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By Roman Smith, AT&T Director – Sustainability Operations

SOURCE: AT&T

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Last month, AT&T hosted the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Assembly at our headquarters in Dallas, TX. we welcomed a room full of the world’s leading service providers and vendors from the  ICT (Information Communication Technology) sector.   In other words, sustainability heavyweights from around the world.

GeSI is a collaborative organization made up of  major companies that are active in the ICT sector, as well as  international organizations, all  committed to creating and promoting technologies and  practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability. All of which drive economic growth and productivity. AT&T has been a GeSI member for years, and I’ve been able to see the great work the group has done –most notably the Smarter2020 Report that analyzes the environmental benefits of ICT – but I’ve never seen what really happens when this group gets together.

I don’t know why – maybe it was the impending holiday family gatherings – but it felt like a family reunion of sorts, complete with favorite uncles and previously unknown cousins.

Here’s what happens when this ICT family gathers for their annual reunion: we check our differences  at the door and collaborate to discover new ways to work together to improve the way we think about how technology can create solutions for some of our most pressing challenges.

In particular, we talked about:

  • The strategic, material and thought leadership initiatives that GeSI will drive in the next three years to propel ICT as an enabler for sustainability and profitable growth, specifically in the areas of climate change, industry responsibility, human rights and cross-sector engagement;
  • Integrating sustainability into core business and product/service development;
  • Communicating more effectively by understanding and creating effective messages for our different audiences like internal business leaders, customers, investors and employees; and
  • Collaboration:  working together to address our  common sustainability challenges and opportunities. 

It was a very productive few days with our ICT family and an absolute pleasure to host them in Dallas. On the last night of the meetings, AT&T invited  the family to a Texas-sized dinner that included favorites such as local grass fed steaks and rattlesnake chili. We hope our cousins had great stories to tell when they got home!

To learn more about how we collaborate to address persistent social and environmental challenges, check out our issue brief.

Tweet me: .@ConnectToGood “Family Reunion Gossip: What Really Happens When…” http://soc.att.com/1GPQphU #ATTimpact

KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, AT&T

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Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan FIRST Robotics Teams, Students Gear Up for Competition with $250,000 from The Chrysler Foundation

Latest round of grants will enable an estimated 1,100 students to participate in FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge programs

SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLC

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Since 1995, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to FIRST programs

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December 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The Chrysler Foundation today announced more than a quarter of a million dollars in grants to support students participating in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) (grades 9-12) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) (grades 7-12) programs in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. In total, The Chrysler Foundation will distribute 47 grants valued at $250,250 to help young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.   

VIDEO: Students share their FIRST experiences – http://youtu.be/IppTdkRcoXs.

“Chrysler Group’s ability to compete and succeed in the future depends in part upon our ability to maintain the pipeline of students that pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers,” said John Nigro, Head of NAFTA Product Development – Chrysler Group LLC.  “The real-world experience that students gain through their participation in FIRST is invaluable in preparing students for the future.”    

The Chrysler Foundation grants – ranging from $750 to $5,000 per team – will enable an estimated 1,100 middle and high school students to participate in regional and district competitions. Subsequently, The Chrysler Foundation will award a total of $21,000 in grants to teams that advance to the 2015 FIRST Championship, April 22-25, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. 

“The Chrysler Foundation is proud to play a role in helping students discover the rewards and excitement of education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President – External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President of The Chrysler Foundation. “We are equally proud of our employees who generously give their time and skills to help mentor students and serve as competition coordinators.”  

The Chrysler Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to each of the following FRC teams:
Format: School(s) – Team Name, Team Number

Arizona  
Kingman High School – Bionic Bulldogs, 60                                      
 
Illinois
Belvidere, Belvidere North & North Boone High Schools – Flaming Monkeys 4-H Robotics Club, 3352      
 
Indiana
Northwestern High School (Kokomo) – CyberTooth, 3940           
Western High School (Russiaville) – Panthertech, 292                   
 
Michigan
Almont High School – Shock and Awe-sum, 4961
Ann Arbor Huron High School – The RatPack, 830
Berkley, Hazel Park and Shrine Catholic High Schools – Da Bears, 247
Birmingham Seaholm and Birmingham Groves High Schools – Automation Nation, 2960
Bishop Foley Catholic High School (Madison Heights) – The Foley Freeze, 910
Bloomfield Hills High School – Bionic Black Hawks, 2834
Brandon and Holly High Schools – Truck Town Thunder, 68
Capac Community Schools – Metal and Soul, 2604
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School (Marine City) – RoboSapiens, 4779
Chelsea High School – Technical Difficulties, 1502
Dundee High School – Dundee Vi-Borgs, 4395
Genesee Robotics Area Youth Team (Fenton) – GRAYT, 1322
Goodrich High School – Martians and More Martians, 494 and 70 (Note: Teams will share a single $5,000 grant)
Grand Blanc High School – EngiNERDs, 2337
Hartland High School – Electro Eagles, 3536
Imlay City High School – Spartronics, 5048
Lake Orion High School – The Dragons, 302
Lapeer County Ed-Tech – Galaktech Invaders, 3535
Linden High School – RoboEagles, 3568
Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences (Armada) – Fighting Pi, 1718
Marysville High School – ViBots, 5167
Notre Dame Preparatory (Auburn Hills) – Killer Bees, 33
Oakland Tech Northeast (Pontiac) – The Juggernauts, 1
OSMTech Academy at Clarkston High School – Team RUSH, 27
Our Lady of the Lakes High School (Waterford) – Lakers, 5053
Oxford Community Schools (Oxford) – TORC, 2137
Pontiac High School – The Wings of Fire, 51
Rochester Adams and Stoney Creek High Schools (Rochester Hills) – Adambots, 245
Rochester High School (Rochester Hills) – The FEDS, 201
Skyline High School (Ann Arbor) – Eagle Imperium, 3322
South Lake High School (St. Clair Shores) – The Mighty CavBots, 5214
South Lyon Community Schools and South Lyon Robotics – The Flying Toasters, 3641
Southeastern High School of Technology (Detroit) – JungleBots, 4851
Stevenson, Henry Ford II and Utica High Schools – Crevolution, 2851
Walled Lake Schools – The Monsters, 308
Warren Consolidated Schools – Steel Armadillos, 818
Waterford Kettering High School – The Captains, 3098
 
The Chrysler Foundation awarded a $750 grant to each of the following FTC teams (all in Michigan):
Bloomfield Hills Middle School – Mechanical Monkeys, 7047
Home Middle School (Fenton) – Lightning Boltz, 5954                     
Life Learning Community School (Ann Arbor) – The GearCats, 7305                                                
Linden Middle School – Battle Blazers, 7031                                    
Our Lady of the Lakes (Waterford) – OLL Laker Bots, 8133          
 
Additionally, FIRST in Michigan will receive a $2,500 grant to support its FIRST LEGO League program, which introduces students (grades 4-8) to the fun and excitement of science and technology.
 
Additional facts about The Chrysler Foundation’s support of FIRST:

  • In 2014, The Chrysler Foundation awarded grants to 41 U.S. and Canadian-based robotics teams.
    • 34 of those teams were based in the United States: 1 in Arizona; 1 in Illinois; 2 in Indiana; and 30 in Michigan, which led the nation in the number of registered FIRST Robotics Teams;
    • 14 of the 41 teams sponsored by The Chrysler Foundation (12 Michigan and 2 Canadian teams) qualified to compete in 2014 FIRST Championship. Overall, 400 teams competed in the FIRST Championship;
      • Team RUSH, CSM Tech Academy and Clarkston High School, Clarkston, Mich., received the prestigious Championship Chairman’s Award. Camron Razdar, a member of Team RUSH, was one of 10 National Dean’s List Winners.
    • 70 U.S.-based Chrysler Group employees served as FRC team mentors; employees also supported regional and district events as competition coordinators and event volunteers. 
  • Since 1995, The Chrysler Foundation, a FIRST Founding Sponsor, has invested more than $2.3 million to support FIRST programs in the United States and Canada.
  •  Go “Inside the Hive” with the Killer Bees FRC team — read “Dream Factory” (http://bit.ly/1v3AxpH) on ChryslerGroup360.com.

Tweet me: .@FIRSTweets The Chrysler Foundation pledges $250,000 to Gear Up @FRCTeams @FTCTeams. #ChryslerCares http://3bl.me/x9dbg4

Contact Info:

Kevin E. Frazier
Chrysler Group LLC – Corprorate Communications
+1 (248) 512-2678
Kevin.Frazier@Chrysler.com

KEYWORDS: Technology, Awards and Recognition, FIRST Robotics, STEM, Science, engineering, math, steam, high school, STEM grants, Grants, STEM and girls, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

     

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National Waste & Recycling Association Comments on California Recycling, Safety Regulations

California OSHA, Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery receive NW&RA comments

SOURCE: National Waste & Recycling Association

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The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) recently provided comments to two California regulatory bodies on two separate rule proposals, respectively involving the state’s recycling goals and waste collection vehicle safety.

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The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) recently provided comments to two California regulatory bodies on two separate rule proposals, respectively involving the state’s recycling goals and waste collection vehicle safety.

NW&RA submitted its comments to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA).

In response to CalRecycle’s recent recommendations for further action to meet the state’s recycling goal of 75 percent by the year 2020, NW&RA expressed concern with the agency’s lack of specificity and foresight of how to reach the benchmark.

“While Association members support recycling and have invested heavily in building California’s existing recycling infrastructure, CalRecycle fails to explain how its recommendations will aid California in achieving its legislatively mandated goal of 75-percent source reduction, recycling and composting,” wrote Chaz Miller, NW&RA’s director of policy/advocacy, in the association’s comments.

Specifically, Miller wrote that CalRecycle failed to include specific discard tonnages for its list of seven priority packaging products and failed to analyze where those products are generated, how they will be recovered or what a realistic recovery rate would be for those products.

“These questions are crucial to the success of meeting an ambitious source reduction, recycling and composting target, yet they are unaddressed,” Miller said.

NW&RA also rejected CalRecycle’s recommendations for mandatory initiatives issuing “extended producer responsibility” for package producers, as well as a possible ban on recyclables being sent to landfills.

“Extended producer responsibility as practiced [elsewhere] is, at best, a flawed funding mechanism,” he said. “Producers only pay for what they consider to be the ‘reasonable’ costs of recycling packages. They will not pay a local government its full costs if they do not consider those costs to be reasonable.”

Regarding safety, NW&RA commented to Cal/OSHA, concerned that its recent proposal to reduce the allowable speed for “right side drive” waste collection vehicles will instead undercut recent national momentum in improving worker safety in the waste industry.

“No federal, state or local government safety fact sheet concerning the industry has ever identified falling out of a right side drive vehicle as a priority concern,” said David Biderman, NW&RA’s vice president of government affairs. “Cal/OSHA’s proposed revisions are contrary to national best practices for such vehicles and drivers as set forth by the American National Standards Institute, and undercut the ANSI Z245 safety standards.” 

To view the full comments NW&RA provided to CalRecycle, please click here. To view the comments provided to Cal/OSHA, please click here.

Tweet me: .@WasteRecycling offers comments on #safety and #recycling regulations to @CalRecycle, Cal/OSHA http://3bl.me/9ngbv2

Contact Info:

David Biderman
National Waste & Recycling Association
+1 (202) 364-3743
davidb@wasterecycling.org
@WasteRecycling

KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Business & Trade, CalRecycle, David Biderman, Chaz Miller, California, regulations, occupational safety, National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA), Cal / OSHA

  

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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.

LG Electronics logo.
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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