- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Vice President of Global Responsibility, Starbucks Coffee Company, USA
As Vice President, Global Responsibility, Ben Packard drives the strategy and oversees the programs behind Starbucks responsible business approach to ethical sourcing and environmental stewardship.
Before assuming his current role in 2008, Ben led Starbucks Environmental Affairs team. He directed key initiatives including an environmental footprint analysis and establishment of related performance metrics, a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and the first FDA-approved use of post-consumer recycled materials for paper cups. As chair of the U.S. Green Building Council's Retail Development Committee, Ben led development of LEED® standards to help improve the retail sector's environmental performance.
Ben holds a Master of Business Administration and Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Washington. He serves on the national Net Impact Board of Directors and also serves on the board for OneEnergy Renewables.