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Big business and big ideas converge around sustainability

By Christopher Bodkin, Practice Greenhealth data coordinator for sector performance

I had the honor of attending last month’s GreenBiz Verge conference as a GreenBiz 30 Under 30 winner to observe and interact with some of the biggest names in the sustainability world. The event was attended by organizations such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and the World Resource Institute with the goal of convening thought leaders around the topics of the circular economy, energy, and transportation.

I had the opportunity to talk with CEOs of large companies and interact with other young people working in the sustainability world in a focused yet effortless environment. Being able to sit around a table with representatives from trillion-dollar businesses and entrepreneurs working to capture carbon from the atmosphere and create sustainable products out of it gave me hope that there is a community working to ensure the health of the natural world. While health care was noticeably underrepresented at this conference, all conversations inevitably lead to the health of the environment, which impacts the health of the population.

My time at Verge 2018 was made sweeter by being able to connect with other 30 Under 30 winners. During our group dinner, we discussed how we as young people could help our organizations drive sustainability on a larger scale. We discussed promoting equality and diversity and how we could share what we know with a larger audience of young people and how that is crucial to embedding our values within the organizations we work with.

It is our generation’s obligation to make sustainability is viewed as a multi-beneficial mechanism for efficiency. I am thrilled to see there are so many smart people working to make this a reality and through events such as Verge and CleanMed, we will be able to articulate the connection between human and environmental health and work toward a brighter and more just future.


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