AeroFarms®, founded in 2004, is a mission-driven company leading the way to address our global food crisis by building, owning, and operating farms that grow locally flavorful, safe, healthy food in a sustainable and socially responsible way, setting a new standard for totally controlled agriculture. An environmental champion, they have been fundamentally transforming the agriculture business by disintermediating the supply chain by enabling local farming at commercial scale all year round. With state-of-the-art, cleantech technology using aeroponics and LEDs, AeroFarms is the commercial leader in Urban Agriculture and Indoor Vertical Farming utilizing a totally protected growing environment without sun or soil and minimizing harmful transportation miles. They are able to grow 100s of different baby leafy greens, herbs, and micro greens. Harvested at their peak for the best flavor and nutritional value, AeroFarms' high-quality, pure leafy greens set a new culinary standard for freshness. Easily traced from farm to fork, their delicious leafy greens are grown from non-GMO seeds for the highest safety around. They are building a brand new state-of-the-art corporate headquarters and what will be the world's largest indoor vertical farm for baby leafy greens and herbs based on annual growing production in Newark, NJ. In addition to serving the NY Metro area, the biggest market in the United States, they have immediate plans for multiple farms in major U.S. cities and also have farms in development on three other continents helping address what is truly a global concern on how to grow locally at scale.
Divert delivers a technology-enabled service to food retailers to manage the end-to-end recycling of organic waste and other materials while utilizing data from this process to reduce the volume of waste produced by those store. Divert helps retail supply chains realize a smaller cost (or see a greater return) on resource recovery efforts, from trackable recycling bins to organics backhauling; from energy generation to innovative solutions for untapped opportunities like waxed cardboard. Through innovative tracking technology and custom-designed solutions, Divert brings accountability to retail recycling operations worldwide.
Opti is building the Internet of Stormwater to protect our water resources. Opti integrates weather forecasts, cloud services, and an Internet-of-Things hardware platform to offer real-time monitoring and control to enhance the value of water infrastructure. Stormwater management is one of the most pressing urban environmental issues in the developed world. In the US alone, over 900 billion gallons of raw sewage is discharged into natural water bodies every year due to combined sewer overflows. In addition, stormwater runoff can carry pollutants from urban and agricultural land into natural water bodies, resulting in eutrophication. Opti automatically controls when and how fast stormwater flows using forecast information to predict the amount of rain that will enter a watershed and preparing the system to receive the forecasted water based on site objectives and regulations. The use of Opti results in significant improvements in the performance of stormwater infrastructure and environmental and human health.
CapShift is an impact investing platform that empowers philanthropic and financial institutions, along with their clients, to mobilize capital for social and environmental change. With CapShift you can work with your trusted financial institutions towards unique financial and impact goals with experienced impact investing leaders. CapShift helps remove barriers that prevent you from converting interest in impact investing into action. CapShift brings together research, technology, transaction partnerships, and authenticity.
ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. ReFED takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problem. Solutions already exist to cut food waste by 20% nationwide. ReFED has identified 27 of the best opportunities through the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, a first-of-its-kind economic analysis, making it easier for stakeholders across the food supply chain to meet the national 50% reduction goal by 2030. The ReFED Roadmap revolutionized the way the industry looks at food waste -- looking beyond challenges and identifying concrete opportunities to save money and resources, feed people, and create jobs. ReFED’s continued efforts include promoting date label standardization through a multi-stakeholder initiative; collecting data and generating insights on the innovation taking place to reduce food waste; and centralizing food waste policies at the state and Federal level. These tools help businesses, nonprofits, government, and investors put the most impactful solutions to reduce food waste into action..
Higg Co. is a software company that provides the Higg Index and related sustainability assessment tools that enable global brands, retailers and manufacturers to improve the environmental and social performance of their factories and products.
The Higg Index was originally created by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production. Patagonia and Wal-Mart formed the SAC in 2010 with the proposition that standardized measurement of sector impact would incentivize companies to reduce environmental impact and increase social justice.
The Higg Index is a suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, and it is central to the SAC’s mission to transform businesses for exponential impact. It is comprised of a core set of five tools that together assess the social and environmental performance of the value chain and the environmental impacts of products, including the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM), Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (FSLM), Higg Brand & Retail Module (BRM), Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), and Higg Product Module (PM).
Across topics such as water use, carbon emissions, and labor conditions, consumer goods brands, retailers, manufacturers, governments, NGOs, and consumers can use the Higg Index to inform their individual sustainability strategies and drive collective industry transformation. Higg developed the methodologies of the Higg Index over ten years using the latest scientific research, in partnership with SAC members, consultants, stakeholders, and industry experts.
HowGood, Inc. is a SaaS-based sustainability data services company focused on providing solutions to suppliers, brands, and retailers within the consumer goods space to help them meet the increasing demand/requirement for product transparency and eco-labeling. The Company leverages a proprietary database of more than 33,000 ingredients, chemicals and materials assessments, to deliver a fast, easy to use, dynamic and comprehensive alternative to existing static expensive lifecycle analysis for formulations of food-based products.
The HowGood platform allows its clients to measure, compare and analyze, not only, individual product’s footprint (“foodprint”), but also in aggregate across a company’s portfolio of products from field thru production and to the shelf across its entire supply chain. Through in-depth, ingredient-level insights into factors like greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, labor risk, animal welfare, and other key impact metrics, HowGood’s data allows clients to measure and improve environmental and social impact. Additionally, through its Latis offering, HowGood’s platform enables strategic decision-making for the sourcing, manufacturing, merchandising, and marketing of sustainable products.
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