Free Webinar: Managing Food Waste

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is hosting the Best Practices and Solutions for Addressing Food Waste Webinar, in partnership with The Dow Chemical Company, City of Phoenix, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Houston Advanced Research Center. Attendees will learn more about the food waste challenge, and explore how cities, government, and businesses are leveraging partnerships, technology, innovation and other strategies to eliminate food waste.

Food waste is a huge issue. Around one-third of edible food produced globally each year – 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted. In the U.S. alone approximately 40% of food, or 36 million tons worth $162 billion, goes to waste annually. Every time food is wasted the embedded water, energy, and other resources that went into making that food is also wasted. The main causes of food waste are numerous – including overproduction, packaging and product damage, inadequate storage, and excess portions prepared – and occurs throughout the entire food chain, from farmers to the food industry to retailers to end consumers. Given that the world will need to increase food production by 70% to keep pace with population growth, 870 million people are starving, and industry cannot afford to lose up to 40% of production, we need new and innovative approaches to address food waste going forward. This includes recognizing food waste as a recoverable and valuable resource that can save money, create new lines of business, stimulate the economy, improve community health and well-being, and reduce negative environmental impacts.

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Call for Nominations for 2015 Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Leadership Awards

Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2015 WEPs CEO Leadership Awards, which recognize business leaders for their exceptional championship of gender equality and support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles. 

The Awards salute concrete and innovative actions taken to advance the 7 Principles and particularly Principle 1: Leadership Promotes Gender Equality.  Award recipients will have the opportunity to speak directly about their commitment at a ceremony held at the United Nations during the Women’s Empowerment Principles Annual Event, March 2015. Learn more: http://weprinciples.org/Site/WepsLeadershipAwards

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Tetra Pak Launches Industry’s First Package Made Entirely From Plant Based, Renewable Packaging Materials

Tetra-PakLAUSANNE, Switzerland, October 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, today announces the launch of the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ™) certified paperboard.

“Environment excellence is one of Tetra Pak’s strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities,” said Charles Brand, VP Marketing & Product Management at Tetra Pak. “Together with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, we are leading the industry towards 100% renewable packaging. We believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage in the overall environmental profile of their products.”

Developed in partnership with Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, the new Tetra Rex package will be commercially available in early 2015. Tetra Pak customers using the standard 1 litre Tetra Rex with TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the new version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.

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How to measure your home’s environmental impact

cover_small__88218This is an excerpt from “Greening your Home” by Anthony Gilbreath.  To purchase an electronic version of this book, click HERE.  The paper version can be purchased at Amazon.

Two popular methods of measuring your home’s ecological impact are the Ecological Footprint (EF) and the Household Carbon Footprint (HCF).

Ecological Footprint (EF) – The EF has emerged as a leading measure of humanity’s (and your personal) demand on nature. It measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb its wastes, using prevailing technology. Your EF is broken into Consumption Categories and Biomes.

• Consumption Categories – Consumption Categories show where you consume resources and generate waste. The categories include Carbon Footprint, Food Footprint, Housing Footprint and Goods & Services Footprint. This is usually represented in a percentage breakdown, all categories together adding up to 100%.

• Biomes – Biomes describe how many ‘global acres’ are required to support your lifestyle. Biomes include energy land, crop land, grazing land, forest land, built-up land and fishing grounds.

There are many EF assessment tools available online that can help you determine the EF of your home.

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Raytheon honors the patriots of the U.S. Army with $20,000 in scholarships to student veterans

800x600-raytheon-logoWASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), in partnership with Student Veterans of America (SVA), will provide two Army student veterans $10,000 each in scholarships under a new program making its debut at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition.

D. Wayne Robinson, president and CEO of Student Veterans of America (left), and Daniel J Crowley, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, announce the launch of the Raytheon Patriot Scholarship for U.S. Army student veterans during the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition.
Named the Raytheon Patriot Scholarship for the company’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, the program offers returning soldiers an opportunity to achieve educational goals and position themselves for success in civilian professions. The scholarships will be awarded to soldiers who pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited university and demonstrate leadership in their local community.

Applications for the scholarship grants will be accepted on the SVA website beginning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014.

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Hilton Foundation Announces Continued Partnership With Corporation For Supportive Housing

conrad-hiltonAfter helping create 4,000 housing units over the last ten years, a $12 million investment from the Hilton Foundation will spur innovative investments in supportive housing

LOS ANGELESOct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced today that after ten years of collaboration they are deepening their partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) in order to accomplish even more. With a total $12 million investment, half in grant form and half as a loan, the Hilton Foundation and CSH will ramp up efforts to increase the supply of supportive housing throughout Los Angeles County, helping thousands of long-term, chronically homeless individuals to build new lives with a strategy proven to be effective.

“Together we have accomplished so much more than we ever could alone,” said Steven M. Hilton, Chairman, President and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. “By serving as a stable source of early funding for CSH’s loan programs, the value of our investments has increased exponentially over the years, spurring the development of many more housing units than we could directly fund ourselves. The data shows that our approach is working, so now we’re eager to strengthen this partnership to help even more vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Los Angeles County find a home.”

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The Perfect Storm is Here, but Help to Address Antibiotic Resistance Could be on Its Way

It’s hard to believe that six years have passed since I wrote a piece for the journal Science with the headline, “Desperately Seeking New Antibiotics.” At the time, I had a lot of concerns about the increase in the number of infections that were becoming resistant to antibiotics, the need for diagnostic tests to monitor antibiotic use and how pharma company pipelines for new antibiotics had dried up.

Since 2008, this perfect storm of issues has continued to rage to the point where the World Health Organization has declared it a global public health issue. Their conclusion is that without urgent action, we’re heading for an era where people could die from common infections and minor injuries.

Momentum to fix this situation is now at an all-time high.

Just before Christmas, I received an email with the subject line ‘AMR (Anti-Microbial Resistance) actions for the President’. It was an invitation for me to join a working group for the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The group was tasked with formulating recommendations to address the growing concern around the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

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TransCanada Adds Two More Solar Power Facilities

transcanada-co-logoTORONTO, Oct. 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ – TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced it has acquired two additional Ontario solar power facilities from Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. – the Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids projects. This deal follows the previously announced purchase of Brockville 1 as part of an agreement made in 2011 to acquire nine solar power facilities from Canadian Solar Solutions.

The combined capacity of the nine projects is 86 megawatts (MW) at a total cost of approximately $470 million. All nine projects have 20-year power purchase agreements with the Ontario Power Authority.

“This agreement further demonstrates our commitment to increasing the supply and availability of clean, renewable energy,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. “While our portfolio of solar, wind and other emission-less energy sources has expanded in recent years, we also recognize the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts North America will continue to rely on natural gas and other fossil fuels for decades to come.”

Girling adds that TransCanada’s business relationship with Canadian Solar allows the company to continue to expand its energy capacity in Ontario and will add to a diverse power generating portfolio where a third of the power we own, or have interests in, comes from emission-less or renewable energy sources.

To date, the company has invested over $5 billion in emission-less energy sources including the largest wind farm in New England and thirteen hydro power facilities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, as well as solar projects and Canada’s largest wind farm development in Quebec. TransCanada is a partner in Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear generator that currently produces 6,200 MW of emission-free electricity in Ontario. TransCanada also specializes in building highly efficient natural gas-fired power plants that are helping North America’s transition to a less carbon-intensive electricity supply mix.

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