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Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award Call for Nominations

Educator Will Receive $20,000 to Implement Family Learning Program

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, October 30, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), together with long-time partner Toyota, seeks out the nation’s most exemplary teachers that engage families in education.  
 
The Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award celebrates teachers who are dedicated to including more than one generation in the educational process. An exemplary educator’s school or program will receive a $20,000 prize to further efforts to engage families in learning together and join an elite group of educators across the country that have been recognized as such for nearly two decades.
 
Every nominee will represent success stories of bringing families into the learning process, and NCFL and Toyota will recognize a second prize winner with a $2,500 prize. Both grand prize and second place winners will be announced in March at the 2015 Families Learning Summit, where proponents of education at every age will gather in Houston to further their collective mission of nurturing the spirit of continuous and intergenerational learning that drives individual, family and community success. This year’s Toyota Family Teacher of the Year will join an exciting lineup of education luminaries on the summit stage, including Neil Bush, chairman of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, and Leland Melvin, co-chair of the White House STEM council.
 
Eligible family educators:

  • Are exceptional at engaging families in their school or community-based organization
  • Use and champion innovative intergenerational approaches to help parents and children learn together
  • Have a demonstrated record of success
  • Have exciting ideas to expand and strengthen their family engagement efforts
  • Serve communities and families with high literacy and socioeconomic needs
  • Would be successful at communicating learnings and best practices to educators and families across the nation

How to apply:
To recognize an educator’s outstanding role in engaging parents and students positively in education within a school or community-based program, nominate them online here.
 
About Toyota Family Teacher of the Year
Since 1991, Toyota and NCFL have forged successful programs to promote family literacy in the United States. Today, the Toyota/NCFL partnership accounts for 261 family literacy sites in 52 communities and 30 states. As part of this partnership, the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award has been presented annually since 1997 and recognizes individual teachers’ contributions to engaging families in education. Additional information on Toyota’s commitment to improving education nationwide is available at www.toyota.com/about/our_commitment/philanthropy/education.
 

 
About the National Center for Families Learning
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping adults and children learn together. NCFL creates and deploys innovative programs and strategies that support learning, literacy, and family engagement in education. From the classroom to the community to the digital frontier, NCFL collaborates with educators, advocates, and policy-makers to help families construct hotspots for learning wherever they go. For more information on NCFL’s 25-year track record, visit www.familieslearning.org.
 
About Toyota 
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through its ToyotaLexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, Toyota has built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where it operates 14 manufacturing plants and directly employs more than 40,000 people.  The company’s 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.  
 

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Consumers Petroleum’s Wheels CITGO Convenience Stores Fueling Even More Good Across Connecticut

Local CITGO Marketer Expands Community Ties in Glastonbury and Westport

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TRUMBULL, Conn., Oct. 29, 2014 /3BL Media/ – CITGO Marketer Consumers Petroleum and its Wheels Convenience Stores have added two CITGO-branded locations in Southwestern and Central Connecticut. The first is located at 592 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury, Conn. and the second is now open at 786 Post Road East in Westport, Conn. The Glastonbury location also held a Customer Appreciation event to meet the community, where consumers enjoyed special pricing on fuel and refreshments and could win giveaways including CITGO Gift Cards.

“With the new Wheels CITGO locations in Glastonbury and Westport, we want to provide consumer-friendly, quality gas stations and convenience stores,” said Consumers Petroleum President Christine Hogan. “At Consumers Petroleum and Wheels Convenience Stores, we hope to create lasting relationships with consumers. Without our customers, we wouldn’t be in business. That is why we strive to ensure that we give them the products and services they want. And we want them to know we appreciate their business.”

The newly branded CITGO locations also bring fresh life into the two markets. The Westport space marks the reopening of a gas station that closed in 2013 after being a family-owned business for 80 years. Since Consumers Petroleum is also a family-owned business, with owner Rich Wiehl representing the third generation of entrepreneurs, this legacy was important.

Because of its own history, Consumers, along with Wheels and CITGO, try to support other area businesses and entrepreneurs, like local snack food company Nothin’ But Foods, founded by Westport’s Jerri Graham and Steven Laitmon. The Westport Wheels CITGO offers Nothin’ But Foods products among its other convenience store items, and invites the community out for a sampling at the Westport station on Nov. 7, 2014. The brand was first sold through local cafes, farmer’s markets, and gyms. Now it will reach a larger audience through the partnership with Consumers Petroleum and Wheels CITGO.

“CITGO and our network of Marketers and Retailers support social investment and look to improve their services and implement programs that will benefit their surrounding communities,” added Alan Flagg, Assistant Vice President of Supply and Marketing at CITGO. “We are proud to see Consumers Petroleum and Wheels Convenience Stores adding CITGO locations in Connecticut, while at the same time finding ways to strengthen ties through Customer Appreciation Events and local product offerings, such as Nothin’ But Foods’ healthy snacks.”

Founded in 1936, Consumers Petroleum is a third-generation family-owned and operated gasoline distributorship that sells branded gasoline to customers in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Upholding its motto, “We care where you go,” the company prides itself on unmatched customer service and quality product assurance.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO locations. Local CITGO Marketers, such as Consumers Petroleum, own and operate approximately 175 locations in Connecticut and are proud to support their neighborhoods and local organizations.

Based in Houston, CITGO is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Business & Trade, Citgo, Consumers Petroleum, Connecticut, Wheels Convenience Stores, Nothin’ But Foods, family-owned business, healthy snacks, supporting local business

 

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Announcing Our Plenary Lineup, the BSR Conference 2014 Kicks Off in One Week

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The BSR Conference 2014 is almost here! Register now to join us one week from today, and start planning your schedule from our packed agenda.

Announcing Our Speaker Lineup

We have an incredible lineup of speakers for our plenary and I3 (“Innovate, Integrate, Inspire”) sessions, and we are thrilled to share the full schedule with you.

Hear from groundbreaking leaders in sustainable business and civil society, all striving to build a better world.

Plenary Speakers

Nils S. AndersenGroup CEO, The Maersk Group

Indra NooyiChairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Karl-Johan PerssonManaging Director and CEO, H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Darren WalkerPresident, Ford Foundation

Sir Andrew WittyCEO, GlaxoSmithKline

 

Special Presentation

Jeffrey WrightActor; Ebola Survival Fund

 

I3 Speakers

Dame Ellen MacArthurFounder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ethan ZuckermanDirector, Center for Civic Media, MIT

Robert HammondExecutive Director, Friends of the High Line

 

Session Updates

Never Let a Failure Go to Waste

We rarely like to admit when we’ve made a mistake, but failure can inform innovation, as Silicon Valley knows all too well. This session will explore how failing early, openly, and often can transform sustainable business. Hear from Christine Bader, BSR’s Human Rights Advisor and the author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil in discussion with Intel’s Jacklyn A. Sturm, Vice President and General Manager of Global Supply Chain Management, and Reiner Hengstmann, PUMA’s Global Director for Sustainability. Read more →

 

Big Data: Friend or Foe?

Big Data can help us address sustainability challenges in smarter ways, but it can be costly, and it raises important questions about privacy, security, and freedom of expression. Join a session with IBM’s Chief Privacy Officer Christina PetersSeeta Peña Gangadharan, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and Open Technology Institute; and BSR Managing Director for Advisory Services Dunstan Allison-HopeRead more →

 

Explore the full Conference agenda →

Register now: bsr.bz/reg14

 

Connect with Us
Find the latest information at bsr14.org. Join the conversation on Twitter using #BSR14, and follow us @BSRnews.

Sponorship Opportunities
A limited number of additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit our website for more information.

 

About the BSR Conference 2014
The BSR Conference 2014 will explore how transparency can transform supply chains, energy and climate, consumer engagement, community impacts, and more, and how businesses are managing differently in a fully transparent world. Join us in New York November 4-6 to discover how transformative technologies, business models, and financial valuations can produce rapid progress on the road to a more just and sustainable future.

About BSR
BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit www.bsr.org for more information about BSR’s more than 20 years of leadership in sustainability.

 

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Work/Life Balance: What It Means to Millennials

SOURCE: The Coca-Cola Company

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In the past, work/life balance often meant setting firm boundaries between work and family or leisure pursuits and negotiating in advance with the boss to have a remote-working day or time off for personal business. Nowadays, to Millennials, it means not setting boundaries and expecting the boss to go along with a work schedule that often shamelessly incorporates personal time—as long as the work gets done.

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About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade,Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.  Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates.  For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.

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KEYWORDS: Diversity and Human Resources, priorities, The Coca-Cola Company, processes, Employee Engagement, hiring millennials, recreation, hobbies

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MGM Resorts International Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

LAS VEGAS, October 28, 2014 /3BL Media/ – In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month during October, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has conducted an educational campaign focusing on increasing employment opportunities and providing enhanced guest service awareness for persons with disabilities.

The campaign consists of a training video and tips on how to assist guests with accessibility needs; special events; on-the-job training, and other activities. The campaign was part of the company’s ongoing efforts to attract top talent, while better serving guests and customers.

“As our company expands, our workforce will also grow significantly,” said Michelle DiTondo, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Resorts International. “We must recruit and retain the very best employees from diverse backgrounds. This important program is another way that we strive to be an inclusive employer by providing employees with education and other resources that will allow them, in turn, to provide the quality service for which our resorts are well-known.” Continue reading

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SAP Offers Perspectives on Investing in Sustainable Development at United Nations

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at the World Investment Forum, organized by the United Nations and hosted at the UN Palais de Nations in Geneva. The central theme for this gathering that brought together government and business leaders from over 150 countries was “Investing in Sustainable Development”. The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs as they are known, is a set of 17 proposed goals, which together reflect the UN’s plan for ensuring the world is on a sustainable path by the year 2030 from economic, social, and environmental perspectives.

The proposal covers areas such as poverty, hunger, health, education, sustainable cities, and combating climate change. The goals are ambitious, noble — and expensive. $5 to $7 trillion USD of investment per year is required if these goals are to be met, $3.3 to $4.5 trillion of which must flow into developing countries. The problem, however, is that the UN estimates a $2.5 trillion annual gap that the public sector cannot fill. It is the private sector that is being called upon in action and investment to help make the SDGs a reality. Continue reading

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Student Entrepreneurs from China Crowned as 2014 Enactus World Cup Champions

October 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Enactus, an international nonprofit that brings together more than 66,000 student members from 1,650 universities to empower people in need, today announced that the Enactus team from North China Electric Power University, a part of the Enactus China program, emerged as the champions of the 2014 Enactus World Cup. Each team presented the work they conduct as part of the day-to-day business of their on-campus Enactus teams: innovative, life-changing projects that use entrepreneurial action to create life-changing community impact.

The event in Beijing – the largest ever Enactus World Cup with an audience of more than 4,500 student, academic and business leaders in attendance – saw 34 teams of university students from all over the world present their projects. After two days of intense presentation and multiple rounds of assessment by a panel of judges, including some of the biggest names in global business, teams from China, Ireland, Morocco and Puerto Rico competed in the four-way final on Friday October 24.

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Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right

Green building is more than just a development trend. It involves a range of environmental aspects such as emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, temperature moderation, and waste reduction. Greenbuild 2014, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, which began in New Orleans, highlights these aspects and showcases the latest technologies and innovations in sustainable building.

Make It Right, the organization founded by Brad Pitt, which builds LEED Platinum certified projects for people and communities in need, has showcased the 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome. This LEED Platinum net-zero home is created by LivingHomes in partnership with Make It Right to demonstrate how cutting-edge sustainable building techniques can support affordable housing for people in need. Continue reading

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