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The RBC Foundation and CFC Team up to Deliver Landmark Multi-million Dollar Investment for Youth-led Initiatives

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 3:48pm

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the RBC Foundation are pleased to announce the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, a historic $5 million initiative that will enable participating community foundations to support youth leadership across the country.  

“Young people have creative ideas,” says Josiane Brosseau, strategic advisor, Office of the CEO and Special Programs, Fondation Québec Philanthrope. “Asking them what the needs in their communities are, and then giving them a voice and the means to act on them is an amazing opportunity.” 

This partnership will support youth-led community projects in 150 small to mid-sized Canadian communities from coast-to-coast. Grants of up to $15,000 will be available through participating community foundations, and will support projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities, including food security, employment, learning, health and the environment.

“This is an exciting partnership that will help shift power into the hands of young people by bringing them to the decision-making table to craft solutions that will impact their futures in a positive way,” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO of CFC. 

As part of the initiative, participating foundations will also facilitate ‘Vital Conversations,’ where young people and other community members are brought together to participate in a dialogue about priorities for the future. Young people will also have access to a series of remote and national learning opportunities to help them build their skills, gain practical experience, and grow their professional networks. 

“RBC believes strongly in the power, vision and potential of youth, and the influence they can have in their communities,” said Mark Beckles, senior director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with CFC to help young people make a difference in communities across Canada while building the 21st century skills needed to prepare for the future of work. While we celebrate 150 years of making a difference in the lives of our clients and in our communities, we also want to set a strong foundation for the next 150." 

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is supported by the RBC Foundation and is part of RBC’s 150th birthday celebrations, a milestone anniversary taking place on June 22, 2019. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is one of the most important philanthropic community contributions to date, and proof of the RBC Future Launch commitment to empowering youth and helping them chart a more prosperous and inclusive future.

Additional details, and the application period to submit a grant proposal will be available through the participating community foundations on May 22, 2019.

French version of the media release is available here

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For more information, and to arrange interviews:
Andrea Harden, MediaStyle
media@mediastyle.ca
613-875-9571

ACCO & ISSP Announce First Global Congress for Climate Change & Sustainability Professionals

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 3:46pm

Earlier today, the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) announced that they will jointly convene a global congress to advance their respective fields and elevate the recognition of professionals as invaluable to successfully driving institutional progress on climate change and sustainability.  The first-of-its-kind Congress will be held in Chicago on December 9-12, 2019.

Organizations are increasingly making ambitious commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop resilience plans and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unanimously adopted by all 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. Effective response to the challenges and opportunities that organizations face across sectors and regions requires substantially increasing the stature, convening authority and resourcing of the professionals who have emerged as key leaders and implementers of these initiatives. 

Participants at the Congress will engage in facilitated discussions on standardizing competencies and organizational structures, advancing professional credentialing, and establishing a uniform voice representing the practitioner community.  The Congress’ innovative participatory program will be shaped by a planning council of leading practitioners from industry, government agencies and higher education institutions.

“Success in reducing emissions, increasing adaptive capacity and enhancing resilience will require unprecedented operational and policy shifts, and a substantial upgrade to workforce capacity to design for changing conditions impacting our natural, built and social systems,” said Daniel Kreeger, Executive Director of ACCO. “It is critical that climate change and sustainability professionals come together, align efforts and substantially advance the capabilities and recognition of their fields of practice.”

By aligning efforts as the two most prominent international credentialing bodies in the fields of climate change and sustainability, ACCO and ISSP seek to convene practitioners in a substantial stride towards climate action and sustainability.

“Our members lead public, private and not-for-profit institutions to integrate sustainability and climate considerations, yet the occupations themselves are still poorly defined” said Jeff Yorzyk, Board President of ISSP. “In partnering with ACCO, we believe our members and credential holders will be poised for success, and our organizations will be better able to elevate and advocate for the occupations. We must collaborate and challenge one another on the tough questions if we are to evoke true change.”

More information about the Congress is available online at www.ACCOISSP.org. Additional information on the program agenda will be made public later this Summer. 

About the Association of Climate Change Officers
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization for executives and officials worldwide in industry, government, academia and the non-profit community. ACCO’s mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. ACCO administers the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) and Certified Climate Change Officer® (CC-O®) credentialing programs, as well as the Compact of Colorado Communities and the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy, the nation’s first state-sponsored climate change training institution. For more information about ACCO, please visit http://www.ClimateOfficers.org.

About the International Society of Sustainability Professionals
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world’s leading association for sustainability practitioners. ISSP is a member-driven organization, committed to moving the sustainability profession forward by building strong networks and communities of practice, and defining excellence with internationally-recognized credentials identifying sustainability professionals.  Webinars, online courses, regional networking meetings and chapters, an in-depth body of knowledge, special reports, and resource directories are a sampling of the rich content offered to members.  Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts members from every region of the world. https://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org.

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Spring Weather Signals Start to Outdoor Projects; Gov. Whitmer Declares April Safe Digging Month in Michigan

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:46pm

As leaves and green grass begin sprouting across the state, many Michiganders are planning outdoor digging such as landscaping projects and other home improvements. Dig Safely Month is designed to remind residents and excavators to take safe digging measures with every project, large or small.

"Safety is always our top priority. It doesn’t matter if the equipment used is a shovel, rototiller, auger or large earth-moving equipment, MISS DIG 811 should always be contacted first so underground utilities can be marked, and practicing safe digging procedures should follow,” said Garrick Rochow, senior vice president of operations for Consumers Energy. “We appreciate the support from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, MISS DIG 811 and other safe digging partners as we continue to emphasize to contact MISS DIG before a digging project begins.

Gov. Whitmer declared April as Safe Digging Month in Michigan, joining with MISS DIG 811, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and other utilities, the Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Legislature to urge Michigan residents, farmers and excavators to contact MISS DIG 811 before starting any digging project. It is the law, is free and easy to do by calling 8-1-1 or visiting www.missdig.org/.

While the law requires a contact to MISS DIG at least three working days in advance of using power digging equipment, those using shovels, picks or other hand tools should also always request free underground utility marking for their home or business.

Practicing safe digging can not only prevent damage and service interruptions for underground utilities like natural gas, electric, cable, fiber optic and water, but also helps keep those doing the work safe. No matter how small the digging job, from planting shrubs and other landscaping, installing fencing, to large road and building projects, a contact to MISS DIG 811 is required to safely complete a digging project.

In 2018 the total number of homeowner damages to Consumers Energy natural gas and electric lines was down 6 percent; however, the biggest reason damages continue to occur is because MISS DIG 811 wasn’t contacted before digging began. A total of 278 damages by residents occurred in 2018, down from 296 in 2017. The biggest increase in residential damages was due to fencing installation, though landscaping projects are also high on the damage list.

Rochow offered four key safe digging tips:

  1. Contact MISS DIG 811 at least three business days before digging to have underground utilities marked.
  2. Wait to dig until you are sure all lines are marked with flags and/or paint or cleared by the utility. Confirm this by calling MISS DIG at 8-1-1 or visiting response.missdig811.org
  3. Respect the marks and dig with care. If the project is within four feet of the marks, dig carefully with hand tools or modify your plans to be further from the marks. If using power equipment within four feet of the marks, always use a wooden handled tool to carefully expose the lines and confirm their exact location before starting to excavate.
  4. Be sure to contact MISS DIG 811 prior to digging if using a contractor, or be sure that person makes the contact.

“I remind all Michiganders as you move into spring and begin excavation projects to contact MISS DIG 811 to protect the safety of those digging as well as the many utilities located underground. Keep yourself, your neighbors and underground utilities safe, contact MISS DIG before you dig,” said Bruce Campbell, CEO of MISS DIG System Inc.  

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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Media Contacts: Roger Morgenstern, 616-530-4364 or Terry DeDoes, 517-374-2159

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105 Organizations Announce New Blockchain Association INATBA

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:46pm

105 organizations representing the full distributed ledger technology (DLT) ecosystem today announced their commitment to a new platform, the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications. Launched with a ceremonial digital signing at the European Commission headquarters, INATBA will promote the use of blockchain technology by developing a predictable, transparent, and trust-based global framework.

Hosted at the European Commision Headquarters, the signing ceremony included a keynote speech from the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, and remarks from Director-General, Roberto Viola. Following this, the signatures of the INATBA members, including iPoint CEO Joerg Walden’s, were hashed on several distributed ledgers to formally launch the organization. "Since we view Blockchain as an important enabler of the Circular Economy and the Sustainable Development Goals, iPoint is very excited to be a founding member of INATBA“, Joerg Walden, CEO of iPoint and co-founder of Blockchain startup CircularTree, states. “Blockchain has the potential to make products, processes, and services more trusted, transparent, and traceable and thereby stimulate new business models which can contribute to sustainable economic growth," he adds.

“We are thrilled to see that over 100 companies and organizations have partnered together to help develop the framework for distributed ledger technologies in Europe,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society.  “It clearly signifies that blockchain technology will be a driving force for our economy in the coming years, and through INATBA we will be able to foster an environment that encourages the application of the technology across the EU member states.”  
 
This initiative also has the strong support from leading international organizations. The European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the UN World Food Program, UNFCCC, UNICEF, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the OECD have joined INATBA's Governmental Advisory Board. All EU Member States and the European Blockchain Partnership are expected to join as governmental advisors.

The initiative for INATBA came from several participants in the EU Blockchain Industry Round Table, a European Commission hosted group, which has been working to identify the right conditions for blockchain technologies to flourish. The announcement by major Blockchain providers, large-scale users, start-ups and business and sectoral associations is a clear endorsement of the role INATBA will play in unlocking the potential of DLT across business and society.

The organizations listed below have declared their commitment to develop interoperability  and sector-specific guidelines and standards, transparent and inclusive governance and ongoing constructive dialogue with authorities and regulators, to ensure that INATBA will be a significant driver of blockchain innovation and adoption internationally.

INATBA has mandated itself with three chief objectives:

  1. Promote an open, transparent and inclusive global model of governance for blockchain and other distributed ledger technology infrastructures and applications. A model that reflects the shared interests of stakeholders from industry, start-ups and SMEs, civil society organizations, governments and international organizations.

  2. Support the development and adoption of interoperability guidelines, specifications and global standards, to enhance trusted, traceable, user-centric digital services. Upholding an open, transparent and inclusive method of multi-stakeholder cooperation.

  3. Develop sector-specific guidelines and specifications for the development and acceleration of trusted sectorial blockchain and DLT applications in specific sectors (i.e. financial services, health, supply chain, energy and financial inclusion).

Together with the other founding organizations (see below), iPoint calls other like-minded Blockchain stakeholders to join INATBA to drive the development and deployment Blockchain across the globe. Simply send an email to "CNECT-EUBLOCKCHAIN(at)ec.europa.eu" to learn how your organization can get involved to boost innovation and exploitation of blockchain technology.

The 105 founding organizations include:

  • 21 Consulting GmbH

  • AB InBev (Anheuser-Busch InBev)

  • AboutGovernance B.V.

  • ACCENTURE

  • ACCORD PROJECT, LLC

  • ALASTRIA

  • ALIS Co., Ltd.

  • Ambrosus (Represented by Innolab Engineering SARL)

  • BANK FRICK & CO AG

  • Barclays Services Limited

  • BBFA LTD

  • BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.)

  • Berkeley Research Group (UK) Ltd. (thinkBRG)

  • Billon Group Ltd

  • Billon Sp. z o.o

  • Bitfury Holding B.V.

  • Blockchain Bundesverband e.v. (Bundesblock)

  • Blockchain Centre Vilnius

  • Blockchain Hungary Association

  • BLOCKCHAIN ITALIA SRL

  • Blockchance UG

  • Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures GmbH

  • BOTLabs GmbH

  • BPCE

  • BUIDL, Ltd.

  • Caisse des dépôts et consignations

  • CARDANO Stiftung

  • CASHLINK Technologies GmbH

  • Česká fintech asociace, z.s.

  • Chaintip B.V.

  • Climate Change Coalition (Novasphere)

  • COALA (Coalition d'Applications Le´gales Automatise´es)

  • COCIR (European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry)

  • COCUS Aktiengesellschaft

  • Coinarmy Bilisim Teknolojileri Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

  • COMPELLIO SA

  • ConsenSys AG

  • Datafloq B.V.

  • DECENT International, a.s.

  • DEON DIGITAL

  • Deutsche Börse AG

  • Deutsche Telekom AG

  • DIGITAL GRID Corporation

  • DLC Distributed Ledger Consulting GmbH

  • DNV GL Business Assurance Group AS

  • ECLIPSE FOUNDATION

  • ECSDA (European Central Securities Depositories Association)

  • EFN (FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES ASSOCIATIONS INFIRMIERES )

  • ELECTRINA HOLDINGS DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY

  • ENGIE

  • ENTERPRISE ETHEREUM ALLIANCE INC.

  • ERTICO (European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination

  • EVAN GmbH

  • Everis Belgique

  • Fractal Blockchain GmbH

  • Fujitsu Technology Solutions

  • FUTURE ENERGY FOUNDATION LIMITED

  • Gnosis Limited

  • GuardTime AS

  • IBM

  • Intesa SanPaolo

  • IOTA Foundation

  • IPDB Foundation e.V. (Interplanetary Database Foundation e.V.)

  • iPoint-systems gmbh

  • ITALIA 4 BLOCKCHAIN

  • Jolocom GmbH

  • Konfidio UG

  • Kriptomat

  • Kunfud Cero Seis, SL

  • LEDGER

  • Lisk Stiftung

  • L'OREAL

  • Lukso Blockchain GmbH

  • LYNKEUS

  • MADANA UG

  • NEC EUROPE LTD

  • Odilia GmbH

  • ParkinGO International SA

  • QPQ Limited

  • QUANT NETWORK LTD

  • R3 LLC

  • Raoof Consultancy Limited

  • Repsol SA

  • Riddle & Code GmbH

  • Ripple Labs Inc.

  • RoyaltyRange (Intangible Range Ltd.)

  • S. ESTEBAN CONSULTING LIMITED

  • SAP SE

  • Scrypt.Media

  • SIA S.p.A.

  • slock.it GmbH

  • Sovrin Foundation

  • Stablecoin Integration servies Danmark IVS

  • Stichting FIBREE

  • STOKR S.A.

  • Summitto B.V.

  • SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication)

  • Tangany GmbH

  • TechGDPR DPC GmbH

  • Telefónica SA

  • thinkBLOCKtank

  • Unibright IT GmbH

  • Volksbank Mittweida eG

  • WE.TRADE INNOVATION

  • Yoti Ltd

Boeing and Discovery Education Launch New FUTURE U. Program to Inspire Student Careers in Aerospace Technology

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:44pm

Boeing and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today launched FUTURE U., a new innovative initiative to train the next generation of STEM professionals in aerospace exploration. The program will provide students with digitally immersive curriculum resources and experiences, including hands-on STEM activities, to help 6-12th grade students embrace their potential to make an impact on the future of aerospace.

The FUTURE U. program’s inaugural activation, Innovating the Future Virtual Field Tripwill premiere on April 9, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and will transport students from inside the walls of their classrooms to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where they will virtually engage with Boeing professionals who are writing the next chapter of human history in space. During the Virtual Field Trip, students will discover how these innovators employ various technologies like Extended Reality (XR) to prepare for the launch of the Starliner/CST-100 spacecraft and deployment of the Space Launch System (SLS). Educators, parents and students are welcomed to register for the virtual event here. Participants are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd@Boeing and other experts for a live Twitter chat during the premiere by submitting questions and sending pictures using #BoeingFUTUREU and #BoeingInspires.

“Boeing is committed to helping children and youth achieve their potential through educational enrichment, and we are proud to launch FUTURE U. in partnership with Discovery Education to inspire the next generation of leaders in aerospace,” said Vice President of Boeing Global Engagement John Blazey. “We believe in the power of problem-solving to help shape the world and this effort is central to equipping today’s students with tomorrow’s skills for advancing innovation.”

FUTURE U. resources are available at no-cost at boeingfutureu.com and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Streaming Plus empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom.

This initiative also helps students explore aerospace technology through Virtual Field Trips, 360° videos, engagement of youth by Boeing employees, and hands-on standards-aligned STEM lessons guided by Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS: Math), and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS: ELA).

Boeing and Discovery Education share the belief that early exposure to STEM is essential to providing all students with the equity and access needed to power their futures,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “FUTURE U. delivers classroom-to-career digital curriculum experiences that ignite young imaginations and inspire today’s students to explore their world through the wonders of STEM.”

FUTURE U. provides educators with the tools they need to inspire their students to use Discovery Education’s four C’s – Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking – to embrace their potential and innovate for the future. FUTURE U. will connect young learners to digitally immersive STEM experiences that are designed to spark their curiosity and give them the confidence to seek out solutions that have the potential to positively impact the world.

“FUTURE U. will give educators and students the ability to experience a unique opportunity to navigate through the dynamics of aerospace from the classroom,” said Tiffany Mumm, artistic technology educator from Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton, Fla. “I look forward to connecting my students with real engineers through a transformative virtual experience that reinforces how STEM is an integral part of their future in the workforce.”

FUTURE U. resources are accessible for free at boeingfutureu.com and will be integrated into Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Boeing: 
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum and content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K., and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Accounting for Natural Climate Solutions Guidance Launches to Support Forest Protection and Soil Restoration As Part of Corporate Carbon Strategies

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:44pm

The environmental sustainability consulting group Quantis is proud to announce the public release of Accounting for Natural Climate Solutions: Guidance for Measuring GHG Emissions from Land, Forests, and Soils across the Supply Chain.” The Guidance (previously called the Land Use Change Guidance) provides a robust methodology to effectively measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land, forests, and soils across the supply chain to be embedded in corporate and product footprints, which can be used for science-based climate target setting efforts.

Indeed, natural climate solutions – from forests, agriculture, soil and land – have been recognized as key levers in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. According to the IPCC, GHG emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land-use activities account for 24% of global impacts, second only to the energy sector. Half of these GHG emissions can be traced back to land use and land-use changes, including deforestation.

The Accounting for Natural Climate Solutions Guidance was developed within an unprecedented, collaborative multi-stakeholder initiative led by Quantis. More than 40 private companies, NGOs, governments, and scientific institutions banded together to develop a solution to a major challenge: how to effectively and reliably account for greenhouse gas impacts from land and land-use change to ultimately prevent deforestation and to promote soil restoration. After a rigorous pilot process in 2018, the outcome is the robust methodology that is released and publicly available today in a guidance.

This Guidance provides a groundbreaking accounting framework set to transform industries strongly impacted by land-use change – especially food and fashion. The project has already brought together industrial partners including, among others, Atvos, Barry Callebaut, Braskem, General Mills, IKEA, L’Oréal, LVMH, Mars, Mondelēz International, PepsiCo, Philip Morris International, and Pirelli. Non-profits, consultancies, investment firms, governmental bodies and research institutes such as ADEME, Ceres, CDP, Climate-KIC, Continuum Textiles, EcoAct, Navigant, Embrapa, Global Canopy, Gold Standard, IINAS, Mercer Environment Associates, moja global, Permian Global, Rainforest Alliance, South Pole Group, Supply Change, Textile Exchange and WWF also contributed to this important work.

“It is inspiring to see so many key players working together to streamline their accounting practices on this urgent issue,” affirms Quantis Global Director, Services + Innovation Jon Dettling. “We knew by building this methodology, we’d usher in a new era for how we tackle land use, land-use change and forestry. Forest protection and soil restoration are now backed by corporate carbon strategies and accounting frameworks. This is an exciting game-changer.”

Forests and soils store large amounts of carbon; therefore, forest burning and soil exploitation contribute significantly to human-made GHG emissions. An increasing number of food and apparel companies are seeking to establish deforestation-free supply chains as part of their efforts to develop a truly sustainable business model. This could only be made possible with science. The Guidance addressed this urgent need for a standardized, scientifically-accurate methodology to include GHG emissions from land, forests, and soils across the supply chain in corporate GHG accounting efforts, action plans and goals by providing 12 key recommendations.

The initiative convened in October 2016 to develop a set of recommendations in a methodology that consolidates, aligns and builds upon pre-existing references. Last year, the initial Guidance (called the Land Use Change Guidance) underwent a rigorous pilot phase to ensure that the recommendations were relevant, accurate and actionable. Eleven pilot projects were implemented with Braskem, IKEA, PMI, General Mills, CDP, WWF and others. It was critical to pilot the Guidance across various applications including supply chain strategy, commodity footprints, soil carbon, and bio-based products. Key insights from the pilots were integrated into the final Guidance through stakeholder engagement and dialogue.

I'm grateful to our partners for their active contributions throughout this two-year initiative,” states Project Coordinator and Quantis Sustainability Consultant Michèle Zollinger. “Thanks to specialized working groups, a robust feedback process, and 11 dedicated pilot projects, we’ve managed to create a truly groundbreaking Guidance for companies to take immediate action towards sustainable land management in their supply chains. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together.”

The Guidance is expected to serve as a resource for eventual standardization through the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, supplier of the world's most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standards. Yet with a Guidance that is publicly available today (rather than an official standard that would take several more years to develop) companies can take immediate and strategic action to fight deforestation and restore soils with clear integration of these actions in their climate strategies.

Recognized as a game-changer for sustainable forestry and agriculture, the Guidance, in its pilot phase, was awarded Energy Manager Today’s Top Project of the Year 2018. “It’s destined to become a go-to reference for many businesses in need of guidance on land use scope 3 emissions,” stated the panel of judges.

Our partners have voiced their enthusiasm about the Guidance and their involvement in its development:

“These recommendations and pilot projects will lay the foundation we need to get to the hard work of implementing and measuring progress toward tackling the climate challenge and meeting deforestation goals.” Martha Stevenson, Director Strategy & Research, WWF US Forests

To meet the goal of the Paris Agreement, we must both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address land use change – eliminating deforestation and increase carbon sequestration. The […] Guidance by Quantis serves as an important first step towards a standardized way […] to account for this missing piece of companies’ climate footprint.” – Andreas Ahrens, Head of Climate, Inter IKEA Group

“As one of the world’s largest food companies, Mondelēz International is working hard to combat deforestation in ingredient origins as this is the biggest single contributor to our end-to-end carbon footprint. This new guidance fills an important gap in emissions reporting and will lead to more consistent measurement tools. This will in turn enable companies like ours to better track and report our progress against our goals.” ­– Jonathan Horrell, Director Global Sustainability, Mondelēz

 “This report fills an important gap in existing GHG accounting guidance. We’ve seen a surge in interest in this topic lately, including affirmation by a great majority of stakeholders involved in a recent GHG Protocol survey. We expect to continue working with Quantis and the community they formed around this report to ensure that land-based solutions find an appropriate spot in how companies are acting on and reporting on the climate issue.” – Cynthia Cummis, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation, World Resources Institute

"This guidance is extremely relevant for Brazil which is uniquely positioned [to be] a key player in the future bio-economy. When we launched our sugarcane-based polyethylene we soon realized that understanding [land use change] was paramount to manage our suppliers and also to support our sustainability claims. This guidance enabled us to get in-depth insights on theoretical concepts, decrease our LCA uncertainty levels, to strengthen the relationship with our suppliers, and to ultimately corroborate with satellite imagery the results of our supply management system."Yuki Hamilton Onda Kabe, LCA Specialist, Braskem

 “We've seen how the topic of forests is becoming a major focus area for investors. This report fills an important need to support companies in quantifying their impacts from forests along their value chain. We look forward to building on the insights we gained through our participation in this work and the feedback from companies and investors on reporting land use change emissions in a standardized way - this will influence the future development of CDP's disclosure framework.”Morgan Gillespy, Director Forests, CDP 

To learn more about the Guidance, join Quantis and partners for an informational webinar:

WEBINAR: “Breaking Ground: how to support forest protection and soil restoration by including natural climate solutions in corporate carbon strategies” (register here) on April 24 at 5 pm CEST/11 am EDT.

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About Quantis 

Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Colombia and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe, including AccorHotels, Barry Callebault, BASF, Bel Group, Braskem, Danone, DuPont, the European Commission, GE, General Mills, IKEA, Intel, Kellogg’s, Kering, the Kraft Heinz Company, L’Oréal, LVMH, Mars, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, Olam, PepsiCo, Pirelli, Starbucks, Unilever, Veolia and more.

Quantis is proud to lead other pre-competitive collaborations in driving ambitious environmental sustainability agendas. These include the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics, the World Apparel and Footwear Lifecycle Database and the World Food Lifecycle Database

We are Quantis: sustainability’s scientists, experts, strategists, innovators and visionaries.

(re)discover Quantis at www.quantis-intl.com

AmerisourceBergen Foundation Donates $150,000 to Southeastern Guide Dogs to Support Training and Placing of Guide Dogs and Companion Dogs

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:44pm

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation, an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization focused on human and animal health solutions, announced today a $150,000 donation to Southeastern Guide Dogs, a nonprofit focused on transforming lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. With the support of this multi-year grant, Southeastern Guide Dogs will be able to increase placements of guide and companion dogs with visually impaired teenagers and children, as well as families of fallen service members and with child advocate professionals in courtrooms.

“We are grateful to receive this generous three-year grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation,” says Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs. “Southeastern Guide Dogs does not charge for its dogs or services and receives no government support. Instead, the charity relies on the generosity of individual donors, corporations and foundations to fund its programs. This grant enables us to expand our services to children and teens, providing them and their families with hope for the future.”

As part of the services to children and teens, which are supported by the Foundation grant, five trained guide dogs will be placed with legally-blind teenagers and 10 companion dogs will be placed with visually impaired children to offer them a new sense of confidence, independence and mobility. Prior to being matched with a guide dog, parents and teens have the opportunity to attend a three-day overnight camp where trainers introduce families to guide dog ownership and instruct them on how to safely navigate with their future companions to ensure success.

Additionally, the program will provide four caring, highly-skilled dogs to Gold Star Families – families who have lost loved ones in service to their country – to promote healing and provide encouragement. The program will also offer one child advocacy dog placement, a service that provides dogs to adults who assist children in crisis, such as those who enter the court system.

“The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is steadfast in our commitment to making a positive, long-lasting impact by enriching the lives of our global community. To achieve our mission, we look for partners that redefine and increase access to care and are working to actively improve the overall wellbeing of both human and animal health populations,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “To that end, we’re proud to work alongside Southeastern Guide Dogs, which operates at the intersection of human and animal health providing unmatched training and care for animals who will serve as a dedicated companion to children and families, and, in turn, will know the comfort of loving homes.”

Through its Human & Animal Grant Program, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation supports organizations at the local and national level who increase access to human and animal healthcare and education.

About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation          

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health-related causes that enrich that global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration, the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide resources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information, visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org. 

About Southeastern Guide Dogs

Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. The organization employs some of the most talented and innovative scientists and trainers in the working-dog industry and operates the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. Our experts train guide dogs, service dogs, and skilled companion dogs for people with visual impairments, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or loss of a parent in the military.

All of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services—which include selective breeding and expert dog training and conditioning; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime alumni support—are provided at no cost to the recipients. The charity relies 100 percent on private donations and receives no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. Learn more at www.GuideDogs.org.

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Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 35,000 Pounds of Protein to the Tarrant Area Food Bank

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:44pm

 Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Kroger have joined forces to donate more than more than 35,000 pounds of protein to Tarrant Area Food Bank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 140,000 servings, will help families fight hunger in the North Texas region.

“Our mission to empower communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration is something that Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® program aligns with wholeheartedly,” said Bo Soderbergh, executive director of Tarrant Area Food Bank. “Tarrant County is one of the top 10 counties in the U.S. with the highest number of people suffering from hunger. This donation with help from likeminded partners will make an incredibly positive impact on those we serve.”

Representatives from Smithfield Foods and Kroger presented the donation to Tarrant Area Food Bank during an event at a local Kroger this morning. Members of each organization discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation that will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area, which includes more than 10 counties across North Texas.

The donation also aligns with Kroger’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

“Kroger is a longtime ally of Smithfield’s efforts to alleviate hunger, and we are honored to take part in yet another protein donation during the Helping Hungry Homes® tour across the country,” said April Martin Nickels, manager of Corporate Affairs for Kroger’s Dallas Division. “Kroger knows that wholesome meals matter, and we are confident that this contribution of nutrient-rich resources will go a long way to help our neighbors in need who are facing food insecure situations.”

As part of the race weekend festivities leading up to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing assisted with the donation presentation. Following the donation event, Smithfield offered fans a chance to race against Almirola in realistic racing simulators to see if they had what it takes to defeat the pros and win premium prizes.

“It’s always an honor and a privilege to join with Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® program on the road to end hunger in communities across the country,” said Almirola. “In North Texas, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger. By coming together for this generous donation today, we’re able to step in and provide relief to those who need it most.”

This is the ninth large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 120 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“Smithfield understands that hunger doesn’t discriminate, and that a variety of circumstances can arise that place our friends, family, and neighbors in need of assistance,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “This understanding drives our passion to provide wholesome protein donations nationwide, in support of our social purpose. We hope that this donation with our community-minded partners will aid in alleviating and raising awareness of hunger across North Texas for those in need.”

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.

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About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.   

About Tarrant Area Food Bank

TARRANT AREA FOOD BANK (TAFB), based in Fort Worth, holds the belief that all people deserve regular, nutritious meals. TAFB works to empower communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration. Through a network of 270 Partner Agencies, TAFB serves 13 counties in North Texas. Learn more at tafb.org and on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About The Kroger Co. 

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly 15,000 associates in the Kroger Dallas Division which includes Dallas/Fort Worth, East Texas and Northwest Louisiana who serve more than two million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 112 retail food stores. We serve America through food inspiration and uplift, with a commitment to create #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

About Stewart-Haas Racing:
Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Mustang for Daniel Suárez. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with two fulltime entries – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer and the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Chase Briscoe. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with nearly 400 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

Nonprofits Sue Panera Bread for Deceptive Marketing of Foods as ‘Clean’

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 9:44am

Nonprofits Clean Label Project and GMO Free USA filed a lawsuit against Panera Bread for deceptive marketing and sale of certain bread products, sandwiches and other goods as “clean,” after products tested positive for contaminants including glyphosate, the main ingredient in Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller. The lawsuit charges that Panera exploits consumers’ preferences and willingness to pay more for products marketed as “clean.” 

This lawsuit comes on the heels of GMO Free USA’s glyphosate in restaurant foods report. Certain Panera samples contained the highest glyphosate levels of fifteen restaurants tested.

The National Restaurant Association “Top 10 Concept Trends of 2018” survey of 700 chefs ranked “natural ingredients/clean menus” as a top three consumer dining trend. Restaurateurs are aware that the general public is increasingly seeking out healthy foods, free from unnatural ingredients and synthetic chemicals.

“Panera has invested heavily in a campaign, convincing consumers that their food is ‘clean.’  Reasonable consumers would expect that Panera’s food would be glyphosate-free,” said Jaclyn Bowen, executive director of Clean Label Project. 

Last week a federal civil jury ordered Monsanto to pay more than $80 million in damages to Edwin Hardeman over his claim that the weed killer Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma after decades of use. This was the second jury to rule against Bayer in a Roundup cancer lawsuit. More than 11,200 cancer cases await trials. 

“Glyphosate is a patented chelator, antibiotic, and is linked to serious adverse health effects including cancer, infertility, and non-alcoholic fatty liver and kidney diseases. Glyphosate shouldn’t be present in the food system. A company that willfully misrepresents its products as ‘clean’ must be held accountable,” said Diana Reeves, executive director of GMO Free USA.

The Panera suit, filed under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act by the nonprofits’ counsel Richman Law Group and Children’s Health Defense, seeks to end Panera’s deceptive business practices by requiring full disclosure of contaminants present in their “clean” products and/or a reformulation of their products to match their marketing.

Read the full complaint HERE.

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Clean Label Project is a national nonprofit with the mission to bring truth and transparency to consumer product labeling through data, science, and education.

GMO Free USA is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocating for a clean, healthy food system and educating consumers about the hazards of GMOs and synthetic pesticides.

Expediting Development & Supply of Renewable Natural Gas

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 6:40pm

 U.S. Gain is pleased to announce a new renewable natural gas (RNG) development project located in Springfield, Nebraska, which is producing much-needed clean fuel for the transportation industry, as well as a RNG supply contract for Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) natural gas fueling station network. Both projects will be impactful in the development and supply of RNG across the country. 

Expediting Development of Renewable Natural Gas

As a vertically-integrated RNG provider, U.S. Gain is diligently working with producers and developers on a multitude of landfill, agricultural and wastewater treatment RNG development projects – converting their waste to financially-rewarding, clean fuel. One of the most recent projects that U.S. Gain was involved in is the Sarpy County Landfill located in Springfield, Nebraska. This landfill will produce enough RNG to fuel 117 class eight trucks daily, the equivalent of displacing more than 2.3 million gallons of diesel.

“We’re honored to have worked with a team of experienced professionals on development of the Sarpy County Landfill,” said U.S. Gain President Mike Koel. “These projects often take longer to develop than expected, but are completely worth all the effort when the final certification approval is received. The transportation industry needs clean fuel, and we’re committed to meeting the growing demand of RNG. We currently have 20 RNG development projects in process.”

RNG is methane captured from landfill, wastewater treatment plant and agricultural waste that is cleaned and conditioned to meet natural gas pipeline quality standards. Once the gas is certified for use, it can be dispensed through natural gas fueling stations as a drop-in fuel, with no changes to fueling equipment or vehicles. 

RNG, when used as an alternative fuel, is known to many as the fastest, cleanest pathway to necessary transportation-related emission reductions. It further features proven vehicle technology across vehicle classes and an extensive, developed fueling infrastructure. With more than 70 million tons of organic waste produced in the United States each year, much of which is not being converted to fuel or energy, there are significant opportunities for RNG development still available.

Offering Renewable Natural Gas in California

California is vocal about their plans to address the state’s air quality problem. With looming air quality deadlines, key stakeholders across industry sectors have been collaborating to create feasible options that will reduce their environmental footprint and remain compliant with goals put forth by California lawmakers. 

SoCalGas made national headlines recently by pledging to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America. A household name in California, SoCalGas plans to deploy a variety of tactics to achieve their vision, one of which is to replace compressed natural gas (CNG) with RNG across their fueling station network. RNG offered at these stations is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 21,000 metric tons annually—the equivalent of taking 4,500 passenger cars off the road.

“SoCalGas is excited to offer RNG at many of our natural gas vehicle fueling stations from U.S. Gain,” said Jawaad Malik, vice president of Gas Acquisitions. “RNG is an important tool in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that is why SoCalGas has committed to having 20 percent RNG in our system by 2030.” 

Bryan Nudelbacher, director of business development for U.S. Gain, says that providing RNG throughout the SoCalGas fueling network will substantially improve air quality for residents in Southern California.

“The best feature of renewable natural gas is the ability to provide up to 125 percent well-to-wheel emission savings when used in transportation,” said Nudelbacher. “We look forward to supplying the cleanest fuel option to more fleets and stations in California, as well as the rest of North America.” 

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About U.S. Gain

U.S. Gain® is a leader in development, procurement and distribution of sustainable energy solutions™ that reduce emissions for a cleaner tomorrow. 

As a vertically-integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier, U.S. Gain is investing in development projects at landfills, dairies and wastewater treatment plants, expanding availability of the cleanest fuel and energy solution for leading companies, fleets and fueling station owners. With an in-house proprietary risk management system, U.S. Gain is able to generate and monetize renewable credits, maximizing values associated with renewable natural gas. With a history of successful renewable natural gas development projects, financial strength, compliance expertise and dispensing capabilities – U.S. Gain is the partner of choice for renewable natural gas development and distribution.

Over the years, U.S. Gain has also built their own network of GAIN Clean Fuel® natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada, of which are known for unprecedented performance and uptime. Well-versed in public and private station construction, compressed natural gas equipment and grant funding programs – U.S. Gain is a premier partner for companies seeking a new fueling station, station upgrades or general maintenance contracts.

As a part of U.S. Venture, Inc., a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, U.S. Gain is committed to finding a better way for companies to succeed – both economically and environmentally. With experience you need and ethics you value, U.S. Gain is the partner you’ll be proud to work with.

Smithfield Foods’ Facilities Earn National Sustainability Recognition

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 6:40pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that ProFood World selected the company’s Kinston, North Carolina and Sioux City, Iowa facilities as winners of the 2018 Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards (SEMA). The annual awards program honors companies for exceptional sustainability achievements in food, beverage, and consumer products manufacturing.

“The many members of our Smithfield Family play essential roles in the success of our industry-leading sustainability program,” said Bill Gill, assistant vice president of sustainability for Smithfield Foods. “Their innovative approach to sustainability generates unconventional projects at our facilities that propel our operations and lessen our environmental impact. We are honored to accept these awards and are proud of our Kinston and Sioux City facilities for delivering on our promise to produce good food in a responsible way.”

Smithfield’s facility in Kinston, North Carolina, was honored for its liquid smoke reduction efforts. The Kinston facility took an innovative approach to modifying their hot dog production processes that resulted in the reduction of more than 5,000 gallons of liquid smoke per year and more than $129,000 in annual cost savings. The company’s Sioux City, Iowa facility was recognized for its smoker box project, which utilizes a waterless smoker to reduce the facility’s water usage by one million gallons annually.

“Smithfield continues to be recognized as an industry-leader with multiple awards at this year’s Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards program,” said Joyce Fassl, editor-in-chief of ProFood World magazine and program director for ProFood Live. “Smithfield has won more Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards than any other food or beverage company in the competition’s history. The company’s innovative approach to manufacturing and willingness to set ambitious goals within its robust sustainability program is a testament to Smithfield’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”                                                                 

The 2018 winners were honored at the ProFood Tech trade show on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The trade show is a three-day gathering for food and beverage industry leaders to address solutions in manufacturing, automation, and sustainability. Since ProFood Tech occurs biennially, the ProFood Live conference in 2020 will host the 2019 Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards ceremony.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

California Wildfire Restoration Fund Partners and National Forest Foundation Grateful for Success

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 3:40pm

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) today announced the closure of the NFF’s California Wildfire Reforestation Fund, created in December 2018 to support tree-planting efforts to restore California National Forests following years of severe wildfire. With support raised to date, the NFF will plant 325,000 trees on National Forests in California in the 2019 and 2020 planting seasons.

Since 2013, wildfires have burned more than five million acres in California alone. Fires in recent years have become so severe and burned such vast swaths of land, many forests will not naturally regenerate for decades, if at all. As a result, forests do not absorb carbon; watershed do not hold, clean, and gradually release water – including critical drinking supplies; wildlife lose their natural habitat; and more.

The NFF’s tree planting efforts leverages support from individuals, small businesses and corporation to jumpstart forest recovery.

The NFF established the Fund as an opportunity for supporters to earmark their support specifically for California after a series of particularly severe wildfire and drought seasons. Reforestation in 2019 will include the Modoc and Lassen National Forests in northeastern California as well as the Angeles National Forest adjacent to Los Angeles. 2020 funds have not yet been allocated.

“It is inspiring to see how the passion and concern for California National Forests coalesce around this important cause” said Wes Swaffar, Director of Partnerships and Reforestation for the NFF. “With this support, we’re achieving measurable, tangible high-impact results for our forests, and restoring these amazing landscapes in California”.

Support for the fund came from individual donors nationwide, small businesses, and NFF corporate partners. Leading partners include Starbucks Foundation, Caudalie, Boxed Water, and Lands’ End.

The Fund also generated new multi-year commitments, including the cosmetics company Caudalie, who will be supporting California reforestation for the next three years.

While the Fund is concluded for now, the NFF won’t stop leading reforestation investments in California. The NFF works closely with the U.S. Forest Service to identify landscapes in need of reforestation and craft partnerships with businesses to help address those needs. Due to wildfires, insects and disease, numerous National Forests in California and beyond are facing large-scale reforestation needs.

The California Wildfire Reforestation Fund is an initiative of the NFF’s 50 Million for our Forests campaign, which is planting 50 million trees on our publicly-owned National Forests over five years.  For more information on this campaign go to https://www.nationalforests.org/get-involved/tree-planting-programs.

About The National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation promotes the enhancement and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health and Americans’ outdoor experiences. The NFF’s programs inform millions of Americans about the importance of these treasured landscapes. Each year, the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, plants trees in areas affected by fires, insects and disease, improves recreational opportunities, and enables communities to steward their National Forests and Grasslands. Learn more at www.nationalforests.org.

SC Johnson Plans Shift to Geothermal Power at Headquarters, Significantly Reducing Energy Use

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:40pm

SC Johnson today is announcing its intention to use geothermal energy to power its Racine headquarters, a move that will greatly reduce the company’s environmental footprint and positions the company as a leader in the private sector in the transition to cleaner, renewable energy sources.

SC Johnson plans to install a GeoExchange system at its iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus to provide sustainable heating and cooling throughout the facilities, using the constant temperature of the Earth. The project – which is pending city and state approvals – is expected to reduce energy usage by an estimated 42 percent. There is a 40 percent reduction made up of decreasing consumption from the implementation of a GeoExchange system, including transforming the current boiler facility to a new energy efficient thermal plant, and an additional 2 percent reduction by utilizing PV for renewable energy.  Combined with other sustainable projects, the facility will save another 15 to 20 percent in energy usage, resulting in a total facility-wide reduction of 57 to 62 percent of the current energy load.

“As a global company, you think about your footprint in all the places you operate and how to minimize your impact,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Leading the industry in an environmentally responsible manner starts at home. For us, that meant taking a look at our operations and finding where we can lessen our impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing air quality and increasing the amount of energy offset from renewable resources. Transitioning to geothermal energy at our headquarters goes a long way toward accomplishing those goals.”

SC Johnson has for two decades been an industry leader in the use of renewable energy in the production of its products. The company’s commitment to lowering its carbon footprint and utilizing a diverse, renewables-heavy energy mix is evident in its across-the-board embrace of wind, solar and biofuel:

  • At the company’s manufacturing plant in Surabaya, Indonesia, waste husks from rice grains are used as a fuel source for heating water for production. The initiative dramatically cut down on the use of fossil fuels, resulting in a reduction of 7,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
  • Manufacturing facilities in China, India, Indonesia and Mexico have solar projects for hot water heating.
  • Three of the company’s manufacturing sites – Bay City, Michigan; Mijdrecht, Netherlands; and Gorzow, Poland – run on 100 percent wind energy, while facilities in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin (Waxdale) and Toluca, Mexico, get a portion of their power from wind.
  • Waxdale also generates 85 percent of its energy from cleaner-burning natural gas. Methane gas from a nearby public landfill generates 28 percent of the facility’s energy. The other 57 percent comes from a second cogeneration system that uses cleaner-burning natural gas.

Altogether, SC Johnson’s efforts have resulted in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its worldwide manufacturing sites by 62 percent since the company’s 2000 baseline.

“At SC Johnson, we started using renewable energy more than 15 years ago to make products like Windex, Pledge and others,” Johnson said. “Today, a third of our global energy use comes from renewable sources. It’s an investment, but it’s the right thing, now and for the future.”

SC Johnson’s Administration Building – which remains the only operational corporate headquarters designed by Wright – opened 80 years ago, in 1939. Additionally, roughly 13,000 square feet of photovoltaic (PV) panels (or ~620 panels) will be installed on the building roofs of the company’s west campus. A GeoExchange well field will be located under a northwest parking lot, and an existing boiler plant will be converted to a next-generation thermal plant.

The installation of the GeoExchange system – which repurposes energy in a highly efficient manner but is not considered renewable – is the most significant of many efficiency improvements at SC Johnson headquarters. The PV panels will serve the important function of offsetting energy consumption from the grid with self-generated renewable energy. SC Johnson hopes to complete the GeoExchange field installation by the fall of 2019, with the entire campus converted to the new thermal plant by the fall of 2020.

Company-owned wind turbines are in operation at Mijdrecht and Waxdale; the Wisconsin facility has two operational turbines, each standing 415 feet tall, and both requiring approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for use. At Mijdrecht, the 262-foot turbine generates nearly half the amount of energy needed to run the 3 million-square-foot site, with the remaining energy as purchased wind power.

Though the use of wind turbines in busy urban areas can prove challenging, the positive environmental impacts make it well worth the effort. The Waxdale wind turbines generate 8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year – enough to power 770 homes. Using those turbines saves about 6,000 metric tons of carbon emissions compared to what would have been created using fossil fuels.

“SC Johnson has made a commitment to diversifying energy sources and prioritizing the use of renewables whenever possible,” Johnson said. “Our work is far from over, and we’re excited to do our part at home in Racine with the GeoExchange system at our headquarters. But we also believe that lowering our carbon footprint around the world will make a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

For more information and supporting multimedia assets, visit https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8514951-sc-johnson-renewable-energy/

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About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

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CSR/Sustainability Career Report – Mentoring, Innovation and Social Intrapreneurial Projects Transform Graduates

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 9:40am

Want to ignite your CSR & Sustainability career?  Graduates of the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability bring their careers to life through innovative capstone projects under the guidance of a CSR and Sustainability Mentor.  The April 30th Application Deadline is fast approaching; only 30 applicants are accepted annually.

Participants launch a project related to their job or career goals.  For example, they develop a CSR Strategy for their organization, forge new community investment partnerships, and craft new sustainability standards. 

They produce tangible business results and are frequently elevated to CSR/Sustainability leadership positions. “This program has been so influential on my organization and career,” says Pam Cone, VP Global Corporate Responsibility, Milliman. “Soon after joining the program I was promoted to VP, Global Corporate Responsibility.  My Capstone project was a study of CSR Sustainability practices in professional service firms.  The result was a blueprint for my future in this field.”

Professionals come to the program to LEAD, SHIFT or START their careers in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

LEAD - “This program offered me the framework I needed to better plan, implement and lead a Community Investment Strategy (C.I.S) for Flight Centre Travel Group.  I learned how to galvanize our coast to coast stakeholders and reinforce the roll out of our ongoing CSR initiatives. Soon after graduation I was promoted to CSR Manager for Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) – The Americas."  Brian Shurman, CSR Manager, The Americas, Flight Centre Travel Group (Class 2016/2017).

SHIFT - "The CSR Graduate Certificate was central to shifting my career to CSR/Sustainability. I made valuable contacts and landed a CSR contract during the program with CBSR - Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. The faculty, materials and classmates were invaluable as I shifted into this role.  That contract led to an opportunity at Blackbaud and includes engaging companies and their CSR programs across Canada and the entire social good community.  Eric Saavala, Strategic Account Executive - Corporate, Foundations and Non-profit Solutions, Blackbaud  (Class 2017/2018).

START - “This program gave me the opportunity to understand the practical development and implementation of CSR & Sustainability in an organization. I gained a valuable network, a more thorough understanding of the career opportunities ahead and practical skills I can use now. It is an excellent foundation on which to start my career as a CSR/Sustainability professional.”  Kathryn Condon, Masters in Environmental Science, Oxford University (Class 2017/2018)

The Graduate Certificate in CSR & Sustainability – April 30, 2019 Application Deadline

Participants in the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability work full time while earning this university credential through a blended learning approach.   Participants:

The Certificate in CSR/Sustainability is now taking applications for 2019/2020.  Only 30 applicants are accepted annually.

Module 1 will be held in Toronto, Canada, October 16 -18, 2019.  Module 2 and 3 will be held May, 2020 and November, 2020 respectively.   To apply, go to the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Website.  See the program schedule, past graduates and news about the program.  The first intake Application Deadline is April 30, 2019; only 30 applicants are accepted each year.

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.  

A Business Advisory Committee ensures the CSR program is relevant and experiential.  CSR/Sustainability Leaders from a broad range of industries from insurance to mining,  including: The Co-operators, BMO Financial,  Scotia Bank (ret.),  Vermillion Energy, Centerra Gold , ESG Ledger, Conference Board of Canada,  and Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) provide advice and input.

For More Information Contact

Kathryn A. Cooper, Program Manager, Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability

Phone: (519) 855-9491

Website: https://www.csr-stmikes.ca/

2018 International Women's Day Forum

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 6:39am

Our eighth annual International Women's Day Forum, Partner With Purpose: Business for Gender Equality, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, will gather the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance women’s and girls’ empowerment around the globe.

Achieving full gender equality means overcoming a host of complex issues, including many institutional and societal barriers that prevent progress. Tackling these challenges will require creativity and innovation from across sectors.

This year’s forum will focus on how private and public stakeholders can combine their resources, skills, and expertise for greater sustainability and impact. Equality is in reach, but will only be realized through collaboration.

Join more than 300 stakeholders March 6-7, 2018 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC and share how you’re working to achieve gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

This year's annual International Women's Day Forum topics will include:

• Workforce and Skills Development

• Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion

• Entrepreneurship and Value Chain

• STEM

• Women in Tech

• The Digital Divide

• Financial Inclusion and Access to Capital

• Women’s Health

• Girls’ Education

• The Care Economy

• Gender-Based Violence

• Gender Data

• Building Capacity of Displaced Girls and Women

• And more!

Learn more and register with early bird pricing between now and February 2!

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NHBSR's 2019 Spring Conference