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BrightFarms to Build the World’s Largest Urban Greenhouse for Giant Food Stores

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Giant Food Stores has inked a deal with BrightFarms, a pioneer in constructing greenhouses attached to supermarkets, to build the world’s largest urban greenhouse. The greenhouse will extend over an area of 100,000 square feet. It will deliver nearly one million pounds of fresh produce a year to about 30 Giant supermarkets in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

BrightFarms specializes in building as well as operating greenhouses, and expects the new greenhouse to open this fall. In addition to providing produce through the greenhouse, the company plans to open this massive facility to schools as an educational tool on urban agriculture and sustainability.

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Demand Response Is the Best Cure for Texas Ailing Grid

The Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has, yet again, kicked the can down the road on securing reliable energy to power the state’s growing population. The PUC, the state agency charged with managing electricity rates, meets to securely plan for the future, yet they continue to delay planning meetings. This will benefit no one in the short or long-run. To secure reliable power and safeguard against threats of blackouts, the PUC needs to keep pace with the times and leverage technologies that require little to no water, generate negligible carbon emissions, and can respond to the call for electricity.

Last week, the PUC decided to postpone indefinitely an important meeting, originally scheduled for May, to discuss Texas’ recent blackout scares. The PUC has been in a heated debate over Texas’ electricity market structure, and in the midst of backlash from stakeholders, they have decided to push the decision onto the Legislature in 2015. This is not necessarily in the best interest of the state. Texans were asked to conserve energy several times this winter after colder temperatures forced heating units to ramp up. This request to turn down thermostats for threat of rolling blackouts came at the same time the state power grid operator assured Texans that reliability is on the upswing. But it’s time Texas faces the facts. 

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IBM, PYXERA Global, and U.S. Trade and Development Agency Discuss Shared Value and the Pathway to Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ -  Stan Litow, President of the IBM Foundation, Leocadia I. Zak, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global, will explore partnerships that each of their organizations has forged to effect real change and positive business impact. TUNE IN HERE on Monday, April 7 from 2 – 5, EST for this live-streamed conversation, Shared Value – Forging the Pathway to Partnership, at the Public Private Partnership Forum, moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton.

There’s a lot of lofty talk these days about “creating shared value.”  The topic is perpetually featured in business and leadership journals and across the spectrum of conferences.  There is broad agreement that this is the way forward—the right approach for business, and for society at large.

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Barrier-Breaking $10 Cree LED Bulb Now Even More Affordable with Utility Rebates

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing mission to drive 100 percent adoption of LED lighting, Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has earned ENERGY STAR® qualification for the game-changing soft white Cree® LED Bulbs. ENERGY STAR qualification signifies these Cree LED Bulbs now qualify for incentive rebates through certain local utilities. Not only do the ENERGY STAR qualified Cree LED Bulbs look and light like traditional incandescent bulbs, use 84 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than typical incandescents, but now they will be even more affordable in select markets with utility rebates.

“ENERGY STAR qualification can enable the Cree LED Bulbs to be purchased with an instant utility rebate delivering consumers a quality LED bulb for under $5”

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"Unfinished Business:" Partnering to Reach Every Woman and Every Child

September 24, 2013 /3BL Media/ – With 828 days left to meet the global goals set by world leaders to reduce child and maternal deaths, business and global health leaders today called for more selective and targeted action to save more lives during this critical window.

“We’ve seen a thousand flowers blooming in global health,” said Leith Greenslade,” Co-Chair of the Child Health Pillar of the MDG Health Alliance. “We need a massive focused global effort. We need everyone working on the right set of challenges, we need everyone working on the leading causes of maternal and child death.  It may surprise some people in the room to realize that we haven’t been doing that.”

The event, “Unfinished Business: Partnering to Reach Every Woman and Every Child” was held by GBCHealth and World Vision International with support from the MDG Health Alliance.

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CR Magazine Announces Responsible CEO of Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award Finalists

EDISON, N.J., Sept. 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine, which shines a spotlight on America’s most socially responsible chief executives, has announced today the finalists for both the sixth annual Responsible CEO of the Year Awards and the third annual Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards will be presented to CEOs across industries that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, human rights, philanthropy, and corporate responsibility practices. Continue reading

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10 Tips For Better Energy Management

General Motors’ team members possess a competitive spirit when it comes to efficiently operating its facilities. This year, we received an EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award and 54 of our plants recently met ENERGY STAR’s Challenge for Industry.

When it comes to reducing energy consumption and environmental impact, we don’t keep our methods a secret. It’s beneficial for all companies to share best practices to achieve these common goals. It’s why we laid out a blueprint for reducing waste, and why we’re sharing some of these tips we use to cut energy use.

1. Engage Objective Experts: The best judges are those with no immediate stake in the results. In 2012, we contracted an independent third party to validate our global energy, water, greenhouse gas, production usage, and environmental data for all of our manufacturing and major non-manufacturing facilities. Continue reading

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Duracell Introduces Quantum – the World’s Most Advanced Alkaline Battery

BETHEL, Conn.–()–Duracell® today announced the launch of Duracell Quantum, the world’s most advanced alkaline battery with unbeatable, long-lasting power, and its biggest innovation since CopperTop. With its revolutionary Hi-Density Core™ and proprietary PowerCheck™ power indicator, the distinctively red and copper Duracell Quantum has been engineered to deliver the performance consumers demand.

“As a touring musician, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of first responders across our country, the brave guys and girls who show incredible bravery in the face of natural disasters and other emergency situations”

To celebrate the launch of Duracell Quantum, Duracell is donating one million Quantum batteries to first responders across North America. Duracell recognizes that the heroes who protect our families and communities need these batteries to power their critical devices. This donation ensures that they are equipped with the most advanced battery in the world. Continue reading

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