#144 | Agriculture and Climate Change
Understory newsletter on climate and sustainability tech
Silicon Valley Bank was a strong partner to the entire innovation ecosystem, including the climate and sustainability sectors. They financed decarbonization and clean energy infrastructure in addition to the startups and venture funds focused on sustainability solutions. As the situation continues to evolve, we invite our community to share updates and resources within our Slack channel.
📚 Worth Reading
The agricultural industry is a leading cause of environmental degradation and ecosystem change in today’s world. Folks often look to organic products as a label to ensure better practices and healthier food. But is it feasible to switch to organic agriculture and promote sustainable food systems? Urban agriculture is another innovation that’s evolving the landscape, and it can have positive climate impacts, namely reducing carbon emissions.
This week we feature articles from our Contributing Authors: Jonathan Segeren and Lesley Pinto.
The Ins and Outs of Organic Agriculture
Urban Agriculture Strategies Recommended by Project Drawdown
🚀 Funding and Congrats!
MUUS Climate Partners raised a $50 million climate fund, its second fund.
BlocPower, which converts buildings to clean energy, raised $155 million of funding, including debt financing.
ClearFlame Engines, which decarbonizes heavy engines, raised a $30 million Series B round.
Green Li-ion raised a $20.5 million Series B round. The company remanufactures batteries for a circular economy.
Circ, a textile recycling company, raised a $25 million funding round.
The GrowHub Innovations, which provides traceability solutions and carbon credits for the foodchain, raised a $3 million Series B round.
EV charging company itselectric raised a $2.2M pre-seed round. If you want to learn more about the company, watch their Understory showcase presentation.
💡 Startup Spotlight
Foodsteps - connecting food businesses with climate science to reduce environmental impact.
👀 Quick Hits
Big food companies are encouraging regenerative agriculture to cut emissions.
Deloitte is another entrant into the market with a decarbonization software tool.
Creating green hydrogen in Australia.
The amount of plastic in the ocean is mind boggling.
Revisit episodes of The Understory Podcast to hear more stories of innovation in climate and sustainability.
Find and share your open positions on the Understory Slack channel.
🆕 Director, Global Sustainability Engagement Initiatives at Nike
🆕 Sustainability Manager at Agendi
🆕 Diligence Lead, Frontier at Stripe
🆕 Director, Sustainability at Delta Airlines
🆕 Vice President of Sustainability at Acre
🆕 Strategic Project Manager at STX Group
Manager of Mycology Lab Production at Mycocycle
Senior Consultant – Forest Positive at Anthesis Group
Climate Communications Intern at Ray C Anderson Foundation
Analyst at At One Ventures
Agronomy Intern at Threemile Canyon Farms
Deputy Director of Circular Economy at CalRecycle
Manager, Decarbonization & Sustainability at NextEra Energy Resources
ESG Metrics Director at Novata
Multiple Roles at Open Water
VP, Sustainability at Meta
Growth Team at Lithos Carbon
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