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Canadian Big Issues to be Debated at Sustainability Applied 2013 Conference

Canada looks like a real-life laboratory for sustainability issues, a lab in which choices about policies and practices now being debated in that country will have major economic consequences. The country’s vast natural resources of gas and oil, wood, and minerals, and its global mining operations have inspired much environmental activity related to the extractive industries. Its robust financial sector and an economy in Quebec closely tied to the EU and its sustainability regulations have assumed better practices as a base standard.

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United Health Gives $1.75M for Child Oral Health; New Study Finds Diet & Acne Link

UnitedHealthcare and United Health Foundation are donating $1.75 million to Temple University to launch an initiative to improve children’s oral health. Project Engage will work with Philadelphia area children under the age of six and their families who are enrolled in the state’s Medicaid plan. The new program will create an oral health registry that will identify children most at risk of developing dental problems. Public health dental hygienists will be available to provide in-home care and additional treatments.

A new study by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics finds that there is increasing evidence of a connection between diet and acne, particularly from high glycemic load diets and dairy products. The report finds that medical nutrition therapy can play an important role in acne treatment. Culling information from studies between 1960 and 2012 that investigated diet and acne, researchers conclude that while the data do not demonstrate that diet causes acne, it may influence or aggravate it. The study team recommends that dermatologists and registered dietitians work collaboratively to design and conduct more quality research.

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CSR Minute – Aspen Institute, Ski Area Coalition

The Aspen Institute is sponsoring the 2013 Business and Society International MBA Case Competition for 25 partnering schools. Students will analyze a business case study focused on a real-life business decision being undertaken by a major company to explore the influence that well-managed business can have in society. Competitions at each of the schools will determine first place campus winners, from whom five finalist teams will be chosen. Finalists will present to a panel of corporate judges in New York and participate in a reception hosted by BNY Mellon. All finalist teams will receive prize money and funds to donate to a charity of their choice.

The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition has issued a ski area report card that ranks 84 resorts in the western U.S. on their environmental practices, ranging from recycling to watershed protection. The study finds a 300 percent increase over the previous year in the number of ski areas that either plan to expand or are in the process of doing so. Nearly one-third of all western ski resorts surveyed were expanding. It also finds that the numbers of skiers have risen by only a fraction of a percentage point annually since 1978. The stagnant skier numbers and a decline in snow associated with climate change have forced one-half of all ski areas on public land to close. Many of those that remain have shifted to a full service lodge model, with hotels, restaurants, shops, and condos that create long-term impacts on wildlife habitat and the region’s water resources. Over half of all alpine ski resorts in the U. S. are on public lands administered by the Forest Service.

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Honeywell, Leonardo Academy, Huntsman – 3BL Energy Minute

Honeywell will supply automakers with a new refrigerant that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The new coolant, HFO-1234yf, offers a 99 percent improvement in lowering global warming over the previously used auto refrigerant, HFC-134a. The change is being driven by the European Union’s Mobile Air Conditioning Directive, that took effect on January 1 of this year, and that aims to reduce emissions of specific fluorinated greenhouse gases in the air-conditioning systems of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Continue reading

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CSR Minute Video – FSC Certifies 70K Domtar Forest; BOA Gives $20M to CDFI’s

Domtar has completed certification of 70,000 acres of forestland in Arkansas by the Forest Stewardship Council. The award was the result of a two-year partnership process with the Four States Timberland Owners Association and its 55 landowner-members. The Canadian paper, pulp, and fiber company has set a goal of procuring 100 percent of its fiber from sources that are certified to the FSC standard. Continue reading

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Boeing Sends Meds to Ethiopia; McGill Hosts CSR Program; Women Veterans Survey – CSR Minute

Boeing has teamed up with Ethiopian Airlines and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach to deliver 20,000 pounds of medical supplies to Ethiopian’s Black Lion Hospital, the country’s largest. The delivery was made using the airlines’ 787 Dreamliner, marking the first time the new plane has been used as part of Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program.

McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development and the law firm of Fasken Martineau have teamed up to launch a new Executive Education Certificate Program in Corporate Social Responsibility. The five-day intensive program, focused on creating value through collaborative sustainable development, will be held at McGill’s downtown Toronto campus during the second week in November.

A new survey finds that 55 percent of U.S. women veteran business owners said their leadership experience in the military inspired them to start their own business. Forty-six percent said that being an owner has helped them transition to civilian life. The survey was conducted by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, a nonprofit, and Capital One Financial.

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BSR Fuels Report; Rezidor Hotels to Reduce Energy; Germany Caps Subsidies – 3BL Media Energy Minute

BSR has published a new report that analyzes the sustainability impacts of commercial transportation fuels. The report, the first in BSR’s “Future of Fuels” initiative, looks at six types of current and emerging fuels: gas and diesel, natural gas, biofuel, hydrogen and electric power, to determine the fuel that is most efficient. The report also assesses the market outlook for the complete range of fuels.

The Rezidor Hotel Group, parent company of Radisson Blu, Park Inn, and Missoni brands, will reduce its annual energy consumption by 25 percent by the year 2016. Called “Think Planet,” this initiative will reduce energy at Rezidor’s 350 hotels in 70 countries.

Germany plans to cap renewable energy subsidies when capacity reaches national targets. The state would end payments to wind and biomass as limits, which have not yet been set, are achieved. The German government is trying to cut the cost to consumers of its decision to phase out nuclear power following the nuclear plant accident in Japan.
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Small Business Healthcare Costs to Decrease; EU Pharma Guidelines – 3BL Media

Small businesses should see a drop in health costs once the 2010 healthcare law is fully implemented, according to a new Urban Institute study. The study’s analysis concludes that the number of Americans covered by employer-sponsored insurance would increase by 2.7 percent while costs-per-person for small businesses, those with fewer than 50 workers, would decrease by 7.3 percent.

The global medical nutrition market is estimated to reach $29 billion in 2013, according to a new report by Research and Markets. An increase in aging populations coupled with growing incidences of illnesses and a condition requiring medical nutrition products has resulted in rapid market growth. Products containing probiotics and prebiotics, primarily targeted at the aging population, are driving unprecedented demand.

The European Union will publish new guidelines for the pharma industry early next year. The guidelines will cover corporate social responsibility and access to medicines in Europe. A poll taken at the annual Gastein Health Forum of healthcare policy makers in the EU found that 97 percent of doctors, legislators, and industry representatives believe that the European healthcare system is struggling with low levels of transparency and trust in the pharma sector.
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