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Win a Trip to Leadership Camp

If your job is in sustainability and building, this executive leadership event is for you!

SOURCE: Green Builder Media


December 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Enter to Win an Executive Camp Scholarship!

This is it. The moment you have been waiting for. Everything hangs in the balance now. The time has come to take the next step, to grow your business and yourself. This is the place where everything changes, perspective shifts, and success is redefined…

Green Builder Media and WinterCAMP have joined forces to offer you a chance to win a scholarship to the 2015 WinterCAMP executive leadership training session in Beaver Creek, Colo., March 2-6, 2015.

Why go to camp? Well, first of all, don’t think classroom; think out-of-the-classroom, motivational training—where training looks a lot like the amorphous, ever-changing workplace of today. It’s challenging and intense.

And it’s also shamelessly fun.

WinterCAMP combines classroom-style sessions with physical outdoor adventures. “WinterCAMP is a reaction to the typical conference,” explains Michael Anschel, owner of Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build and one of the camp founders. “Everyone runs around in their little silo of thought, sharing and re-sharing information with the same group of people. WinterCAMP takes the multidisciplinary approach to green building up one level and asks us to consider what it takes to create a green business—and sets participants on that course.”

Each year WinterCAMP focuses on one or more issues over a three day work/play intensive schedule. Each issue is approached from five directions:

  • Business Development
  • Personal Development
  • Building Science
  • Sustainability
  • Marketing

WinterCAMP is more than just developing business solutions; it is about developing life solutions. The doctrine of “balance” is infused in all aspects of camp as an essential function of efforts to build better businesses that have a greater degree of stability and efficiency that affords the much needed family/work/play balance needed for a healthy life.

Read more about WinterCAMP as told from a Green Builder Media staffer who braved the high-altitude elements and intense coursework…and lived to tell the tale.

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KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Business & Trade, Green Builder Media, Leadership Camp, WinterCAMP


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Boeing, South African Airways Look to First Harvest of Energy-Rich Tobacco to Make Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

Pioneering project supports South Africa’s rural economy, environment, public health

SOURCE: Boeing


MARBLE HALL, South Africa, Dec. 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and South African Airways (SAA) announced today that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich tobacco plants, an important step towards using the plants to make sustainable aviation biofuel.

Boeing and SAA, along with partners SkyNRG and Sunchem SA, also officially launched Project Solaris, their collaborative effort to develop an aviation biofuel supply chain with a nicotine-free tobacco plant called Solaris. In Limpopo province, company representatives and industry stakeholders visited commercial and community farms where 123 acres (50 hectares) of Solaris have been planted.

Oil from the plant’s seeds may be converted into bio-jet fuel as early as next year, with a test flight by SAA as soon as practicable.

“SAA continues to work towards becoming the most environmentally sustainable airline in the world and is committed to a better way of conducting business,” said Ian Cruickshank, Environmental Affairs Specialist, SAA Group. “The impact that the biofuel program will have on South Africans is astounding: thousands of jobs mostly in rural areas, new skills and technology, energy security and stability and macro-economic benefits to South Africa, and of course, a massive reduction in the amount of CO2 that is emitted into our atmosphere.”

 “It is very exciting to see early progress in South Africa towards developing sustainable aviation biofuel from energy-producing tobacco plants,” said J. Miguel Santos, managing director for Africa, Boeing International. “Boeing strongly believes that our aviation biofuel collaboration with South African Airways will benefit the environment and public health while providing new economic opportunities for South Africa’s small farmers. This project also positions our valued airline customer to gain a long-term, viable domestic fuel supply and improve South Africa’s national balance of payments.”

The farm visits followed the announcement in August that Boeing, SAA and SkyNRG were collaborating to make aviation biofuel from the Solaris plant, which was developed and patented by Sunchem Holding. If the test farming in Limpopo is successful, the project will be expanded in South Africa and potentially to other countries. In coming years, emerging technologies are expected to increase aviation biofuel production from the plant’s leaves and stems.

Sustainable aviation biofuel made from Solaris plants can reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by 50 to 75 percent, ensuring it meets the sustainability threshold set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). Airlines have conducted more than 1,600 passenger flights using aviation biofuel since the fuel was approved for commercial use in 2011.

Boeing is the industry leader in global efforts to develop and commercialize sustainable aviation biofuel. In addition to its collaboration in Southern Africa, Boeing has active biofuel development projects in the United States, Middle East, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Australia.

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Environment Communications
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
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083 277 8428

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Marketing Manager
+31 6 30 833505 (Amsterdam)
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Environmental Protection Agency Knows It’s Time To Take Action

by Sangeeta Haindl

SOURCE: Justmeans


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public comment period on its proposed clean power plan ended last month with more than 1.6 million comments! It’s a complex story with more twists and turns than an American political TV drama, as it has touched a deep political nerve. In June, the EPA proposed a plan that would cut carbon pollution from power plants to protect public health that would help move America towards a cleaner, healthier environment, while also supplying the reliable and affordable power the country needs to create a strong economy and facilitate job growth. The proposed plan aims to cut carbon emissions from the power sector approximately 30 percent by 2030 and to also lay out state-specific goals for lower carbon emissions.

Controversially, in May, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report stating that the EPA’s proposed plans would cost the country more than $50 billion a year between now and 2030. The EPA responded by calling the report “nothing more than irresponsible speculation based on guesses.” Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time globally, threatening us with growing risks of rising seas, soaring heat, raging storms, fires and withering drought. These threats are growing more urgent; the first ten months of 2014 have been the hottest, around the world, since record keeping began in 1880. There is an obligation to protect the future from the dangers of this manmade curse and this is what the EPA is doing with the support of President Obama. They are taking the bull by the horns in issuing the Clean Power Plan under the Clean Air Act.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum. 

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Clean Power Plan, Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, U.S. Economy

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Green Builder Media's Vantage: 3 Energy-Efficiency Myths Debunked, Floating City Proposed, Video: Structural Insulated Panels in Action

SOURCE: Green Builder Media


Climate Summit: Ready for Change? It’s a big week for the climate. Leaders from around the world are meeting in Lima, Peru for the COP20, this year’s United Nations climate summit. While the meeting in and of itself isn’t groundbreaking, this is the first year that the two largest emitters, the United States and China, are showing up with domestic emission reductions commitments in place.

Be Careful St.Nick! This letter is to let Santa (and his reindeer) know that he’s going to have trouble, if he expects to follow his old routine in today’s modern house.

SIPS Construction at Mariposa Meadows An Inside Look at SIPs Construction The featured video on our Mariposa Meadows page talks about the benefits of using structural insulated panels and offers a sneak peak at the VISION House as it takes shape in the Colorado Rockies.

Common Misconceptions Cost Money Are consumers and businesses taking the right steps to become more energy efficient? Common misconceptions about efficiency can not only increase energy use, but can actually end up costing big dollars.

Green Executive Leadership Camp Scholarship Win a Scholarship to the exclusive WinterCAMP event in March 2015 at Beaver Creek, Colo. Each year WinterCAMP is a three-day work/play intensive schedule covering business development, personal development, building science, sustainability, and marketing. Enter for your chance to attend today!

Japanese Create Plans for a Floating City A Japanese firm has created plans for a self-sustaining city that can float in the Pacific, complete with forests and gardens.

Green Goings-On Looking to network with like-minded, green building professionals? Check out our Green Goings On listing, which is regularly updated with information about important upcoming green conferences and events.

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KEYWORDS: Ethical Production and Consumption, Green Builder Media, energy-efficiency, United Nations climate summit


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Mary Kay Marca Su 10º Aniversario De Donaciones Durante Las Fiestas De Fin De Año A Través De La Campaña De Recolección De Juguetes Del Today Show

SOURCE: Mary Kay


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DALLAS, 8 de Dic. de 2014 /3BL Media/ – Con la temporada de fiestas a la vuelta de la esquina, Mary Kay Inc. se prepara para hacer su donativo anual celebrando el 10º Aniversario de esta icónica compañía de belleza como donadora de la campaña anual de recolección de juguetes y regalos del programa TODAY, conocida como TODAY’s annual Holiday Toy and Gift Drive. Por una década, Mary Kay ha brindado felicidad a familias que lo necesitan con aportaciones que van desde animales de peluche hasta cremas y lápices labiales. Esta mañana durante la sección Today’s Take del programa de NBC TODAY Show, Mary Kay continuó con su tradición de dar al presentar una donación de más de $3 millones.

Desde 1994, el TODAY Show Toy Drive ha ayudado a más de $4 millones de niños de escasos recursos distribuyendo aproximadamente $364 millones en donaciones a más de180 organizaciones en toda la nación y en bases militares estadounidenses en el extranjero. El programa proporciona juguetes, libros, ropa y otros productos esenciales a los niños y adolescentes que viven en la pobreza, y se ha expandido para incluir regalos que los niños pueden darle a sus padres.

La donación de Mary Kay al TODAY Shoy Holiday Toy and Gift Drive proporciona regalos para padres y niños que de otra manera podrían no haber recibido obsequios en esta temporada —asegura Sara Friedman, Vicepresidenta de Mercadeo en los Estados Unidos de Mary Kay Inc.—. Dar es parte de nuestra cultura corporativa desde que la propia Mary Kay Ash fundó la compañía en 1963. Esperamos que nuestro donativo de productos Mary Kay ayude a hacer de las fiestas de fin de año un evento más brillante para las familias que lo necesitan”. 

El Today Show reporta que cada 29 segundos un niño en los Estados Unidos nace en la pobreza con acceso limitado a alimentos, cuidado médico y servicios humanitarios básicos. La campaña anual de recolección de juguetes y regalos de fin de año distribuye regalos a familias en los 50 estados a través de refugios para personas sin hogar, orfanatorios, albergues contra violencia doméstica, hospitales, escuelas y programas de cuidado después de la escuela.

Sobre Mary Kay
Productos irresistibles. Un impacto positivo en la comunidad. Una oportunidad gratificante. Durante 50 años Mary Kay ha ofrecido todas estas cosas. Con 3 millones de Consultoras de Belleza Independientes Mary Kay y $3.5 mil millones en ventas al mayoreo anuales a nivel mundial, Mary Kay es una marca de belleza y compañía de ventas directas destacada en más de 35 mercados alrededor del mundo. Descubre lo que amas al conectarte con una Consultora de Belleza Independiente Mary Kay en tu área en

Sobre The TODAY Show Holiday Toy and Gift Drive
The TODAY Show Toy Drive es un proyecto de la fundación caritativa del Today Show (TODAY Show Charitable Foundation, Inc.) una organización sin fines de lucro bajo la denominación 501(c)(3). Todas las donaciones son deducibles de impuestos en la extensión de lo permisible por ley. En 2010 se le otorgó el premio filantrópico Boys & Girls Clubs of America Foundation Philanthropy Award y en 2008 recibió el honor del premio presidencial al servicio voluntario, President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Hagupit Loses Strength But Continues to Drench Manila as Residents of the Bicol Region Begin to Dig Out

Typhoon Leaves Several Feet of Black Sand in Its Wake

SOURCE: Children International


Kansas City, MO, December 8, 2014 /3BL Media/ Typhoon Hagupit has already passed through Legazpi and Tabaco, Philippines, where Children International operates five community centers, and where roughly 30,000 of the organization’s sponsored children and youth live. Evacuees have begun returning to their homes in those areas and are beginning the process of salvaging belongings and rebuilding their houses.

Children International’s Mobile Monitoring Teams continue their assessments in areas around the organization’s community centers, and staff are also distributing food, water and other supplies to those impacted.

In some areas, walls, roofs and belongings were lost during the storm’s peak, which included over 100mph winds and 15-foot storm surges. Many of those homes are now buried under several feet of black sand.   

Electricity has been restored in parts of the Bicol region, and CI community centers that were not used as evacuation centers are reopening to offer support and aid.

Although the storm has been downgraded since leaving the area surrounding Tabaco and Legazpi, its slow trek as it enters Metro Manila is expected to cause severe flooding there, especially in low-lying areas. Children International serves nearly 38,000 children and youth in Manila and Quezon City. Fortunately, Metro Manila is currently under the lowest storm warning (Signal Level 1, with 20-35 mph winds).

Quick Facts

  • Children International aids children and youth from the time they are very young through the first two decades of their lives, helping them to be healthy, educated and ultimately employable so that they can break the cycle of poverty.
  • Children International is well-prepared for emergencies such as Typhoon Hagupit with a professional staff of 200 in the Philippines and an established network of dedicated volunteers and partner organizations to help assist with disaster relief.
  • Children International serves more than 70,000 impoverished children and youth in the Philippines.

Poverty in the Philippines

  • Children International’s sponsored families in the Philippines often make as little as $60 per month – 85% of which is often used for food.
  • Child malnutrition is a serious concern. Nearly 20% of Filipino children under age 5 are underweight due to poor access to nutritious food.
  • The unemployment rate for young people in the Philippines is staggering. Over 17% of young people aged 17-24 are unable to find stable employment.
  • Rural families migrate to urban centers like Manila and Quezon City looking for work but often find themselves living in conditions that are worse than what they left behind.
  • Over 30% of the population suffers from poverty in the Philippines.

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Children International’s Award-Winning Crisis Response History in the Philippines

Over the years, Children International has implemented various disaster-recovery efforts in the typhoon-prone country, running the spectrum from disaster-preparedness training and drills to providing permanent housing for families who were forced to resettle after their houses were buried under mudslides.

In 2012, Children International Philippines of the Bicol region received the Best Civil Society Organization on Humanitarian Assistance by the Republic of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. As a result of receiving the award for three consecutive years, Children International also received the Hall of Fame Award in recognition of its work in disaster relief. In addition, Country Director Pio Salvador received special recognition for his “invaluable contribution in the field of disaster risk reduction and management.”

About Children International

Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, typhoon, Hagupit, Philippines, Children Internatinoal, Thyphoon Ruby, Typhoon in Philippines, disaster relief, Legazpi Philippines, Tabaco Philippines, Manila Philippines, Quezon City Philippines


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Banorte Supports Conservation of Biodiversity in Mexico

SOURCE: Grupo Financiero Banorte


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  • Grupo Financiero Banorte donated an area of 1,500 hectares in Sonora to Naturalia A.C. to help support the conservation of the jaguar, one of the most endangered species of Mexico’s wildlife.
  • In partnership with Naturalia, an organization that promotes the conservation of species, Banorte will launch other similar support efforts in which customers, employees and allies can participate.


December 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ – As part of its Social Responsibility commitments, Grupo Financiero Banorte donated an area of 1,500 hectares located in the state of Sonora, which will serve as space for the conservation of the jaguar, one of the most endangered species of Mexico’s wildlife.

This tract of land donated to Naturalia, an organization that promotes the preservation of ecosystems and wildlife, will complement the Northern Jaguar Reserve (Reserva Jaguar del Norte), the first Mexican sanctuary aimed mostly at protecting this feline and which currently is comprised of 20,300 hectares.

During the symbolic transfer of the donation, Fausto Hernández Pintado, Chief Strategic Planning and Value Creation Officer at Grupo Financiero Banorte said, “It is necessary for companies to become involved in the implementation of initiatives such as the ones Naturalia develops, and we enthusiastically support the conservation of Mexico’s biodiversity by committing ourselves to this project and to the protection of the jaguar”.

Oscar Moctezuma, founding Director of Naturalia stated, “In the face of complex environmental issues confronting our planet, the participation of all sectors is necessary to guarantee sustainability that in turn ensures prosperity for societies and viability for businesses. Only visionary companies that prepare for the future and are committed to society, such as Grupo Financiero Banorte, will be able to transcend and with their help we can preserve the wonderful biodiversity of our country”.

The jaguar (Panthera onca) is crucial for the healthy functioning of the ecosystems where it inhabits. It is however one of the most endangered species of Mexico’s wildlife because more than 60% of the territory it originally occupied in Mexico has disappeared and, in those areas where it still survives, continues to decline due to human persecution and the destruction of its habitats.

An effective strategy to efficiently protect the national biodiversity has been the establishment of shelters and ecological reserves, where many species and ecosystems can find adequate protection to ensure their recovery and conservation. The larger the reserves, the greater the positive impact on conservation.

Banorte will also work with Naturalia in the development of various initiatives that will seek to involve Banorte customers and allies in the protection of the Northern Jaguar Reserve and the jaguar as a species.

During the event which was attended by Banorte customers and employees, an art auction was held, which marked the beginning of steps taken that will contribute to generating financial resources for the long-term management and protection of the Northern Jaguar Reserve.


Source: Press release issued by Grupo Financiero Banorte and Naturalia, Mexico City, November 19th, 2014.

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Apoya Banorte la conservación de la biodiversidad en México

SOURCE: Grupo Financiero Banorte


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  • Grupo Financiero Banorte donó a Naturalia A. C. un terreno de 1,500 hectáreas en Sonora para coadyuvar a la preservación del jaguar, una de las especies más amenazadas de la fauna mexicana.
  • En alianza con Naturalia, organización promotora de conservación de especies, Banorte lanzará otros esfuerzos similares de apoyo en los que podrán participar clientes, colaboradores y aliados.


05 de diciembre de 2014 /3BL Media/ – Como parte de sus compromisos de Responsabilidad Social, Grupo Financiero Banorte donó un terreno de 1,500 hectáreas ubicado en el estado de Sonora, el cual servirá como espacio para la conservación del jaguar, una de las especies más amenazadas de la fauna mexicana.

Dicha extensión de tierra, que fue entregada a Naturalia – organización civil que promueve la preservación de los ecosistemas y especies silvestres – complementará a la Reserva Jaguar del Norte, el primer santuario mexicano orientado principalmente a proteger a este felino y que actualmente tiene una superficie de 20,300 hectáreas.

Al hacer entrega simbólica del donativo, Fausto Hernández Pintado, Director General de Planeación Estratégica y Generación de Valor de Grupo Financiero Banorte, señaló que “es necesario que las empresas se involucren en la implementación de iniciativas como la que desarrolla Naturalia, por lo que apoyamos de manera entusiasta la conservación de la biodiversidad mexicana comprometiéndonos con este proyecto y con la protección del jaguar”.

Por su parte, Oscar Moctezuma, Director fundador de Naturalia, señaló que “ante la compleja problemática ambiental que enfrenta nuestro planeta, se requiere de la participación de todos los sectores para garantizar la sustentabilidad que asegure prosperidad a las sociedades y viabilidad a los negocios. Sólo empresas visionarias, previsoras y comprometidas con la sociedad, como lo es Grupo Financiero Banorte, lograrán trascender y con su ayuda podremos preservar la maravillosa biodiversidad de nuestro país”.

El jaguar (Panthera onca) es clave para el funcionamiento sano de los ecosistemas en los que habita, pero es una de las especies más amenazadas de la fauna mexicana ya que ha desaparecido de más del 60% del territorio que originalmente ocupaba en México y, en aquellas zonas en las que aún sobrevive, continúa declinando a causa de la persecución humana y la destrucción de su hábitat.

Una estrategia efectiva para proteger eficazmente a la biodiversidad nacional ha sido el establecimiento de refugios y reservas ecológicas, donde muchas especies y ecosistemas pueden encontrar protección adecuada para asegurar su recuperación y conservación. Mientras más grandes sean estas reservas, mayor será su impacto positivo en la conservación.

Adicionalmente, Banorte trabajará con Naturalia en el desarrollo de diversas iniciativas que buscarán involucrar a los clientes y aliados de Banorte en la protección de la Reserva Jaguar del Norte y del jaguar como especie.

Durante el encuentro, al que asistieron clientes y colaboradores de Banorte, se llevó a cabo una subasta de arte, misma que marcó el inicio de las acciones que contribuirán a generar recursos financieros para el manejo y protección a largo plazo de la Reserva Jaguar del Norte.


Fuente: Comunicado de prensa emitido por Grupo Financiero Banorte y Naturalia, México, D.F., 19 de noviembre de 2014.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, conservación, Jaguar, biodiversidad, Banorte, Naturalia, reserva ecológica, reserva jaguar del norte, Mexico, responsabilidad social corporativa

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