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Power Down for Earth Hour March 28

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In celebration of Earth Hour, ComEd is reminding its customers to power down for the hour, Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., and join millions across the world in this global effort. Earth Hour is the world’s largest annual voluntary environmental action event to raise awareness about climate change. ComEd will be turning off nonessential lights at its office facilities across northern Illinois to mark Earth Hour.

In addition to turning off lights during Earth Hour, ComEd customers can take a number of steps to save energy and money and the environment year round through the ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program, including:

  • Set the thermostat up to 10 degrees higher during the summer, and up
    to 10 degrees lower during the winter, when you leave your home and
    before going to sleep. You could save up to 15 percent a year on
    heating and cooling costs.
  • Check the HVAC filter every month. If the filter looks dirty after a
    month, change it. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the
    system work harder thus wasting energy.
  • Inspect the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors
    and openings, replacing as necessary. Also, check your ductwork for
    leakage to minimize energy lost. Sealing and insulating ducts can
    improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much
    as 20 percent.

And before customers turn their lights back on, it’s a great time to change out old energy-wasting incandescent light bulbs with new CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp) or LEDs (light emitting diode), which typically use about 75 percent less energy. CFLs also last about 10 times longer, while LEDs last about 25 times longer. The ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program provides instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR® certified CFLs and LEDs. Look for the ComEd “Lower Price” sticker to save on a variety of energy-efficient light bulbs at participating retail stores. Continue reading

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Health Systems Compete with Medical Insurers for Clients and Revenue – The Minute

Traditional business models in the health care industry continue to be disrupted by the Affordable Care Act. In a potentially major shift in practice, health systems and medical groups are now competing against medical insurers by enrolling employer groups and individual consumers in their health plans, reports Modern Healthcare. A number of major, multi-state health systems, including Ascension Health, the largest U.S. not-for-profit system, have acquired health plans or insurance licenses. So have some regional health systems and even a few medical groups. Continue reading

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Philadelphia-Area Advertisers Collaborate to Feed Children in Need

CAMDEN, N.J., March 26, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Local Philadelphia area advertisers, including the New Jersey Education Association, Holy Family University, ACME and Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, have partnered with CBS EcoMedia to fund weekend meals for Camden students through Blessings in a Backpack.

To celebrate the partnership, a special school tour and backpack-stuffing event was held today at Henry L. Bonsall Elementary School in Camden, N.J. Financial support through EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program will feed 150 children at Bonsall Elementary School for three years.

Every weekend, children across the country go hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat. Thirty-one million students in the United States qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program, and within the Camden City School District, approximately 95% of students are eligible for free lunches. While that program provides food during the week, these students often have little or no means of obtaining food on weekends. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that provides food for more than 72,000 elementary school children across 44 states on weekends during the school year, filling a significant hunger gap for these children. Continue reading

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Global Wind Power Installations Increased by 42 Percent in 2014, According to Navigant Research

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new report from Navigant Research covers developments in the wind energy sector during 2014, including an analysis of the important changes in the industry over the last 3 years and global market forecasts through 2019.

Fueled by the policy-driven acceleration of installations in three key countries—China, Germany, and the United States—the global wind industry staged a remarkable comeback in 2014. Expansion in second-tier countries, such as Brazil, Turkey, France, and Canada also helped sustain a strong foundation for the industry as it matures into a significant global source of reliable, renewable energy. Click to tweet: According to a new report from BTM Consult, a part of Navigant Research, worldwide wind power installations grew by 42 percent year-over-year in 2014. Continue reading

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Connecticut-based Viridian Energy Demonstrates the Power of Off-Grid Electrification in Nicaragua

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Viridian Energy, a leading provider of affordable, renewable energy, today announced the completion of the fifth project in the company’s “7 Continents in 7 Years” global sustainability initiative. Since 2011, Viridian has completed a major corporate social responsibility project on a different continent each year, including reforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and solar power installations on schools, homes and community centers in Ghana, Indonesia and Fiji. This year, a team of 36 Independent Associates and Viridian employees brought solar power and light to 40 families in a remote, hilltop community where 100 percent of the population previously lived without electricity.

“Our ‘7 Continents in 7 Years’ initiative was created to perpetuate and advance Viridian’s goal of creating a path to a more sustainable world,” said Michael Fallquist, founder and CEO of Viridian Energy. “As our fifth project, completed in our fifth year of operation, the work in Portrero Platanal represents our most ambitious project to date, as well as a significant milestone for Viridian. I was personally proud to be a part of this installation as it serves as further proof of Viridian’s holistic efforts to fulfill our obligation as a responsible, global, corporate citizen.” Continue reading

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Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (March 18, 2015 – March 25, 2015)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of March 18, 2015 – March 25, 2015.

SAN FRANCISCO — Wells Fargo Publishes 2014 CSR Progress Report (March 25, 2015 08:00 AM) Source: Wells Fargo & Company

BOSTON — Boston Children’s Medical Center Kids Get Fun-Filled Craft Bags Hand-Delivered by the Boston Celtics and Optum (March 24, 2015 09:53 PM) Source: UnitedHealth Group

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief Effort with Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera Named Top Cause-Related Campaign by Two Prestigious Communication Organizations (March 24, 2015 12:15 PM) Source: Yum! Brands, Inc.

CHICAGO — Appleseed Fund Re-Files Shareholder Resolution with Nabors Industries, Requesting Annual Sustainability Report (March 24, 2015 08:00 AM) Source: Appleseed Fund

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Cigna Foundation Taps Water For People as Recipient of World of Difference Grant (March 23, 2015 03:15 PM) Source: Cigna Foundation

TAMPA, Fla. — Grow Financial Participates in Tampa Pride (March 23, 2015 02:38 PM)
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How Technology Transforms Workplace Volunteering

How can you match employees with the right volunteer opportunities – the ones that best build on their skills and interests? Technology.  Did you know that the average employee at VolunteerMatch partner companies volunteers 36 hours a year? How do we know that? Technology.

There’s no question about it: Technology has transformed the world. And it has also transformed workplace volunteering.  In this infographic, we summarize what we’ve heard from our 150+ partner companies about technology and volunteering.

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Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award Winner

Growing, nurturing, and harvesting good, nutritious food have always brought Maisie Roberts joy. And because she believes that everyone should have access to affordable, fresh produce, the avid gardener teamed up with her sister to make such universal access a reality by fighting hunger.

Maisie, a Business Banking relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Denver, spends countless volunteer hours working to feed people in need in the most populous area of her state — the Front Range. The Front Range includes Denver, Fort Collins, and other large areas. Together, Maisie and her sister Tracy Lowery built Foraged Feast, a nonprofit that connects locally grown food that would otherwise go to waste with food service organizations in their community.

“Food banks have difficulty providing fresh produce to their clients, and farmers often have excess food after the farmers’ markets close,” says Maisie. “By connecting food banks and service organizations to farmers, we can provide fresh food that would otherwise go unused to those who are hungry.”

Maisie, Tracy, and other Foraged Feast volunteers work with local farmers, farmers’ markets, and wholesale food distributors to recover excess produce. They also support gathering fruit from trees in private and public spaces with permission. Continue reading

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