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A Promise Kept: Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Deliver 30,000 Gifts of Comfort and Care to Cancer Patients Across the Country

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 8:42pm

Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) wrapped up their June initiative, Subaru Loves to Care, which literally brought warmth and hope to thousands of patients fighting cancer across the country.

The campaign, an extension of Subaru’s Love Promise, helped communities come together to make an incredible impact. Fifty four LLS chapters across the country worked alongside 393 participating Subaru retailers to deliver 30,000 blankets to patients undergoing cancer treatment at nearly 250 local hospitals and treatment centers nationwide.

“Our collaboration with LLS has truly embodied the spirit of Subaru’s Love Promise – supporting causes near and dear to the hearts of Subaru and our owners,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “We truly hope that both the blankets and messages of inspiration help provide comfort and warmth as patients continue their fight against cancer.”

Throughout June, visitors to participating Subaru retailers were given the opportunity to share personalized, hand-written messages of hope which were delivered to local cancer patients along with blankets, to provide comfort and warmth while they receive treatment at hospitals nationwide. Those who wrote a message of hope received a Subaru and LLS awareness bracelet, to help spread awareness of LLS and Subaru of America’s goal to provide hope and care, one gesture at a time.

“The generosity of Subaru has helped LLS deliver on its promise to improve the quality of life for blood cancer patients and their families,” said LLS president and CEO, Dr. Louis J. DeGennaro. “We are proud and grateful to Subaru for this unique collaboration with its hundreds of retailers, who have shown such energy, compassion and enthusiasm for LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure access to treatments for patients who need them.”

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan.

Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in a zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit  www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

Sodexo Receives Outstanding Corporate Group Award from the United Way

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 8:42pm

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, has been recognized by the United Way with the 2016 Community Volunteer Excellence Award, Outstanding Corporate Group Category for the company’s work impacting the community.  The Christian Service Center for Central Florida (CSC) nominated Sodexo for the award, highlighting the commitment from the company’s volunteers to not only support CSC programs, but for continually seeking opportunities to leverage and contribute their expertise in other areas.

Support of the CSC from Sodexo volunteers included serving meals at the Daily Bread community kitchen and leveraging Sodexo’s environmental services expertise to professionally clean the facility’s floors, donating items collected by Sodexo volunteers at food drives and contributing their time to the Love Pantry project, and preparing and donating full box lunches to allow the center to continue serving the community during an emergency repair that closed the Daily Bread kitchen.

“As an agency providing services to the economically disadvantaged, and with poverty levels in Central Florida higher than the state and national averages, CSC, like many nonprofits, is stretched to capacity.  The Sodexo volunteers have helped us in so many ways, allowing us to focus our time and limited funds and resources on our mission to the community. Sodexo is a group of truly selfless and giving volunteers,” said, Robert F. Stuart, Executive Director, Christian Service Center for Central Florida and Orlando City Commissioner, District 3.

CSC fights hunger and homelessness through three core programs. Family & Emergency Services provides homeless prevention and hunger relief services from three locations by offering emergency assistance to those faced with unexpected financial crises. The Love Pantry project helps families struggling with food insecurity by providing an emergency food supply at 65 public schools in Central Florida, while also helping to remove hunger as a barrier to learning. From two locations (Downtown Orlando and West Orange County) the Daily Bread kitchens serve a noontime meal to anyone in the community in need, and also provide critical access points for much needed ancillary services like legal aid and health insurance.

Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The global Fortune Global 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations. Learn more at Sodexo Insights.

Contact: Enrico Dinges, Sodexo, Inc., 301-987-4393, enrico.dinges@sodexo.com

Sappi North America Invests $25M in its Somerset Mill Woodyard

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 8:42pm

 Sappi North America, leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today announced that it will move forward with a $25 million capital project to update its Somerset Mill woodyard. This strategic plan will allow the company to modernize the wood debarking, chipping and chip distribution systems. This capital investment will improve reliability, reduce white wood losses and costs as well as enhance efficiency gains through the increased production of wood chips.

“Continually investing in our operations, processes and people ensures our success and maintains the Somerset Mill as a globally competitive site,” said Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America. “These upgrades will improve our product, raise our bottom line and continue to build upon our sustainable practices.”

The commissioning of the new system will be complete by the end of November 2017, following a temporary woodyard shutdown for installation. Specifically, upgrades will be made to the log infeed, debarker, chipper, chip transfer system, woodroom controls and bark handling.

For more information on Sappi North America’s Somerset Mill, please visit the website.

About Sappi North America

Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high quality Coated Printing Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, and one of the world's leading suppliers of Release Papers with our Ultracast and Classics lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries.

Our Specialty Packaging products, such as LusterPrint and LusterCote, represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at: www.sappi.com/na.

Learn more about how Sappi is investing in sustainability and innovation in the 2015 Sappi North America Sustainability Report: http://bit.ly/21KNUHW.

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For further information:

Olga Karagiannis

Sappi North America

+1 617-423-5409



Jackie Fraser

Matter Communications

+1 978-358-5840


Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance Announce 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund Grant Recipients in 10 U.S. Cities

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 5:37pm

 The Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance announced today the selection of 12 nonprofit organizations as 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund grant recipients.  The Fund – now in its second year – awarded an additional $3 million in support of programs that connect youth to opportunities that increase their employability and prepare them to compete and thrive in a 21st century economy. To date, the Fund has provided $6 million to support 24 organizations, reaching more than 7,000 youth.

Launched in 2015, the Youth Opportunity Fund is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, and supports organizations that help empower urban youth, ages 16 to 24. The Fund awards one-year grants of $250,000 to nonprofit organizations in 10 U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C. 

“Since we launched the Youth Opportunity Fund, grantees have demonstrated what it takes to give young people the chance to unlock their full career and economic potential,” said Brandee McHale, president of the Citi Foundation. “We are excited to support the innovative work of this new cohort of community partners and look forward to promoting their learnings and success.” 

“Students who earn a high school diploma have a greater chance of becoming employed, but without the right skills and connections, better job opportunities may be out of reach,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise. “The Youth Opportunity Fund helps to even the odds by giving more young people the training and support they need to get on a path to adult success.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for young people age 16-24 is 10.8 percent, with more than 6 million young people disconnected from school and work.

“Our young people don’t lack intelligence or ambition or potential,” said U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez. “They just need someone to give them a chance. With the support of the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance, the Youth Opportunity Fund provides that chance for thousands of young people each year.”

The Youth Opportunity Fund supports programs that address youth unemployment through partnerships with select municipal governments and collaborations across industries, including IT, technology, healthcare, the service industry and environmental sustainability.

The new 2016 cohort will add opportunities in construction, clean technology, and communications.

Below is a full list of 2016 grantees:

  • Boston:  Sociedad Latina will work with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and three other Latino-led organizations in Boston to help youth prepare for the workforce through skill-building and paid apprenticeships.

  • Chicago:  Genesys Works, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, will provide students from low-income families with workforce training, along with a paid internship in the IT or accounting sectors, college counseling, and support for their transition to the workforce.

  • Dallas:  United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will work with the Dallas Independent School District and City Year to provide students from low-income families with support transitioning to post-secondary education and becoming workforce-ready, plus training in teamwork, critical thinking and financial literacy. 

  • Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Conservation Corps, in partnership with municipal agencies, will help young adults from underserved communities pursue clean-tech jobs. The Green Career Pathways program will provide a paid work experience, specialized training, employment transition services, and the opportunity to earn “green jobs” certification.

  • Miami:  Greater Miami Service Corps will work with the Miami-Dade County government to launch Corps to Career, which will provide out-of-school youth who have participated in GMSC service-learning opportunities with the chance to apply what they’ve learned in paid jobs at county offices including the airport, hospital, and tourism venues.

  • New York City:  STRIVE will partner with the East Harlem Talent Network to train youth from low-income families in entry-level food service and hospitality jobs. The program, Serve UP Harlem, will provide youth with case management services, financial literacy training, and help exploring education options.

  • New York City:  Urban Upbound will work with the New York City Housing Authority to help young adults living in public housing earn credentials for jobs in the construction sector in their own community and build academic, financial and workplace skills.

  • Newark:  NPower will engage underserved students in Newark and Jersey City high schools to prepare them for high quality jobs in the technology sector. Through its Technology Service Corps, a workforce development program, NPower will provide young adults with technology and soft-skills training and apprenticeships at leading companies and nonprofits.

  • St. Louis:  Wyman Center will work with STL Youth Jobs to help young adults from low-income families find and succeed in jobs that provide financial stability. Students will participate in paid positions, job shadow opportunities, and career mentoring.

  • San Francisco Bay Area:  Youth Radio will prepare low-income young adults for Bay Area jobs in media and technology through intensive training, college credit (in partnership with Peralta Community College), industry certification (from the CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards), wraparound support, and paid job placement.

  • Washington, DC:  Per Scholas will work with the D.C. Office of Youth Programs to prepare young adults for jobs in the tech field. The Connecting the Path program will help youth become career-ready and provide industry certification and job placement assistance.

  • Washington, DC:  Year Up National Capital Region will provide young adults who are not in school and do not have a high school diploma with rigorous IT and communications training (through a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College) and an internship or college enrollment.

In its first two years, over 70,000 young people have been impacted by the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, a three-year, $50 million commitment to give 100,000 low-income youth in the U.S. the opportunity to develop workplace skills and leadership experience. The initiative includes national organizations such as the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Points of Light, AmeriCorps, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, iMentor and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund.

To learn more about the Youth Opportunity Fund and the 2016 grantees, visit: http://www.americaspromise.org/youth-opportunity-fund.


About the Citi Foundation  

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit www.citifoundation.com.

About America’s Promise Alliance

America’s Promise Alliance leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child. As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce. For more information, visit www.AmericasPromise.org. 

SMN Conference Gives Manufacturers Tools for Sustainable Manufacturing

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 2:37pm

Manufacturers interested in making their processes, facilities, operations, and products more sustainable and profitable will benefit from the 2016 Sustainable Manufacturer Network (SMN) Conference on Sept. 26-27 in Oak Brook, Ill.  Attendees will learn about real-world applications of innovative technologies and sustainable trends, and network with others who are dedicated to best sustainable practices.

“SMN provides us with direct access to some of the leading thought leaders and practitioners of sustainable business solutions,” said Mark Coleman, Business Development Manager, HARBEC, Inc. “In participating in the SMN conference we were able to learn from and engage with other manufacturers, vendors, and suppliers on leading-edge new technologies, best practices in manufacturing, and better ways to do business. SMN has and continues to yield new insights, and most importantly, new relationships, that provide tremendous value to our business.”

The SMN Conference features environmental leaders from all sectors who will share success stories, and offer practical solutions. Keynote Presenter Tom Murray, Biologist and former Senior Scientist for the U.S. EPA, will discuss public-private partnerships including the Green Suppliers Network; the Economy, Energy, and the Environment (E3); and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Brion Hurley of Rockwell Collins will train participants on the lean “Go and See” approach of Reducing Energy, Water and Solid Waste.

Other sessions delve into the U.S. DOE’s Better Plants Program; Waste as a Resource; The Circular Economy; Sustainable Reporting Trends; Green Chemistry and Other Pollution Prevention Practices; and Case Studies in Green Manufacturing Operations. A hands-on workshop – Key Skills for Manufacturing Sustainability Champions – will kick-off the conference on Sept. 26.

Attendees will leave the conference with the knowledge and tools needed to implement sustainable practices that can reduce costs, minimize environmental impact, and play a critical role in your company’s growth.

Registration for the 2016 SMN Conference is now open at fmanet.org/smn2016.

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About SMN – The Sustainable Manufacturers Network

The Sustainable Manufacturer Network (SMN), an affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), is a professional organization of members dedicated to advancing sustainable manufacturing practices across all industry sectors. SMN’s mission is to drive the transition toward cost effective, environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing. 

About FMA – Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA)

Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with over 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, fabricating, and forming industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® trade show. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to working toward environmentally-friendly manufacturing. Visit www.fmanet.org for more information.

Thread Announces New Executive Hire From Under Armour

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:37am

 Thread, the leader in creating jobs in low-income countries through re-imagining waste into new products, announces a recent addition to the company’s executive team to meet the increasing demand of Thread Ground to Good™ yarn, fabric, and t-shirts.

Bill Besselman, former Vice President of Connected Fitness Strategy and Integration at Under Armour, joins Thread with a rich and successful career in retail, consumer goods, and corporate strategy. An industry veteran with experience at American Eagle, McKinsey & Co., and a wide variety of other Retail and Consumer Goods enterprises, Bill will serve as Thread’s Executive Vice President.

“Bill is a proven operator and disruptor. He brings world-class experience to an already great team and will have an immediate and profound impact on Thread’s growth,” said Ian Rosenberger, Founder and CEO of Thread. “He shares our conviction that retail is not innovative enough in meeting the needs of the 21st century customer, and he’s here to help us build Thread into the preeminent purpose-driven brand in the industry.”

“The greatest brands are those that find a way to deliver emotional value above and beyond great product and do it within a large commercial market,” said Mr. Besselman. “By working with the world’s best brands to make the most connected apparel and footwear in history, we’re transforming an industry to truly connect people with the products they wear.”

At Under Armour, Mr. Besselman sat on the senior leadership team, and managed all aspects of the company’s digital strategy development, including integration of recent acquisitions MapMyFitness, MyFitness Pal, and Endomondo into the Under Armour business. Before that, he led the corporate strategy team, where his role was to identify, gather, and drive strategic initiatives and the voice of the customer across UA’s innovation, product, marketing, and channel teams.

Prior to joining Under Armour, Bill served as the Senior Vice President, Merchandise Planning & Allocation and Corporate Strategy at American Eagle Outfitters. Earlier in his career, he spent a number of years at McKinsey & Co., in both strategic and operational roles in a wide variety of Retail and Consumer Goods enterprises.

About Thread
Thread, a Certified B Corporation based in Pittsburgh, PA, transforms waste from the poorest, most disenfranchised places on the planet into jobs. Each product made with Thread™ yarn supports income opportunities in low income countries, while cleaning streets, neighborhoods, and waterways. Thread recently announced a partnership with global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland, which will debut in Spring 2017. See how at www.threadinternational.com or follow the Ground to Good™ story @threadintl.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful Bring Recycling to More Public Parks

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 8:29pm

Americans should expect to see cleaner public parks this fall thanks to a significant grant made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful.  The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program provides funding for 900 new recycling bins in public parks across the country in 2016, making recycling more accessible for Americans enjoying the outdoors. 

Now in its fourth year, the public park recycling grant program has awarded more than 3,400 recycling bins to Keep America Beautiful affiliates, local governments and other community organizations across 28 states to expand the availability of recycling. This investment in recycling infrastructure has improved recycling accessibility and convenience in a variety of park settings, including neighborhood and larger regional parks, beaches, athletic fields and walking trails.

This year, applicants who invested local funds to purchase additional recycling bins beyond those being awarded via grant were given preference in the review process, and those who didn’t receive a bin grant this year qualified for discount pricing. Through the bin grants as well as these local investment incentives and discounts, there will be more than 1,000 new recycling bins in parks and other public spaces this year.

“We’re taking aim at two challenges that communities face nationwide – cleaning up parks and other shared spaces and reducing the strain on landfills,” said Vicki Draughn, vice president of corporate affairs for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “Our partnership with Keep America Beautiful puts more recycling bins in more cities within reach of more consumers who are on-the-go, helping tackle both of those challenges.”

The lack of away-from-home recycling opportunities is reflected in a recent national survey by Keep America Beautiful to understand where people normally recycle. While 92 percent said they recycled at home, only 19 percent indicated that they typically recycle in public parks. Additional research conducted by Keep America Beautiful indicated only 12 percent of surveyed public locations had recycling infrastructure in place to recover the containers. The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program is designed to address the obstacle of overcoming a lack of recycling convenience.

“With the help of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, we’re transforming public spaces into beautiful places by making sure more recyclables are being placed in proper receptacles in our parks and natural areas,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Our partnership is helping to make recycling more accessible and convenient, which is one of primary factors in making recycling a daily habit.”

In addition to improving recycling opportunities, the grant program will make additional funds available to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates or other grant recipients who commit to conducting a Litter Index in conjunction with the grant to help study the effects of the recycling bins on reducing litter in the immediate areas of the bins.

To view a full list of community organizations receiving grants, click here. To learn more about public space recycling best practices, you can view “Planning for Success: Ten Tips for Designing Public Space Recycling Programs,” a reference guide, here.

About Keep America Beautiful
At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have six of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple. For more information on DPS's philanthropic efforts and sustainability goals, visit http://www.dpsgsustainability.com.

CONTACT Mike Rosen +1 (203) 659-3008 mrosen@kab.org Keep America Beautiful http://www.kab.org https://irecycleonthego.wordpress.com/ http://www.twitter.com/kabtweet http://www.facebook.com/keepamericabeautiful http://www.instagram.com/keepamericabeautiful Chris Barnes +1 (972) 673-5539 Chris.Barnes@dpsg.com Dr Pepper Snapple Group http://www.dpsg.com

Source Intelligence® Earns Additional Honors For Innovation, Technology and Leadership

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 5:29pm

Source Intelligence® continues to earn global awards in recognition of its superior technology and innovation as well as its strong, creative leadership.

This week, Source Intelligence is proud to announce three honors from the Golden Bridge Awards, recognizing the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, innovations, best deployments, product management, international business, and customer satisfaction programs. 

Honors are:

  • Source Intelligence was named a company of the year for information technology software.

  • Matt Thorn, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder, was honored as one of the most innovative executives of the year.

  • Lina Ramos, Chief Business Officer, was named best woman entrepreneur of the year.

The latest awards continue a string of honors recognizing Source Intelligence’s superior platform and strong management.  Last month, SI earned “2016 Product of the Year” from the prestigious “Environmental Leader” news organization. Other awards include the "2015 GRC Innovation Award" by analyst firm GRC 20/20, "Most Promising Supply Chain Tech Solution Provider for 2014 and 2015" by CIO Review, and CEO Jess Kraus was recently named "CEO of the Year" by CIO Review. 

“We are proud to be recognized by our peers as an innovator, a leader and for developing and expanding a very robust technology,” said Kraus. “I salute both our honorees and the entire SI team for our enterprise spirit, a strong commitment to excellence and continuing to build upon our excellent customer service.”

The honors will be issued at the Golden Bridge Award event in San Francisco on Sept. 12.

Source Intelligence® (SI) is a global network of businesses linked together to expedite the exchange and validation of compliance information. SI's cloud-based SaaS platform helps customers make informed decisions about business partners to offer products that meet legal, ethical, and environmental standards. The company's information and analytics platform provides customers with visibility into supply chains in order to comply with the law, minimize operational and brand risk, and improve efficiency. Founded in 2009 by career experts in environmental solutions and analytics, Source Intelligence® has headquarters in Carlsbad, California and operations worldwide.

Team Honda Week of Service Lends a Helping Hand Across North America

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 5:29pm

Some 16,000 volunteers participated in the inaugural Honda Week of Service last month, performing a variety of community services that highlighted the important work of local community organizations throughout North America.

One community organization benefiting from the volunteers’ efforts was Agape Distribution, a non-profit agency in Sidney, Ohio that maintains a food bank where people in need can shop for groceries for free. Honda volunteers painted the exterior of Agape’s store, which did more than simply freshen up the building’s facade. 

“When people come down here, they’re really beat down by life. They come in and get 95 pounds of free groceries, and it brings hope to them,” said John Geissler, CEO of Agape Distribution. “I dreamed about getting this building painted, so our customers don’t look like they’re going to a food pantry, they look like they’re going to a grocery store. It’s everything to me.”

Agape was one of hundreds of organizations supported during Honda’s Week of Service held June 10-19. During the inaugural event, Honda associates in North America, joined by an army of volunteers from the company’s dealers and suppliers throughout the region, participated in 425 coordinated group volunteer activities in 41 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.

“It felt great to pitch in, roll up my sleeves and help Bread of Life do its job of feeding people in need,” said Yolanda White, a Honda associate from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. “It was a rewarding experience.”

Team Honda provided assistance through a wide range of activities, from food drives and blood drives to adopt-a-pet events and home repair.

The community impact from the Team Honda Week of Service included the following:

  • 60,000 canned goods & meals provided

  • 3,000 families fed

  • 600 pints of blood donated

  • 350 bags of trash collected

  • 2,500 children provided school supplies

  • 200 animals helped/adopted

  • 75 homes painted/refurbished

  • Approximately $75,000 in individual charitable donations

“We are so thankful to our associates and business partners who took time out to help improve the lives of people in the communities where we live and work,” said Executive Vice President Rick Schostek, Honda North America, Inc. “This week was an example of what can happen when a team of people come together to help their neighbors.”

For highlights of the event, watch the Team Honda Week of Service video on You Tube here.

The Week of Service was timed to coincide with the Honda’s Founder’s Day in North America, which marks the establishment of the first Honda business operation in the region, in California, on June 11, 1959.

For additional updates and reactions to the Team Honda activities, follow us on Twitter using hashtag #TeamHondaCares or check out the Team Honda Week of Service page on our CSR website at http://csr.honda.com/longform-content/team-honda-week-of-service/ or https://www.facebook.com/HondaWeekofService/

Honda in America 
Honda began business in North America in Los Angeles, California, in 1959. Today, Honda companies in North America represent a cumulative investment of more than $22 billion and employ more than 40,000 associates in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, financing and servicing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda powersports products and Honda power equipment products.

Honda has been producing products in America for more than 33 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America. In 2015, more than 99 percent of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Anthesis Announces Significant Expansion of North American Business

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:22pm

The Anthesis Group, a leading global sustainability services and solutions provider, has today announced the expansion of its North America business with the recruitment of a talented team of sustainability strategy experts and the establishment of a new business entity in Canada.

The team is led by Dr. John Heckman, a pioneer in using sustainability as a mechanism for improving business performance with a focus on increased revenue decreasing operating costs and enhancements and improvements to brand and reputation.

Chris Jones, President Anthesis Group, North America said “Culturally and strategically this a great addition to the Anthesis team, both John and the wider team share our belief that commercial success and sustainability go hand in hand” he continued “this exciting expansion of our North America team, further enhances our capabilities and is a significant step forward towards our goal of becoming the world’s leading sustainability solutions and service provider”.

Anthesis’s new business in Canada is headquartered in Ontario and comprises eight sustainability professionals working under the leadership of Jennifer Clipsham. Ms. Clipsham is an experienced business leader with over fifteen years’ experience in stakeholder engagement, materiality assessments and benchmarking tools. Ms. Clipsham's broad understanding of stakeholder expectations and advanced knowledge of best practices across a variety of sectors makes her a trusted advisor to clients on strategic sustainability issues.

The growth of the North America team will support Anthesis in strengthening client services and solutions as companies are under ever increasing pressure to show the business benefits of sustainability.  No longer are standalone programs sufficient –  entire organizations now need to be enabled to respond to social and environmental performance requirements, from top management engagement on business strategy, through to integrated software deployment.

John Heckman, Managing Partner, Anthesis Group North America said “We are delighted to join such an innovative company that not only provides sustainability advisory services but that also acts as a trusted delivery partner for its clients.  Our clients are looking for a sustainability solution partner who can walk with them over the next 10 years and beyond, with abilities ranging from strategy to technical advisory to outsourced services.  Anthesis is exactly that sort of company.”

Note to Editor:

The full team joining the Anthesis Group are available on request.

Tiffany & Co. Details Progress and Opportunities in Latest Sustainability Report

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 2:19pm

Tiffany & Co. today released its sixth annual Sustainability Report, now available at Tiffany.com/sustainability, which outlines the company’s continued achievement in corporate social responsibility, commitment to the environment, and contributions to the communities in which it operates across 30+ countries.

“Of the many reasons to take pride in Tiffany, none is more important than our long-held commitment to the environment and its people,” said Frederic Cumenal, chief executive officer, Tiffany & Co. “World-class leadership in sustainability among great luxury brands is rooted in a humble understanding of our impact on, and thus responsibility to, the world.”

The 2015 Sustainability Report provides an overview of the company’s efforts around Tiffany’s most important environmental and social issues. New and noteworthy sustainability achievements and commitments include:

  • 2015 Report Highlights include that Tiffany…

    • Set a new target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050, as part of the nonprofit coalition of business leaders, The B Team, asking world leaders to support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

    • Announced a multimillion-dollar internal Green Fund dedicated to global energy efficiency, renewable energy and other projects that generate cost, carbon and resource savings.

    • Supported the creation of Marine Protected Areas through The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, now totaling 14, which since 2014 protect more than 4 million square kilometers of ocean, an area twice the size of Mexico.

    • Appointed the company’s first chief sustainability officer, Anisa Kamadoli Costa. As CSO, Anisa sets the strategic sustainability agenda to ensure continuous improvement of social and environmental performance and further align with business objectives.

    • For the first time, illuminated every new store opened in 2015 by energy efficient LED. Now over 100 Tiffany stores have LED lighting.

    • Committed to remove commodity-driven deforestation from key supply chains by 2020, consulting with the Rainforest Alliance and focusing on consumer packaging including Tiffany Blue Boxes and bags, as well as our catalogs and products.

    • Joined the U.S. World Wildlife Trafficking Alliance to encourage the jewelry industry to eliminate illicit products, including coral and ivory, from their supply chains. 

For more details on these highlights and to read the full report, please visit Tiffany.com/sustainability or follow #TiffanyCSR

Tiffany is the internationally renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit Tiffany.com.

UPS Drives 1 Billion Cleaner Miles Meeting Goal Early

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:18am

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the company has achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, and marked more than 10 years of learning from its “Rolling Laboratory.” UPS’s long-term commitment to sustainability is transforming commercial transportation and logistics, spurring growth in the clean fuels market and powering critical engineering advances. The company’s wider sustainability progress is detailed in the 14th annual Sustainability Report, released today.

“We had a big sustainability goal as we set out to make the most of our rolling laboratory by driving 1 billion clean miles in alternative fuel vehicles – that’s the equivalent of well over 4,000 trips to the moon,” said David Abney, Chairman and CEO, UPS. “While attaining this goal is new, our commitment to seeking out alternative fuels actually dates back to the 1930s when UPS tested electric vehicles. With more than 100,000 drivers logging more than 3 billion miles per year, our future depends on our ability to meet the growing demand for global trade while reducing our impact on the environment.”

UPS deepened its commitment to alternative fuels in 2012, when it set the goal of reaching 1 billion miles driven with alternative fuels by the end of 2017. Shattering that goal one year early, about 12 percent of the conventional diesel and gasoline fuel previously used by UPS’s ground fleet is now being replaced by alternative fuels including renewable natural gas and renewable diesel.

“The question wasn’t should we make alternative fuels work?” said Mike Whitlatch, UPS’s vice president of global energy and procurement. “Instead, it was ’What’s the best way to make alternative fuels work for UPS, and for the environment?’ After more than a decade of focus, we are now driving more than 1 million miles globally each business day in our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.”

Recognizing alternative fuels and advanced technologies each have unique advantages depending on the routes and geographies in which they are used, UPS deploys the more than 7,200 vehicles in the Rolling Lab to determine what works best in each situation. From old-fashioned pedal power and electric-assisted bicycles in dense urban areas like London and Hamburg to electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the U.S., and natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane globally, UPS is putting sustainability innovation into action, all over the world.

“Many congested cities around the world are implementing zero tailpipe emissions zones, and UPS is keeping ahead of the curve by investing in advanced technologies and creating the commercial delivery fleet of the future,” said Abney. 

By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009. That continued investment, combined with supportive government policies, and a collaborative set of partners has helped to expand development and utilization of alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure throughout the world.

Along the way UPS learned several lessons that can help other companies make sustainability investments that create long-term payoffs:

  •  Encourage innovation. What started out as an “approach” has become an ecosystem of innovation and progress shaped by collaboration with suppliers, policy makers and other stakeholders. UPS applied its expertise in logistics to the sustainability challenge and leveraged the scale of its 100,000 vehicle fleet to drive technology, market, and infrastructure improvements that make cleaner fuels and technologies economically viable. 

  •  Adapt and tailor the solution. The best solution is not always the perfect solution. The fuels and vehicles that work in one region or one setting may not make sense in another. Technology constraints, range, infrastructure availability, government policies and local air quality goals all play a role in determining vehicle deployment and fuel selection.  

  • There’s no substitute for real-world big data. UPS is able to see 30,000 delivery route optimizations per minute through its On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION) system, which uses fleet telematics and algorithms to reduce the number of miles driven. The application of this big data approach to the UPS Rolling Lab’s fleet has been a key enabler to improving performance and reducing costs. When fully implemented, ORION is expected to help UPS avoid 100 million miles driven every year, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100,000 metric tonnes annually, and avoid 10 million gallons of fuel per year.

  • It takes consistent, unwavering commitment from leadership. Long-term investments don’t always pay off in the short term. Economic and market forces are constantly changing, and the political environment that is necessary to foster investment and infrastructure development can be unpredictable. It took UPS more than a decade to reach a point where the accumulation of miles driven by its fleet was rising nearly exponentially. That wouldn’t have happened without a long-term commitment.   

  • Partner, promote and report progress. Sharing progress and learnings with key stakeholders and partnering with alternative fuel and technology developers, non-profits, government agencies and industry trade groups have been critical to the Rolling Laboratory’s success. UPS reports its progress annually in its Sustainability Report, and includes key metrics such as CO2 emissions, energy consumption, and alternative fuel and advanced technology miles driven, among others. Together, these metrics demonstrate the positive impact of the company’s sustainability and social responsibility programs.

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    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.  Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS or follow @UPS_News.

Clean Earth, Inc. Releases 2015 Annual Sustainability Report

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:18am

Clean Earth, Inc. today released its 4th annual Sustainability Report which provides a snapshot of the company’s efforts to improve conditions for its employees as well as its communities, advance environmental stewardship, and enhance the financial strength of its growing organization. This report covers the 2015 calendar year and is prepared in accordance with the Core option under Global Reporting Initiative G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. 

Chris Dods, President & CEO – Clean Earth, states, “Looking ahead to the next three years, Clean Earth will continue to enhance our stakeholder engagement efforts and deepen our understanding of the issues most important to those affected by our business. By operating as a highly integrated organization and maintaining the highest ethical, environmental, safety, and service standards, we will maximize value for our customers, employees, shareholders, and the environment.”

Clean Earth’s 2015 Annual Sustainability Report outlines the company’s four sustainability goals, metrics, and targets. This sustainability report, along with Clean Earth’s 2016 – 2018 Sustainability Plan, focused on “Nurturing a Culture of Sustainability,” demonstrates Clean Earth’s unwavering commitment to customers, employees, and the environment. For example, in 2015 Clean Earth adopted technology to track fuel consumption on all off-road fleet and driving behavior of on-road fleet. Management teams monitor fuel data and work directly with the field crews to ensure the fleet is running efficiently. By incorporating this initiative and technology, Clean Earth was able to reduce fuel consumption over 30% from last year. In addition, over 700 tons of CO2 was averted in 2015 by switching transportation routes from truck to rail to Clean Earth facilities.

Clean Earth’s full report can be found here: 2015 Annual Sustainability Report 

To learn more about Clean Earth visit us at www.cleanearthinc.com or call 877.445.DIRT (3478).

About Clean Earth, Inc.
Clean Earth Inc. is one of the nation’s largest specialty waste companies providing recycling and remediation services to energy, infrastructure, commercial and industrial markets.  Headquartered in Hatboro, Pa., it operates a network of 16 full-service facilities and 3 beneficial use sites servicing the United States, and handles nearly four million tons of material annually.  Approximately 98% of the material processed at Clean Earth facilities is recycled.

Presidio Graduate School Announces Strategic Acquisition of Pinchot University

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 2:13pm

Presidio Graduate School (PGS) and Pinchot University today announced that the two graduate schools have entered into a definitive merger agreement. The two pioneer organizations have been the #1 and #2 sustainable MBA programs for over a decade and have a long history of sharing faculty and collaborative student and alumni/ae ventures. Both schools’ missions are focused on creating effective business leaders who establish and sustain frameworks that ensure profitability and progress aligned with the common good.

This union significantly enhances the competitive position of sustainability-to-the-bone curricula, fueling synergistic innovation and accelerating the efficacy of graduates in leadership roles in business and government. The impact of a programmatic, systems-thinking approach to business has already proven itself when compared to the “sustainability electives” at traditional graduate schools, and now this alliance cements the joint organization’s long-term growth trajectory. 

Mark Schulman, PGS president, states: “What we do matters. Pinchot University and PGS are experts at teaching how to make well-informed, responsible business decisions that are profitable, while taking into account short- and long-term social and environmental consequences. This year our work has never been more in the spotlight with polarized politics and more people looking for what they can do to effect the change they want to see in the world. There are inevitable expectations for the businesses and government of the future — we understand what these changes are and the practices and structures needed to address them — we welcome those looking to make a positive difference.”

Over the next year, Pinchot University’s curriculum, faculty and general structure will remain the same under the leadership of PGS president Mark Schulman. Mark has been president of four schools in his long career. The Board of Directors will include members of both schools and task forces are being put in place to facilitate seamless cultural integration of the two, already-much-aligned schools.

Suzanne Farver, PGS Board Chair, comments: “I am thrilled that this acquisition came together. The combination of PGS and Pinchot University offers a tremendous opportunity to scale up our impact.  We are now unified into a stronger, more effective whole, and better equipped to impact the world’s toughest social, economic and environmental problems — and capture new growth opportunities. We are excited to welcome Pinchot University board members and alumni/ae into our future governance of the school. Both sets of students, faculty, alumni/ae and staff are enthusiastic that we are positioned to better address people, planet and profit coming from a place of shared purpose.”

This decision has been unanimously approved by both boards of directors of Presidio Graduate School (PGS) and Pinchot University citing this as a tremendous opportunity for the future of sustainability. With the aligned missions and vision for the future, it is truly a win-win for members of both communities, both organizations and for the world. 

The combined PGS/Pinchot University entity features several unique advantages:

  • Collaboration versus competition -
    Both organizations have similar values and mission, which will facilitate the transition to a unified culture and accelerate progress toward shared goals. Resources previously used by two similar organizations can now be used to promote a greater whole.

  • Larger, more powerful professional network -
    This unification agreement has effectively doubled an already strong and active network. A larger, stronger alumni/ae network of over 1,500 results-oriented government and corporate leaders serves as the basis for a broader, more effective force in business infrastructure and policy.

  • International students welcome -
    The Seattle-based “Metro Program” has the necessary permission to accept International students immediately. Both entities agree that diverse global representation adds cultural richness and critical perspective to the movement, and the community.

  • Reputable MBA and the only MPA and Dual degree programs -
    Both organizations have a mature and successful sustainable Master of Business Administration program, and PGS offers the only sustainable Master of Public Administration and Dual degree program of its kind.

  • Online, hybrid and on-ground flexibility -
    With two hybrid programs (San Francisco and Islandwood), one on-ground program (Seattle) and a launch of an online program in January 2017, potential students will find the solution that best meets their needs. 

Sabrina Watkins, Pinchot University Board Chair, adds: “Bringing Presidio Graduate School and Pinchot University together effectively doubles the alumni/ae base, strengthens career and faculty opportunities and sends many more change agents into the world to improve businesses' sustainability. Our students and alumni/ae are already connecting and collaborating, and we look forward to much, much more."

“An enhanced student experience was central to this decision as our students are at the heart of everything we do. Long-term alumni/ae commitment holds priceless value both personally and professionally for our community. Students are not alone in their values and graduates are not alone in the marketplace. Now there are more of us to be supported by and to support in turn. Working together is the best way for us to grow.” stated Mark Schulman, PGS president. 

Mary Kay Chess, Dean of Pinchot University, confirmed her support of the acquisition. “It is profoundly invigorating and a privilege to support the integration of two highly collaborative learning communities of students and faculty engaged in transforming business in our precious world.”

Mark Schulman, PGS President, also comments: “We are finding that there is no substitution for what we offer. Our students get everything that traditional MBAs offer plus the skill set to accomplish those things within the realities of the modern world. Eventually, all schools and all jobs will require employees to build structures and create policies that utilize systems-thinking strategies, and our students and alumni are already way ahead of the curve.”


About Presidio Graduate School:
Presidio Graduate School (PGS) is a non profit academic institution and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In 2003, PGS pioneered the field of sustainable management education with an initial class of 22 MBA students, a handful of faculty, and a vision that fused systems thinking and sustainability with pragmatic business skills. Today, with over 800 alumni/ae and an active student body of 150, this San Francisco school is poised for growth. PGS has been ranked the #1 sustainable business school in the world two years in a row (2013, 2014) by Net Impact. In 2015, The New York Times called PGS the best business school to attend “if you want to change the world.” 

Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA and MPA and research programs, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good.


About  Pinchot University:
Pinchot University, a university for the common good, was founded as Bainbridge Graduate Institute in 2002 and is a pioneer in sustainable business and transformational leadership. A recognized leader in building collaborative learning environments, Pinchot University offers hybrid format programs with robust digital learning and campuses in Seattle and Bainbridge Island, WA. Pinchot builds on the intellectual capacity of its home region to shape change agents, from startup entrepreneurs to leaders of the world’s largest organizations, who drive a conversation committed to the common good. This year, Conscious Company magazine rated Pinchot University and Presidio Graduate School #1 and #2 in the top 15 Affordable Conscious MBA Programs. pinchot.edu

We envision a future that works for all. Our mission is to prepare learners from diverse backgrounds to design, lead, and evolve enterprises that contribute to the common good. We value community, innovation, integrity, transformational leadership, social justice, and sustainability.

LifeStraw Invites Global Teams, Citizens To Help Brazilians In Need Gain Access To Safe Water During Athletic Competitons In Rio Through The Brazil Project

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:12am

This week, as all eyes are on Rio and athletes from around the world, LifeStraw, a leader in safe water technology, is inviting global teams and citizens to get involved, not only as spectators, but also, as active agents of change through The Brazil Project. Steps away from the new competition arenas, millions of people are living in poverty, and more than 34 million Brazilians and 75 percent of rural schools don’t have access to safe water. To address this problem, LifeStraw established The Brazil Project run through the LifeStraw Safe Water Fund to collect funds to provide high-volume LifeStraw Community water purifiers and safe water education to schools in villages in the northeast region of Brazil, specifically, to the state of Piaui - Caridade do Piaui and Curral Novo do Piaui. People can donate individually or create their own winning teams, register them at The Brazil Project, www.crowdrise.com/TheBrazilProject, then start and promote a fundraiser that runs through the end of August.

In September, after the athletes and spectators have left Brazil, LifeStraw will deploy teams of skilled implementers on the ground and visit schools throughout rural Brazil to deliver and install the LifeStraw Community water purifiers and provide safe water and hygiene education to the school children.

“The Brazil Project addresses a serious problem affecting millions of lives in villages surrounding the competitions in Brazil this month,” said Alison Hill, managing director, LifeStraw. “While the issue of safe water has been highlighted as a result of the games, these daily challenges are a way of life for these communities. Together, we will create our own victories, measured in lives impacted, as we give children a more even playing field, and the potential to become tomorrow’s athletes and leaders.”

The Brazil Project is run by the LifeStraw Safe Water Fund, a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Fund capitalizes on the enormous power of individuals and organizations to drive change.  Individuals and groups support safe water programs presented by the Fund by making tax-deductible contributions through the online platform. All programs are implemented by the LifeStraw team or its partners, and utilize LifeStraw Community water purifiers that are independently tested by the World Health Organization, achieving the highest standards of performance. The microbiological water purifiers remove virtually all bacteria, viruses and protozoan parasites from water. They’re durable, long-lasting and require no additional batteries or parts, making them ideal for difficult rural settings.

“LifeStraw has vast experience with small and large-scale water technology distribution, emergency and implementation projects around the world,” continued Hill.  “All projects use sophisticated electronic monitoring platforms to track locations, usage and follow-up over time so contributors are able to witness the impact of their actions. To date, safe water programs implemented at schools in Kenya and India have brought sustainable access to safe water to more than 390,000 school age children.” 

About LifeStraw:

LifeStraw focuses on innovation of technology that converts microbiologically contaminated water into safe drinking water with products that are designed to fit the needs of the people that use them. It’s manufactured by Vestergaard, a family owned global health company dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for people, many of whom live in developing countries.  The first LifeStraw water filter was introduced in 2005 for public health use in developing countries. Since then, the LifeStraw brand has expanded to include water filters and purifiers for use in households, clinics, schools and for outdoor sports and recreation. LifeStraw is sold in North America through distributor EarthEasy and can be purchased in retail stores or online at www.lifestraw.com.

About the New Venture Fund:

The New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) established in 2006, conducts public interest projects and provides professional insight and support to institutions and individuals seeking to foster change through strategic philanthropy.

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Next Generation Sustainability & CSR Practices Essential Ingredients of CSR/Sustainability Graduate Certificate, St. Michael’s College in University of Toronto

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:12am

On October 19-21, 2016 , University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto will launch its 16th year of the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability with a twist. “Next Generation Practices and the principles of social and environmental justice are actively embedded into the program,” notes Dr. Mimi Marrocco, Faculty Leader. “Our Business Advisory Committee and recent core competency research ensures our program is relevant, experiential and focused on preparing CSR/Sustainability professionals with the competencies they need to build a flourishing world.”

About the Graduate Certificate in CSR/Sustainability

The Certificate in CSR/Sustainability is taking applications now for 2016/2017. Module 1 will be held in Toronto, Canada, October 19-21, 2016. Module 2 and 3 will be held May, 2017 and November, 2017 respectively. To apply, go to the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Website. See the program schedule, past graduates and news about the program. Application Deadline is September 1, 2016.

Participants can work full time while earning this professional post graduate university credential for CSR and Sustainability through a blending learning approach. Participants:

  • tackle and resolve a CSR/Sustainability challenge in their company in a major Action Project under the mentorship of faculty and co-learners;

  • learn Next Generation Practices from global thought leaders on the forefront of Sustainability and CSR;

  • use practical tools to assess, measure and integrate CSR and Sustainability into their organization;

  • experience the practical real world application of CSR and change management through ExperienceChangeTM Simulations; and

  • join a prestigious community of St. Michael's Alumni in continuing education, sharing and networking.

Next Generation CSR/Sustainability Practices

New Next Generation Practices include Transformational Company research, the Embedding Project and Change Management Simulations applied to CSR/Sustainability implementation. Another recent addition is the creation of learning and practice modules for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP Certification exams. The University of St. Michael’s College was one of the first post-secondary institutions to support the ISSP’s Certification process.

The 13 month program is delivered in three on-site sessions (October, May, November) for a total of 11 days in Toronto. In between sessions, participants complete assignments, online learning modules and participate in Next Generation Practice Alumni Webinars, where graduates share their stories of CSR/Sustainability implementation. The culminating Action Project is a 9 month assignment chosen by the participant relating to their workplace or personal development. Mary Ann Sayers, retired Director Corporate Sustainability & Community Relations, Ricoh Canada Inc. said, “This program coached and mentored me through the creation of a company specific strategy. It allowed our company to build internal capacity, rather than bring in external resources.”

Recent Sustainability/CSR Core Competency Research assisted the University’s CSR/Sustainability Business Advisory Committee with choosing Next Generation Practices. One survey indicated that 53% of Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility professionals didn't know what they needed to know to be credible in the field. Various tools have been developed by St. Michael’s to help CSR/Sustainability Professionals create a learning plan (See infographic).

Applications for the program are currently being accepted through September 1st. To apply, please go to the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Website. Application Deadline is September 1, 2016.

About the University of St. Michael’s College

The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), federated with the University of Toronto, is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of St. Basil, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge,” sets the tone for campus life. St. Michael’s was expanded through cooperation with the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Loretto. Committed to the pursuit of knowledge, meaning and truth, USMC is a dynamic centre where the Catholic intellectual tradition thrives in a context of academic freedom and rigorous debate. As such, it seeks to provide an environment that fosters the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of its members. Rooted in a tradition of commitment to personal and social justice, the Certificate Program in Corporate Social Responsibility has been offered at the University for over 15 years.

The Advisory Committee is made up of CSR/Sustainability Leaders from a broad range of industries from insurance to mining, including: Co-operators, Farm Credit Canada, Atlantic Lottery, Ricoh Canada, Scotia Bank (ret.), Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, Centerra Gold, Enbridge, Conference Board of Canada, Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). 

Technology Must Play Vital Role as Cement and Concrete Industries Address Rising Challenge of Water Scarcity, According to New White Paper

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:12am

As the global cement industry mobilizes to address the mounting challenge of water scarcity, a new white paper from Solidia Technologies®, a cement and concrete technology startup, details how innovative technology that advances water reduction in production will play an increasingly vital role in reducing the industry’s consumption of and dependence on water. 

With the release of “Guidance for Good Practices for Water Accounting in May, a follow up to its “Protocol for Water Reporting(2014), the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has provided a protocol and good practices guide to standardize the documentation of industry water use. With its processes for producing a sustainable cement and a non-hydraulic, CO2-cured concrete, Solidia Technologies provides a high-tech, high-quality, and easily adoptable solution for water management to the global cement and concrete industries. Combined, the processes also reduce carbon emissions up to 70 percent and the curing time to one day.

"Water scarcity and increasing CO2 emissions are among the most pressing concerns of our time, and we’re seeing the industry recognize innovations that can help mitigate their impact," commented Solidia’s Chief Technology Officer and paper co-author Nicholas DeCristofaro, Ph.D. "With Solidia Cement™ and Solidia Concrete™, we can address these environmental challenges with pioneering solutions that offer solid value to manufacturers and immeasurable value to the planet."

Entitled “Technologies That Reduce Water Use in Cement and Concrete Help Global Industry Address Mounting Concerns of Water Scarcity,” the paper’s additional authors include Solidia’s Chief Scientist Vahit Atakan, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist Jitendra Jain, Ph.D., Research Scientist Deepak Ravikumar, Ph.D., and Senior Research Scientist (Ret.) Larry McCandlish, Ph.D.

Water scarcity can lead to practical and business risks for a wide range of companies and sectors, including the cement industry, as noted by the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Protocol for Water Reporting. Calling on cement and concrete producers to track how water is used, recycled or discarded, and to disclose where and how the water is drawn, the 2014 guide was a first step towards addressing water scarcity as a dire threat facing the industry. Building on the call for industry-wide water use reporting, CSI went one step further, releasing Guidance for Good Practices for Water Accounting in May 2016. Beyond monitoring and using best practices for reporting water use, it is critical that industry have access to modern technologies that can lower the usage, and thus the need, for water, with direct implications for global business continuation.

Concrete is the second most consumed substance in the world, after water. Portland cement-based concrete is made by mixing aggregates (both coarse and fine), ordinary Portland cement (OPC), admixtures (mineral or chemical) and water. Over 30 billion tons of concrete were produced in 2011, consuming over three billion tons of OPC. The water-to-cement ratio for a typical concrete formulation varies from 0.35 to 0.4 (0.35 ton of water per ton of cement). Based on these numbers, it is estimated that 1.3 to 1.5 billion tons of water (3 x 109 tons of cement x 0.35 ton of water per ton of cement = 1.3 billion tons of water) is chemically consumed annually during concrete production. Because concrete may take up to 28 days to fully cure, additional water is often added to the concrete to compensate for evaporation. When this added water is considered, the overall water consumed annually during OPC-based concrete production is estimated to be between 2.15 to 2.6 billion tons, or 2.15 to 2.6 trillion liters.

Solidia Technologies® has developed a new class of sustainable cement, hereafter referred to as Solidia Cement™ that reacts with gaseous CO2 rather than with water to form Solidia Concrete™.  Like their OPC-based concrete counterparts, concrete objects made with this sustainable cement require the incorporation of water for shaping and forming only. However, the water used in concrete formulations based on Solidia Cement is not consumed chemically and can be recovered during the CO2 -curing process. 

On average, 70 to 80 percent of the water used in the Solidia Concrete formulation can be recovered during CO2-curing process. The remainder of the water is retained in the concrete and can be recovered if needed. 

If Solidia Cement were used instead of OPC, the amount of water consumed during the production of concrete could be reduced by0.26 to 0.45 billion tons. This corresponds to an annual global water savings approaching two billion tons, or two trillion liters. Advancing new technologies and practices such as these are paramount for the industry’s future success.  

About Solidia Technologies® 
Based in Piscataway, N.J., Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building and construction materials. Solidia’s patented processes start with a sustainable cement, cure concrete with CO2 instead of water, reduce carbon emissions of cement and concrete up to 70%, and recycle 60 to 80% of the water used in production. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the resulting CO2-cured concrete products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours.