Impactfully No. 53: The one about the burping cows

This week, Blue Ocean Barns tackles climate change one cow at a time, Ignite! Reading helps kids become thriving, independent readers, and World Centric turns compostable products into global impact.

Impactfully No. 53: The one about the burping cows
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That cow up there? He has it out for you and your planet.

Cows burp, and cows fart. It's a climate change catastrophe at both ends. Certainly, this pales in comparison to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from fossil fuels, but it's not inconsequential: roughly 5% of emissions are from livestock, and 70% of that comes from cattle.

Although we could reduce the demand for cattle in the first place, our featured company this week is meeting the market as it exists today. Blue Ocean Barns is turning red seaweed into a livestock feed supplement that helps cows convert more of what they eat into energy – instead of emitting it back into the atmosphere. Fewer burps, healthier planet!

If you have a high schooler or college student in your household, take note: they have internships available in Hawaii. If the idea of working on cow burps in Hawaii doesn't convince them to take a job in social impact, I don't know what will.

I have more than burping cows for you this week, so let's hop to it!

Blue Ocean Barns is working to address the climate impacts from agriculture by developing a more energy-efficient livestock feed. They offer jobs in two of the most beautiful places in the world: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and San Diego, CA. Best of all, you don't need to be a scientist to take part in this unusual climate action company.

  • Algae Technician – Kailua-Kona, HI
  • Blue Ocean Barns College Internship – Kailua-Kona, HI
  • Blue Ocean Barns High School Internship – Kailua-Kona, HI
  • Facilities & Operations Specialist – San Diego, CA
  • People Operations Supervisor – Kailua-Kona, HI or San Diego, CA
  • GCMS Analytical Lab Technician – San Diego, CA

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Ignite! Reading is helping kids become independent readers at a young age. You may have heard of the nation's report card – turns out that more than 50% of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders are reading below grade level. No further commentary needed. If you want to face this challenge to help the next generation of learners, there are lots of ways to get involved here.

  • Literacy Specialist – Remote
  • User Experience Designer – Remote
  • Customer Success Director – Remote
  • People Operations Manager – Remote
  • Learning & Development Coach – Remote
  • Tutor Educator – Remote
  • Tutor Session Monitor – Remote

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Stash Tea is making your afternoon cup even more impactful with a series of sustainability efforts and local community outreach. Even if you're not interested in the tea business, their B Corp page is worth checking out for some surprising history about the intersection of social impact and tea.

  • Sales Assistant – Remote
  • Vice President of Marketing – Portland, OR or Los Angeles, CA
  • Senior Accountant – Portland, OR or Los Angeles, CA

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Aledad is a healthcare company and public benefit corporation on a mission to improve the health of patients and communities. They do this by helping primary care practices form Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, that enable them to provide better care at lower costs. Although we have a number of healthcare organizations in our database, not many of them offer so many remote opportunities. If improving healthcare is aligned with your personal mission, these are worth a look.

  • Patient Outreach Specialist – Remote
  • Office Manager – Bethesda, MD
  • Lead, Revenue Cycle Management – Remote
  • Sr. Billing Representative – Remote
  • Manager, Marketing Partnerships – Remote
  • Partnerships Marketing Coordinator – Remote
  • Performance Analyst – Remote
  • Director of Finance, Provider Network – Remote
  • Senior Software Engineer – Remote
  • Staff AI Infrastructure Engineer – Remote

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It's hot out there, and GoodPop might be summer's favorite B Corp. They make frozen dessert bars that are gluten- and dairy free. On top of that, they partner with nonprofits in a number of areas including animal welfare and food security.

  • A/R Coordinator – Remote
  • Manager of Category & Consumer Insights – Remote
  • National Sales Director – Remote
  • VP of Manufacturing – Remote
  • Operations ERP Specialist – Remote
  • Trade Promotion Manager – Remote

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Anthesis is a global sustainability consultancy that's on a mission to help businesses and governments create a more sustainable future. If you have a sustainability and climate background, this is a great company to check out. I like that they are hiring at multiple levels for the same focus area – regardless of your level of experience, you should find something that fits you.

  • Consultant I / II – Science Based Targets & Net Zero – Remote
  • Senior Consultant – Science Based Targets & Net Zero – Remote
  • Principal Consultant – Corporate Carbon Accounting – Remote
  • Senior Consultant – Corporate Carbon Accounting – Remote
  • Consultant II – Corporate Carbon Accounting – Remote
  • Director & Service Line Lead – Climate Risk & TCFD – Remote
  • Consultant I / II – Performance Data and Metrics – Remote
  • Senior Consultant – Water Stewardship – Remote

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TCG is a contractor and Certified B Corp that provides IT services to the government, helping it be more effective in its diverse missions. One thing we think is especially unique about TCG is the way it chooses a social cause to support each year. Their employees vote on their favorite, and it becomes the theme around which they organize their volunteering and fundraising.

  • Agile Coach – Washington, DC
  • Business Development Executive – Remote
  • Senior Communications Specialist – Washington, DC
  • Proposal Manager – Remote

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WorkBright is an HR software company that makes it easier for companies to onboard their employees, especially remote ones. Their impact report is from a few years ago, but I love the depth of information and how they've used their social impact efforts as leadership opportunities across the company.

  • Director of Marketing – Remote
  • Staff Accountant – Remote

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Dirigo Collective is a a media company that creates content to educate, inspire, and empower people to take action on the issues they care about. One of their focus areas is on helping people be more conscious consumers and voting with their wallets. Paid volunteer time off ensures you have time to give back to your community, and company retreats make sure you have the chance to break bread with your colleagues.

  • Account Manager – Remote

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World Centric manufactures compostable foodservice and packaging products and gives 25% of their profits to social and environmental organizations. I'm pretty sure that's the highest percentage I've come across when curating the newsletter, and the best part is their employees help choose what nonprofits receive those donations. True to their name, many of their donations support projects around the world.

  • Research & Development Scientist – Atlanta, GA
  • Regional Sales Manager - OH, MI, KY, IN – Remote
  • Senior Supplier Quality Engineer – Petaluma, CA or Atlanta, GA
  • Product Testing Engineer – Stone Mountain, GA
  • Director of Business Development & Strategy – Remote

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I hope you found this week's newsletter moo-ving! That one is a doozy, but it's not a cow-themed newsletter without a very, very bad pun worked into it somewhere.

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Jamie Larson