Sustainability Snapshot

October 6, 2019

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot

Week of October 7, 2019

Four Reasons REI Wants Your Company to Attend a Sustainability Boot Camp: The last Sustainability Boot Camp of 2019 is coming up in December in Southern California, and REI’s top sustainability expert is encouraging small and midsize industry companies not to miss it. “It’s clear we face some pretty stark challenges, both at the community level and eco-system levels as a society,” says REI’s Director of Sustainability, Matt Thurston. “One of the things I find really heartening is that the best brands really provide clarion calls — they’re taking bold action and demanding the same from their peers — around an idea and the best products really solve a problem. That’s made clear in the OIA’s State of Sustainability Report, which uncovers how much the industry is leaning into sustainable business.” Learn more and register today!

Outdoor Business Climate Partnership (OBCP): Renewable Energy Opportunities for Outdoor, Snow Sports, and Ski Areas:   OIA, SIA, NSAA (OBCP) and LevelTen Energy recently hosted a webinar exploring how brands, retailers, suppliers, and ski areas can meet renewable energy goals through aggregation to invest in renewable energy projects. Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Virtual PPAs are great mechanisms for companies to make long-term commitments to purchasing renewable energy. Corporate renewables procurement is on the rise, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deals in 2018. LevelTen Energy, a platform that matches corporations of all sizes with renewable energy suppliers, represents a fundamental shift in the way renewable energy is bought and sold by enabling companies to purchase a smaller portion of a renewable energy project’s capacity rather than committing to the majority. This webinar is a can’t-miss for anyone who would like to learn more about how industry collaboration and power purchase agreements can help you meet your renewable energy goals to decarbonize the local electricity grid. Accessing the recording here. 

Textile Exchange: Textile Sustainability Conference: Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference brings together a powerful and inspiring global community across the industry. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to discover, connect and take action. More than 800 textile and apparel sustainability professionals from all over the globe are expected to attend #TextileExchange19. These attendees represent leading brands, retailers, suppliers, and other sustainability-focused organizations- all working to ensure that the industry contributes to a healthier tomorrow for people, animals, and the planet. The 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference takes place October 15-18 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. View Conference Participation Guide for full details about conference.  

Reminder: OIA SWG Meetings Moving to January: Due to the decision to combine Outdoor Retailer Winter Market with Outdoor + Snow Show,  OIA will also be moving its sustainability programming to January 2020. The next SWG meetings are scheduled for January 27 and 28 in Denver, Colorado. There will be no in-person SWG meetings in November. Stay tuned for an action-packed agenda and please let us know if you have any questions!


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