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Lilly: The Hope Murals Project- 10 Murals in 10 Cities

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company

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Today’s guest blog comes from Jennifer Hill, Lilly’s Senior Director for U.S. Oncology Marketing. As part of her role, Jennifer oversees Lilly Oncology On Canvas and The Hope Murals Project.

600 paintbrushes, 1,000 gallons of paint, more than 2,500 volunteers. The result: a lasting impact on the cancer community.  

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey art competition and exhibition, which has inspired more than 4,100 individuals touched by cancer to share their journeys through art and narrative. To commemorate this milestone, we launched The Hope Murals Project, a national community-art movement that is bringing 10 murals based on the inspirational art from previous competitions to 10 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Read more about Jennifer’s role in Lilly Oncology on Canvas.

KEYWORDS: Health, Community, Lilly, Eli Lilly and Company, Oncology, The Hope Murals Project, art, community-art

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Ebola Outbreak Should Spur Mining Companies to Improve Sustainability

by Vikas Vij

SOURCE: Justmeans

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The deadliest outbreak in the history of Ebola virus in West Africa has already claimed more than 900 lives. Governments across the world have stepped up surveillance and quarantine measures. Global businesses with mining activities in West Africa are evaluating the potential impact on their ability to sustain operations while also safeguarding their employees and their families against the outbreak, which is spreading faster than anyone anticipated.

Ebola-affected West African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have large untapped deposits of iron ore, bauxite, gold, diamonds and other commodities. West Africa represents a major global mining opportunity that is vital to the economy of the region as well as various industries around the world. However, most of these mines are located in areas that are impacted by the Ebola virus. This has led to a critical economic and humanitarian situation for which the mining companies were not adequately prepared.

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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: Health, Corporate Social Responsibility, ebola, West Africa, Mining, World Health Organization (WHO), community, safe work conditions

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Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 3 of 5

Guest Blog by Shilpi Chhotray, Future 500

SOURCE: Justmeans

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Future 500 is a global nonprofit specializing in stakeholder engagement and building bridges between parties at odds—often corporations and NGOs, the political right and left, and others—to advance systemic solutions to urgent sustainability challenges. Recently, members of the Future 500 staff held a roundtable discussion about diversity—rather, the lack of it—in their industry. Participants were Shilpi Chhotray, Danna Pfahl, Marvin Smith, Nick Sorrentino and Brendon Steele. Part 3 of a five-part series features comments by Shilpi Chhotray, Consultant, Marine and Supply Chain—the Editor.

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Environmentalism is a movement that impacts all classes, colors, and demographics of society, yet is rarely represented by the individuals working on the issues themselves. For instance, minority groups are typically – and disproportionately – exposed to pollution making fighting corporations leaking toxins from power plants, advocating for organic and local produce where food deserts persist, and pushing for urban park areas to make for safer and healthier communities all the more meaningful. Besides, people of color are strong supporters of environmental issues, more so than is commonly perceived. Alongside community activism, diversifying the workplace is a great, and arguably necessary place, for the environmental movement to focus when working to improve our world across the board.

Environmental justice groups, known to be the most effective in serving populations vulnerable to a changing climate and affected by pollution, are simultaneously neglected by society. Why? Because these groups represent people of color in low-income communities, communities that are often neglected. It is no surprise that they receive very little in funding in comparison to larger ENGOs. In recent years, organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council have collaborated with smaller environmental justice groups, but this is few and far between.

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Read Part 1 and Part 2

Shilpi Chhotray is Consultant, Marine and Supply Chain, Future 500

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KEYWORDS: Diversity and Human Resources, Jobs, ENGOs, Natural Resources Defense Council, inclusion, minorities, Environmentalism, Future 500

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Grilling Green: Tips for Composting and Recycling at Cookouts, Tailgates

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SOURCE: National Waste & Recycling Association

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Begin With the Bin offers some helpful tips on keeping cookouts and tailgates sustainable by recycling and composting.

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Americans love cooking out, sunshine, good food and camaraderie. Nearly 80 million Americans—almost 35 percent—indicated that they barbecued at least once a year according to the last U.S. Census, with nearly 55 million claiming to grill at least once a month. And while veggies are on the rise, most grillers are cooking meat.

Summertime means more grilling, as a recent Weber-Stephen Products’ survey found that 25 percent of grillers will host five or more barbecues throughout the season. And with fall comes football season, when countless tailgates and cookouts will crop up weekly across the country.

This means a lot of material going in the garbage. The amount of food waste produced globally each year has drawn the attention of the United Nations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.N. estimates that the world wastes a third of the food it produces annually—that’s 1.3 billion tons, costing $750 billion and impacting the environment—while the EPA estimates that the U.S. generated more than 36 million tons of wasted food in 2012 alone.

You can help by recycling and composting as much as you can. Follow these helpful tips to keeping your cookout green, and find more at BeginWithTheBin.org.

  • Plastics:  Your plastic packaging, plates, cups and utensils may be recyclable. Check with your municipality to be sure, and clean food residue off any items before recycling them.
  • Paper:  Do you have damp paper towels or used paper plates? Did you use newspaper as a tablecloth or placemat? Shred and toss them into your composting bin, and they’ll break down—just make sure to keep plastic out.
  • Plastic Bags:  Don’t put plastic bags in your recycling bin! Collect and take them back to your grocery store, where you’ll be able to deposit them for recycling.
  • Bread:  Burger and hot dog buns make great snacks for birds and squirrels, but they also attract unwanted pests quickly. When composting, make sure to bury them. Otherwise, trash them and save what you can for leftover sandwiches.
  • Fruits:  Leftover watermelon, pineapples from grilling, orange and cherry garnishes and fruit salads are a composting feast—toss them in your pile.
  • Vegetables:  Veggies like corn, peppers, artichokes and others—can be especially delicious on a kebob, or even alone. Vegetables—including seeds, peelings, corn husks and toppings—are also compostable, so if you can’t use or finish them in one sitting, toss them in the pile.
  • Meat:  Burgers, sausages, ribs, chicken and more are welcome at the table but not in the compost pile. These decompose slowly, and bones and leftover scraps smell and attract unwelcome pests. Save leftovers and place everything else in a secure garbage bag before tossing in the trash.
  • Condiment Containers:  Your ketchup, mustard, mayo and relish bottles and jars are generally recyclable. Give them a quick rinse when they’re empty and put them in your bin.
  • Bottles and cans:  Water, beer and sodas are guaranteed to show up at your cookout. Set up a separate bin for recycling your beverage containers. Caps can remain on the plastic bottles.f

When cooking out don’t just throw it out—recycle and compost what you can. Let’s Begin with the Bin to keep grilling green!

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, composting, Recycling, tailgating, Food Waste, cookout, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), united nations, National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA), Begin With the Bin, Infographic

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Hospitals Go Sustainable with Healthy Hospitals Initiative – The Minute

SOURCE: 3BL Media, LLC

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Hospital business models have been pretty sickly over the last few years. Rising costs, shrinking profit margins, and an increasing bureaucratic tangle of private and public funding have brought many facilities to the edge of financial viability.  Now, hospitals are dealing with the Affordable Care Act that shifts revenue away from treatment and toward prevention. How are hospitals to achieve a profitable bottom line in the current, rapidly changing healthcare landscape? The Healthier Hospitals Initiative offers a model built on sustainability that looks to be a healthy prescription for profits.

In its second annual report, the HHI summarizes findings from six hundred thirty-eight participating hospitals that submitted data in 2013. Hospitals enrolled in the Initiative commit to at least one of six challenge areas: Engaged Leadership, Leaner Energy, Healthier Food, Less Waste, Safer Chemicals, and Smarter Purchasing. Each category has an achievable target, an established definition of measure, and a required frequency of data submission.  The HHI Web site shares case studies, how-to guides, and webinars to help hospitals get started in integrating sustainability into their business practices. It’s an effective, sustainable remedy for hospitals in search of a healthier bottom line.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video Source: Hospitals Go Sustainable with Healthy Hospitals Initiative

 

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KEYWORDS: Health, Business & Trade, 3bl Media, CSR Minute, Affordable Care Act, sustainable business model, healthy bottom line, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

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The Climate Change Imperative

Guest Blog by Richard Edelman, President and CEO, Edelman

SOURCE: Justmeans

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I went to the home of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, last night for dinner. Sachs, a Harvard classmate (one of those people you identified at age 18 as having superior intellect), has taken a leadership role in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a coalition of academics, business and non-governmental organizations. SDSN released a white paper earlier this month called “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization,” a plan to limit the mean temperature increase to less than two degrees Centigrade, which was agreed to by major nations at the 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Sachs noted that earlier in the day the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that June 2014 was the hottest June since the start of records in 1880, 1.3 degrees warmer than the average of the 20th century and warmer than the previous record year of June, 2010. He noted that the current global trajectory is toward a four-to-six degree Centigrade increase in temperature by the end of the century; “The world is on a very dangerous path,” Sachs asserted.

Sachs is seeking a step-reduction in CO2 emissions. At present, the U.S. emits around 16 tons of carbon dioxide per person, China around eight tons, while the world average is around five tons per person. “We need to cut tons of carbon emitted per capita by around two-thirds by 2050,” he said. Among his ideas are a move away from carbon heavy fuels such as coal; use of renewable sources of energy with focus on solar and wind; carbon capture and sequestration into geological aquifers; mass electrification of motor vehicles; next generation nuclear facilities (France gets a large percentage of its power from nuclear); gains in energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings; a change in lifestyle patterns; and urban planning and reimagining of industrial processes (think of electric heating of metals instead of old method of smelting).

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Richard Edelman is president and CEO of Edelman. This article originally appeared in his “6 A.M.” column.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Carbon Footprint, Edelman, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), GE, Pepsico, Unilever

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KFC Australia Gives New Meaning to 'Fashion Forward'

SOURCE: Yum! Brands

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As KFC Australia uniforms get a new look in the coming months, the ones they’re replacing will be getting a new purpose.

Approximately 60,000 old uniforms will be transformed into 25,000 sq. meters (269,000 sq. feet) of commercial grade carpet underlay. The brand announced the plan to divert the uniforms from landfill earlier this year on World Environment Day.

“It’s incredibly important that we look for ways to repurpose unneeded products from our stores and reduce waste and energy consumption across our entire restaurant network,” said KFC Australia Chief Supply Chain Officer Michael Clark, noting the project presented significant operational and logistical challenges that “forced KFC to really think outside the box.”

To collect uniforms from more than 600 stores across the country, KFC will partner with its existing food delivery suppliers Cutfresh and Unifresh. The suppliers will pick up the uniforms during routine deliveries, then send the 7,000 kilograms (15,000 pounds) of materials from their distribution centers to Pacific NonWovens, a fiber technology company that will handle the repurposing.

To collect uniforms from more than 600 stores across the country, KFC will partner with its existing food delivery suppliers Cutfresh and Unifresh. The suppliers will pick up the uniforms during routine deliveries, then send the 7,000 kilograms (15,000 pounds) of materials from their distribution centers to Pacific NonWovens, a fiber technology company that will handle the repurposing.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Business & Trade, KFC, KFC Australia, Yum! Brands, csr, Recycling

 

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Whole Foods Carries Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oils

by Julie Fahnestock

SOURCE: Justmeans

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It’s the purest olive oil you’ve ever tasted. It’s so pure you find yourself sneaking sips of it straight out of the bottle. The food it flavors becomes secondary as every excuse is made to showcase its divine goodness. Salads are transformed. Greek yogurt with zaatar and the Rumi variety show up as the main entree. Dessert is Nabali with grilled figs. Yes, Canaan Fair Trade’s olive oil is this delicious. And today, you can buy it and other of the company’s Palestinian products in every U.S. Whole Foods Market.*

Two years ago, I spent the summer in the hills of the West Bank. As part of a research impact assessment, I worked with Canaan Fair Trade, interviewing their farmers and chronicling their journeys. We uncovered powerful stories of determination and perseverance. The faces of fair trade, the women the children and the small farmers—the reason why the model exists and why it works—graciously invited me into their homes and generously shared their commitment to their land, to their heritage and to their future. Through our research, we found that the fair trade model is able to support small farmers and build their local communities despite living and working in an occupied territory. This discovery was huge for the fair trade movement, demonstrating that the model serves its purpose even in the most challenging of circumstances.

* except for stores in Florida

* some Whole Foods Stores only carry a selection of Canaan Fair Trade’s products 

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Julie is passionate about telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping Benefit Corporations identify, build and leverage their brands. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with her husband, Thomas.

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Fair Trade, Canaan Fair Trade, CFT, Palestinian Fair Trade Association, PFTA, Whole Foods Markets, Nasser Abufarha, olive oil

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