DETROIT, April 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ — General Motors is transforming corporate lands at its global facilities into tailored areas for wildlife habitats.
Together with the Wildlife Habitat Council, dozens of companies, including GM, are foregoing cement buildings for a different sort of structure: the kind that house animals.
“We strive to increase biodiversity around the world at our facilities, and we have 25 habitats certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council,” said Sue Kelsey, GM biodiversity program manager. “Within these sites, 16 percent of the land mass is actively managed as wildlife habitat.” Continue reading →
SAN FRANCISCO, May 14, 2013 – Sustainable Brands® announced today a partnership with Global Reporting Initiative’s Focal Point USA for its G4 Guidelines release in North America to follow its official launch in Europe this coming May, 2013. The North American G4 Masters Class Series will make its debut as the official “Local Launch of G4” during the Sustainable Brands 2013 (SB’13) conference on June 3, 2013 in San Diego, CA. This will mark the first opportunity for individuals to receive an acknowledgment from GRI for those who have completed the unique G4 Master Classes.
GRI’s Focal Point USA has organized a North American G4 release campaign that includes a series of three (3) GRI Master Classes to educate companies and other stakeholders on their new Guidelines. All Master Classes will be organized by GRI, its Certified Training Partners, Sector Leaders and a G4 Campaign Sponsor. Sustainable Brands 2013 will feature Master Class sessions 2 and 3, running back-to-back pre-conference workshops on June 3rd. Master Class session 1 is being offered remotely and online. Conference attendees who complete all 3 Master Classes in the series will be among the first to be acknowledged for completing all three by GRI in North America. “We are excited to partner with Sustainable Brands on this” states Mike Wallace, Director of GRI’s New York office, “It is great to see how GRI can work through collaborations network –we are happy to join hands for their inspiring Conference program in San Diego. This is the beauty of GRI’s multi-stakeholder nature”. Continue reading →
KYOTO, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its traditional environmental protection and sustainability activities, Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) plants Green Curtains every spring at its sites in Japan and select Kyocera Group companies in other parts of the world. Through the hot summer, curtains of foliage are grown on trellises in front of office windows and walls at company sites. This not only provides shade but also shields the buildings from heat radiation — decreasing inside room temperatures by approximately 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit*, which contributes to a reduction of energy consumption from air conditioner usage. Continue reading →
WIGTON IN CUMBRIA, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The town of Wigton in Cumbria is proud to announce it has completed the first stage of an initiative to become a ‘Smart Energy Community’. The initiative was launched by the town’s Member of Parliament, Rory Stewart, as part of a town celebration day on 11th May, 2013.
Wigton has a vision to trial and realise communal benefits from the possibilities of innovative technologies. The town was previously a pilot area for the introduction of rural broadband and through this initiative the community seeks to become empowered to take control of its energy needs. The initiative will introduce growing awareness, insight and control of energy costs through proactive adoption of smart metering, information displays, online portals and sharing of learning about benefits achieved. Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI), a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, is committed to bringing benefits to UK consumers from its global experience in smart energy and has partnered with the town to showcase how communities can become empowered in their energy use. Continue reading →
SEAL BEACH, Calif. & GAINESVILLE, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) and Mansfield Energy Corp. today announced a strategic partnership to offer customers the most comprehensive solution in the compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel industry. Sales teams from both companies will offer Clean Energy’s natural gas fueling station construction and operational services to current and potential customers. These services will be supported by Mansfield’s large-scale fuel supply capabilities and Gas-2-Gallons fuel management system, creating a superior solution for the growing number of fleets making the switch to cleaner, cheaper natural gas.
“This agreement joins two leaders of fleet fueling into strategic partners that will provide the highest level of service and best value for customers in the rapidly growing natural gas fuel market,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “No other company offers fuel customers the benefit of scale and expertise that Mansfield provides. Clean Energy has built and operated more CNG stations and fueled more natural gas vehicles than any company in the U.S. Together, we will be the best solution in the marketplace.” Continue reading →
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Agriculture Energy Coalition today expressed support for legislation introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to reauthorize Farm Bill Energy Title programs and provide robust mandatory funding. The Coalition also thanked Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), William Cowan (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and other original co-sponsors of the legislation, which would provide more than $1 billion in mandatory funding for renewable energy programs.
Last week, the Agriculture Energy Coalition joined more than 100 national, state and regional organizations in a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, urging them to adopt a new Farm Bill with robust mandatory funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. The letter noted, “Continued growth in new agriculture, manufacturing, and high tech jobs are at great risk without continued Federal investment.” Continue reading →
Navigant (NYSE: NCI) today announced the debut of Navigant Research—the firm’s market research arm dedicated to helping clients make informed business decisions about the challenges and opportunities they face both today and in the future. The services of Navigant Research include those of Pike Research, which joined Navigant in July 2012.
“The addition of Navigant Research’s offerings highlights Navigant’s commitment to finding innovative ways to assist our clients in understanding and meeting the demands of the regulated markets we serve,” commented Lee Spirer, Executive Vice President and Global Business Leader for Navigant. “Further, it enables us to engage with clients beyond the discrete consulting services Navigant provides.”
With its foundation rooted in the cleantech industry and combined with Navigant’s proprietary energy market research and benchmarking services, Navigant Research is a leading provider of market intelligence for the energy industry. All research generated by the team is conducted and analyzed by a global network of highly respected industry analysts. The team is recognized for its depth of industry expertise, its proven research methodologies, and the ability to articulate current market conditions and understand future trends across global energy markets.
“We are excited to move forward as Navigant Research, and leverage our analysts’ expertise to expand Navigant’s research offerings into additional industry sectors,” said Clint Wheelock, Managing Director for Navigant Research. “Having access to timely market intelligence is critical to Navigant clients’ understanding of and preparation for the unique business challenges of the industries in which they operate.”
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.