Two Degrees

Everything is connected.


We're All in this Together

Our Two Degrees initiative echoes the intent of the Paris Climate Agreement's long-term temperature goal to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C.


Through our content hub, we are putting the spotlight on individuals, companies, and cities exemplifying a true dedication to sustainability. We find these stories inspiring and they support our goal of creating a Smarter Impact.


Stories

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Form Us With Love

Today, the design industry is complex. Key ingredients used to be attention-to-detail, market analysis and strong technical knowledge. However, ethics and building consensus increasingly surface as more important design skills.

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John Cary

Architect, author and speaker John Cary shares the impact of “The 1%” pro bono design program that he co-created with one of his colleagues. The idea was simple: Challenge architecture and design firms to pledge just one percent of their billable hours to charitable causes.

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MASS Design Group

Architecture firm MASS Design Group, in collaboration with African Wildlife Foundation, explores how design can foster conservation and community development in the jungle of the Congo Basin.

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Cooper Hewitt

Read highlights from an exhibition that provides perspective on the importance of collaboration between designers and scientists, engineers and other environmentalists.

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Cazu Zegers, Elora Hardy and Mariam Kamara

Profiles of three design professionals share how sustainability can take many forms - exploring how architecture responds to the local environment and speak to a global audience.

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Juli Bolaños-Durman

Second chances abound in the work of emerging artist Juli Bolaños-Durman. She transforms old beer bottles and other discarded glass into playful sculptures that spark emotion—delight, desire and a certain tenderness.

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Shannan Billings & John Stephens

John Stephens is the head of marketing for Shaw Contract. Shannan Billings, is the Global Sourcing Director of Raw Materials for Shaw Industries, the parent company to Shaw Contract. They share how their decisions make an impact at home, in community and on the planet.

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Victoria Sambunaris

We explore the process and findings of American landscape photographer, Victoria Sambunaris.

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The City of San Francisco

City governments are increasingly recognized as leaders on environmental issues. But one important tool they use to promote sustainability—procurement—sometimes flies under the radar. We explore how The City of San Francisco is driving change.

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