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    The Global Volunteerism Journey Report shares insights on family volunteer trends in Brazil, France, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and United States

    SOURCE:Points of Light

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    ATLANTA, October 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, released the “Global Volunteerism Journey Report,” a first-of-its-kind study that examines the similarities and differences in family volunteering from five countries around the world. Underwritten by The Walt Disney Company, the study was commissioned to assess the global state of volunteerism and key barriers to overcome, identify solutions and opportunities to increase family volunteering, and understand the best ways to communicate opportunities.

    Central to the research are five global truths – critical insights that shed light on how nonprofits can meet families where they are to engage them in meaningful volunteer work. These include:

    1. Both adults and children spend their limited free time on activities that are low commitment and allow them to bond with others.
    2. While benefitting the community is still a top priority, there is also a desire to personally benefit from the volunteer experience.
    3. Promoting local volunteer opportunities could increase engagement, since more are willing to participate if the activity can be done in/around the home or school.
    4. Word of mouth will help build awareness of volunteer activities and events. Messaging should include simple, direct language.
    5. Adults, children, key subgroups and markets all have different motivators and barriers to family volunteering. A successful approach volunteer strategy will tailor to these groups.

    “Our commitment to creating a civic culture starts by creating a deeper global understanding of what it means to volunteer as a family,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “This knowledge can help local nonprofits turn data into insights, becoming more equipped to meet people where they are, make volunteering fun and engaging for all, and inspire people to get involved in their community.”

    Kelton, a strategic consultancy that helps global businesses discover new paths to growth, surveyed more than 2,900 participants from eight global markets. Participants ranged from age 5 to age 55+. Points of Light affiliates, nonprofit partners who are the leaders of volunteerism in their communities, advising on the design and development of the Global Volunteerism Journey Report include One OC, Chicago Cares, HandsOn Bay Area and Hands On Orlando, HandsOn HongKong, Hands On London, ATADOS (Brazil), and Benenova (France).

    Additional key findings of the report highlight the impact and potential of volunteering as a family, both for a positive volunteer experience and family bonding time, as well as to create positive impact on community issues. Some of those highlights include:

    • 47% of adults have said they volunteered, but only 34% said they have volunteered with family.
    • 63% of adults said they felt fulfilled after volunteering, and 55% of children said they felt proud.
    • Children are much more likely to volunteer with a parent (80%), while only 50% of adults said they have volunteered with their child.
    • Only 1 in 4 recent volunteers encouraged their children to participate in volunteer events.
    • Top barriers to volunteering included “not given the opportunity” and “hard to find opportunities.”

    In an effort to put these helpful insights into practice, Points of Light is presenting this data at the International Association of Volunteer Effort’s 25th Annual World Volunteer Conference. Additionally, working with organizations around the world, including The Walt Disney Company, Points of Light will hold Family Volunteer Day on Nov. 17, 2018. Now in its 28th year, Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. Leveraging the newly launched report and their institutional knowledge, Points of Light will be providing counsel and grants to nonprofits to organize their own local service projects. The grants, made possible by the generous support of The Walt Disney Company, will support the eight Points of Light Network affiliates, as well as 100 grantees nationwide.

    To read the full research report, go to www.pointsoflight.org/youthandfamily. To assist with providing geography-specific insights, an e-book for each country drills further down to explore unique family volunteer trends and challenges in each individual country.

    ABOUT POINTS OF LIGHT

    Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

    Tweet me:.@PointsofLight releases global #familyvolunteering research findings, underwritten by The Walt Disney Company: http://bit.ly/2J4IE13

    Contact Info:

    Meghann Gibbons
    Points of Light
    mgibbons@pointsoflight.org

    KEYWORDS: Points of Light, generationOn, The Walt Disney Company, family volunteering, Family Volunteer Day


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    American Forests and Epsilon Help Dorchester Add Trees, Fresh Fruits, Greens and Shade

    SOURCE:Alliance Data

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    Washington, D.C., October 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Volunteers from Boston’s Dorchester area will gather to plant fruit trees to complete the set-up for the new H.E.R.O. Nurturing Center Inc. Hope Garden (H.E.R.O. is for Hope, Empathy, Redemption, Oasis), on Geneva Avenue, October 25 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The former vacant lot will serve as a community garden, food forest and gathering space for the neighborhood.

    Speak for the Trees Boston is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the size and health of the tree canopy in the greater Boston area through local community projects, focusing on areas with low canopy coverage. The implementation of the H.E.R.O. Hope Garden on Geneva Avenue was initiated by Speak for the Trees and several local nonprofit groups, including Farmers Collaborative, Boston Food Forest, H.E.R.O. Nurturing Center and HomeHarvest. It is supported by national partner American Forests, which is also producing an interactive online Canopy Planner tool for the city. Funding from global marketing company Epsilon, an Alliance Data company based in Wakefield, Mass., and American Forests’ corporate partner, brought plans and efforts in Boston to fruition.

    Boston is unusual among large cities for its lack of a regional urban forestry nonprofit. American Forests and Epsilon are working with Speak for the Trees to fulfill that role, champion regional efforts, advocate for better ordinances, build coalitions, and attract diverse funding to impove the city’s tree canopy.

    The H.E.R.O. Hope Community Nurturing Garden will connect the community’s youth and adults to nature, while providing opportunities to grow and harvest fruit and vegetables and share them throughout the community. Green spaces in cities go beyond beautifying neighborhoods; they encourage people to engage in recreation that positively impacts stress, mental health and creativity. The trees will also contribute to a healthier environment by cleaning pollutants from the air, reducing flooding and water pollution, helping mitigate high temperatures, and sequestering carbon that would otherwise remain in the atmosphere.

    Transformation of the space will help make headway on Boston’s tree canopy-coverage goal to reach 35% by 2030. In a recent assessment, Dorchester’s canopy coverage was quantified at 23%, and it was estimated that the coverage could be increased by an additional 19%.

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    American Forests is the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country and has served as a catalyst for many key milestones in the conservation movement. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 60 million trees in all 50 states and 44 countries, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Speak for the Trees, Boston is a new non-profit focused on maintaining and sustaining a healthy and vibrant urban forest in the greater Boston area. Speak for the Trees is committed to supporting the vitality of the urban tree canopy in the greater Boston area, especially in areas with low canopy coverage. Their work focuses on community projects at the neighborhood level, engagement, educational outreach, and public advocacy. SFTT partners with community members, parallel organizations, and municipalities to build a healthier tree canopy for all.

    Epsilon® is an all-encompassing global marketing innovator, providing unrivaled data intelligence and customer insights, world-class technology and data-driven creative, activation and execution. Epsilon’s digital media arm, Conversant®, is a leader in personalized digital advertising and insights through its proprietary technology and trove of consumer marketing data, delivering digital marketing with unprecedented scale, accuracy and reach through personalized media programs and through CJ AffiliateTM, one of the world’s largest affiliate marketing networks. Together, we bring personalized marketing to consumers across offline and online channels, at moments of interest that help drive business growth for brands. An Alliance Data® company, Epsilon employs over 8,000 associates in 70 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.epsilon.com and follow us on Twitter @EpsilonMktg.

    Boston Food Forest Coalition is a non-profit community land trust that seeks to revive and conserve Boston's established legacy orchards, as well as create new edible food forest sites. Each site should reflect the cultural preferences of the surrounding community, functioning as an educational and recreational space, all while offering access to healthy food for those who need it most. BFFC connects urban youth and adults to nature for outdoor recreation, provides opportunities to grow and share food, and enables reflection about the importance of urban biodiversity and healthy eating habits.

    Farmers Collaborative is actively engaged in expanding access to open green spaces and urban agriculture throughout Dorchester, Mattapan, and East Boston, including internationally in Jamaica, Haiti, and South Africa. They are petitioning the City of Boston to covert blighted parcels of lands into compact farms that promote urban agriculture activities, beautification, and shared community open space. Farmers Collaborative’s mission is to facilitate increased cooperation among farmers and farming enthusiasts and provide the tools to empower communities.

    H.E.R.O. Nurturing Center, Inc. is a holistic non-profit created to support individual and group healing, wellness, mindfulness, and awareness. Started by Judith Foster in 2014, H.E.R.O. or “Healing, Empathy, Redemption, Oasis” uses innovative and dynamic programming to promote healthier lifestyles while connecting youth to nature and to the environment.

    HomeHarvest, LLC is a specialist in regenerative edible landscaping. They are passionate about supporting food security in low-income neighborhoods, universal access to healthy food, education and involvement in care, and connecting people with nature and spreading the joy of harvesting. HomeHarvest donates fruit trees, materials, and resources to charitable projects, and are in the process of starting their own 501(c)(3).

    MEDIA CONTACT

    Lea Sloan | Vice President of Communications | 202.370.4509 (direct) |lsloan@americanforests.org

    David Meshoulam | Exec. Director & Founder, Speak for the Trees| 608-852-4388|david@sfttbos.org

    Tweet me:American Forests and Epsilon Help Dorchester Add Trees, Fresh Fruits, Greens and Shade http://bit.ly/2yRnHSr @AllianceData #sustainability #community

    KEYWORDS: American Forests, Epsilon, Alliance Data, Boston Neighborhood, food-forest garden, sustainability


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    Sponsorship of trailer supports food bank’s transport of nutritious meals

    SOURCE:Sysco

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    VERONA, Va., October 19, 2018 /3BL Media/— Sysco Virginia has made a major gift to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, committing at least $38,000 over two years to support food bank operations as part of their Nourishing Neighbors program.

    Each year, the Food Bank provides more than 21 million meals to hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of partner food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters, as well as several nutrition programs.

    It takes a fleet of trailers, box trucks, a Mobile Food Pantry, and vans handled by full-time drivers to move 25 million pounds of food a year. The entire fleet travels approximately 260,000 miles per year throughout central and western Virginia.

    As part of its Delivering Hope partnership opportunity launched in 2018, the Food Bank publicly recognizes select corporate donors in a unique way.

    “We will celebrate our partnership with Sysco by displaying their logo on one of the refrigerated trailers in our fleet that travels our entire service area,” said Karen Ratzlaff, chief philanthropy officer.

    Sysco has been a generous food donor for many years, having contributed more than 782,000 pounds of food in just the past three years. And this year, Sysco associates donated numerous volunteer hours to the Food Bank.

    “As the world’s largest foodservice distributor, Sysco is committed to ending hunger and making healthy food available where it’s needed most,” said Dave Kraft, president, Sysco Virginia. “With our U.S.-wide Nourishing Neighbors program, 75 percent of donations go toward supporting organizations that help feed people. Sysco Virginia is proud to support the Blue Ridge Food Bank. Together we can make a significant impact in the fight against hunger.”

    “Sysco has been an important ally in the Food Bank’s mission for years,” said Food Bank CEO Michael McKee. “We are grateful for Sysco’s gift allowing us to reach more hungry individuals and families in the Blue Ridge area.”

    About the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

    Founded in 1981, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia. Headquartered in Verona, VA, the Food Bank serves 25 counties and eight cities through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester, and Verona. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank distributes nearly 25.3 million pounds of food annually to 106,000 people each month through a network of 200 community partners – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools, churches, and other non-profit groups. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, a national food bank association that supports 200 food banks across the United States. For more information, visit www.brafb.org.

    About Sysco
    Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing, and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With more than 67,000 associates, the company operates approximately 330 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 600,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2018 that ended June 30, 2018, the company generated sales of more than $58 billion. For more information, visit www.sysco.com or connect with Sysco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SyscoCorporation or Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sysco.

    Tweet me:.@SyscoVirginia makes commitment to the @BRAFB as part of their #NourishingNeighbors program http://bit.ly/2J4SrUT #DeliveringABetterTomorrow

    Contact Info:

    Abena Foreman-Trice
    Communications Director
    +1 (540) 213-8405
    aforemantrice@brafb.org

    Maria Longley
    Communications Coordinator
    +1 (540) 213-8425
    mlongley@brafb.org


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    By Rachael Arthur

    SOURCE:Bacardi Limited

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    In 2014 Bacardi set out a goal to reduce its packaging by 10%, but says that since then it’s learned that sustainability in packaging is about a lot more than weight.

    Click here to read the full article

    Tweet me:.@BacardiLimited on #sustainability in packaging: ‘We’ve learned a lot about the importance of addressing more than just weight’ http://bit.ly/2yl7d5K via @BeverageDaily #GoodSpirited

    KEYWORDS: Bacardi, sustainable packaging, GHG emissions, good spirited


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    SOURCE:Mohawk Industries

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    Employees at Mohawk Industries recently took part in their company-wide Pink Out to rally in support of Susan G. Komen. The annual event is part of the flooring manufacturer’s annual observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and took place at the corporate headquarters in Calhoun, Ga. Each year, employees come together to learn more about the company’s corporate partnership with the organization and receive updates on the latest initiatives and monetary amounts donated back to Susan G. Komen since 2001.

    Mohawk was named a 2017 “Rising Star” partner by the organization because it continues to strengthen its commitment to Susan G. Komen’s mission through the expansion of programs and exploration of new ways to engage. Mohawk’s fundraising programs — Decorate for the Cure (residential division) and Specify for a Cure (commercial and hospitality) — have donated nearly $6 million to date to Susan G. Komen, serving millions in more than 30 countries. Additionally, for the third year in a row, Mohawk provided SmartCushion pads to comfort walkers and crew members participating in the 3-Day walk series. The number of pads donated to help Cushion the Fight this year exceeded 7,000. Mohawk is proud to partner with Susan G. Komen in the fight and support their goal to reduce U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. 

    Learn more about Mohawk’s commitment to ending the disease through its Decorate for the Cure and Specify for a Cure corporate donation programs.

    Tweet me:Employees at Mohawk Industries HQ recently gathered for the annual company-wide Pink Out in support of @SusanGKomen for #breastcancerawareness month: http://bit.ly/2yPgzGx #mohawkgoespink

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:MHK, Mohawk Industries, pink out, Susan G. Komen, SmartCushion, breast cancer, Specify for a Cure, Decorate for the Cure

          


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    SOURCE:AEG

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    LOS ANGELES, October 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Innovating to meet the demand for graduate and undergraduate level educational offerings in the sports and entertainment industries, AEG and Pepperdine University are proud to debut a branded classroom within the iconic STAPLES Center, home to four professional sports franchises and more than 250 events a year.

    “Pepperdine University is a world-class partner, and we’re proud to unveil the Pepperdine University classroom inside STAPLES Center,” said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO, AEG. “The classroom is a first-of-its-kind initiative for AEG. As we continue to grow our relationship, we also look forward to cultivating the next generation of sports and entertainment executives through this unique program we’ve created for students in partnership with Pepperdine.”

    The classroom will also give Pepperdine, a top-ranked university, a strategic educational location in Los Angeles’ vibrant downtown business community. Students enrolled in sports and entertainment-focused programs will have the opportunity to use the classroom to gain hands-on experience through a series of courses and events, including an AEG "best-in-class" speaker series, as they are exposed to the inner workings of one of the world's most successful arenas.

    “The partnership with Pepperdine University highlights one of the many ways STAPLES Center is leading in venue innovation,” said Lee Zeidman, president of STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater, and L.A. LIVE. “We’re proud to work alongside Pepperdine to create a classroom and offer a unique learning experience to future sports and entertainment executives in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and at the city’s center of sports and entertainment.”

    Pepperdine’s academic programming is being designed to give students unprecedented access to the business acumen behind the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School launched an MBA concentration in entertainment, media, and sports management this fall, complementing the University’s popular undergraduate sport administration major and the LLM in entertainment, media, and sports law at the Pepperdine School of Law. The first-of-its-kind classroom, which has already been used as a location for class sessions, guest lectures, and alumni events, is slated to begin hosting regular academic programming in 2019.

    “Pepperdine is proud to grow its presence in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and to offer world-class educational programs in sports and entertainment management,” said Andrew K. Benton, president of Pepperdine University. “As the exclusive education partner of STAPLES Center, L.A. LIVE, and the LA Kings, we look forward to providing our sports and entertainment students with a premier educational experience that will uniquely prepare them to shape the future of their industries.”

    The classroom was designed by the Pepperdine University Department of Design and Construction and Integrated Marketing Communications in partnership with global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm HOK, constructed by Environmental Contracting Corporation, and features leading-edge technology by Toshiba. The multi-use space features seating for up to 30 students in an academic setting and has a capacity of 50 for events.

    Photos from the classroom’s official debut to the public can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xd2v57i357u6p8k/AADpNHoJAs72ii6n22Fm6B9ka?dl=0

    ABOUT AEG

    Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world's leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 150 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world's largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.   

    ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

    Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian university located 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles in scenic Malibu, California. The University enrolls approximately 7,600 students across its flagship liberal arts school, Seaver College; the School of Law; the Graziadio Business School; the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and the School of Public Policy. Pepperdine is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Follow Pepperdine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

    Media Contacts:

    Kristi Mexia
    Beck Media & Marketing for AEG Global Partnerships
    kristi.mexia@beckmedia.com
    (310) 300-4810

    Alex Forero
    Public Relations Manager for Pepperdine University
    alex.forero@pepperdine.edu
    (818) 702-1423

    Tweet me:.@aegworldwide debuts a first-of-its-kind initiative in partnership with @pepperdine with the unveiling of @STAPLESCenter's first classroom and educational programming! http://bit.ly/2ypfeqt

    KEYWORDS: AEG, STAPLES Center, Pepperdine University, Dan Beckerman, Lee Zeidman, Luc Robitaille

      


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    SOURCE:Bloomberg

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    LONDON, October 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Today, Bloomberg L.P. Chairman Peter T. Grauer signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, which is changing how people across the UK are thinking and acting with regards to mental health problems. By signing, Bloomberg is committing to change the way we think and act around mental health in the workplace.

    “With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness, it’s time for Bloomberg, a business at the heart of the City, to commit to change as we create a more mentally-healthy workplace,” said Grauer at the signing ceremony, which took place at Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the City of London.

    “Signing the Time to Change pledge affirms Bloomberg’s commitment to supporting our employees’ efforts to stay mentally healthy,” added Grauer. “Our efforts, in accordance with the principles set out by Time to Change, will raise awareness of mental health issues, highlight our extensive support systems and, most importantly, showcase the steps we can all take to help one another thrive in the workplace.”

    Bloomberg joins the wide movement of more than 800 organisations that have signed the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, WH Smiths and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

    Time to Change is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.

    Tweet me:Bloomberg Joins UK Movement to Change How Workplaces Think and Act around Mental Health @bloomberg @timetochange http://bit.ly/2CTgLc5 #mentalhealthatwork

    KEYWORDS: Bloomberg, petergrauer, bloomberglondon, timetochange, asktwice, employeeengagement


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    Leading U.S. consumer publication cites LG gram’s extra-long battery life, fast performance

    SOURCE:LG Electronics USA, Inc.

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    WASHINGTON, October 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Premium, high-performance 2018 LG gram® laptops from ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year LG Electronics are ranked at the top of the charts in the ultrabook category across the 13-, 14- and 15-inch screens sizes by a leading U.S. consumer product publication.  

    LG gram models 15Z980, 14Z980 and 13Z980, some of the lightest in the industry, scored high marks for delivering fast performance and an ultra-long battery life all in a lightweight and sleek design. ENERGY STAR certified LG gram laptops also are among the most energy efficient in the industry.

    Critically acclaimed for being “shockingly light” with a “mind-blowing battery life,” the 2018 LG gram line-up continues to redefine the boundaries of portable computing with models designed for entrepreneurs and professionals seeking power and mobility. The 13-, 14- and 15-inch models weigh less than 2.4 pounds and feature a high-capacity 72Wh battery which allows longer work time without plugging in, lasting up to almost a full day on a single charge.2 The compact design allows the LG gram’s smaller form factor to feature wider screens. The 14-inch model 14Z980 is the same size as a conventional 13-inch laptop but still offers a wider display with a minimized bezel.

    ENERGY STAR certified LG gram computers are engineered with efficient power supplies for those long nights in the library, epic movie marathons and everything in between. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, depending on how it’s used, an ENERGY STAR computer uses about 60 percent less energy without sacrificing quality or performance.

    LG EnergyStar

    Equipped with the latest 8th generation Intel® CoreTM i7 and i5 processors and SSD storage, the 2018 LG gram devices are even more efficient and significantly faster. Users can boost work efficiency as high as 40 percent with booting time now under 10 seconds. Unlike other compact laptops that achieve lower weight or smaller size by minimizing interior space, LG’s gram series offers a second SSD drive slot for even more internal storage for large video files.

    Despite the light-weight and sleek design, the LG gram is durable enough to use even in the most extreme environments, passing seven stringent U.S. military MIL-STD 810G durability tests for resistance to impact, pressure and temperature. This improved build quality is achieved by the Nano Carbon Magnesium full metal alloy body, often used in the aerospace industry where high strength and light weight are required. The result is an increase in durability by 20 percent compared to traditional magnesium products.

    The new LG gram series features with a host of convenience-enhancing features. A user can work late into the night with the backlit keyboard, which also serves as delicate ambient lighting while highlighting the PC’s minimalist profile. The precision touchpad enhances fingertip control with a smoother and more accurate pointer system. The webcam is positioned on top of the display where it should be for flattering video calls.

    The 2018 LG gram laptops also feature advanced optional features such as Touch Screen, Fingerprint Reader and ThunderboltTM 3. With LG’s new IPS In-cell Touch technology, the gram was able to maintain its compact size and the enhanced touch screen allows for more delicate, accurate onscreen haptic control without color shift when touching the display. The Fingerprint Reader enables users to log in and power on at the same time with the press of a single button. What’s more, Thunderbolt 3 allows for compatibility with Mac products, supports data transfer eight times faster than USB Type-C and enables seamless transmission of 4K/5K content to exterior displays.

    For more information on LG gram series notebooks and updates on the 13-inch and 14-inch next generation models, visit http://www.lg.com/us/laptops.

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    1  The 13.3- and 14-inch laptops (models 13Z980 and 14Z980) weigh just 2.12 and 2.19 pounds, respectively, while the largest 15.6-inch version (model 15Z950) weighs 2.4 pounds.

    2  LG gram laptop batteries on the 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch models last up to 22.5, 21.5 and 19 hours, respectively, based on 2014 MobileMark® criteria.

    “LG” and the LG logo are trademarks of LG Corp. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

    About LG Electronics USA

    LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $55 billion global force and technology leader in home appliances, consumer electronics and mobile communications. LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, mobile phones, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. LG is a 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence. www.LG.com.

    Tweet me:.@EnergyStar certified @LGUS gram laptops rated as top performers for their #EnergyEfficiency http://bit.ly/2Ow4oIl

    Contact Info:

    John Taylor
    LG Electronics USA
    +1 (202) 719-3490
    john.taylor@lge.com

    KEYWORDS: KRX:066570, LG Electronics, LG gram, Energy Star


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton

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    Only 13 percent of engineers and 26 percent of computer scientists in the workforce are women, and over 32 percent of women switch out of STEM degree programs in college, according to research by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

    SWE aims to improve these statistics, inspire current and future STEM professionals, and empower women engineers worldwide with its annual awards.  At this year’s WE18 Conference October 18-20 in Minneapolis, SWE named Booz Allen Senior Lead Technologist Theresa Wesley among its 2018 Emerging Leaders.

    The Emerging Leader Award recognizes women with 10 to 15 years of engineering experience who have demonstrated outstanding technical excellence and significant accomplishments. A maximum of only 10 awards are presented each year.

    These honors are awarded to women “who have proven to be innovators and leaders in their local communities, the STEM community, and the future generation of STEM,” according to SWE. Women like Theresa who receive these awards “play an integral role in the advancement of women in engineering and technology around the world.”

    Imagining your own career in STEM? See how Theresa got her start at summer camp and how it has shaped her life.

    Q1: How did you get interested in STEM?

    A: SpaceCamp! At the age of 14, I spent a week at SpaceCamp in Huntsville, Alabama hearing from rocket scientists about the dawn of the space age. Though I haven’t worked for NASA directly, I’ve spent almost 15 years living my childhood dream of working in the aerospace industry.

    Q2. What has prepared you for working as an engineer?

    A: I’ve been a member of SWE since graduating from college with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. It was through a SWE conference that I learned about engineering consulting, leading to my current position at Booz Allen.

    Q3. What type of work do you do?

    A: Today, I am a Systems Engineer Technical Advisor (SETA), providing independent technical expertise and making recommendations to clients across multiple subject areas. My extensive subject matter expertise in assembly, integration, and test (AI&T) of complex systems enables me to work across multiple programmatic areas.  Additionally, I am Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified, which further hones my ability to lead multifaceted engineering teams.

    Q4. When you are not working, what are your other passions?

    A: I’ve been a leader in the company’s Women in Engineering and Science organization, empowering women in engineering, providing educational opportunities, and promoting retention. I continue to mentor young women, both personally and professionally. I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, plus, I also volunteer at their schools and for special events at my church.

    Want to learn more about Booz Allen’s commitment to advancing women like Theresa Wesley in STEM careers? Visit: https://www.boozallen.com/e/insight/thought-leadership/attracting-more-women-to-stem-careers.html

    Tweet me: .@BoozAllen’s Theresa Wesley honored as an Emerging Leader in #engineering and #STEM by @SWEtalk! http://bit.ly/2J7laIx

    KEYWORDS: Society of Women Engineers, Booz Allen Hamilton, engineering, Careers


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    SOURCE:University of Michigan: Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability

    DESCRIPTION:

    On August 24, 2018, Andrew J. Hoffman, the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, delivered the Convocation Address at Loyola University Chicago to 3,250 students and 250 faculty members.

    “First-Year Text” is an initiative that Loyola University instituted in 2006, in which all of Loyola’s first-year students read the same book over the summer. The book chosen for the 2018 First-Year Text is Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling, by Hoffman. In this book, Hoffman “invites us to look beyond material growth and explore the role of the individual and business in discovering a wider purpose to bring about a balanced and sustainable society,” according to the publisher’s description.

    At his Convocation Address, he invited students to explore their quest to find their own personal purpose:

    “If there’s nothing else you remember from what I’m going to tell you today, I’d like you to remember this quote from Mark Twain – ‘The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.’ You had nothing to do with that first day. Your parents made that decision for you. You have everything to do with that second day. It is your task, it is your job, it is your quest to find out that reason why you were born. That’s what you are here to do.

    To begin your quest, I’d like you to recalibrate a question you were asked when you were very young – ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I want to tell you here today that that’s the wrong question. The question should be – ‘What were you meant to be when you grow up?'”

    Watch the entire Convocation Address above, or click here to watch on YouTube.

    Tweet me:"What are you meant to be when you grow up?” - @HoffmanAndy delivers 2018 convocation address at @LoyolaChicago. Watch here: http://bit.ly/2J7JD0u #erbinstitute #environmentalstewardship #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: Erb Institute, university of michigan, Loyola University, Chicago, Andy Hoffman, sustainability, Leadership, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainable Business, convocation address


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    SOURCE:Cisco Systems Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    This post was guest written by Pauline Vogl, Project Manager, Sustainable Business Practices at Cisco.

    The leaves on the trees may no longer be green, but Cisco employees are! Despite the changing of the seasons, employees across Cisco spent last week participating in local, environmentally-friendly activities to reduce their carbon footprints.

    While we recently highlighted some of our workplace sustainability accomplishments and annually celebrate Earth Aware, the global activities in early October were our first in recognition of Green Week.  We, along with other large companies across various industries, took the opportunity to remind employees of the ways they can be environmentally conscious in their daily lives.

    Throughout the week, we encouraged our employees to think green by participating in fun, interactive activities, including:

    • An “Energy and the Circular Economy” webinar, hosted by Cisco’s Supply Chain Transformation team.
    • Gardening, building, and volunteering in San Jose at the Cisco Community Garden.
    • A “Pedal and Picnic” event encouraging cyclists at our San Jose campus to bike to work and enjoy a locally-sourced lunch.
    • The chance to meet with Cisco’s sustainability teams and resource organizations at a Sustainability Fair in San Jose.

    Cisco cafeterias advertised their sustainable offerings, and we asked employees to share their experiences by posting their stories or pictures on social media using the #GreenWeekOct18 and #WeAreCisco hashtags.

    At the end of the week, we selected one sustainability-minded employee who shared their story to win a prize. Our winner was Atri Indiresan, who participated in our Pedal and Picnic in San Jose and shared it via Twitter! Congratulations Atri! We will be sending him a Cisco tote bag full of sustainable goodies.

    Read more about our workplace sustainability today, and be sure to follow @CiscoCSR on Twitter for even more corporate social responsibility updates.

    Tweet me:Employees across @Cisco spent last week participating in local, environmentally-friendly activities to reduce their #carbonfootprints. http://bit.ly/2yrZLpo @CiscoCSR

    KEYWORDS: Cisco, green week


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    Onward Financial receives $100,000 grant to expand full-service employee financial wellness program

    SOURCE:MetLife Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    NEW YORK, October 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ – MetLife Foundation and Verb announced Onward Financial as the first place winner of the Inclusion Plus competition in the United States. The competition was open to entrepreneurs, non-profits and other social impact organizations focused on addressing the financial health needs of low- to moderate-income Americans. Standing out among more than 150 entries, Onward Financial received a $100,000 grant from MetLife Foundation.

    Onward Financial is offered as an employee benefit, and provides an app for workers to save effortlessly, build financial literacy and access responsible credit when emergencies strike, such as a car repair bill or unexpected medical expenses. Similar to how a 401(k) program assists with saving for long-term financial stability, Onward’s savings programs help low- to moderate-income workers build short-term savings and create better financial habits.

    "Our team is beyond grateful for this opportunity,” said Onward Founder and CEO Ronnie Washington, Jr. “It's been wonderful getting to know the other finalists, working with MetLife mentors and engaging with the judges during the final pitches. We’re thrilled to have the support of MetLife Foundation behind us as we seek to expand our financial wellness program to more employees across the U.S. We’ll do that by integrating with a broader set of payroll providers to make offering the app easy and seamless for employers of all sizes.”

    “MetLife Foundation sees the competition model as an effective mechanism to identify and elevate innovations that are helping people improve their financial lives,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “Through this work, we support organizations like Onward Financial at the forefront of financial health in the United States, and around the world.”

    Additional grant recipients in the U.S. competition include:

    • Second place: Oxygen offers freelancers and independent contractors who have uneven cash flow access to credit, working capital loans and free mobile banking.
    • Third place: EARN, whose flagship platform, SaverLife, combines financial rewards for saving with motivational digital financial coaching to encourage a regular savings habit and help families build a financial cushion.
    • Runner up: Benefit Kitchen’s new program, Censerio, uses data analytics tools to help ensure working poor Americans can participate fully in the economy and unlock benefits they need to promote greater health and build financial security.
    • Runner up: PYT Funds connects families and banks to provide new solutions to fund higher education.

    The U.S.-based competition represents the culmination of a three-year program that included nine prior competitions. Inclusion Plus engaged nearly 500 organizations across Ireland, China, India, Mexico, Egypt, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Spain, Portugal, Australia, South Korea and the U.S.; MetLife employee volunteers dedicated over 8,000 hours as judges and mentors; and MetLife Foundation provided nearly $1 million in grant funding to accelerate the impact that 50 entrepreneurial organizations have on building a more financially inclusive world.

    To learn more about the competitions, visit inclusionplus.com.

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    About MetLife

    MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit http://www.metlife.com.

    About MetLife Foundation

    MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2017, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $783 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. In 2013, the Foundation committed $200 million to financial inclusion, and our work to date has reached more than 6 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit metlife.org.

    About Verb, Inc.

    Verb is a social enterprise that produces global social entrepreneurship competitions and delivers employee engagement in partnership with companies, foundations and governments. Verb competitions mobilize thousands of teams from around the world to solve the planet's most pressing social and environmental problems. Founded in 2013 by Austin entrepreneurs Suzi Sosa and Tom Meredith, Verb leverages its online platform, innovation expertise, and entrepreneur network to produce a social innovation engagement experience unlike any other. For more information, visit www.verb.net/.

    Tweet me:.@MetLife Foundation and @GoVerbWorld announce the winner of the Inclusion Plus competition in the United States http://bit.ly/2ypbmpw

    Contact Info:

    Meredith Hyland
    MetLife Foundation
    +1 (212) 578-9415
    Meredith.Hyland@metlife.com

    Becky Dreps
    Verb
    +1 (512) 786-0042
    becky@goverb.com

    KEYWORDS: MetLife, NYSE:MET


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    SOURCE:Nestlé

    DESCRIPTION:

    HOUSTON, October 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), together with ENGIE Resources, today announced that they have signed a renewable energy agreement through which ENGIE will supply over 50 percent of the energy needed for NWNA’s manufacturing and distribution facilities in Texas. With this agreement, NWNA operations in Travis, McLennan, Dallas, and Harris counties will be supplied by renewable wind energy from the Midway Wind Farm in San Patricio County, Texas, supporting Nestlé’s global goal to transition to 100 percent renewable energy use in its operations.

    NWNA will use clean, renewable energy to produce sustainably sourced beverage options for Texans, including the company’s Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water and Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water. The agreement will include up to 70,500 renewable energy certificates (RECs) per year from Midway Wind LLC. Based on current electrical usage, by transitioning its electrical power needs to renewable sources, the carbon footprint from the company’s Texas factories will be reduced by more than 44,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year. This is the equivalent of taking 9,500 vehicles off the road for one year.

    “At Nestlé Waters North America, we are committed to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future for individuals and families, communities and the planet. Transitioning our factories to clean, renewable energy is one important way we can achieve this goal,” said Alexander Gregorian, Vice President, Head of Technical and Production at Nestlé Waters North America. “We are proud to partner with ENGIE and Midway Wind LLC here in Texas, as we continue our journey toward achieving 100 percent renewable energy use in our operations.”

    “We’re pleased to offer a suite of sustainability solutions that make it easy to be green,” said Graham Leith, Senior Vice President of ENGIE Resources. “In this case, NWNA took advantage of ENGIE’s EasyRE product, which allows our customers to take service directly from an existing renewable energy source. EasyRE differs from traditional PPA via competitive pricing, shorter contract terms and right-sized volumes.” 

    Earlier this year, Nestlé Waters North America transitioned its facility in Sacramento, California to 100 percent renewable energy, and announced, along with its parent company, a 15-year power purchase agreement with ENGIE Resources that will provide approximately 80 percent of the electrical load for five Nestlé facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania. As a result of these recent milestones, by 2019, over 20 percent of the electricity Nestlé uses in the U.S. will be from renewable sources.

    About Nestlé Waters

    Nestlé Waters North America offers an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration, including Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water, Nestlé® Pure Life®, Perrier® and S. Pellegrino®. The company also owns and operates ReadyRefreshSM by Nestlé®, a customizable water and beverage delivery service. Just Click and Quench™

    Based in Stamford, Connecticut with some 8,500 associates, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint across our operations. As a natural resource company, we sustainably manage 47 spring sources and conserve nearly 21,000 acres of natural watershed area. We are also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where we operate in the U.S. In Texas, Nestlé Waters North America conserves more than 7,500 acres of land and operates four bottling facilities that employ more than 700 people. For more information, visit us at www.nestle-watersna.com/en and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @NestleWatersNA.

    About ENGIE Resources LLC

    ENGIE Resources is a subsidiary of ENGIE North America and part of the international energy group ENGIE.  As the fourth-largest electricity supplier to non-residential consumers in the United States, we deliver a combination of products and services, highly rated customer service, and financial strength that provides unique and compelling value to our customers.  Now offering solar and other renewable energy options, demand response, and on-bill financing, we assure our customers that they can count on us to create effective, customized plans for them.  Our in-house energy experts work with customers to understand their operations, tailoring products and services specific to their business and budget. For more about ENGIE Resources, visit www.engieresources.com or call 1-866-999-8374.  Follow ENGIE Resources on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

    About ENGIE North America Inc.

    ENGIE North America manages a range of energy businesses in the United States and Canada, including clean power generation, cogeneration, and energy storage; retail energy sales; and comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense.  Nearly 100 percent of the company’s power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable.  Globally, ENGIE is the largest independent power producer and energy efficiency services provider in the world, with operations in 70 countries employing 150,000 people, including 1,000 researchers in 11 R&D centers. For more information, please visit www.engie-na.com, @ENGIENorthAm, and www.engie.com.

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    Tweet me:.@NestleWatersNA signs agreement with @ENGIENorthAm that will power over 50% of their bottling plants in #Texas with #RenewableEnergy http://bit.ly/2OFZ71N

    Contact Info:

    Kristina Wilson-Rocheford
    Nestle Waters North America
    +1 (203) 246-6642
    kristina.wilsonrocheford@waters.nestle.com
    @nestlewatersna

    Julie Vitek
    ENGIE
    +1 (713) 636-1962
    Julie.vitek@engie.com

    KEYWORDS: renewable energy, Texas, ENGIE, Nestle Waters, Ozarka, VTX:NESN.VX


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    by Season Eckardt

    SOURCE:Common Impact

    DESCRIPTION:

    Last week, we partnered with Stanford Social Innovation Review, Charles Schwab and Boys & Girls Club of America to host a webinar around creating long-term sustainable partnerships, or what we refer to as sticky relationships. As a follow up to our webinar, our Senior Consultant, Season Eckardt sat down to reflect on the role she played to deepen the impact of this partnership and help Boys & Girls Club chapters across the US operationalize a common strategic vision. 

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    In my work as a nonprofit leader, I learn best by seeing real-life examples and then pivoting to action.

    Recently, I applied my own learning style in co-developing the Clubs Helping Clubs playbook, a resource that was collaboratively developed by Charles Schwab FoundationBoys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and Common Impact. This playbook is designed to be a capacity-building resource that will help local leaders at Boys and Girls Clubs across America, align to the BGCA Great Futures 2025 Strategic Plan and operational framework. The playbook is organized in five functional areas (technology, strategic planning, human resources, and revenue development and marketing and curated with high-quality deliverables created from the Charles Schwab Pro Bono Challenges. Each resource included in the playbook was collaboratively developed by Charles Schwab volunteers and local Boys and Girls Clubs leaders.

    As developers of the Clubs Helping Clubs playbook, my colleagues and I wrestled with how to approach the design process. We knew that the playbook, if done well, and broadly distributed, could be a tremendous value-add to local leaders who are on the front lines of serving kids and simultaneously handling administrative demands, with limited time and resources, We wanted this playbook to be a vehicle for sharing information on a club to club level and serving as a reminder that most clubs are dealing with a similar slate of challenges.

    With those goals in mind, here are some insights into our playbook design process:

    • Customizable: Many of the tools available in the playbook are in template form. So, the users of the playbook can add their local club information and have the tool be ready to go. For nonprofit leaders who often have a hefty “to do” list, we hope that the templated format saves time. For example, the employee onboarding checklist illustrates the customizable feature. The template is already developed with suggested tasks and roles and responsibilities to strengthen an existing onboarding process or offer a great start to a new process.
       
    • Translatable: Our goal in reviewing the many deliverables was to find stand-out examples of common challenges so that each template could be applicable to the full network of Boys & Girls Clubs.  One example of our translatable mindset in action is the donor cultivation guide, which summarizes the key steps and tips for the donor recruitment process and can be used in conjunction with an editable donor engagement planning template.
       
    • Substantive: Ensuring that there was an instructive lens to each deliverable was another design principle. We wanted to honor the user’s time and it was essential that material not only had depth and but also be easy to understand. As the developers of the playbook, we didn’t have the benefit of being readily familiar with the BGCA processes and language. However, we felt that if we could easily point to the substance of the deliverable, even without fully knowing the local Club operating environment, then we could make the material helpful to the on-the-ground leaders immersed in local Club operations. 

    This playbook represents a valuable learning resource since it was developed by many contributors, including Charles Schwab volunteers, local Boys & Girls Club of America leaders, and Common Impact staff. I hope that this playbook helps local leaders with their day to day work, but that it also connects them to their peers. In my view, when we are informed with real-life examples and connected to one another, generating impact is just around the corner!

    Interested in learning more about this partnership? Check out how to access the recording of our webinar here!

    Tweet me:As a follow up to @CommonImpact's #SSIRLive #webinar & in celebration of #PBW18, Senior Consultant, Season Eckardt reflects on the role she played to help @CharlesSchwab & @BGCA_Clubs deepen their partnership and operationalize a common strategic vision. http://bit.ly/2ysxu2e

    KEYWORDS: Pro Bono Week, #PBW18, Boys & Girls Club of America, charles schwab, Season Eckardt, Common Impact


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    SOURCE:VMware

    DESCRIPTION:

    We are proud to announce that VMware has placed #75 on Forbes' list of the world's best employers of 2018!

    At VMware, our people transform the impossible into the essential. We challenge the status quo by inventing better ways of doing things. Our culture is one of possibilities. Where everyone is empowered to achieve success on their own terms. And together, we are shaping the future of business in a digital world.

    To see the full 2018 list, click here.

    Interested in a career at VMware? Explore opportunities and company culture here.

    Tweet me:.@VMware places #75 on @Forbes' list of the world's best employers of 2018: http://bit.ly/2OuYvfo #Global2000 #tech #jobs

    KEYWORDS: VMware, Forbes, 2018 World's Best Employers


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    SOURCE:Consumers Energy

    DESCRIPTION:

    Last week, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy collaborated together to expose students in West Michigan to careers in the energy industry. 

    Click here to watch the video on WoodTV.com.

    Learn more: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/careers.

    About Consumers Energy

    Consumers Energy is one of the nation's largest combination utilities, providing electric and natural gas service to nearly 6.6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

    Our Growing Forward strategy calls for investing more than $6 billion in Michigan over the next five years. That includes significant investments in energy efficiencyrenewable energyenvironmental and customer service enhancements, and new power generation.

    The investments make Consumers Energy one of the largest investors in Michigan and will help the utility maintain and improve service to customers, create jobs, boost the state’s economy and expand the state’s tax base.

    Tweet me:.@WOODTV | #CareersInEnergyWeek provided hands-on opportunities for students to learn about #career possibilities in a growing industry. http://bit.ly/2Jbw8wG @ConsumersEnergy @DTE_Energy #Energy

    KEYWORDS: Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, students, career opportunities, Careers in Energy Week, Michigan


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  • 10/22/18--04:45: The Zero-Waste Factory
  • In just two years, Subaru transformed its automotive assembly plant in Lafayette, Indiana into the first zero-landfill factory in the US. Inside one of the great success stories in sustainability.

    SOURCE:Subaru of America

    DESCRIPTION:

    By Sharon Guynup

    Inside a huge Indiana warehouse, three people clad in white Tyvek jumpsuits, tall fireman boots, rubber gloves and safety glasses sifted through trash strewn across the floor. It was about 10,000 pounds of refuse, the contents of a compactor from Subaru of Indiana Automotive, the automaker’s U.S. assembly plant in Lafayette.

    This wasn’t the scene of an accident or a crime. It was a dumpster dive by experts at Covanta Environmental Solutions, a sustainable–waste management company, hired to inventory exactly what Subaru threw away — and to keep every bit out of landfill.

    This followed a 2002 zero-waste edict from the president of Subaru’s Japanese parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries.

    Click here to view the full article
     

    About Subaru of America, Inc.
    Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

    For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

     

    Tweet me:In just two years, @Subaru_USA transformed its automotive assembly plant in Lafayette, Indiana into the first #zerolandfill auto factory in the US. http://bit.ly/2xY4lei #DontFeedtheLandFills #zerowaste #environment

    KEYWORDS: zero-waste, NYSE:FUJHF, Subaru of America


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    SOURCE:World Environment Center

    DESCRIPTION:

    October 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheryl Telford to its board of directors.

    Telford leads corporate responsibility and environmental health and safety at Chemours.   Most recently she guided development of Chemours’ recently launched Corporate Responsibility Commitment and its associated goals. The Chemours Corporate Responsibility Commitment is an enabler of the company’s growth strategy with emphasis on an evolved portfolio of products, inspired people, and caring for a shared planet. Telford is responsible for engaging 7,000 Chemours employees in 58 locations around the globe to advance the company’s commitments. 

    “I am delighted to join the board of an organization whose members are leaders in sustainable development and who are committed to advancing sustainable development globally,” said Telford.

    Commenting on the appointment, Francisco Suarez Hernandez, chair of WEC’s board of directors and director of Coca-Cola FEMSA’s New Business Initiatives, said, “The World Environment Center is delighted to have Sheryl join our board. She brings diversity of thinking and depth of knowledge in the chemical sector to our Board.”

    Telford sits on the Board of Delegates of the National Safety Council and the Board of Directors of the Wildlife Habitat Council.  Prior to joining Chemours, Telford held positions of increasing responsibility at DuPont, PSE&G, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

    She holds a Bachelor of Administration degree in Chemistry and Physics from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

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    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. For more information please visit wec.org, or follow us on twitter @WorldEnvCenter, Facebook @WorldEnvironmentCenter or LinkedIn

    About The Chemours Company 
    The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) helps create a colorful, capable and cleaner world through the power of chemistry.  Chemours is a global leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations.  Chemours ingredients are found in plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, mining and general industrial manufacturing.  Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Teflon™, Ti-Pure™, Krytox™, Viton™, Opteon™, Freon™ and Nafion™.  Chemours has approximately 7,000 employees and 26 manufacturing sites serving approximately 4,000 customers in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.  

    Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.  For more information please visit chemours.com, or follow us on Twitter @Chemours, or LinkedIn.  

    Tweet me:.@WorldEnvCenter announces the appointment of Sheryl Telford to WEC's Board or Directors. #BoardMembers http://bit.ly/2yqX2gc @chemours

    KEYWORDS: World Environment Center


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    SOURCE:LG Electronics USA, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn., October 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Commemorating “ENERGY STAR® Day” 2018, LG Electronics USA partnered with the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region to help local organizations save today, save tomorrow, and save for good with LG’s ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers and dryers.

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the typical American household spends about $2,000 a year on energy bills, but by choosing ENERGY STAR, consumers can save 30 percent or about $575 in household energy costs. The theme of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Day (tomorrow, Oct. 23), is “Save today. Save tomorrow. Save for good. Look for the ENERGY STAR label.”

    Ginna Holleman, CEO of United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region, thanked LG and the EPA for bringing energy efficiency to those in need in the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. “And ENERGY STAR Day is especially timely for us in Middle Tennessee this year as LG prepares to begin production of ENERGY STAR certified washing machines at its new Clarksville factory this fall,” she said.

    To help local non-profit organizations save energy and to recognize the great work they do in the community, LG has provided ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers to:

    • Bethesda Community Mission, which provides much-needed food and shelter assistance to those in need;
    • Cats R Us, the local nonprofit operated completely by volunteers that provides feline rescue, shelter and adoption;
    • Hope Pregnancy Center, a family help center that includes a thrift closet of donated maternity and baby clothes and supplies;
    • Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County, which reduces animal overpopulation and euthanasia by offering spay-neuter services to all pet owners;
    • Manna Cafe Ministries, which serves people in need through a mobile soup kitchen, food distribution, and other vital resources such as clothing and job skill training;
    • Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency, which provides essential services to the most vulnerable: seniors, disabled, and those at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation;
    • Operation Stand Down TN, which seeks to prevent homelessness among U.S. military veterans by offering employment assistance, benefits assistance, networking and housing;
    • Precious Friends, a no-kill shelter that helps Clarksville and the surrounding area free of stray and unwanted puppies;
    • Progressive Directions, which provides innovative programs and transformative services to those with intellectual or development disabilities; and
    • Roxy Regional Theatre, the live professional theatre group that provides educational outreach to students in the community. 

    Also receiving LG ENERGY STAR certified laundry appliances were Montgomery Central High School and Northeast High School, as well as Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. In addition, LG provided more than a dozen LG ENERGY STAR certified TVs to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation.

    Later this year, the LG Tennessee factory will begin producing front- and top-load ENERGY STAR certified washing machines. The new plant is expected to bring 600 full-time jobs to Clarksville.

    LG’s support of ENERGY STAR Day, in cooperation with the local United Way and non-profits, “is consistent with our commitment to environmental sustainability and to the community,” said John I. Taylor, LG Electronics USA’s senior vice president, public affairs and corporate social responsibility. “This ENERGY STAR Day and every day, LG and ENERGY STAR help you save for good – for all the good things you want in your life and for a healthier planet for you and your family.”

    About LG Electronics USA

    LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $55 billion global innovator in technology and manufacturing. In the United States, LG sells a wide range of innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, mobile phones, commercial displays, air conditioning systems, solar energy solutions and vehicle components. LG’s focus on environmental sustainability and its “Life’s Good” marketing theme encompass how LG is dedicated to people’s happiness by exceeding expectations today and tomorrow. LG is a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence. www.LG.com.

    Tweet me:.@LGUS celebrates #ENERGYSTARDay with laundry upgrades for local non-profits http://bit.ly/2OIVp7J

    Contact Info:

    John I. Taylor
    LG Electronics USA
    +1 (202) 719-3490
    john.taylor@lge.com

    KEYWORDS: KRX:066570, ENERGY STAR® Day, ENERGY STAR®, lg electronics usa, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region

     


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    SOURCE:Ray C. Anderson Foundation

    SUMMARY:

    The top prize for a biomimetic climate change solution was awarded to a Brazilian team for a system that helps foresters plant more trees in less time.

    DESCRIPTION:

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., October 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ - With deforestation contributing an estimated 15% of greenhouse gas emissions, countries, NGO’s, and innovators are mobilizing to restore our planet's forests as quickly as possible to avoid catastrophic global warming. A Brazilian team of entrepreneurs has won the 2018 $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize for the Nucleário, an all-in-one reforestation solution that mimics elements of natural forest progression to reduce maintenance costs and improve seedling survival rates. The team was awarded the prize at the National Bioneers Conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

    The Ray of Hope Prize is the top award in the Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator program run by the Biomimicry Institute that supports entrepreneurs working to bring early-stage biomimetic, or nature-inspired, climate change solutions to market.

    “This simple but impactful biomimicry-inspired innovation has the potential to transform reforestation efforts and help reverse global warming,” said John A. Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. "The six judges were impressed with all of the teams, but the Nucleário stood out because they have a clear understanding of path to commercialization.”

    Nucleário, created by Bruno Rutman Pagnoncelli, Pedro Rutman Pagnoncelli, and Bruno Ferrari, is designed to be used in remote areas of the Atlantic rainforest. The device was created to function like leaf litter, preventing soil leaching and increasing soil moisture levels, and protecting seedlings from leafcutter ants and invasive grasses. It also mimics how bromeliads collect water from rain and dew to provide a microclimate that attracts biodiversity. By reducing maintenance costs and helping improve seedling survival rates, Nucleário can get more trees in the ground in less time, helping make it possible to achieve environmental goals like the Bonn Challenge and the Paris Agreement.

    "30x30 -- land use being 30% of climate change solutions by 2030 -- is the most promising news on the horizon because it is highly feasible. Reforestation is a real part of this plan and yet most efforts on this front are failing because young saplings need extra help to survive,” said Beth Rattner, Biomimicry Institute executive director. “Nucleário has captured proven strategies straight from the forest to make their product, which is something no one else has tried before. We are immensely hopeful about the impact this will have.”

    A $25,000 second prize, funded by an anonymous donor, went to a team with members from Mexico and the U.S., who created BioThermosmart, a thermal management system that harvests waste heat from large commercial buildings and cycles it back into the system. Their design was inspired by elephants, crocodiles, toucan beaks, and the human circulatory system to create a system of heat transfer patches that help facility directors manage excess heat.

    A total of six international teams spent the past year in the Biomimicry Launchpad, the world’s only accelerator for early-stage, nature-inspired innovations. More about each of the finalists’ innovations can be found here. The Launchpad is part of the Biomimicry Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a global competition sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation that asks innovators to create radically sustainable climate change solutions inspired by the natural world. As winners of the Challenge, these teams were invited to join the Biomimicry Launchpad to get support in testing and prototyping their ideas, with the ultimate goal of bringing their climate change solutions to market.

    This year marks the third year that the Ray of Hope Prize was presented at the National Bioneers Conference. The conference, held this year from October 19-21, 2018, is a yearly gathering of dynamic changemakers dedicated to solving our world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

    “Since it was founded 29 years ago, Bioneers has held a lasting belief and reverence for lessons we can learn from nature and a firm commitment to empowering leadership in tomorrow’s leaders,” said Bioneers Executive Director Joshua Fouts. “We are inspired and honored to host these awards, which look to the natural world and youth for vision and wisdom to solve some of our planet’s most vexing problems.”

    A new round of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge has just launched, focused again on finding nature-inspired climate-change solutions. It is a new opportunity for teams to join and compete for the annual $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®. Individuals and teams can learn more about the Challenge at challenge.biomimicry.org

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    Contact Info:

    Valerie Bennett
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation
    +1 (770) 317-5858
    valerie@raycandersonfoundation.org

    Erin Connelly
    Biomimicry Institute
    +1 (415) 800-1407
    erin.connelly@biomimicry.org

    KEYWORDS: Ray C. Anderson Foundation, biomimicry, Ray of Hope Prize, reforestation, Atlantic Rainforest, Nucleário


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