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- Hosting food discovery experiences, educational activities and tastings, led by Aramark chefs and dietitians, that teach community members how to make healthier food choices.
- Building an outdoor classroom area to be used for on-going healthy food workshops and demonstrations.
- Revitalizing the community farm for ongoing access to a healthy and sustainable food source.
- Creating inspiration murals.
- 09/20/18--07:00: Getting a Look at the Green Technologies of the Future
- 09/21/18--03:35: VIDEO | Join the Rainforest Alliance’s Follow the Frog Campaign
- 09/21/18--04:55: The UPS Foundation to Award $2.6 Million in Environmental Grants
- DonorsChoose.org, to support environmental education classroom projects submitted by public school teachers in rural communities in the U.S.
- Earth Day Network, for the Trees for Communities project that will plant more than 500,000 trees in Mexico, India, Cameroon, Uganda and the Boreal Forest in Canada.
- Earthwatch, to support global education and research workshops as part of UPS’s Climate Ambassadors Program.
- Keep America Beautiful, Inc., to fulfill local tree planting grants and beautification projects, advance community education and engage UPS employees through volunteerism.
- National Arbor Day Foundation, for continued help with reforestation programs in Canada’s Boreal Forest.
- National Park Foundation, to expand support for the reforestation of reclaimed mining land at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn.
- Student Conservation Association (SCA), for assistance with its National Conservation Internship Program for college students interested in environmental stewardship careers.
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to support public private partnerships to enhance environmental sustainability.
- 09/21/18--06:10: Fostering Student Interest and Inclusion to Close the STEM Gap
- 09/21/18--07:00: Ride-and-Drives Accelerate Switch to Electric Vehicles
- Do Hyun Kim of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Harvard University, in partnership with Emily Dahl, Calvin Marambo, Anna Raheem and Olga Romanova developed an outpatient wearable device designed to take the body temperature readings of pediatric cancer patients at specific time intervals and alert them via an alarm feedback system to help decrease rates of infection-caused mortality in low and middle-income countries.
- Ebele Mbanugo of Lagos, Nigeria, Run For a Cure Africa Breast Cancer Foundation, whose idea is to produce timely, culturally-relevant, entertaining and easy to understand information via a first-of-its-kind digital audio series with local actors that covers topics of significance that address common barriers and myths to breast cancer treatment, which are of value to patients in Nigeria.
- Richard Levenson of Sacramento, California, USA, UC Davis Medical Center, whose idea is to update the microscope, so that it can provide diagnostic-quality images with enhanced information directly and quickly from fresh or fixed tissue to relieve both the requirement to have access to the tissue structure as well as the time-consuming and costly processes involved in accessing it.
- Mark Reisenauer, senior vice president, oncology business unit, Astellas
- Peter Sandor, M.D., vice president, head of oncology therapeutic area, marketing strategy at Astellas
- Hernâni Oliveira, The Hope Project, 2017 C3 Prize Grand Prize Winner
- Saunthari Somasundaram, president of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, UICC board member
- Miriam Mutebi, consultant breast surgical oncologist, Aga Khan University Hospital, UICC young leader
- Support Tools — Entries in this category seek to provide patients around the world with access to support resources, such as tools, methods or processes that help create support systems or provide encouragement for patients, caregivers and others impacted by cancer.
- Educational Tools — Entries in this category include tools, methods or processes that educate patients, caregivers and others impacted by cancer, through all aspects of the journey, whether that be at the time of a diagnosis, during treatment or post-treatment.
- Technology — Entries in this category include any technological device, digital health tool or app that can help patients and caregivers in low- and middle-income countries better manage cancer treatment and recovery.
- 09/21/18--08:55: How Republic Services is Fighting Food Waste – and Hunger
- Explain the concept of the circular economy.
- Identify why Dow is applying a long-term approach to sustainability.
- Describe what a pilot program is and why it was important for Dow implement such a program.
- 09/24/18--02:40: Water Conservation at Domtar: Our Process From River to Mill
- Natural water chemistry
- Effluent from upstream users
- Surrounding land use
- Season of the year
- Weather events, including droughts and floods
- Which products the mill makes
Aramark celebrates 10-years of helping underserved communities and the five year anniversary of the company’s global day of service, Aramark Building Community Day
BOSTON, September 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ –More than 100 Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) team members will volunteer their time at Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, to bring health and wellness education to community members. These volunteers join more than 12,000 Aramark team members, in 15 counties, who are also volunteering at 400 service projects across the globe, during Aramark’s annual day of community service, Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day).
“Every year, thousands of Aramark team members come together to volunteer their time and talent in the communities where they live and work on Aramark Building Community Day,” said Brent Hardin, Regional Vice President for Aramark Sports & Entertainment. “Today, we’re excited to have 100 team members at Codman Square, who are bringing health and wellness education to Boston families and achieving Aramark’s goal of creating long-lasting health and wellness programs, here in Boston.”
ABC Day supports Aramark’s Healthy for Life® commitment with the American Heart Association (AHA), to improve the health of Americans 20 percent by 2020, and Aramark’s Feed Your Potential 365 public health and well-being campaign, promoting healthy lifestyles.
ABC Day projects at Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation include:
In addition to service projects across the globe, Aramark is introducing a new way to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in communities as part of ABC Day. Through a partnership with #GiveHealthy, people can donate fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food, directly to organizations that help people in need. Donations can be made by visiting https://ampyourgood.com/user/campaigns/3145, selecting an organization and food items, which will then be delivered directly to the organization selected. The ABC Day #GiveHealthy drive runs through September 21.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Aramark Building Community, which debuted in Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston in 2008, and the fifth anniversary of ABC Day. Since its inception, more than 60,000 Aramark employees have volunteered their time and talent to support Aramark Building Community projects, impacting five million children and families in underserved communities since 2008.
To learn more about Aramark Building Community’s decade of impact, watch this video.
About Aramark Building Community
Aramark has invested tens of millions of dollars in expertise, financial and in-kind resources to strengthen communities through Aramark Building Community, our commitment to improve community health and wellness and help people succeed through education and employment. Learn more at http://www.aramark.com/responsibility or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at http://www.aramark.com/ or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
KEYWORDS: Aramark, volunteer, ARAMARK Building Community, community, nonprofit, Health, HEALTH AND WELLNESS, sustainability, NYSE:ARMK
The California Climate Cup competition seeks to identify startups that could accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and enhance resiliency.
Michael Burz admitted at the outset his is an uphill battle — making battery technology sexy.
“It’s a battery, not blockchain,” said Burz, referring to the popular technology used as the basis for BitCoin and other digital currency.
Still, the president and CEO of EnZinc Inc. thinks his Bay Area-based company could advance the development of advanced high performance green batteries that are based on zinc instead of the more common lithium ion or lead acid.
He believes the batteries, which use a unique zinc sponge design, could one day power electric vehicles and provide energy storage for the power grid with higher energy at a lower cost.
“The time to act on climate change is now and these startups are leading the way to a smarter, more resilient, and cleaner future,” said Matt Petersen, president and CEO of the nonprofit incubator, known as LACI.
Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison, provided a $50,000 grant to support the Climate Cup’s Energy/Transportation Nexus competition, during which Burz gave the EnZinc presentation.
Also competing in the category were EP Tender, a French company that has developed a mobile battery mini-trailer that can extend the range of an electric vehicle, and EVmatch, a Santa Barbara firm with a mobile app that connects EV drivers with people who have a charger available by reservation for charging.
EVmatch ended up winning the Energy/Transportation Nexus competition and will appear in San Francisco at the Global Climate Action Summit to present its plan in the finals. The two other finalists are Wheeli, a New York-based long-distance carpooling app for college students, and Solstice Energy Solutions in the Bay Area, which develops Internet of Things and software for energy management.
The competition finalists won $5,000 and the grand finalist will get $25,000. LACI will give all three startups the opportunity to talk with investors during the climate summit.
Drew Murphy, Edison International senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, said the company’s support for the competition is part of its commitment to helping the state meet its clean energy and clean air goals.
“Technological advancement is going to drive the transformation taking place in our industry now,” Murphy said. “Things like energy storage, advanced electric vehicles and artificial intelligence are going to help Edison lead the transformation of the electric power industry, so we are committed to nurturing up-and-coming companies and technologies.”
Tweet me:.@SCE supports California Climate Cup, a competition that identifies #startups with the capacity to accelerate #EVs, #energystorage and #climateaction http://bit.ly/2DduE5N #tech #sustainability
KEYWORDS: Southern California Edison, Edison International, SCE, California Climate Cup, startups, electric vehicles, evs, sustainability
Let's suppose, for argument's sake, that you question whether climate change is real, or whether it will really affect you. You're not alone. More than a third of Americans say they don't worry much or at all about global warming and a third say it's exaggerated in the news. More than half say it won't pose a serious threat in their lifetimes, and 12 percent say it will never be a threat.
Still, amid the devastation left by Florence and past hurricanes, the extreme weather is a little tougher to question or ignore. Extreme weather has its origins, of course, in extreme temperatures. The four hottest years globally on record? That would be the last four, in this order: 2016, 2015,2017, and 2014.
About National Grid
National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Read more about the innovative projects happening across our footprint in The Democratization of Energy, an eBook written by National Grid’s US president, Dean Seavers.
Tweet me:Extreme weather like #Florence shows need for clean, stable energy infrastructure to help reduce both power outages and #climatechange. @DeanSeaversNG @USATODAY Op-Ed: http://bit.ly/2xqgwRy @nationalgridus
KEYWORDS: National Grid, NYSE:NGG, climate change, Hurricane Florence
Annual campaign runs through September 24th
The Rainforest Alliance’s annual Follow the Frog campaign is underway and runs through September 24. The campaign encourages consumers to purchase goods that have been responsibly produced, as indicated by the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.
When the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal appears on a package of paper, bag of coffee, box of bananas, bar of chocolate or dozens of other products, it assures consumers that the products sustainably grown and harvested. Products that are sourced from farms, fields and forestlands that meet the Rainforest Alliance’s standards for conserving wildlife, protecting natural habitats and improving the livelihoods of workers and local communities can use the seal.
For nearly two decades Domtar and the Rainforest Alliance have collaborated on multiple initiatives to promote sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation.
Tweet me:VIDEO | @DomtarEveryday has partnered with the Rainforest Alliance for nearly 20 years, working to expand responsible #forest certification, #sustainable land use and #biodiversity #conservation. http://bit.ly/2ppJ3SC @RnfrstAlliance #FollowTheFrog
KEYWORDS: Domtar, rainforest alliance, Follow the Frog, biodiversity, Conservation, Sustainable Forest Management
AEG employees competed for third-straight year in triathlon’s Entertainment Industry Challenge
September 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - In a combined effort to advance its employees’ health and well-being and continue its longstanding support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), AEG – the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company – raised more than $60,000 for CHLA through its involvement with the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Malibu, Calif.
More than 70 AEG employees on the AEG Tri Team competed in a half-mile ocean swim, 17-mile bike ride and four-mile run to benefit CHLA in conjunction with the race’s Entertainment Industry Challenge, which encourages teams from companies in the entertainment industry to fundraise the most for CHLA.
“I am beyond proud of our AEG Tri Team for all of the work they’ve put into training and fundraising for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our team has not only continued to grow each year with increased enthusiasm from our employees, but we were able to more than double our fundraising from the previous year,” said Ted Fikre, Vice Chairman and Chief Legal and Development Officer, AEG.
“We look forward to continuing our efforts in providing health and wellness opportunities for our employees and participating in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon next year,” said Fikre.
Funds raised through the Nautica Malibu Triathlon will go toward pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
KEYWORDS: AEG, CHLA, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Zuma Beach, nautica malibu triathlon, Entertainment Industry Challenge, pediatric cancer research, Pediatric Cancer Fundraising
As a high school senior in California last year, Jose knew his Dad was excited about his college application process – even if he didn’t have much experience with how it all worked.
Jose has been aiming for a degree in computer sciences—a big goal, since nobody in his family has ever graduated from college. But since he was young, Jose has had a unique support system through the California-based organization, and Dell Youth Learning partner, Peninsula Bridge.
Academic advisers with Peninsula Bridge work closely with students like Jose – and their families –beginning in the 5th grade through high school, and even through college. They provide personalized academic mentoring and tutoring to low-income students living in the San Francisco Peninsula area.
The big idea: “Level the playing field and close the achievement gap for hundreds of underserved yet high-achieving students each year,” Co-Executive Director Randi Shafton says. “We’re inspiring a new generation of diverse college graduates, working professionals and community leaders.”
Good news, because the nation’s economy needs them!
Research and reporting shows the U.S. isn’t producing enough graduates with the skills to thrive in the country’s evolving economy. The five most valued work skills in 2030 will be creative drive, logic, emotional intelligence, judgment and technological literacy, according to the recent study – Realizing 2030 – commissioned by Dell Technologies.
Peninsula Bridge’s curriculum aims to nurture skills for the workforce ahead. Project-based learning fosters interest and enthusiasm, including for STEM education.
Jose has been attending the organization’s summer sessions since the 5th grade. Attending students benefit from a mix of academic and enrichment classes, plus recreational activities – all designed to keep them on the college track when they get to high school.
They even learn about career opportunities by visiting premier Bay Area companies like Google and Amazon.
Peninsula Bridge is a Dell Youth Learning partner. Dell provides grant funding and our technology. Our funding supports the Summer, Middle School Academy, and Eighth Grade Academy programs. Using Dell-donated Chromebooks, Peninsula Bridge also guides students on how to code, conduct research, and more.
“For most of these kids, this is their first time with things like computer science and coding. They are elated by it,” Randi says. “We have engineers come in and share their work. We want them to see the critical thinking that goes into it – and know they can do that, too.”
The approach is unique: Students are brought back together each summer with their assigned cohort of high-achieving peers from similar backgrounds. Seeing that same group of students each year is a supportive experience, Jose says.
Another important aspect of the Bridge program is teacher assistants, who are high school and college-age volunteers, come from similar circumstances.
“The students relate to them and look up to them,” says Rene Jimenez, Director of College Success Programs. Rene knows first-hand the value of this connection. Rene joined Peninsula Bridge in August 2015 and participated in the Bridge program as a 7th and 8th grader.
While the college application is only one step among many for low-income and first-generation college students, Rene says it is a critical hurdle. With the help of Rene and his College Access Counselor, Jose applied to Sonoma State University, the four-year college where he recently started classes.
Tweet me:@Dell Youth Learning partner Peninsula Bridge helps high-achieving kids from underserved communities in the #SanFrancisco Peninsula area prepare for college http://bit.ly/2PQfBQY #STEM #Realizing2030
KEYWORDS: Dell, Peninsula Bridge, Dell Youth Learning, academic mentoring, tutoring, Realizing 2030
The UPS Foundation publishes its Annual Social Impact Report
ATLANTA, September 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The UPS Foundation, which leads global citizenship and philanthropy programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS), announced it will award nearly $2.7 million in grants to preeminent environmental organizations worldwide. The missions of these organizations align with The UPS Foundation and the company’s environmental sustainability goals, which address creation of global standards and best practices as well as other issues such as renewable energy sources and reducing its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations. This announcement comes after The UPS Foundation recently awarded $10 million in grants to 44 organizations that advance diversity and inclusion around the world.
The most significant grants will advance The UPS Foundation’s commitment to fund the planting of “15 Million Trees By 2020” in urban and rural areas around the globe. Last year, the program funded the planting of more than 2.7 million trees, bringing the number of total trees planted to over 12.5 million - 84% to its goal. Additionally, this past year two new countries – Austria and Nigeria – were added to the program. UPS has now planted trees in 56 countries around the world. Key partners include support for The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund’s Education for Nature Reforestation programs.
Additional funding will go to The World Resources Institute (WRI) to provide continued program support for the development of the Science Based Global Greenhouse Gas Standards and Targets. These protocols and targets were used to help establish UPS’s 2020 and 2025 emissions, energy, fuel, and vehicle environmental goals. UPS will also provide support to WRI’s effort to scale the use of renewable natural gas production.
“UPS is committed to finding innovative solutions for today’s sustainability challenges,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Through our partner organizations, we’re able to have a real impact on pressing environmental issues that we face every day. This latest investment allows us to help transform markets and change lives.”
In addition to The Nature Conservancy, the WRI and the WWF, The UPS Foundation awarded environmental grants to eight other organizations:
Recently, The UPS Foundation published its annual Social Impact Report. The report breaks out UPS’s philanthropic giving over the past year per The UPS Foundation’s four focus areas of Community Safety, Diversity & Inclusion, Environmental Sustainability and Volunteerism. It also highlights personalized stories of those impacted by grants, in-kind support, logistics expertise and volunteer hours from The UPS Foundation and UPS employees. For more information about UPS’s corporate giving, please visit UPS.com/Foundation.
About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.
Tweet me:The @UPS_Foundation awards $2.6 million in grants to #environmental orgs @WWF @nature_org @WorldResources @arborday @wbcsd @earthwatch_org and others to preserve critical ecosystems and advance the company’s commitment to plant 15M trees by 2020 http://bit.ly/2pkc3v4
KEYWORDS: UPS, NYSE:UPS
At the Global Climate Action Summit, Ashley Allen, Climate & Land Sr. Manager spoke to Genevieve Maricle, Global Knowledge & Innovation Lead at WWF about the ‘climate heroes’ that inspired her.
To watch the full interview, please click here.
Tweet me:Who are your ‘climate heroes’? For @MarsGlobal’s Ashley Allen, the answer may surprise you! Check out her conversation with @WWF’s Global Knowledge & Innovation Lead, Genevieve Maricle, to find out who inspires them: https://bit.ly/2Nv3hZU
KEYWORDS: Mars Incorporated, Global Climate Action Summit, WWF, climate heroes
Inequality hinders innovation. The key to closing the STEM skills gap lies in both reaching and engaging groups of youth.
For a country that has historically thrived on innovation, the United States may now be losing out on generations of innovators in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. These innovators are essential to bridging the skills gap in STEM: an estimated 3 million STEM jobs in America are unfilled because there are not enough qualified workers to fill them.
Meanwhile, six out of ten children aren’t learning the minimum required in reading and math. In classrooms across the country, only 16 percent of high school students are proficient in math and express an interest in STEM fields.
Among students who do score well in math and science, there are large disparities in innovation by socioeconomic class, race, and gender, according to a study by the Equality of Opportunity Project. Innovators from low-income backgrounds who excelled at math are less likely to hold patents than their counterparts who come from higher-income families but did substantially worse in school. White children are three times more likely to become inventors than black children, and only 18 percent of inventors are female.
Many of these students from underrepresented backgrounds become “lost Einsteins”—academically talented people who would have had high-impact inventions had they become inventors. Looking at the STEM workforce, blacks represent 9 percent of workers and Hispanics represent 7 percent. Although women represent half of the STEM workforce, they are vastly underrepresented in engineering and computer science fields.
Tweet me:Inequality hinders innovation. Rebecca Bell Meszaros of IREX explains the key to closing the STEM skills gap lies in both reaching and engaging groups of youth. https://bit.ly/2PJkOea #STEM #SkillsGap #GEFlive @IREXintl @PYXERAGlobal
KEYWORDS: quality education, skills gap, GEFlive, PYXERA Global
Company Provides 480,000 Servings of Protein to Feeding America Through Helping Hungry Homes® Initiative, Commits $100,000 to American Red Cross
SMITHFIELD, Va., September 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Following historic flooding and devastation in North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is donating 480,000 servings of protein through its Helping Hungry Homes® initiative to two local food banks and has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support ongoing disaster-relief and recovery efforts in the state.
The company has mobilized their signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®, to donate 120,000 pounds of protein, equivalent to 480,000 servings, to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina and Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which serve the communities impacted by the storm.
Smithfield’s contribution to the American Red Cross will support the disaster-relief agency’s efforts to provide food, shelter, and relief supplies to the hundreds of thousands of individuals across the state who have been impacted by the storm and are in need of immediate aid.
“The Red Cross is working hard to deliver help and hope where it is most needed, including working with partners to move volunteers and supplies,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina. “We couldn’t do our work without gracious donors like Smithfield Foods who truly support our community.”
Smithfield will continue to work with response organizations to assess and support both the region’s immediate and ongoing recovery needs. In the state of North Carolina, the company has more than 10,000 employees across seven facilities and 200 company-owned farms.
“Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Florence, including many members of our Smithfield Family in North Carolina. We are immensely grateful for their safety and well-being in the wake of this historic storm, as well as for the tireless efforts of all the first responders,” said Keira Lombardo, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Smithfield Foods. “Recovering from devastation of this magnitude requires an ongoing collective effort, and we’re proud to provide resources to our neighbors in need in the communities we call home.”
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Tweet me:.@SmithfieldFoods provides 480k Servings of Protein to Feeding America through #HelpingHungryHomes, Commits $100K to @RedCross to #HurricaneFlorence Disaster-Relief Efforts in NC http://bit.ly/2NZrVRI
KEYWORDS: Hurricane Florence Disaster-Relief Efforts in North Carolina, Feeding America, csr, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina and Food Bank of Central, Eastern North Carolina, Smithfield Foods, Helping Hungry Homes®
Internet of Things technology making cooking easier and safer for families and providing businesses and organizations direct insight into clean energy adoption.
How did you cook your breakfast this morning? If you’re one of the roughly 3 billion people worldwide who live in energy poverty, it was over an open fire or a pile of lit charcoal inside a rudimentary stove. Cooking this way is inefficient, wasting up to 90% of the heat from combustion. It is also dangerous, affecting vision, causing heart and lung disease and ultimately shortened lives. Almost half the world’s population still cooks this way because they need to eat and don’t have other options, but thankfully progress is being made.
Changing a person’s relationship with household energy requires access to new technology that is affordable and easy to use. For households in wealthy countries, the need to cook over charcoal and open flames stopped when massive energy infrastructure systems were built to connect them with electricity and natural gas at the flip of a switch, and allowed them to pay for it monthly.
But what about people who live in areas where no such infrastructure exists? Changing their relationship with household energy to safer and more convenient ways to live and cook still requires creating access to new technology, but the approach to energy access is different than what has come before.
FROM WOOD TO CHARCOAL TO LPG
People in energy poverty have seen their relationships with household energy evolve over the last two decades, and it is set to make a revolutionary shift in the coming years. For many, the evolution of energy usage begins with transitioning from wood to charcoal. Charcoal is more expensive than wood, but burns cleaner and more efficiently. For the billions of people who cook this way, a more efficient wood or charcoal burning stove can make feeding their families easier.
Improved cookstoves save families money and time while lowering their exposure to smoke. For those who can afford it, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) is also available. At Envirofit, we believe that people are united by their desire to live well, and people in energy poverty want to use LPG because it is a convenient, modern fuel that cooks fast and clean. So far, however, this has been difficult because LPG hasn’t been affordable.
Now, technological innovation has again made it possible to change millions of people’s relationship with household energy by making LPG accessible at scale. But unlike the transition from wood and charcoal through improved stoves, the move to LPG can be made with cellular and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Using these advances, households who cook with modern LPG like Envirofit’s SmartGas will be able to use convenient, affordable energy while having increased ability to participate in the national economy and help others cook safer.
DATA DRIVEN HOUSEHOLD ENERGY
How much data did you generate while cooking your breakfast this morning?
That might sound like a strange question, but energy usage is measured by the companies who supply it the world over. The same is true for the technology behind Envirofit SmartGas LPG Service, as the tech innovations which enable it to report usage data are also what make LPG newly affordable to millions of people.
Like other Pay-As-You-Go services – or Pay-As-You-Cook in the case of SmartGas - Envirofit’s ability to collect usage data ensures customers have the best experience possible. In addition to providing a consistent supply of fuel, by automatically scheduling new tank deliveries before customers run out, usage data also allows us to remotely handle customer service calls and measure impact.
Envirofit has been in the business of helping households evolve their relationship with household energy since our first wood stoves debuted in India over 11 years ago. Based on this experience, we know that the successfull introduction of new technology requires a relationship between Envirofit and our customers. If usage drops off unexpectedly, our customer service team can reach out to make sure everything is ok. The insights that our cellular and IoT equipped SmartGas technology give us help to build this relationship and encourage higher rates of adoption.
Increasing access to modern household energy for billions of people isn’t something we can do alone. This data is also useful for implementation partners such as NGOs, bilateral organizations and governments who have ecological and economic interests in creating energy access and helping communities cook safer. In the past, such information was only available to companies when they conducted time intensive and costly in-person follow-ups. With SmartGas’ ability to report data remotely over cellular networks, accurate data is more easily acquired.
The greatest benefits beyond household energy this new technology provides are for customers. The basis of the Pay-As-You-Cook model is one that lets customers finance a single tank of LPG. The service lets customers to pay for LPG in amounts as small as $.50 cents, and can be used to finance other purchases too. This so called nanofinance has helped many of our customers afford a two-burner LPG stove, doubling their cooking capacity and saving them even more time when feeding their families.
As household energy technology continues to evolve, so will people’s relationship with it. IoT technology makes cooking easier and safer for families and provides businesses and organizations direct insight into clean energy adoption. However, it is only when these breakthroughs are combined with personalized service, this approach to energy access can change lives.
Envirofit International is a speaker at Business Call to Action's 8th Annual Forum: Technological Disruption in the World of Inclusive Business. To find out more about the event, click here.
Tweet me:.@Envirofit is using #InternetOfThings technology to make #cooking easier and safer for families, and provide businesses and organizations insight into #cleanenergy adoption. http://bit.ly/2QNZHYE @BCtAInitiative #IoT
KEYWORDS: business call to action (bcta), Energy Poverty, Envirofit, SmartGas, Internet of Things (IoT)
SCE is partnering with Plug In America to help spread the word about incentives and the benefits of going electric.
“The primary difference I notice is acceleration, and how well it transitions from start to stop,” said Los Angeles resident Ken Braziel after test driving the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. “And how quiet it is. It’s amazing.”
“I drive a zero-emissions car. It’s super fun to drive … I’ll never go back to a gas-powered engine,” said Nancy Dolan, whose electric vehicle lease is about to expire.
Braziel and Dolan were among nearly 2,000 attendees at Charge Up LA!, a ride-and-drive event in downtown Los Angeles that kicked off the eighth annual National Drive Electric Week in Southern California.
Southern California Edison, a sponsor of Charge Up LA!, was on hand to talk about the utility’s money-saving incentive programs for EVs.
National Drive Electric Week aims to spread the word about the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles — the lower overall costs of ownership compared to fossil-fueled vehicles, helping the environment and reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil.
“The best way for people to overcome their misperceptions about EVs is to test drive a car and to talk with other EV drivers,” said Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America, a national association of EV drivers. “They love talking about their cars. They are the most powerful sales people.”
Edison International, parent company of SCE, has awarded $105,000 in grants to Plug In America to conduct ride-and-drives throughout SCE’s service area this year, including several during National Drive Electric Week.
“Our support for Plug In America provides communities that don’t typically get exposure to EVs,” said Lisa Woon, SCE’s principal manager of Corporate Philanthropy. “The grants from Edison are meant to expand opportunities for all residents to experience for themselves the benefits of driving an EV.”
For National Drive Electric Week, Edison International is supporting Plug In America ride-and-drives in downtown Los Angeles, Carson, Gardena, Long Beach, Lindsay, Mammoth Lakes and Oxnard. Other ride-and-drive locations sponsored by Edison include: Camarillo, Compton, Monterey Park, Ontario, South El Monte and other cities in SCE’s service territory.
SCE’s incentive programs for EVs include the Clean Fuel Rewards Program, which provides $450 rebates to customers who purchase or lease a new or used EV. The Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate Program offers residential customers a rebate of up to $1,500 toward out-of-pocket costs for upgrades and permitting fees necessary to install a Level 2 (240-volt) EV charging station.
Through its Charge Ready program, SCE has installed more than 1,000 chargers to date at more than 60 locations throughout its territory, including public, workplace and apartment and condo complexes. That number is expected to exceed 1,200 in the coming months.
For Dolan, incentives at the state and national level helped make driving an EV a solid economic choice.
“The most important thing is to get in a car and test drive it and see how much fun it is,” she said. “And how much you can do your part for the environment.”
KEYWORDS: SCE, Edison International, Plug In America, evs
Bill and Giuliana Rancic to Lend Expertise, Passion and Personal Cancer Experience to Inspire Fellow Entrepreneurs C3 Prize Category Winners will compete for the Grand Prize during a live event at the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress on October 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
NORTHBROOK, Ill., September 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Astellas Pharma US, Inc. today announced the three C3 Prize Category Winners who will pitch their ideas for changing cancer care during a live pitch event at the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress on October 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The three Category Winners will present their innovations to a panel of judges that includes Bill Rancic, seasoned entrepreneur and star of the reality TV show, Giuliana and Bill.
"We're excited to join the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize, so that we can continue to share our story in an effort to help others who are going through a similar experience," said Bill Rancic, who rose to fame by winning the first season of The Apprentice. "We survived cancer together, and experienced firsthand many of the real-world challenges associated with cancer care. Also, as entrepreneurs, we see a tremendous need and opportunity for innovative and impactful solutions to address those challenges."
Bill and Giuliana Rancic are partnering with Astellas to support the C3 Prize and foster meaningful non-treatment solutions in cancer care. Both were deeply affected by cancer following Giuliana's breast cancer diagnosis in 2011 and are lending their personal and professional experience to help identify the most innovative idea to transform cancer care.
"Innovation and patient focus are at the core of everything we do at Astellas, and we're thrilled with this year's winning ideas that have the potential to transform the global patient community —from a novel way to diagnose cancer to a wearable device designed to gauge body temperature to a digital audio series about breast cancer," said Mark Reisenauer, senior vice president, oncology business unit, Astellas. "We congratulate and thank everyone who applied to transform cancer care for patients, caregivers, and loved ones."
This year's challenge will award three prizes totaling $100,000 USD (one Grand Prize of $50,000 USD and two $25,000 USDgrants). In addition to the prize money, all three Category Winners will receive a one-year "nights and weekends" membership to MATTER, a Chicago-based healthcare innovation community, to help bring their ideas to life.
The Category Winners chosen to move on to compete for the Grand Prize are:
The Category Winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges with expertise in oncology, business and entrepreneurship. In addition to Bill Rancic, the C3 Prize judges include:
"As an advocate for women with cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, there is a tremendous need for transformative ideas. It is truly inspiring to see the many ideas submitted to this year's challenge that help address cancer needs in low- and middle-income countries," said Miriam Mutebi, 2018 C3 Prize judge and consultant breast surgical oncologist at Aga Khan UniversityHospital in Kenya. "It is a privilege to be part of the C3 Prize to help recognize new potential solutions in cancer care."
Bill Rancic will participate in an Astellas Live Facebook event on October 3 at 6:30 p.m. CST/October 4 at 7:30 a.m. MYT, during which participants can meet each of the Category Winners and then the winners will be announced a few hours after the event. Follow Astellas on Facebook and learn more at www.C3Prize.com.
About C3 Prize
The Astellas Oncology C3 (Changing Cancer Care) Prize is a global challenge focused on inspiring non-treatment ideas that may improve cancer care for patients and their loved ones. In its third year, entrants were challenged to come up with solutions that transform cancer care in low- and middle- income countries, whose populations bear a disproportionate burden of the global cancer epidemic. New for this year, applicants selected a category under which to submit their application, as follows:
Entries were evaluated based on the following criteria: extent to which idea reflects application category; plausibility of idea; creativity and originality of innovation; and ability of entrant to operationalize/implement the innovative idea for future application.
Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at http://www.astellas.us. You can also follow us on Twitter at @AstellasUS, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AstellasUSor LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/astellas-pharma.
The Union for International Cancer Control's (UICC) rapidly increasing membership base of over 1000 organisations in more than 160 countries, represents the world's major cancer societies, ministries of health and patient groups and includes influential policy makers, researchers and experts in cancer prevention and control. UICC also boasts more than 50 strategic partners.
The organisation is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.
For more information, visit www.UICC.org.
About The World Cancer Congress
The World Cancer Congress (WCC) is a recognized international conference which encourages effective knowledge transfer and best practices exchange amongst 3,500 cancer control and public health experts from 150 countries. It aims to strengthen the participants' action and impact on national, regional and international scales through a multidisciplinary program that features the latest successful interventions in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.
The Congress was awarded 'Best Conference Development' at the 2016 International & European Associations Awards and 'Best use of social media' at the 2017 Association Excellence Awards.
The World Cancer Congress is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) - which was recognized with a Membership Engagement Award - and supports the organization's purpose statement 'to unite the cancer community, reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and integrate cancer into the world's health and development agenda'. It takes place every two years in a different country and is hosted by a local member of UICC.
MATTER, Chicago's premier healthcare collaborative, includes 200 cutting-edge startups from around the world, working together with hospitals and health systems, universities and industry-leading companies to build the future of healthcare. Together, the MATTER community is accelerating innovation, advancing care and improving lives. For more information, visit matter.health and follow @MATTERhealth.
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KEYWORDS: C3 Prize, Oncology, astellas, entrepreneurship, Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic
Most people know Republic Services for the big blue trucks that collect trash throughout their neighborhood. But we don’t just deliver garbage to the local landfill, we also work to keep some things out – such as perfectly edible food.
Supermarkets and restaurants often are left with food that’s beyond the “sell by” date but is still safe for consumption. At the same time, hunger is at epidemic proportions in the U.S., affecting one in six Americans.
So our team got to thinking . . . how could we help get that extra food to those in need?
In Southern California, Republic teamed up with Food Finders, the St. Francis Center and World Harvest to pick up this surplus food and deliver it to local food banks and soup kitchens. In fact, in less than two years, these partnerships have recovered 1 million pounds of food, or enough for more than 800,000 meals.
But that’s not all. Despite these efforts, World Harvest still had tons of surplus fruits and vegetables going to waste each month. Our L.A. employees wondered, was there a place to take this fresh produce where we knew it would be quickly consumed?
The Los Angeles Zoo provided the answer. World Harvest is now donating 10 tons of fresh produce every month to feed the zoo’s animals. Not only is this reducing food waste, but it’s saving the zoo $16,000 a month in groceries!
Any other food that World Harvest is unable to distribute to families or animals at the zoo is now sent to be composted by Republic Services. About 40 tons of spoiled or damaged food per month is turned into a nutrient-rich soil additive. Through the zoo donations and composting, Republic has helped World Harvest reduce its landfill waste by 80%.
“We are proud of the work these partnerships have accomplished so far, and we know there is still much work to be done. We intend to continue to do our part to help fight hunger and divert food waste in Los Angeles,” said Tania Ragland, Sustainability and Food Recovery Manager at Republic Services.
For more on Republic Services’ sustainability initiatives and our 2017 Sustainability Report, go to republicservices.com/sustainability.
KEYWORDS: Republic Services, Food Finders, World Harvest, L.A. Zoo, Food Bank
By Sneha Rao, Chris Mills, Imani David and Nicholas Machinski. This case was written under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman, Erb Faculty Member.
Erica Ocampo, sustainability and advocacy manager at The Dow Chemical Company, is getting ready to present her report on the pilot Energy Bag program to her boss. The waste-to-energy program has been met with success in converting plastics to energy, but Ocampo is wondering how she can take the project a step further and truly make Dow a participant and leader in the circular economy. Students are asked to identify with Ocampo and develop a plan of action for the company.
After reading and discussing the material, students should:
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KEYWORDS: university of michigan, Erb Institute, Sustainable Business, circular economy
SOURCE:Eastman Chemical Company
September 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Social psychologist and author of the New York Times best-selling book Presence, Dr. Amy Cuddy, inspired more than 500 attendees to be their boldest selves at the 2018 IDEAcademy event held in Kingsport, Tennessee. Featuring thought leaders ranging from storytellers and sports enthusiasts to scientists and students, IDEAcademy had something for everyone around the theme of “Fueling insights. Driving transformation.”
Dr. Cuddy discussed the impact nonverbal behavior can have on a person’s own thoughts, performance, and psychological and physical well-being. She shared how individuals can be more present, confident and satisfied in their professional and personal lives by tweaking their body language.
“Presence builds a sense of power,” shared Cuddy. “This isn’t a sense of power over others, but power within ourselves. Confidence. Feeling powerful activates how we approach the world. Power cultivates presence. Our body language not only signals messages to others and affects how they see us, it affects how we see ourselves.”
Cuddy shared how “victory poses” or “power poses” are a universal expression of confidence and pride that crosses cultures, encouraging attendees to strike a power pose before entering a challenging situation to build confidence and sense of power. Dr. Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” has been viewed more than 48 million times and is the second-most-viewed TED Talk.
The free leadership development event endowed by Eastman in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology also featured Dr. Gregory Aloia, East Tennessee State University; Jos de Wit, Eastman; Steve Forbes, ETSU Basketball Coach; Natalie Kuldell, MIT/BioBuilder; Annie Malcolm, ETSU Roan Scholar; Tim McAfee, Extreme Sports Enthusiast; Allison Myers, StoryCenter; Greg Porter, PowerSchool; Austin Ramsey, ETSU Roan Scholar; Kiran Sirah, International Storytelling Center; and Jill Zande, Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE).
“The heart of IDEAcademy’s mission is to create an opportunity for thought leaders, professionals, students, community members and educators to come together to discover how fueling insights and driving transformation can create a positive impact on our communities,” said David A. Golden, senior vice president, chief legal & sustainability officer, and corporate secretary at Eastman. “We are excited to be a part of IDEAcademy, and we look forward to further collaborations that spark from this event.”
Learn more about IDEAcademy at www.ideacademy.com.
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KEYWORDS: IDEAcademy, East Tennessee State University, Eastman, Amy Cuddy, body language, Ted Talks, Eastman Chemical Company, NYSE:EMN
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month.
Did you know that the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has the largest pediatric sickle cell disease program in the country? Each year, doctors and nurses care for more than 1,800 children with sickle cell disease and conduct nationwide research studies in an effort to improve the quality of life and reduce complications for children with the disease.
Aflac is a Fortune 500 company, providing financial protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. When a policyholder or insured gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fairly, promptly and directly to the insured. For more than six decades, Aflac voluntary insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress.
To learn more about My Special Aflac Duck and Aflac's other corporate citizenship initiatives, visit the company's website.
Tweet me:#DidYouKnow the @Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has the largest pediatric #sicklecell disease program in the country? http://bit.ly/2NiW1Qy #SickleCellAwarenessMonth
KEYWORDS: Aflac, Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, sickle cell disease
Pulp and paper manufacturing is a water-intensive process. All of our mills are located in watersheds with sufficient supplies, but responsible water management and water conservation will always be a significant part of our sustainability efforts at Domtar.
In 2017, our mills used enough water to fill 164,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Although our mills have access to sufficient water from local rivers and lakes, that water is not immediately suitable for pulp and paper making and requires both mechanical and chemical treatment.
How we treat water differs at each location and depends on factors such as:
But there are some steps in our water management process that are consistent from location to location.
KEYWORDS: Domtar, Water Conservation, water management, Paper and Pulp Production
DENVER, Co. – Arrow Electronics executives Susanne Endress and Nichole Wiley-Marks have been recognized in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2018 Women Worth Watching Awards. The awards spotlight women who are leading the way to excellence in the workplace, marketplace and the world.
The magazine celebrated their achievements in its Women Worth Watching edition in August. Endress and Wiley-Marks were among 124 women featured in the magazine.
Endress, who joined Arrow in 2013, oversees operations for Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions business in Germany. She also enjoys taking on mentorship roles in the company and advises other women to be confident and clear about their goals if they want to serve as leaders in their organizations.
“Get out of your comfort zone, learn who you are as a person and express that,” said Endress.
Since 2004, Wiley-Marks has steadily risen through the Arrow ranks from managing single lines of business to vice president of sales and operations for Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions business in the Americas. She has received numerous professional accolades, including Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women and Technology All Star by Women of Color STEM.
“Women can bring a different approach and perspective to any conversation,” said Wiley-Marks. “Using their innate ability to be authentic can work in their favor.”
Profiles in Diversity Journal is a quarterly magazine dedicated to promoting and advancing inclusion and diversity across a wide range of professional sectors. For more than 20 years, the publication has helped drive this mission by showcasing visionary leaders and noteworthy organizational changes.
About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics guides innovation forward for over 150,000 of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology used in homes, business and daily life. With 2017 sales of $26.6 billion, Arrow aggregates electronics and enterprise computing solutions for customers and suppliers in industrial and commercial markets. The company maintains a network of more than 345 locations serving over 80 countries. Learn more at FiveYearsOut.com.
KEYWORDS: Arrow Electronics, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Five Years Out, Susanne Endress, Nichole Wiley Marks, Women Worth Watching Award
Nate Hurst, HP's Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, talks globalization, sustainability and more
Recent conversations with key executives within HP Inc.’s 3D printing business have provided a close look at the company’s operations and planned-for disruption of the massive global manufacturing industry. In part one, a discussion with J. Scott Schiller, Global Head of Customer and Market Development at HP 3D Printing, afforded perspective into the company’s internal use of its own Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for realizable impact. In part two, we look to a conversation with HP Inc.’s Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, Nate Hurst.
Were this chat to have taken place even just a few years ago, anyone could be forgiven for pardoning the forward-looking statements as hype. Fortunately we’re several years past the major hype bubble of ~2012-2015 and looking past PR. Speaking with Hurst offered an insightful conversation about real-world impact and what is happening already in the global supply chain.
KEYWORDS: supply chain and sustainable impact, HP, Nate Hurst, global supply chain, sustainability