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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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Chevrolet Supports Spelman College’s Clean Energy Efficiency Initiatives

ATLANTA, October 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Spelman College has partnered with Chevrolet to build upon the College’s mission to achieve climate neutrality. As a result of the College’s sustainability initiatives, Spelman will sell the automaker carbon credits, which will net the institution up to $100,000. In recognition of the partnership, Spelman will host a presentation with Chevrolet on Oct. 22, Campus Sustainability Day.

Spelman is one of 12 colleges and universities to take part in Chevrolet’s campus energy efficiency campaign to reduce carbon emissions and the only women’s college, Georgia college and historically black college or university.

“Spelman has made significant progress in reducing our ecological footprint with the implementation of our Climate Action Plan and the integration of specific goals to achieve a ‘greener community’ into our Strategic Plan for 2017,” said Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. “We are excited about our partnership with Chevrolet as it is recognition of Spelman’s ongoing efforts to increase our stewardship of our natural resources.”

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LG Electronics USA Partners With EPA For ‘ENERGY STAR® Change The World’ National Tour

CG42292LOGO-dDENVER, Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As momentum continues to build for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “ENERGY STAR Change the World Tour,” LG Electronics USA has partnered with The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) as the exclusive ENERGY STAR Technology provider for tomorrow’s tour stop here at the Mulroy Opportunity Center.

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This is part of LG’s role as official sponsor of the Change the World Tour, a month-long nationwide effort that brings together public and private organizations to make a positive difference in people’s lives through a range of community service projects focused on energy-efficiency improvements. The theme of the tour is the Power of Positive Energy.

“Through this tour, our ENERGY STAR program and partners are making a difference in local communities through energy efficiency service projects that will save money and energy, while cutting harmful pollution and combating climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EPA is working with private sector organizations and companies to improve the quality of life for families across the country through energy efficiency projects.”

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New York Life Supports Improvements to Ronald McDonald Family Room® at Texas Children’s Hospital

October 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ – New York Life, one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States, has partnered with CBS EcoMedia through its WellnessAd program to make critical renovations to the Cancer and Hematology Inpatient Unit Ronald McDonald Family Room at Texas Children’s Hospital. The upgrades will enhance the environment in the Family Room, offering home-like surroundings and needed amenities for families of children facing a life-threatening condition.

Ronald McDonald House Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital offers four relaxing Family Rooms situated throughout the hospital that provide a haven for rest and relaxation inside hospitals, allowing families to remain steps from their sick child. The room offers snacks, a relaxing atmosphere, supportive volunteers and an opportunity to connect with other families going through similar situations. Additionally, Ronald McDonald House Houston operates a 20-bedroom House inside Texas Children’s Hospital which serves families of neonatal, pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care patients.

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Free Webinar: Managing Food Waste

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is hosting the Best Practices and Solutions for Addressing Food Waste Webinar, in partnership with The Dow Chemical Company, City of Phoenix, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Houston Advanced Research Center. Attendees will learn more about the food waste challenge, and explore how cities, government, and businesses are leveraging partnerships, technology, innovation and other strategies to eliminate food waste.

Food waste is a huge issue. Around one-third of edible food produced globally each year – 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted. In the U.S. alone approximately 40% of food, or 36 million tons worth $162 billion, goes to waste annually. Every time food is wasted the embedded water, energy, and other resources that went into making that food is also wasted. The main causes of food waste are numerous – including overproduction, packaging and product damage, inadequate storage, and excess portions prepared – and occurs throughout the entire food chain, from farmers to the food industry to retailers to end consumers. Given that the world will need to increase food production by 70% to keep pace with population growth, 870 million people are starving, and industry cannot afford to lose up to 40% of production, we need new and innovative approaches to address food waste going forward. This includes recognizing food waste as a recoverable and valuable resource that can save money, create new lines of business, stimulate the economy, improve community health and well-being, and reduce negative environmental impacts.

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Tetra Pak Launches Industry’s First Package Made Entirely From Plant Based, Renewable Packaging Materials

Tetra-PakLAUSANNE, Switzerland, October 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, today announces the launch of the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ™) certified paperboard.

“Environment excellence is one of Tetra Pak’s strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities,” said Charles Brand, VP Marketing & Product Management at Tetra Pak. “Together with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, we are leading the industry towards 100% renewable packaging. We believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage in the overall environmental profile of their products.”

Developed in partnership with Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, the new Tetra Rex package will be commercially available in early 2015. Tetra Pak customers using the standard 1 litre Tetra Rex with TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the new version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.

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Raytheon honors the patriots of the U.S. Army with $20,000 in scholarships to student veterans

800x600-raytheon-logoWASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), in partnership with Student Veterans of America (SVA), will provide two Army student veterans $10,000 each in scholarships under a new program making its debut at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition.

D. Wayne Robinson, president and CEO of Student Veterans of America (left), and Daniel J Crowley, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, announce the launch of the Raytheon Patriot Scholarship for U.S. Army student veterans during the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition.
Named the Raytheon Patriot Scholarship for the company’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, the program offers returning soldiers an opportunity to achieve educational goals and position themselves for success in civilian professions. The scholarships will be awarded to soldiers who pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited university and demonstrate leadership in their local community.

Applications for the scholarship grants will be accepted on the SVA website beginning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014.

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The Perfect Storm is Here, but Help to Address Antibiotic Resistance Could be on Its Way

It’s hard to believe that six years have passed since I wrote a piece for the journal Science with the headline, “Desperately Seeking New Antibiotics.” At the time, I had a lot of concerns about the increase in the number of infections that were becoming resistant to antibiotics, the need for diagnostic tests to monitor antibiotic use and how pharma company pipelines for new antibiotics had dried up.

Since 2008, this perfect storm of issues has continued to rage to the point where the World Health Organization has declared it a global public health issue. Their conclusion is that without urgent action, we’re heading for an era where people could die from common infections and minor injuries.

Momentum to fix this situation is now at an all-time high.

Just before Christmas, I received an email with the subject line ‘AMR (Anti-Microbial Resistance) actions for the President’. It was an invitation for me to join a working group for the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The group was tasked with formulating recommendations to address the growing concern around the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

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