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CITGO & Quality State Oil Host Miss Wisconsin to Support Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Fundraiser

Local CITGO Marketer Raises Funds for Sheboygan Area Children Living With Muscular Dystrophy

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis., Feb. 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ – On Feb. 21, CITGO and Quality State Oil hosted Miss Wisconsin, Raeanna Johnson, at Sheboygan area gas stations as part of the annual CITGO Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser. The fundraiser, which began on February 1 and runs through St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, will benefit the children of the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) chapter.

“The money raised by CITGO and Quality State Oil will help children suffering from muscular dystrophy in communities across Wisconsin,” said Johnson. “I am honored to work with local businesses like these that make such a great effort to help their neighbors each year.”

Johnson signed autographs for anyone who made a $1 or $5 donation to the MDA by purchasing a paper Shamrock at CITGO Q Mart convenience stores in the Sheboygan area. On February 21, she was on hand at the CITGO Q Mart store at 1006 Geele Avenue in Sheboygan, the 415 Broadway Street CITGO Q Mart store in Sheboygan Falls and the 300 Fond du Lac Avenue CITGO Q Mart store in Sheboygan Falls. Additional CITGO Q Mart stores across the region will also host raffles and giveaways throughout February and March as part of the fundraising effort. 

“For 25 years, CITGO and Quality State Oil have supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Together, we have donated $1 million to children and families in Wisconsin living with muscular dystrophy,” said Scott Stangel, wholesale marketing manager for Quality State Oil. “With Reanna’s help, we hope to surpass our $33,000 fundraising goal for this year’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign.”

Johnson was joined by MDA State Goodwill Ambassadors Jacob Smith, Ally Naze, Myranda Gereau and Devin Argall, who shared how they live with muscular dystrophy and how funds donated to the MDA make a difference for children and their families across Wisconsin.

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause muscle loss and progressive weakness. While there currently is no cure for muscular dystrophy, the MDA is working to defeat the disease and support those afflicted by it through worldwide research programs, comprehensive services and public and professional educational programs. Funds raised by CITGO and Quality State Oil will help pay for Wisconsin children affected by muscular dystrophy to attend the local MDA summer camp, support MDA research and provide children with physical therapy consultations. 

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Wisconsin like Quality State Oil own and operate more than 250 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com. 

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Energy, Citgo, quality state oil

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Living Building Challenge 3.0 Calls for Net-Positive Buildings – The Minute

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The Living Building Challenge, sponsored by the International Living Future Institute, encourages architects to design net-positive buildings. Now the organization has issued an enhanced version of the Challenge, Version 3.0. The net-positive building program is a step beyond the idea of net-zero impact, in which the total amount of energy used by a building is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. The net-positive concept actually adds to the renewable resources used, not merely replaces them.

The Living Building Challenge Version 3.0 outlines ambitious goals in several performance categories. Build in the right location, in harmony with community. Supply on-site 105 percent of a project’s energy needs. Supply on-site 100 percent of a building’s water by captured precipitation or recycling. Create a calm atmosphere for health and happiness by creating an uplifting design. And support an equitable world by promoting the best in human and architectural interaction.

To date, five buildings have achieved Living Building Certification. Two hundred more projects have registered for the certification process.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Awards and Recognition, International Living Future Institute, Living Building Challege 3.0, CSR Minute, 3bl media llc

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Divestment Day Calls for Withdrawal from Fossil Fuel Investment Products – The Minute

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Friday and Saturday, February 13th and 14th, are the dates set for Global Divestment Day. Two days are scheduled for the campaign to accommodate the more than 300 different events across six continents that are planned, from petitions delivered to government and financial institution offices on Friday to public marches and rallies on Saturday.

Organizers of the two-day Day are asking individuals to close their accounts with banks and pension funds that invest in fossil fuel companies. They are urging college students to plan flash-mobs, vigils, and sit-ins to request university endowments to divest. Faith leaders are being asked to urge pension funds and communities to divest. And public rallies are planned for financial capitals around the world to call on investment institutions to join the campaign.

By divestment, the campaign means for investors to get rid of stocks, bonds, or funds engaged with fossil fuel production, in response to concerns about climate change. Since 2012, 181 institutions and local governments, and 656 individuals representing over $50 billion in assets have pledged to divest from fossil fuels.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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The United States Without Nuclear Power

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans

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With the start of the new session of Congress, there is a lot of maneuvering going on to establish turf and battle lines. Senator Lamar Alexander, long-time Republican senator from Tennessee, now the head of the Sub-committee on Water and Energy Development, came out with a strong statement last week regarding the future of nuclear energy in this country.

The speech was entitled “The United States Without Nuclear Power,” and while that sounds like a perfectly reasonable title for an advocate of alternative energy, it was, in fact, anything but. The senator refers to a hypothetical day when the US is without nuclear power and calls it, “a day we don’t want to see in our country’s future.”

It’s not exactly clear who the “we” is that he’s referring, but it’s clear that it’s something that he wants to avoid. He gives three reasons and goes on to tell three stories.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post.

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Business & Trade, Lamar Alexander, nuclear power, renewables, Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Shams-1 solar thermal power plant, Oak Ridge National Lab, Sheik Zâyed bin Sulṭân Âl Nahyân, Fukushima, Japan, Germany, Justmeans

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Don't Miss 20% off Registration for the 2015 Sustainability Forum!

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on May 6-7 for The Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value. Register now for early bird discounts through March 31!

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February 4, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Join the U.S. Chamber Foundation as we dive into circular economy principles at the 2015 Sustainability Forum. Register today for The Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value, and receive a 20% early bird discount!

The event will bring together some of the most influential leaders and thinkers from business, government, and nonprofit organizations to explore how to make the circular economy work for businesses, examine how innovative “green” business models can accelerate cost savings, and explore new advances in cradle-to-cradle design

This year’s forum will feature leaders such as Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Trisa Thompson, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Dell, Ron Gonen, Co-founder & CEO, Closed Loop Fund, and more. Don’t miss your opportunity to join hundreds of private and public sector leaders committed to raising the bar for sustainable business practices in May 2015, register today!

Learn more about this year’s speakers and access the current agenda here.

May 6 – 7, 2015
Washington, D.C.

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In partnership with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Supported by The Dow Chemical Company, DSM-North America, FedEx, MGM Resorts International, Microsoft, Sealed Air, Shell Oil Company, Veolia

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General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter

January/February 2015

SOURCE: General Motors

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HEADLINE:

Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2016 Volt

Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.

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GREENER VEHICLES

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Signals Brand’s EV Strategy

Chevrolet made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Bolt EV concept – a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

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Chevrolet Spark EV Plugs into Maryland

Chevrolet will start selling the Spark EV in Maryland this spring, expanding the pure electric mini-car’s “range” to the East Coast.

Read more…>

 

GM Reducing Environmental Impact in a Variety of Ways

Jeanne Blaisdell, founder and publisher of The Green Samaritan blog, shares her behind-the-scenes experience at this year’s North American International Auto Show. 

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Department of Energy Recognizes GM for Workplace Charging

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized GM’s leadership in supporting the development of the national plug-in electric vehicle workplace charging infrastructure, promoting workplace charging and increasing the charging stations available to GM employees.

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GM Ventures Sees Potential in Fuel Saving Technology

GM Ventures is optimistic that its 2012 equity investment in Silicon Valley-based startup Tula Technology, Inc. will result in a revolutionary new fuel economy technology that could be deployed in future gasoline engine-powered General Motors’ vehicles.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

GM Dealers Show Their Sustainability to Customers

Certain Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships across the U.S. are showing customers their environmental credentials as part of a new “Green Dealer Recognition” program.

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GM Leadership and Employees Learn from Climate Expert

Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, met with GM employees for a roundtable discussion on how external stakeholders view the company’s sustainability performance and how they can help continue the progress.

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Fort Wayne Assembly Powered by Wide Array of Renewables

GM’s Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana finished construction of a 100-foot-long, 14.4 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array. The company now houses 46 megawatts of solar power at 18 of its facilities globally.

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Embracing the Disruption

David Tulauskas, GM’s director of sustainability, sees opportunity in industry changes and challenges.

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9 Technologies Shaping the Future of Sustainability

From aerial drones to “smart” floor tiles, GM Manager of Renewable Energy Rob Threlkeld sheds an energy-efficient light on the latest sustainability technologies.

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RESOURCE PRESERVATION

Getting to the Green: The Beautification of our Detroit-Hamtramck Plant

With some urging from a local resident, GM and the Greening of Detroit set out to plant new trees to replace those destroyed by the emerald ash borer.

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Native American Weavers Harvest Dogbane at Fort Wayne Assembly

Colonies of the dogbane plant growing near GM’s Indiana manufacturing facility are being used to making clothing and bags.

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WASTE REDUCTION

Vauxhall Creates a Sustainability Culture, Wins Award

GM’s Vauxhall brand in the U.K. received a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice from the Green Organisation, an international nonprofit.  

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SAFETY

Four Chevrolet Models Are 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks

The 2015 Chevrolet SparkVoltMalibu and Equinox have been named 2015 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks.

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Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat Goes to Work

Forward Collision Alert technology available in several 2015 Chevrolet models, including the Silverado, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse, alerts customers in everyday car-following situations if they may be seconds away from a crash or following much too closely.

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PHILANTHROPY

Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Now Open

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, will accept applications for 2015 scholarships until 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 27.

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GM Foundation Contributes $2.875 Million to Higher Education

The General Motors Foundation announced grants totaling $2.875 million to support 29 leading universities and organizations across the country in 2014 through its University/Organization Partner Program.

Read more…>

 

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GM Reducing Environmental Impact in a Variety of Ways

The Green Samaritan is electric over the next-gen Chevrolet Volt and Chevy’s Bolt EV Concept.

SOURCE: General Motors

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I was recently given the opportunity to be a part of a group of bloggers invited by General Motors to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mich.

On my blog, The Green Samaritan, I gather and share advice and resources for living the green lifestyle, so I jumped at the opportunity to see the behind the scenes auto show action – especially since I heard rumors Chevrolet might reveal a new electric vehicle.

Fresh from an exciting and informative week in Detroit, my mind is racing.

I’m both a full-time mom and blogger, so I went in to this experience with plenty of questions. I currently drive a crossover SUV, but I’m in the market for something a little more environmentally friendly. As a busy mom with two boys and a wide array of sports gear to lug around, along with all the groceries that fill-up the trunk each week, I wanted to know what vehicle would help me get around while reducing my environmental impact? Can I sacrifice space for sustainability?

When we arrived on the show floor, James Bell, GM’s Consumer Affairs director, gave our group a tour and talked about the future of the industry. While we were at NAIAS, Chevrolet revealed the next generation Volt, which is an even more committed step toward electrification by increasing the range from 38 miles on a fully charged battery to 50 miles.

Reducing the size and weight of the battery packs is another significant step to greater efficiency. It’s a real balancing act to achieve a stylish look on the vehicles while being fuel-efficient. By making the car weigh less, this balancing act is made a little easier.

The surprise announcement of the Chevy Bolt EV Concept, described by GM CEO Marry Barra, as an “EV for everyone” with a price point of around $30,000 after incentives, clearly shows GM’s desire to make this type of vehicle attainable for all.

These efficient vehicles are built at facilities with sustainability practices as well. From their landfill-free facilities to the reuse of the Volt battery cases for duck houses, GM is reducing its environmental impact. When I asked Sharon Basel, manager of environment and energy communications, about employee engagement in green initiatives, I learned sustainability goals are part of and as important as their other goals such as production, safety and financial.

John Bradburn, GM’s global manager of waste reduction, came up with the idea to repurpose Volt battery cases into duck houses, which is a clever and meaningful reuse of an unlikely item. With only 2,500 or so scaly-sided merganser ducks left, this reuse is making a big difference in successful breeding efforts.

As I reflect back on my experience at NAIAS, it seems GM has mapped out a path for me to follow towards a greener, cleaner world. I look forward to seeing what GM brings to NAIAS next year and hope to see the Bolt at my local dealership in the future.


 

Jeanne Blaisdell is the founder and publisher of The Green Samaritan blog, which gathers and shares the best advice, resources and tips for clean, green, and healthy living.

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High Speed Chargers Bring EV’s One Step Closer to Mainstream

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans

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In the year 1906, Ray Stannard Baker wrote the following passage about automobiles in the book The Boy’s Book of Inventions: Stories of the Wonders of Modern Science.

“The electric vehicle which has had its most successful development in this country has its well-defined advantages and disadvantages. It is simpler in construction and more easily managed than any other vehicle: one manufacturer calls it ‘fool proof.’ It is wholly without odor or vibrations and practically noiseless. It will make any permissible rate of speed and climb any ordinary hill. On the other hand, it is immensely heavy, owing to the use of storage batteries; it can run only a limited distance without recharging…”

He goes on to say, “Indeed, all the manufacturers of electric vehicles speak with the confidence of the day when the whole of the United States will be as thoroughly sprinkled with electric charging stations as it is today with bicycle road-houses.”

A hundred years ago we were at a crossroads similar to the one we find ourselves at today, with electric vehicles vying against gasoline-powered cars. Back then, the choice was made, influenced by a good deal of lobbying and maneuvering by the oil industry. The fact that gasoline powered cars were also cheaper and didn’t have the range issues of electrics also helped to tip the scales.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. 

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