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Air Travel Tips That Really Make a Difference

SOURCE: TerraPass


Flying is one of the few activities that does not always have a low carbon alternative. We teamed up with SmarterTravel, the largest online travel resource, to bring you a few tips to help you reduce the carbon footprint of your next flight. 

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, carbon offset, climate change, green travel, eco travel, Carbon Emissions, emission reductions, emissions from flying

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LEED® Platinum Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building takes home Top Ten AIA COTE Award

SOURCE: Balfour Beatty Construction


PORTLAND, April 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building one of the nation’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The LEED Platinum EGWW Federal Building is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and was constructed by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company. The project architect is SERA Architects and the design excellence architect is Cutler Anderson Architects.

The COTE awards program, now in its 18th year, is the profession’s best known national recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The award will be presented at the AIA 2014 national Convention and Design Exposition on June 26-28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

“We are elated that the EGWW Federal Building project was selected by COTE, from a field of hundreds, to be included in this prestigious group of award-winning projects,” stated Jim Sather, Oregon division president. “By working as an integrated team with GSA, our subcontractors, and design counterparts, this modernization project is now among the most efficient facilities in the GSA portfolio. It is an outstanding example of the best of our industry.”

“We are extremely honored to receive the American Institute of Architecture’s top sustainability award for GSA’s Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building,” said Regional Administrator George Northcroft, GSA’s Northwest/Arctic Region. “This award is an affirmation that architecture, construction, and design can work together to create a modern, efficient, and high performing building that saves taxpayers money.”

Project Facts:
(To view a video with more information about the project, please click on the image to the right)

The $139 million Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in the heart of Portland, Oregon, is an 18-story, 525,000-square-foot facility that is home to more than 16 federal agencies and 1,200 federal employees.

Through the efficiencies from the systems and envelope revisions, the team generated unique results that included a re-allocation of space that increased the gross building area by two additional floors of rentable area.

Additional sustainable project design solutions include:

  • 180-kilowatt photovoltaic array on the roof
  • LEED Platinum certification
  • New mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that will save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the project
  • Six passenger elevators that reduce elevator power use by up to 75% by generating electricity as it descends
  • Hydronic radiant heating and cooling systems that decrease overall annual energy use by 60%
  • Diversion of 89% of project waste (more than 7,214 tons) from landfills

The project also recently won a national Award of Merit from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in the Building Renovation category and an Award of Merit from ENR Northwest in the Government/Public Buildings category.



About Howard S. Wright

With more than 128 years in business, Howard S. Wright provides preconstruction, general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for clients in the public and private sectors. Operating out of offices on the West Coast, the company serves numerous market sectors including public agency, healthcare, commercial office, mission critical, education, and multi-family housing. Howard S. Wright is a leader in sustainable building with more than $1.8 billion in completed LEED projects. The company has successfully delivered construction management and general contracting services for 10 Fortune 100 Companies. In June of 2011, Howard S. Wright joined the Balfour Beatty Construction family of companies. For more information about Howard S. Wright, visit

About Balfour Beatty Construction

An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sector. With more than 3,000 employees across the U.S., the company has been cited as a Top 10 Domestic Building Contractor and Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record. The company is part of London-based Balfour Beatty plc, a global infrastructure services business operating in more than 80 countries, with a worldwide commitment to providing assets that help societies function, develop, and thrive. To learn more about the company, visit or look for BalfourBeattyUS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About GSA

As the manager of thousands of federal properties, GSA is a leader in providing sustainable and innovative solutions for design, workplace management, and construction. The mission of GSA is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.


National Media Inquires

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, LEED Platinum building, Balfour Beatty, sustainability, Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, AIA COTE Award

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Learn How Two Companies Have Utilized Volunteer Programs To Enhance Their Corporate Citizenship Programs

SOURCE: Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College


At the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, volunteerism emerged as one of the major themes of discussion. To keep the conversation going, it also became the topic of our April webinar, titled “Innovations in Volunteering.”  This one hour webinar highlighted two companies that have utilized volunteer programs to enhance their corporate citizenship programs at their companies and provided key takeaways.

Skills-based Volunteering at AstraZeneca Canada, Inc.

Our first speaker, Helen-Marie Seibel, Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility at AstraZeneca Canada, Inc, spoke of the importance of providing skills-based volunteering opportunities for the benefit of three different groups: community, company, and employees. In her discussion she mentions the importance of collaboration and support from HR. Helen said, “90% of surveyed corporate professionals agree that contributing business skills and expertise via skills-based volunteerism can be an effective way to develop leadership skills.”

Helen then went on to discuss AstraZeneca Canada’s own skills-based volunteering program, entitled the Endeavor Project. Launched in 2012 as a pilot program, AstraZeneca sought to test the business case and the company’s own assumptions about the value of engaging employees in a long-term skills-based volunteering project. Partnering with one of AZ Canada’s existing partners was a deliberate choice designed to strengthen relationships with an already known client, have employees gain insights into the work of this partner, and in turn make employees stronger internal champions of the project when it concluded. With six initial volunteers from all areas and levels of the company including government affairs, business development, marketing and scientific affairs, in its pilot year, AZ logged 400 volunteer hours and was met with great success both internally and with the outside community.

Helen believes that conducting pre and post-evaluation measurement was crucial in the initial success of Endeavor and enabled enhanced planning for future programs. The pre-evaluations gave AstraZeneca an understanding of participant expectations, both internally with employee participants and externally with the partners, as well as something to return to at the end of the project to evaluate whether objectives had been achieved.

Helen left webinar attendees with 4 key takeaways:

  • Gaining leadership buy-in from the top will help integrate the program into company culture.
  • Integrating with HR will ensure the program aligns with the company’s talent management objectives as well as helping to identify strong candidate for the program.
  • Integrating with existing corporate citizenship initiatives will deepen community engagement and impact.
  • Leveraging the expertise of a non-profit intermediacy will provide support and expertise in helping your company design and manage your skills-based volunteer program.

Board Service Training Program at State Street

Regina McNally, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at State Street, discussed her experience creating a board service training program, which was launched in 2009. Through this program State Street partnered with their HR department and the Arts and Business Council in Boston.  By partnering with HR, State Street identified 20 executive vice presidents who expressed interest in engaging with boards.  Once the participants were selected, State Street provided in-house training to educate participants on the workings of a board, legal issues, and fundraising issues. In addition, they offered a history of the sector and an update on State Street’s own corporate citizenship policies which allowed the company to make sure the executive participants were all on the same page about expectations.

Once again, Regina highlighted the benefits of such a program to the company, community and employee. She emphasized the experiential learning aspect of participating in board service as a chance for executives to get out of their normal space and learn about the opportunities and constraints of the nonprofit world. She said, “They learn in a whole new environment to let their brain work in a different way and bring those new skillsets back to the office.”

Regina left webinar attendees with several key takeaways:

  • Collaboration with HR from the beginning ensures the program fits with the needs of the company and that both the Corporate Citizenship and HR departments define and communicate about the program in the same way internally.
  • Get to know the organizations your company partners with so you can better align your goals with theirs and communicate more clearly about program objectives.
  • Seek local partners who can help navigate legal and tax issues, match employees to boards in the area seeking participants, and provide insight into the time and financial commitments of each board.
  • Executive buy-in creates a “trickle-down effect” of encouraging a passion for corporate citizenship within the teams of the executives.
  • Start slow and look to grow and build as your program develops over time

We would love to hear from you. What type of volunteer program are you using within your company?

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Diversity and Human Resources, skills-based volunteering, Corporate Citizenship, CSR programs, Employee Engagement

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Chrysler Group’s Trenton Engine Awarded Bronze Designation; Becomes Fifth North American Plant to Achieve the World Class Manufacturing Milestone

SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLC


  • Ranking rewards improvements in safety, quality and productivity
  • WCM implementation saves Company more than $1 billion since June 2009

April 21, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. /3BL Media/ – Chrysler Group LLC’s Trenton Engine Complex (Mich.) has been awarded bronze status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Trenton becomes the fifth North American facility to achieve the first WCM award milestone.

The plant received the bronze designation just over four years after adopting the WCM operating system following a two-day audit April 16-17, 2014. Bronze is awarded after earning a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been expanded across the shop floor. Trenton earned a score of 52. 

“We are very proud of the dedication our Trenton employees have shown in accelerating the rate of improvement in their plant in order to achieve bronze,” said Mauro Pino, Vice President and Head of Manufacturing/WCM, Chrysler Group LLC. “Together with our UAW partners, Chrysler Group is demonstrating its commitment to making our manufacturing facilities among the best in the world.”

World Class Manufacturing is a methodology that focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants. WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009. Since that time, the Company has saved more than $1 billion in controllable manufacturing costs as a result of the implementation of WCM. 

During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 100 would indicate World Class.

In addition to Trenton, three other facilities currently hold bronze awards – Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio), Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (Mex.) and Dundee Engine Plant (Mich.). The Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.), which earned its bronze designation in 2012, was awarded silver in March, making it the Chrysler Group’s highest ranking plant in North America.

The Trenton Engine Complex is made up of two facilities – the South plant which opened in 2010 to produce the award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and the North plant which began production in 1952. The North facility was idled in 2011, but has since reopened to build Pentastar and Tigershark engines. 

About Chrysler Group LLC 
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, FIAT and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, SRT Viper and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Business & Trade, World Class Manufacturing, Chrysler, Trenton Engine, WCM

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Decade of Climate Action: Celestia Begins

SOURCE: Green Builder Media


Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third installment of its benchmark scientific study on climate change. There were no surprises in the report—the future looks bleak unless we take ambitious and immediate action towards reducing our global carbon emissions and changing our current energy portfolio.

The study deployed cutting edge modeling technology to research over 1,000 potential emissions pathways, and found that, without decisive action, our current emissions trajectory will likely lead to a 4°C (or more) temperature increase, causing increasingly dangerous super storms, wildfires, droughts, rising sea levels, and extreme temperatures. In this hotter world, accessible fresh water declines by 20% for a portion of the population, forests around the world—which are essential to carbon sequestration—are disseminated, and coral reefs die en masse.

The sobering report confirms that this is the decade of climate action, and in order to stay under the 2°C temperature increase (deemed as the safe zone that will ensure that life will continue as we know it), our exploits must be aggressive, incisive, and coordinated. Poor choices made today about emissions-intensive energy sources, infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and buildings will lock us into a dystopic fate.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Energy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Celestia, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, VISION House in INNOVENTIONS, VISION House, EPCOT, Celestia Project, Walt Disney World, climate change

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LBG Canada the Importance of Auditing (Part II)

SOURCE: SiMPACT Strategy Group


LBG (London Benchmarking Group) Canada is a network of companies seeking to maximize the impact of community investment – for society and for business. Together, LBG Canada companies set the highest standard in community investment management, performance measurement and reporting in Canada.

LBG Canada is currently in the middle of the 2014 Audit and Benchmarking cycle, with 95% of participants submitting their data for audit. So far this year, we have audited over 40,000 community investment transactions revealing $339 million in LBG Canada company investment and $48 million in external resources leveraged. Community investment auditing is an important process as it results in a clear understanding of the value of an overall community investment portfolio. We will be completing the 2014 LBG Canada benchmarking audit by the end of April and will communicate those results with our members at that time.

Our last infographic illustrated the importance of auditing community investment. The attached infographic illustrates how auditing helps companies build a common understanding and profile the value of all types (cash, in-kind, employee time, program management costs, external resources leveraged, etc.) of community investment.

For previous analysis on external resources leveraged, employee engagement and giving, please see previous infographics from this series. Visit our website at or contact SiMPACT Strategy Group at 403.444.5683.   

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Reports


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Louisville Kids Take a Stand Against Hunger in Our Community

SOURCE: Yum! Brands


Louisville, Ky. – Yum! Brands is teaming up with Dare to Care and Chenoweth Elementary fourth and fifth graders to fight hunger here in Louisville.

As a part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give-A-Day Week of Service, Yum! Brands has partnered with Dare to Care and Chenoweth Elementary School to collect canned goods and raise awareness about hunger in the Louisville community. Read more…

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Business & Trade, Louisville, Dare to Care, Give-A-Day Week of Service, Yum! Brands, Yum! Brands CANStand

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EU Passes Historic Law Requiring Large Companies to Report on Sustainability

by Vikas Vij

SOURCE: Justmeans


(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The European Parliament has passed a historic law that makes it mandatory for the largest companies in Europe to include sustainability factors as an integral part of their annual financial reporting. The law, which was passed with a thumping majority vote of 599-55, will apply to publicly traded companies employing more than 500 workers.

This momentous law will require these companies to report on policies, risks and results with regard to social, environmental and human rights impact, diversity and anti-corruption policies in their annual reports. The law was first proposed in 1999 by Richard Howitt, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility. Howitt has welcomed the vote as a major step towards “integrated reporting” by businesses across the world.

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Vikas Vij - Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of “The Power of Money” (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations “Decisions for Life” run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.


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KEYWORDS: Reports, Justmeans, sustainability reporting, EU, European Union, sustainability, Teresa Fogelberg

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