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Wells Fargo Announces Record $6.4 Billion in Environmental Financing in 2012

SAN FRANCISCO–()–Continuing to accelerate its support for a green economy, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today it provided $6.4 billion in loans and investments in 2012 to businesses and projects with a direct positive impact on the environment. This marks the company’s first environmental financing update since announcing last year an expanded commitment to provide an additional $30 billion by 2020. Wells Fargo made its initial environmental financing commitment in 2005, and through 2011 the company provided $11.7 billion in loans and investments and more than $3.1 billion in additional financial services. Together, with today’s record announcement of $6.4 billion, Wells Fargo has financed more than $21 billion for green businesses, green buildings, and clean energy customers since 2005.

“Wells Fargo has long recognized this opportunity and we remain committed to supporting our customers who are leading the way in creating a more sustainable future.”

According to its latest Environmental Finance Report, released today, Wells Fargo continued to increase its support for clean energy and green buildings in 2012. The company invested more than $500 million of tax equity in wind and solar projects, bringing its total to $2 billion for wind assets and more than $1 billion for solar projects across 29 states. Renewable energy systems in Wells Fargo’s portfolio of over 300 projects produced approximately 16 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2012 – enough to power 1.2 million homes for one year. In addition, the company provided $3.1 billion for LEED®-certified buildings, $180 million toward Brownfield redevelopment projects and more than $700 million toward ENERGY STAR-certified properties. Wells Fargo also provided $900 million in loans and investments benefitting low-income communities or housing projects. Continue reading

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Groupon Grassroots Launches International Environmental Campaign with WWF

CHICAGO–()–Today Groupon Grassroots (grassroots.groupon.com), Groupon’s (NASDAQ: GRPN) leading social innovation program, is partnering with WWF to globally address a common cause – the environment – by launching more than 20 campaigns around the world. The expansion of Groupon Grassroots will enable people everywhere to discover local causes, rally together and lend a helping hand; you can find all of the participating countries and contribute here: www.groupon.com/wwf.

“Groupon’s massive international presence allows us to unify this mission globally, and kicking it off with WWF promises to have a spectacular impact.”

Campaigns will be tailored by region and local needs; the US campaign is focused on saving black-tailed prairie dogs (at http://www.groupon.com/deals/world-wildlife-fund-1), and those around the world will span a variety of initiatives, including: Amazon preservation, Mediterranean beach cleanup and protecting animals such as turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, seals, bears and jaguars (along with their habitats). Continue reading

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Sustainable Brands Partners with GRI Focal Point USA for G4 North American Release

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

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6 Easy Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day the Fair Trade Way

motherWith Mother’s Day just around the corner, you’re probably looking for a way to show mom how much you really care. What if the products you give (or enjoy) this Mother’s Day could also celebrate moms around the world?

This year World Fair Trade Day falls on the same weekend as Mother’s Day (May 12th), highlighting a natural connection between the two holidays and the opportunity to focus on the positive impact that Fair Trade has on the lives of so many mothers around the world. When you buy Fair Trade products, you are helping ensure that women can build a brighter future for their families and become leaders in their communities. That’s why our theme for Mother’s Day this year is Moms Make a World of Difference. Continue reading

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Smiles for the People Charts a Green Future with CurrentState

Luke-Logo-with-TMTulsa, Oklahoma – April 8, 2013 - Smiles for the People is a small company with a BIG vision.  Smiles for the People is a for-purpose business. The purpose of the profit they earn is to sustain their development activities and expand their movement of doing what they can to promote better oral healthcare for those who may not be able to afford it. Continue reading

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P&G Achieves Zero Manufacturing Waste at 45 Sites Worldwide

PG_logo_dark_blueCINCINNATI–()–Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), the Company behind consumer brands including Gillette®, Ariel®, Tide® and Pampers® today announced that 45 of their facilities have now achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill, which marks a major step towards the Company’s long-term vision of sending zero manufacturing and consumer waste to landfills. Over the past 5 years, P&G’s work to find worth in waste has created over $1 billion in value for the company.

Bob McDonald, P&G President, CEO and Chairman of the Board said, We have a vision for the future, where plants are powered by renewable energy, products are made from recycled and renewable materials and resources are conserved, with no waste going to landfill. Changing the way we see waste as a Company has brought us one step closer to this goal at 45 sites worldwide, where all of our manufacturing waste is recycled, repurposed or converted into energy.” Continue reading

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Sustainability Efforts at Work Strongly Influence Americans at Home

NEW YORK–()–Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of employed U.S. adults who take part in environmental and social responsibility efforts at work are more likely to make sustainable choices at home as a result, according to the fourth annual Gibbs & Soell Sense & Sustainability® Study released today. Despite persistent skepticism among the general public about corporate America’s commitment to “going green,“ the majority of employed adults are interested in learning what companies are doing in terms of sustainability and “going green” (74 percent) and wish their own company or employer engaged in more sustainability business practices, including “going green” or social responsibility initiatives (68 percent). Continue reading

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Driving Range and Economics Continue to Hinder Interest in Purchasing Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle_wallpaperBOULDER, Colo.–()–The volume of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has grown significantly over the last year, with many auto manufacturers adding new models to their fleets. Indeed, several auto manufacturers are electrifying their fleets with innovative models. The PEV market is expected to grow swiftly, with a compound annual growth rate of 30 percent between 2012 and 2020 in the United States. According to a recent consumer survey by Navigant Research, however, makers of PEVs have not been successful in changing several misperceptions about these vehicles in the marketplace.

“So-called ‘range anxiety’ continues to be the number one reason cited by consumers who are not interested in purchasing PEVs,” says Dave Hurst, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “A number of other negative perceptions continue to persist, however, helping to explain why overall consumer interest in PEVs has declined since 2011.” Continue reading

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