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Bloomberg's Carbon Risk Valuation Tool Receives Environmental Leader Product & Project Award

Thu, 2014-03-27 03:30

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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As an organization, Bloomberg recognizes that to create true and enduring sustainable legacy they need their efforts to have both an internal and external impact. To have a more meaningful external impact, Bloomberg has created their Carbon Risk Valuation Tool which recently received the Environmental Leader Product & Project Award.

Read the blog from Bloomberg’s CEO and President Dan Doctoroff.

Bloomberg’s Carbon Risk Valuation Tool, growing out of the concept of a “stranded assets”, helps companies and investors better quantify the financial risk from exposure to high-carbon assets. Although the tool is still in beta, the award signifies that Bloomberg’s efforts on this issue could prove beneficial for their customers, the global financial markets and the broader public good.

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 315,000 subscribers globally.  For more information, visit www.bloomberg.com.

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KEYWORDS: Technology, Business & Trade, Environmental Leader, assets, Carbon, sustainability, csr, esg, Bloomberg, Environmental Leader Product & Project Award

MetLife Foundation, Generations United Present Awards to America's Four Best Intergenerational Communities

Thu, 2014-03-27 03:30
Award recipients are redefining community life by throwing out old sterotypes adn engaging residents of every age in decision-making, problem-solving, and relationship-building. The result: robust, vibrant communities

SOURCE: MetLife Inc.

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WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - MetLife Foundation and Generations United today presented four communities with the 2014 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award.  The award is intended to heighten awareness of the important role that intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, vibrant communities. The recipients are: Greater Phoenix Region, Arizona; City of Parkland, Florida; Reston, Virginia and Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin. Miami Gardens, Florida and Rye, New York were named finalists

The awards presentation took place on Capitol Hill and featured author and journalist Juan Williams along with members of Congress.

"Today's award recipients recognize the value of promoting strong bonds between the generations and working together to create a vibrant, meaningful place to live for every generation," said Dennis White, MetLife Foundation's president and chief executive officer. "MetLife Foundation is pleased to recognize the four communities that have demonstrated forward thinking in helping to create an environment that benefits an entire community."

"When all citizens are valued, it creates a positive environment for building strong, safe, and supportive communities," said Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. "Such communities understand the wisdom of using the resources they have to connect generations rather than separate them into age-segregated programs and facilities. That intergenerational connection leads to older adults voting in favor of school bond ballots and young people visiting their aging neighbors. Everyone is engaged and everyone has purpose."

A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the winning entries from among a host of applicants from across the country. Robert Blancato, former executive director of the White House Conference on Aging and a partner in Matz, Blancato & Associates, served as a judge in the selection process.  Blancato noted, "It is said you can live anywhere, but that does not make it a livable community.  These awards signify that a critical component of a livable community is one that fosters an environment where generations live and work together. "

All of the winning communities showed exceptional commitment to integrating intergenerational practices into all aspects of community life. For full profiles of these remarkable communities, visit www.gu.org.

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About MetLife Foundation:  MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife's longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation is committed to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information, visit www.metlife.org.

About Generations United: For nearly three decades, Generations United www.gu.org has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together. We believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Finance & Socially Responsible Investment, metlife foundation, Financial Inclusion, vibrant communities

World’s First Electric Bus with Bombardier’s PRIMOVE System Begins Revenue Service

Thu, 2014-03-27 03:00
Automatic wireless charging for trams, buses, trucks and cars opens up new possibilities for environmentally friendly, quiet and convenient transportation

SOURCE: Bombardier Inc.

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  • BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE e-mobility solution for electric buses in public service for the first time in Braunschweig, Germany
  • World's first inductive fast charging system with 200 kW in passenger operation
  • Automatic wireless charging for trams, buses, trucks and cars opens up new possibilities for environmentally friendly, quiet and convenient transportation

March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Transport operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG’s first electric bus equipped with Bombardier PRIMOVE technology began revenue service today in Germany. In the presence of senior federal and state representatives, the PRIMOVE electric bus completed its first regular passenger service in the city. This marks another important milestone for the practical application of the PRIMOVE system.

The passenger service has started with a 12 m long electric solo bus operating on the central circular line M19. From October, four additional 18 m articulated e-buses will be phased in. It will be the first time that eco-friendly 18 m electric buses have replaced conventional buses in regular passenger operation.

Each bus is equipped with the wireless PRIMOVE fast-charging system and the new PRIMOVE high-performance batteries. In Braunschweig, the world's first inductive charging system is coming into use. With an output of 200 kW, it charges electric buses in just a few seconds, enabling them to cover the distance to the next charging station with ease.

In recent weeks, the 12 m e-bus already approved by TÜV SÜD underwent final system and load tests, enabling the TÜV approval of the entire PRIMOVE system in Braunschweig in time for the start of passenger operation. These included 280 recorded charging cycles, almost 3,000 km travelled electrically and various tests for electrical safety and electromagnetic emission.

For passengers, the PRIMOVE system will remain largely inaudible and invisible. The electric buses are not only quieter and cause less vibration than conventional diesel buses, they also accelerate more evenly – a much smoother ride awaits passengers in Braunschweig. The PRIMOVE high power charging pads embedded in concrete are installed under the road surface at the main station and at selected stops. The primary electrical installation is also integrated underground at the bus stops. The cooling units for those wayside power electronics have been neatly integrated into an advertising pillar and the shelter at the bus stop. The location of primary and wayside components underground or in existing street furniture offers great advantages to urban planners compared to conductive charging solutions.

As the world's leading rail technology provider, Bombardier has a clear vision of the cities of tomorrow. We imagine cities where all vehicles are electric and where mass transit vehicles do not alter the landscape but seamlessly integrate to provide quiet and emission-free urban mobility. With the PRIMOVE portfolio, Bombardier is paving the way for transport operators and vehicle manufacturers to make an easy and convenient transition to electric mobility for all electric vehicles – from trams and buses to trucks and cars. The start of passenger services with the first PRIMOVE electric bus in Braunschweig proves that this vision has matured from an innovative idea to reality.

About the PRIMOVE Pilot project in Braunschweig

Under the term "emil" (electric mobility by means of inductive charging), the Technical University of Braunschweig and the energy supplier BS | Energy are participating as partners in the innovative project in Braunschweig along with Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG and Bombardier. It is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

The electric buses from the manufacturer Solaris are fully charged overnight in the bus depot. A quick recharge of the batteries during the regular 10 minute interval at the last station is sufficient to ensure the smooth operation of the12 m solo e-bus on the 12 km route. The 18 m articulated buses require more energy and are therefore additionally charged for a few seconds at two intermediate bus stops. This custom-made charging concept ensures a maximum battery life and an uninterrupted operation with a clean e-mobility solution on the existing bus route.

An overview of how the PRIMOVE system works and how it compares to diesel buses is available under the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hGrk8AHKmw

About the PRIMOVE portfolio

With its flexible PRIMOVE portfolio, Bombardier offers the world’s only one-stop shop for true e-mobility: The fully integrated system for electric rail and road vehicles allows cities and the transport industry to easily incorporate electric mobility. The complete package includes the inductive PRIMOVE fast charging system, the lightweight, long-life PRIMOVE batteries and the efficient PRIMOVE propulsion.

Further PRIMOVE projects

Bombardier is currently also working on implementing its PRIMOVE system for electric buses in Mannheim and Berlin, Germany, and in Bruges, Belgium. For the booming Chinese city of Nanjing, trams are being equipped with lightweight and long-life PRIMOVE batteries. In addition, tests with a dynamically charged  truck were successfully completed in Mannheim in January 2014.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Entrée en service payant du tout premier autobus électrique doté du système PRIMOVE de Bombardier

Thu, 2014-03-27 03:00
La recharge sans fil et automatique pour les tramways, autobus, voitures et camions électriques ouvre de nouvelles possibilités pour un transport pratique, silencieux et sûr pour l’environnement

SOURCE: Bombardier Inc.

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  • Première application en service public de la solution de mobilité électrique BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE pour autobus électriques à Braunschweig, en Allemagne
  • Premier système de recharge rapide par induction de 200 kW pour le transport de passagers
  • La recharge sans fil et automatique pour les tramways, autobus, voitures et camions électriques ouvre de nouvelles possibilités pour un transport pratique, silencieux et sûr pour l’environnement

March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Le tout premier autobus électrique de la société de transport Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG doté de la technologie PRIMOVE de Bombardier est entré en service payant aujourd’hui, en Allemagne. En présence de hauts fonctionnaires du gouvernement fédéral et des Länder, l’autobus électrique PRIMOVE a effectué son tout premier service régulier de passagers dans cette ville. Cet événement marque un autre jalon important dans l’application pratique du système PRIMOVE.

Le service de passagers a été lancé au moyen d’un autobus électrique simple de 12 m de long sur la ligne circulaire centrale M19. À partir d’octobre, quatre autres autobus articulés électriques de 18 m entreront progressivement en service. Il s’agira de la première fois que des autobus électriques de 18 m sûrs pour l’environnement remplaceront des autobus ordinaires pour assurer le service régulier de transport de passagers.

Chaque autobus est doté du système de recharge rapide sans fil PRIMOVE et de nouvelles batteries haute performance PRIMOVE. Le tout premier système de recharge par induction au monde sera utilisé à Braunschweig. Avec une puissance de sortie de 200 kW, ce système recharge les autobus électriques en quelques secondes à peine, ce qui leur permet de couvrir sans difficulté la distance prévue jusqu’à la station de recharge suivante.

Au cours des dernières semaines, l’autobus électrique de 12 m approuvé par l’organisation TÜV SÜD a fait l’objet des derniers tests de charge et de ses systèmes, ce qui a permis d’obtenir l’approbation TÜV pour l’ensemble du système PRIMOVE à Braunschweig à temps pour le lancement du service de transport de passagers. Ces tests comprenaient 280 cycles de recharge confirmés, près de 3 000 km parcourus avec une alimentation électrique et divers tests portant sur la sécurité électrique et l’émission électromagnétique.

Pour les passagers, le système PRIMOVE demeurera en grande partie inaudible et invisible. En effet, non seulement les autobus électriques sont plus silencieux et causent moins de vibrations que les autobus diesels ordinaires, mais leur accélération est plus uniforme, ce qui assurera une meilleure qualité de roulement et donc, un plus grand confort pour les passagers à Braunschweig. Des plaques de recharge haute puissance PRIMOVE intégrées dans le béton sont installées sous la chaussée à la station principale et à certains arrêts. L’installation électrique principale est elle aussi intégrée sous terre aux arrêts d’autobus. Les unités de refroidissement des dispositifs d’électronique de puissance en voie sont soigneusement intégrées à une colonne publicitaire et à l’abribus. L’emplacement sous terre ou dans le mobilier urbain existant des composantes principales et en voie offre de grands avantages aux urbanistes comparativement aux solutions de recharge conductives.

À titre de chef de file mondial en matière de technologie ferroviaire, Bombardier a une vision claire des villes de demain. Nous nous représentons des villes où tous les véhicules fonctionnent à l’électricité et où les véhicules de transport collectif ne bouleversent pas le paysage, mais s’y intègrent harmonieusement en offrant une mobilité urbaine silencieuse sans émission. Grâce à la gamme de produits PRIMOVE, Bombardier prépare les exploitants de services de transport et les fabricants de véhicules à faire la transition, d’une manière facile et pratique, à la mobilité électrique pour tout type de véhicules électriques – qu’il s’agisse de tramways et d’autobus ou de camions et de voitures. Avec cette entrée en service pour le transport de passagers, le premier autobus électrique PRIMOVE à Braunschweig fait la preuve d’une idée novatrice devenue réalité.

À propos du projet pilote PRIMOVE à Braunschweig
Dans le cadre d’un projet nommé « emil » (mobilité électrique par chargement inductif), l’université technique de Braunschweig et le fournisseur d’énergie BS | Energy participent en tant que partenaires de ce projet novateur à Braunschweig avec Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG et Bombardier. Le projet est financé par le ministère des Transports et de l’Infrastructure numérique du gouvernement fédéral allemand.

Les autobus électriques du fabricant Solaris se rechargent pleinement durant la nuit au centre d’autobus. Il suffit de recharger les batteries durant l’arrêt de dix minutes prévu au terminus pour permettre à l’autobus électrique simple de 12 m de boucler sans difficulté le circuit de 12 km. Comme les autobus articulés de 18 m exigent davantage d’énergie, ils sont également rechargés pendant quelques secondes de plus à deux arrêts d’autobus intermédiaires. Ce concept de recharge taillé sur mesure garantit une durée de vie utile maximale des batteries et une desserte ininterrompue de la ligne d’autobus existante au moyen d’une solution de mobilité électrique non polluante.

Un aperçu du fonctionnement du système PRIMOVE et un comparatif avec les autobus diesel sont accessibles en suivant le lien : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hGrk8AHKmw

À propos de la gamme de produits PRIMOVE
Grâce à la gamme de produits souples PRIMOVE, Bombardier offre le seul guichet unique au monde en matière de mobilité électrique véritable : le système entièrement intégré conçu pour les véhicules électriques sur rail et sur route permet aux villes et au secteur des transports d’adopter aisément la mobilité électrique. L’ensemble complet comprend un système de recharge rapide par induction PRIMOVE, les batteries légères de longue durée PRIMOVE et la solution de propulsion efficace PRIMOVE.

Autres projets PRIMOVE  
Bombardier s’affaire actuellement à mettre en place le système PRIMOVE pour des autobus électriques à Mannheim et à Berlin, en Allemagne, de même qu’à Bruges, en Belgique. Des batteries légères de longue durée PRIMOVE sont actuellement installées dans les tramways de la métropole en plein essor de Nanjing, en Chine. En outre, des essais concluants ont été menés avec un camion chargé de façon dynamique à Mannheim, en janvier 2014.

À propos de Bombardier
Bombardier est le seul constructeur au monde à fabriquer à la fois des avions et des trains. Regardant vers l’avenir tout en repoussant les limites du présent, Bombardier fait évoluer la mobilité en répondant à la demande mondiale en moyens de transport plus efficaces, plus durables et plus agréables. Notre leadership résulte d’un vaste éventail de véhicules, de services et, surtout, de nos employés.

Le siège social de Bombardier est situé à Montréal, au Canada. Nos actions (BBD) se négocient à la Bourse de Toronto, et nous sommes l’une des entreprises composant les indices de durabilité Dow Jones Sustainability World et Dow Jones Sustainability North America. Pour l’exercice clos le 31 décembre 2013, nos revenus ont été de 18,2 milliards $. Vous trouverez nouvelles et information à l'adresse bombardier.com ou en nous suivant sur Twitter : @Bombardier.

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Setting Our Game Plan

Thu, 2014-03-27 02:05

SOURCE: AT&T

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By: John Schulz, AVP of Sustainability Operations

March Madness is almost upon us — soon the office pools will begin, and the TVs will invariably be tuned to college basketball.

We’re in a March Madness of our own in the sustainability world: reporting season is upon us, and we are working on filling out CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), crafting our Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)-aligned report and responding to the other surveys and requests for information that abound in this space.

Between crunching data and gathering our narratives, it can sometimes feel like we’re sprinting up and down court, blocking and shooting. (Hopefully, we aren’t fouling.)

March Madness is almost upon us — soon the office pools will begin, and the TVs will invariably be tuned to college basketball.

We’re in a March Madness of our own in the sustainability world: reporting season is upon us, and we are working on filling out CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), crafting our Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)-aligned report and responding to the other surveys and requests for information that abound in this space.

Between crunching data and gathering our narratives, it can sometimes feel like we’re sprinting up and down court, blocking and shooting. (Hopefully, we aren’t fouling.)

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Energy, CDP, CDP Disclosure, GRI, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), #CSRreporting, #MarchMadness, att, AT&T, March Madness, CSReporting

Trane “Acceleration Now” Tour Arrives in Miami

Thu, 2014-03-27 02:05

SOURCE: Ingersoll Rand

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  • Enhanced indoor air quality can help improve academic performance in schools, healing in hospitals and productivity for employees
  • Trane will present St. Lucie County School District with Energy Efficiency Leader Award at event
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March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Trane®“Acceleration Now” tour launches in Miami, Fla., on Monday, March 31. Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is hitting the road in 2014 to bring its commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions to its customers across North America.

Media are invited to attend the Trane “Acceleration Now” Tour to learn more about how the right energy conservation measures can help organizations and businesses increase their energy and operational efficiency and the benefits they can gain as a result. These results can include improved academic performance in schools, optimized healing in healthcare environments and higher productivity and better health for employees in government and commercial buildings.

HVAC product managers, industry experts and Trane leadership team members will be available to discuss the “Acceleration Now” tour, as well as the solutions launched over the past two years and the benefits they provide to the industry.

At the event, Trane also will present St. Lucie County School District with an Energy Efficiency Leader Award which recognizes the district’s commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability.

First Stop - When and Where

  • Media can visit the tour on Monday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Trane will present the Energy Efficiency Leader Award to St. Lucie County School District at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 31.
  • Location: Lot 4 in Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., in Miami Gardens, FL 33056

About the Tour

During the Trane “Acceleration Now” tour, two semi-trucks carrying the newest equipment, controls and interactive displays will visit 70 communities in 39 weeks. Customers can learn about these new technologies and innovations at each stop:

  • EarthWise™ Systems
  • Trane Energy Services
  • Tracer™ Products and Services
  • Controls
  • Air Handlers
  • Trane Rental Services
  • Trane Parts and Supply
  • Chillers
  • Rooftop Systems
  • VAV Systems
  • Advantage VRF™ Systems
  • Outdoor Air Systems

These energy-efficient products provide reliable, cost-effective solutions for commercial real estate, data centers and restaurants, as well as education, healthcare, hospitality, government, manufacturing and retail facilities.  Visit trane.com/areyouready to learn more about the “Acceleration Now” tour coming to Miami, Fla.

Upgrades Save St. Lucie County School District $5 million a Year

Leaders at St. Lucie County School District in Fort Pierce, Fla., expect recently completed infrastructure upgrades to save $5 million a year, cutting energy costs 30 to 40 percent. Previously ranked 60th out of the 67 Florida school districts listed by county and ranked for energy usage, St. Lucie County is now ranked 18th. The district reduced annual utility costs from more than $12 million to less than $7 million.

In recognition of the district’s commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability, Trane is presenting the district with the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award.” Fernando Lagomasino, Florida district general manager for Trane, will present the award to Sean Murray, energy manager for St. Lucie County School District.

“These upgrades improved the teaching and learning environment while generating drastic savings for the district,” said Sean Murray, energy manager for St. Lucie County School District. “The reduction in costs saved the equivalent of 100 teachers’ jobs.”

Prior to implementing the upgrades, the school district created an energy advisory board to evaluate options for replacing its aging and outdated air-cooled chillers. They selected a chiller plant upgrade with thermal energy storage to provide reliable, cost-effective cooling using energy savings and utility rebates to offset the cost of the chiller investment.

Leaders selected Centennial High School as the first site for a chiller plant upgrade with thermal energy storage and the solution generated significant results. The improvements reduced the high school’s annual electric bill by almost 40 percent.

Based on these results, St. Lucie County School District moved forward with plans to upgrade 13 district locations serving 15 schools. The improved chiller plants run at cooler temperatures to provide better dehumidification ─ important in the humid Florida environment ─ and operate more efficiently with less pumping and fewer fans.

The district selected CALMAC® IceBank® energy storage tanks for the chiller plants due to its superior design, low maintenance and long life. Technician training and support was incorporated into each equipment purchase to ensure that the systems would keep running at optimum performance. The ice-enhanced water- and air-cooled chiller plants build ice at night during off-peak hours when the cooling and power load is low, allowing the schools to take advantage of lower-cost electricity rates.

The district replaced chiller plants located at three schools in close proximity to each other with a centralized chiller plant built between them. The plant, which includes more than two miles of underground piping to connect the schools to the plant, allowed the district to reduce chiller capacity and remove 300 tons of capacity by centralizing the plants.

The district installed the chiller plant during the summer to avoid interrupting school operations with piping and interconnections completed after school start-up on weekends and holidays.

About St. Lucie County School District

St. Lucie County School District includes approximately 40,000 students enrolled at 45 K-12 schools. The mission of the St. Lucie County School District is to ensure that all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with knowledge, skills and the desire to succeed. Educating children isn’t just a top priority for the school district, it’s also important to the community, with parents, businesses and other residents joining in to provide a full and rich educational experience for the children. Because of this unique partnership, the St. Lucie County School District is able to offer a variety of educational experiences that prepare students for the future, including charter, magnet, virtual and home schooling.

About Ingersoll Rand and Trane

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or trane.com.

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KEYWORDS: Climate and the environment, Utilities, St. Lucie County School District, trane, Ingersoll Rand, EarthWise, Tracer, air handlers, energy services, chillers, vav system, advantage vre., Fernando Lagomasino, Sean Murray

SAP to Only Use 'Green' Data Centres to Service Growing Cloud Business

Thu, 2014-03-27 02:05
Company emmissions rose last year as customers moved apps to SAP cloud

SOURCE: SAP

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SAP plans to power all its data centres and facilities globally with 100 percent renewable electricity, starting from this year.

SAP says "the shift will help minimise the company's carbon footprint as it moves to a cloud business model".

The business software supplier added that the move "will help eliminate carbon emissions caused by its customers' systems, by moving them into a 'green cloud'".

Continue reading the original article about SAP using renewable electricity on CFOworld >>

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Celebration Concludes Third Year of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good

Thu, 2014-03-27 01:55
Nine LA-Area Nonprofit Organizations Gather With Winning Vehicle Models

SOURCE: Toyota

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TORRANCE, Calif., March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Nine nonprofits ready to serve their communities will gather today to celebrate the 2013 100 Cars for Good philanthropy program. The charities will use their nine vehicles (seven Siennas and two Tundras) won through the program’s public voting to transport people, food and even musical instruments. Those same instruments will help veterans and at-risk youth find confidence and friendship through music education and performances, thanks to The Rock Club and Rock for Vets.

“These individuals are all struggling, but when you put them together, it’s something amazing,” said Frank McIlquham, founder and director of The Rock Club and Rock for Vets. “To win the Sienna is an honor and a one-in-a-million opportunity. We can move equipment, reach more people and perform further away – we can’t wait to get started.”

The nine organizations at Toyota’s headquarters today will showcase a slice of the many diverse causes selected by online voters every day between Oct. 1 and Nov. 19.

  • A New Way of Life (Los Angeles): A re-entry program for formerly incarcerated women in South Central LA to support successful transitions back to the community (Sienna).
  • Green Vets Los Angeles (Calabasas, Calif.): A vocational rehabilitation program that provides job training for veterans (Sienna).
  • Honoring Our Fallen (Cypress, Calif.): An organization that provides direct support to families of fallen military members (Sienna).
  • House of Ruth (Pomona, Calif.) A group that assists families victimized by domestic violence (Sienna).
  • Mojave Desert Animal Rescue (Apple Valley, Calif.): A pet food bank and resource center for homeless pet owners (Tundra).
  • New Directions for Veterans (Los Angeles): A resource organization for veterans and their families (Sienna).
  • Operation Gratitude (Van Nuys, Calif.): A group that sends care packages to military members, their families, veterans, caregivers and first responders (Tundra).
  • Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging  (Santa Clarita, Calif.): A senior center that provides meals, transportation and other assistance (Sienna).
  • The Rock Club and Rock For Vets (Signal Hill, Calif.): A musical education group for at-risk kids and veterans (Sienna).

Winning nonprofits chose among the Toyota Highlander, Prius, Sienna, Sienna Mobility or Tundra, which come with a six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty from Toyota Financial Services. To see the full list of winners, visit www.100carsforgood.com.

For Los Angeles-based A New Way of Life, passengers in the new Sienna will include women recently released from prison headed to a safe home, appointments and interviews to build new, productive lives.

"On behalf of A New Way of Life Reentry Project and the women we serve, I am so pleased to receive a Sienna to transport our women and children comfortably and safely,” said Susan Burton, founder and director. “Toyota 100 Cars for Good, thank you for making this possible, and thank you to all those who were inspired enough by our mission to vote for us.”

Hundreds of Toyota associates will attend today’s event, along with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) CEO and President Kazuo Ohara. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and learn about the local charities and are encouraged to get involved with causes that move them.

“Meeting these inspiring organizations brings to life the real impact these Toyota vehicles will have in communities right in our own backyard,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We are proud that 100 Cars for Good will help these community leaders and the other 91 winning nonprofits around the country reach new heights. There’s no better way to finish off the third year of this successful philanthropy program.”

Since 100 Cars for Good began in 2011, Toyota has provided 300 vehicles to voter-selected organizations and nearly $1 million to the 950 organizations who were runners-up. To learn more about 100 Cars for Good, visit www.100carsforgood.com.


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About Toyota 
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks (more than 2.2 million in the U.S.) in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com. 

About Toyota Financial Services (TFS) 
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in North America.  The TFS affiliate in the United States offers retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor Insurance Services.  The Canadian affiliate serves the same need in Canada.  TFS employs over 3,300 associates in North America and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion.  TFS is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.
 
For more information about TFS in the United States, visit www.toyotafinancial.com.  For information more about TFS in Canada, visit www.toyota.ca and click on “Company Information” to access the TFS site

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Home Depot Charity Helps Fix or Build 10,000 Homes

Thu, 2014-03-27 01:30

SOURCE: Home Depot Foundation

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By KATHLEEN FOODY

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Nonprofit organizations backed by the Home Depot Foundation have built or repaired more than 10,000 homes for veterans as part of the retailer's grant program.

The foundation, supported by contributions from the Atlanta company and its vendors, has handed out more than $65 million since 2011 to organizations that renovate or build houses for veterans across the country.

Jake Maguire, a spokesman for the nonprofit group Community Solutions, applauded the Home Depot Foundation's commitment to working with experienced local groups.

"I think they recognized early on they could make the biggest impact by partnering with as many organizations as they could," said Maguire, whose organization works to fight homelessness.

The Home Depot Foundation has pledged to provide $80 million in grants by the spring of 2015. President Kelly Caffarelli said she expects the foundation to continue working on housing issues after that, especially as military cuts take effect and more veterans look for homes.

"As long as there are veterans that need help with their housing, I think we'll continue trying to help," Caffarelli said.

This article appeared on The Atlanta Journal Constitution. To continue reading, click here.

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Postcards From Peru: An Executive's Perspective

Thu, 2014-03-27 00:00
By Aled Miles, Symantec's Senior Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean

SOURCE: Symantec

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As the inaugural Symantec Service Corps (SSC) assignment wound down, I had the enormous pleasure of hosting the team for dinner in Arequipa, Peru before they left for home. As you know, this team of ten was selected for Symantec’s first effort at a long-term international service project, spending four weeks applying their professional skills to assist three Peruvian organizations. I know we’ve all been following along on their journey through the Postcards from Peru series on this blog, but I wanted to share my personal observations after the privilege of spending an evening with this interesting and focused team, that had only known each other for 28 days.

I was genuinely impressed by each and every SSC member. This team has done truly amazing things. I had spent the first part of the week in Sao Paulo with our Brazil colleagues. I often route back to California with a stop in Lima and a direct flight to San Francisco. I’ll be honest … my energy was a little low as I faced a fourth night out after even more air travel. I shouldn’t have been concerned … this group gave me a full recharge.

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We're Only Human: Personal Concerns Weigh Heavily on Business Purchases

Wed, 2014-03-26 10:45

SOURCE: Sustainable Brands

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Late last year we fielded our first-ever B2B Pulse study to better understand the role sustainability plays as business decision-makers are making purchasing decisions. We spoke to a wide variety of decision-makers in a variety of sectors, and what we found about how sustainability affects those decisions is either obvious or shocking, depending on your viewpoint: Business decision-makers are people, too.

Read more.

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TransCanada Employees Enrich Engineers Without Borders Partnership

Wed, 2014-03-26 08:00
TransCanada’s 2013 EWB secondees report on their experiences in Africa

SOURCE: TransCanada

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Employees Enrich Engineers Without Borders Partnership 

It’s only a little more than two months since TransCanada’s 2013 Engineers Without Borders (EWB) secondees Leanne LeBlanc and Tim Hirtle returned to Canada, but one thing they already miss about Africa is the warmth. While both LeBlanc and Hirtle admit they miss the warm weather they experienced during fall and winter in Africa, it’s the warmth of the people they miss the most.

TransCanada has a unique five-year partnership with EWB that began in 2011. It includes a financial investment in EWB of $545,000 over five years, in addition to the secondment of 10 employees to EWB projects in order to help tackle the problem of persistent poverty in Africa. LeBlanc and Hirtle were seconded (or temporarily loaned) to EWB for six months beginning last summer and spent four of those months in Ghana and Zambia, respectively.

LeBlanc, a communications specialist, was able to put her professional skills to use with the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (part of the municipal government in Ghana), while Hirtle worked with Forest Fruits in Zambia to help improve the company’s maintenance/parts inventory and provide coaching.

The TransCanada duo shared many successes and difficulties during their time in Africa, but all-in-all LeBlanc and Hirtle stress that they enjoyed the secondment and are grateful that TransCanada and EWB were able to give them the chance to experience a different way of life and use their professional skills in meaningful roles.

To read more about Leanne and Tim's experiences click here...

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Wrigley Joins Global Community to Support World Oral Health Day

Wed, 2014-03-26 07:30
Wrigley will be "Celebrating Healthy Smiles" and encouraging people to make a lifelong commitment to their oral health in collaboration with partners from more than 100 countries

SOURCE: Mars, Incorporated

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World Oral Heath Day 2014 is “Celebrating Healthy Smiles.” Wrigley is a proud partner of this day-of-action which is organized by FDI World Dental Federation, the global organization representing over a million dentists worldwide. World Oral Health Day celebrates the benefits of a healthy mouth, promotes awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of looking after oral hygiene. Wrigley will join dental professionals, dental students, policy makers, researchers, celebrities, and other partners from more than 100 countries to encourage people to make a lifelong commitment to their oral health and healthy smiles.

“Wrigley is committed to making a real contribution to the oral health of the world,” said Matthew Kent, Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program Manager. “By working together on World Oral Health Day and throughout the year, we can help ensure people have the information and the oral care tools they need to protect and promote their oral health.”

Across the globe, oral disease is a significant public health challenge. Up to 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral disease in their lifetime, including caries (the process which can lead to tooth decay) and periodontal disease.1 The incidence of tooth decay appears to be getting worse; the American Journal of Dentistry reports an increase in the prevalence of dental caries in primary and permanent teeth of children and adults since 2001.2 Worryingly, it is estimated that between 60% and 90% of school children worldwide have dental caries.1

To help turn the tide against these statistics, activities across the globe on World Oral Health Day will draw attention to the burden of oral disease and provide information on simple, preventive steps we can all take to maintain good oral health, including: brushing teeth with fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice daily; regular dental check-ups; and chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking on-the-go.3

To encourage families to look after their teeth and their oral health, FDI has launched “The Tooth Thief”, an illustrated book which tells the story of Mascarpone, the famous mouse detective, who comes to the aid of the Tooth Fairy. In addition to being an entertaining mystery story, the book shares important oral health information and tips. World renowned Ivorian Manchester City footballer Yaya Touré wrote the foreword to the book.

“Your teeth are precious. Once you’ve lost your milk teeth, your new ones need to last a lifetime. That’s why I am happy to support World Oral Health Day,” said Touré. “It is a chance for everyone, no matter where you live, no matter your gender, no matter your age, to celebrate healthy smiles.”

To learn more about World Oral Health Day 2014 and to download “The Tooth Thief,” please visithttp://www.worldoralhealthday.com/book (available from 20 March). The book will also be available from the Apple iBook Store and Amazon.

About the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program

The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) partners with dental professionals worldwide, helping them improve their patients’ oral health through one extra simple and enjoyable step in their daily routine: chewing sugarfree gum after eating and drinking on-the-go. For more than 25 years, WOHP has supported independent clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum, including saliva stimulation, plaque acid neutralization and tooth strengthening to help dental professionals and their patients understand the role of sugarfree gum as a convenient tool for everyday oral care. Today, Wrigley operates oral healthcare programs in 47 countries worldwide. WOHP is one example of how we make a difference to people and the planet through performance, and how we incorporate our principles based approach to business into all that we do. For more information, visit: www.wrigleyoralcare.com

About FDI

FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programs, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities. Over the years, it has developed programs, initiatives, campaigns, policies and congresses, always with a view to occupying a space that no other not-for-profit group can claim. FDI works at national and international level through its own activities and those of its member dental associations. It is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a member of the World Health Professionals Alliance (WHPA). For more information, visit: www.fdiworlddental.org

  1. World Dental Federation. World Oral Health Day 2014 Toolkit. Available at: http://www.worldoralhealthday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/WOHD2014toolkit_eng.pdf. Accessed 12 March 2014.
  2. Bagramian RA, Garcia-Godoy F, Volpe AR. The global increase in dental caries: a pending public health crisis. Am J Dent. 2009;22:3-8.
  3. 3. Geurtsen W, Hellwig E, Klimek J. Basic recommendations for caries prophylaxis in permanent dentition. Frankfurt am Main: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Zahnerhaltung, 2014. Available at: http://www.dgz-online.de/?download=Wissenschaftliche_Mitteilung_DGZ.pdf Accessed 12 March 2014.

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Mars Belgium Wins the Great Place to Work ‘Inspiring Culture’ Award

Wed, 2014-03-26 07:30
Value-driven company culture of Mars Belgium translates into concrete actions

SOURCE: Mars, Incorporated

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At the annual award ceremony of the Great Place To Work Awards, Mars Belgium has won the award for Inspiring Culture. What’s more, since 2009, this global food manufacturing company has appeared each year among the top 10 Best Employers in Belgium in the category ‘fewer than 500 employees’. Remarkably, Mars Belgium is also the only company in the top 10 with a production facility in Belgium: the Uncle Ben’s rice factory in Olen. Mars Belgium is a family owned global food business with a unique and value-driven company culture which is translated into concrete actions and activities and truly determines the way they operate.

The Inspiring Culture Award is issued by the Great Place to Work Institute in collaboration with the Vlerick Business School. It is awarded to companies with a clear mission and vision for the future, realised in an honest and ethically responsible manner, and which is also translated into the daily operations of the companies.

Mars’ value-driven corporate culture is based on Five Principles: Quality, Responsibility, Efficiency, Mutuality and Freedom. This company culture plays a key role for Mars and is the guiding principle in everything the company undertakes. Steve Axe, General Manager of Mars Belgium, confirms: “Corporate culture is often seen as a ‘soft’ value, but at Mars we see it as a ‘core’ value. For us, inspiring culture is not a by-product; it is intentional and always connected to our Five Principles. There is a real ‘Mars way’ of doing business and a ‘Mars way’ of working collaboratively. This enables real motivation amongst employees that put heart and soul into the work they undertake daily.”

100% satisfaction when it comes to the unique conversation culture that ensures alignment and engagement
At Mars, openness, responsibility and mutuality are actively encouraged. Each month, the company organises a ‘Join the Conversation’. These are open meetings (townhall style) in the middle of the office where business update is presented and active conversation takes place amongst employees and managers. An internal communications survey in June 2013 revealed that an impressive 100% of employees feel that these sessions ensure that they are well informed and 84% of them state that the opportunity for feedback and questions is an indisputable added value.
Mars Belgium also motivates its employees by consciously celebrating both individual and shared successes and team achievements: 91% of employees endorse this and say that it is precisely these types of initiatives that ensure recognition and fulfilment.

Mars Belgium - an international talent pool thanks to its ongoing investment in people
Of all its employees, 94% feel that they are given a lot of responsibility and 86% of them are satisfied with the training programmes offered to them. One of the cornerstones of the HR policy of Mars is the ongoing investment in training and development. Each employee gets a Personal Development Plan (70/20/10): they learn 70% via daily practices, 20% via other people and peer-buddying and 10% via training programmes. Xavier De Buysscher, Plant Director of the Uncle Ben’s rice factory in Olen, explains: “At Mars there is a real, strong learning culture, not just via the Personal Development Plan and the formal training programmes given by the Mars University, but above all because we provide a framework in which it is possible to make mistakes as part of a learning and growth process. This context of constantly striving to improve also enhances entrepreneurship: taking initiatives and being able to make a difference, both individually as well as in a team. This provides a true sense of fulfilment.”
It will come therefore as no surprise to discover that Mars Belgium develops Talent who are then able to move on to international careers: the head office in Sint-Stevens-Woluwe is also home to three international hubs with an additional 74 staff with European and international functions. In 2013, four employees of the local Brussels unit continued their career paths in these international hubs.

92% of the employees are convinced of Mars’ contribution to society
Mars is committed to people, communities and planet. Mars creates for example not only a wide range of opportunities for its own employees, but is also involved in societal contribution via programmes such as the Mars Volunteer Programme and the Mars Ambassador Programme. On 18 October 2013, 70 employees from the head office in Sint-Stevens-Woluwe participated in a thorough cleaning up of the ‘De Bombazijnen’ , a park and former orchard in Zaventem as part of the Mars Volunteer Programme, the goal of which is to encourage employees worldwide to take part in volunteer work for a local organisation. Each employee may take up 2 working days’ for this initiative.

About Mars Belgium
Mars Belgium is part of Mars, Inc. - one of the fastest growing food companies in the world. Mars, Inc. employs 72,000 people worldwide in 73 different countries, spread over five continents. Mars Belgium operates in three market segments: Chocolate, Petcare and Food. The family owned company has a number of the world’s most favourite brands in its portfolio including chocolate products such as M&M’s®, Snickers®, Twix®, Mars®, Balisto® and Bounty®, Uncle Ben’s® rice, Pedigree®, Cesar® and Frolic® dog food and Whiskas® and Sheba® cat food. Mars Belgium employs 277 people and produced in 2013 a turnover of 287.5 million euros. Mars has two sites in Belgium: the headquarters in Sint-Stevens-Woluwe that is also home to the three international hubs where a further 74 people are employed, and the production unit for Uncle Ben’s rice in Olen. www.mars.be - www.hoveelzoetisgoed.be

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In Your Community: AT&T Mississippi President on Education and Workforce Development

Wed, 2014-03-26 02:35

SOURCE: AT&T

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By: Mayo Flint, AT&T Mississippi President

Recently, I was honored to author a column with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on the importance of education and workforce development. 

A robust education system is central to the future of our state. By focusing on programs with proven results, we can have a measurable impact on the students that need it most and help us to meet our goal of improving graduation rates and building a strong workforce here in Mississippi.

In order to maintain the growth we’ve seen from companies investing in Mississippi and attract others like them, we must ensure that all of today’s students are well prepared to embrace success.

To learn more about this important issue, take a look at this column in the Clarion Ledger.

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The Home Depot Foundation Improves More Than 10,000 Units of Veterans’ Housing in Effort to Ensure Every Veteran Has a Safe Place to Call Home

Wed, 2014-03-26 02:30
Foundation Announces Nearly $4 Million in Additional Grants for Veterans’ Housing, Part of Five-Year, $80 Million Commitment

SOURCE: Home Depot Foundation

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ATLANTA, March 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Today, The Home Depot® Foundation announced an additional $3.9 million in grants to organizations across the country that address veterans’ housing needs. The recent round of grants brings the Foundation’s financial contributions to the issue to $65.7 million since launching its mission in the spring of 2011 of ensuring every veteran has a safe place to call home. To date, donations made by The Home Depot Foundation have impacted more than 10,200 units of veterans' housing.

In the most recent round of grants, The Home Depot Foundation is providing project funding that includes:

  • $1.7 million to nonprofits to repair or construct 323 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans, including 225 units that serve veterans with families.
  • $800,000 to nonprofits that will provide transitional housing to 131 homeless veterans.
  • $400,000 to a nonprofit organization that offers 58 women veterans and their families a permanent supportive housing solution.
  • $875,000 to provide critical home repairs and maintenance to 126 single-family homes owned by veterans and their families.

“We know that too many veterans struggle with issues related to housing: nearly 60,000 U.S. veterans are homeless on any given night, and women veterans, many of whom have children, are the fastest-growing segment of this homeless population, while several million others live with a service-connected disability,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “As we work toward our mission of ensuring every veteran has a safe place to call home, we are committed to funding nonprofit organizations that address veterans’ needs at every point on the housing continuum.”

The Home Depot Foundation’s latest grants to organizations that address veterans’ housing needs include:

Grant Amount

Organization

Location

Primary Focus of Grant

$500,000

Community Solutions

Washington, D.C.

Support the new construction of 125 units of affordable housing, including 60 for veterans; units targeted to formerly homeless veterans using Housing First model.

$300,000

Center for Veterans Issues

Green Bay, WI

Support construction of Veterans Manor, a new 50-unit permanent supportive housing facility for veterans.

$300,000

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Provide critical home repairs to 25 low-income veteran homeowners and their families.

$300,000

PATH Ventures

Los Angeles, CA

Support construction of Vermont Villas,  which will have 80 one-bedroom permanent supportive housing units, including 41 units reserved for low-income and homeless veterans, veterans with small families and veterans with a caregiver.


$300,000

USO

Fort Belvoir, VA and Bethesda, MD

Support the construction of USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, VA and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

$275,000

National League of Cities

Washington, D.C./ Nationwide

Support programs and events that aim to eliminate and prevent veteran homelessness in cities across the country.

$250,000

Longview Housing Authority

Longview, WA

Renovate three housing sites, totaling 25 units for homeless and low-income veterans and their families.

$200,000

HELP USA

Philadelphia, PA

Support the construction of an affordable housing facility that will have 60 units, including at least 12 specifically for veterans.

$200,000

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Provide critical home repairs and accessibility modifications for 35 veteran homeowners and their families.

$200,000

The Empowerment Program

Denver, CO

Support the construction of Odyssey Family Residences, 36 permanent affordable housing units for women veterans with children.

$200,000

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

 

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Support construction of new homes for two veteran families; provide critical home repairs to five veteran homeowners; and provide home repairs and accessibility modifications to 15 veteran homeowners.

$200,000

Veterans Village of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Support the construction of Women’s Veterans Center, 20 one-bedroom transitional affordable housing units for homeless women veterans.

$200,000

Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development

Newington, CT

Support the construction of a permanent supportive housing facility for 74 veterans and their families, including 22 women veterans.

$175,000

Meals on Wheels Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Provide critical home repairs and energy-efficiency improvements for 44 veteran homeowners and their families.

$100,000

Buffalo Valley

Nashville, TN

Support development of Patriot Place, which includes 30 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans and their families.

$100,000

Caritas Communities

Boston, MA

Convert vacant police precinct into Patriot Homes, a 24-unit affordable housing complex for veterans and their families.

$100,000

Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation

Indianapolis, IN

Renovate Warman Woods, a transitional housing facility that houses 47 veterans.

$85,000

Three Hots and a Cot

Birmingham, AL

Complete rehab and renovations on nine properties that offer permanent supportive housing to 44 veterans and their families.

For more about The Home Depot Foundation’s efforts to address veterans’ housing needs, follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter @homedepotfdn, #TeamDepot, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation or visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $65 million to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $380 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

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For more information, contact:

Lisa Walsh

The Home Depot Foundation

770-384-4281

Lisa_Walsh@homedepot.com

 

Ben Owens

The Home Depot Foundation

770-433-8211 x 84133

Benjamin_Owens@homedepot.com

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AMWAY SOUTH AFRICA: Tutudesk Campaign Aims to Deliver 20 Million Desks by 2020

Wed, 2014-03-26 02:20
Portable desks are called Tutudesks in honor of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

SOURCE: Amway

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Travel with Amway to South Africa

Late last year, Amway introduced you to the Tutudesk Foundation, which provides innovative desk solutions for schools in South Africa.

We just released a video that takes you on a journey to a small school in Queenstown, where children are learning about their value through a simple – but effective - gift.

Also, below is a blog post that was completed on November 7, 2013, just days after the delivery of 1,500 portable lap desks to students. Their spirts, happiness and joy were undeniable!

What’s a Tutudesk?

Last week we participated in the delivery of 1,500 portable lap desks to students in Queenstown, South Africa. Amway Business Owner leader Anja Schwarz joined us, on behalf of ABOs across Europe and Africa who have been raising funds and awareness about this program for the last couple of years.

These portable desks are called Tutudesks in honor of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who lent his name and his story to help meet the needs of the crowded classrooms and homes of children in South Africa, and across the continent.

The Tutudesk Campaign aims to deliver 20 million desks by 2020, and has already distributed 2 million through partnerships with Amway and others.

The desks are given to each student. They include a list of Child’s Rights, a child hotline telephone number, the alphabet and times table.

When you join a Tutudesk delivery, it’s an entire experience. Jacob Ramaru, who grew up in Soweto and knows the challenges learners face, turned the event into an empowerment session for children and the entire community. He works for the Tutudesk campaign, and travels from school to school, spreading hope and setting high expectations for the dreams of the students.

We were joined by local mothers, government and school officials, and even a police escort. Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe spoke to learners on behalf of Archbishop Tutu, her father, emphasizing the value in each student, challenging them to “Reach for the moon. If you fall, you fall among the stars.”

It’s a special initiative to be part of, where you can truly see change happening, one by one.

Thanks to Karin Schmid, Sharon Apollis and all of our many partners who have made this program successful.

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Join the Collective Impact Forum Online Community and Resource Center

Wed, 2014-03-26 02:00

SOURCE: FSG

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Collectiveimpactforum.org is now live!

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March 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Collective Impact Forum is the place for collective impact practitioners and those interested in collective impact — from nonprofits, to funders, to people in government, to business leaders, and others — to come together to share success stories, problem-solve, and learn from each other. It is an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, in partnership with many others working to advance the practice of collective impact. 

JOIN THE COMMUNITY to:

  • Access practical tools and other Resources
  • Ask questions, share advice, and discuss new ideas in the Community
  • Connect with other practitioners, funders, and backbones through the Profile Directory
  • Hear success stories from practitioners working in the field in Featured Stories
  • Learn about collective impact news, events, and training opportunities in News & Events

Learn more:

For more information on the Collective Impact Forum, please contact Jennifer Splansky Juster or Sheri Brady.

Join the Collective Impact Forum Community >

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KEYWORDS: Education, Environment, Food & Farming, Health and Wellness, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Collective Impact, FSG, community, online community, Forum, collective impact forum, online resource center, social innovation, The Aspen Institute

Wildlife Gets New Habitat on Lake Pontchartrain South Shore

Tue, 2014-03-25 13:00
Volunteers Help Plant Grasses to Break Up Concrete with Wetland

SOURCE: Caesars Entertainment Corporation

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The plants sticking up through the muddy ground at Bayou St. John on Tuesday afternoon didn’t look like much, but in one, maybe two growing seasons, they should transform this area into a mini wetland.

Although just a little under a half-acre in size, the wetlands creation project on the Lake Pontchartrain side of the flood control structure could become an oasis of habitat for fish, crabs and birds in an otherwise bleak expanse of concrete floodwalls and rock protection along the south shore.

On Tuesday, about 50 volunteers from Harrah’s, Entergy and other companies showed up for what should be the final major step in creating a wetland where the bayou meets Lake Pontchartrain through the planting of wetland grasses.

There will be some fine tuning done in the future, such as lowering some areas of the marsh or additional plantings, but for now the created marsh is a lot more inviting than what was there before, said John Lopez, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, which organized the marsh creation project.

“You just had a bare concrete embankment,” he said. “Which is just poor habitat.”

Continue reading the orginal article on The New Orleans Advocate >>

Original source: The New Orleans Advocate

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Toyota Celebrates National Ag Day by Awarding Twelve Toyota Tundra Trucks to Agricultural Educators

Tue, 2014-03-25 09:20

SOURCE: Toyota

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Torrance, CA, March 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has awarded twelve one-year leases on a 2014 Toyota Tundra to teachers and postsecondary education programs throughout the U.S. as a sponsor of the 2013 Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program and 2013 Outstanding Teacher awards presented by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

Toyota Motor Sales' sponsorship of the awards, in partnership with the National FFA Foundation, aligns with its commitment to support and enrich educational programs. National Agriculture Day on March 25, 2014 is a day designated each year to celebrating and recognizing agriculture's vital role in American society.

"Here at Toyota Motor Sales, we are proud to support agricultural education as a key element of our country's cultural and economic future," said Jim Baudino, engagement marketing manager for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "We are thrilled to participate in such a meaningful and engaging sponsorship."

Agricultural education in the twenty-first century allows students to apply classroom theory and prepares them for a wide range of career opportunities beyond traditional farming and production, including veterinary science, environmental sciences, and biotechnology. As the global population is projected to reach nine billion people by 2050 and consumers' interest in safe and transparent food production grows, agricultural education will become increasingly vital in helping tomorrow's leaders solve complex global problems.

According to the USDA, jobs in Food, Renewable Energy, and the Environment among college graduates are projected to increase by 5% between 2010-2015 thanks to global market and public policy shifts related to food, energy, and the environment. Career website AgCareers.com reported a 29% increase in agriculture-related job postings in 2013, and said that 98% of agriculture employers anticipate staff salary increases in 2014*.

Over the past seven years, Toyota Motor Sales has awarded more than 84 Toyota trucks to educators throughout the U.S. through its sponsorship of the NAAE awards, recognizing innovation and best practices in agricultural education. Toyota Motor Sales is proud to honor the following NAAE award winners for their leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness, and professional activities:

2013 Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program 

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept. at Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa
  • Beebe Dept. of Agriculture at Arkansas State University, Beebe, Ark.
  • Casper College Agriculture Dept., Casper, Wyo.
  • Johnson County Young Farmers Association, Wrightsville, Ga.
  • Mexico Young Farmers Association, Mexico, Mo.
  • Mifflinburg Young Farmers Association, Mifflinburg, Pa.

2013 Outstanding Teacher 

  • Matthew Eddy, Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, Iowa
  • Jason Larison, Holton High School, Holton, Kan.
  • Don Noorda, Wells High School, Wells, Nev.
  • Amanda Thomson, Middletown High School, Middletown, Conn.
  • Robby Vinzant, Lawrence County High School, Moulton, Ala.
  • Dena Wuebker, Versailles High School, Versailles, Ohio

*2013 Agribusiness Job Report by AgCareers.com. http://www.agcareers.com/us-job-outlook.cfm?year=2013

About Toyota 
Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we've built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ nearly 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.3 million cars and trucks in 2012 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company's extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit http://www.toyotanewsroom.com.

About National Association of Agricultural Educators 
NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage, and extensive awards and recognition programs. Its mission is "professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service." The NAAE headquarters are in Lexington, Kentucky.

About National FFA Organization 
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundatio
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

 

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KEYWORDS: Education, Food & Farming, Toyota, National Agriculture Day, Tundra, agriculture, Agricultural education, food production

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