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CBRE Appoints Tim Schroeder Co-Executive Sponsor Of LGBT Network Group

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.


Los Angeles, CA, October 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ – CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that Tim Schroeder, a CBRE Managing Director has taken a leadership role in the Company’s LGBT Network Group (LGBTNG). Mr. Schroeder joins Chris Ludeman, Global President of Capital Markets, as a Co-Executive Sponsor of CBRE’s network group dedicated to its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender professionals.

“Tim has done a terrific job leading our McKesson account and I am confident he will bring the same passion and excellence to his expanded role with the LGBTNG,” Lance Wilken, Senior Managing Director for Global Corporate Services, said.

The LGBTNG provides an open-minded support system for conducting business and addressing the personal requirements of CBRE’s LGBT community. The network acts as an advocate for and advisor to LGBT employees, while helping shape CBRE practices and programs to ensure a merit-based business environment. The group was instrumental in identifying and advocating policy changes that have provided greater equality and inclusion within the Company. Founded in 2009, CBRE’s LGBT group was the first such networking group in the commercial real estate services industry.  In 2014, CBRE was the first commercial real estate company to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index and earn designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“Tim has an outstanding history as a leader within our company and brings a high level of enthusiasm for broadening the positive impacts of the LGBTNG,” Mr. Ludeman said. “I look forward to working with him to serve our LGBT community and guide our continued efforts toward inclusion for all CBRE employees.”  

Mr. Schroeder has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry including investment management, consulting and commercial development. He has been with CBRE for seven years and currently serves as the Alliance Director for the McKesson Corporation relationship. CBRE is the exclusive provider of facilities management, project management and development, transaction management and lease administration services for McKesson’s 25-million-square foot portfolio.

Additional information about the CBRE LGBTNG can be found at

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at



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TD Forests “Art for Trees” Artwork to be Auctioned, Proceeds Going to New York City Environmental Non-Profits

SOURCE: TD Bank Group


NEW YORK, October 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ – On October 31, the 10 original pieces of environment-focused artwork commissioned as a part of TD Bank’s “TD Forests: Art for Trees” campaign will become available for purchase in an online auction. Following the close of the auction on November 14, all proceeds raised will be donated to four New York City environmental non-profits.

Those interested in purchasing the artwork can view all of the pieces and prices online now. There will also be an option for collectors to buy the artwork immediately at full value.

All proceeds from the sale of the original art will be equally distributed amongst the New York Restoration Project, Friends of the High Line, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Trees New York.

Replicas of the artwork are currently on display in the windows of more than 100 TD Bank Stores throughout the five boroughs. Additionally, the original artwork will be on display this month at the following pop-up galleries:

  1. The 14th Street Passage on the High Line on October 24, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  2. New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) annual masquerade ball, Hulaween, on October 31 during the opening cocktail hour

The 10 artists who donated original pieces of art to “Art for Trees,” include Federico HerreroSharon HarperDustin YellinIvan StojakovicEileen NeffPhilippa LawrenceClara FialhoKathleen VanceElizabeth Whalley and Julie Goldstein.

The original pieces were also on display for the public in a pop-up gallery in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station earlier this month.

Visit to view all of the “Art for Trees” artwork and prices.

About TD Forests
TD Forests is a North American initiative of TD Bank and its parent company, TD Bank Group (TD). The program’s goals are to increase the area of protected forest habitat and promote the responsible use of paper, including reducing the bank’s paper usage by 20 percent by 2015. In addition, TD Forests works to reintroduce trees to urban areas through its TD Tree Days and TD Green Streets initiatives, and to support local parks and open spaces that strengthen communities.

About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit Find TD Bank on Facebook at and on Twitter at

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD”. To learn more, visit


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Joe’s Burritopalooza: What Living Más is All About

SOURCE: Yum! Brands


Eleven year-old Joe Redmond and Taco Bell have two things in common: a love of burritos and of showing Más Heart. When the brand heard that Joe had combined the two to help other people, they knew they wanted to celebrate and honor him in true Taco Bell style.

The brand first learned about Joe and his burrito passion in June, when Joe’s dad shared a video with the Taco Bell team. The video was of Joe practicing a public speaking project about the history of the burrito. Joe, who has Down syndrome and is very shy, rehearsed his speech several times at home before delivering it in front of his classmates.

Taco Bell loved Joe’s video but soon learned it wasn’t the only way he had shown enthusiasm for his favorite fare. The year before, Joe held a fundraiser at his elementary school – appropriately dubbed “Joe’s Burritopalooza” – and sold homemade burritos and baked goods to raise money for his two favorite charities, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society and York Region Down Syndrome Association.

“The Burritopalooza was so well received by the school that on top of the amount of money raised by selling burritos, a few individuals went above and beyond and pledged additional dollars in support of the event,” said Taco Bell Canada Marketing Director Adrianne Largo. “The final amount that they were able to raise was $1,500, and we at Taco Bell thought that would be the perfect amount to match.”

On Sept. 28, in recognition of Joe’s Live Más spirit, Taco Bell Canada presented him with a cash donation of $1,500 to benefit his favorite organizations. They also hosted Joe and 24 of his friends at a Taco Bell restaurant in Richmond Hill, where he was among the first burrito fans in Canada to try the brand’s new XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito.

“Everybody felt good about the whole thing and what Joe had done,” his father Steve Redmond told local newspaper Markham Economist & Sun. “It was just a great day.”

You can learn more about Joe and his love for burritos by checking out his YouTube channel.

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RIT to Help Drive Chevrolet’s Campus Clean-Energy Efficiency Program

October 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rochester Institute of Technology is among 12 colleges and universities—including the first in New York state—that will help drive Chevrolet’s Campus Clean Energy Campaign designed to reduce carbon emissions.

RIT was selected for its leadership role in sustainability and energy efficiency on campus, resulting in Chevrolet’s invitation to participate in the new initiative to retire carbon credits on behalf of the environment. The university is among a second wave of colleges and universities that have announced participation in the initiative today on Campus Sustainability Day, which has been celebrating sustainability in higher education nationally since 2003.

As a result of ongoing sustainability initiatives, RIT officials estimate that the university will sell Chevy carbon credits—a financial instrument used to tally the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere—yielding up to $100,000. The money will be reinvested in energy efficiency and sustainability projects on campus to help further reduce RIT’s carbon footprint. Continue reading

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New Hershey Learn to Grow Program to Impact Nearly 9,000 Cocoa Farmers in Cote d’ Ivoire

HERSHEY, Pa., Oct. 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ — The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced today an innovative partnership with Hershey suppliers and a European sustainability agency to help thousands of farmers in Cote d’Ivoire improve productivity, raise incomes and improve communities.

The partnership includes Blommer Chocolate and OLAM International through their joint “GrowCocoa” initiative and IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).  The Hershey Learn to Grow program aims to reach more than 8,700 cocoa farmers who belong to 27 cooperatives spread across six regions of Cote d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa-producing country. There are three key objectives:

  • Improving planting methods to increase productivity on each participating farm
  • Providing fertilizer incentives and other important inputs to farmers who demonstrate use of good agricultural practices
  • Rehabilitating cocoa farms that are more than 25 years old with new, faster-growing and higher-yielding cocoa trees

Hershey is building on its cocoa sustainability programs in Cote d’Ivoire. In 2013, Hershey funded the construction of a primary school in the Abroko cocoa region. With today’s announcement, the Hershey Learn to Grow program will enroll approximately 19,000 Ivorian cocoa farmers by 2017. Continue reading

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Sodexo in the U.S. Wins First Aon Hewitt Best Employer Certification

GAITHERSBUR, Md., October 22, 2014 /3BL Media/Sodexo, a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations, was named among the first entities to be certified by the Aon Hewitt Best Employer Program.

This program compares organizations to identify those that strive to create competitive advantage through their people and become employers of choice. It recognizes organizations that are driving high employee engagement, effective leadership, high performance culture and a compelling employer brand strategy. The methodology is based on over 20 years of employee research experience at Aon Hewitt, including more than 10 years of local Best Employer Studies.

Sodexo has been recognized as an Aon Hewitt Certified Best Employer based on the opinions of their 133,000 employees, measured against standards from the Aon Hewitt global employee engagement database. Continue reading

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Values Add Value to Food Buys, From Whole Foods to McDonald’s

“Values matter.” That’s the slogan that Whole Foods has chosen for its first national brand marketing campaign. The message is, Whole Foods provides value to its customers through the values the company uses to select the food products on its shelves. That is, values for money in shopping for groceries is as important as bargain pricing, which Whole Foods is not known for.

The company believes that consumers will find that value in the increased information it provides about where the food comes from, and how it was grown, raised, and made. Whole Foods is serious about getting out this message. The campaign’s budget is estimated at between fifteen and twenty million dollars. It’s the latest example of what Madison Avenue calls variously “conscious capitalism,” “cause marketing,” and “purpose marketing.” Continue reading

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Forest City Retail Operations Honored with Cool Planet Award for Sustainability

CLEVELAND, Ohio, October 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Forest City Enterprises, Inc., (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) today announced the company has been recognized with a 2014 Cool Planet Award for demonstrating exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management at three of its California retail properties: South Bay Galleria, Antelope Valley Mall and Promenade Temecula.

The Cool Planet Awards, presented by Southern California Edison (SCE) and managed by The Climate Registry, a non-profit organization, celebrate outstanding commitment to implementing energy efficiency projects, participating in demand response programs and establishing environmental and greenhouse gas emissions management systems.

“As part our dedication to our local communities and corporate social responsibility, Forest City is committed to effectively managing our energy, waste and carbon footprint across our nationwide portfolio” said Joyce Mihalik, vice president, Integrative Design Services for Forest City. “We are proud that our associates’ efforts in California, together with our continued partnership with Southern California Edison, are being recognized with this 2014 Cool Planet Award.” Continue reading

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