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FedEx, Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Team Rubicon & Water Mission Team Up to Deliver Supplies and Aid to the Bahamas

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:57am

More than 56,000 pounds of critical aid is on the ground and in the hands of relief workers in the Bahamas.  FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) delivered the emergency supplies via a dedicated flight today to help the people and communities devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

FedEx supported these disaster relief efforts through its relationships with humanitarian organizations including Direct ReliefInternational Medical CorpsTeam Rubicon and Water Mission.

Team members loaded the FedEx Express Boeing 757 today in Memphis with medicines and medical supplies, hygiene kits, water treatment systems as well as International Medical Corps’ Mobile Health Facility. The cargo jet also carried employee relief supplies and generators for FedEx team members. Everything was unloaded upon arrival in Nassau where relief organizations had teams on the ground ready to deliver the critical aid where it’s needed most.

“Many of the people in these hard-hit communities have lost everything and are in desperate need of help. On behalf of the more than 450,000 FedEx team members around the world, we are proud to be able to use our global network to provide these lifesaving resources,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO, FedEx Corporation.  “We are inspired by the passion of these organizations and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others, and we will continue to work with them as they help with recovery efforts.”

The relief effort is part of the company’s FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative, where the company uses its global network and unparalleled logistics expertise to help organizations with mission-critical needs in times of disaster. The delivery of the lifesaving supplies is also part of the company’s FedEx Cares 50 by 50 goal to positively impact 50 million people around the world by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023. 

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IWBI Membership Continues to Grow

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:57am

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) continues to grow its recently launched membership program for leaders who want to accelerate the adoption of a worldwide culture of health and well-being, adding a number of global leaders to its already impressive roster. The program is designed to be a platform for collaboration that allows for deeper engagement and broader reach for companies excited by the evidence that shows how the places and spaces we occupy every day can help people thrive.

“IWBI membership provides an opportunity for organizations to align with the WELL movement and join a community of leaders committed to advancing health and well-being across the globe,” said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “This diverse member network brings together product manufacturers, scientific institutes, real estate developers and others across multiple industries to advance a single mission - building a healthier future for everyone.”

There are two tiers of membership and a third designation for companies already enrolled in the WELL Portfolio program. This allows companies to select the best fit for their organizational goals. Member benefits include discounts on the WELL Certification process and WELL AP credentialing program, specialized opportunities to publicize accomplishments, and more touchpoints with IWBI leadership and across the broader community through members-only year-round events and enhanced digital engagement. The program creates pathways for WELL advocates and champions to stay connected, share best practices, explore new shared initiatives, and receive greater recognition for these efforts.

The continued growth of IWBI membership parallels WELL’s rapid uptake across the globe as the tool of choice for leaders who value the verified performance of design and operations when the health and well-being of people is at stake. To date, over 3,779 projects with more than 440 million square feet of registered space are participating in WELL in 58 countries. Much of WELL’s success is driven by a global network of WELL APs, with nearly 9,000 people either credentialed or are in the process, that helps provide expertise and guidance to project teams across the world.

New members since 9/10/19




Armstrong Flooring, Inc.

ArthaLand Corporation


Beijing DIHE Construction Engineering Design Co.,Ltd.

Better Home

C.Y. LEE & PARTNERS  Architects / Planners

China Academy of Building Research Shanghai Branch

Contract Workplaces

Das Daring Energy Technology Co., Ltd


Earth Friendly Products


EBA Investments


HB Reavis


HVAC Services Pte. Ltd.

I.DEA Ecological Solutions

iDA Workplace + Strategy




SOCOTEC Immobilier Durable

Shenzhen Nottingham Sustainable Development Institute Ltd.

Tellmach (Beijing) Engineering Consulting Co.,LTD

The Green Engineer

These members join IWBI’s existing membership community, including:

A SustainAble Production (ASAP)

Aircuity Inc.


Athie Wohnrath


BCCI Construction Company

BEE Incorporations

Beijing Tenhong Real Estate Development Co., Ltd

CBRE Group

China Jinmao Green Building Co. Ltd


China Railway Construction Real Estate Group Co., Ltd

China Resources (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd

COOKFOX Architects, DPC



Cushman & Wakefield

D Squared Consulting Pty Ltd


Ecoworks Studio

EDGE Technologies

Enriching Spaces

Environmental Market Solutions, Inc.

GB Tech Consulting Ltd.

GuocoLand (China) Limited


HKS, Inc.




Knight Frank (India) Pvt. Ltd.

KRIEA C.I (Korea Research Institute of Eco-Environmental Architecture)



Lendlease Corporation

M Moser Associates

Material Circle

Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.



Minmetals Land

Mohawk Industries


Poly Development Holding Group Co., Ltd.


RDG Planning and Design

Research Center for Healthy Cities, Institute for China Sustainable Urbanization, Tsinghua University

Robarts Spaces

Ronald Lu & Partners

SaShuang Intelligent Technology (shanghai) Co., Ltd

Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences (SRIBS)


Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Junye Building Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Lemajorservice Technology Co., Ltd


Sino-Ocean Group Holding Limited



Steve Leung Designers Limited

Steven Winter Associates Inc

Structure Tone Organization

Sweden Green Building Council

Taiwan Architecture & Building Center



Tetra Tech High Performance Buildings Group

The Spinnaker Group

Well Living Lab (China)

Well Living Lab (US)

YAMA Desarrolladora Inmobiliaria

“We look forward to growing this movement and welcome every organization to join us in putting our buildings and communities to work as partners in improving the health and well-being of people everywhere,” Fedrizzi said.

About the International WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL v2 pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard, and the WELL Community Standard pilot, a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. More information about membership can be found here.

International WELL Building Institute, IWBI, the WELL Building Standard, WELL v2, WELL Certified, WELL AP, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute pbc in the United States and other countries.

Transit Bus Charging in Asheville Gets $200,000 Boost From Duke Energy

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:57am

A $200,000 grant from Duke Energy will help the Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) system fund five electric bus-charging stations that were installed by the city earlier this year.

"Asheville is making great strides to add electric buses to its fleet,” said Lang Reynolds, director, Electrification Strategy for Duke Energy. “Charging infrastructure is a critical component of this effort, and Duke Energy is pleased our grant can assist.”

Since 2016, Duke Energy has expanded charging for electric vehicles and buses throughout North Carolina. The program helped fund almost 200 public electric vehicle charging stations in North Carolina, and also helped the city of Greensboro with transit bus charging.

“The City of Asheville is extremely grateful to Duke Energy to receive funding from its electric charging grant program. This funding is key to helping us run electric buses as part of our overall fleet and help us meet our sustainability goals,” said Jessica Morriss, assistant director of Transportation for the City of Asheville.

ART currently operates 17 vehicles in its peak fleet and serves primarily the City of Asheville with some service that extends to Black Mountain. The Duke Energy funding was part of a 2015 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.

The legacy grant funding is separate from the $76 million Electric Transportation pilot being considered now by the N.C. Utilities Commission. The current proposal builds upon lessons learned during the earlier program. It will expand municipal and school bus charging infrastructure, as well as expand residential and public charging for passenger vehicles. Read about the current proposal.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

Contact: Randy Wheeless
Office: 704.382.8379
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Twitter: @DE_RandyW

Don't Miss 3BL Media's Climate Week Event!

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:57am

3BL Media and BBMG invite professionals from all industries to hear about the transformation underway in apparel and fashion.

Enjoy free drinks and hors d'oeuvres during our Climate Week panel discussion and social with leaders including:

  • Jeannette Ferran Astorga, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, ascena retail group inc.
  • Jean-Emmanuel Shein, Global Director, Sustainability, UNIQLO
  • Natasha Franck, Founder & CEO, EON Group
  • Matt Jacobs, Sustainability Officer, Darn Tough
  • Raphael Bemporad, Founder, BBMG

Click here to register!

Customer preference is shifting to responsible apparel that can be delivered through reuse and rental. As apparel companies strengthen their environmental and social strategies and shift business models - how will they engage and win over customers?

Selling Sustainability: How Apparel Companies Will Win Over Customers, will be held Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT at BBMG headquarters: 20 Jay Street, Suite 1012, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

The event is free and open to 50 professionals from all industries focusing on communications, marketing, environment, product development, supply chain, social impact and investor relations.


Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Earn Black & Veatch Honor From Midwest Asian Culture Group

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 7:56pm

With offices in more than 100 countries on six continents, global infrastructure solutions leader Black & Veatch champions workplace diversity and inclusion (D&I) as a competitive strength and simply the right thing to do. And again, the 104-year-old engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) giant is being honored for that commitment.

During the Mid-America Asian Culture Association’s (MAACA) yearly gala last weekend in Kansas City, Black & Veatch won the group’s “Employer Diversity Excellence Award,” given to a business that cultivates an inviting multicultural workplace and “commits to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion and identity.”

“We proudly welcome this award as it underscores the value of diversity and inclusion in fostering better decision-making, economic growth and career development,” said Stephanie Hasenbos-Case, chief human resources officer at employee-owned Black & Veatch. “By prizing varied voices and perspectives, we’re bringing out the best in our people.”

The latest award burnishes Black & Veatch’s reputation for inclusiveness. In April, Steve Edwards, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)™ pledge. That commits participants to nurturing a trusting workplace that prizes inclusiveness, enables conversations about D&I, expands education about unconscious bias and examines both best and unsuccessful practices aimed at creating an inclusive work environment.

In July, Black & Veatch was named winner of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s “Champion of Diversity” award. The company also recently received a 100 percent score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index – a benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees – and has been named by Forbes as a top employer for diversity. In May, Ingram’s named Black & Veatch as one of the publication’s best companies to work for, among other things for its D&I focus.

“Black & Veatch recognizes the values of a diverse workforce by providing continuous support to culture-enrichment programs such as the Asian Cultural Festival and the Asian Business Summit,” said Carol Wei, MAACA’s chairperson who also serves as the Mid-America International Trade Business Center’s president. “It made a big difference for its employees to feel they are welcomed here.”

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 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

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JIM SUHR | +1 913-458-6995 P | +1 314-422-6927 M | ClarkCA@bv.com

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SCS Global Services Announces New Leadership Team for Sustainable Seafood Certifications

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 7:56pm

SCS Global Services is pleased to announce the new management team heading up its sustainable seafood certification programs. The team includes SCS veterans Gabriela Anhalzer, who is now serving as manager of SCS’ Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries certification unit, and Adam Spiegler as manager of the company’s Seafood Chain of Custody (CoC) certification programs. SCS welcomes on board Adam Daddino as manager of its Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Farms certification unit.  Finally, long-time SCS seafood traceability expert Jason Swecker has been promoted to the role of Director Sales and Marketing, Seafood.

“Adam Spiegler, Gabriela, and Jason have demonstrated their expertise working with scores of clients over the years,” said Dave Bubser, SCS Vice President of Natural Resources Division. “Now we are excited to round out the management team with Adam Daddino, given his breadth of experience in the field. With this strong core of very talented and dedicated staff in the seafood programs, we are looking forward to taking our services to a new level through shared goals, strong collaboration, and as always, unsurpassed client service.” 

Adam Daddino grew up spending summers in Puget Sound, WA, where he discovered an early and deep passion for the ocean. Writing his undergraduate thesis on the collapse of the California Abalone industry, he later pursued a career in aquaculture, working in oyster farming and salmon hatcheries in Washington State. Becoming familiar with stakeholder processes and increasingly knowledgeable about the real issues that the industry faces, he pursued an M.S. in Environmental Management, along with an MBA from the University of San Francisco, to be able to contribute more to the industry.

“I am excited to be joining SCS in a role where I can be an active part of the solution to many of the problems facing our oceans,” said Daddino.

Adam Spiegler, a U.S. Navy Veteran, started at SCS in early 2016 in the Sustainable Seafood Program and was promoted to Seafood CoC Program Manager in March 2019. Prior to joining SCS, he spent several years conducting hundreds of Seafood CoC assessments as a contract auditor in the U.S. and Canada, certifying thousands of pounds of seafood that have already entered into global supply chains. Adam earned his education in the seafood mecca of Massachusetts, graduating with a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Environmental, Earth & Ocean Science, focusing on seafood eco-labeling systems.

Gabriela Anhalzer, an Ecuador native, has led the MSC Fisheries team since March 2019. As former Technical Specialist in Fisheries at SCS, she focused on certifications for the Mexico and South America regions. In international markets, her experience includes contributing to marine conservation projects, being involved in policy solutions for sustainability, and engaging with diverse stakeholders. Before coming to SCS, she worked at the United Nations Development Programme as Regional Stakeholder/Policy Analysis and Engagement Expert. She also co-founded the start-up venture TRUfish, conducting DNA testing of mislabeled seafood. She obtained a Master of Environmental Management at Duke University, where she carried out a value chain analysis of Mahi-mahi imported to the U.S. from Ecuador and Peru.

Jason Swecker serves as the Sales and Marketing Director for Sustainable Seafood. From 2018 through June 2019 Jason also held the dual role of Interim Manager of the Aquaculture Certification Program. From 2008 to 2016 he was the Program Manager for Sustainable Seafood Traceability and Chain of Custody at SCS. In that capacity, Jason developed extensive experience working with seafood supply chains on achieving chain-of-custody certification. In addition, Jason led and participated in the development of strategies that addressed issues spanning ENGO/stakeholder engagement, government relations, business operations, labor issues, and standards development. Jason holds a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information on sustainable seafood certifications, visit https://www.scsglobalservices.com/services/seafood-sustainability.



About SCS Global Services

SCS is a trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability, and food quality certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. SCS works with companies, government agencies, and stakeholders worldwide to identify and drive practices, policies, and processes that advance the goals of sustainable development and give innovators a competitive advantage. Its certification services and sustainability solutions span the natural resources, green building, energy, agricultural, and consumer products sectors, enabling policy-makers, purchasers, company decision-makers and consumers to make informed decisions based on the highest level of environmental, ethical and quality accountability. SCS, which stands for Scientific Certification Systems, is a Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit our website at www.scsglobalservices.com and follow us on Twitter at @SCScertified. Contact Adam Daddino at adaddino@scsglobalservices.com or 510.452.8036, Adam Spiegler at aspiegler@scsglobalservices.com or 510.452.8014, Gabriela Anhalzer at ganhalzer@scsglobalservices.com or 510.452.6393, and Jason Swecker at jswecker@scsglobalservices.com or 510.452.8043.

CONTACT Nikki Helms +1 (510) 914-3239 nhelms@scsglobalservices.com SCS Global Services http://www.SCSglobalServices.com

The UPS Foundation Commits $1 Million and Activates Disaster Relief Network to Support Immediate Needs and Long-term Recovery From Hurricane Dorian

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 7:56pm

 The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS), announced today it has engaged its network of preeminent relief organizations and committed $1 million for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. UPS and The UPS Foundation are working with the non-profit and United Nations relief organizations to deliver urgently-needed humanitarian supplies and support to communities in The Bahamas and the U.S. east coast impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Confirmed as the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, the storm continued to churn over The Bahamas for more than 48 hours, progressing at a mere one mile per hour, and generating massive flooding and destruction. The northwest islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, home to 70,000 people, were the most impacted, with large areas entirely decimated by the wind and water. As the storm ripped up the east coast of the U.S., storm surges, tornadoes and widespread power outages accompanied its path. Search and rescue efforts continue as responders work their way through the affected communities.

On September 7th, a UPS humanitarian charter flight arrived at the international airport in Nassau, The Bahamas, delivering nearly 20 metric tons of emergency supplies for children and families left reeling by Hurricane Dorian. The shipment included shelter, hygiene and water purification emergency supplies provided by UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). 

With a focus on both immediate and long-term relief, The UPS Foundation is working in collaboration with its network of disaster relief organizations to address the urgent needs created by the storm, including:

“It’s times like this when we are most grateful and honored to support the relief organizations and first responders helping to save lives and serve communities when they need us most,” said Eduardo Martinez, UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer and president of The UPS Foundation. “These efforts are just the beginning of our commitment to the long-term recovery of the impacted areas.”

UPS and The UPS Foundation are also coordinating in-kind shipments of shelter and medical supplies, hygiene kits, personal protection equipment, tools and other relief items in coordination with UNICEFGood360Toolbank USAAmerican Red CrossIFRCSalvation Army, and MAP International, among others.

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Fortune magazine’s Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at ups.com or pressroom.ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter. Learn more about our sustainability efforts at ups.com/sustainability. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter. To ship with UPS, visit ups.com/ship.

About The UPS Foundation

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2018, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $114.9 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter.

Sodexo Brings Planet-friendly Future 50 Foods to 2,500 Hospitals and Businesses in the United States

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 7:56pm

Sodexo, a global food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today that it is working with food and beverage brand Knorr Professional and leading conservation organization World Wildlife Fund -UK (WWF-UK), becoming the first global player to serve planet-friendly Future 50 Foods on a global scale. Sodexo will feature recipes inspired by Knorr and WWF-UK’s Future 50 Foods report, which identifies 50 nutritious plant-based foods that are healthy, flavorful, accessible and have a lower carbon footprint than animal-based foods.

To create the Future 50 Foods report, which was published by Knorr and WWF-UK in February 2019, a group of scientists, nutritionists and agricultural experts worked together to determine specific healthy ingredients that could contribute to a more sustainable food system. The list combines familiar foods, such as lentils, wild rice and kale, with lesser-known foods like fonio, pumpkin flowers and cactus, selected for their lower environmental impact and high nutritional value.

“Sodexo has a long-term commitment to nutrition and sustainability as a worldwide leading provider of food services,” said Rob Morasco, Sodexo’s senior director of culinary development in the United States. “Future 50 Foods represent an additional step toward more plant-forward and sustainable options. Incorporating a variety of foods into our diets is healthier and more flavorful and helps improve the planet’s overall biodiversity and soil health.”

For the menu launch, Sodexo and Knorr Professional chefs and nutritionists developed 40 recipes using ingredients from the Future 50 Foods report and are introducing them in more than 5,000 kitchens globally.

Initial rollout in the U.S. will feature five recipes in 2,500 kitchens across the country, including those at healthcare and corporate locations. Recipes for meals such as Ancient Grain Granola Bowl, Ube Maitake Tartine, Vietnamese Ancient Grain Bites Plate and a Tuscan Chickpea, Polenta and Rapini Bowl will help consumers incorporate plant-based ingredients into their diets that support the ongoing bio-diversity of our food system and are readily available for purchase in most marketplaces. The Ancient Grain Granola Bowl recipe can be found here.

“People are waking up to the fact that the food we eat is having a devastating impact on our environment. Not only is our food system a major contributor to climate change, it is the main reason that the planet’s incredible wildlife is being destroyed,” said Sarah Halevy, WWF-UK Sustainable Diet Manager. “It’s vital that we change the way we produce and consume food, moving away from an over-reliance on animal protein – carbon heavy foods which require vast amounts of space, water and feed to produce – towards more plant-based diets. Joining forces with chefs and the food industry is an important step, which allows consumers to choose sustainable dishes, helping to drive the change that we desperately need to happen.”

The partnership with WWF-UK and Knorr Professional builds on Sodexo’s commitment to providing consumers with more responsible food choices and contributing to positive impact on the global food system. Sodexo launched 200 plant-based meals in the U.S. last year and rolled out its line of Green & Lean sustainable recipes in the U.K. and Ireland in 2017. Future 50 Foods supports the company’s nutrition and health and wellness commitments, as well as its menu strategies and sustainable sourcing guidelines.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily.  The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit us.sodexo.com and connect with us on us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube

About Unilever Food Solutions

We are proud to be part of Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods, with sales in 180 different countries. As the dedicated foodservice business of Unilever, we lead the industry in providing innovative and high-quality professional food ingredients and value adding services created by 230 professional chefs. Covering 50 cuisines, in 200 million dishes a day. We outgrow our competition thanks to strong brands such as KNORR, LIPTON and HELLMANN'S, and talented entrepreneurial people working closely with chefs and distributive partners on a daily basis. Unilever Food Solutions is an inspiring global company made up of talented professionals who are always willing to go the extra mile to deliver results for customers. In this positive and open culture, we find inspiration every day, empowering our people to make a 'bigger difference' at every level in the organisation. We provide products and services created by chefs for chefs and aim to do this in a sustainable way. For more information, please visit http://www.ufs.com/ 

About WWF

WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organizations, active in nearly 100 countries. Our supporters – more than five million of them – are helping us to restore nature and to tackle the main causes of nature’s decline, particularly the food system and climate change. We’re fighting to ensure a world with thriving habitats and species, and to change hearts and minds so it becomes unacceptable to overuse our planet’s resources. 

WWF. For your world. 

For wildlife, for people, for nature. 

CONTACT Alexandra Cauberghs +1 (301) 233-7507 alexandra.cauberghs@sodexo.com Sodexo

FCA Foundation Sponsors Free General Admission to the Michigan Science Center in Celebration of Smithsonian Museum Day

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 7:56pm

The FCA Foundation, the charitable foundation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will sponsor free general admission to the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) Saturday, September 21 in recognition of Smithsonian Museum Day, an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by museums across America.

"We are proud to provide the community with access to this important educational resource,” said Shane Karr, Head of External Affairs, FCA – North America and President, FCA Foundation. “The FCA Foundation recognizes its responsibility to the greater community around us and believes that education, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and developing the workforce of tomorrow are essential to building strong and sustainable communities.”

Free general admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. includes access to 250+ hands-on exhibits, live shows, Spark!Lab from the Smithsonian, Kids Town, STEM Playground, Space gallery and more. Guests may also enjoy Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth, an ear-opening interactive film exploring the science of sound ecology from the dramatic soundscapes of Costa Rica’s rainforests to Hawaii’s coral reefs and Mongolia’s vast grasslands.

“Smithsonian Museum Day is all about empowering and advancing the hopes and ambitions of those in our community, particularly school-age children and those in underrepresented communities. Such days are made possible through generous supporters like the FCA Foundation,” said MiSci President and CEO Christian Greer. “At MiSci, our mission is to inspire curious minds of all ages and Museum Day is an opportunity to do just that.”

Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Register now at https://buy.acmeticketing.com/events/469/detail/5c79798e79e71d3552ba71f7  .

About the Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) inspires nearly 300,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. As the STEM hub of the state, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits, and initiatives that empower and enrich all children and all communities with STEM. Through our Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO, we are expanding beyond our Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, live stage shows, a planetarium, lab activities, 250+ hands-on exhibits and more, there are dozens of ways to customize your MiSci visit.

The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive support from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website.

About the FCA Foundation
The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, supports organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts particularly in the field of education.

About The Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.


For more information, please visit the FCA US LLC media site at http://media.fcanorthamerica.com.

CONTACT Kevin Frazier kevin.frazier@fcagroup.com (248) 512-2678 (office) (248) 821-8507 (cell)

Scaling Up: Pinar Dairy Expands Its Farmer Training Model in Turkey to Increase SDG Impact

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

Spurred on by the success of its previous commitments under Business Call to Action (BCtA), Turkish food and dairy company Pinar Dairy has renewed its BCtA commitment, pledging to train and support an additional 1350 rural, small-scale dairy farmers across Turkey by June 2020. Female farmers will receive specialized women-focused training, while others will be trained on animal health and feeding and financial literacy.

Pinar Dairy first joined BCtA in 2017 with a commitment to train 1250 Turkish farmers. Inspired to maintain its positive momentum after achieving this initial goal, the company has renewed its commitment to bring this total to 2600 farmers mid 2020. Since Pinar began this initiative since 2014, it has reached over 7000 dairy farmers in 13 different cities in Turkey, transforming their lives by improving quality and productivity.

Launched in 2008, BCtA aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people with less than US$10 per day in purchasing power (in 2015 dollars) as consumers, producers, suppliers and distributors. Over 230 companies, ranging from multinationals to social enterprises, and working in 70 countries, have responded to BCtA by committing to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions in developing countries through access to markets, financial services, affordable healthcare, water and sanitation, education and other critical services.
While Turkey is among the top ten milk producers in the world, volumes produced by small scale farmers has been decreasing due to rising costs of equipment and feed. In addition, untreated animal health problems due to a lack of health services and substandard hygiene conditions are also challenges that small scale farmers have that can affect milk amount and quality. 
Recognizing this, Pinar Dairy developed a training programme called The Future of our Milk is in Safe Hands, which is led by its social impact arm the Pinar Institute, to support the sustainability of the national dairy sector and small scale dairy farming in Turkey. The aim is to improve the conditions which enable farmers to produce higher quality milk. This in turn results in increased productivity and thus profits for the farmers. Training is conducted with the support of Turkey’s Directorates of Agriculture and Forestry, Milk Producers Unions & Cooperatives and Universities, and it is open to all dairy farmers who are interested to participate.
İdil Yiğitbaşı, Chairperson of the Board of Pinar Institute, said the success of the programme demonstrated that it was addressing a serious demand, and described it as a win-win initiative.
“Farmers want to learn techniques that are going to improve their yields and ensure their animals  are healthy, and the fact that we continue to expand this programme to train more farmers is a testament to this. And from a business perspective, it makes sense to invest in this training. Greater volumes of high quality milk means profit to us, and profit to the farmers,” said Yiğitbaşı.
“This recommitment is a great example of a successful inclusive business scaling up their model to meet demand – dairy farmers living at the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid want the skills that will enable them to be more productive, which both brings profit to the company and helps to lift these farmers – and their families – out of poverty,” said Sahba Sobhani, acting Head of BCtA.
For more information:
BCtA: Aimee Brown, aimee.brown@undp.org
Pinar Dairy / Pinar Institute: Ümit Savcıgil, umit.savcigil@pinarenstitusu.org.tr
BCtA membership does not constitute a partnership with its funding and programme partners, UNDP or any UN agency.

About Business Call to Action (BCtA): Launched at the United Nations in 2008, BCtA aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. BCtA is supported by  the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UK Department for International Development (DFID), and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For more information, please visit www.businesscalltoaction.org.

About Pinar: Founded in 1973, Pınar holds various successful brands including milk and dairy products, meat products, sales and marketing, feed and livestock and drinking water in Turkey with its employees over 5000. Pinar is the first brand which has extended the concept of healthy milk and milk products. Pinar has dedicated itself to support the milk farmers since it was founded. In this way, farmers are able to produce the most quality products for consumers while they are living a wealthy life. This reliable brand has been expanded to Middle East, Turkic Republics and Germany with the products such as fresh and long-lasting milk, yoghurt, cheese and ayran as popular yoghurt drink. For more information about Pinar and various product groups, visit http://eng.pinar.com.tr/default.aspx
About Pinar Institute: Pınar Institute is a non-profit and non-commercial organization that was established in 2013 on the idea of social responsibility with the aim of raising public awareness of food, health, nutrition and contributing to healthy social development.

General Motors, University of Michigan Show Automated Safety Features Preventing Crashes

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

As General Motors moves toward its vision of a world with zero crashes, the company partnered with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to understand the real-world effectiveness of some of its available active safety, driver assistance, and advanced headlighting features that may prevent or mitigate different types of crashes. The results show that several of these features are making a statistically significant impact in helping to reduce crashes.

The study leveraged 3.7 million GM vehicles across 20 different models from 2013-2017. Fifteen different systems were evaluated using police report crash databases available to UMTRI from 10 states.

After comparing the crash instances involving vehicles with and without active safety features, the study showed that certain features evaluated had an impact in preventing the types of crashes the features were designed to help prevent or mitigate.

Significant findings include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking (or Forward Automatic Braking) with Forward Collision Alert reduced rear-end striking crashes by 46%.

  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning reduced lane departure-related crashes by 20%.

  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert reduced lane change crashes by 26%.

  • Rear Vision Camera alone, Rear Park Assist functionality, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (which nearly always includes the two previous backing features) and Reverse Automatic Braking (which includes all the previous backing features) produced, respectively, an estimated 21%, 38%, 52%, and 81% reduction in backing crashes.

  • IntelliBeam and High-Intensity Discharge headlight features provided 35% and 21% reductions, respectively, in nighttime pedestrian/bicyclist/animal crashes, with a 49% reduction when offered together.

“This study is groundbreaking in terms of the broad range of vehicles and active safety and headlighting features examined,” said GM Safety Technical Fellow, Raymond Kiefer. “The results show that the GM active safety systems evaluated are addressing a wide range of common crashes that cause a staggering amount of injuries, property damage and cost to our customers and society, putting GM well on its way toward a vision of zero crashes.”

“A key finding of this work is that we can make substantial gains in safety through deployment of advanced driver assistance systems such as forward and rear emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and others. In addition, we found that the more automated the system, the greater the benefits,” said UMTRI Research Associate Professor, Carol Flannagan. “This work looked at reduction in crashes associated with systems already in the hands of drivers in real-world driving environments. Our working relationship with GM is critical to our ability to evaluate the effects of these systems, and we hope that what we learned can motivate more widespread deployment of the most effective technologies.”

Smarter, safer vehicles will play a critical role in helping to save lives now and in the future. These technologies are critical to GM’s vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

For more information and to read the full report, visit http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/150660

General Motors (NYSE:GM) is committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the CadillacChevroletBaojunBuickGMCHolden and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, Maven, its personal mobility brand, and Cruise, its autonomous vehicle ride-sharing company, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Sustainability, Clean Technology in Focus of First Black & Veatch Cleantech Accelerator Cohort

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

Seven innovative technology startups – focused on sustainability solutions that range from artificial intelligence and next-generation analytics to autonomous heavy equipment and electric vehicle energy management – have been selected to join Black & Veatch’s IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator.

The seven startups include two Midwestern companies, one from Florida and four from the West Coast. The program is designed to accelerate the adoption of new sustainable infrastructure technologies and attract the best and brightest entrepreneurs from across the country to Kansas City for further development opportunities.

The program, powered by LaunchKC, is building partnerships that seek to drive sustainability gains through advances in renewable and distributed energy, mobility, agricultural technology, machine learning and AI, environmental services, and other solutions that add value to engineering services.

Picked from more than 120 applicants across the United States, the startups will receive equity awards, a 75-day period of collaboration with Black & Veatch and program supporters, and a startup showcase in November. They’ll gain valuable training and engineering insight to grow their business through collaboration with Black & Veatch professionals, as well as exposure and networking opportunities with experienced investors, supporters and clients in Kansas City and around the world. 

LaunchKC is a 5-year-old grants competition for tech startups nationwide, in a joint venture of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri. LaunchKC elevated its focus in 2019 to working in partnership with industry-specific verticals to support accelerator programs, including the IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator.

Today, 34 of LaunchKC’s grant winners over the past four years – or 90 percent – are still in business, posting milestones (as of year-end 2018) that include:

  • 275 full-time employees, up 65 percent since year-end 2018, with another 350 independent contractors above the FTE count;

  • $87.3 million in cumulative investment or follow-on funding – up 82 percent since year-end 2018;

  • 53 percent of all grant winners represent women or minority-owned businesses.

Black & Veatch, the largest engineering company in the Kansas City area, is a global leader in engineering, construction and consulting services for energy, water and telecommunications clients. Its IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator marks one the company’s boldest moves into the entrepreneurial arena of engineering services, following the creation of the company’s Growth Accelerator to explore new and emerging markets.

Startups joining the IgniteX Cleantech accelerator include:

  • Aware Vehicles, Kansas City, MO, which employs drones with smart mobile docking platforms, 4D spatial-spectral modeling and real-time analytics to address construction challenges as well as innovative imaging solutions for structural health monitoring;

  • Built Robotics, San Francisco, CA, which specializes in self-driving heavy equipment to make construction safer, faster, and more productive;

  • ecoSPEARS, Altamone Springs, FL, which uses green technologies to extract and destroy PCBs, dioxins and other chlorinated contaminants from the environment; 

  • Electriphi, San Francisco, CA, which deploys a software platform for fleet and energy management that provides operational and infrastructure cost savings for light, medium and heavy-duty commercial electric vehicle fleets;

  • Extensible Energy, Berkeley, CA, which specializes in cloud-based software that controls flexible loads to reduce demand and time-of-use energy charges in small-to-medium buildings;

  • InfraLytiks, Urbandale, IA, which employs software featuring AI and machine learning based on images, complex data or text/financials;

  • NovoNutrients, Sunnyvale, CA, which uses energy from hydrogen to transform waste carbon into protein and other high-value products for the aquaculture and animal feed industries.

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 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

About LaunchKC

The nonprofit LaunchKC competition has awarded $2 million in grants to 38 tech startup businesses over four years. LaunchKC is funded by the Missouri Technology Corporation, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and local corporate and philanthropic organizations, including the Kansas City Power & Light District, JE Dunn Construction, Husch Blackwell, KCP&L, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the William T. Kemper Foundation, Lead Bank, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Parson + Associates, Port KC, Academy Bank, Country Club Bank and Park University

Media Contact Information:

CHRISTOPHER CLARK, Black & Veatch, 913-458-2778

MIKE HURD, LaunchKC, 816-447-2136

CNH Industrial, Taking the ‘Pulse’ of Innovation

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

CNH Industrial held an innovation event in partnership with the ‘Pulse’ organization, an innovation hub, focusing on new technologies and energy efficiency, in late August in Piracicaba, Brazil.

As one of Brazil’s 10 most innovative companies according to the annual award conferred by the Brazilian national Valor Econômico newspaper, the topic of innovation is key for CNH Industrial. By joining forces with Pulse, Raízen's innovation hub, in Piracicaba, São Paulo state, both organizations stimulated debate on innovation in key industrial sectors, and demonstrated how it is a driver for both technological and economic development.

The partnership underscores CNH Industrial's open position on innovation: the overall objective being participating with other key partners to promote new technologies, for the  benefit of all segments of the economy and society. “Pulse is an agent for promoting innovation and proposing a path for new entrepreneurs and innovators, as well as making an important link with Agribusiness in terms of innovation,” said Sérgio Soares, CNH Industrial Director of Engineering and Product Development.

Although primarily focused on agriculture the event also featured presentations on the mechanization of construction, transportation, logistics and energy efficiency. “Our goal was to promote a meeting for a number of key players to foster the idea of ​​an innovative future,” said Soares. Furthermore, it is feasible for industry to use large-scale innovative processes to increase competitiveness through increasingly efficient and sustainable products and services.

Pulse, Raízen's initiative, is celebrating two years of operation. The hub's mission is to be the focal point for startups, corporations, investors, entities and universities that think of innovation as a tool for the growth of society through new practices.

“This event is an example of how Pulse generates value with market connections following an open innovation performance model. The partnership with CNH Industrial reinforces one of our goals, which is to encourage innovative actions that can foster the startup ecosystem and the integration of new technologies in large corporations. Thus, we continue stimulating the creation of new solutions that help in the evolution of agribusiness and Brazilian industry, ” said José Eduardo Massad, Director of Innovation at Raízen.

CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com

Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani to Keynote Comerica Bank Houston and DFW Women’s Business Symposiums

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

The Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium returns to Houston and Dallas this fall, featuring Girls Who Code founder and CEO and international best-selling author Reshma Saujani as the keynote speaker.  The Houston event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 from 10:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.  In Dallas, women business owners, executives and professional from across North Texas will gather to “Learn, Connect and Grow” from 10:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Westin Galleria.

Saujani founded Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding.  She also is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.  Saujani’s TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than four million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about raising girls. She is the host of the award-winning podcast “Brave, Not Perfect.”

“At Comerica, we strive to empower people and businesses to achieve their goals,” said Curtis C. Farmer, Comerica Bank president and chief executive officer. “A shining example of our commitment to the communities we serve is the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium. This event fosters an environment for individuals to learn from some of the most influential businesswomen in the world, while supporting two very worthy nonprofits, The Rose and Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support.”
The symposiums open with lunch and a check presentation to each market’s respective charitable beneficiaries, The Rose (Houston) and Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (Dallas) -- a portion of the sponsorship proceeds will support the organizations and their important mission and work.

The Rose, the leading nonprofit breast health care organization in southeast Texas, reduces deaths from breast cancer by providing access to screening, diagnostics and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay.

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, a local Dallas nonprofit, dedicated to providing safety, shelter and support for women who have experienced domestic violence, and raising awareness regarding its cause, prevalence and impact.

Celebrity Chef Jamie Gwen, syndicated TV and radio personality, certified sommelier and a seven-time cookbook author, will serve as the emcee for the day.

The following speakers round out the high-profile lineup for this year’s Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium in Houston and Dallas:

Samantha Ettus “The Pie Life: A Groundbreaking Approach to Work/Life Fulfillment” (Dallas):  An inspirational work/life fulfillment expert and entrepreneur, Sam has worked with thousands of professionals at all stages of their careers – they all share a common life-changing experience when they listen to Sam. 

AmyK Hutchens “The Power of Profitable Conversation” (Houston): A former executive of a billion-dollar global consumer products company and awarded the Vistage UK, International Speaker of the Year, AmyK is a dynamic, energetic catalyst for driving businesses forward faster.

Crystal Washington, CSP “One Tech Action-Master Efficiency Using Technology” (Houston & Dallas):  A certified futurist, technology strategist, and author, who works with organizations that want to leverage technology to increase profits and productivity. She takes complex social media, app, and web topics, and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people. 

The events will conclude with a social networking session from 2-3 p.m.

Sponsors to date include: Houston – GoldGreater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Dallas – GoldGlory and Nancy Best in honor of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support; Silver: Haynes & Boone, LLP and Winstead PC.   

To register, or purchase a sponsorship to the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium, visit the following links: Houston | DFW.

About Comerica Incorporated

Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica’s approximately 7,700 colleagues focus on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. 

About Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support

Since opening its doors in 1985, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support has provided safety, shelter and expert counseling services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Genesis is committed to removing every roadblock a woman might face on her journey to the abuse-free life she deserves. These life-changing services include an emergency shelter, long-term housing, an award-winning onsite, K-12 school, daycare, access to legal representation and cutting-edge therapeutics. Genesis serves more than 2,500 women and children each year, and relies on the generous support of the Dallas community to continue providing these services at no cost to clients. For more information, visit www.genesisshelter.org.

About The Rose

As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, The Rose is one of only 14 Breast Centers in the greater Houston area to receive this designation. Led by Fellowship trained physicians, The Rose’s advanced digital technology includes 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, diagnostic work-ups including biopsies, and its nationally recognized Patient Navigation Program ensures access to treatment and a continuum of care for all women. Since 1986, The Rose has led strong advocacy efforts for quality breast healthcare, and been on the forefront of innovation in breast healthcare. As a major specialty care provider within the Healthcare Safety Net system, The Rose is considered to be a leading nonprofit in breast healthcare. Annually, The Rose serves 40,000 insured and uninsured women and men.  With two Houston-based comprehensive Breast Diagnostic Centers and a Mobile Mammography Health Program, The Rose provides services to women throughout 41 counties in Southeast Texas. 

Carnival Corporation and Tropical Shipping Expand Partnership to Include Global Collection of Donations for the Bahamas

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

 Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world's largest leisure travel company, today announced it is expanding its partnership with Tropical Shipping to accept emergency relief donations and supplies sent from any location and is delivering them to The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the central governmental agency coordinating the response and recovery for the people of The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

Expanding beyond  Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, global collection efforts will now be open to anyone who wants to help with relief efforts by shipping NEMA-approved goods directly to Tropical Shipping in Riviera Beach, Fla. (address included further below). The expansion comes in response to an influx of inquiries into Carnival Corporation by business leaders and individuals outside of South Florida who are looking for ways to provide support.

Tropical Shipping's first relief ship loaded with donated items is expected to arrive at the Freeport Cruise Terminal on Grand Bahama Island today, with another shipment expected to arrive on Saturday. As part of the overall expansion, relief shipments are expected to continue five days a week during the initial stages of the program.

Carnival Corporation, along with its nine cruise line brands, will cover shipping costs for the program, and provide food and supplies as part of the overall effort. The company is sending the first in a series of donations on the next shipment, including containers of ready-to-eat food, bottled water and generators.

"We have seen an incredible outpouring of support not just in the U.S., but from many locations around the world, and everyone is asking how they can do more to help," said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation. "Along with Tropical Shipping and our partnering counties in South Florida, we decided to immediately expand our program to be able to accommodate those who want to provide support from outside the region and help provide NEMA and the people of The Bahamas with the food and supplies they need the most. We want to thank all of our partners and the community here for making this happen so quickly, along with all the supporters locally and around the world who have shown such generosity during this urgent time of need."

The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency has presented an approved list of food and supplies most needed. The relief supplies requested are included at the end of this release, along with drop-off/shipping locations now open for anyone looking to contribute to the recovery. 

In addition to efforts to distribute supplies in the region, Carnival Corporation recently announced that its philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, its nine cruise brands and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation have pledged to donate $2 million in funding and in-kind support for relief efforts in The Bahamas. A portion of the combined pledge will immediately go to support efforts being managed by Direct Relief, a global humanitarian organization that provides critical medications and supplies during emergency situations.




Ready-To-Eat Meals





Adult Size

Hygiene Kits

Pampers (all sizes), baby wipes, sanitary napkins, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, adult diapers, hand sanitizer

Bottled Water


Non-Perishable Food Items

Canned fish, canned meats, canned pureed veg, peanut butter, jars of baby food, powdered milk, baby formula

Disposable Cutlery

Pre-packed cutlery, cups, plates

Water Bladders

Size: 2,500 gallons

Reusable Water Containers

Size: 3 gallons

First Aid Items

Sterile bandages/gauze (all sizes), tape

Portable Generators

15KW – 25KW

Chain Saws


Plastic Tarpaulin


Debris Removal Tools

Shovels, rakes, axes, wheel barrows

Portable Single and Double Burner Stoves


Portable Outdoor Lamps/Lights

Battery operated

Water Purification Kits

Brita water filters and purification tablets


Wind-up and battery operated

Blankets and Towels


Insect Repellents

Non-aerosol spray, bracelets

Portable Radios

Wind-up and battery operated


D Cell, AA

Portable Bathroom


Cleaning Supplies

Bleach, brooms, mops, pinesol, garbage bags

Life Jackets and Ponchos

Adult and child size


Note: Please be sure to clearly mark NEMA as the Consignee, and if possible, add a Port of Discharge: Freeport or Marsh Harbour. If a designated port is not listed, Tropical Shipping will provide to a specific port location based on NEMA's guidance on needs.

Tropical Shipping Cargo Receiving Location – Riviera Beach
Hours: M - F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1489 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Riviera Beach, Florida 33404
(561) 881-3999 
(561) 881-3951


Note: Updates on additional drop-off sites may be provided as more details become available.

Miami-Dade County Main Library – Miami Dade
Hours: Accepting donations Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
101 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-2665

Stephen P. Clark Center – Miami Dade
Hours: Accepting donations Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
111 NW First St., Miami.
Miami, FL 33128

Joseph Caleb Center – Miami Dade
Hours: Accepting donations Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5400 NW 22 Ave.
Miami, FL 33142

Office of Emergency Management Warehouse – Miami Dade
Hours: Accepting donations Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8008 NW 14 St.
Doral, FL 33126

Lake Lytal Community Park – Palm Beach
Hours: Accepting donations on Saturday (Sept. 7) and Sunday (Sept. 8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3645 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Governor Lawton Chiles Park;– Palm Beach
Hours: Accepting donations on Saturday (Sept. 7) and Sunday (Sept. 8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6541 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Midwestern Communities Service Center – Palm Beach
Hours: Accepting donations on Saturday (Sept. 7) and Sunday (Sept. 8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
200 Civic Center Way
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

Gardens Branch Library – Palm Beach
Hours: Accepting donations on Saturday (Sept. 7) and Sunday (Sept. 8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11303 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Belle Glade Branch Library – Palm Beach
Hours: Accepting donations on Saturday (Sept. 7) and Sunday (Sept. 8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
530 S. Main Street
Belle Glade, FL 33430

Loula V. York Branch Library – Palm Beach
Hours: Accepting donations on Saturday (Sept. 7) and Sunday (Sept. 8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
525 Bacom Point Road
Pahokee, FL 33476

Tropical Shipping Cargo Receiving Location – Miami
Tropical Shipping
Hours: M - F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9505 NW 108th Avenue
Medley, FL 33178
(561) 881-3999
(561) 881-3951

Tropical Shipping Cargo Receiving Location – Riviera Beach
Hours: M - F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1489 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Riviera Beach, Florida 33404
(561) 881-3999 
(561) 881-3951

About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the world's largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of nine of the world's leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.

Together, the corporation's cruise lines operate 102 ships with 241,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered through 2025. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

With a long history of innovation and providing guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, Carnival Corporation has received thousands of industry awards – including recognition by the Consumer Technology Association™ as a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for the OceanMedallion™. A revolutionary wearable device that contains a proprietary blend of communication technologies, the OceanMedallion enables the world's first interactive guest experience platform transforming vacation travel on a large scale into a highly personalized level of customized service. The prestigious CES Innovation Awards honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.

Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com, www.princess.com, www.hollandamerica.com, www.seabourn.com, www.pocruises.com.au, www.costacruise.com, www.aida.de, www.pocruises.com and www.cunard.com.

About Tropical Shipping
Tropical Shipping is the leader in quality, on-time logistics solutions to the Bahamas and Caribbean. Tropical Shipping is part of Saltchuk, a diversified family of companies whose goal is to provide the best transportation and distribution services in North America & the Caribbean.

SOURCE Carnival Corporation & plc

Carnival Corporation Media Contacts: Roger Frizzell, Carnival Corporation, rfrizzell@carnival.com, (305) 406-7862; Mike Flanagan, LDWW, mike@ldwwgroup.com, (727) 452-4538

RESOURCES Carnival Corporation Tropical Shipping The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency CONTACT Chris Cradduck +1 (214) 893-9119 chris@ldwwgroup.com

SunTrust Bank to Donate $250,000 to American Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) has announced it will give $250,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief and recovery efforts in support of the communities and businesses impacted by Hurricane Dorian and the global efforts of the Red Cross to help in the Bahamas. The SunTrust Bank donation is to aid first responders as they bring relief to people who've lost their homes and need food and shelter.
“We’re committed to ensuring people get the assistance they need for their well-being as they begin to recover from the devastation of the storm,” said Bill Rogers, chairman and CEO of SunTrust Bank.
SunTrust Bank will also accept financial donations for American Red Cross relief efforts in all branches through Oct. 18.

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. SunTrust leads onUp, a national movement inspiring Americans to build financial confidence. Headquartered in Atlanta, the Company has two business segments: Consumer and Wholesale. Its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, along with 24-hour digital access. Certain business lines serve consumer, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients nationally. As of June 30, 2019, SunTrust had total assets of $222 billion and total deposits of $161 billion. The Company provides deposit, credit, trust, investment, mortgage, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. Learn more at suntrust.com.

Carnival Cruise Line to Deliver Hurricane Relief Supplies to the Bahamas Aboard Carnival Pride and Carnival Liberty

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

Continuing its ongoing efforts to assist and support residents of The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that two ships departing from U.S. homeports next week will make stops in Freeport to distribute food, water and relief supplies.

The stops at Freeport to deliver supplies will be part of Carnival Pride’s seven-day cruise from Baltimore departing Sept. 8 and Carnival Liberty’s four-day cruise from Port Canaveral departing Sept. 9.

These efforts are in addition to supplies being transported to the Bahamas via the already announced agreement with Tropical Shipping and The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency to deliver items donated by residents of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.  A container ship with the first shipment of supplies departed for Freeport this evening.

Additionally, Carnival Corporation’s philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, and its nine global cruise line brands together with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, have pledged to donate $2 million in funding and in-kind support for hurricane relief efforts in The Bahamas. 

Carnival has also asked employees and guests to join the effort through online giving tools, and over the next few days, will ramp up a donation program at its U.S. homeports as guests board their cruises.  Organizations supported by these online efforts include Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen.

“The Bahamian people are resilient with an unwavering spirit and Carnival and its employees are fully committed to helping residents rebuild and recover in the aftermath of the storm,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.   “The devastation of the Bahamas is truly tragic and heartbreaking and we are keeping them in our thoughts as we continue to offer our support and assistance.”

About Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 26 ships operating two- to 24-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia.  The line currently has three new ships scheduled for delivery – Carnival Panorama™ in 2019, Mardi Gras in 2020 and an as-yet-unnamed ship in 2022.

RESOURCES Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Line Tropical Shipping The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency Carnival Foundation CONTACT Chris Cradduck +1 (214) 893-9119 chris@ldwwgroup.com

EPA Honors Kohler Co. With a Green Power Leadership Award

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:56pm

Kohler Co.announced today that it has received a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Kohler Co. with an Excellence in Green Power Use award at the 2019 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Diego, CA on September 5, 2019.

Kohler Co. was one of only seven organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award. The program recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves by demonstrating leadership in procuring green power from a utility green power product, a power purchase agreement, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) product. Kohler Co. is currently purchasing 425 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to offset 100 percent of the organization’s electricity use in US and Canada.  The purchase also has a significant impact on lowering greenhouse gas, with Kohler avoiding over 200,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Rob Zimmerman, director of sustainability at Kohler Co. “Acquiring green power through a purchase power agreement helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the United States that investing in green power is a sound business decision that can help reduce environmental impacts.”

In addition,Kohler Co. ranks asNo. 31 on EPA’s National Top 100 Partners list. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners using the most renewable energy annually as of July 2019. EPA updates its Top Partner Rankings quarterly at https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards#current-winners.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of those sources in the United States and advance the American green power market.  According to the EPA, Kohler’s green power purchase of 425 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 39,000 average American homes annually. 

To learn more about Kohler’s efforts and innovation in the green power, please visit kohlercompany.com

About Kohler Co

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 38,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; luxury cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Kohler’s Whistling Straits golf course will host the 2020 Ryder Cup. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit kohlercompany.com.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,500 Partners voluntarily using more than 60 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500®companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower

About the Green Power Leadership Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. This program recognizes the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The ceremony takes place at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. This year’s 17 recipients are using more than 27.8 billion kWh of green power—enough to power nearly 2.6 million average American homes for a year. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.

AstraZeneca, Learning Undefeated and Discovery Education Launch New Generation Health Program to Encourage Healthy Living Through Science-Based Learning

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 1:56pm

 AstraZeneca, Learning Undefeated and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today launched Generation Health: How Science Powers Us, a dynamic program designed to make the connection between students’ health and the science behind the prevention and treatment of disease. This program offers standards-aligned experiential learning resources for students in grades 6-8, where students investigate both preventative measures, and innovative solutions to key health concerns with a focus on the following areas: oncology, cardiovascular and respiratory. 

The Generation Health: How Science Powers Us program will launch with a Virtual Field Trip premiere on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT and will give students a behind-the-scenes look at pharmaceutical labs at AstraZeneca. During the Generation Health Virtual Field Trip, students will get a chance to meet real scientists and learn about the importance of failure as a way to learn and grow, especially when it comes to innovating new medicines. Educators, parents and students are welcomed to register for the virtual event here. Participants are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd@AstraZenecaUS, and @LearningUNDFTD for a live Twitter chat during the premiere by submitting questions and sending pictures using #GenerationHealthVFT.

“AstraZeneca is committed to educating and empowering the next generation of scientists, and our partnership with Discovery Education is designed to help students explore some common diseases and how we aim to combat them,” said José Baselga, executive vice president, Oncology R&D, AstraZeneca. “In addition, this program will help students understand the importance of scientific discovery and innovation, while showcasing some of the many STEM careers available in the healthcare field.”

Generation Health: How Science Powers Us resources are available at no-cost at HowSciencePowersUs.com and within Discovery Education Experience, an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Experience empowers educators to create dynamic real-world learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Generation Health: How Science Powers Us will also provide STEM Connect licenses to 20 Baltimore County Schools, promoting the critical connection between STEM learning and healthcare careers in partnership with Learning Undefeated. STEM Connect leverages the 4C’s – Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking — to connect students to real-world challenges, blending dynamic digital content with hands-on activities to accelerate student comprehension and application. Overall, the goal is to encourage students to start asking questions instead of simply memorizing answers. 

“‘Generation Health: How Science Powers Us’ aims to deliver a unique digital educational experience to engage students in learning about the science behind their own health through the lens of STEM,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to partner with AstraZeneca and Learning Undefeated to help students understand how STEM impacts their daily lives, including its impacts on healthy living.”

To make science personal through a focus on healthy living messaging, Generation Health: How Science Powers Us will address the causes of lung cancer. Students will dig into the rising epidemic of vaping and e-cigarette use, especially among young people, which poses a risk to lung health. Scientists at AstraZeneca are on the front lines of modern cancer research, working every day to deliver cutting-edge, life-changing medicines to patients. Program curriculum resources will be included for AstraZeneca employees to take their industry knowledge into the classroom and inspire students to consider STEM careers in healthcare. 

“‘Generation Health: How Science Powers Us’ will help educators and students understand the dynamics of STEM careers, while equipping them the knowledge they need to understand the science behind prevention and treatment of disease,” said Kristen Crain, 8th grade science teacher, Dickerson Middle School in Marietta, Ga., Cobb County School District. “I am thrilled to connect my students with scientists who are dedicated to transforming learning experiences for students nationwide.”

Generation Health: How Science Powers Us resources are available at no-cost at HowSciencePowersUs.com and are integrated into the Discovery Education Experience. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum resources and professional learning services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.


About Learning Undefeated:
Learning Undefeated is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing STEM education opportunities for underserved communities. Through innovative and experiential education programs for grades K-12, we are sparking interest in STEM careers and building the workforce that will drive the innovation economy. Learning Undefeated’s flagship education program features mobile STEM labs that have provided hands-on learning opportunities to more than 200,000 K-12 students in 18 states since 2003. Learning Undefeated also operates several other celebrated STEM education programs including the Young Science Explorers Program, a summer camp for middle school students; Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM (ATLAS) College and Career Exploration Program; STEM Leadership Experience; student competitions; after-school programs; curriculum development; and disaster recovery education. Visit learningundefeated.org or follow on social media @LearningUNDFTD.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder 
(240) 274-2173 phone

Learning Undefeated
Janeé Pelletier
(240) 552-9314 phone


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