UN SDG #9Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure

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Welcome to episode 10 of this season covering our 9th Sustainable Development Goal of Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. This goal focuses on promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, fostering innovation and technological advancement, and improving access to infrastructure and basic services. Although there are significant challenges in providing basic infrastructure in developing countries, we have the power to make a difference. By working towards this Sustainable Development Goal, we can help provide electricity to 2.6 billion people, basic sanitation services to 2.5 billion people, clean water to 800 million people, and reliable services to 1.5 billion people. By taking action to promote sustainable infrastructure development and innovation, we can help create a world where everyone has access to the basic services they need to thrive.

Mint Green Challenge: If you buy a new mobile phone or computer, donate your old devices and check if you can donate them abroad to provide others with the opportunity to browse the web and educate themselves! There are still about ⅓ of the world that doesn’t have access to the internet so by donating devices you no longer need you can help many others improve their lives. 

However, before you donate, make sure you do these things:

Then search for a place that takes used tech and ship it to them or drop it off. Ideally it is better if you can send it to a country that is really bad about spreading out their wealth but I’ve found that pretty tricky to do. If you also do, a quick search can find plenty of places in your community.


Shamrock Green Challenge: Use and push for Public Transportation. Both in your individual actions and in what you’re asking for from your government, making public transportation a priority helps promote the development of sustainable infrastructure, such as bus lanes, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Not only are buses and bikes emitting far less carbon into our environment, but they are also far cheaper than running your (probably) gas guzzling car. Unfortunately with my current job, I can no longer use public transportation, though I really do miss those 30 minutes each way on the bus being able to read. And while I’d love to bike to work, 65 miles each way seems like a bit of a commitment, even from an eco-nerd like myself. If you don’t have a crazy long commute like I currently do but you can’t find a bus line that seems to work for you, call into your local transit authority and request one every month. They plan current and new routes based on usage and requests.  

Forest Green Challenge: Make shifts to more sustainable businesses to buy from. I’ve talked about B-corp businesses in the past but as a reminder they are a type of for-profit business that meets rigorous social and environmental performance standards through assessments. The assessment evaluates a company's impact on its workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. It covers a wide range of criteria, such as worker benefits and compensation, environmental impact, and ethical sourcing of materials. I’m going to talk about a few of my favorites here but I’ll link to a whole bunch of them in the show notes for you to access. My Forest Green Challenge for you this week is to find something you buy repeatedly and buy it from one of these companies instead, thereby helping our industries and our infrastructure. 

List of B Corp businesses:

That’s it for this week, until next time, be green and be seen.

More great B Corp companies 

Uncommon Goods - Uncommon Goods is a company that is good for the planet because they offer a wide range of eco-friendly, sustainable, and ethically made products. They work with independent artists and small-scale artisans to create unique and innovative products that have a minimal environmental impact. Many of their products are made from recycled, upcycled, or sustainable materials, and they are committed to reducing waste and promoting sustainable practices throughout their supply chain. Uncommon Goods also donates a portion of their profits to various environmental and social causes, including One Tree Planted and the International Rescue Committee. By supporting Uncommon Goods, consumers can make a positive impact on the planet and support a company that is dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility. It is also one of my wife’s favorite places to shop for holiday gifts.