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Power Down for Earth Hour March 28

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In celebration of Earth Hour, ComEd is reminding its customers to power down for the hour, Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., and join millions across the world in this global effort. Earth Hour is the world’s largest annual voluntary environmental action event to raise awareness about climate change. ComEd will be turning off nonessential lights at its office facilities across northern Illinois to mark Earth Hour.

In addition to turning off lights during Earth Hour, ComEd customers can take a number of steps to save energy and money and the environment year round through the ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program, including:

  • Set the thermostat up to 10 degrees higher during the summer, and up
    to 10 degrees lower during the winter, when you leave your home and
    before going to sleep. You could save up to 15 percent a year on
    heating and cooling costs.
  • Check the HVAC filter every month. If the filter looks dirty after a
    month, change it. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the
    system work harder thus wasting energy.
  • Inspect the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors
    and openings, replacing as necessary. Also, check your ductwork for
    leakage to minimize energy lost. Sealing and insulating ducts can
    improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much
    as 20 percent.

And before customers turn their lights back on, it’s a great time to change out old energy-wasting incandescent light bulbs with new CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp) or LEDs (light emitting diode), which typically use about 75 percent less energy. CFLs also last about 10 times longer, while LEDs last about 25 times longer. The ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program provides instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR® certified CFLs and LEDs. Look for the ComEd “Lower Price” sticker to save on a variety of energy-efficient light bulbs at participating retail stores. Continue reading

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Global Wind Power Installations Increased by 42 Percent in 2014, According to Navigant Research

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new report from Navigant Research covers developments in the wind energy sector during 2014, including an analysis of the important changes in the industry over the last 3 years and global market forecasts through 2019.

Fueled by the policy-driven acceleration of installations in three key countries—China, Germany, and the United States—the global wind industry staged a remarkable comeback in 2014. Expansion in second-tier countries, such as Brazil, Turkey, France, and Canada also helped sustain a strong foundation for the industry as it matures into a significant global source of reliable, renewable energy. Click to tweet: According to a new report from BTM Consult, a part of Navigant Research, worldwide wind power installations grew by 42 percent year-over-year in 2014. Continue reading

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Connecticut-based Viridian Energy Demonstrates the Power of Off-Grid Electrification in Nicaragua

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Viridian Energy, a leading provider of affordable, renewable energy, today announced the completion of the fifth project in the company’s “7 Continents in 7 Years” global sustainability initiative. Since 2011, Viridian has completed a major corporate social responsibility project on a different continent each year, including reforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and solar power installations on schools, homes and community centers in Ghana, Indonesia and Fiji. This year, a team of 36 Independent Associates and Viridian employees brought solar power and light to 40 families in a remote, hilltop community where 100 percent of the population previously lived without electricity.

“Our ‘7 Continents in 7 Years’ initiative was created to perpetuate and advance Viridian’s goal of creating a path to a more sustainable world,” said Michael Fallquist, founder and CEO of Viridian Energy. “As our fifth project, completed in our fifth year of operation, the work in Portrero Platanal represents our most ambitious project to date, as well as a significant milestone for Viridian. I was personally proud to be a part of this installation as it serves as further proof of Viridian’s holistic efforts to fulfill our obligation as a responsible, global, corporate citizen.” Continue reading

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Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (March 18, 2015 – March 25, 2015)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of March 18, 2015 – March 25, 2015.

SAN FRANCISCO — Wells Fargo Publishes 2014 CSR Progress Report (March 25, 2015 08:00 AM) Source: Wells Fargo & Company

BOSTON — Boston Children’s Medical Center Kids Get Fun-Filled Craft Bags Hand-Delivered by the Boston Celtics and Optum (March 24, 2015 09:53 PM) Source: UnitedHealth Group

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief Effort with Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera Named Top Cause-Related Campaign by Two Prestigious Communication Organizations (March 24, 2015 12:15 PM) Source: Yum! Brands, Inc.

CHICAGO — Appleseed Fund Re-Files Shareholder Resolution with Nabors Industries, Requesting Annual Sustainability Report (March 24, 2015 08:00 AM) Source: Appleseed Fund

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Cigna Foundation Taps Water For People as Recipient of World of Difference Grant (March 23, 2015 03:15 PM) Source: Cigna Foundation

TAMPA, Fla. — Grow Financial Participates in Tampa Pride (March 23, 2015 02:38 PM)
Source: Grow Financial Federal Credit Union Continue reading

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Novinda Joins Forces with PTS Power to Expand Market Reach

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Novinda Corporation, a provider of mercury emission control solutions, announced today that it has joined forces with PTS Power, Inc. to represent Novinda’s air quality products and services to coal-fired power utilities and industrial boilers in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. PTS Power, a professional manufacturers’ representative company, specializes in solutions to improve plant performance and reduce maintenance costs for power plant utilities in these regions.

AmendedSilicates™ products offer effective and economical non-carbon mercury removal solutions. Amended Silicates flagship products – AS-HgX and AS-HgX-ESP – have been successfully tested and used in numerous full-scale plants, demonstrating cost and performance advantages when compared to carbon-based products.

“PTS Power is a leader in working with power plant utilities with deep knowledge and experience that will support Novinda’s rapid market growth. Working with companies such as PTS Power enables us to continue expanding our geographic footprint and to gain valuable knowledge that is key to our success,” said Jay Crilley, vice president of sales at
Novinda. Continue reading

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SolarWindow Gets Social

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW), developer of see-through electricity-generating coatings for glass, announced today that the Company has formally launched its social media program on both Twitter and Facebook.

“Our social media presence is an important extension of our brand building,” stated Mr. John A. Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. “In light of recent advancements with our technologies, it’s time to strengthen our corporate brand. It’s also more important than ever to actively communicate with our investors, business stakeholders, and followers by posting company news and sharing advancements using Facebook and Twitter.”

Today’s announcement follows the Company’s recent name change and launch of its new web site at These initiatives come on the heels of important news that SolarWindow™ systems boast the industry’s fastest known financial return and could achieve payback within one year, according to the latest Company power and financial modeling. To produce the equivalent amount of power with conventional solar systems would require at least 5-11 years for payback and at least 10-12 acres of valuable urban land. Continue reading

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Cigna Foundation Taps Water For People as Recipient of World of Difference Grant

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Cigna Foundation today announced a $100,000 World of Difference grant to Water For People, a global organization helping to improve health for 1.8 billion people who lack access to safe water, and 2.8 billion people – or 35 percent of the world’s population – without access to sanitation. Water For People, headquartered in Denver, supports the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi
and India.

The Cigna Foundation grant will help Water For People reach four million people in nine countries by 2018. Additionally, Cigna’s health and finance experts will help Water for People measure the health impacts of its programs and address financial challenges related to water system replacement and repair.

“With Water For People, the Cigna Foundation is looking to help those around the globe who lack the basic essentials of safe water and sanitation, which are fundamental to good health,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation. “We believe it’s inexcusable that half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from waterborne disease, and 3.4 million people a year are dying from water-related disease. We share Water For People’s vision that one day, every family, every school and every clinic will have access to safe water and sanitation.” Continue reading

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Nissan LEAF Battery Reliably Outperforms Cynics, Critics and Alternatives

ROLLE, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Five years and more than 35,000 European sales since the launch of its all-electric LEAF, proprietary data released by Nissan for the first time shows that 99.99 percent of its battery units remain entirely fit for purpose.

The failure rate of the battery power unit is less than 0.01 percent – or just three units in total – a fraction of the equivalent industry-widefigure for defects affecting traditional combustion engines.

To prove the long-term reliability of the battery technology, Nissan tracked down a rather infamous early model, whose owner is still enjoying fault-free motoring in her LEAF three years on:

Electric vehicle advocate and presenter of online TV channel Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn commented: “This comes as no surprise. There was a lot of apprehension about electric technology in the beginning, but with sales climbing month-on-month I struggle to see how these myths continue to be regurgitated today.” Continue reading

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