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    SOURCE:Sappi North America


    When you work in a remote location, every second counts in an emergency. An ambulance typically takes eight to ten minutes to reach the Somerset Mill location, so early intervention can provide the best possible outcome. That’s why each member of the 15-person team of security guards at Somerset Mill is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician. They’re available at a moment’s notice to respond to any emergency.

    Tweet me:Every security guard at @SappiNA's #Somerset Mill is a certified EMT. Read more about safety at Sappi in their 2017 #sustainabilityreport:

    KEYWORDS: Sappi, employees, EMT, Somerset, Skowhegan, maine, paper, pulp, manufacturing, Industry

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    SOURCE:Cisco Systems Inc.


    This post was written by guest blogger Dr. Natalie Rens, CEO of Spaceport AI. She recently spoke as part of Cisco’s Women Rock-IT series.

    We explore Mars for many reasons, be it the risk minimization of distributing our species across multiple planets or the fact that our population is growing at a rate that is unsustainable for our Earth’s resources.

    For me, it is the insatiable spirit of exploration. It is all the inventions we will create to help Earth as a result of pushing our skills to their most extreme, and it is the fact that aiming for a goal this grand has the power to draw together people from every background.

    When I was young, I used to dream of one day exploring the Amazon rainforest in search of medicinal plants I could create new cures from. I was enchanted with the idea of facing the unknown, with all its danger, to create something that would help as many people as I could.

    With that in mind, ever impatient, I left school at 16 to begin studying Biomedical Sciences. As my studies went on, I specialized in neuroscience and ultimately completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, in which I focused on using machine learning to predict voluntary decisions.

    However, I had become disenchanted with academia over time, feeling that it was not allowing me to achieve the impact I wanted. So, I gravitated towards the technology scene, with its wilder ideas and faster pace.

    AI and the Final Frontier

    The crux moment came when attending an emerging technology conference in San Diego, for which a significant focus was artificial intelligence (AI). AI represented the wonders of information combined with the ability to transform everything around us, from agriculture to healthcare.

    This, to me, seemed like a field that would soon impact all of society. The only problem was that apparently nobody knew about it. Arriving back in Brisbane, I searched for public events on AI and, finding nothing, promptly started the Meetup community Brisbane.AI with a friend. That decision led to a group that is now over 2,000 strong and led me to a role working on AI strategy for the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.

    This past year has been a whirlwind and, through my role, I have been very fortunate to win support to create a multi-millionaire dollar project to build our own Queensland AI Centre.

    Still, I found myself searching for that childhood taste for exploration and, while the pieces had been falling into place for a few years, my brain hadn’t quite put them together. There had been a moment watching the National Geographic Mars series where the idea of an astronaut risking everything for the advancement of human knowledge struck me so profoundly I started crying uncontrollably.

    Then, there was the fact card on Mars that I had found myself carrying with me for the past year.

    Finally, in February this year, SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket and, seeing Starman in space, the puzzle clicked into place. It occurred to me then that Mars was not just a fictional dream of engineers and sci-fi nerds, but a place our generation could make a real home someday. By doing so, we would be opening the path to explore and inhabit the rest of our solar system, and then maybe even beyond. It would be the biggest goal we had ever conquered as a species.

    Sustainable life in space

    I knew that SpaceX was building the BFR to transport humans to Mars one day, but I had no idea what else was being done for the other vital bit — keeping us alive. A frantic few months of heavy reading followed, looking into SpaceX and NASA plans, human psychology in space books, and research articles on everything from automation in the ISS to radiation protection materials.

    What I discovered was that most everything in space is trying to kill you. There is almost no oxygen or atmosphere on Mars, and it has one-third the gravity of Earth, which wreaks havoc on the human body. Exposure to cosmic radiation also significantly increases the risk of cancer. Furthermore, most of the processes on the ISS are led by mission control, while in emergencies astronauts are sent back to Earth. On Mars, where the communication lag is between 4-24 minutes, we would need to automate all these processes, and there would be no going back.

    The more I read, the more challenges I found. Yet, according to plans, the first crewed mission was set for within the decade. If we were going to make it, we needed to get working not in a few years, but now.

    With no time to lose, I launched Spaceport AI. The company’s mission is to build AI technologies that will enable sustainable human life in space. Currently, we are preparing our first projects in the fields of human life support, autonomous systems, and habitat sustainability, using AI for its power to automate operations and assist astronauts.

    We envision exploration where, rather than receiving medical support from mission control, astronauts can use wearables that monitor and predict health in real-time. Where greenhouses could sense conditions and adapt to optimize plant growth. Where, with strong advancements, we could even have autonomous robots completing tasks and heading off for scientific exploration.

    We are also running AI courses, both to help the community at large but also to teach our own crew. I have already come across so many young, passionate individuals that dream of helping mankind reach the stars, and that matters far more to us than the five years’ technical experience many larger organizations demand.

    Founding Spaceport AI, I never stopped to think whether I was the person to do it or not, with my three months’ experience in space, but just that it was a hugely important problem to solve and working on it was more likely to solve the problem than not working on it at all.

    However, if we are going to make the mission to Mars successful, which we must, then we will need the passion and work of many thousands of people, from all across the globe. It will truly be a feat of mankind.

    I may look back at this all one day and wonder at how naive I was but, as I stand, I have this wondrous sense of conviction in the goal I am working towards. Like my childhood dream of the Amazon, I finally get to reach for unknown territories in order to help humanity.

    If you missed Natalie’s inspiring webinar, please watch the replay today!

    Tweet me:Dr. Natalie Rens shares the origin story behind her company @SpaceportAI using AI technology to explore the possibility of #sustainable life on #Mars. Read her story on @CiscoCSR’s blog: #ArtificialIntelligence

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:CSCO, Cisco Systems Inc., Spaceport AI, Women Rock-IT series, Mars, Artificial Intelligence

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    SOURCE:Sodexo, Inc.


    DETROIT, Mich. & STAMFORD, Conn., November 29, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Hospitality provider Centerplate has announced an early, multi-year contract extension with Cobo Center in Detroit. Managed and operated by the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA), Cobo Center is one of the largest convention centers in the United States, located on the beautiful Detroit riverfront.

    "Over the last few years, we have made a substantial investment in Cobo Center to transform it into a more modern, guest-centric venue,” said Patrick Bero, CEO/CFO for the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority. "As we continue to attract conferences, meetings and events from around the globe, we are happy to continue working with Centerplate as our exclusive hospitality food & beverage service provider.”

    When the new Cobo Center Grand Riverview Ballroom opened in 2013, it became the premier banquet and event facility in the Detroit area. With 40,000 square-feet, divisible into smaller areas by retractable walls, the Grand Riverview Ballroom offers stunning views of the Detroit River, downtown and Windsor, Ontario. There is also a best-in-class 8,000 square foot kitchen with a private tasting room, where meeting planners can work with the Cobo culinary team to develop custom menus for their event.

    Centerplate recently has created new concepts for the venue, including the Detroit Made Market for pizzas and burgers, Rock City Fresh for sandwiches, soups and salads, and Go Natural, offering more health-conscious fare.

    “We are happy to carry on our partnership with Cobo Center,” added Greg Fender, Executive Vice President, Centerplate. “We will continue to source locally as much as possible, from brands like Zingerman’s Cheese, Dearborn Sausage, Verner’s and Faygo. It’s about more than just the food though, as we provide a level of hospitality that resonates well with our guests.”

    The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) honored Cobo Center with the William F. McLaughlin Hospitality Award for Service Excellence at the 2018 Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Awards this past summer. The William F. McLaughlin Hospitality Award is the only award in the state of Michigan that honors customer service excellence in businesses.

    Cobo Center and Centerplate will also continue to work with PepsiCo to supply an array of soft beverage options for all guests.

    About Cobo Center

    With 723,000 square feet of exhibit space, Cobo Center boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America and is the 17th largest convention center in the country.  Visit online at

    About Centerplate

    Centerplate is a global leader in live event hospitality, "Making It Better To Be There®" for more than 116 million guests each year at more than 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues. Strategically acquired in December 2017 by world leader in Quality of Life services Sodexo, Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to more than 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 14 Super Bowls and 22 World Series. Visit the company online at, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or 

    Contact Info:

    Paul Pettas

    Mary Klida
    Cobo Center

    KEYWORDS: contract, contract extension, Centerplate, Sodexo, Cobo Center, OTC:SDXAY

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    Watch the “New Friends" Campaign to learn how rescuing a pet can build a family

    SOURCE:Subaru of America


    When we rescue pets, we build families. This happy commercial tells the story of a girl learning the power of volunteering and helping an animal find a home. We witness a young volunteer give a lonely pet attention. As she does, a younger girl joins out of curiosity. We see the pride of the volunteer’s mother seeing her daughter create a connection between a pet and family. Over the past 10 years, through the Subaru Share the Love Event, Subaru and its retailers have helped rescue over 50,000 animals with the ASPCA.

    Learn more about the Subaru Share the Love Event

    Tweet me:Through the #Subaru #SharetheLove Event, @Subaru_USA and its retailers have helped rescue over 50,000 animals with the @ASPCA. Watch the campaign video to see that when you rescue pets, you build families:

    KEYWORDS: ASPCA, Subaru of America, NYSE:FUJHF, Share the Love Event


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    SOURCE:Lockheed Martin


    BETHESDA, Md., November 29, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance on seven buildings, and U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver ratings on three buildings over the last twelve months. The company is an official ENERGY STAR partner.

    “Certifications like these reflect Lockheed Martin’s commitment to protecting the environment and reducing our energy use,” said Carol Cala, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Energy, Environment, Safety and Health practice. “We look forward to continuing to partner with the EPA and U.S. Green Building Council on these important programs.”

    Lockheed Martin’s ENERGY STAR certified buildings include two facilities in Orlando, Florida, one of which was recertified for the fourth time since 1999, and facilities in: Denver, Colorado, Lakeland, Florida; Rockville, Maryland and West Palm Beach, Florida. Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth, Texas and Orlando, Florida received LEED Silver ratings.

    ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the U.S. that is based on actual verified energy performance.

    LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

    “We’re leveraging our own business expertise and technology innovations to help reduce our internal facility energy use by 25 percent by 2020 – and, that’s just one example of our commitment to sustainability by continually working on enterprise-wide energy efficient operations,” said Cala.

    Lockheed Martin is one of the largest implementers of energy efficiency projects in the U.S. through its Lockheed Martin Energy line of business. Lockheed Martin Energy partners with government, industrial and commercial customers to deliver advanced energy-management offerings and comprehensive solutions across the energy industry, including demand-response solutions, energy efficiency and energy storage. These offerings helped customers avoid an estimated 2.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in 2017 alone.

    Learn more about LM Energy’s offerings at

    Learn more about Lockheed Martin’s commitment to sustainability in its annual Sustainability Report.

    About Lockheed Martin
    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year the company received three Edison Awards for ground-breaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy.

    Media Contact:
    Meghan Macdonald
    +1 301-897-6195

    Tweet me:.@LockheedMartin facilities have earned 7 @ENERGYSTAR, 3 #LEED Silver ratings in 2018: #sustainability #energyefficiency #greenbuilding

    KEYWORDS: Lockheed Martin, Energy Star


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    SOURCE:Legg Mason


    Legg Mason, Inc. has introduced a new educational benefit for global employees. Beginning immediately, employees can receive reimbursement for anything they want to learn. We call this program SEED (skills, education, enrichment and development).

    “Legg Mason is focused on growth, and we believe that a hallmark of growth is a learning mindset,” said Patty Lattin, Legg Mason’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “This benefit, which we believe is unique in the asset management industry, is one of the many ways we’re working to hire and grow the best talent.”

    Most companies — if they provide tuition reimbursement at all — limit it to four-year degrees or graduate studies that reflect employees’ expected career paths. But new generations of employees — who are more diverse than ever and less likely to follow the traditional career ladder — are augmenting traditional classroom education with faster-moving learning paths like boot camps, nano-degrees, micro-masters, open-source learning and other options.

    In the U.S., full-time employees are eligible for reimbursement up to $8,000 for any education related to growth at Legg Mason, and $300 for activities related to personal enrichment, such as a cooking or art history classes. In the U.K., the limits are GBP6,000 and GBP240, respectively. Comparable limits are in place in Europe, Hong Kong, Australia and other locations where Legg Mason has staff.

    # # #

    About Legg Mason
    Guided by a mission of Investing to Improve Lives™, Legg Mason helps investors globally achieve better financial outcomes by expanding choice across investment strategies, vehicles and investor access through independent investment managers with diverse expertise in equity, fixed income, alternative and liquidity investments. Legg Mason’s assets under management are $733 billion as of October 31, 2018. To learn more, visit our website, our newsroom, or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

    Contact Information
    Lisa Tibbitts
    (212) 805-6039


    Tweet me:.@leggmason encourages a learning mindset, introduces new global education benefits

    KEYWORDS: tuition reimbursement, employee benefits, continuing education, legg mason, NYSE:LM

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    SOURCE:3BL Media, LLC


    KATOWICE, Poland, November 29, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Be sure to join us for a LIVE one-hour #GenerationForChange Twitter Chat during COP24 in Poland. This virtual event will be hosted by Mars, Incorporated. Joining Mars for the December 4 chat are leaders from The Climate Group, EDF, The Nature Conservancy and Oxfam. TriplePundit and 3BL Media will moderate the chat.

    During the hour-long discussion, Ashley Allen, Climate and Land Senior Manager at Mars, will discuss the company’s various commitments to environmental and social sustainability – including long-term plans to lead on climate action, aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring a more sustainable supply chain worldwide. The NGOs rounding out this panel with Ms. Allen will offer perspectives on how collaboration and partnerships can help companies achieve long-term sustainability goals – as well as highlighting why it is critical for the private sector to support the goals of COP24 and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

    These steps are urgent, as the world is facing significant challenges. Poverty, water stress and climate change are just a few of the social and environmental issues  holding back the potential of people, their communities and businesses across the globe.

    To that end, Mars is striving to develop new approaches to take on these challenges based on insights the company has learned over the past decade. Mars, which has long focused on the impacts of its direct operations, is now expanding such ambitions across its entire value chain. The clear need for urgent action is why, last year, Mars launched its Sustainable in a Generation Plan – a plan that will allow the company to grow in ways that benefit people, the planet and the business alike.

    Topics that will unfold during chat include:

    • Why businesses like Mars should care about COP24 and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement
    • The role companies like Mars have in supporting national climate policy
    • The important role partnerships and collaborations play in achieving long-term sustainability goals
    • Barriers to making supply chains climate-smart – and ways to overcome them
    • How companies can align their work on the SDGs with their overall climate action goals

    Tips to get the most out of the #GenerationForChange Twitter Chat:

    • Follow the main participants and #GenerationForChange hashtag
    • Share tweets you think your followers will appreciate
    • Follow interesting participants during and after the chat
    • Submit questions before the event to promote a more dynamic discussion
    • Use the #GenerationForChange hashtag on comments that you want to share with the community

    The 1-hour #GenerationForChange chat will touch upon the three key areas of Mars’ plan: A healthy planet, thriving people and nourishing wellbeing.

    WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, at Noon EST / 9am PST / 6pm CET.

    WHERE: Join the conversation on Twitter, or on a third-party platform such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite, by following #GenerationForChange

    New to our Twitter chats? Don’t worry! Read this.

    Media Contact:
    Leon Kaye
    Director of Social Media and Engagement, 3BL Media
    Executive Editor,

    Tweet me:Join us on Dec. 4th at Noon ET/9am PT/6 CET as we host @MarsGlobal for a live Twitter Chat during #COP24 on #GenerationForChange

    KEYWORDS: Mars Inc, 3bl Media, COP24, sustainable in a generation, the climate group, EDF, The Nature Conservancy, Oxfam

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    SOURCE:Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable


    The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) highlights their members' beverage industry sustainability insights and ideas in their BIER Member Spotlight series on a monthly basis. These spotlights include their answers to questions about their company's sustainability achievements and strategy, practical insights from BIER, interesting facts, and more.

    This month's BIER Member Spotlights focuses on Kate Krebs, Senior Environmental Policy Advisor at American Beverage Association and participant in BIER's Water and Public Relations & Communications working groups.

    Learn more about Kate in this BIER Member Spotlight.

    About BIER

    The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. BIER aims to affect sector change through work focused on water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate change, beverage container recycling, sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem services. BIER members include: American Beverage Association, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Carlsberg Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Constellation Brands, Diageo, Heineken, Jackson Family Wines, New Belgium Brewing, MillerCoors, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and PepsiCo. For more information, visit

    Tweet me:Find out more about @katekrebs and her insights on beverage industry #susty progress, consumer recycling, and more.

    KEYWORDS: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER), American Beverage Association, member spotlight, bier

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    How GSK creates shared value between CSR and HR

    SOURCE:Taproot Foundation


    Taproot has long made the case that a strong corporate pro bono program is a triple win—nonprofits receive the support they need, companies build deeper relationships with their communities, and employees have the opportunity to apply their skills in new and meaningful ways. While there is a robust foundation of evidence supporting the claim that pro bono is a powerful social impact strategy, practitioners often struggle to articulate the business case for pro bono.

    Through Taproot’s work developing pro bono programs across the corporate sector, we’ve learned that pro bono can help companies meet key HR objectives like attracting, retaining, and developing their employees. In this paper, we explore how pro bono practitioners can align their pro bono efforts with their company’s HR strategy to create shared value across the company.

    Case Study: GSK's PULSE Volunteer Partnership

    GSK’s PULSE Volunteer Partnership is an opportunity for eligible employees to be matched with a nonprofit and provide full-time skills-based volunteering over the course of either a local three- or six-month assignment or an international six-month assignment. The PULSE program is rooted in GSK’s threefold change mission:

    1. Change communities by sharing their talent to support nonprofit partners;
    2. Change employees by supporting their leadership development through participation;
    3. Change GSK through employees’ application of new skills, bringing fresh perspectives and renewed energy when they return. 

    GSK's Approach

    GSK’s focused recruitment process targets highly motivated employees who are committed to leveraging the inherent talent development components of the PULSE program. Throughout the application process, participants must demonstrate how their participation will allow them to develop professionally and apply new learnings to their work at GSK. Line Managers are also required to submit sponsorship on behalf of applicants, identifying their top development objectives and observations regarding why the applicant is suitable for PULSE. Manu Juneja, Acting Director for GSK’s PULSE program, noted that this process is about determining whether the opportunity is in line with an applicant’s growth and career trajectory and how it fits in their development plan. GSK establishes broad investment in the PULSE program as a key talent development strategy by targeting best-fit employees and engaging their managers and colleagues in recruitment and impact measurement.

    Read the full case study in Pro Bono as a People Strategy

    Tweet me:91% of volunteers in the @GSK PULSE program report personal development in cultural awareness. Read how GSK and other corp leaders are tying #probono into their D&I strategy in the new @taprootfound report

    KEYWORDS: GSK, Taproot Foundation

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    SOURCE:Mohawk Industries


    EDEN, N.C., November 29, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Mohawk Group and nonprofit Groundswell have teamed up to locate a new smartflower™ solar energy unit near three Rockingham County Schools in North Carolina—a project that will bring the benefits of clean solar power to the area, create educational opportunities for students and also contribute to Mohawk’s sustainability efforts to leave more handprints than footprints.

    The smartflower technology was unveiled on Nov. 29 at a special event in Eden, N.C., which is also the home of Mohawk’s historic Karastan woven carpet plant. The mill celebrated its 90th anniversary of operation this year. Planted on the campus of Eden’s Central Elementary School, the smartflower is located adjacent to Holmes Middle School and Morehead High School.

    “We are especially proud to be part of this project and be able to invest in the Eden community where many of our colleagues live and work,” said George Bandy Jr., Mohawk’s vice president of sustainability and commercial marketing. “In creating our Living Products, we want to be a strategic community partner and use our handprints to connect the next generation with STEM programs and innovative technologies that support a sustainable future.”

    Mohawk Group has engaged in this special partnership with Groundswell to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset the energy and resources used during some of its manufacturing processes. The smartflower installation in North Carolina is part of Mohawk’s handprinting strategy for two of its latest Living Product Challenge Petal certified flooring products: Pivot Point enhanced resilient tile and Sunweave woven broadloom/area rug.

    Both Pivot Point and Red List-free Sunweave, which is crafted from Mohawk Group’s award-winning yarn system, Heathered Hues, are designed to give more back to the environment than they take during their entire life cycle. Sunweave is manufactured in Eden.

    Project partner Groundswell develops community solar projects and subscriber management programs that connect solar power with economic empowerment for the communities served. “Our mission is to build community power, and we’re thrilled to partner with Mohawk to connect this solar installation with the Eden, N.C. community’s vision for empowering its young people through education,” said Michelle Moore, CEO of Groundswell. “North Carolina is a solar leader, and the solar industry creates one in 50 new jobs in America. We look forward to a future where the bright young minds of Eden are powering the solar industry.”

    Karen Hyler, Rockingham County Schools public information officer, also noted the exciting learning opportunities through the innovative donation of the smartflower. “Rockingham County Schools is excited to benefit from the unique partnership between Mohawk, Groundswell and other project partners,” she said. “The future of our planet lies in the hands of our young people. The ability to put those hands-on renewable energy tools and education to learn firsthand about the importance of preserving and properly utilizing our natural resources is truly a gift that will keep on giving for years to come for members of our community.”

    The solar energy project in North Carolina is the second of 10 smartflowers to be established across the U.S. as part of a three-year partnership between Mohawk Group and Groundswell.

    About Mohawk Group
    As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit

    About Groundswell 
    Groundswell is a 501c3 nonprofit that builds community power. Groundswell develops community solar projects and subscriber management programs that connect solar power with economic empowerment, enabling neighbors to work together to Share Power™ and substantial energy savings with low-income households. Groundswell believes that clean energy is a necessity, not a luxury; we’re all in this together; and we can’t afford to leave our neighbors behind. To learn more, visit


    Tweet me:.@MohawkGroup and @Grndswell unveil a new @smartflower_sol at NC school near historic Karastan woven plant as part of #LivingProductChallenge Petal Certification strategy #handprintsoverfootprints #sustainability @RCS_NC

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:MHK, Mohawk Industries


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    SOURCE:Republic Services


    Republic Services President and Chief Executive Officer Don Slager discusses the impact of China's crackdown on scrap-material imports on the solid waste and recycling industry with Bloomberg's Ed Hammond on "Bloomberg Markets: The Close." (Source: Bloomberg).

    Watch the interview here.

    Tweet me:Easier #recycling processes, like single-stream, have resulted in more contamination. With #ChinaSword in effect, where do we go from here? @RepublicService @Bloomberg #sustainability #sustainablebusiness

    KEYWORDS: Republic Services, Don Slager, Bloomberg, China Sword, Recycling, single-stream recycling, waste management, Sustainable Business, Recycling Simplified

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    Red Lake Gold Mines (RLGM) is at the forefront of the mining industry’s exciting digital transformation.

    Since 2017, Goldcorp has been working with IBM to determine how the IBM Watson cognitive computing platform could improve the company’s mineral exploration program. RLGM is now pioneering the world’s first Exploration with Watson platform.

    The Watson initiative recently earned Goldcorp a prestigious Ingenious Award in the large private sector category from the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). The ITAC award for Goldcorp’s Cognitive Journey recognizes excellence in the use of information and communications technology by organizations to solve problems, improve performance, introduce new services and grow business.

    Red Lake is a world-class gold deposit located in Ontario’s historical mining region. It has over 80 years of data collected over the decades, however much of it was not easily accessible to our geologists. Traditionally, geologists could spend up to 80% of their analytical time searching for and preparing data, and only 20% interpreting and analyzing the data. Watson’s big advantage over conventional computer systems is its ability to ingest and process massive amounts of data faster and more accurately than conventional systems.

    “The Exploration with Watson platform has been ground breaking for our company,” said Robin Fell, Goldcorp’s Director of Strategic Technology Solutions. “It is a powerful tool that geologists are now using to significantly speed up the time it takes to identify and analyze new targets at Red Lake. I believe that this innovative technology has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the mining industry.”

    In addition to making geologists more efficient, Watson’s value lies in its predictive modeling capabilities for grassroots exploration. Watson is identifying new areas of mineralization at RLGM, with the goal of reducing exploration costs. We are currently drilling the first few targets that were first identified by Watson and then ranked and fully analyzed by our geologists. Once drill results are completed, Goldcorp plans to roll out Watson to other sites, heralding a new and exciting era for mineral exploration.

    Tweet me:The Cognitive Journey at Red Lake recently earned Goldcorp a prestigious Ingenious Award in the large private sector category from the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

    KEYWORDS: Red Lake Gold Mines, IBM Watson, Ingenious Award, Goldcorp, NYSE:GG, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

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    Parks for Pollinators project seeks to turn this support into action



    By Carol Nowlin
    Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, ScottsMiracle-Gro

    A national poll conducted in 2018 by ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation partner the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) revealed that 95% of Americans believe communities should make special efforts to create designated areas that support the health and growth of pollinators. While this is encouraging, the survey also revealed a knowledge gap. Only 34 percent of Americans stated they are completely or very confident in what actions they can take to help protect pollinators.

    Visit our blog to read the full article and learn how The Parks for Pollinators project is working to turn support for pollinators into action nationwide.

    Tweet me:95% of Americans believe communities should have designated areas that protect #pollinators. @Scotts_MGro Foundation is working to turn this support to save pollinators into action: #CSR #SaveTheBees

    KEYWORDS: pollinators, ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation, bees, National Recreation and Park Association, Research, ScottsMiracle-Gro, NYSE:SMG

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    SOURCE:Consumers Energy


    A combined $16,000 grant from the CMS Energy and Consumers Energy foundations has leveraged more than $70,000 in additional funding to improve public use of a little-known treasure on Lake Michigan in Manistee County’s Filer Township.

    Local leaders announced a list of improvements planned for 2019 to the Magoon Creek Natural Area, a 97-acre park with 2,300 feet of Lake Michigan frontage owned by Filer Township.

    The $16,000 grant that was presented on Friday helped secure a $71,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to finance the improvements.

    Click here to continue reading on Manistee News Advocate


    Tweet me:A combined $16,000 #grant from the CMS Energy and @ConsumersEnergy foundations provides more than $70,000 in additional funding to improve public use of a 97-acre park in #Michigan #CommunityDevelopment

    KEYWORDS: Conservation, parks, Consumers Energy Foundation, CMS Energy, NYSE:CMS

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    Total contributions, employee participation, and NPOs benefiting reach record highs



    ANDOVER, Mass., November 30, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- CyberGrants, the global leader in Agile Social Impact technology, is thrilled to announce another record breaking #GivingTuesday. Nearly one-third of all corporate giving and grantmaking is processed via CyberGrants, so their results are a good barometer for the corporate world’s impact on Giving Tuesday.

    Total Giving Tuesday contributions through CyberGrants reached an all-time high (+17% vs 2017), and other key metrics were up versus last year as well. More clients participated (+15%), more employees donated (+36%), and more organizations benefitted (+28%).

    “Giving Tuesday is always our busiest day of the year and this year our clients took it to a whole new level,” said Pete Karns, CyberGrants SVP Operations. “We saw another year of record giving, employee participation, and non-profit organizations benefiting. Our team always goes the distance to ensure we’re prepared for the surge in generosity, and I’m thrilled with our ability to scale up our operations to support our clients and their non-profit partners.”

    Education, Human Services, and Health were the categories that received the most contributions, with leading NPOs like Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Doctors Without Borders, and the American Red Cross all in the top ten recipients. Thousands and thousands of smaller organizations benefitted as well. There were gifts to help virtually every member of society…including first responders, children, researchers, the homeless, animals, veterans, and even dancers.

    “We’re thrilled to provide donations to over 15,000 non-profits on Giving Tuesday alone, a 28% increase in the number of non-profits receiving funding from us on last year’s Giving Tuesday,” noted Jeff Summers, Chief Marketing Officer. “That’s just one example of how clients achieve Agile Social Impact with CyberGrants. Not only is there nearly unlimited flexibility in regard to the organizations they can support, but many of our clients also choose to customize their programs for Giving Tuesday by doubling or even tripling their match for the day. That flexibility, combined with multiple ways to give (e.g. online, ACH, credit cards, payroll deductions) really helps clients maximize their impact on Giving Tuesday and throughout the year. We expect these dramatic growth rates to accelerate even further with our recent breakthroughs in Viral Engagement, an approach that maximizes employee participation through personalized dashboards, gamification, and live activity feeds.” Learn more about CyberGrants Viral Engagement.

    Giving Tuesday is just the start of giving season for CyberGrants and their clients. The company expects to process an additional $600+ million before the end of the year.

    About CyberGrants
    CyberGrants gives you the most complete and trusted way to maximize the impact of your Corporate Social Responsibility efforts so you can achieve Agile Social Impact. For nearly 20 years, our business has been to provide innovative software and services in the most secure and efficient way. We have hundreds of clients, including over half of the Fortune 100. In the last twelve months alone, we have processed over $6.5 billion and more than 50 million volunteer hours. Nearly one-third of corporate giving is processed using CyberGrants software. We connect the world’s givers of time, money and products to those who can benefit from them most. No matter how complex your needs or programs, CyberGrants is the only technology partner with a proven unified platform that can transform all of your initiatives into genuine impact.

    Contact Information:
    Liz Bardetti
    (978) 289-7895

    Tweet me:.@CyberGrants reports record breaking participation in #GivingTuesday, with #corporategiving and #employeegiving benefitting 28% more #nonprofits #CSR #philanthropy

    KEYWORDS: Cybergrants, giving tuesday, holiday giving, Donations, charitable giving

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    SOURCE:JetBlue Airways


    NEW YORK, November 30, 2018 /3BL Media/ – JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) celebrated November as JetBlue For Good Month. Aligned with the airline’s mission of Inspiring Humanity®, JetBlue gave back in many meaningful ways in the air, on the ground and in the community. Throughout this third annual month-long celebration of volunteerism, JetBlue encouraged its customers and crewmembers to participate in good deeds and acts of service both big and small.

    “The past 30 days of good were a small representation of what JetBlue does throughout the year,” said Icema Gibbs, director corporate social responsibility, JetBlue. “As we enter the season of giving, we encourage our customers and crewmembers to think about ways to help their neighbors. From donating loyalty points to make kids’ wishes come true to volunteering in your communities, all good deeds add up to make a big impact.”

    Earlier this week on #GivingTuesday, JetBlue flew 100 do-gooders to Destination Good – the Dominican Republic – to partake in four days of community service. Winners of JetBlue’s #CheckInForGood contest participated in volunteer projects alongside some of JetBlue’s crewmembers and non-profit partners in La Romana and Punta Cana. Projects were aligned with JetBlue For Good’s youth and education, community and the environment pillars.

    "Since I’ve been here, I feel like I’ve made an impact in a way that’s genuine and respectful. That’s something I was personally mindful of -- coming to someone else’s country. This is an experience for us, but this is everyday life for the people we are with. I feel very grateful," said Nexus Cook, one of JetBlue’s #CheckInForGood winning volunteers.

    Partners for the Destination Good trip included the DREAM Project, Paradisus corporate social responsibility and Fundemar. All-inclusive accommodations for Destination Good volunteers in the Dominican Republic were provided by Paradisus Palma Real Resort in Punta Cana.

    “On behalf of all of us at Paradisus, it’s been an honor to work alongside JetBlue for such a rewarding cause,” Ana Corporan, sustainable development manager, Paradisus Palma Real. “This week’s events helped shine a light on how important it is for us to give our partners and guests the opportunity to give back to our local communities. We’re looking forward to providing our guests with more of these rewarding opportunities with Paradisus’ Volunteer Vacations in 2019.”

    A recap of additional JetBlue For Good Month activities include:

    • Community Connection – JetBlue crewmembers gave back to a variety of causes and nonprofits throughout JetBlue’s 100+ cities in the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean and logged more than 5,000 volunteer hours in November.
    • #CheckInForGood– As a precursor to JetBlue For Good Month, the mission-driven airline launched its second #CheckInForGood contest in October, inviting U.S. customers to enter for the chance to roll up their sleeves and volunteer with JetBlue and its non-profit partners in Destination Good – an undisclosed mystery location later revealed as the Dominican Republic. The contest received more than 40,000 entries from customers who were eager to join JetBlue in doing good.
    • New JetBlue For Good Livery– JetBlue took its mission of Inspiring Humanity® to new heights with its aircraft dedicated to good. Destination Good volunteers arrived at New York’s JFK International Airport and were surprised with the reveal of the location just moments before boarding JetBlue’s newest special livery. The JetBlue For Good plane celebrates the hundreds of thousands of hours crewmembers have dedicated to giving back and was designed to inspire customers and crewmembers to think about what they can do to make their community a better place. The livery depicts crewmembers peeling back a curtain to reveal an array of illustrations symbolizing the airline’s unique culture and causes JetBlue customers and crewmember are passionate about.
    • JetBlue For Good Grants– To kick-off JetBlue For Good Month, JetBlue announced a contest for nonprofits to enter for a chance to win $25,000 to continue their good work. More than 5,300 entries were received and JetBlue selected three charities aligned with JetBlue For Good’s pillars. JetBlue provided $75,000 in grants to Behind the Book in New York City; Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s Sisterhood: No Boundaries Program; and Heal The Planet in Fort Lauderdale.
    • World Kindness Day – On this day celebrating the best of humanity, crewmembers in JetBlue’s focus cities joined forces to spread some kindness. More than 200 customers and crewmembers in New York and Boston helped decorate and assemble 750 “sweet case” suitcases for children in the foster care system. Crewmembers in south Florida hosted a food drive for neighbors in need, while crewmembers in San Juan, Puerto Rico handed out special JetBlue For Good gift bags, and happy Kindness Day cards to customers. Also as a surprise and delight, JetBlue handed out more than 2,000 kindness goodie bags.
    • Swing For Good Funds Distributed to Three Youth-Focused Charities – JetBlue distributed $1 million to three youth and education-focused charities. Funds were raised in October by JetBlue’s business partners, customers and crewmembers through the airline’s annual Swing For Good Golf Classic and Bid For Good online auction. Grants were provided to Feeding Children Everywhere, Together We Rise and the JetBlue Foundation. Since 2008, JetBlue's Swing for Good initiative has raised nearly $7 million to benefit charities.
    • Encouraging STEM Education– The airline partnered with the Florida Panthers to celebrate students enrolled in the EverFi Future Goals STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Program. JetBlue also sponsored the “STEM Matters NYC Career Day” for NYC public high school students interested in STEM career opportunities. The JetBlue Foundation, JetBlue Equals, as well as the airline’s Women in Flight crewmember resource group also hosted more than 60 girls for the first-ever Fly Like a Girl event in Orlando to introduce local girls to careers in aviation.
    • 100x35JetBlue Supporting Long-Term Recovery in the Caribbean – The JetBlue Foundation provided $135,000 in grants and in-kind support to STEM initiatives helping to power recovery in Puerto Rico including Ciencia Puerto Rico, EcoExploratorio, Inter American University of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Aviation Maintenance Institute.
    • Helping Communities in Need– JetBlue activated its Community Relief and Recovery Fund to support customers and crewmembers during the California wildfires. Proceeds will benefit Americares and the American Red Cross. JetBlue also provided the California Fire Foundation with an immediate grant to purchase community necessities.

    Want to get in on the good? – If you’d like to join JetBlue in doing good, TrueBlue loyalty members can donate points to a variety of charities and causes through the TrueBlue Points Donation Platform. Join JetBlue in supporting causes and nonprofits such as, KaBOOM!, the JetBlue Foundation and Make-A-Wish. When members donate points, they go directly to the selected charity, and each charity may use the points for travel for their organization. For example, since 2012 JetBlue has donated more than 23 million TrueBlue points to Make-A-Wish to help create live-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses. For more information or to donate points visit

    JetBlue For Good -- JetBlue’s platform for social impact and corporate responsibility. Giving back is part of JetBlue’s DNA and is core to its mission of inspiring humanity. Centered around volunteerism and service, JetBlue For Good focuses on the areas that are most important to the airline’s customers and crewmembers - Community, Youth/Education and the Environment. 

    JetBlue’s core programs and partnerships directly impact the areas where its customers and crewmembers live and work by enhancing education and providing access to those that are traditionally underserved. Signature programs include the award-winning Soar with Reading initiative which has provided more than $3.1 million worth of books to kids who need them most; Blue Horizons For Autism which helps introduce air travel in a realistic environment to families and children affected by autism; and Swing For Good which raises funds for education and youth focused non-profits. Join the #JetBlueForGood conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

    About JetBlue

    JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit


    JetBlue Corporate Communications
    Tel: +1 718 709 3089

    Tweet me:.@JetBlue celebrated November as JetBlue For Good Month, giving back in many meaningful ways in the air, on the ground and in the community. #CheckInForGood

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:JBLU, JetBlue Airways


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    SOURCE:Northern Trust


    Maggie, Carys and about two dozen other Girl Scouts were participating in a workshop at Northern Trust’s Loop office on a Saturday morning earlier this month to earn their cybersecurity badges. Girl Scouts earn badges or other awards once they’ve explored a topic or learned a new skill. The cybersecurity badges, introduced for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade earlier this year, are part of an effort from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America to increase participation in STEM fields, which have long been dominated by men.

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    About Northern Trust

    Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 20 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of September 30, 2015, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$6 trillion, and assets under management of US$887 billion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. 


    Tweet me:Men still outnumber women in #STEM fields. Girl Scouts were participating in a workshop at Northern Trust’s Loop office on a Saturday morning earlier this month to earn their cybersecurity badges @NTCSR

    KEYWORDS: Girl Scouts of America, Northern Trust, women in stem, Girls in STEM, cybersecurity

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    Bloomberg will convene the first ever Sustainable Finance Week in New York City December 3-7 to accelerate the adoption of sustainable finance practices. Anchoring Sustainable Finance Week is the Bloomberg Global Responsible Investing Forum powered by Nuveen, an organization with over five decades of responsible investing leadership.  Rounding out the week are the RI Americas 2018 conference and SASB 2018 Symposium, both sponsored by Bloomberg.

    More than 1,200 financial, business and policy decision-makers will be in New York during Sustainable Finance Week attending a range of events. Sustainable Finance Week will focus on visionary ideas, emerging trends and market-moving players critical to mainstreaming sustainable finance. The week of December 3 will provide the backdrop for essential conversations, insights and leaders to emerge.

    New content and multimedia campaigns on topics that matter will set the tone for conversations during Sustainable Finance Week: good governance and the role of boards, AI and big data in monitoring ESG exposures, ESG in emerging markets, decision-useful disclosures (such as the TCFD recommendations and SASB Standards), new products and platforms, investing in gender equality, and more.  A dedicated sustainable finance hub is now available at

    Tweet me:.@Bloomberg to convene inaugural #sustainablefinanceweek in New York Dec 3-7 in collaboration with @NuveenInv @sasb @RI_News_Alert @IRMagazine to accelerate the mainstreaming of #sustainablefinance

    KEYWORDS: Bloomberg, Sustainable Finance Week, Global Responsible Investing Forum, nuveen, SASB, RI News Alert, IR Magazine

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    Walmart and Walmart Foundation commit a total $1 million in product and cash donations to support wildfire relief efforts, shelter services for evacuees and another $1 million to help address needs of area chronically homeless individuals



    CHICO, Calif., November 30, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today increased to $1 million their commitment to support California wildfire relief efforts, including shelter services for evacuees, and announced an additional $1 million from the Walmart Foundation to help address the increased needs of the local homeless population affected by the Camp Fire. This brings Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s total commitment to more than $2 million for local organizations responding to the impacts of the most recent California wildfires and the growing homeless population in the community.

    The $1 million contribution to help address the increased needs of the local homeless population will go to the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) which will support organizations like the Jesus Center, Torres Community Shelter, Safe Space Winter Shelter, Chico-based community organizations that are addressing the needs of Camp Fire evacuees and increasing support services for chronically homeless individuals in the community.

    "In the wake of the Camp Fire, local service providers working with people experiencing homelessness are deeply concerned about the displaced individuals and families who may have been on the verge of homelessness before the fire. Now, in the aftermath, the needs are surely to increase for shelter, supportive services, transitional housing, and permanent affordable housing. The generous $1 million gift from the Walmart Foundation allows organizations like the Jesus Center, the Torres Community Shelter, and the Safe Space Winter Shelter to establish a year-round collaborative, low-barrier shelter for the unmet needs facing our most vulnerable, including the newly homeless and those who had no options of shelter before or after the fires.”

    - Laura Cootsona, Executive Director, Jesus Center, Joy Amaro, Executive Director, Torres Community Shelter, and Angela McLaughlin, Board President, Safe Space Winter Shelter

    Walmart and the Walmart Foundation previously fulfilled a commitment to provide support through cash and product donations of $600,000 to the American Red Cross and other organizations in response to the severe wildfires that impacted both Northern and Southern California. Today’s announcement commits an additional $400,000 in cash and product donations for California wildfire response and relief bringing the total commitment to $1 million.

    “Walmart is always there in a crisis and the California wildfires are no exception,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president of disaster operations and logistics for the American Red Cross. “We have been working with Walmart every step of the way during these tragic wildfires and we are thankful for their continued support for needed relief and services for evacuees.”

    “Walmart has been serving the Chico community for the past 25 years and we are committed to continuing to support those in our community who lost everything through the tragic Camp Fire,” said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart. “We have been working closely with the city, county, American Red Cross and community organizations such as the North Valley Community Foundation to address the immediate needs of evacuees and increase capacity for local organizations to provide longer term services to affected individuals during the recovery phase. We commend their tireless efforts during this tragedy and will continue to support their work.”

    Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, and helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to the $2 million total donation for wildfire relief in California, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

    About Walmart
    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

    About Philanthropy at Walmart
    By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back.

    To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

    Tweet me:.@Walmart & @WalmartGiving commit $1 million in product & cash donations to support #wildfire relief efforts, shelter services for evacuees & another $1 million to help chronically homeless individuals

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:WMT, Walmart, wildfire relief, California, Homeless Services, homelessness

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    By Rachel Kats

    SOURCE:Mohawk Industries


    Mohawk Group and nonprofit Groundswell have teamed up to install a new smartflower solar energy unit near three Rockingham County Schools in North Carolina — a project that will bring the benefits of clean solar power to the area, create educational opportunities for students and contribute to Mohawk’s sustainability efforts.

    The smartflower technology was unveiled during a special event in Eden, NC, which is also the home of Mohawk’s historic Karastan woven carpet plant. Planted on the campus of Eden’s Central Elementary School, the smartflower is located adjacent to Holmes Middle and Morehead High schools.

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    Tweet me:@MohawkGroup and @Grndswell have teamed up to bring @smartflower_sol #solarenergy to Eden, North Carolina @RCS_NC. Learn more via @InteriorsSource: Smartflower Provides Clean Energy from the Ground Up #handprintsoverfootprints #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: Mohawk Industries, NYSE:MHK

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