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Tell Your Corporate Citizenship Story During the 2015 Film Festival

SOURCE: Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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Each year, the Center hosts the International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, which attracts both domestic and international interest. This annual event, now in its 7th year, provides companies an opportunity to showcase how they use video as an effective vehicle, illustrating to internal and external audiences CSR initiatives that build awareness of social, environmental, and governance issues. 

To participate in the film festival competition, companies submit a short video that depicts an aspect of their CSR efforts. In recent years submissions have represented a wide range of corporate citizenship topics including volunteerism, environmental sustainability, nonprofit partnerships, healthcare access, employee engagement, innovation in technology, and many others. Below is a sampling of the top winners from past Film Festivals. We encourage you to take a look at their work in the corporate citizenship field and invite you to showcase YOUR CSR efforts in the 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival.

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VIDEO: Recycling More vs. Recycling Right in America – SXSW Eco 2014

SOURCE: National Waste & Recycling Association

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The National Waste & Recycling Association’s President and CEO Sharon H. Kneiss moderated a panel discussion on “Recycling More vs. Recycling Right in America” at the 2014 SXSW Eco Conference on sustainability in Austin, Texas. This video presents the highlight of that discussion from October 2014 observing the crossroads of American recycling: how to expand recycling for greater access and to include more materials, while ensuring that we are doing it the optimal way and not diluting the recycling stream.

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Craig Branson
National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)
+1 (202) 364-3773
cbranson@wasterecycling.org
@WasteRecycling

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Ecocentricity Blog – January 2015

SOURCE: Ray C. Anderson Foundation

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I think we might have ruined the color green. Which is a shame, because it is one hell of a color.
Seriously, stop and think for a second. I’ll wait – I’ve got all day in fact, seeing as you are reading this at your leisure. I advocate for sustainability, so when I say “green,” what do you think?

Maybe I’m wrong, but I bet you think of some marketing campaign by a company espousing its environmentally friendly practices. If not that, you probably just think of a blue recycling bin (oh, the irony). Those are great things and all, but shouldn’t we mean more than that?

And why “green” in the first place? Yeah, I know the answer is obvious – grass, trees, the entire country of Ireland. We encounter the color in so many natural settings. It is the color of life itself, standing out like a neon sign stating, “Photosynthesis lives here!

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Valerie Bennett
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
+1 (678) 404-9225
valerie@raycandersonfoundation.org

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Helpful Holiday Green Home and Recycling Tips from NW&RA

SOURCE: National Waste & Recycling Association

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Here’s a few tips from the National Waste & Recycling Association on how to keep your home sustainable through the New Year and beyond.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and with the holiday season comes the company of loved ones, the glee of seasonal festivities and the joy of giving. And with the thousands of gifts, cards, trees and ornaments we share comes an influx of household holiday waste.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that we increase our typical volume household waste by nearly a quarter during the winter holidays, producing almost 1 million additional tons nationwide.

But don’t look at garbage as the Grinch of your household’s holidays! Here’s a few tips from the National Waste & Recycling Association on how to keep your home sustainable through the New Year and beyond.

Recycle Right to stay on the Nice List

  • A classic snapshot of a successful holiday haul is the pile of gift wrap, plastic packaging and empty cardboard by the fireplace. Wrapping paper is not recyclable and should not go in your curbside recycling bin. What to do? Try reusing it, along with your ribbons and bows.
     
  • Cardboard, newspaper and many other types of paper are almost always recyclable, and your local recycling company also likely accepts a number of types of plastics, along with the bottles and cans from your festive merriment. Check with your local hauler to see what you can and can’t recycle.
     
  • Holiday lights are a staple of the season, but inevitably they go out and must be disposed of. You should not recycle these in your curbside collection bin. However, your community waste and recycling program may accept them, as will certain retailers, including The Home Depot.
     
  • While we’re dreaming of a White Christmas with every Christmas card we write, we’re also accumulating quite a bit of recyclable paper. Nearly 3 billion holiday cards are sold annually in the U.S. Did you know that mail is generally recyclable in most communities? Enjoy holiday cards however long you like, but don’t feel bad about recycling them when you’re ready. It’s the right thing to do!

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly—Then Compost Them

  • Many natural holiday decorations—Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands made from organic materials—can be repurposed themselves in a natural way. Some communities will host post-holiday composting and mulching events for larger items like trees, and you may be able to manage smaller items in your own home composting bin.
     
  • If you can’t reuse every leftover item from your holiday feast—like those many fruit salads—you may be able to compost them. While meat products typically should not be composted, other natural items—fruits, vegetables, potatoes, coffee grounds and others—are welcome in the pile. You can even compost used cardboard. Try to donate other unused food to local charities before tossing.

It’s the Holiday Season, and Garbage Trucks are Comin’ Round

  • After Santa’s sleigh hauls out countless gifts this holiday season, America’s dedicated waste and recycling collectors will hit the roads in full force to haul back the packaging, paper and other waste we dispose of. Spread the holiday cheer to the curbside by stowing your waste and recycling bins and carts properly and securely dispose of any sharp objects, such as broken ornaments or plates. These should not be recycled.
     
  • Also be sure to be on the lookout for garbage trucks as closely as you’d look out for Santa’s reindeer. Remember to slow down to get around garbage trucks to protect yourself and waste workers from injury.

You can find many more helpful tips on recycling, composting and managing your waste at www.beginwiththebin.org. From all of us at the National Waste & Recycling Association, we wish you and your family a very safe, sustainable and happy holiday season!

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10 Green Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

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Water can freeze and break pipes, causing significant damage to walls, ceilings, floors and personal possessions stored in the basement or crawl spaces. By disconnecting hoses, shutting off valves and insulating you pipes, you can avoid this costly damage.

✔ Drain and disconnect your hoses – Be sure to drain all garden hoses and disconnect them from your home. If hoses are left connected, water can freeze in them and bust your outdoor pipes.

✔ If you leave your home, set your thermostat to 55 F – If you are leaving your home for more than a couple of days, make sure that your thermostat is set to no lower than F 55. This will insure that your pipes, will have adequate heat to keep from freezing.

✔ Avoid frozen pipes – Exposed pipes represent the largest water threat to your home during the winter months. When water freezes it expands and can bust or crack your pipes, sending thousands of gallons of water into your home. Walls, ceilings, floors and personal possessions stored in the basement or crawl spaces can all be ruined.

Be sure to first identify, and then properly insulate any exposed pipes that may be in crawl spaces, basements, garages or on the exterior of your house. You can insulate your pipes with foam-rubber pipe insulation to protect exposed pipes from cold. The insulation process is straightforward. Simply slip foam-rubber insulation over pipe, peel away backing strips, then press the adhesive surfaces together.

Another option is to wrap your exposed pipes with electrical heating tape. These tapes are specifically designed to wrap around water pipes and act like a little electric blanket preventing the pipes from freezing. Be sure any heating tapes you buy have been approved by Underwriters Laboratories and have the UL symbol on them.

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Free Webinar: Managing Food Waste

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is hosting the Best Practices and Solutions for Addressing Food Waste Webinar, in partnership with The Dow Chemical Company, City of Phoenix, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Houston Advanced Research Center. Attendees will learn more about the food waste challenge, and explore how cities, government, and businesses are leveraging partnerships, technology, innovation and other strategies to eliminate food waste.

Food waste is a huge issue. Around one-third of edible food produced globally each year – 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted. In the U.S. alone approximately 40% of food, or 36 million tons worth $162 billion, goes to waste annually. Every time food is wasted the embedded water, energy, and other resources that went into making that food is also wasted. The main causes of food waste are numerous – including overproduction, packaging and product damage, inadequate storage, and excess portions prepared – and occurs throughout the entire food chain, from farmers to the food industry to retailers to end consumers. Given that the world will need to increase food production by 70% to keep pace with population growth, 870 million people are starving, and industry cannot afford to lose up to 40% of production, we need new and innovative approaches to address food waste going forward. This includes recognizing food waste as a recoverable and valuable resource that can save money, create new lines of business, stimulate the economy, improve community health and well-being, and reduce negative environmental impacts.

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Tetra Pak Launches Industry’s First Package Made Entirely From Plant Based, Renewable Packaging Materials

Tetra-PakLAUSANNE, Switzerland, October 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, today announces the launch of the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ™) certified paperboard.

“Environment excellence is one of Tetra Pak’s strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities,” said Charles Brand, VP Marketing & Product Management at Tetra Pak. “Together with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, we are leading the industry towards 100% renewable packaging. We believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage in the overall environmental profile of their products.”

Developed in partnership with Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, the new Tetra Rex package will be commercially available in early 2015. Tetra Pak customers using the standard 1 litre Tetra Rex with TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the new version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.

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How to measure your home’s environmental impact

cover_small__88218This is an excerpt from “Greening your Home” by Anthony Gilbreath.  To purchase an electronic version of this book, click HERE.  The paper version can be purchased at Amazon.

Two popular methods of measuring your home’s ecological impact are the Ecological Footprint (EF) and the Household Carbon Footprint (HCF).

Ecological Footprint (EF) – The EF has emerged as a leading measure of humanity’s (and your personal) demand on nature. It measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb its wastes, using prevailing technology. Your EF is broken into Consumption Categories and Biomes.

• Consumption Categories – Consumption Categories show where you consume resources and generate waste. The categories include Carbon Footprint, Food Footprint, Housing Footprint and Goods & Services Footprint. This is usually represented in a percentage breakdown, all categories together adding up to 100%.

• Biomes – Biomes describe how many ‘global acres’ are required to support your lifestyle. Biomes include energy land, crop land, grazing land, forest land, built-up land and fishing grounds.

There are many EF assessment tools available online that can help you determine the EF of your home.

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