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CSR/ESG/Sustainability Reporting Training GRI G4, CDP, SASB - Indianapolis

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Join KERAMIDA in Indianapolis the week of February 20, 2017 for lively, expert-led courses in three of the most prominent disclosure approaches:

  • one-day course in the sector-specific, investor-facing Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) Standards ($600 - Feb 20)

  • two-day, certified-content Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 course ($1200 - Feb 21&22, participant receives GRI certificate)

  • one-day, certified-content course on CDP’s climate disclosure guidelines ($600 - Feb 23, participant receives CDP certificate)

We are also offering a one-day course on how to link your ISO 14001 Environmental Management System to your sustainability reporting functions ($600 - Feb 24). Choose the training combination that best suits your disclosure needs.

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Fuel-Efficient Chevrolet Malibu Built at an Energy-Efficient Plant

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:52pm

General Motors’ Fairfax Assembly & Stamping plant, home of the Chevrolet Malibu, earned ENERGY STAR®certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, signifying it meets strict energy performance levels. GM Fairfax is the only manufacturing plant in Kansas to earn such certification in the last nine years. Below are some energy-efficient practices the facility employs.

Implementing a new paint process. The Chevrolet Malibu, which gets an EPA-estimated 36 highway miles per gallon, gets its glossy shine through a paint process that uses 40 percent less energy per vehicle compared to traditional paint shop processes, saving $4 million a year. GM Fairfax’s new paint shop uses a water-based “three-wet” paint operation that eliminates the need to use a primer bake oven between primer and color-coating layers. GM also recirculates air in paint spray booths, requiring less frequent outdoor air intake and temperature adjustments.

Establishing energy teams. Employees champion simple energy-saving initiatives such as shutting down equipment and turning off lights during non-production times. They also share this knowledge and resources across all departments to help the facility meet non-production energy targets.

“Achieving ENERGY STAR certification at an assembly plant takes the time and dedication of an entire team,” said Al Hildreth, GM global energy manager. “Our Fairfax employees are helping GM build cars more efficiently and reducing our environmental impact in Kansas.”

Optimizing heating and cooling temperatures. An energy management system, Energy OnStar, enables employees to monitor heating and cooling temperatures in real time. Adjusting temperatures by even one degree can immediately realize 3-4 percent in energy savings.

Illuminating with LEDs. More than 3,500 new LED lights in the facility’s administrative and engineering mezzanine save the plant $56,000 in energy costs every year. The team is strategizing to expand the use of LED lighting throughout the plant to make an even bigger impact.   

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the plant floor to the boardroom, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

Continuing the momentum. While this is GM Fairfax’s first ENERGY STAR certification, the facility met the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry in 2010 by reducing energy intensity by 16 percent in just three years. GM Fairfax also recycles or reuses 89 percent of waste from daily operations. This year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment presented GM Fairfax with the Pollution Prevention award for efforts to reduce energy use, emissions and waste.

GM is committed to reducing energy use per vehicle produced by 20 percent by 2020. Between 2010 and 2016, the company has reduced energy by 16 percent. This year, GM earned ENERGY STAR’s Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for continued corporate-wide leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. For more information on GM’s environmental commitments, visit its sustainability report or environmental blog.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), its subsidiaries and joint venture entities produce and sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. GM has leadership positions in several of the world's most significant automotive markets and is committed to lead the future of personal mobility.

Time Now for Creating Alternative Futures

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:52am

Foundational futurist Hazel Henderson, CEO of Ethical Markets Media Certified B. Corporation, releases her first book Creating Alternative Futures: The End of Economics, Foreword by E.F. Schumacher (1978), helping  launch the "Small Is Beautiful" cultural revolution.

The issues and ideas explored are now more relevant today: decentralized, democratic solar economies; ending fossil fuel use; globalizing human rights, environmental protection and organic agriculture; facing up to inequality with decent wages, basic incomes, employee-ownership, cooperative enterprises, public banking, beyond economics toward transforming finance…. all the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

“Theodore Gordon, founder of The Futures Group and co-founder of the Millennium Project says, “This book burst like a creative seedpod and still germinates ideas among futurists, science writers and policy wonks worldwide.”

Creating Alternative Futures in 300 libraries worldwide in many languages is also free from the University of Florida Digital Collections. Stephanie Mills, author of Epicurean Simplicity and On Gandhi's Path, says "Ahead of its time, right on time, and timeless, Hazel Henderson's first book abounds in courageous critical insight, immense sanity, systems wisdom, and inspiring reportage. Henderson, whose personal energy is positively solar, illuminates possible, urgent, evolutionary moves for our kind".

Original praise from founding futurists, including Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock(1964) and Barbara Ward, author  of  Spaceship  Earth  (1966).  Elise  Boulding,  peace  activist  author  of Cultures of Peace (2000) called Hazel "my favorite paradigm smasher"; oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau, said "In this book are most of the ideas we are fighting for"; Today’s pre-eminent meta-historian William Irwin Thompson includes Hazel in his Lindisfarne Fellowship and "Thinking Together At The Edge Of History"(2016). Futurist philosophers Barbara Marx Hubbard and Jean Houston co-authored the Power of Yin with Hazel (1978). Physicist Fritjof Capra co-authored their Qualitative Growth. Alice Tepper Marlin, founder of Social Accountability International and  founding  godmother  of  socially  responsible  investing  metrics discusses with Hazel "The Future of Finance" in our 2016 TV series, distributed globally.

About Ethical Markets:
Founded by Hazel in 2004 to track and help accelerate the global transition to cleaner, more inclusive, knowledge-rich Solar Age economies, publisher of the Green Transition Scoreboard®, founder of the EthicMark®Awards for Advertising that Uplifts the Human Spirit and Society www.ethicmark.org  and  a suite of global ethical standards and the MOOC, where Hazel’s book is also available free, along with resources for lifelong learners and aspiring global citizens. 

Supplier Development: Quantifiable Bottom Line Benefits - Webinar Recordings

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:48am

Moving beyond audit and shift mindsets across your supply chain and internally might be the hardest task but truly engaging suppliers in sustainability is key to reduce costs, drive efficiencies and minimise risk to ensure business impact, reputation and competitiveness. We brought together 3 senior leaders in this space to share their experiences and strategies, and to help you in measuring the bottom line benefits to prove the business case. Hear from:

  • Deutsche Telekom, Melanie Kubin-Hardewig,Vice President Group Sustainability

  • ABB, Kanishk Negi Global Supply Chain Sustainability Manager

  • EcoVadis, Boris Abramovic, Supplier Engagement

Click here to receive the complimentary recordings
 
This webinar covers:

  • Change suppliers and internal team’s mindsets by proving the sustainability business case: Provide value and rewards to ensure high suppliers and inter-departmental adoption

  • Achieve supplier's adherence to sustainability standards: Safeguard global competitiveness, minimise risks and create long-term business relationships

  • Lessons Learnt: Hear from senior experts on open-honest ideas that worked and didn't

  • What does the ‘best in class' supplier engagement approach look like? 

Click here and receive the complimentary recordings

Approximately $22.6 Million Raised by Global Impact for its Members through Workplace Giving Campaigns in Fiscal Year 2017

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:47pm

 Global Impact, whose mission is to build partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people, announced today that it raised approximately $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) for its charity alliance of more than 100 international relief and development charities. These organizations are working on the front lines every day providing food, shelter, health care, education and other essential services to millions of people around the world. 

Collectively, Global Impact charity alliance members have continued to see growth in revenues generated through workplace giving campaigns and other initiatives. This success is attributed to Global Impact’s fundraising strategy, as well as the great work of its charity partners, and private sector companies that are choosing to partner with Global Impact to raise awareness of global issues and charities as part of a larger corporate initiative to engage employees in creating greater social impact.

Currently, Global Impact raises much needed unrestricted funding through more than 300 private and public sector workplace giving campaigns with organizations such as Accenture, TIAA, American Express, Wells Fargo and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Global Impact has also developed a number of High Impact Funds and specific disaster funds, for example the Africa Famine Relief Fund, that have helped raise money for charities focused on pressing issues that are most important to donors. “We are continually seeking new ways to promote our charity alliance members and engage donors in the work they are doing,” said Joseph Mettimano, Global Impact vice president of marketing and campaign engagement. “It is an honor to work on behalf of these great charitable organizations and see interest growing by enlightened companies that understand the connection between creating employee satisfaction and opportunities for increased social impact within their workforces.”

Charity alliance partners range from renowned organizations with worldwide reach to nonprofits providing essential services on a regional scale. Rigorous membership standards ensure that each organization practices sound financial management and effective program delivery. Global Impact’s eight new charity partners for the 2017 campaigns are: 

  • Agora Partnerships, striving to accelerate the shift to a more sustainable, equitable and abundant world that supports entrepreneurs intentionally working to create social impact.

  • EcoHealth Alliance, leading cutting-edge research into the critical connections between human and wildlife health and delicate ecosystems.

  • Global Health Council, supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide and acting as the collaborative voice of the global health community.

  • Human Rights Watch, defending the rights of people worldwide. Scrupulously investigating abuses, exposing the facts widely, and pressuring those with power to respect rights and secure justice.

  • Interaction, acting as a platform for global change, a pathway to global progress.

  • Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, helping women access preventive care and treatment for cervical and breast cancers where the need is greatest.

  • Seed Programs International, providing quality vegetable seed, expertise, and training resources to help impoverished people become self-sufficient and healthy.

  • ZanaAfrica Foundation, supporting adolescent girls in Kenya to stay in school by delivering reproductive health education and sanitary pads.

ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact works with more than 300 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also has served as an administrator for the Combined Federal Campaign for more than 20 years, including the two largest campaigns in the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and Overseas (CFC-O). Global Impact continues to serve in this role, as well as the campaign’s national marketing strategist and implementation partner. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people. 

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.

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JetBlue’s Head of CSR Icema Gibbs to Emcee COMMIT!Forum

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:47pm

The head of corporate social responsibility (CSR) for JetBlue, Icema Gibbs, will act as master of ceremonies for day two of COMMIT!Forum, the annual gathering of CSR and sustainability professionals, Oct. 11-12 at MGM National Harbor.

Leaders from the corporate responsibility community -- including Katherine Valvoda Smith, executive director of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC); Mark Shamley, CEO of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP); and Daryl Brewster, CEO of CECP – will share their perspective on the “Brands Taking Stands” movement during COMMIT!Forum.

“While not every company is comfortable taking public stands on social, political, environmental and governance issues, we know that being a good corporate citizen produces business benefits well beyond the profit line,” said Lynne Filderman, executive producer of COMMIT!Forum, which is in its 12th year and presented by the Corporate Responsibility Association and CR Magazine. “The Brands Taking Stands theme has been exceptionally well received, which means information sharing and debate will be healthy and insightful when we meet in October.”

JetBlue’s Gibbs, one of the founding members of JetBlue, helped launch operations for the New York-based airline in 1999. She established the department now known as corporate social responsibility and oversees 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. Combining JetBlue’s corporate efforts with its customers’ and crewmembers’ passions, the common theme is Good – JetBlue For Good. Follow the #JetBlueForGood conversation on TwitterInstagram and Facebook, check for regular updates and get involved.

At COMMIT!Forum, Gibbs will lead the discussion on Oct. 12 of a wide variety of issues integral to CSR and sustainability practitioners.  Through panel discussions, one-on-one CEO interviews and interactive “issues tables,” such topics as employee engagement, innovation, diversity and inclusion, and the use of big data to advance CSR goals will be examined.

Among the sessions on the COMMIT!Forum agenda:

  • BCCCC’s Smith and Dave Stangis, vice president of corporate responsibility and chief sustainability officer for the Campbell Soup Company, will be interviewed about a book the two recently co-authored, 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business.

  • CECP’s Brewster will discuss polling his CEO-led coalition conducted in 2016 prior to the U.S. presidential election, and at multiple points after President Trump took office, on the topic of companies voicing opinions on social issues.

  • ACCP’s Shamley will lead a panel discussion on aligning CSR strategy to business goals, including insights into corporate decision-making around social responsibility and taking a stand.

About COMMIT!Forum
COMMIT!Forum (http://www.commitforum.com) is an annual gathering of corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners with emphasis on networking, case studies, new research and compelling presentations from companies committed to making progress against an ambitious environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda. The event is produced by the Corporate Responsibility Association and CR Magazine.

Sundance Square and Green Mountain Energy Announce Extended Clean Energy Partnership

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:47am

Sundance Square, a 35-block mixed-use development in downtown Fort Worth, announced today it has extended its nine-year relationship with Green Mountain Energy for another seven years to provide renewable energy for all of its 42 buildings. This decision reinforces Sundance Square’s commitment to cleaner electricity and increases the amount of renewable energy used at the development from 50 percent to 100 percent. Sundance Square is estimated to avoid approximately 8.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) through 2023, which is like planting more than 7 million trees.

Through this commitment, Sundance Square advances its leadership position in using renewable energy and increasing awareness of the choice of cleaner electricity. Sundance Square remains Texas’ largest green power purchaser in the real estate industry.

“We have partnered with Green Mountain Energy since 2008, and our relationship is an extension of our efforts to promote sustainability in downtown Fort Worth,” said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square. “As companies seek out environmentally friendly developments for new retail and office spaces, Sundance Square is at the top of the list. We have created a business, entertainment and residential district that focuses on being a good steward of our environment, and Green Mountain Energy has been a big part of this endeavor.”

The environmental impact of choosing renewable energy is significant for both Sundance Square and greater Fort Worth. Over the next seven years, Sundance Square expects to purchase approximately 453 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy. Sundance Square will also partner with Green Mountain to educate the community and stakeholders on the benefits of purchasing clean energy.

“Green Mountain Energy is excited to continue our partnership with Sundance Square as we celebrate 20 years of providing homes and businesses with the choice of clean electricity,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain Energy. “Sundance Square is the perfect showcase for the impact a business can have when they choose renewable energy, and we hope others in the region are inspired by them to protect our environment.”

As part of Sundance Square’s larger sustainability effort, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, copy paper, cardboard boxes, newspapers and other materials are recycled throughout the development. With 42 buildings in Sundance Square and nearly four million square feet of retail, residential and office space, that amounts to approximately 750 tons of waste being recycled every year.

GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY

Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 59.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. To learn more about Green Mountain, visit greenmountainenergy.com.

SUNDANCE SQUARE

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts millions of visitors each year. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the business and entertainment development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter @sundancesquare. Commercial and residential leasing information can be found at www.ssqmgmt.com.

Texas Trees Foundation Announces New Dallas Urban Heat Island Effect Report and Findings, Sponsored by Alliance Data and Wells Fargo

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 1:22pm

 Texas Trees Foundation (“Texas Trees”) announced findings from the 2017 Dallas Urban Heat Island Effect report, a year-long study of the impacts and implications of air temperatures at the neighborhood level. Most notable among them: Dallas is heating up faster than every city in the country except for Phoenix.

The Dallas Urban Heat Island study and ensuing report was completed by Dr. Brian Stone, Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, and author of The City and the Coming Climate – Climate Change in the Places We Live. The report determined, “Cities do not cause heat waves – they amplify them.  Human activities on climate at the city/regional scale, accounting for both land surface changes and emissions of greenhouses gases, may be twice as great as the impacts of greenhouse gases alone.”

Dallas, with 35 percent impervious surface (i.e., rooftops, parking lots, highways, etc.), is hot – and getting hotter. Urban areas retain heat in the buildings and pavement and are up to 15°F warmer than rural areas where trees and open space are more prevalent. 

The ramifications of urban heat adversely affect public health, longevity of infrastructure, public opinion, and our economy.  With rising temperatures come higher costs for energy and a threat to our energy supply. Key findings from the study include:

  • Sustained High Temps. Hottest areas of Dallas measured an AVERAGE HIGH of 101°F and LOW of nearly 80°F for five full months of the year.

  • Heat Kills.  Heat-related deaths peaked at 52 in 2011 in Dallas County.  Heat-related deaths in the United States account for more deaths annually than all other natural disasters combined.

  • Trees Cool. Tree planting in the hottest areas with high density residential was found to reduce deaths by more than 20 percent by merely dropping temperature alone.

Janette Monear, Texas Trees’ chief executive officer, remarked, “Our foundation is focused on making spaces cooler, greener and cleaner, and data has long affirmed that trees are vital to achieve this laudable and critical goal.  The study we have released today is a wake-up call for all of us who call Dallas and North Texas home: We must act now to mitigate the urban heat island effect for the sake of our health, the economy and viability of our community.  North Texas is seeing unprecedented growth, and with growth comes new buildings, roads and parking lots.  It’s imperative that we come together to balance the grey with the green to ensure North Texas is a desirable place to live and work.” 

Corporate partners like Alliance Data, Wells Fargo, and American Forests who funded the study understand the ramifications of urban heat to their bottom line. 

“With a dual perspective from my seat as Chairman of the Board for Children’s Health System of Texas, and as the leader of a Fortune 500 company headquartered in North Texas, the economic impact of the rising temperatures in Dallas has never been more at risk,” said Ed Heffernan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Data. “We know from our partnership with Texas Trees Foundation and data from the Urban Heat Island study that health is directly impacted when temperatures increase and air quality declines. Childhood asthma rates are at an all-time high, with nearly 10 percent of all Dallas children suffering from asthma. We care about the health and well-being of our associates, which is why Alliance Data funded this study and why we’re committed to standing with Texas Trees Foundation to make a difference.”

Texas Trees Foundation’s study offers cost-effective solutions to making Dallas one of the coolest cities in the country. Tree planting in concert with reflective pavement and roofing materials are the most cost-effective ways to manage the urban heat island effect.  Together with area municipalities, corporate leaders and non-profit partners, Texas Trees Foundation strategically plants trees in parks, school yards, along streets and other public rights-of-way and provides urban forestry consultation services to create a better quality of life throughout North Texas.

The full report is available here.

About Texas Trees Foundation

Texas Trees Foundation makes possible a higher quality of life for citizens, visitors and businesses through research, technology, and education to strategically protect, plant and care for trees and to assure that all projects show a return on investment to support growth and livability.  Far more than a tree planting organization, Texas Trees collaborates with urban planners, landscape architects, developers, corporations and municipalities to improve the overall quality of life for the citizens who call North Texas home. The organization is celebrating its 35th year this fall.

For more information, please visit: www.texastrees.org.

About Alliance Data

Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. An S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alliance Data consists of three businesses that together employ more than 17,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data's card services business is a leading provider of marketing-driven branded credit card programs. Epsilon® is a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and also includes Conversant®, a leader in personalized digital marketing. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, and Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers.

Investor information about Alliance Data's businesses may be found here.

Follow Alliance Data on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn and YouTube.

2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Opportunity Forward

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 1:22pm

This year's Corporate Citizenship Conference, Opportunity Forward, will bring together business leaders across sectors to address how they can utilize their problem-solving abilities to tackle some of the greatest social issues of our time. Join us on November 14-15 in Washington, D.C. to discuss how the business community is uniquely positioned to identify and embrace opportunities that lie in the most vexing problems we face. Check out our website for the latest agenda and list of speakers.

Less than two weeks remain for Early Bird registration, so reserve your spot today! https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/2017-corporate-citizenship-conference

Gildan Supports JCPenney Pair Up Giving Promotion Through Its Gold Toe(R) Brand

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 1:22pm

(Marketwire) Gildan (TSX:GIL)(NYSE: GIL) has partnered with JCPenney to donate a free pair of socks to children in need for every pair of Gold Toe(R) socks sold at JCPenney's through this special buy one, give one promotion. In total, Gildan has committed to donate up to 100,000 pairs of socks to those in need through the back-to-school Pair Up promotion.

"We are honored to partner with the JCPenney(R) Pair Up promotion to provide children in need with basic necessities as they prepare to start their school year," said Eric Lehman, President, Gildan USA. "We are excited to support JCPenney in addressing the crucial need for basic clothing items among children in low-income families."

According to a JCPenney commissioned study of youth across the United States, 40% of low income parents worry about their children having enough undergarments and 55% of parents of children who did not have basic undergarments stated their kids wanted to skip school or refused to go because they were ashamed or embarrassed. In response to this issue, the JCPenney Pair Up promotion supports children in need by facilitating free access to basic essentials.

The JCPenney Pair Up promotion ran from August 1-15, 2017. For every pack of kids' socks and underwear sold at JCPenney, the retailer will donate a pack, up to 750,000 packs of socks or underwear.

About Gildan
Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan(R), Gold Toe(R), Anvil(R), Comfort Colors(R), American Apparel(R), Alstyle(R), Secret(R), Silks(R), Kushyfoot(R), Secret Silky(R), Peds(R), MediPeds(R), and Therapy Plus(TM) brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company's exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour(R) brand, and a wide array of products are also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak(R) brand. The Company's products are sold in two primary markets, namely the printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of Gildan's customers. With over 48,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive corporate social responsibility promotion embedded in the Company's long-term business strategy. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

Health Means Business National Summit and Healthy10 Awards

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 1:22pm

In every American community, businesses have the ability to shape discussions and influence community health. Improving community wellness isn't just for health care companies. And it isn't just about employee wellness. It’s about people—and how to make their lives healthier, happier, and more productive. We believe that every business can play a leadership role in bolstering the health of their customers, their communities, and our current and future workforce.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local and regional chambers of commerce, has made creating a healthy workforce and healthy communities a top priority through the Health Means Business campaign. We’re bringing together businesses of all sizes, and their cross-sector partners, to become a powerful force for societal change. What began as a dialogue has become a call-to-action.

The Chamber Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign will host the first National Summit and Healthy10 Awards on February 15—16, 2017 in Washington D.C. The National Summit will bring together some of the most innovative businesses at the forefront of the health movement.

Register here: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/health-means-business-national-summit-and-healthy10-awards

DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Pledges $500,000 to Support Local Little League® Baseball and Softball Programs

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 7:20pm

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter program today announced a five-year, $500,000 commitment to Little League® Baseball and Softball, in support of its local districts and leagues across the country. The Foundation supports the philanthropic work of DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer. The funds will help provide facility improvements, uniforms, and equipment to local Little League programs in need. 

“It’s our mission to provide more young athletes with the opportunity to play, learn and benefit from sports, including the great games of baseball and softball,” said Lauren Hobart, President of DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “We know sports teach kids valuable lessons they carry with them through life, and are thrilled this partnership will help more kids play, who otherwise may not have the resources to do so.”

The $500,000 commitment from The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is another aspect of the enduring partnership between DICK’S and Little League. In 2017, DICK’S established a partnership with Little League International as the official and exclusive partner to provide technology services for its districts and leagues through its DICK’S Team Sports HQ youth sports platform.

The long-standing relationship between DICK’S and communities comes to life in DICK’S latest advertising creative, which is slated to debut today in a national broadcast on ESPN. The spot portrays how DICK’S has been a proud supporter of youth sports since 1948 in communities across the country and highlights its commitment to Little League.

“We are truly grateful to DICK’S and its Foundation for their belief in the Little League mission and strong support of local Little League® programs,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and Chief Executive Officer. “This partnership not only helps more children enjoy the game and its many benefits, but also provides free digital resources through DICK’S Team Sports HQ for our volunteer coaches and league administrators throughout the season so they can focus on what’s most important, coaching and developing young children.”

Since 2014, DICK’S and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation have pledged more than $50 million through the Sports Matter program to support teams in need, while raising money and awareness for the youth sports funding crisis. Billions of dollars have been cut from youth sports budgets in recent years and nearly 60 percent of children must now pay to play.

For more information on Sports Matter and to support opportunities through The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, please visit sportsmatter.org.

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About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is an exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation.  It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

About Little League®

Founded in 1939, Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. During its nearly 80 years of existence, Little League has seen more than 40 million honored graduates, including political leaders, professional athletes, award-winning artists, and a variety of other influential members of society. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers® display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org.

Covestro to Host Summit Exploring Purpose-driven Approach to Sustainability

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:20pm

Covestro is putting its own unique stamp on corporate social responsibility (CSR) through the THINC30 Summit – an initiative that aims to have a positive impact on the Pittsburgh community … and well beyond. The daylong event will  take place Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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THINC stands for transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030. Its mission is to introduce and accelerate sustainable business development, public-private partnerships and social innovation in the Pittsburgh region by utilizing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as a roadmap and showcasing how these goals can be achieved by leveraging the growing need for purpose among individuals, organizations and businesses.

THINC30 will bring together national and local experts spotlighting Pittsburgh as one of the country’s major sustainability success stories and galvanizing Pittsburghers into further action. Confirmed THINC30 Summit speakers include:

  • Carl Pope, Principal Advisor, Inside Straight Strategies, and co-author of “Climate of Hope:  How Cities, Businesses and People Can Save the Planet”  

  • Stephen Ritz, Founder, Green Bronx Machine, and author of “The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools”

  • Aaron Hurst, Founder and CEO, Imperative Inc., and author of “The Purpose Economy”

  • Bill Strickland, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

  • Diana Bucco, Buhl Foundation

  • Anneke Buffone, Well Being Project, University of Pennsylvania

  • Court Gould, Sustainable Pittsburgh

  • Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue

  • Andrew McElwaine, Heinz Endowments

  • Saleem Ghubril, Pittsburgh Promise

  • Anna J. Siefken, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Jane Werner, Pittsburgh’s Children’s Museum/Remake Learning

  • Deb Thackrah, Feeding the Spirit

  • Peggy Outon, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Robert Morris University

  • Lois Mufuka-Martin, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

  • Austin Webb, RoBotany/Pure Sky Farms

The THINC30 Summit is a natural extension of the company’s i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) CSR program, according to Covestro LLC President Jerry MacCleary.

“As an organization, we’ve made a conscious decision to put sustainability at the center of our business and innovation strategy,” explains MacCleary, who is also co-chair of CEOs for Sustainability. “But we recognize we can make a greater impact through collaboration, so we’re bringing together like-minded people and organizations to write the region’s next sustainable chapter and build a template for other markets facing the same challenges.”

Individuals are integral to this region’s sustainable future, notes Rebecca Lucore, head of sustainability and CSR at Covestro LLC. “People drive change through their passion,” she says. “We’ve seen this firsthand at Covestro, where our employees have been engaged in ‘purpose’ work in this community for years – and have made a profound difference doing so.”

The company continues to build on that tradition through the Covestro Institute for Engagement at Robert Morris University, where it is pioneering a new kind of corporate philanthropy. Through skills-based volunteerism, corporate employees are using their skills and expertise to help nonprofits solve business challenges. By connecting their passions, talents and ideas to the causes they care most about, employees are fulfilling a deeper need for purpose – while ultimately helping to create a more sustainable community.

Covestro is at the forefront of companies that are basing their sustainable growth on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For example, it has committed to tie 85 percent of its R&D project spend to one or more of the goals by 2025. The company is working on sustainable solutions to solve the challenges of climate change, resource depletion, population growth and urbanization. Covestro’s vision is to “make the world a brighter place” by developing products and technologies that benefit society and reduce the impact on the environment.

Additional information about the event can be found here: www.covestro.us/thinc30.

About Covestro LLC and i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate): 
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016.

i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts. i3 Give is designed to innovate corporate philanthropy strategies that combine both human and financial resources to build stronger communities. i3 Engage re-imagines the way employees from for-profits and nonprofits engage with one another for more effective outcomes. And, i3 STEM ignites young minds to become the innovators of tomorrow through support of hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education, workforce experience and employee volunteerism.

Find more information at www.covestro.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Seventh Generation Introduces a New Disinfectant Spray

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:20pm

/Marketwired/ Seventh Generation, a leading household and personal care products company and pioneer in the environmentally conscious products space, today announced the launch of Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray. Seventh Generation's new Disinfectant Spray kills 99.99% of bacteria and viruses1 using CleanWell™ technology, a disinfectant formula based on thyme oil. 

The new products eliminate odors and feature scents made with essential oils and botanical extracts; available in three SKUs: Lavender Vanilla & Thyme Scent, Fresh Citrus & Thyme Scent, and Eucalyptus, Spearmint & Thyme Scent. With this product, there is no rinse required after use, even on food contact surfaces, a unique attribute in the category. The spray is also non-flammable and powered by compressed air, utilizing continuous 360° spray technology that won't lose pressure.

"Seventh Generation has always believed that every element of our products should keep the wellbeing of our customers in mind," said Joey Bergstein, COO of Seventh Generation. "Our new disinfectant sprays are no different; we went through extensive work to ensure we were putting together a botanically based spray we can feel good about people using in their homes." 

The new disinfectant is appropriate for use in homes and is effective at killing viruses specifically: Rhinovirus type 37 (the common cold virus) and Influenza A viruses, including H1N1. It's also effective at killing bacteria, specifically: Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli.

Seventh Generation has long believed that consumers have a right to know what is inside the cleaning products they use. While it is not required by U.S. law, Seventh Generation lists ingredients on all their cleaning product labels, including fragrance ingredients. Seventh Generation has extended this practice to the new line of Disinfectant Sprays. In addition to the disclosure of the active ingredient (as required by law) the formula's other ingredients, including fragrance ingredients, are voluntarily listed on the product labels.

The new disinfectant sprays are currently rolling out nationwide at CVS Pharmacy, Target, grocery and natural food stores. For more information about Seventh Generation, please visit www.seventhgeneration.com.

About Seventh Generation 
For over 20 years, it's been Seventh Generation's mission to help you protect your world with our environmentally conscious and effective household products. Our products are solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home -- and for the community and environment outside of it. Seventh Generation offers a full line of laundry, dish and household cleaners, baby products including Free & Clear diapers, training pants and baby wipes, plus recycled paper products and recycled plastic trash bags, and feminine care products including Organic certified tampons. The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy that states, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." For information on Seventh Generation cleaning, paper, baby and feminine personal care products, to find store locations, and explore the company's website visit www.seventhgeneration.com. To read more about Seventh Generation's corporate responsibility, visit the Corporate Consciousness Report at: www.7genreport.com.

1 Kills over 99.99% of household germs, specifically: Influenza A virus, H1N1, Rhinovirus type 37, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli.

Sustainable Brands Reveals SB’17 Copenhagen Program

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:20pm

 Sustainable Brands® recently announced program details for the upcoming conference, SB’17 Copenhagen, running October 30th - November 1st at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over 450 brand and sustainability leaders are expected to gather and collaborate on how redefined societal aspirations are transforming the ways brands deliver value for their customers

Over 100 global thought leaders and cutting-edge practitioners of environmental and social innovation will present inspirational keynotes, host discussion sessions, provide content-rich resources for deep dive breakouts, and facilitate networking activities. Select program highlights include:

  • Kaj Török, CRO and CSO of Max Burgers will expand on the business case around healthy, sustainable products.

  • Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder of Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certified Foundation, will share why gender equality is critical for a thriving business and methods for analyzing if your business is on bar.

  • Filip Engel, Director, Group Sustainability, Public Affairs & Branding at DONG Energy, will reveal how a leading brand can undergo organizational and brand reinvention.

  • Nour Tayara, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at L’Oreal, will reveal strategies for holistically reinventing supply chains.

  • Vanessa Rothschild, Sustainability Business Controller at H&M, will share the strategy that provided the backbone for H&M’s ClimatePositive initiative.

  • Chris Grantham, Circular Economy Portfolio Director at IDEO, will explain how to design in a way that regenerates and adds to Earth’s resources, rather than detracting from it.  

  • Loa Dalgaard Worm, Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Denmark, will share groundbreaking new research on successfully engaging consumers in SDG goals and key business metrics. 

  • Nikolaus Raupp, Global Sustainability Manager Dispersions & Pigments at BASF, will lead a deep dive studio on a scalable and holistic approach to changing product composition from the first instance of production.

  • Leith Sharp, Director of Executive Education for Sustainability at Harvard University, along with the London School of Economics and the World Bank, will explore the business imperative of purpose-driven leadership and organizational design.

“Today’s consumers are demanding more from the brands they support; they understand that what they buy matters, not just to themselves and their families, but to their communities, society and the planet,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder of Sustainable Brands. “For brands to remain competitive, they must evolve with this new generation of consumers. SB’17 Copenhagen is an opportunity for smart brands to find new frameworks, tools and partnerships to ensure purpose-driven brands outperform traditional brands in delivering tangible business results.”

Sustainable Brands is proud to recognize BASF and DONG Energy as a Major Sponsors for SB’17 Copenhagen. Supporting sponsors include Nature Bank, South Pole Group and Trucost. Additional sponsors and partners include: Ecosphere+, CSR.dk, SustMeme, D&AD, The Sustainability Consortium, SustainAbility, Terracycle, essensus, Forum for the Future, among others.

For further information on the conference program, a complete list of confirmed speakers and sponsors or available sponsorship opportunities, please visit the conference website at www.SB17Copenhagen.com. Sponsor and partner opportunities are still available for companies with breakthrough ideas, tools and technologies that support business success in sustainability. For more information, please email connect@sustainablebrands.com or call 415.626.2212.

About Sustainable Brands

Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is hosted by Sustainable Brands Worldwide, a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Hudson Booksellers Selects New Book on Socially Conscious Business for National Airport Promotion

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 7:18am

Airport readers will soon be turning the pages of a new book charting a socially responsible revolution in business as Hudson Booksellers has selected Rise Up—How to Build a Socially Conscious Business for a nationwide promotion.

For the month of October, Rise Up—How to Build a Socially Conscious Business by Russ Stoddard will be a featured book on the business table in 80 Hudson Bookseller stores at airports across the country.

“This confirms there is significant interest in a new breed of businesses called social enterprises that create social impact, positive environmental outcomes, and financial profit as well,” said Stoddard.

Rise Up—How to Build a Socially Conscious Business is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released nationwide on September 19, 2017.

Rise Up, published by Elevate Publishing, serves as a guide for entrepreneurs who want to align their values with their careers by creating social enterprises that solve social and environmental problems. In the book, Stoddard shares insights and guidance for building a socially conscious business based on more than 25 years of experience starting and running social enterprises.

Acclaim for the book has come from all sectors in the business world. “Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, an employee, or a consumer (yup – basically anyone), this book is for you,” said Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet.

In his book review for Foreword Reviews, Barry Silverstein wrote, “Rise Up is essential reading for entrepreneurs who want to start their own purpose-driven businesses, as well as senior business executives who aspire to lead their organizations to become more socially conscious.”

About the Author

Russ Stoddard is regarded as a leader in the movement for socially conscious business. He is the owner and founder of Oliver Russell, a certified B corporation and legal public benefit corporation in Boise, Idaho. Oliver Russell builds brands for purpose-driven companies with a product, service, or business model that benefits society. More information about the author and the book can be found on his website.

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Black & Veatch: Renewables, Distributed Energy Resources Driving Investments in Power Transmission Assets

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:18pm

The influx of renewables and evolving customer demand for green energy and reliability are driving the electric industry to make significant capital investments in power delivery assets. Global engineering and construction company Black & Veatch’s just-released 2017 Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report explores how these transmission and distribution plays reflect the increasing roles of advanced technologies and distributed energy resources in pursuit of an uninterruptable power flow.

Among key findings, the report highlights how electric services providers are continuously adapting to evolving financial and political environments. Changing regulatory landscapes on the state and federal levels and rising consumer interest in green energy are tugging at industry leaders as they simultaneously navigate problems of aging infrastructure and security.

“The entire electric industry is adopting a more flexible approach to finance, strategy development and technology to meet demand and deliver a secure, reliable power supply,” said Ed Walsh, President of Black & Veatch’s power business. “Investments in transmission and distribution assets are rising sharply, while innovation that speeds the adoption and integration of renewable energy is at a premium.”

Changes within the power industry are forcing reconsiderations of conventional planning and delivery models. At the residential level, customer adoption of solar and other behind-the-meter options are challenging business plans of old, the report finds. Even long-held models for power flows to large business or industrial customers are shifting as brick and mortar retail increasingly cedes to online commerce and centralized distribution hubs.

“Innovation will become increasingly important as the industry continues to face seismic shifts that are reshaping the future of power services as we know them,” Walsh added.

The report also analyzes the role of integrated planning, and the importance of long-term, holistic strategies for managing new generation sources on the power grid. Utility master planning is essential to accommodating these changes, meeting local and national regulatory requirements and maintaining reliability.

“Change is accelerating across the industry at an unprecedented rate,” said John Chevrette, President of Black & Veatch’s management consulting business. “Adoption of distributed generation is a common challenge for virtually all utilities, but the tactical solutions will be unique for each. Holistic master planning will be a crucial component that will enable utility leaders to evolve their plans to meet future need.”

Other key findings include:

  • 60 percent of survey respondents named reliability and aging infrastructure as the top two major drivers of transmission investment.

  • Close to half of utilities plan to add a substantial amount of renewable energy (solar photovoltaic and/or wind turbine) generation to their systems in the next five years; only 2 percent plan to add coal-fired generation.

  • Cybersecurity (No. 2) and physical security (No. 8) continue to rank high among the industry’s top concerns. Technology has introduced vulnerabilities, but utilities are prioritizing risk and resilience mitigation to shore up security gaps.

  • More than 45 percent of respondents plan to invest $25+ million in Big Data analytics, smart grid improvements and/or system monitoring over the next two years.

  • Utilities are making strides in energy storage; 27 percent are either running or developing an energy storage pilot program, while almost half have it on their technology roadmaps.

Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch’s report is based on a survey of 533 participants across the utility, municipal, commercial and community sectors.

  • The full Black & Veatch report is available for free download at www.bv.com/reports.

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About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2016 were US$3.2 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

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Keep America Beautiful Announces Launch of 2017 Recycle-Bowl; Encourages Nation to #BeRecycled Ahead of America Recycles Day

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:18pm

As students begin to gather their notebooks, backpacks and pencils for the new school year, Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, plans to ignite a passion for recycling in schools across the country with the launch of its 7th Annual Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl. Registration is now open for the fall recycling competition at http://Recycle-Bowl.org/.

Recycle-Bowl, Keep America Beautiful’s national K-12 school-based recycling competition, begins on Oct. 16 and culminates on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15. Champions are crowned in five categories: School Division, Community Division, District Division, Waste Reduction and Food Scrap Collection. Through participation in Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day, the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States, Keep America Beautiful is helping communities spotlight recycling on a local level by educating students and community members on how and what to recycle, while providing an array of resources to improve recycling in America.

“Keep America Beautiful is determined to end littering, improve recycling, reduce waste and beautify America’s communities,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day are key fall initiatives to educate, motivate and activate individuals and entire communities to better understand what to place in recycling bins and the many environmental, economic and social benefits of recycling.”

New this year, Recycle-Bowl is partnering with PepsiCo, a presenting sponsor, to offer participants the opportunity to concurrently sign up for PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally program. “Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl is a great way to get schools and communities fired up about recycling, and we think Recycle Rally is a natural complement to extend that level of engagement throughout the rest of the school year,” said Tom Mooradian, PepsiCo Sustainability Manager. Recycle Rally rewards schools for recycling beverage containers and offers frequent promotions and access to free downloadable resources to help schools boost recycling .More information on this collaboration will be available in the coming weeks.

Registration for the fun and engaging four-week in-school competition is open to teachers, school administrators, school facility managers, PTA/PTO and other parent groups and local recycling advocates. Recycle-Bowl registration will remain open until Oct. 10, one week before the start of the competition. Nearly 700,000 students and teachers from more than 1,290 schools across the nation competed in the 2016 Recycle-Bowl.

Recyclables recovered during the 2016 Recycle-Bowl competition totaled 3.2 million pounds across 47 U.S. states, with Bon Air Elementary of Kokomo, Indiana, crowned as the 2016 champion. Whether a school has an existing recycling program or is looking to launch one, Recycle-Bowl is an excellent way for teachers, students and facility managers to engage their entire school community in recycling.

AMERICA RECYCLES DAY: NOV. 15, 2017

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, takes place on and in the weeks leading into Nov. 15. Registration is open for businesses, community organizations, government entities, individuals and others planning to host an America Recycles Day-themed event. For recycling educators, the program provides an opportunity to improve recycling by reminding individuals what can be recycled.

Event organizers can access valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event on the America Recycles Day website where there are guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations and more. Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15. Learn more at AmericaRecyclesDay.org.

TAKE THE #BERECYCLED PLEDGE

For the second year, Keep America Beautiful is encouraging people to #BeRecycled in every aspect of their life. Available online at americarecyclesday.org/pledge/ and via paper pledges at events across the country, the #BeRecycled Pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” in all aspects of daily life:

  • Recycling at home, work/school and on-the-go;
  • Buying products made with recycled content; and
  • Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.

“America Recycles Day and Recycle-Bowl are moments in time that provide the inspiration and education to make recycling a common practice, every day of the year,” said Pulley. “We encourage everyone in communities across the country – including schools, business and organizations – to participate and to take the #BeRecycled Pledge in a national effort to improve recycling in America.”

Sponsors of this year’s initiative include American Chemistry Council, H&M, Keurig Green Mountain, and Waste Management.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, curricula, practical advice and other resources to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities and government officials. Join us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.

CONTACT

Emily White
+1 (203) 659-3004
ewhite@kab.org
Keep America Beautiful
http://www.kab.org
http://www.recycle-bowl.org
http://americarecyclesday.org
http://www.twitter.com/recyclesday
http://www.facebook.com/americarecyclesday  

Larry Kaufman
+1 (203) 659-3014
lkaufman@kab.org
Keep America Beautiful

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