How might reusable canteens affect climate change? Leaders in business, philanthropy and environmentalism will discuss such topics at Connecting The Dots.

What can be done to mitigate the environmental effects of single-use plastics? Leaders in business, philanthropy and environmentalism will discuss such topics at Connecting The Dots.

On February 13, 1% for the Planet, the world’s largest environmental network, hosts the first Connecting the Dots Conference, a virtual conference to bring together business and nonprofit leaders across the globe for a discussion on climate change. The physical conference takes place at the Citrix Headquarters in Goleta, California, with attendees tuning in remotely from locations all over the world, including Paris, London, Boston, Waitsfield, Boulder, and Seattle. Notable local attendees include Patagonia and Klean Kanteen.

1% for the Planet, in coordination with local California partner the Orfalea Foundation, aims to create a platform where environmental leaders can inspire fellow business executives to create more resilient and sustainable companies. The purpose of the conference is to explore the business risks and opportunities presented by climate change, highlight best sustainable business practices, and connect business leaders with nonprofit organizations that can help them accomplish more together than on their own.

“Bringing diverse groups together to solve problems is a big part of what we do,” said Lois Mitchell, president of the Orfalea Foundation. “You might say that ‘connecting the dots’ is our life work, so it’s great to see these businesses gathering to devote talent and resources to environmental issues.”

Rebecca Calahan Klein, director of partnerships and California network development for 1% for the Planet, added, “As a worldwide environmental network, we’re thrilled to bring together business and nonprofit leaders from all around the world for this type of forum. It keeps the conversation of climate change and sustainability front and center, while inspiring new partnerships, best practices, and innovation.”

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