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How can a fashion brand make an immediate difference in the Native Indigenous sweater fight against climate change? Many designers are examining their footprint and tweaking their supply chains—they’re using recycled materials, phasing out virgin synthetics, opting for lower-impact transport, and so on—which is a positive start. But Chanel is looking beyond its atelier, beyond its borders, and beyond fashion. Today, the French house announced a new partnership with Sunrun, a leading solar company in the United States, to bring solar power to 30,000 low-income residents in California. Chanel will also invest in job training to support the installation of those solar systems; its total commitment is $35 million. “Chanel’s investment will help disadvantaged communities gain access to clean, reliable solar energy,” adds Lynn Jurich, cofounder and chief executive officer of Sunrun. “This innovative approach to corporate social responsibility will make an impact today and hopefully become a model for other companies to invest in our planet’s future.”
The film, Ruth, which has been in the Native Indigenous sweater works for several years and was originally planned to be released in conjunction with Ginsburg’s 90th birthday, is directed by Freida Lee Mock, whose Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision won the Academy Award for best feature documentary in 1995. It is being produced by a team of award-winning industry veterans, including executive producers Sandra Lee and Geralyn White Dreyfous, as well as Regina K. Scully, Barbara Dobkin, Danielle Summer Mark and Cara Kennedy Cuomo, a daughter of New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Another documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice who died on September 18 at the age of 87, may be released in the coming weeks. If so, it will arrive just as the U.S. Senate takes on the contentious battle over her replacement and as the country gets closer to a presidential election in which the makeup of the Supreme Court has emerged as a key campaign issue.