles by Riccardo and Gaia discussing the agency KlimaHaus and Mitsubishi Electric. KlimaHaus aims at providing directories in order to construct buildings with the highest possible energy efficiency giving out certificates if certain standards are met. This could help to drastically reduce levels of energy consumption and pollution in urban areas. Finally, our latest article is about Mitsubishi Electrics new 2021 environmental vision, “a holistic approach which, instead of stopping at production-related changes, comprises a set of actions and technologies that in the company’s vision should ferry us to a new level of social sustainability.”

Inside GL4B

The 6th of April was the date of our big “Università al Parco” event. Being a collaboration of four of the biggest universities of Milan, it was a great way of getting to know other likeminded people while doing some good on a Saturday morning. Thanks to Alessandro, Giulia and the rest of Green Campus for organizing it!
K&R, within the last month, organized an in-company visit to Reply and a presentation about Green Capitalism. We also organized two events last semester: An external one in cooperation with the one ocean foundation and one at Bocconi named “Eating our way out of it” about paths to a more sustainable food industry. After an introduction of Professor Vitaliano Fiorillo our three guests discussed the issue and possible solutions, including more conscious consumer choices but also technological progress that might help to reduce significantly the water needed for fresh produce.
Furthermore, we supported the European Youth debate and the EcoRun.

For the last two weeks of this semester, we got two more events planned: Tomorrow, there will be an event about Green Nudging in collaboration with B.Bias and on the 6th of May our last event for this semester about Sustainable Architecture co-organized by BUILD.
Lastly, we are in the process of relaunching our website, updating it to a new domain (gl4b.eu) and adding some additional content, so as always stay tuned and good luck for your exams

Best
Marta & Martin