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    by Alyssa Danigelis

    SOURCE:Smithfield Foods

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    In early December 2016, Smithfield Foods became the first major livestock company to set an absolute supply chain goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The world’s largest pork producer committed to cutting emissions in its US supply chain 25% by 2025.

    “We’re getting a lot of input from our customers, NGOs, and different groups as to how we can participate in an effort to reduce our carbon emissions,” says Bill Gill, assistant vice president for sustainability at Smithfield Foods.

    Gill, who has been with the company for just over 30 years, heads up environmental and sustainability efforts there. He says that Smithfield has partnered with the University of Minnesota and the Environmental Defense Fund to develop a science-based approach for reducing emissions.

    Agronomics, the science and technology of land cultivation that includes soil management and crop production, also plays a big role. Recently we caught up with Gill to learn more about the company’s goal, and how two major agronomics initiatives could help Smithfield cut emissions and costs.

    Just how big is Smithfield’s 25 by 25 goal?

    It’s really big. Working with our partners we think that our emissions are around 17 million tons per year. Twenty-five percent would be 4.25 million tons. With all of the grain, agriculture, and hog production that we’re involved in, we’re looking to create efficiencies across our supply chain as well as reduce our overall impact.

    Click here to read the full interview

    Tweet me:Q&A: Learn more about @SmithfieldFoods' investment in #sustainable agronomics http://bit.ly/2qLXvVz via @eldaily

    KEYWORDS: Smithfield Foods, Bill Gill, university of minnesota, Environmental Defense Fund, Agronomics, greenhouse gas emissions


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    SOURCE:Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

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    WASHINGTON, DC, April 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, in collaboration with its partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), has named Bristol-Myers Squibb to its annual Best-of-the-Best list of corporations in America committed to diversity and inclusion across all communities for a third consecutive year. 

    “The Best-of-the-Best designation honors corporations for their commitment to America’s diverse employees and business owners, which includes LGBT, people of color, women, and people with disabilities,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson. “This designation is highly competitive and is bestowed only to corporations that we see constantly striving to strengthen and celebrate diversity. These corporations being honored are true leaders in ongoing global commitments to create a better future for all diverse communities in business.”

    “It is such an honor to receive this award for the third time. It’s a testament to our continued commitment to the inclusive nature of our approach at work every day. Our strategic programs, coupled with passion and energy from each of our team members, make sure we are successful not just within the company, but also for our patients, and in our communities as well,” said Farryn Melton, chief procurement officer and member of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Global D&I Council. “From increasing spend with diverse suppliers in our global supplier diversity program, to promoting growth within our People Business Resource Groups (PBRG), Bristol-Myers Squibb continues to do great work within diversity and inclusion.”

    NGLCC formed the National Business Inclusion Consortium in 2011, and its members represent a total of over $9 trillion in annual economic strength along with significant contributions to the marketplace and workplace. Only companies achieving industry leading results across all diverse segments are eligible to receive the prestigious Best-of-the-Best designation from the NBIC, whose members include the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC); U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC); U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC); U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAAC); U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN); Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC); and WEConnect International.

    “At Bristol-Myers Squibb, we are creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive culture that bring out the best in every person and advance our company mission to deliver innovative medicines to patients,” said David Gonzales, head of Global Diversity and Inclusion. “For us, it’s vitally important to promote the long-term growth of diverse, entrepreneurial businesses through supplier diversity and driving the economic development of those respective communities around us, ultimately connecting us to our patients where they live and work.”

    About Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com or follow us on LinkedInTwitterYouTube and Facebook.

    ABOUT NGLCC:
    The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org

     

    Tweet me:Bristol-Myers Squibb named to @NGLCC annual Best-of-the-Best list of corporations in America committed to #diversity and #inclusion across all communities for a third consecutive year. http://bit.ly/2JY4dRd @BMSnews #LBGT

    KEYWORDS: NGLCC, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Bristol-Myers Squibb


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    SOURCE:Essity (Formerly SCA)

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    You may be staring right at a $300 billion auto service and repair market opportunity, but not seeing it at all: women. Your competitors are starting to take note, though, which means either you do the same, or you give away your share of what is now an essential source of auto shop revenue.

    Pep Boys, for instance, has retooled 800 locations with new amenities, and a renewed emphasis on service and transparency, partly due to what women demand. Their CEO puts it this way: “Women have different, and higher, expectations.”

    Four Ways to Profit from the Rise of the Female Customer

    So how does a traditionally male-dominated industry move beyond tradition to serve a new generation, and gender, of customers? Cathy Droz, automotive author, podcaster and founder of Her Certified offers this advice: “I am not saying your repair facility has to be like a Ritz Carlton spa, but there are some easy and inexpensive touches that can make a woman feel more comfortable.” Some of those easy steps she and other experts suggest include:

    1. A real cup of coffee can perk up business.
    Your waiting room isn’t really yours – it’s your customers’ home for a few minutes (or hours), so invest in making them as comfortable as they are at home. Set out ceramic coffee cups instead of Styrofoam. Have plenty of good coffee to put in those cups. Provide comfortable, contemporary furniture. And keep customers connected to their always-on lives with reliable, reasonably fast Wi-Fi.

    2. A clean bathroom says “We respect you.”
    Men expect a toilet. Women expect a restroom to make them feel welcome and comfortable. As Droz puts it “No woman likes to go to a public restroom that has not been maintained, with supplies replaced, or that has an unpleasant odor.” Your restroom doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be nicely decorated, and always clean. Consider adding features like changing tables, or dispensers for feminine products – any extra touches that say you take pride in your business and care about your customers.

    To continue reading, click here

    Tweet me:.@Essity_US highlights how your auto shop can make more from an overlooked $300 billion market http://bit.ly/2GAYv8L #torkusa

    KEYWORDS: Essity, tork, inclusion, Health and Hygiene, OTC:ESSYY


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    SOURCE:Discovery Education

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    By Dacia Jones, Professional Development Specialist at Discovery Education

    The need to prepare students for the future of work is now imperative. To address essential 21st century skills in our nation’s K-12 school system, educators are turning toward a new framework for problem-solving: computational thinking.

    Computational thinking enables us to solve any given challenge through an analytical and methodical approach. Put simply, computational thinking teaches students to process information like a computer would. It guides students through a series of steps, similar to an algorithm, to solve open-ended problems.

    While computation governs the world around us, computational thinking as a teaching and learning framework is a new concept for many educators. To help embrace uncharted territory in teaching computational thinking, Discovery Education and Tata Consultancy Services have teamed up with a goal to support schools across the nation in adapting this new learning approach, free of cost.

    Aligned to national standards, Ignite My Future in School provides teachers, including Learning Leaders, with exclusive, cost-free, professional development experiences across the country and the initiative inspires educators to adopt a transdisciplinary approach.

    Ignite My Future in School offers professional development, educator guides, model lesson plans and curriculum connector resources that provide educators and students with support year-round. And with the goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021, the initiative also offers TECHademy, e-Learning modules and webisodes at IgniteMyFutureInSchool.org.

    As a part of the Ignite My Future in School suite of teaching tools, we’ve identified 10 credible, online resources to jumpstart your lesson plans. Some of these platforms begin at basic levels and can be utilized by beginners as young as preschool age, while others provide interactive experiences that utilize diverse computational thinking strategies suitable for middle school and high school grade levels.

    Here are 10 additional resources to bring computational thinking to your classroom:

    Computer Science Unplugged: Sorting Algorithm Activities

    Computer Science Unplugged is a website full of resources that take computer science concepts out of the computer lab and into real life. This library offers lesson plans, activities and videos that will help students integrate their understanding of computer science principles with other subjects. These resources are free and do not require a login to download.

    Data.gov 

    Data.gov is a massive database full of information collected by the United States federal government. These datasets are great resources for predictive modeling and charting trends over time. Students can explore anything from economic growth to the spread of viruses on this free website. No login is required, but it is recommended that you use a computer with spreadsheet software to take full advantage of Data.gov.

    Google for Education: Exploring Computational Thinking

    Google offers a robust selection of courses and lesson plans designed to help educators and students strengthen their computational thinking skills. The several short videos included in the Exploring Computational Thinking curriculum are excellent supplements to classroom activities and lessons that are based on computational thinking principles. The Computational Thinking for Educators course is an educator-facing training module that demonstrates how computational thinking can be integrated into a variety of subjects. It allows participants to go at their own pace and is free of charge.

    Poll Everywhere

    Poll Everywhere is an interactive program that allows students to develop polls, collect data and analyze that data in real time. Its easy-to-use interface integrates easily with most classroom computing equipment and the smartphone application allows students to use their own devices to participate in polling exercises. To use Poll Everywhere in your classroom, visit the website and create a free account and download the application to your computer. Students can participate in polls simply by visiting a link and do not need to log in.

    Scratch

    The Lifelong Kindergarten group of MIT’s Media Lab created Scratch, a coding platform geared toward younger coders. By using a drag-and-drop block style, students can create animations, games and simulations without any previous knowledge of computer programming. The free website includes curriculum guides and an online community with meetups, tips and tutorials for parents and teachers. To view completed projects, click here or view a short video promo to get started.

    Thingiverse

    Thingiverse is an open-source library full of blueprints for CAD and 3D printing software. This online platform makes it easy to integrate 3D modeling into your classroom as students have the option to tweak and refine existing models instead of designing from scratch. Thingiverse is free, but it does require users to create an account before using the platform.

    TinkerCAD

    TinkerCAD is a flexible platform for building all kinds of 3D prototypes, from interior design mockups to video game characters. Easily compatible with 3D printers, TinkerCAD makes digital drafting easier and is suitable for students from elementary school all the way through high school. TinkerCAD is free to use and students under the age of 18 must register using a family member’s email address.

    University of California Irvine Machine Learning Repository

    The UCI Machine Learning Repository is a database full of almost 400 machine learning datasets. By looking through these databases, students can develop an understanding of how computers recognize patterns and get better at sorting data over time. Students will see the far-reaching applications of machine learning and can practice abstraction by categorizing the information in these diverse sets. The UCI Machine Learning Repository is free to use and does not require a login.

    Wemogee

    Wemogee is a highly-rated app created to help those who suffer from aphasia (the inability to speak or understand language) but its uses extend into all kinds of translation. Wemogee translates words into emoji images and vice versa. Use Wemogee to check for student understanding of texts or to demonstrate the power of summarizing or abstracting information. Students will love this free and visually fun addition to your classroom.

    Wolfram Computational Knowledge Engine

    The Wolfram Computational Knowledge Engine directly connects computational thinking with all areas of the curriculum. This special search engine shows how computational thinking can help us decompose information in order to find the best solutions to problems. Some of the search suggestions provided by the Computational Knowledge Engine include “step by step solutions" and “culture and media”.

    To learn more about adopting computational thinking at your school, visit ignitemyfutureinschool.org.

    Tweet me:.@TCS_na @DiscoveryEd share the Top 10 Classroom-Ready Computational Thinking Resources for K-12, http://bit.ly/2qK1HWG #IgniteMyFuture

    KEYWORDS: discovery education, Tata Consultancy Services, Computational Thinking, Ignite My Future in School, Teaching Tools


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    New initiative will support national, regional, and local governments working to reduce reliance on coal power

    SOURCE:Bloomberg

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    April 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ - On April 9, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Powering Past Coal Alliance announced a new partnership to develop research and case studies in support of national, regional, and local governments around the world who have committed to or are considering phasing out coal from their energy portfolios.

    At the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York City, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Bloomberg Philanthropies founder Michael R. Bloomberg joined the United Kingdom Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry, and Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, to discuss the new partnership.

    Coal-fired electricity generation is increasingly uneconomic as the costs of renewable energy continue to decline worldwide. A recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance study found that barely half of U.S. coal plants earned enough revenue last year to cover their operating expenses. Most of these plants remain viable only because they operate in regions where regulators set rates, keeping uneconomic plants open with subsidy payments. Worldwide, Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found that the levelized costs of electricity generated from solar and wind power continue to fall below the costs of coal plants across a growing roster of jurisdictions.

    Click here to read the full story. 

    Tweet me:Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Partnership with Powering Past Coal Alliance to Strengthen Global Efforts to Phase Out Coal @bloombergdotorg @mikebloomberg #poweringpastcoal http://bit.ly/2qHR8SY

    KEYWORDS: BNEF, bnefsummit, Bloomberg Philanthropies, powering past coal


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    SOURCE:World Environment Center

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    El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos, el World Environment Center (WEC), Le Groupe-conseil baastel Itée (Baastel), y RioSlum Studio anunciaron el lanzamiento del concurso “El Poder de Crecer”. Este concurso ha sido impulsado por una coalición de organizaciones denominada La Red de Innovación e Impacto y financiado con fondos del Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos. La iniciativa está destinada a buscar organizaciones que se especialicen en el desarrollo de la mipyme en la región y reconocer su labor en el crecimiento económico de los países otorgándoles recursos.

    “El Poder de Crecer, seleccionará organizaciones sin fines de lucro para que trabajen en conjunto con los miembros actuales de la Red de Innovación e Impacto con el fin de que puedan acelerar la innovación y la creación de empleos en microemprendimientos de Centroamérica en los sectores de agricultura, agroindustria y textil, así como también para que puedan fortalecer la capacidad exportadora y generar prosperidad económica”, señaló Ernesto Samayoa, Director para Latinoamérica de WEC.

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    Sobre el Poder de Crecer
    El Poder de Crecer: Concurso Impulsado por La red de Innovación e Impacto crea alianzas entre organizaciones con objetivos similares para apoyar a microempresas y organizaciones miembros de La Red. El Poder de Crecer seleccionará candidatos innovadores para que unan fuerzas con miembros de La Red (alumni) con el fin de: acelerar la innovación y la creación de empleos en microempresas centroamericanas en los sectores de agricultura, agroindustria y textil; construir capacidad de expansión de las microempresas hacia nuevos mercados regionales e internacionales, con un enfoque en el mercado estadounidense; y, generar prosperidad económica para toda Centroamérica. Los ganadores recibirán un paquete completo de asesoría, hasta USD 43,000 para promover su solución propuesta y acceder a una alianza con una organización miembro de La Red de Innovación e Impacto con el fin de trabajar juntos hacia el mismo objetivo. Visita powertogrow.wec.org para conocer más y aplicar.

    Sobre La Red
    El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos ha estado financiando al World Environment Center (WEC) y sus aliados, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée (Baastel), y RioSlum Studio, con el  fin de seleccionar organizaciones que están acelerando el desarrollo de negocios sostenibles y promoviendo el crecimiento económico sostenible en América Latina y el Caribe. El Programa, La Red de Innovación e Impacto (La Red), se creó en el 2014 y reúne a 30 soluciones innovadoras de 11 países en la región.

    Sobre el World Environment Center
    WEC es una organización sin fines de lucro neutral, independiente, global, que fomenta el desarrollo sostenible a través de las operaciones de sus empresas miembros y en alianza con gobiernos, organizaciones multilaterales, organizaciones no gubernamentales, universidades y otras partes interesadas. La misión de WEC es promover los negocios y su valor social fomentando soluciones a problemas relacionados con el desarrollo sostenible.

    Sobre Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée
    Baastel está reconocido por sus servicios de calidad en Monitoreo y Evaluación (M&E), Gestión Basada en Resultados (GBR), planificación estratégica, gestión de proyectos y programas y construcción de capacidad individual e institucional en estas áreas. La reputación sobresaliente de Baastel en la industria se ha estado construyendo sobre un historial de éxitos nacionales e internacionales y experiencia respaldada por la atención al detalle, calidad, transparencia y neutralidad.

    Sobre RioSlum Studio
    RioSlum Studio ofrece servicios de desarrollo de marca y mensajes, diseño y estrategia de comunicación para empresas audaces con una visión atrevida. Construimos marcas cautivadoras que evocan emoción, exigen atención y atraen negocio. Lanzamos RioSlum Studio para asegurar que todas las empresas, desde startups de un empleado a corporaciones globales, tengan acceso a los servicios de desarrollo de marca y comunicación de alta calidad que necesitan para llamar la atención a nivel global.

    Tweet me:Si te lo perdiste: enterate507.com: Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos lanza concurso: “El Poder de Crecer” via @EnteratePanama https://tinyurl.com/ya5zpt66 #elpoderdecrecer @StateDept @WorldEnvCenter #Panama

    Contact Info:

    Lucia Furlan (Español)
    RioSlum Studio
    +502-57425129
    press@wec.org

    KEYWORDS: Centroamerica, Panama, World Environment Center


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    SOURCE:World Environment Center

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    Versión en español

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    The US State Department, the World Environment Center (WEC), Le Groupe-conseil baastel Itée (Baastel) and RioSlum Studio announced the launching of the “Power to Grow” Challenge. The challenge has been promoted by a partnership called La Red de Innovación e Impacto, funded by the US State Department and formed by different organizations. The initiative aims to find organizations specialized in the MSME development in the Central American region and reward their contribution to the economic growth of the countries by providing them with resources.

    “Power to Grow will select non-for profit organizations to work with current members of La Red de Innovación e Impacto in order to accelerate innovation and job creation for micro enterprises of Central America, specifically in the agriculture, agroindustry and textile sectors. Another main goal will be to strengthen their exporting capacity and generate economic prosperity”, as mentioned by Ernesto Samayoa, Director of Latin America at WEC.

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    About Power to Grow
    Power to Grow: The Innovation Challenge Fueled By La Red de Innovación e Impacto aims to support micro-enterprises by creating partnerships between mission-aligned organizations and current La Red member companies. Power to Grow selects innovative organizations to join forces with La Red companies (Alumni) towards: accelerating innovation and job creation opportunities for Central American micro-enterprises in the agriculture, agro-industry, and textiles sectors; building capacity of micro-enterprises to expand to new regional and international markets, with a focus on the U.S. market; and, generating economic prosperity across Central America. Awardees will receive a comprehensive support package, up to $43,000 to promote their solution, and partnership with a current member of La Red de Innovación e Impacto working towards the same goal. Visit powertogrow.wec.org to learn more and apply.

    About La Red
    The U.S. Department of State has funded the World Environment Center (WEC) and its partners, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée (Baastel), and RioSlum Studio, to select organizations who are accelerating business development and promoting sustainable economic growth in Latin America. The Program, La Red de Innovación e Impacto (La Red), was established in 2014 and is a collection of 30 innovative solutions from 11 countries in the region.

    About World Environment Center
    WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems.

    About Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée
    Baastel is recognized for its quality services in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Results-based Management (RBM), strategic planning, project and program management, and building individual and institutional capacity in these areas. Baastel’s outstanding reputation in the field is built on a record of international and national successes, and expertise that is backed by attention to detail, quality, transparency and neutrality.

    About RioSlum Studio
    RioSlum Studio offers branding, design, messaging, and strategy services to daring companies with bold vision. We build compelling brands that evoke emotion, demand attention, and attract business. We launched RioSlum Studio to ensure all companies, from one-person startups to global corporations, have access to the high-quality branding and communications services they need to command global attention.

    Tweet me:ICYMI: enterate507.com: US Department of State Launches “Power to Grow” Challenge via @EnteratePanama https://tinyurl.com/ya5zpt66 #elpoderdecrecer @StateDept @WorldEnvCenter #Panama http://bit.ly/2qI7o7A

    Contact Info:

    Elysa Newmann
    RioSlum Studio
    +1 (774) 275-4836
    press@wec.org

    KEYWORDS: Centroamerica, World Environment Center


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    More than half the commitment will support transitioning to a low-carbon economy with rest to sustainable agriculture, recycling, conservation and other sustainable businesses; Company also commits to transparency and robust reporting

    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company

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    April 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) today announced it will provide $200 billion in financing to sustainable businesses and projects by 2030, with more than 50 percent focused on clean technology and renewable energy transactions that directly support the transition to a low-carbon economy.  The company also detailed its commitment to transparency in its methodology for accounting, project inclusion, and the carbon intensity of its credit portfolio, and will regularly report on the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the lending.

    Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan made the announcement during his keynote at the CECP CEO Force for Good Investor Forum in San Francisco. He said, “Wells Fargo is committed to taking a leadership role in supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy and promoting environmental sustainability through our products and services, operations and culture, and philanthropy. With this commitment, we are combining a strong financial goal with enhanced transparency and disclosure practices that we believe will lead to sector-wide progress on responsible, sustainable finance.”

    More than $100 billion in financing offered by Wells Fargo will support the transition to a low-carbon economy by funding clean technologies, clean energy (renewables), green bonds, and alternative transportation. The remainder of the $200 billion will support companies and projects focused on sustainable agriculture, recycling, conservation, and other environmentally beneficial activities.  

    In addition to the financial pledge, Wells Fargo has committed to sector-leading transparency around its sustainable financing accounting and inclusion practices, annual impact reporting, and reporting on contributions toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and progress in implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure. Additionally, the company will engage with sector peers and other organizations interested in advancing a common approach to responsible, sustainable finance. Wells Fargo further pledged that it would revisit the commitment periodically to make any adjustments necessary based on progress made and/or developments in best practices for transparency and disclosure.   

    “Wells Fargo’s new commitments are significant and add to the growing momentum by the financial sector to commit hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy investments and to improve transparency through greater disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities,” said Mindy Lubber, CEO and President of Ceres. “More and more investors and companies understand the economic imperative and strategic long-term benefits of keeping global temperature rise to well-below 2-degrees Celsius.”

    The commitment builds on Wells Fargo’s leadership in clean technology and renewable energy financing. The company’s 2012 sustainable finance goal of $30 billion by 2020 was met five years early (in 2015). In 2016, projects owned in whole or in part by Wells Fargo produced more than 9 percent of all wind and solar photovoltaic energy generated in the U.S., and in 2017, the company invested $12 billion in sustainable businesses.

    Wells Fargo is also a financial services leader in operational sustainability:

    • In 2017, the company began meeting 100 percent of its global electricity needs with renewable energy and met its 2020 carbon-reduction goal of 45 percent from a 2008 baseline. It also logged progress against other sustainability goals focused on water and energy efficiency, waste reduction, and LEED certification.

    • Wells Fargo’s award-winning Innovation Incubator is a $30 million philanthropic program with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory that speeds the path to market for promising clean technologies and entrepreneurs focused on energy efficiency and sustainability. A signature piece of the program is the opportunity for certain technologies to beta test within the Wells Fargo footprint on their way to the commercial marketplace.

    “We take an ecosystem approach to supporting clean technology,” said Mary Wenzel, head of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Wells Fargo. “We work to advance new technologies by providing financing and other services, testing, and adopting new technologies within our footprint and providing philanthropic support to leading accelerators, incubators, and universities focused on clean technology development and entrepreneurship.”

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,300 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2017, Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered a record 2 million hours. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three strategic priorities: diversity and social inclusion, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

    Contact: 

    Media Contact

    E.J. Bernacki, 415-840-4469

    ejbernacki@wellsfargo.com

    Investor Relations

    John M. Campbell, 415-396-0523

    John.M.Campbell@wellsfargo.com

    Tweet me:.@WellsFargo announced a $200 billion financing commitment through 2030 for #cleantech businesses. #sustainability https://tinyurl.com/yato6chy

    KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, Sustainable, environmental, Clean Energy, Renewable, csr, goal, NYSE:WFC


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    Seattle Pacific University, Sodexo and Puget Sound Food Hub Farmers Cooperative give students a taste of new locally-sourced menu items

    SOURCE:Sodexo, Inc.

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    SEATTLE, April 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ – In celebration of Earth Week 2018, Seattle Pacific University, the Puget Sound Food Hub and Sodexo, the university’s dining services partner, teamed up to launch its first-ever Farm to Table lunch event.  The event will give students a taste of new locally-sourced menu items and an opportunity to connect directly with Seattle-area farmers to learn first-hand about the menu’s ingredients.

    Sodexo Chef Angela Shultz created an elaborate menu, including Ginger Carrot Soup (Hopewell Farm), Raspberry BBQ Bacon Apple Flat Bread Pizza (Sauk Farm), Roasted Bean and Beet Sliders with Orange Tarragon Shallot Chutney (Ralph’s Greenhouse & Hopewell Farms) and Thumbprint Cookies with Blueberry Jam (Bow Hill Blueberries).

    “The Farm to Table event promotes healthy dining choices for students while supporting small farmers,” said Alexis Cruikshank, SPU Director of University Services. “With students increasingly more conscious of their food choices, locally-sourced produce is a major focus for universities and their dining services partners. We were glad to have the opportunity to highlight the local farmers who provide nutritious food items for our dining hall menus every day.  We’ll continue these educational events for students around the origins and sources for what they eat.”

    Event participants included Mike Lufkin, King County Local Food Economy Manager, Jeff Voltz and Karen Mauden from the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, along with leaders from the Student Culinary Council, SPU Garden Club, Food & Nutrition Club and the Food Recovery Network Club. Representatives from the following participating Puget Sound Food Hub farms included:

    • Bow Hill Blueberries in Bow
    • Cloud Mountain Farming Center in Everson
    • Hopewell Farm in Everson
    • Ralph’s Greenhouse in Mt. Vernon
    • Sauk Farm in Concrete
    • VIVA Farm in Burlington

    The Puget Sound Food Hub is a robust, farmer-owned cooperative operating in the Puget Sound region to market, aggregate and distribute locally produced food from farms to universities, restaurants, hospitals, preschools, grocery stores, and more.  It is supported by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), established in 2006 to provide Northwest Washington farmers with the skills and resources required to develop their businesses profitably and efficiently, while supplying their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers.

    “Our partnership with the Puget Sound Food Hub embodies Sodexo’s corporate responsibility strategy, Better Tomorrow 2025 – a commitment to promote local development and sustainable sourcing practices to ensure a positive impact on individuals, communities and the environment,” said Pam Smith, Sodexo Vice President Operations, Universities.  “Connecting students to their food while helping farmers to expand into new markets strengthens our shared community.  We look forward to further collaboration between our chefs and the farmers to bring a wide variety of fresh, delicious, locally grown produce to the SPU community.”

    SPU students were invited to visit the iCommit booth to share their personal commitments to protecting the environment. They were invited to write their commitments on a chalkboard and use the hashtag, iCommit, to post on social media.

    “We are thrilled that Sodexo and our farmer-owned cooperative, Puget Sound Food Hub, have joined together to provide nutritious and amazing produce from our farm and many other neighbor farmers,” said Lisa Dykstra, owner and family member of Hopewell Farm. “This relationship is a wonderful step towards a stronger and resilient food system and local economy. We are honored to share with our community the healthy, flavorful and organic produce grown on our family farm’s healthy soil.”

    About Seattle Pacific University

    Seattle Pacific University is a private Christian university, where 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students gain a superb education grounded on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Seattle Pacific University is fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.  Founded in 1891, the university is nestled in the peaceful residential neighborhood of Queen Anne Hill, just 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle, and offers 60 undergraduate degrees and 53 minor degrees.  SPU is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the only private university in the Pacific Northwest to make its 2018 Best National Universities list.

    About Sodexo North America

    Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life of 15 million customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily.  The company employs 133,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.

    About Puget Sound Food Hub Farmers Cooperative

    The Puget Sound Food Hub is a robust, farmer-owned cooperative operating in the Puget Sound region to market, aggregate and distribute locally produced food from farms to universities, restaurants, hospitals, preschools, grocery stores, and more. The Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative and their network of aggregation sites supports the relationship between regional farmers and their customers, enabling a values-based supply chain for food safety and transparency.  They maintain seller eligibility requirements and quality standards while preserving the producer’s identity from “purchase to delivery” so that the producers’ customers know the story of who, how and where their food was grown.

    Tweet me:Farm to table event spotlights local Seattle-area farmers http://bit.ly/2HbTcxz @SodexoUSA

    Contact Info:

    Dasha Ross-Smith
    Sodexo, Inc.
    +1 (301) 987-4893
    Dasha.Ross-Smith@sodexo.com

    KEYWORDS: earth day, sustainability, farm to table, Local, students, College, universities, Seattle Pacific University, Sodexo, Puget Sound Food Hub Farmers Cooperative, OTC:SDXAY


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    SOURCE:Essity (Formerly SCA)

    DESCRIPTION:

    Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through our products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. This is what we do.

    About Essity
    Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company that develops, produces and sells Personal Care (Baby Care, Feminine Care, Incontinence Products and Medical Solutions), Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene products and solutions. Our vision is; Dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other brands, such as Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 48,000 employees and net sales in 2016 amounted to approximately $12 billion. The business operations are based on a sustainable business model with focus on value creation for people and nature. The company has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity used to be part of the SCA Group. More information at www.essity.com.

    Tweet me:@Essity_US is dedicated to improving well-being through its products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2GA6Rh5 #TorkUSA

    KEYWORDS: Essity, #TorkUSA, OTC:ESSYY


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    SOURCE:Microsoft Philanthropies

    DESCRIPTION:

    As a company at the forefront of digital transformation, Microsoft is committed to bringing the benefits of technology to all. When we step back and look at challenges facing nonprofits, they struggle with the lack of technical capacity, scarcity of resources, and lack of partners and few technology solutions customized for their environment. Last fall, we announced Microsoft’s commitment to help nonprofits leverage technology for greater impact through Tech for Social Impact. This new initiative, powered by a sustainable social model where profits are reinvested into expanding support for nonprofits, is already gaining traction.

    This week at Microsoft’s inaugural CXO Summit we are hosting nonprofit leaders from around the world to exchange insights and practical guidance to help nonprofits achieve their missions and drive greater impact through digital transformation. We are announcing several new solutions, offers and resources, built hand-in-hand with nonprofits to meet some of their most critical needs. Collectively, these offerings put more advanced technology into the hands of nonprofits so they can increase productivity and efficiency—ultimately strengthening their impact on some of the world’s most pressing issues. We’re excited to share these new offerings, and we are laying out an ambitious agenda at the CXO Summit to deliver even more value in the future.

    Accelerating the cloud journey

    Nonprofits typically have limited IT staff, making it challenging to maximize the full benefits of technology. Indeed, most nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) lack a comprehensive digital strategy, and nearly half of nonprofits say their infrastructure is barely keeping up, according to a 2017 Digital NGO Member Survey by NetHope. To help nonprofits jump-start their journey to the cloud, we’re announcing AzureFoundation for nonprofits. Within AzureFoundation are a series of accelerator packs, which come with prescriptive guidance, templates, blueprints and documentation designed to make it easier to adopt Microsoft Azure within a nonprofit environment.

    For example, the AzureFoundation security accelerator pack helps nonprofits establish a solid security framework as they implement Azure, with a dashboard to monitor all their security-related information in one place. Additional accelerator packs help nonprofits manage hybrid networks and verify the identity of users logging on to the system. Together, these accelerator packs make it easier for IT staff to follow best practices, creating a more secure foundation for growth in their journey to the cloud. To learn how AzureFoundation accelerator packs can strengthen your nonprofit’s Microsoft Azure investment, please visit our Microsoft Nonprofits homepage.

    Accelerating nonprofit processes with Microsoft Dynamics 365

    We’re also introducing a nonprofit data schema on Dynamics 365 Common Data Service (CDS), which can accelerate innovation for nonprofits and developers to build solutions on top of Microsoft Dynamics 365. For example, U.S.-based consulting firm Wipfli is working with Team Rubicon to build a volunteer management system by tapping into the power of Dynamics 365 CDS, to help organize its army of more than 80,000 volunteers. The new volunteer management system will help the nonprofit more effectively leverage the skills of military veteran volunteers to help communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters. It will enable Team Rubicon leaders to see which volunteers are available at any given time and to more efficiently deploy those volunteers to impacted communities, as well as manage operations, training, equipment, donors and more.

    Additional benefits include the integration of insights that nonprofits will be able to gain through this model. We’re excited that many partners have already developed solutions specifically for nonprofits based on Microsoft Dynamics 365, and we encourage partners to add to the Microsoft AppSource marketplace as they complete more purpose-built solutions for nonprofits based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 CDS.

    Helping nonprofits identify critical trends

    In addition to the challenge of combining disparate information, nonprofits tell us they need an easy way to visualize mountains of data and identify important trends in order to increase impact. To help, we’re announcing Microsoft Power BI templates for nonprofits, a selection of Power BI templates that help illustrate how nonprofits can leverage insights and analytics in common use cases. The templates show how consolidating operational data onto a single screen within Power BI allows nonprofits to identify and analyze trends in areas like grants management, volunteer management and case management. With the ability to explore data in new and meaningful ways, nonprofits can quickly determine the best course of action to maximize impact.

    For example, the Ireland-based international aid charity GOAL worked with Microsoft to develop a Power BI Grants Management Template that combines donor information from Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Excel and other sources—visually presenting it as a dashboard in Power BI. With the ability to explore this information in one place, GOAL can easily identify its repeat donors as well as net improvements or losses in support. “The template gives us a helicopter view into key fundraising trends, which is going to help us better direct our fundraising efforts,” says Louise Kelly, GOAL’s IT Director. The Power BI Grants Management Template and six other Power BI templates for nonprofits, including case management, volunteer management, field resource management and donation management, are available here.

    Building the path forward

    We will continue to build upon our commitment to help make technology more accessible and affordable—such as existing offers like Microsoft 365 for Nonprofitsdiscounts on Surface Books and Surface Pros and standard nonprofit discount models. We are also excited to announce discounts for Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. For Azure, a 15 percent discount is now available through the Enterprise Agreement, and we will continue to maintain a $5,000 credit for purchases via Web-Direct. We will provide a discount on Dynamics 365 for Operations, ranging from 20 to 60 percent, depending on volume.

    Microsoft is committed to supporting every nonprofit in the cloud and will continue to focus on new offers and new innovations. We encourage you to explore all of our technology solutions and services for nonprofits at our Microsoft Nonprofits homepage.

    Tweet me:.@msftnonprofits announces several new solutions, offers, and resources, like #PowerBI templates & #Azure accelerator packs. https://bit.ly/2vv8SXr #nptech #tech4good

    Contact Info:


    eliew@we-worldwide.com

    KEYWORDS: Nonprofits, Charities, security, dynamics, CDS, azurefoundation, powerbi, Microsoft Philanthropies, tech for social impact, azure, nonprofit tech

       


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    SOURCE:Amgen Foundation

    DESCRIPTION:

    Do you want to know more about how Amgen Teach supports life science teachers across Europe? In this new video, teachers share their experiences after the program’s third year. Amgen Teach deepens student interest and achievement in science by strengthening the ability of teachers to use inquiry-based teaching strategies in the classroom.

    Learn more about Amgen Teach: http://www.amgenteach.eu/

    Tweet me:In this video from @AmgenFoundation, #AmgenTeach participants share their experience http://bit.ly/2iXWhGC

    KEYWORDS: Amgen, Amgen Teach, Amgen Foundation, Teachers, students, Europe, learning, inquiry-based teaching, Science, STEM


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    By Wendy Quintero

    SOURCE:World Environment Center

    DESCRIPTION:

    “Power to Grow” is the challenge that La Red de Innovación e Impacto is promoting with the goal to support micro enterprises of the agriculture, agroindustry and textile sectors in Central America.

    Regarding Nicaragua, the selected organization will be working with Centro de Producción Más Limpia de Nicaragua (CPmL-N) and will be required to be knowledgeable about the agriculture and agroindustry sectors; have experience in export programs development; preferably, have previous experience in projects to support and strengthen MSMEs exporting capacity; as well as have consolidated experience in scaling micro enterprises and small farmers to the international level.

    Click here to read more on Hoy!.

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    About Power to Grow

    Power to Grow: The Innovation Challenge Fueled By La Red de Innovación e Impacto aims to support micro-enterprises by creating partnerships between mission-aligned organizations and current La Red member companies. Power to Grow selects innovative organizations to join forces with La Red companies (Alumni) towards: accelerating innovation and job creation opportunities for Central American micro-enterprises in the agriculture, agro-industry, and textiles sectors; building capacity of micro-enterprises to expand to new regional and international markets, with a focus on the U.S. market; and, generating economic prosperity across Central America. Awardees will receive a comprehensive support package, up to $43,000 to promote their solution, and partnership with a current member of La Red de Innovación e Impacto working towards the same goal. Visit powertogrow.wec.org to learn more and apply.

    About La Red

    The U.S. Department of State has funded the World Environment Center (WEC) and its partners, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée (Baastel), and RioSlum Studio, to select organizations who are accelerating business development and promoting sustainable economic growth in Latin America. The Program, La Red de Innovación e Impacto (La Red), was established in 2014 and is a collection of 30 innovative solutions from 11 countries in the region.

    About World Environment Center

    WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems.

    About Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée

    Baastel is recognized for its quality services in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Results-based Management (RBM), strategic planning, project and program management, and building individual and institutional capacity in these areas. Baastel’s outstanding reputation in the field is built on a record of international and national successes, and expertise that is backed by attention to detail, quality, transparency and neutrality.

    About RioSlum Studio

    RioSlum Studio offers branding, design, messaging, and strategy services to daring companies with bold vision. We build compelling brands that evoke emotion, demand attention, and attract business. We launched RioSlum Studio to ensure all companies, from one-person startups to global corporations, have access to the high-quality branding and communications services they need to command global attention.

    Tweet me:ICYMI: Hoy!: Opportunity for small and medium enterprises of Nicaragua via @hoynoticias https://tinyurl.com/yd5oyw8g #elpoderdecrecer @StateDept @WorldEnvCenter #Nicaragua http://bit.ly/2Hdkjsh

    Contact Info:

    Elysa Neumann
    RioSlum Studio
    +1 (774) 275-4836
    press@wec.org

    KEYWORDS: Centroamerica, World Environment Center


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    SOURCE:World Environment Center

    DESCRIPTION:

    “El Poder de Crecer” es el concurso que impulsa la Red de Innovación e Impacto con el objetivo de apoyar diversos microemprendimientos en los sectores de agricultura, agroindustria y textil en Centroamérica.

    En el caso de Nicaragua, la organización seleccionada deberá trabajar con el Centro de Producción Más Limpia de Nicaragua, (CPmL-N), tener conocimiento de los sectores de agricultura y agroindustria; experiencia en desarrollar programas de exportaciones; experiencia previa preferible en proyectos ejecutados para brindar asesoría técnica sobre el diseño y el fortalecimiento de las capacidades de exportaciones para pymes; así como experiencia consolidada en escalar micro emprendimientos y pequeños agricultores a nivel internacional.

    Hacer clic aquí para leer más en Hoy!.

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    Sobre el Poder de Crecer

    El Poder de Crecer: Concurso Impulsado por La red de Innovación e Impacto crea alianzas entre organizaciones con objetivos similares para apoyar a microempresas y organizaciones miembros de La Red. El Poder de Crecer seleccionará candidatos innovadores para que unan fuerzas con miembros de La Red (alumni) con el fin de: acelerar la innovación y la creación de empleos en microempresas centroamericanas en los sectores de agricultura, agroindustria y textil; construir capacidad de expansión de las microempresas hacia nuevos mercados regionales e internacionales, con un enfoque en el mercado estadounidense; y, generar prosperidad económica para toda Centroamérica. Los ganadores recibirán un paquete completo de asesoría, hasta USD 43,000 para promover su solución propuesta y acceder a una alianza con una organización miembro de La Red de Innovación e Impacto con el fin de trabajar juntos hacia el mismo objetivo. Visita powertogrow.wec.org para conocer más y aplicar.

    Sobre La Red

    El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos ha estado financiando al World Environment Center (WEC) y sus aliados, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée (Baastel), y RioSlum Studio, con el  fin de seleccionar organizaciones que están acelerando el desarrollo de negocios sostenibles y promoviendo el crecimiento económico sostenible en América Latina y el Caribe. El Programa, La Red de Innovación e Impacto (La Red), se creó en el 2014 y reúne a 30 soluciones innovadoras de 11 países en la región.

    Sobre el World Environment Center

    WEC es una organización sin fines de lucro neutral, independiente, global, que fomenta el desarrollo sostenible a través de las operaciones de sus empresas miembros y en alianza con gobiernos, organizaciones multilaterales, organizaciones no gubernamentales, universidades y otras partes interesadas. La misión de WEC es promover los negocios y su valor social fomentando soluciones a problemas relacionados con el desarrollo sostenible.

    Sobre Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée

    Baastel está reconocido por sus servicios de calidad en Monitoreo y Evaluación (M&E), Gestión Basada en Resultados (GBR), planificación estratégica, gestión de proyectos y programas y construcción de capacidad individual e institucional en estas áreas. La reputación sobresaliente de Baastel en la industria se ha estado construyendo sobre un historial de éxitos nacionales e internacionales y experiencia respaldada por la atención al detalle, calidad, transparencia y neutralidad.

    Sobre RioSlum Studio

    RioSlum Studio ofrece servicios de desarrollo de marca y mensajes, diseño y estrategia de comunicación para empresas audaces con una visión atrevida. Construimos marcas cautivadoras que evocan emoción, exigen atención y atraen negocio. Lanzamos RioSlum Studio para asegurar que todas las empresas, desde startups de un empleado a corporaciones globales, tengan acceso a los servicios de desarrollo de marca y comunicación de alta calidad que necesitan para llamar la atención a nivel global.

    Tweet me:Si te lo perdiste: Hoy!: Oportunidad para la pequeña y mediana empresa de Nicaragua via @hoynoticias https://tinyurl.com/yd5oyw8g #elpoderdecrecer @StateDept @WorldEnvCenter #Nicaragua http://bit.ly/2qKheoD

    Contact Info:

    Lucia Furlan
    RioSlum Studio
    +502-57425129
    press@wec.org

    KEYWORDS: Centroamerica, World Environment Center


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    SOURCE:General Motors

    DESCRIPTION:

    With Earth Day just around the corner, we can all use a reminder of the role we play in protecting our environment and resources. Here are five easy tips and tricks you can use to help green up your commute:

    Choose Your Wheels Wisely

    In the market for a new or new-to-you vehicle? Make sure to consider electric vehicles. They produce only 4,455 pounds of CO2 equivalent a year per car, as opposed to gasoline cars that emit 11,435 pounds each year. But not only are EVs great for the planet, they’re pretty great for your wallet as well. Fast Company just reported that though an EV is generally more expensive to buy than its conventional counterpart, running an EV is dramatically cheaper — on average 2.3 times cheaper than gasoline vehicles nationwide. So, go ahead and save some green while being green!

    …Or Think Alternatively

    Why not commitment to bike to work once a week — or at least once a month. Biking to work could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation by as much 11 percent. Looking for another reason to switch to biking? On average, bicycle commuters lose 13 pounds in their first year of cycling.

    Embrace Sharing

    Did you know the United States alone could save 33 million gallons of gas each day if the average commuting vehicle carried just one additional person? That’s more than 12 billion gallons of gas a year! Carpooling not your thing? Consider ridesharing. Personally owned vehicles sit idle 95 percent of the time. Look no further than Maven, whose EVs have saved more than 275,000 gallons of gas to date.

    Change Your Driving Style

    Hate rush hour traffic? Us too! American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year commuting through rush hour — that’s an extra 23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year. Stuck in traffic anyway? Studies have shown that you can save up 30 percent in miles per gallon due to your driving habits alone. Accelerate smoothly and slowly, drive the speed limit, maintain a steady speed and safely come to a stop — not only will your passengers thank you, but your bank account and the planet will too.

    Maintenance is Key

    Give your car the attention it deserves. A simple tune-up can raise your car’s fuel efficiency up to 40 percent. If you need to wash all that dirt and grime off your car, skip the at-home car wash and opt for a professional one. An automatic car wash uses less than half of what you would at home. Bonus points if you find one that boasts green cleaning products as well.  

    To learn more about General Motors’ vision of an all-electric, zero emissions future click here. You can read more about how we are integrating environmental sustainability and social responsibility into every aspect of our business around the world here.

    Tweet me:.@GM shares Five Easy Ways To Be a Better, Greener Driver https://bit.ly/2HfuvjT #Earthday

    KEYWORDS: Ride sharing, earth day, General Motors, transportation, NYSE:GM


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    SOURCE:Cone Communications

    DESCRIPTION:

    This weekend the world celebrates Earth Day – a time to reflect on environmental impact and take action to create sustainable change. Established in 1970, Earth Day is now celebrated by more than one billion people worldwide – including participation from countless companies. Here’s how organizations are choosing to keep the holiday fresh and top of mind through engaging consumer activations: 

    • Expanding Efforts: For the second year in a row, Adidas will work with Major League Soccer (MLS) and Parley Ocean Plastic to provide jerseys made from upcycled plastic reclaimed from ocean waste collected from coastal communities for all 23 teams playing over Earth Day Weekend. This expands on last year’s commitment, when only one game featured the Parley’s kits.
       
    • Education for Action: Madewell sent an email to consumers detailing its commitment to eliminate single-use water bottles at its headquarters. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from Madewell’s Mother Earth Tee will support the Surfrider Foundation, which works to protect the ocean, waves and beaches. The retailer also took the opportunity to raise awareness for its longstanding denim recycling program and upcoming pop-up tour.
       
    • Connect on Issues that Matter Most: JetBlue launched its GreenUp campaign, giving consumers the opportunity to vote for earth-friendly causes.  Each day, consumers can vote for causes in four categories: Wildlife, Urban Environment, Climate Change and Conservation, and the winning organizations will be awarded a $15,000 grant from JetBlue for Good. With each vote, individuals are also entered to win two roundtrip travel certificates with carbon offsets. 

    To continue reading, please click here

    Tweet me:Engaging Activations: How Companies Are Approaching Their Earth Day Initiatives http://bit.ly/2HEp9hz

    KEYWORDS: earth day 2018, companies celebrating earth day, Cone Communications, Recycling


    0 0

    Global nonprofit cites company’s innovative spirit

    SOURCE:AEG

    DESCRIPTION:

    AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company in the world, was honored yesterday by Cancer Support Community (CSC) for its commitment to philanthropic efforts through the company’s long-standing partnership with Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® initiative integrated into AEG’s Amgen Tour of California.

    "On behalf of AEG and our 24,000 employees worldwide, we are proud to accept this honor from the Cancer Support Community. Through AEG's ongoing commitment to the Cancer Support Community and other related initiatives, including the Amgen Tour of California, we know the importance of supporting cancer patients and their families, and helping them navigate through this difficult disease," said Steven A. Cohen, Executive Vice President, The Anschutz Corporation, and Chief Strategy Officer, AEG.

    Hosted by Jack Ford of CBS News, the annual event supports CSC's growing global nonprofit network of 175 locations, including CSC and Gilda's Club centers, hospital partners, and satellite locations, to provide more than $50 million in free support services to patients and families.

    "As a global and widely respected organization, we know that AEG shares our commitment to ensuring no one faces cancer alone," said Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO of CSC.

    As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. This global network of 175 locations, including CSC and Gilda's Club centers, health-care partnerships, and satellite locations that deliver more than $50 million in free support services to patients and families. For more information, visit cancersupportcommunity.org

    Tweet me:.@CancerSupportHQ honors @aegworldwide for its ongoing support and commitment to related initiatives via partnerships with @amgen & @BreakawayCancer through @AmgenTOC http://bit.ly/2vx0lTL

    KEYWORDS: Cancer Support Community, AEG, Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer, amgen tour of california, Steven A. Cohen

     


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    SOURCE:SiMPACT Strategy Group

    DESCRIPTION:

    It's National Volunteer Week!

    The following program elements will impact volunteer participation rates:

    1. An executive champion

    2. Clear management support for volunteering activities

    3. A volunteer operating budget

    4. An employee recognition program

    5. Ongoing communication promoting opportunities to get involved

    Join LBG Canada and advance your volunteering efforts. Get in touch!

    #CIMatters #NVW2018

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    About LBG Canada

    LBG Canada is a network of corporate community investment professionals from many of Canada's leading companies, who work together to apply, develop and enhance the use of the LBG Model and measurement framework in Canada. Participation in LBG Canada encourages companies to focus on strategy, measurement and reporting to demonstrate the business value achieved through investment in community. LBG Canada is facilitated by SiMPACT Strategy Group.

    Tweet me:Its #NationalVolunteerWeek! Want to know what program elements will impact volunteer participation rates? http://bit.ly/2F7FtSU #NVW2018 #LBGCanada #CIMatters

    KEYWORDS: LBG Canada, national volunteer week, employee volunteering, Community Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility


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    SOURCE:United Nations Global Compact

    DESCRIPTION:

    NEW YORK, April 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Bola Adesola and Paul Polman to serve as new Vice-Chairs of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact.

    Adesola and Polman succeed out-going Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact Board, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Former Chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies and of Anglo American plc. In an announcement made today, the Secretary-General extended his appreciation to Sir Mark for serving in the position for the past ten years and guiding the UN Global Compact into a new era.

    Adesola and Polman previously served on the UN Global Compact Board, and bring significant expertise to the role from their wealth of experience in the private sector, the corporate sustainability space and specifically with the UN Global Compact itself.

    Adesola has served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Ltd since 2011. She has over 25 years of banking experience, including at First Bank of Nigeria and at Citibank. Adesola is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School, and she also holds a Law degree from the University of Buckingham.

    Polman has served as Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since 2009. Prior to joining Unilever, he worked at Nestlé S.A. and at Proctor and Gamble, where he spent 26 years. Polman holds degrees from the University of Groningen and the University of Cincinnati.

    Adesola and Polman have been long-standing supporters of the UN Global Compact, and were both featured at UN Global Compact events held during the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in 2017.

    In her address to the United Nations Private Sector Forum on 18 September, Adesola said, “I urge the companies present here to look at your businesses, map them to the SDGs, and then see how you can enhance those activities and play to your strengths, because, I think, it’s all about impact, and everything we do counts — whether it’s paper, whether it’s light — they all count.”

    Speaking to attendees of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on 21 September, Polman remarked, “Business cannot be a bystander in a system that created it in the first place… In implementing the SDGs, as in any change process, there will be bottlenecks, setbacks, cynics, skeptics. It takes courageous leadership. That’s where the breakthrough comes from: from people who understand that putting the interests of others ahead of their own is actually in their own self-interest.”

    The UN Global Compact Board has a vital role to play in shaping the strategy and policy of the initiative, which acts as the United Nations flagship for responsible business action. Designed as a multi-stakeholder body, the Board provides ongoing strategic and policy advice for the initiative. Board members are considered champions who are willing and able to advance the mission of the UN Global Compact to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. They act in a personal, honorary and unpaid capacity.

    Secretary-General António Guterres serves as Chair of the UN Global Compact Board, having assumed the role in conjunction with his appointment as Secretary-General in 2017 following the tenure of Ban Ki-moon. Going forward, he will work closely with Adesola and Polman, along with UN Global Compact CEO & Executive Director Lise Kingo, as they lead the UN Global Compact — the entry point for business within the broader United Nations system and the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

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    About the United Nations Global Compact

    The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks.

    For more information, follow @globalcompact and visit www.unglobalcompact.org.

    Tweet me:The @UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres announced the appointment of Bola Adesola and @PaulPolman as new Vice-Chairs of the UN @globalcompact Board. Learn more: unglobalcompact.org/news/4380-04-20-2018

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    With Earth Day approaching, let’s examine the link between a culture of sustainability and one of innovation.

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    In some respects, it’s great news that more than half of the global population now lives in cities – a figure expected to increase to two in three people around the world by 2050.

    This growth makes cities a great place to live and work and gives them a real sense of energy and vitality. But it also brings challenges of pollution, emissions and congestion, among other issues.

    Ahead of Earth Day (April 22), when communities around the world will showcase their ideas for a greener and more prosperous future, it’s a good time to highlight the value of partnerships in addressing these challenges.

    It’s also a timely reminder of how a sustainable mindset translates into an innovative mindset.

    At UPS, we build partnerships with cities to help find solutions to their environmental and congestion challenges. Our recent work in Dublin, for example, has enabled us to replace conventional diesel vehicles with electrically assisted tricycles, which produce no emissions.

    We’ve helped the city reduce pollution and congestion because the tricycles take up less road space than the diesel vehicles they’ve replaced. It’s great for the environment – and the future of Dublin. Turns out, it’s also great for UPS.

    Sustainable innovations like these are real engines for growth in our business. Not only do they help us mitigate risks associated with vehicle access, they generate new economic opportunities.

    We can now connect and collaborate more effectively with governments, as well as our stakeholders, employees and customers, generating a culture within the business of sustainable innovation.

    In other words, these are the hidden benefits of sustainability.

    Cultivating partnerships

    One of the interesting aspects of our Dublin work is how it’s advanced previous progress. It goes beyond a purely operational environmental project into a new arena of bringing social engagement into the fold.

    The tricycle delivery solution is built on a hub and spoke model. Packages are moved into a central location in a city, and vehicles are loaded from there.

    The central location is often a container moved into the city after a pre-load early in the morning. In the case of Dublin, it was the first time we ran a local competition to create an artwork design for the container.

    The container – named the Eco Hub – transcended function, and is now part of the art of the city. And that’s been a terrific success because it really brought us closer to the community.

    This isn’t just about environmental sustainability. It’s also about social engagement, and the two work  powerfully together.

    Our efforts to replace diesel vehicles with tricycles and electrically assisted transportation started several years ago in Hamburg, Germany. And that project is still running.

    We now have a number of Eco Hubs in different parts of Hamburg. In fact, there are virtually no UPS diesel vehicles in the downtown area right now. Instead, we have e-Trikes in a city center ringed with electric vehicles.

    In addition to Hamburg, we’ve expanded this model across Germany – to Munich, Frankfurt Oldenburg and Offenbach. And we’re also experimenting with similar projects this year in London, Paris and elsewhere in Europe.

    A transferrable model

    This type of model could also produce breakthroughs in the U.S. and Asia, as the desire for more liveable spaces is universal. These won’t be copy-paste solutions, but the framework for such an approach has already proven successful.

    The question for companies like UPS is one of risk. More specifically, it’s a question of converting a would-be risk, a risk of reduced access to some of our core markets, into a new opportunity.

    We welcome opportunities to connect with our stakeholders, connect with the government in that area and become part of the debate about the future regulations there.

    We’re striving for a culture of sustainable innovation, a framework that can help attract the best and brightest workforce to our operations around the world.

    In a way, this commitment to sustainable innovation is also an engine for growth within our own ranks.

    A grand plan

    The Dublin and Hamburg campaigns are just pieces of a much broader sustainable urban logistics puzzle – one that includes electric vehicles, smart grids and other new technologies, innovations and problem-solving techniques that will redefine the nature of international commerce.

    They all work together in a grand plan that makes the global movement of goods more efficient and sustainable. These solutions must be tailored to each individual city and their needs.

    That is our future.

    But not every benefit is apparent at first blush. What too often gets lost is the way in which this mindset generates a new culture of innovation across the entire business.

    We see a real sense of energy now within parts of the business that are pursuing similar initiatives, and that has terrific benefits beyond individual sustainability projects.

    With Earth Day fast approaching, that’s a transformation worth celebrating and doubling down on with newfound urgency. Remember that a sustainable mindset is also an innovative mindset.

    What could be better for business?

    Tweet me:Has your business discovered the hidden benefits of #sustainability? @UPS guide @PeterHarrisUPS shows you the ways to capitalize on them beyond #EarthDay http://bit.ly/2HPc0A6

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