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SAP Employees Donate $50,000 to STEM-Focused Non-Profits

Promoting education and developing STEM skills among youth is a key focus for SAP workers!

SOURCE: SAP

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More than 8,000 votes decided how funds from SAP would go to local non-profits.

One of the top 20 corporate donors in Silicon Valley, SAP invited employees to distribute $50,000 among three organizations focused on building STEM skills in youth.

In a two-week voting sprint, employees reached out to their extended networks to build support for their non-profit of choice.

Continue reading the original article on Patch about SAP employee donations >>

Original source: Patch

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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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Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Winners Take Connections Home

SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.

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The 2015 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition grand prize trip is coming to an end today, and the 17 winners will be heading home very soon. Bill Triantafyllou will travel back to Greece, Diana Polombo will fly to Colombia, and Kepei Xiang will be in China by Sunday, but the visitors will always be connected by the trip of a lifetime. Their success in the international NetRiders Competitions led them to Cisco headquarters, and their experiences in San Jose, California will change their lives forever.

NetRiders competitions are a great opportunity for Cisco Networking Academy students to learn valuable technical skills through a series of online exams and simulation activities. The grand prize study trip, awarded to the the top scorers among 10,000 international NetRiders competitors, is an exclusive opportunity to meet with Cisco staff, tour the Cisco offices, visit the Stanford University campus, and explore attractions in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

On Monday, the students got a behind-the-scenes look at a potential career in engineering when they toured one of Cisco’s data labs. The next day, they split their time between Cisco’s TV lab and compliance lab, learning firsthand how Cisco operates and what employers look for when hiring new employees.

By winning the NetRiders competition and earning a trip to San Jose, the young men and women have proven they have the technical skills to succeed in the information and communications technology (ICT) field. On Thursday, Cisco executives shared valuable insights with the winners, explaining the importance of the soft skills they’ll need when pursuing a career.

Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Cisco Corporate Affairs, emphasized the value of networking. “Partnerships allow us to grow as a company,” she said. “In order to build those partnerships and find a job, you need to network and connect with other people.” Harbrinder Kang, Vice President of Cisco Corporate Affairs, echoed Yoo’s advice to the students later in the day. “There are many paths to follow toward a career,” he said. “You can take advantage of the power of the Internet of Everything because networking has become more important than ever.”

Over the course of the week, the students have introduced themselves to some of Cisco’s top executives, forging relationships that may lead to future careers in the ICT field. They’ve learned exactly what skills they’ll need to succeed, and they’ve built friendships that will last a lifetime. Some winners may speak Spanish, some may speak Chinese, but all leave connected by one common language – networking.

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Verizon Communications a Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock With 4.7% Yield (VZ)

SOURCE: Verizon

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Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ) has been named a Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock by Dividend Channel, signifying a stock with above-average “DividendRank” statistics including a strong 4.7% yield, as well as being recognized by prominent asset managers as being a socially responsible investment, through analysis of social and environmental criteria. Environmental criteria include considerations like the environmental impact of the company’s products and services, as well as the company’s efficiency in terms of its use of energy and resources. Social criteria include elements such as human rights, child labor, corporate diversity, and the company’s impact on society — for instance, taken into consideration would be business activities tied to weapons, gambling, tobacco, and alcohol.

See the full article from Forbes here.

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City of Palo Alto Utilities Offers New Green-e Climate Certified Natural Gas Offset Program to Residential and Commercial Customers

CPAU launches PaloAltoGreen Gas, a first of its kind Green-e Climate certified gas offset program

SOURCE: TerraPass

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San Francisco, CA, January 12, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today announced that City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has launched PaloAltoGreen Gas, a gas offset program that pairs Green-e® Climate certified carbon offsets with customers’ natural gas use. PaloAltoGreen Gas is the first Green-e Climate certified gas offset program offered by a municipal-level utility, and the first-ever certified gas offset program offered to residential customers.

Palo Alto residents and businesses can choose to offset 100% of the combustion emissions of their natural gas use. Businesses also have the option to buy carbon offsets in blocks of therms. CPAU customers can sign up for PaloAltoGreen Gas beginning January 8, 2015. The City has conveniently created three different channels for enrollment. Customers can enroll by mail, online at cityofpaloalto.org/pagg for residents or cityofpaloalto.org/pagbiz for businesses and by phone at 650-329-2161.

“PaloAltoGreen Gas is an exciting step forward for reducing the impact of our natural gas use,” said Todd Jones, manager of Green-e Climate. “While options are available for renewable electricity everywhere, this is the first time a utility has offered a certified option to address the other main source of household emissions—our natural gas use.”

“Since 2013, Palo Alto’s electric supply is taking steps to be carbon-neutral,” said Gil Friend, the City of Palo Alto’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “However, there is still a carbon footprint associated with the natural gas we use in Palo Alto and emissions reduction projects are an effective way to balance these emissions. We are proud to offer PaloAltoGreen Gas as a way for community members to completely reduce the carbon footprint associated with their energy use. This is another great step towards achieving our goals to become one of the most sustainable communities in the country.”

Through PaloAltoGreen Gas, carbon offsets are sourced from livestock methane capture projects; chiefly the Green Valley Dairy in Krakow, Wisconsin. Green Valley Dairy uses a methane digester to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas produced in its operations, and uses renewable electricity and waste heat from the electricity generators on-site. The offsets are provided by San Francisco–based Terrapass, Inc. and the project is certified by the Climate Action Reserve. Green-e Climate certifies the carbon offsets sold through the PaloAltoGreen Gas program.

Green-e Climate is the global retail standard for high-quality carbon offsets. It is an independent, third-party certification for utility gas offset programs and competitive gas offset products. It ensures that carbon offsets delivered to gas customers are real, permanent and verified. It certifies that the offsets come from projects that are beyond business-as-usual and registered with high-quality project standards. Green-e verifies gas customers’ exclusive ownership of the reductions as well as correct delivery, and protects against double selling. It also checks for certain disclosures related to offsets for gas customers as a safeguard for truth in advertising.

 

About About City of Palo Alto Utilities
The City of Palo Alto is the only municipality in California operating a full suite of utility services. In 1896, two Stanford University professors, Charles Marx and Charles Benjamin Wing contended that the City could provide multiple utilities at rates significantly below those being charged by private companies. They were responsible for adding electric power (1900) to the city’s new water (1896) and sewer (1898) utility systems. A founding principle of those early pioneers was that such services must benefit the community. That principle continues to this day, with the electric and natural gas (1917) utilities returning millions of dollars for public safety (Police, Fire, and Emergency Services), a network of public libraries, and 4,200 acres of parks and open space areas. In 1996, Palo Alto, the “birthplace of Silicon Valley,” expanded its CPAU service by adding the commercial Fiber Optic “dark fiber” utility. These investments and their long-term financial returns to the local community support Palo Alto as a unique place to live and work. For more information, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/utilities and www.cityofpaloalto.org/paggwww.cityofpaloalto.org/pagbiz.

About Green‑e and Center for Resource Solutions
A program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, Green‑e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green‑e offers certification and verification services through Green‑e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green‑e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; and Green‑e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and stakeholders. To learn more about Green‑e Certified products and programs available in all 50 states and Canada, visit www.green‑e.org.

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Catherine Elvert
City of Palo Alto Utilities
+1 (650) 329-2417
Catherine.Elvert@CityofPaloAlto.org

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Ecocentricity Blog – January 2015

SOURCE: Ray C. Anderson Foundation

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I think we might have ruined the color green. Which is a shame, because it is one hell of a color.
Seriously, stop and think for a second. I’ll wait – I’ve got all day in fact, seeing as you are reading this at your leisure. I advocate for sustainability, so when I say “green,” what do you think?

Maybe I’m wrong, but I bet you think of some marketing campaign by a company espousing its environmentally friendly practices. If not that, you probably just think of a blue recycling bin (oh, the irony). Those are great things and all, but shouldn’t we mean more than that?

And why “green” in the first place? Yeah, I know the answer is obvious – grass, trees, the entire country of Ireland. We encounter the color in so many natural settings. It is the color of life itself, standing out like a neon sign stating, “Photosynthesis lives here!

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Business & Trade, Green, Greenwash, green marketing, green concepts, green environmentalism, green and sustainability, sustainability, Green Labeling, Eco, eco label, Ray C. Anderson Foundation

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Verizon Announces Best-in-State Student Team Winners in Third National App Challenge

Middle School, High School Teams Now in Running to Win Verizon Innovative App Challenge Aimed at Boosting Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

SOURCE: Verizon

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NEW YORK, January 6, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Ninety teams of middle school and high school students have earned the title Best in State in the third Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition in which students design a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities. The teams were selected from more than 1,099 app concepts submitted by school teams nationwide.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge was created in partnership with the Technology Student Association in response to a critical need to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Student interest and proficiency in STEM has been stagnant in the United States, especially among women and minorities, although 80 percent of all jobs over the next decade will require STEM skills. Currently, 3 million STEM jobs are unfilled in the U.S., and occupations related to STEM are projected to increase to more than 9 million by 2022.

Verizon is committed to improving student engagement and achievement in STEM by infusing technology into the classroom through a variety of initiatives. The Innovative App Challenge focuses on ideating concepts for mobile apps, and encourages students to learn about app development. Because mobile devices and apps play a leading role in the lives of young people today, app development is an effective way to engage them, transforming them from users of technology to creators. Teaching app development empowers students to become builders of technology solutions to everyday problems.

More than 90 percent of the winners from last year’s Innovative App Challenge expressed interest in pursuing STEM careers after learning coding and launching their winning app in the Google Play store. Roughly 70 percent reported increased creativity, teamwork and communication skills, and content knowledge.

 “Through the Innovative App Challenge, Verizon is cultivating the next generation of innovative and creative thinkers and inspiring them to go into the STEM fields,” said Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education programs for the Verizon Foundation. “The apps from last year’s competition exceeded our expectations, and we were thrilled that one of the Innovative App Challenge winners from last year was invited to the annual White House Science Fair to demonstrate  its ‘Hello Navi’ app, built to help a blind classmate better navigate the halls at school.

“This year’s Best-in-State app concepts are equally impressive,” Nixon-Saintil said. “I’m so proud the Verizon Innovative App Challenge has been the impetus for students across the country to problem-solve, using critical thinking and creativity to develop a concept for an app that could solve an issue in their community.”

The Path to Best in Nation

The 90 Best in State teams advance to the next round of the competition. On Jan. 16, Verizon and the TSA will name 24 Best in Region middle school and high school team winners from the West, Midwest, South and Northeast. Each Best in Region team will earn a $5,000 cash grant for its school to further develop or support a program in science, technology, engineering and math.

Dr. Rosanne White, executive director of the TSA, said: “Teachers have told us that the Innovative App Challenge has helped them teach critical thinking, build character and promote teamwork. It lets them provide a real-world experience that ties STEM subjects to creating a benefit to society, in a fun, engaging hands-on project.”

On Feb. 3, the Innovative App Challenge competition’s final phase will conclude with the selection of eight Best in Nation winners – four middle school and four high school teams – chosen from the Best in Region teams. Best in Nation teams will earn their schools an additional $15,000 cash grant to further develop or support a STEM-related program. Each team member will receive a Samsung tablet, courtesy of Samsung Electronics of America. In addition, MIT App Inventor Master Trainers from the Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab will give the Best in Nation teams onsite and virtual training on coding and app development, using MIT App Inventor to develop the teams’ apps.

Verizon, in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, will help the students develop their app concepts, making them ready for sharing and distribution. Apps developed during the first two years of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge have been downloaded more than 26,000 times from the Google Play store.

In June, the members of the eight winning teams will be invited to present their apps in person at the National TSA Conference in Dallas, courtesy of Verizon.

To see the list of the Best in State winners, visit http://verizon.com/appchallenge2014.

 

About the Technology Student Association (TSA) 
The Technology Student Association is a national organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Open to young people enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 190,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA partners with universities and other organizations to promote a variety of STEM competitions and opportunities for students and teachers. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need or a technologically literate society. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence in their lives. Visit http://www.tsaweb.org for more information.

About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management.  Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities.  For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizon.com/about/responsibility; or for regular updates, visit Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).

 

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Whirlpool Brand Hits Home with Human Element at CES

Every day, care™ campaign drives interactive experiences and new award-winning product innovations

SOURCE: Whirlpool Corporation

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The new Whirlpool® Every day, care™ campaign brings warmth and a human touch to the sea of technology at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.  In addition to debuting its future concepts and award-winning 2015 product portfolio, the brand will continue its mission to champion the importance of family care throughout the show – from care kiosks at the airport to a complimentary clothing refresh with the SWASH™ system, to simple care card reminders that inspire social interactions.

Attendees heading to Las Vegas from Chicago’s Midway airport can keep warm with a special CES care package provided at a Whirlpool brand Care Kiosk in an effort to provide a small act of care in the air. Upon landing at McCarran International Airport, attendees will encounter a 7-foot art installation near baggage claim, depicting the significant impact small moments of care – cooking, cleaning, washing – have on shaping the people we love and the world in which we live.  A second 12-foot art installation will be featured at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the South Hall, where brand ambassadors hand out cards that remind people about small acts of care that are meaningful during a hectic show, from holding the door open, to giving a compliment, to offering help with luggage.

Located in the Family Tech Zone at the Sands Expo, the Whirlpool® interactive experience takes place in booth #73937, where attendees will be greeted and offered a complimentary jacket refresh in just 10 minute with the SWASH™ in-home fabric freshening system.

The little acts of washing, drying, cooking, cleaning may seem routine, but they have the power to change the world. Which is why every Whirlpool brand innovation at CES 2015 shares one purpose: improving how families give and get the care they need to thrive. Because strong families, of every kind,  are the foundation for a better future.

“The role appliances play in family care is pivotal. It is important that we showcase everything we do  through the lens of today’s families and hit on what matters most to our consumers – the care they give and receive every day,” said William Beck, Senior Director of Brand and Channel Marketing for Whirlpool Corporation. “We believe the best technology should make us more human.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience award-winning Whirlpool brand product innovations in booth that put people squarely at the heart of its newest technologies in laundry and kitchen. First, the next-generation Whirlpool® Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer does more good with less work, featuring a first-ever connected, donation-enabled machine in the U.S.  Using the Connect to care™ program within the Whirlpool® Mobile app turns a seemingly mundane chore, laundry, into a new way of caring for other families through Habitat for Humanity.  Additionally, the Interactive Kitchen of the Future 2.0 demo highlights a Whirlpool brand Interactive Backsplash that serves as a multi-purpose, digital cooking aid, and the kitchen’s cooking and informational hub, allowing consumers to virtually connect with loved ones, monitor children who aren’t in eyesight, and manage meal prep across multiple appliances—all from one screen and across multiple appliances.

Beck adds, “We are proud of our ability to bring to market the latest in connected features and conceptual technology that has yet to be invented at CES. We are committed to bringing to life technology with a true human touch.”

Prior to the show, Whirlpool brand appliances received accolades, winning top honors with five CES Innovation Awards for the Whirlpool® HybridCare™ Heat Pump Dryer, Double Drawer French Door Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer with Nest Technology, Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer and SWASHTM system. Additionally, the Whirlpool® HybridCare™ Heat Pump Dryer was selected as a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Best of Innovation Honoree in the SmartHome product category.

For more information on the brand’s care-centric product innovations and conceptual inspirations come to life, visit ces.whirlpool.com and follow #EveryDayCare.

About Whirlpool Brand

For more than one hundred years, Whirlpool brand has been inspired by how people care for their families.  Whirlpool brand is designing home appliances that are focused on improving how families give and get the care they need with the latest technologies and innovations – whether that means most flexible refrigerator storage for all types of family needs, induction technology for efficient cooking and easier cleaning, or laundry pairs that sense and adapt to clothes with the latest in connected technologies. Whirlpool brand is part of Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Whirlpool Corporation is also one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest corporate partners for over 15 dedicated years, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool, please visit whirlpool.com/everydaycare or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/whirlpoolusa or Twitter at @WhirlpoolUSA.  Additional information about the company can be found at whirlpoolcorp.com.

 

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