Taking Care of Business
By Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor
Today is the deadline for submitting nominations to VERGE Accelerate, our pitch competition for start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs working at the convergence of technology and sustainability. Up to 20 selected companies will present on stage next month at VERGE SF before 800 or so attendees and thousands more watching the livestream (as well as our panel of investors). Both online and in-person groups will vote for the winners. Submit your nominations here — but please hurry!
Strike Up the Brand: Things are shaping up nicely for this Wednesday’s webcast, on The Impact of Sustainability on Your College or University Brand. It features two leading schools — Arizona State University and Notre Dame — who’ll be duking it out on the football field early next month. This week, they’ll be more collaborative, sharing their expertise and insights into how sustainability is becoming a competitive advantage for them. The webcast is free; register here.
We have two other great webcasts coming up this month. See listings on the right-hand column.
Also This Week: We offer a terrific package of stories from World Water Week, which took place last week in Stockholm. Leading it off is a firsthand report from Deloitte’s Will Sarni, one of the leading thinkers on corporate water strategy, who offers some nuggets on what he saw and heard … I highly recommendMicrosoft sustainability leader Rob Bernard’s post on how the software giant is working with academics toward the goal of determining how to conserve the greatest number of plant species possible by protecting small landmasses. Pretty interesting stuff. … and I preview an exciting new project we’re undertaking with Trucost, our partner for the annual State of Green Business report. For the 2014 edition, we’ll be launching a Natural Capital Leaders Index, naming the companies that are doing the best to decouple environmental impact from growth. Stay tuned.