2020 Thanksgiving Round Up

Posted by Shaina Kaye on November 25, 2020 at 10:17 AM

Happy almost Thanksgiving! As we inch another day closer to a holiday season unlike any other,  the team at KSV can’t help but reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. Even in a year where so much has been turned upside down, we find ourselves finishing each day with gratitude for what has remained the same: inspiring clients, innovative colleagues and a community dedicated to creating a better future. 

As we prepare for a 2020-style Thanksgiving, we’d like to share a few stories bringing us an extra dose of inspiration this week, in the hopes that they do the same for all of you:

Brands Are Using Black Friday Boycotts to Highlight Sustainability Initiatives: Although several brands will spend Black Friday and the weeks after touting promotions and deep discounts, several others are switching things up this year, using the high-profile moment as an opportunity to highlight ongoing sustainability initiatives. For brands like Freitag, this means shining a spotlight on their newly launched bag swap platform, which allows customers to exchange backpacks and messenger bags with other customers as a way to encourage a second-life for a high quality product while also reducing waste.

This is Our Chance to Reclaim Cities From Cars: One positive thing that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic? A more bikeable, walkable and cleaner urban America. Reimagining public spaces has consistently been a part of the conversation around how urban areas rebuild in the wake of the virus. This article takes it a step further, painting a hopeful picture for the future of cities.

25 US Cities Land on CDP ‘A List:’ In spite of both the havoc wrought by the coronavirus and little-to-no support at the federal level, several cities in the US were recognized by the CDP for making progress toward their climate action goals. Progress from cities like Cleveland, OH and San Antonio, TX highlight just how, in the absence of national guidance, impactful and important state and municipal level initiatives toward carbon emissions reductions and the adoption of clean energy technologies can be in ensuring a better, brighter and cleaner future.

Oreo’s Proud Parent ad is a moving, resonant reminder that a loving world, no matter how complicated, starts with a loving home. 

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Topics: innovation, Shopping Experience, round up, clean energy, climate change, content marketing, creativity, inspiration, brand value, sustainability, EnergyWire, Creative, D2C, in the news, storytelling, brand building, holiday season

Intersectional Environmentalism: What it is and Why it Matters

Posted by Jackie Demers and Abby Goudey on August 27, 2020 at 1:29 PM

The fight for a more sustainable future in the age of the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter has uncovered an important truth: protecting vulnerable communities is critical to taking action against climate change. It's long overdue, but going forward, brands looking to fight for climate change will need to ensure social justice is a component of their climate action plan. 

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Topics: B Corporation, climate change, inspiration, brand value, sustainability, EnergyWire, brand building, coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, intersectional environmentalism, Gen Z

The “It” Factor: What Successful D2C Companies Can Teach Brands in 2020

Posted by Shaina Kaye on August 20, 2020 at 11:38 AM

In the early 2010s, companies like Everlane and Warby Parker paved the way for the first generation of Direct to Consumer (D2C) brands, offering consumers a fully digital brand experience and new companies a relatively easy, innovative and scalable way to sell products and services. A storefront was not necessary, but a strong brand story was. A brick and mortar storefront was no longer an operational requirement for brands - all you needed was an online shop and a creative social media presence.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer experience, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, Shopping Experience, climate change, brand value, sustainability, EnergyWire, D2C, customer trends, brand building, coronavirus

Industry Expert Interview Series: Matt Daigle, CEO and Founder of Rise

Posted by Shaina Kaye on June 25, 2020 at 3:38 PM

We’re back with the next installment of our Industry Expert Interviews, a content series that keeps the community spirit alive and well (and selfishly, gives us the opportunity to talk to some truly incredible people). These will be longer installments, so we encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy “meeting” someone new.

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Topics: B Corporation, CEO, Home Improvement, climate change, social media, environment, BCorp

5 Ways Clean Energy Will Help Define the New Normal

Posted by Shaina Kaye on May 8, 2020 at 11:39 AM

As we mentioned last week, re-imagining a life and a world in the age of coronavirus presents a lot of unanswerable questions, yes, but also several opportunities. One those opportunities is the critical role clean energy and sustainability will play in reviving the economy and helping consumers adjust their behaviors and habits. 

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Topics: customer motivations, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, renewable energy, climate change, utility of the future, energy revolution, inspiration, brand value, energy storage, sustainability, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, solar, Creative, wind power, environment, thought leadership, storytelling, leadership, authenticity, brand building, coronavirus

Business as a Force for Good: B Corp Month Round Up

Posted by Shaina Kaye on March 12, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Between the coronavirus, election season chaos and the ongoing climate crisis, there’s a lot to worry about in the news. In spite of this we find ourselves feeling sobered, yes, but also still cautiously optimistic. A huge part of that feeling is the fact that as a certified B Corporation, we are surrounded every day by businesses fighting back against impending doom and gloom, choosing to make a positive difference in the world and in local communities.

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Topics: customer motivations, B Corporation, round up, climate change, brand value, sustainability, corporate responsibility, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, good energy, company culture, environment, customer trends, BCorp

Thanksgiving Roundup

Posted by Shaina Kaye on November 27, 2019 at 9:15 AM

Happy almost Thanksgiving! As we inch another day closer to pumpkin pie, turkey and green bean casserole (dessert first, always), the team at KSV certainly has plenty to be thankful for—inspiring clients, innovative colleagues and a community dedicated to creating a better future. We could go on, but we’d be here until New Year’s Eve.

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Topics: round up, climate change, sustainability, corporate responsibility, in the news

September Round Up: Climate Week Edition

Posted by Shaina Kaye on September 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM

September always seems like a magical month. There’s the back-to-school, anything-is-possible feeling of unbridled optimism that never fades, even though we have left school behind and entered into the reality of adulthood, routines, and careers. There are chilly mornings that give way to perfectly sunny and warm afternoons, leaving us uncertain about what to wear for the day, but always grateful for the sunshine as the days shorten little by little. There are the leaves that, at least here in the Northeast, transition to their colorful fall palette, a reminder that Mother Nature knows exactly what she’s doing in spite of the many climate change-related factors working so hard against her.

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Topics: innovation, round up, clean energy, climate change, inspiration, sustainability, environment

Dear 2119

Posted by Team KSV on September 20, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Today KSV will strike for our planet alongside other local businesses. Monday, we stand for it with the entire world at the UN Climate Action Summit in NYC. 

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Topics: innovation, round up, clean energy, climate change, inspiration, sustainability, environment, Climate Summit, UN Climate Summit

Save Our Breath

Posted by Kevin Willard on August 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Drowning would suck. Freezing to death would also suck. But burning alive as the entire planet watches? Now that's hands-down the suckiest way to die. 

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Topics: innovation, renewable energy, climate change, inspiration, 80x50, sustainability, corporate responsibility, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, EnergyWire, environment

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