SOURCE: National GeographicDESCRIPTION:
For more than 50 years we've had the power—literally—to send robots and humans to explore the solar system. See how much you know about the energy innovations that are taking us to the stars and the ways space can affect power generation on Earth.
Visit The Great Energy Challenge Energy Quiz Hub and put your energy IQ to the test.
KEYWORDS: Energy, space, Cosmos, Energy, National Geographic
SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.DESCRIPTION:
When you have a regular paycheck, a roof over your head, your health, and a fully stocked refrigerator, it’s easy to focus on other activities of daily living.
But when you lack one or all of these things, your focus is on surviving.
I know all this from first-hand experience. As a child, I helped my mom, who doesn’t speak English, apply for public assistance in times of great family need. I had to research and complete, on behalf of my parents, food, health, and unemployment forms and job applications, translating them from English to Spanish and vice versa. We used buses to go from one agency to the next, and sometimes going back and forth to the same organization. There was no one to point us the right way or direct us around pitfalls, as we worked toward stabilizing our day-to-day lives, and eventual self-sufficiency and economic independence.
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SOURCE: 3BL Media, LLCDESCRIPTION:
As the enrollment deadline at the end of this month for the Affordable Care Act draws near, the facts, figures, and comments from all sides are flying throughout the media sphere. It might be exactly the moment to look again at the big picture of U.S. health care as measured against that of the rest of the world, and remember why radical reform of the American health system was thought to be urgent in the first place.
Using a range of key public health indicators provided by the World Health Organization, U.S. health care has been compared to 16 other countries around the globe, and the figures tell the tale: in 2010, the U.S. spent more than two and one-half times more on health care per person than most developed nations in the world, over $8,000 per capita. Canada, the second highest, spent just $5,200. France and Japan spent $4,600 and $3,900, respectively.
How did France and Japan hold down costs? By accepting all patients, using common fee schedules, and being flexible in adjusting costs as fees in specific areas grew faster than projected. The Affordable Care Act is designed to include these ideas. Other areas remain to be addressed. For example, the U.S. has fewer physicians per 1,000 population in comparison to the average of the 34 countries who make up the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2.4 per thousand compared to 3.1 And the number of general practitioners in the U.S. is much lower than the OECD average, 0.3 per 1,000 compared to 1.2. There’s much to be done to make U.S. health care as efficient and as effective as the world’s most developed economy can engineer it to be.
I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.
Video Source: U.S. Health Care Versus the World: The Big Picture
KEYWORDS: Health, 3bl Media, health care, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Health Minute, world health organization, Policy Prescriptions, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, health care costs
SOURCE: BNY MellonDESCRIPTION:
Throughout March, BNY Mellon's virtual mentoring series explores the career insights and candid perspectives of executives who have reached the corner office. These dedicated leader-coaches share many common traits and values, reflecting how BNY Mellon has become the Investments Company for the World.
If you had 5 minutes with an inspirational woman leader what could you find out?
Tracy Nickl, managing director of BNY Mellon's Global Client Management group, shares five career tips for those who are on path to the corner office:
Tracy Nickl is a senior executive of the Platinum Client Team and a member of the corporate Operating Committee at BNY Mellon. She is responsible for the strategic partnership and service delivery for a select group of BNY Mellon's key global clients.
Prior to this role, Tracy was the Executive Director of Sales for BNY Mellon's Wealth Management Group. As the head of sales, her focus was on sales force expansion; implementing best practices on a global basis; identifying emerging growth opportunities and new distribution channels to strategically position the Wealth Management Group for success.
Tracy began her career at BNY Mellon in Southern California, where she oversaw the wealth management development strategies and teams in Century City, Los Angeles and Newport Beach.
Before joining BNY Mellon, Tracy was director of Wells Fargo’s Family Wealth Group, Southern California overseeing clients with $50 Million or more in net worth. In addition, at Wells Fargo, Tracy was responsible for the Portfolio Management and Trust Team in Beverly Hills, and headed product management for the Private Bank.
Over her 30 year career she has held a variety of sales and management roles at such companies as Northern Trust, Bausch & Lomb, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and management from Simmons College and a master of business administration from Boston College and is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA).
Tracy serves on the Board of Trustees for Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation. She is also on the Board of Managers for the Ketchum Downtown YMCA. Tracy is a member of The Community Council for Excellence, Villa Esperanza Services in Pasadena; as well as a member of the Palos Verdes Women’s Club and Las Madrecitas, which supports the Orthopedic Institute for Children.
SOURCE: PYXERA GlobalDESCRIPTION:
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – PYXERA Global proudly announces the Public Private Partnership Forum, a one-of-a-kind event that will actively engage the public, private, and social sectors in dialogue like never before.
Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton will moderate a series of live conversations with executive leaders from The Dow Chemical Company, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Intel, and EY, and influential government agencies, including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and USAID, among others. Broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on April 7 from 2 to 5 pm, EST, the Forum will examine how cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value. Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and part of the Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets Conference, the Forum will be live-streamed from pyxeraglobal.org. Session topics and speakers include:
Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly becoming an effective and necessary approach to address the most pressing social issues of our time. “This dialogue between public, private, and social leaders will examine the ways in which partnership and collaboration can lead to sustainable impact,” stated Deirdre White, CEO of event host, PYXERA Global.
Where will you be?
Click here to sign up for the Public Private Partnership Forum on Facebook.
Click here to learn more about Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets.
Join the conversation on Twitter at #Catalyze14.
About PYXERA Global
PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal) leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. Our vision is of companies, governments, and NGOs working together in new ways to efficiently increase global well-being through standard business practices.
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KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Business & Trade, PYXERA Global, Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets, Emerging Markets, Catalyze, Catalyze14, Dow, The Dow Chemical Company, #Catalyze14, 3bl Media, 5th Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference, Bo Miller, IBM, Corporate Service Corps, Credit Suisse, Nina Easton, fortune magazine, JPMorgan Chase, Intel, EY, Elizabeth Littlefield, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Paul Tregidgo, Wendy Hawkins, Deborah Holmes, Amini Kajunju, The Africa-America Institute, Global Health, Congressman Jim Moran, Bruce McNamer, Karl Hofmann, Population Services International, psi, Stanley Litow, Deirdre White, Lee Zak, US Trade and Development Agency, ONE Campaign, USAID, Katie Taylor, Tom Hart, Leigh Verbois, USFDA, FDA
SOURCE: Center for Resource SolutionsDESCRIPTION:
San Francisco, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today announced that Renewable Choice Energy, a retail carbon offset and renewable energy company based in Boulder, Colorado, has begun offering Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets. The offsets will be sourced from landfill gas projects registered with the Climate Action Reserve. These projects, which are based in Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by installing gas collection and destruction system at landfill operations. In addition to offering a certified fixed mix of offsets—Renewable Choice Energy’s new “Green-e Climate Landfill Gas Carbon Offsets”—for the first time, customers will have the option of purchasing Green-e Climate certified offsets from a specific project through Renewable Choice, allowing them greater choice in which projects they support.
Renewable Choice has offered renewable energy products certified by Green-e Energy for over a decade. “We’re so pleased to welcome Renewable Choice into the program. We’re also excited to announce that they will be the first offset provider in the program offering customers the option to choose the specific source of their offsets, which is a new certification option made available this year,” said Todd Jones, manager of Green-e Climate. “The more specific information that customers have about their offsets, the more they can express preferences for project-specific features, and the greater confidence they can have in their purchase.”
“The addition of Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets to our product offerings will allow us to deliver highly credible offsets to our clients, particularly those in the green building space,” said Kris Lotlikar, President of Renewable Choice Energy. “Over the past several years, we have seen increased demand for carbon offsets; our ability to support landfill gas projects as a source of these offsets aligns with our goals as an organization to advance clean energy development and emission reduction strategies.”
By purchasing the Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets offered by Renewable Choice Energy, businesses and consumers can be confident that they are aiding the development of projects that wouldn’t have otherwise been built, leading to real reductions in emissions from landfills in the U.S. Green-e Climate is an independent certification and consumer-protection program requiring that carbon offsets include greenhouse gas emission reductions that have been verified according to strict project-level certification programs that ensure the emissions reductions have taken place, are permanent, and come from projects that would not have happened under a “business as usual” scenario.
Green-e Climate also requires that reductions have been correctly and exclusively delivered as advertised, based on a yearly audit of a seller’s supply and sales. Sellers of certified offsets must also provide customers with a carbon offset content label or project-specific information that explains where the reductions were sourced from, along with other important disclosures.
About Renewable Choice Energy
Renewable Choice Energy is a leading provider of green power, carbon offsets, sustainability consulting, and renewable energy advisory services. Recognized as a trusted partner to numerous major brands, Renewable Choice has also supplied green power to over 5,000 LEED®-certified building projects. Renewable Choice was awarded the Green Power Supplier of the Year from the U.S. EPA in 2012 and is a certified B Corporation. To learn more, visit www.renewablechoice.com.
About Green-e and Center for Resource Solutions
A program of Center for Resource Solutions, Green-e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green-e offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products through Green-e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green-e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; and Green-e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and stakeholders. To learn more about Green-e Certified products and programs available in all 50 states and Canada, visit www.green-e.org.
Center for Resource Solutions
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Renewable Choice Energy
+1 (303) 551-7584
LONDON, ON, and MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - BASF Canada and the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) announced today that BASF Canada will become the newest member of the NBS Leadership Council – an exclusive group of non-competing organizations that works to identify the sustainability challenges facing Canadian businesses. The announcement comes as both organizations participate in GLOBE 2014, North America’s largest international forum on business and the environment, in Vancouver, B.C.
NBS, which is based at Western University’s Ivey Business School, conducts rigorous academic research on the top sustainability challenges identified by its Leadership Council. This information is then used to produce practical, decision-making resources for Canadian business leaders interested in corporate social responsibility (CSR).
“BASF is developing solutions to address the current and future needs of society – but we cannot do it alone,” said Carles Navarro, President of BASF Canada. “The achievement of a sustainable future is dependent on collaboration across industries and along the entire value chain. The NBS Leadership Council provides a forum for us to engage in a dialogue with a diverse group of industry leaders about important sustainability issues. We look forward to working with other members of the Council to identify best practices and respond to priority challenges."
BASF’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the company’s purpose statement: “We create chemistry for a sustainable future.” For BASF, sustainability means combining long-term oriented economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, the company provides sustainable solutions for customers in nearly every industry.
“BASF’s sustainability leadership in the chemical industry will bring a unique and valuable perspective to the Leadership Council,” said Tima Bansal, Executive Director of NBS. “This cross-sector collaboration among leading sustainable organizations is key to producing frame-breaking ideas that change management practice and create new sustainable business models.”
For more information about sustainable development at BASF, visit www.sustainability.basf.com
For more information about the Network for Business Sustainability, visit http://nbs.net/
Network for Business Sustainability
Tel.: (519) 661-2111 x88932
Tel.: (416) 576-4572
About the Network for Business Sustainability
The Network for Business Sustainability is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that connects thousands of researchers and business leaders worldwide, with the goal of creating new, sustainable business models for the 21st century. NBS receives funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ivey Business School at Western University, École des Sciences de la Gestion at the Université du Québec à Montréal and industry partners.
NBS Leadership Council Members
3M Canada, BASF Canada, BC Hydro, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, The Co-operators Group Limited, Environment Canada, Holcim (Canada) Inc., Industry Canada, International Institute for Sustainable Development, LoyaltyOne Inc., Pembina Institute, Suncor Energy Inc., Target Canada, TD Bank Group, Teck Resources Limited, The Home Depot of Canada Inc., Tembec Inc., Tim Hortons Inc., Unilever Canada Inc., Westport Innovations Inc.
BASF - The Chemical Company
BASF Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, is a subsidiary of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany and an affiliate of BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us. To find out more about BASF’s activities in Canada, visit www.basf.ca or follow us on twitterwww.twitter.com/basfcanada.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Network for Business, sustainability, csr, BASF Canada, Business Sustainability Leadership Council
SOURCE: National GeographicDESCRIPTION:
KEYWORDS: Alternative Energy, biofuels, National Geographic, Energy
Join us for our next open enrollment GRI training at WBCSD US!
BrownFlynn, in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development US (WBCSD US), is conducting its next open enrollment G4 GRI Certified Sustainability Reporting training on April 23-24, 2014 at the offices of WBCSD US in Washington, D.C. We're delighted to offer all WBCSD and United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) members a 10% discount. Other discounts may apply upon registration. If your colleagues are interested in attending, we would be happy to offer a group rate.
BrownFlynn is the first U.S.-certified training partner of the GRI and has trained hundreds of companies on the most widely used sustainability reporting framework. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from GRI after taking the course.
For more information and to register, please click here.
BrownFlynn is racking up frequent flyer miles!
Our team is hot on the speaking engagement circuit this spring. Check out where we'll be next!
April 9, 2014
Barb Brown and Director of Learning Cora Lee Mooney will be presenting on "GRI G4: Materiality Assessments and Beyond."
April 17, 2014
Orange County, CA
Managing Director Mike Wallace will be moderating a panel entitled: "How to implement a sustainability program and respond to RFPs."
May 1, 2014
Managing Director Mike Wallace will participate on a panel entitled: "Green is an Essential Element of a Great Community."
In case you haven't heard...
BrownFlynn is moving! We're leaving the quiet suburb of Highland Heights for the hustle and bustle of downtown Cleveland. In the spirit of sustainability, we're renovating office space once occupied by the Van Sweringen brothers in historic Terminal Tower. BrownFlynn is committed to the City of Cleveland and its vibrancy, and we're excited to relocate in the coming month. We hope to see you around Public Square!
We also welcomed several new members to the team and a promotion to celebrate!
KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, BrownFlynn, summit, conference, GRI, Training, sustainability
SOURCE: Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
New York, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Kenneth Cole Foundation and Compass Partners have announced six finalists selected for the Kenneth Cole Grants to support young entrepreneurs working on ventures that embody “conscious consumption.” Fashion designer and social activist Kenneth Cole is awarding four $2,500 grants to members of The Compass Fellowship, an international social entrepreneurship program on nearly 20 college campuses.
“We couldn’t be more excited and grateful for this continued partnership with Kenneth Cole. Students in The Compass Fellowship are tackling a variety of social problems during their first year of college and beyond, and these grants will dramatically accelerate their ability to make a difference.” – Alex Simon, Executive Director of Compass Partners
“We are extremely proud to further our support of the Compass Fellowship. There is a global shortage of committed, impassioned and determined young social entrepreneurs, and community builders. The Kenneth Cole grant will directly support the Fellows in their individual quests to make a difference," says Kenneth Cole, Founder and CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions.
Finalists for the grants were determined based on their awareness of the problem they are trying to solve, the sustainable model for their venture, and their plan to use the Kenneth Cole Grant to make tangible progress. Finalists for the Kenneth Cole Grants are:
Corinne Logan - Pumpstash compression shorts are designed to be a comfortable and secure way to hold insulin pumps for diabetics on the move
Nick Makarov & Joe Halpin - SamePage is an application that helps students synthesize complex current events using timelines, infographics, and glossaries rather than the traditional article format
Phillip Sweeney - Recessive Jeans is a socially aware brand of colored jeans that supports the research/awareness efforts for genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome and Marfan Syndrome where the proceeds from the sale of specific colors of jeans goes towards the cause that the color represents.
Jeff Stefanis - Riide - The bike has evolved. Lighter. Faster. Electric.
Jeremy Pingul - Connect One Threads aims to inspire a global mindset by connecting you with conscious international clothing designers who support locally-sourced organic cotton clothing from Turkey"
Adrian Rodriguez - inQRy Med seeks to reduce unintentional medical malpractice and increase health equity in Southeast Asia by implementing a secure, digital repository of patient records that doctors and patients can access through connected bracelets.
The announcement of the four winners of the Kenneth Cole Grants will take place April 5th during Shift Series, the annual conference of The Compass Fellowship in Washington, DC. Shift Series brings together nearly 250 students from across the United States to share their social venture ideas and network with mentors who will help accelerate their entrepreneurial work. During the conference, attendees focus on one central question: How can we prepare the world today to address tomorrow's social problems? Students from 19 universities in, New York, Washington, Boston, North Carolina, San Francisco, Connecticut and Indiana, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Georgia will be in attendance.
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About Kenneth Cole
Kenneth Cole is an American designer, social activist, and visionary who believes business and philanthropy are interdependent. His global company, Kenneth Cole Productions, creates modern, functional clothing, shoes, and accessories for an inspirational urban lifestyle. Over 30 years ago, Kenneth Cole leveraged his passion and unique brand platform to make a meaningful impact on people’s wardrobes, as well as communities in need. He did what others didn’t and said what others wouldn’t.
In 1985, Kenneth pioneered the first of many AIDS awareness campaigns for amfAR, which rooted the brand in social activism. Kenneth joined the board of amfAR in 1987, has been chairman since 2004, and spearheaded initiatives that have changed the face of HIV/AIDS for the betterment of millions.
Over 20 years ago, driven by his passion for social justice and the need to help underserved populations, Kenneth invented the concept of a shoe drive. The program evolved to include clothing, and to date has led to the donation of more than 2 million pairs of shoes and over 6 million dollars worth of product to global communities in need.
In 2010, the company refocused their shoe drive concept to respond to the earthquake in Haiti and also introduced a fundraising campaign. This enabled the company to build the Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center in Cité Soleil, which now supports an underserved population of over 1.5 million people.
To this day, The Kenneth Cole Foundation opens minds through education and awareness; partners with organizations committed to supporting communities in need; promotes the culture of volunteerism by mobilizing individuals to take action; and invests in social entrepreneurship and community builders.
KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Ethical Production and Consumption, Kenneth Cole, Kenneth Cole Foundation, Compass Partners, COMPASS FELOWWSHIP, CORINNE LOGAN, PUMPSTASH, NICK MAKAROV, JOE HALPIN, SAMEPAGE, PHILLIP SWEENEY, RECESSIVE JEANS, JEFF STEFANIS, RIIDE, JEREMY PINGUL, CONNECT ONE THREADS, Adrian Rodriguez, INQRY MED, Shift Series
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In a recent Gallup Poll Social Series survey, Americans have chosen environment as a priority over economic growth by a 50%-to-41% margin. This is a fresh change because ever since the economic downturn of 2008-09, Americans have invariably chosen economic growth over the environment, except for immediately after the BP oil spill in May 2010.
Traditionally, Americans have preferred environmental conservation over economic growth. Nearly every time that Gallup has asked this question over the last three decades, environment has scored over economic priorities. The percentage of Americans, who chose environment over economy, shot up to 71 percent in 1990.
KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Justmeans, environment, Gallup Poll, Conservation, economic growth, earth day
SOURCE: World Environment CenterSUMMARY:
San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 27 de marzo de 2014 /3BL Media/ - El World Environment Center (WEC) anunció hoy la finalización con éxito del proyecto “Alianzas de Producción Más Limpia”, financiado por el Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos con el fin de ampliar los compromisos de desarrollo sostenible de la agroindustria hondureña mediante la reducción de recursos en las empresas, como energía, agua, materias primas y otros.
El proyecto se centró en minimizar los residuos, la utilización de materias primas y reducir los costos operativos de las empresas participantes. Terry F.Yosie, Presidente & CEO de WEC , presentó los resultados finales de la iniciativa durante el evento de clausura que constó de un taller auspiciado por el aliado estratégico de WEC en Honduras, el Centro Nacional de Producción Más Limpia (CN+LH).
WEC se ha asociado desde el año 2011 con Centro Nacional de Producción Más Limpia de Honduras (CN+LH) para proporcionar conocimientos técnicos avanzados a beneficio de la pequeña y mediana empresa, agrupando a los miembros de la Asociación de Agroexportadores de Honduras ( FPX ) y de la Federación de Avicultores de Honduras ( FEDAVIH ), dos de las industrias nacionales líderes en el país.
Durante el transcurso de los dos años en que se dio apoyo a las empresas, el equipo de WEC, junto con el CN+LH, se apoyó a éstas para sentar las bases para mejorar el desempeño ambiental en las pymes, contribuyendo a su competitividad a través de un modelo de negocio que integra las mejores prácticas en sus operaciones cotidianas.
A través de su participación en este proyecto, trece pymes generaron ahorros por US$ 257,888, habiendo invirtido$ 222,498 en las prácticas de producción más limpia y compra de equipos y nueva tecnología. Además, de haber logrado beneficios ambientales colectivos, entre los que se encuentran ahorros de 3,774,355 galones de agua, 163,025 kWh, 20,122 galones de combustible, además de una reducción de emisiones de CO2 en 346 toneladas.
Otras ventajas adicionales, y que continuarán siendo implementadas por estas empresas , incluyen el aumento de la eficiencia de producción , así como la identificación de mejoras en los procesos y el fortalecimiento de la supervisión del rendimiento en las instalaciones .
WEC se ha venido asociando con expertos técnicos locales en toda América Latina durante más de ocho años en proyectos como éste para combinar el crecimiento económico con las mejores prácticas ambientales sostenibles en las empresas.
El éxito de este proyecto en la búsqueda de un mercado sostenible, y su adecuación a los objetivos de crecimiento de exportaciones de las empresas, fue uno de los puntos destacados por el Dr. Yosie en la conferencia de hoy denominada: "hacer frente a las externalidades ambientales es esencial para las empresas que quieren exportar a los Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea ", afirmó.
Además agregó: " esta asociación demuestra con éxito que las soluciones innovadoras vuelven las operaciones más sostenibles lo que permite acoplarlas con un aumento en los ahorros y un mayor acceso a los mercados internacionales. "
WEC es una organización sin fines de lucro, independiente y global dedicada a promover el desarrollo sostenible a través de las prácticas de negocios y operaciones de sus empresas miembros que opera en asociación con los gobiernos, organizaciones multilaterales, organizaciones no gubernamentales, universidades y otros grupos de interés. La misión de WEC es promover los negocios y generar valor para la sociedad, proponiendo soluciones a los problemas relacionados con el desarrollo sostenible. WEC gestiona proyectos para empresas a través de sus operaciones globales, construye el aprendizaje a nivel ejecutivo y las competencias en la aplicación del desarrollo sostenible a través de una serie de actividades en diferentes sectores. La organización reconoce la excelencia del desempeño a través de un programa anual de premios. WEC tiene su sede en Washington, DC, con oficinas regionales en China, El Salvador y Alemania.
Sobre el Centro Nacional de Producción Más Limpia de Honduras (CN+LH)
Fue creado en el año 2000 como una iniciativa del Consejo Empresarial Hondureño para el Desarrollo Sostenible (CEHDES) con el apoyo de la CCIC (Cámara de Comercio e Industrias de Cortés) y el Fondo de Manejo de Medio Ambiente Honduras-Canadá.
Desde el año 2010 funciona como una Asociación Privada de Desarrollo no lucrativa, El CNP+LH está comprometido con el incremento de la productividad de las empresas, a través de la difusión, promoción e implementación de la Producción más Limpia y los sistemas de Gestión basados en normas internacionales, apoyando la optimización económica y ambiental en procura del desarrollo sostenible. Dentro de sus principales logros, se menciona que ha logrado capacitar y formar a más de 12,500 personas, y con la ejecución de diversos programas de asistencia técnica ha apoyado la reducción de consumos de agua, energía generación de residuos y contaminación generando así beneficios ambientales e importantes beneficios económicos a las organizaciones que ha apoyado.
KEYWORDS: Climate and the environment, Honduras, PyMEs, Latinoamerica, Centroamerica, energia, agroindustria, CAFTA
SOURCE: World Environment CenterSUMMARY:
San Pedro Sula, Honduras, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Based on a unique partnership designed to advance environmental and economic growth in the private sector, the World Environment Center (WEC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, has delivered significant results to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Honduras by improving their performance and strengthening their competitiveness in the international market. WEC’s team worked with Honduran agro-industry to reduce energy and water consumption, minimizing waste and raw material usage and lower operating costs.
Through their participation in this project, 13 Honduran Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) generated savings of $257,888 and invested $222,498 in Cleaner Production practices and technology. In addition, collective environmental benefits realized by these companies as a direct result of this project include:
Significant benefits achieved, and that will continue to be garnered by these companies, include lower energy costs, reduced water consumption and increased production efficiencies, as well as identifying process improvements and strengthening performance monitoring at facilities.
WEC and its partners, the Honduran National Cleaner Production Center to provide advanced technical expertise for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) members of the Agroexporters of Honduras (FPX) and the Federation of Poultry Producers of Honduras (FEDAVIH), two of the leading national industry associations in the country. Throughout the project’s two years, WEC’s team has worked with the participants and the Cleaner Production Center, laying the foundation to improve environmental performance in the SMEs while increasing their competitiveness through a business model that integrates best practices into their operations.
WEC has been partnering with local technical experts throughout Latin America for over six years in projects such as this to combine economic growth with sustainable environmental best practices in SMEs. The combined results of these activities have generated over $1.4 million in savings, reducing CO2 emissions collectively by 2,100 tons, water usage by more than 13 million gallons, and electricity by more than 1 million KWh during the life of the projects in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
This project’s success in achieving sustainable market scale, and its relevance to the companies’ growing export goals, was highlighted by WEC’s President and CEO, Dr. Terry F. Yosie, at today’s conference. “Addressing environmental externalities is essential to companies looking to export to the United States and the European Union,” he stated, “and this partnership successfully demonstrates that innovative solutions to more sustainable operations can be coupled with increased savings and greater access to international markets.”
About World Environment Center
WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive-level learning and competency in applying sustainable development across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.
KEYWORDS: Climate and the environment, Honduras, environment, SMEs, PyMEs, medio ambiente, water, Energy, USDS, State Department, Latin America, Latinoamerica, central america, Centroamerica, CAFTA
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
Today’s guest blog comes from Sunita Prasad, senior manager for Lilly’s MDR-TB programs in India.
March 24 was World TB Day – the time each year when people around the world focus their attention on an airborne disease that continues to cause needless suffering and death around the world but especially in countries like mine – India.
Last week I took part in the Second Forum of the National Stop TB Partnership meeting in Jakarta where 14 countries were represented. The point of the meeting was to discuss ways that partners – public and private sector organizations as well as NGOs – can engage to speed progress toward stopping TB. To be sure, there has been progress already. In the past 15 years, global deaths caused by TB have fallen but there are still more than 1.3 million deaths every year. At the current pace of a 2 percent decline in annual incidence of TB, we will need another 170 years to fully stop TB. With nearly a quarter of global TB cases occurring in India, the urgency is obvious to me every day.
You’ve created a Goodness Program to address an issue your company is passionate about. Now you need to get people on board – and that’s all about grabbing their attention and getting them involved through an effective communication plan. The good news is that you don’t need to be Steven Spielberg to create a compelling narrative that stirs people into taking part. Inspire people at the outset to get them motivated, update frequently to keep them involved, and share the good outcomes and impact afterwards to instill a sense of accomplishment. Here’s a look at how to get the word out, and start-to-finish program communications that get more people participating.
1. The Hook – Grab People’s Attention
In the beginning you need to capture people’s interest and make them feel strongly about the problem. What’s the big issue, and how is it affecting people? Why should people get involved, and what will they help accomplish? Address the Why – through real-life details, powerful pictures, and uplifting examples of the positive outcomes you can help achieve. If you want some best practices, check out charity: water.
Putting it in Action: Plan your initial communication around the Why. Use your email newsletter, blog posts, and internal communications to tell people about the Big Issue – and how you plan to help.
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WALLDORF, Germany, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a new internship program with the University of Cambridge that will support Autism at Work, the company’s unique global initiative to employ people with autism. The company issued this announcement as it brings onboard its first group of employees with autism in the United States in its Palo Alto, California, and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, offices. Later this spring Vancouver and Montreal sites will join these initial North American SAP sites.
SAP and University of Cambridge Internship
SAP and the University of Cambridge plan to create a five-year agreement to identify talented students for the Autism at Work initiative. As part of the internship, the students will join the program in one of five SAP locations, India, US, Canada, Ireland or Germany, with the goal of being selected to becoming SAP employees at the end of their internship. Students with skills in software knowledge and programming are the primary target group.
SAP plans to work specifically with the Autism Research Centre at University of Cambridge University, directed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading autism researcher internationally. Professor Baron-Cohen will help ensure that the internship process is designed to be “autism-friendly” and compliant with the autism strategy as written by the UK Department of Health. Professor Baron-Cohen will also provide ongoing consultation with SAP for its Autism at Work initiative.
The program with the University of Cambridge shows SAP’s momentum in creating global support for Autism at Work since its global partnership with Specialisterne was announced last May. Specialisterne is a group that helps people with autism get training and support for technical jobs, to rollout the program worldwide.
“SAP is setting a terrific example, showing that a multinational IT company not only positively welcomes applicants with autism or Asperger Syndrome, but believes that there is a strong business case for employing them, because of their special talents,” said Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University. “Cambridge University is delighted to be partnering in this way.”
“The foundation of innovation is a diverse workforce, and the most creative ideas can come from unexpected places,” said Anka Wittenberg, chief diversity and inclusion officer, SAP AG. “We hope to spark a global movement that gives people on the autism spectrum an opportunity to add their special talents and perspectives to the business world. By uniting with Cambridge University and other partners, we can change the way people think about innovation and help the world run better.”
SAP Collaborates With State Agencies and Non-Profits in United States
To support its efforts in California, SAP is also identifying and training job candidates in collaboration with the California Department of Rehabilitation and TransAccess, a California based non-profit organization that provides a broad variety of services for people with disabilities. The California Department of Rehabilitation administers one of the largest Vocational Rehabilitation program in the country, serving as an employment resource for people with disabilities. Similarly, as SAP begins its initiative in Pennsylvania, the company is working with The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation via the Philadelphia Chapter of The Arc, the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
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WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, announced today that April 2014 marks its fourth annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is the organization’s nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for America’s low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April leading up to National Rebuilding Day on April 26, an annual culmination of the month’s events.
Last year across the country, more than 50,000 volunteers served at over 3,000 affiliate-led rebuild projects during the month of April. National Rebuilding Month is embraced by community leaders and national corporate partners as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across America in a single month.
For the past 25 years Rebuilding Together has brought volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of the growing population of low-income homeowners in need, completing over 155,000 critical home repair and community improvement projects.
The demand for Rebuilding Together’s services continues to grow as limited income homeowners, faced with diminishing resources, must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs, choices that, over time, lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs, and windows and doors that can’t be secured for their own safety. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 5.2 million homeowners who live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their wellbeing.
“National Rebuilding Month is a call to action in support of Rebuilding Together’s mission -- a focused time to bring volunteers and community members together to save these homes and help good people going through a tough time,” said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Through our affiliates work this April, we are able to see real and positive change in the homes and lives in the neighborhoods we serve.”
If you are interested in sponsoring a Rebuilding Together project or serving as a volunteer on a home, please contact your local Rebuilding Together affiliate or go to www.RebuildingTogether.org/help for more information.
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Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
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March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - RSF Social Finance (RSF) is pleased to announce a new loan to The Charter Foundation, the fundraising organization that supports the K-8 Waldorf-inspired Sebastopol Charter School. RSF was selected by the Foundation as their lender of choice to finance the acquisition of a 20-acre property and the construction of a permanent, unified campus for the entire school population on the new site
Sebastopol Charter School was founded by Greg Haynes and Ursula Kroettinger, two former Waldorf school administrators who wished to bring Waldorf education to their community without the financial barriers of private school tuition. Waldorf education, developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, is an arts-rich approach to education that focuses on teaching the whole child – head, hands, and heart. Waldorf schools have traditionally been private and more readily accessible to middle and upper class families. However, a shift is occurring: according to the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, the number of Waldorf-inspired public schools has risen quickly, from around a dozen in 2000 to over fifty in 2014, making this education model available to far more children regardless of family income.
“RSF is inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner and we believe in the importance of supporting creativity and human spirit,” says Ted Levinson, Director of Lending at RSF. “We have a long history of supporting Waldorf education in private schools and seeing these values transferred to the public education system is an important step in developing the next generation of inspired leaders.”
As one of the first Waldorf-inspired charter schools in the nation, Sebastopol Charter opened its doors in 1995 to its pioneering kindergarten class. Each subsequent year another grade was added as the previous class advanced, until the first 8th grade class graduated in 2005. With the school’s rapid expansion, The Charter Foundation was founded with the mission of establishing and supporting a permanent, Waldorf-inspired charter school.
“Since the school’s founding nearly two decades ago we’ve searched for a permanent campus site that would provide our students the spaciousness to move with freedom and to explore and learn through their natural environment,” says Chris Topham, Executive Director of Sebastopol Charter. “Since that time, RSF has been a key partner in helping us realize that dream, first providing the backing needed to develop our current urban campus, and now supporting our efforts to take our school to the next level at our new, unified campus.”
RSF initially provided a loan to the Foundation in 2000 to help build the school’s downtown campus, housing the third through eighth grades, while the K-2 program is housed on a separate site leased from the chartering district. The downtown facility, now owned free and clear by the Foundation, has served its purpose as a temporary home and investment property while the school searched for the ideal site for its new home. This new RSF loan has been used to acquire a 20-acre parcel of land, and will support the development of the first phase of the new campus which will finally unify the entire school.
Sebastopol Charter School has been successful in recruiting and retaining high quality teachers, providing a full and rich Waldorf curriculum including strings, handwork, woodwork, Spanish, games, social inclusion and eurythmy, and attracting a dedicated and informed parent body. As a result, Sebastopol Charter is now widely regarded as one of the leaders in public Waldorf education nationwide. Its success has encouraged scores of other public schools to offer a Waldorf-inspired education to any child, regardless of the ability to pay.
About RSF Social Finance
Located in San Francisco, CA, RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. Since 1984, the organization has made over $275 million in loans and $100 million in grants to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises working in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. RSF's lending capital comes primarily from 1,500 individuals who have invested $1,000 or more in the organization's Social Investment Fund. Investors earn a competitive return on their money comparable to a certificate of deposit while their funds are deployed to leading social enterprises. To learn more, visit www.rsfsocialfinance.org
About The Charter Foundation
The Charter Foundation is the fundraising organization for Sebastopol Charter School, a public charter school in Sebastopol, California. Established by the school’s founders in 1998, the Foundation is charged with the mission of supporting Sebastopol Charter School in providing both a full Waldorf program and in establishing a permanent, unified, and spacious campus. www.thecharterfoundation.org
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En The Mary Kay Foundation, nos sentimos apasionados sobre la investigación contra el cáncer.
Solo el año pasado, otorgamos $1 millón en subvenciones a médicos y científicos seleccionados que están enfocados en curar los tipos de cáncer que afectan a la mujer. Desde 1996, hemos otorgado más de $20 millones para apoyar la investigación contra el cáncer.
Esta semana, te mostramos lo que los investigadores han aprendido gracias a organizaciones como The Mary Kay Foundation. Nuestros datos son cortesía de la Asociación Americana de Investigación contra el Cáncer. Puedes conocer más en www.cancerprogressreport.org. También puedes descargar el folleto en: http://www.marykayfoundation.org/Pages/ResourcesAndInformation.aspx
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In a field where innovation is the norm and change happens rapidly, companies have a difficult time keeping track of the newest and best products, and often they never even hear of the original and successful projects being implemented by their peers across a variety of industries. With the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards, we recognize and honor companies making the biggest difference in the field of energy, environmental and sustainability management, showcasing them to help other companies make smart decisions about what products to purchase or what sorts of initiatives to implement.
To sum up the contest in the words of our judging coordinator, Matthew Littlefield of LNS Research: “From the opportunity to work with so many high quality and experienced judges to the tremendous results demonstrated by all of the contestants, this year’s awards have surpassed expectations.”
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