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Tails from Guatemala

SOURCE: Goldcorp

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The number of sustainable initiatives introduced by Goldcorp to benefit the people and communities around Marlin Mine in Guatemala continues to grow – literally.

Since 2010, the Sustainable Development Department has completed more than 813 projects for the 40,000 inhabitants of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, and 15,000 people in adjacent areas, including building schools, a medical centre, computer labs, recreation halls, sports fields, and a tree and plant nursery.

Many more initiatives are ongoing. For example, a dairy business which started with 20 cows now has 72, with beef cattle added to the operation, all managed by local employees who have been trained by field experts. Another enterprise cultivating coffee, corn, tomatoes and other crops as a sustainable food source has become a community revenue stream through sales to regional markets, restaurants and occasionally an urban Wal-Mart.

“Our goal has been to create different programs that are going to be sustainable and create jobs once the mine is gone,” says Peter Hughes-Hallett, Environmental Director for Central & South America. “The agricultural program started with a small group in 2011, and it went to a bigger scale. So far it has been a huge success.”

Seen and Herd
The latest project is an eco-initiative of the mine’s flora and fauna conservation program to replenish the white-tailed deer population which has been decimated by hunting over the years. The breeding and feeding process is arduous with these timid creatures, which typically weigh about 60 kilograms, but the Goldcorp team’s labour of love is proving worthwhile.

This past December, a new family member was born healthy and hearty, bringing the herd up to 23. Affectionately named Bambi by Gustavo Gomez, Chief Environmentalist for Marlin, and members of the Technical Closure Department, the fawn took its first steps before the eyes of a proud crew.

The birth is a positive sign of a successful mating season and coming months of optimistic anticipation for the 17 other pregnant females. After seven months of gestation, a doe can potentially give birth to as many as three fawns. If, as hoped, each female delivers two or more offspring, the size and health of the herd will make great strides.

Goldcorp employees distribute 25 pounds of concentrated food per day throughout the ecological park at a cost of GTQ 195 per quintal (~100 pounds). The deer also graze on natural vegetation, including tree and shrub foliage, buds, indigenous grasses, seeds, berries and even mushrooms. 

The goal of the Marlin eco-park team is to maintain and sustain a thriving habitat for the herd, with diverse plant and tree species to meet their nutritional needs and woodland preservation for their safety and survival.

This is yet another example of Goldcorp’s passion to leave behind a legacy long after the life of mine in the areas we operate.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Goldcorp, Marlin mine, white-tailed deer, breeding programs

 

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En direct du Guatemala

SOURCE: Goldcorp

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Le nombre d’initiatives en matière de développement durable introduites par Goldcorp au profit des habitants et des communautés autour de la mine Marlin au Guatemala continue d’agrandir, littéralement!
 
Depuis 2010, le service du développement durable a mené à bien plus de 813 projets destinés aux 40 000 habitants de San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, et aux 15 000 habitants vivant dans les régions adjacentes. On compte parmi ces projets la construction d’écoles, d’un centre médical, de laboratoires informatiques, de centres récréatifs, de terrains sportifs et d’une pépinière de plantes.
 
De nombreuses autres initiatives sont encore en cours de déploiement. Par exemple, une entreprise de production laitière, qui a commencé avec 20 vaches a maintenant 72, avec les bovins de boucheries ajoutées à l’opération, tous gérée par des employés locaux qui ont été formés par des experts sur le terrain. Une autre entreprise de culture de café, de maïs, de tomates et d’autres aliments durables est devenue une source de revenus pour la communauté grâce à ses ventes dirigées vers les marchés et restaurants de la région et, à l’occasion, un magasin Walmart urbaine.
 
« Notre objectif est de créer différents programmes qui vont être durables et qui créeront des emplois même lorsque la mine cessera ses activités », a expliqué Peter Hughes-Hallett, directeur environnemental de l’Amérique centrale et du Sud. « Le programme agricole a commencé avec un petit groupe en 2011 et a pris beaucoup d’ampleur. Il s’agit d’une belle réussite jusqu’à maintenant. »
 
Une faune en santé

Le plus récent projet correspond à une initiative écologique en lien avec le programme de conservation de la faune et de la flore. Il vise à regarnir la population de cerfs de Virginie décimée par la chasse au cours des dernières années. Le processus d’élevage et d’alimentation est ardu avec ces créatures timides qui pèsent généralement environ 60 kg, mais le dévouement de l’équipe de Goldcorp à cette tâche porte ses fruits.

En décembre dernier, un nouveau membre de la famille est né sain et copieux, ce qui porte le troupeau jusqu’à 23. Affectueusement baptisé Bambi par Gustavo Gomez, spécialiste en chef de l’environnement pour Marlin, et les membres du service de fermeture technique, le petit a fait ses premiers pas devant le regard fier de l’équipe.

 
Cette naissance est encourageante et donne bon espoir pour les mois à venir pour les 17 autres femelles enceintes. Après sept mois de gestation, une biche peut donner naissance à jusqu’à trois faons. Si, comme espéré, chaque femelle donne vie à deux petits ou plus, la taille et la santé du troupeau fera de grands progrès.

Les employés de Goldcorp distribuent 25 livres de nourriture concentrée par jour au parc écologique ce qui représente un coût de 195 GTQ par quintal (environ 100 livres). Les cerfs se nourrissent aussi de la végétation naturelle : feuillage des arbres et arbustes, bourgeons, plantes indigènes, graines, baies et même champignons.

L’objectif de l’équipe du parc écologique de Marlin est de maintenir un habitat prospère pour le troupeau, avec des espèces de plantes et d’arbres divers pour satisfaire leurs besoins nutritionnels et la préservation des forêts pour leur sécurité et la survie.

Voilà donc un autre exemple de l’engagement de Goldcorp à léguer à ces régions un héritage qui survivra de loin à l’exploitation minière. 

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Goldcorp, Marlin mine, white-tailed deer, breeding programs

 

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Buenas noticias desde Guatemala

SOURCE: Goldcorp

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El número de iniciativas sostenibles de Goldcorp en beneficio de la gente y las comunidades en torno a la Mina Marlin en Guatemala continúa creciendo, literalmente.
 
Desde 2010, el Departamento de Desarrollo Sostenible ha completado más de 813 proyectos para los 40,000 habitantes de San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, y para las 15,000 personas en las zonas adyacentes, incluyendo la construcción de escuelas, un centro médico, laboratorios de computación, salas recreativas, campos deportivos y un vivero de plantas y árboles.
 
Muchas otras iniciativas están en marcha. Por ejemplo, un negocio lechero que comenzó con 20 vacas ahora tiene 72, y también se agregó ganado de vacuno a la operación, todo ello gestionado por empleados locales que se han formado por expertos en el terreno. Otra empresa que cultiva café, maíz, tomates y otros cultivos como fuente de alimentos sostenibles se ha convertido en un flujo de ingresos para la comunidad mediante las ventas a los mercados regionales, restaurantes y en ocasiones a un Wal-Mart.
 
“Nuestro objetivo ha sido crear diferentes programas que van a crear empleos sostenibles una vez que la mina ya no esté”, dice Peter Hughes-Hallett, Director de Ambiente para Centro y Sudamérica. “El programa agrícola comenzó con un pequeño grupo en el año 2011 y ha crecido a una escala mayor. Hasta el momento ha sido un gran éxito”.
 
Visto y Escuchado
El proyecto más reciente del programa de conservación de la fauna y la flora de la mina es una iniciativa ecológica para mejorar la población del venado de cola blanca que ha sido diezmada por la caza en los últimos años. El proceso de reproducción y alimentación es difícil con estas tímidas criaturas, que suelen pesar unos 60 kilos, pero el amor al trabajo del de Goldcorp está dando frutos.

El pasado mes de diciembre, un nuevo miembro de la familia nació sano y salvo, con lo que el rebaño aumentó a 23. Gustavo Gómez, Jefe de Ambiente de Marlin, y los miembros del Departamento Técnico de Cierre, lo llamaron cariñosamente como Bambi. El cervatillo dio sus primeros pasos ante los ojos de un orgulloso equipo.

 
Estenacimiento es una señal positiva de una exitosa temporada de apareamiento y un panorama optimista en los próximos meses para las otras 17 hembras embarazadas. Después de siete meses de gestación, una cierva puede dar nacimiento posiblemente a un máximo de tres cervatillos. Si como se espera, cada hembra tiene dos o más crías, el tamaño y la vitalidad del rebaño tendrán grandes progresos.

Los empleados de Goldcorp distribuyen 25 libras de alimento por día en todo el parque ecológico a un costo de 195 quetzales por quintal (~100 libras). El ciervo también se alimenta de vegetación natural, como del follaje de árboles y arbustos, de los pastos naturales del lugar, de las semillas, de las bayas e incluso de las setas. 

El objetivo del equipo del parque ecológico de Marlin es mantener y sostener un próspero hábitat para el rebaño, con diversas especies de plantas y árboles para satisfacer sus necesidades nutricionales y mediante la preservación de los bosques para su seguridad y supervivencia. 

Este es otro ejemplo de la pasión de Goldcorp por dejar un legado mucho después de la vida útil de la mina en las áreas en las que operan.

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Oakwood Healthcare Supports Downriver Family YMCA to Boost Kids’ Physical Activity

Funding will enhance CATCH Me If You Can Program and impact 175 Metro Detroit kids daily

SOURCE: EcoMedia

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March 2, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Oakwood Healthcare has partnered with CBS EcoMedia through its WellnessAd program to provide funding that will expand a signature Downriver Family YMCA program aimed at encouraging kids to stay active before- and after- school. The CATCH Me If You Can program incentivizes kids, ages 5-12, to have fun while being physically active by rewarding ‘tokens’ to kids for walking certain distances and tracking their physical activity at home.

Multiple studies show that kids who are physically active regularly experience improvements in both their fitness levels and brain function. The funding from Oakwood Healthcare recognizes the importance of physical activity on children’s overall health and wellbeing.

Oakwood Healthcare funding will support the purchase of three Wii packages intended to promote indoor activities that will keep kids engaged. These packages include a Wii console, 4 controllers, a charger, a Wii Sports game, and projectors. The three Wii packages will be rotated weekly between Downriver Family YMCA’s nine School Age Child Care after-school sites: Carr Elementary, Keppen Elementary, Hoover Elementary, Foote Elementary, Washington Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Allendale Elementary and Metro Charter Academy.

The project will also launch a walking program that will track kids’ physical activity. Downriver Family YMCA held a kick-off today at all of its nine school sites to distribute special ‘kits’ for participants of the walking program. The kits, with Oakwood Healthcare’s financial support, include pedometers, journals, swim passes to the Downriver Y and T-shirts to help track the number of steps participants take while participating in the program. As milestones are met, participants will receive prizes such as toe charms and chain necklaces, to recognize and reward their achievements.

“We are excited to partner with Oakwood to bring CATCH Me If You Can to children in our programs,” said Jeff McIntyre, Branch Operations Director of the Downriver Family YMCA. “We’ll be impacting 175 kids at nine different school sites by helping them set goals, develop healthy habits, and most importantly, have fun while participating. The CATCH Me If You Can program really sums up what the Y is about, which is strengthening our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

“Oakwood has a long history of collaboration and partnership with the YMCA. This initiative reflects Oakwood’s Healthy Communities vision  – to support and promote health, wellness and healthy lifestyles in our communities,” said Betty Priskorn, Oakwood’s Director of Community Outreach.

 “Oakwood Healthcare is offering opportunities for more kids in the Metro Detroit area to benefit from positive fitness experiences that will help enhance their wellness and help them perform better in school,” said Paul Polizzotto, President and Founder, CBS EcoMedia.

For more information about Oakwood Healthcare, visit www.oakwood.org.

 

About Oakwood Healthcare, Inc.

Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, Oakwood Healthcare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare network that serves residents over a 500 square mile area. Comprised of four acute care hospitals, 45 primary and specialty care sites and four centers of excellence, Oakwood provides services to more than one million people in 35 communities. Oakwood’s mission is to provide excellence in care, healing and health to the individuals and communities we serve. Oakwood has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks, one of Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, and a finalist for the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. For more information about Oakwood visit oakwood.org.

 

About the Downriver Family YMCA

The Downriver Family YMCA has been serving the Downriver communities for over 70 years.  We are a cause driven organization with an emphasis on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Currently the Downriver Family YMCA serves over 15,000 members in the community and 175 children daily in our School Age Child Care program. The YMCA is accessible to all regardless of age, race, religion, gender, or financial standing.

The Downriver Y is a branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Throughout Metro Detroit, Ys engage more than 300,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the region’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities throughout Metro Detroit, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymcadetroit.org

 

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.

At EcoMedia, we’re propelled by the desire to create positive social change; that’s been our mission since we founded the company in 2002. In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling our reach across television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media. 

Through our patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects which in turn creates jobs, saves taxpayer money and improves the quality of life in communities nationwide. In the process, we’re fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change. Please visit ecomediacbs.com, like us at facebook.com/EcoMediaCBS or follow us at Twitter.com/EcoMediaCBS.

By participating in EcoMedia’s EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd advertising programs, EcoMedia’s advertisers agree to provide funding for projects we believe will have a beneficial effect upon the environment, health and/or education within local communities. EcoMedia’s advertising programs are not certification programs nor are the EcoAd, WellnessAd or EducationAd logos seals of approval. EcoMedia does not in any way certify, endorse or make any representations about EcoMedia program advertisers, their products or services.

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KEYWORDS: Health, Business & Trade, YMCA, Oakwood Healthcare, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, social enterprise, Detroit, fitness, CBS EcoMedia

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CSX and the Conservation Fund Announce Grant Recipients; Improve Access to Healthy Food in Underserved Communities

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ARLINGTON, Va., February 27, 2015 /3BL Media/ – CSX and The Conservation Fund, partners in a program aimed at improving the transportation and distribution of fresh, healthy food to communities in need, announced today grant awards to 10 charitable organizations in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. Each organization will receive $10,000 to enhance food delivery services so that they can bring fresh, nutritious food to their communities.

In many underserved communities food distribution organizations, such as food pantries, encounter difficulty getting fresh, healthy food. Many producers and organizations also face challenges retaining quality and safety as they sell, store, package and distribute fresh food. As a result, more than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. 

As a leading supplier of efficient rail-based freight transportation in North America, CSX recognizes the integral role that transportation plays in connecting communities.  

“At CSX, it’s our job to connect communities through transportation every day, so we are proud to work with The Conservation Fund to support the local distribution of healthy and fresh food across many of the communities where we work and live,” said Tori Kaplan, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, CSX. “Partnering with local organizations helps us live our commitment to improving the health and wellness of communities across our 21,000 miles of track.” 

The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to finding conservation solutions that balance environmental and economic needs, has partnered with CSX to help address gaps in local food distribution and enhance delivery capabilities.

“With CSX’s partnership, we’re not only helping to connect America’s families to fresh fruit and produce but we’re also supporting our local farmers and working farms,” said Kris Hoellen, Vice President of Sustainable Programs at the Conservation Fund.  “The Healthy Food Transportation Grant Program is a clear win for American families and farmers.”

The grant program supports organizations that distribute fresh produce and perishable food in the 23 states where CSX operates. Combined, the 10 recipient organizations provide nutritious food to approximately six million people per year, bringing nearly 118,000,000 pounds of food equaling 98,000,000 meals served each year.

Grant Recipients  

Capital District Community Garden, Troy, N.Y. 
Capital District Community Garden will use its grant to purchase loading dock equipment for its expanded food hub distribution center, the Urban Grow Center. This will allow the organization to double the amount of fresh, affordable produce reaching urban food deserts. Capital District Community Garden has cultivated a gleaning food rescue program called Squash Hunger. They also have two mobile product markets known as the Veggie Mobile and Veggie Sprout, which sell fresh wholesale-priced product at 32 low-income inner-city market stops and an urban farm, as well as programs serving corner stores and small institutions.

Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Chattanooga, Tenn. 
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank will use its funding to purchase two manual foot pedal clipping machines and associated supplies allowing them to efficiently bag bulk produce in smaller, easier to handle sizes. The organization leads a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better health in its region. It purchases fresh food from local farmers in bulk since most of its partner agencies do not have the capacity to accept, transport, store and distribute 50 pound bags of potatoes, for example, nor do elderly clients and children in need have the ability to transport and cook 50 pounds of potatoes. The new machinery will allow them to package food in smaller quantities. Underserved and vulnerable populations will benefit from increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and the Food Bank’s increased buying power will support local farmers and food systems.

The Deep South Community Agriculture Network (DSCAN), Darien, Ga. 
DSCAN will use its grant to acquire a refrigerated truck, and insurance for aggregation and cooling space for products produced by a network of value chains in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. DSCAN is comprised of six organizations working to develop chains in the following three sub-regions: Southeast Alabama, the Mississippi Delta and a two-state sub-region of West Alabama and East Mississippi. The organization works to help African-American farmers achieve financial success. It sees agricultural value chains through capacity support, coupled with first-hand agricultural knowledge and deep relationships across communities, as a means for black farmers to combine their resources to overcome these barriers by fulfilling the increasing demand for local food in the region.

Farm Share, Inc., Homestead, Fla.  
Farm Share will use its award to acquire more donated food from farmers and businesses throughout Florida and nearby states and transport it into Florida communities to feed more low-income households. Food Share is a charitable packinghouse dedicated to distributing nutritious food for people in need. It administers a combination of produce recovery operations and USDA commodity programs, and works within a network of nearly 1,000 community groups to help distribute food to those who need it most in the state of Florida year round. The agencies receive food from Farm Share warehouses and sister organizations in Homestead, Quincy, Jacksonville and Pompano Beach, Fla., located in the heart of local farming areas. Food Share also does daily direct-to-community food distribution to Florida’s food deserts and impoverished neighborhoods.

Feeding America Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla. 
Feeding America Tampa Bay will use its grant funds to purchase a forklift to support its warehouse operations and thereby increasing its capacity to load, move, and transport additional fresh food over its service area (10 counties – 9,300 square miles) in West Central Florida. The organization acts as the main hub for emergency food supplies, distributing perishable and nonperishable food throughout 10 counties of West Central Florida: Hillsborogh, Pinellas, Pasco Polk, Citrus, Sumter, Hardee, Highland, Manatee and Hernando. Its mission is possible by redirecting food that would otherwise be wasted, and providing it to organizations that can safely distribute it to those in need.

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Comstock Park, Mich. 
The organization will use its grant to purchase a Refrigerated Straight Truck which will expand its program capacity and broaden mobile pantry distribution to additional individuals within communities in need of fresh food in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry is particularly effective in areas where there is inadequate “hunger infrastructure,” such as a lack of food pantries or pantries that are limited in hours or refrigerated store capacity. The Refrigerated Straight Truck will bring 21 additional new distributions of fresh food annually to more than 7,000 underserved, food-insecure individuals in the Upper Peninsula by January 2017.

Food Pantries for the Capital District, Inc., Albany, N.Y.
The grant will be used to order a greater quantity of food to support product and meat distribution to 53 food pantries serving 45,000 vulnerable and underserved people. The organization’s food pantries fill a gap by providing a minimum of three days’ worth of nutritious grocery items for many people on a monthly basis in Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
Gleaners Food Bank will use its grant fund to purchase six 600-quart and one 200-quart portable food chests to increase portability and distribution of frozen protein items and fresh foods and produce to food-insecure residents through the Gleaners Mobile Pantry program and senior programming, including the pilot Senior Mobile Pantry program. Each Mobile Pantry truck is typically loaded with more than four tons of flash frozen meat, fresh product, dairy products, and high quality shelf-stable items. Clients “shop” for food items, preserving their dignity and ensuring the food they receive will be eaten.

Grow Appalachia, Berea, Ky. 
The grant will be used to purchase a truck and refrigerated trailer to serve as a Grow Appalachia food aggregator, delivering perishable produce from Kentucky to markets and other hubs of distribution. Grow Appalachia supplies financial aid and technical support to 43 nonprofit organizations and will use their refrigerated truck to collect product from its growers in Kentucky and deliver it to markets, food hubs, and other centers of distribution.

Lake-to-River Food Cooperative, Youngstown, Ohio
The grant funds will be used to purchase a delivery vehicle for transporting products from member farms and processing facilities to Lake-to-River Food Cooperative locations. Lake-to-River Food Cooperative serves people, schools and workplaces in need within food deserts in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties. The cooperative has a weekly delivery to four to eight schools, ensuring that students have the chance to eat at least one healthy meal each day. One hundred percent of Youngstown schools offer free lunches.

About CSX 
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.

CSX is committed to helping communities it serves live healthier, greener, safer lives. The company recognizes the importance for these communities to gain regular access to locally grown, nutrient-rich, fresh food. That’s why CSX is supporting these grants to enable local charitable organizations to transport and provide fresh food to people who need it, as part of a healthier lifestyle.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect America’s most important lands and waterways for future generations. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. We strive to implement strategies that support sustainable economic development, spark cutting-edge conservation and bridge connections between people and the land. Top-ranked, we’re advancing vibrant, healthy communities. www.conservationfund.org

Contacts:

Kaitlyn Barrett    
CSX Corporate Communications
904-359-1037        
kaitlyn_barrett@csx.com 

Robin Murphy
The Conservation Fund
703-797-2507
rmurphy@conservationfund.org

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Brown-Forman Corporation Among 16 Organizations Across the U.S. Recognized for Climate Action

SOURCE: Brown-Forman Corporation

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From an innovative partnership enabling colleges to sell carbon credits to fund clean energy projects on campuses to some of the country’s leading corporations setting and exceeding aggressive emission reduction goals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leadership Award winners announced today are demonstrating that innovative actions to combat climate change are smart business decisions. Brown-Forman together with sixteen organizations and one individual representing a wide array of industries from finance and manufacturing to retail and technology show exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change.

“I am proud to recognize our Climate Leadership Award winners for their actions to reduce the harmful carbon pollution that’s fueling climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Our winners are demonstrating that a healthy environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. These organizations are providing the leadership, commitment, and solutions needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet head on the challenge of a changing climate.”

EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR), announced the fourth annual Climate Leadership Award winners.

Read the full article from the U.S. EPA Newsroom here: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/6BBA3E5A0940F47685257DF6007074AD

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MetLife Named ‘World’s Most Admired’ Life Insurance Company According To Fortune Magazine

SOURCE: MetLife Inc.

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MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) has earned the top spot among life and health insurers on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” MetLife rose from No. 2 last year and No. 5 in 2013.

NEW YORK, February 25, 2015 /3BL Media/ – MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) has earned the top spot among life and health insurers on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” MetLife rose from No. 2 last year and No. 5 in 2013.

The “World’s Most Admired Companies” list is a definitive report card on corporate reputations, according to Fortune. To compile the rankings, Fortune measures corporate reputation and performance on nine key attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness. The survey was fielded in November and December 2014 among more than 4,000 executives, directors, and securities analysts.

“Being named No. 1 in our sector on Fortune’s ‘Most Admired’ list is recognition of MetLife’s place as the leading global life insurance and employee benefits company,” said MetLife Chairman, President and CEO Steven A. Kandarian. “This recognition belongs to MetLife’s 65,000 employees for all they do to deliver value to our customers and shareholders.”

Additional information about the rankings is available on Fortune’s website at: http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies/.

MetLife has shown similarly strong gains in rankings of corporate social responsibility (CSR). After the company’s most recent CSR report was published in September 2014, the company rose from 10th to second place on Bloomberg’s sector rankings of Environmental, Social and Governance performance.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com

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MetLife Inc.
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CITGO & Quality State Oil Host Miss Wisconsin to Support Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Fundraiser

Local CITGO Marketer Raises Funds for Sheboygan Area Children Living With Muscular Dystrophy

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis., Feb. 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ – On Feb. 21, CITGO and Quality State Oil hosted Miss Wisconsin, Raeanna Johnson, at Sheboygan area gas stations as part of the annual CITGO Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser. The fundraiser, which began on February 1 and runs through St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, will benefit the children of the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) chapter.

“The money raised by CITGO and Quality State Oil will help children suffering from muscular dystrophy in communities across Wisconsin,” said Johnson. “I am honored to work with local businesses like these that make such a great effort to help their neighbors each year.”

Johnson signed autographs for anyone who made a $1 or $5 donation to the MDA by purchasing a paper Shamrock at CITGO Q Mart convenience stores in the Sheboygan area. On February 21, she was on hand at the CITGO Q Mart store at 1006 Geele Avenue in Sheboygan, the 415 Broadway Street CITGO Q Mart store in Sheboygan Falls and the 300 Fond du Lac Avenue CITGO Q Mart store in Sheboygan Falls. Additional CITGO Q Mart stores across the region will also host raffles and giveaways throughout February and March as part of the fundraising effort. 

“For 25 years, CITGO and Quality State Oil have supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Together, we have donated $1 million to children and families in Wisconsin living with muscular dystrophy,” said Scott Stangel, wholesale marketing manager for Quality State Oil. “With Reanna’s help, we hope to surpass our $33,000 fundraising goal for this year’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign.”

Johnson was joined by MDA State Goodwill Ambassadors Jacob Smith, Ally Naze, Myranda Gereau and Devin Argall, who shared how they live with muscular dystrophy and how funds donated to the MDA make a difference for children and their families across Wisconsin.

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause muscle loss and progressive weakness. While there currently is no cure for muscular dystrophy, the MDA is working to defeat the disease and support those afflicted by it through worldwide research programs, comprehensive services and public and professional educational programs. Funds raised by CITGO and Quality State Oil will help pay for Wisconsin children affected by muscular dystrophy to attend the local MDA summer camp, support MDA research and provide children with physical therapy consultations. 

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Wisconsin like Quality State Oil own and operate more than 250 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.

CITGO, based in Houston, 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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Contact Info:

Robin Levy
+1 (202) 530-4513
Robin.Levy@bm.com

KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Energy, Citgo, quality state oil

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