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Bulk Electric Storage Not a Requirement For Widespread Use of Renewables

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans

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Physicist Amory Lovins has been at the leading edge of energy alternatives since well before most people ever heard of climate change. Far from an idealist, he is a hard-nosed scientist who has done the math to show what is possible if we are willing to think outside the box. His two latest books, Winning the Oil Endgame, and Reinventing Fire, lay out in detail the ways that our society can wean itself off of oil, coal and nuclear through a smart deployment of renewables, efficiency, with a bit of natural gas thrown in as a bridge fuel, all while growing the economy by double digits.

Lovins, along with his crew at the Rocky Mountain Institute put together a prototype 100 mpg Hypercar back in 2007, introducing groundbreaking technologies that car companies have been racing to catch up with ever since.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel. 

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Amory Lovins, renewable energy, Rocky Mountin Instittute, hypercar, ice storage, electric vehicles, V2G, utility storage, ESNA, Energy Storage North America, choreography, Justmeans

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Eastman Named Third Among America’s Best Companies to Work For by 24/7 Wall Street

SOURCE: Eastman Chemical Company

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Visit www.glassdoor.com, and you’ll find reviews posted by current and former employees that reflect what it’s like to work at various companies.  Last December, Glassdoor named Eastman #4 of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2014. After conducting an independent review of Glassdoor surveys, 24/7 Wall Street recently named Eastman #3 on their list of America’s Best Companies to Work for.  24/7 Wall Street noted that Eastman workers’ rave reviews frequently cited Eastman’s work-life balance, helpful colleagues, teamwork, corporate culture, and focus on safety.

About Eastman:
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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Amanda Allman
Corporate Communications
+1 (423) 229-1025
aallman@eastman.com

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China Making a Major Shift to Natural Gas

Two weeks ago we wrote about the surprising announcement that Beijing would be banning the burning of coal by 2020. Though the move was largely prompted by the intolerable levels of air pollution, there is also growing evidence that they are determined to clean up their act on carbon emissions.

A recent report from IEA says that a “golden age” of natural gas is coming to China. The report predicts a 2.2% annual growth in global demand for gas through 2019, driven largely by China where demand is expected to nearly double. That forecast is actually down slightly from the previous year, due to “slow economy, supply constraints, sluggish LNG trade, and competition from coal and renewables in the power sector.” Europe, in particular, saw a sharp drop in demand for gas. Even oil grew faster than gas last year which managed only a modest 1.2% pace. But that will likely be superseded by growing Chinese demand, which according to the report grew at a 13.3% rate. Continue reading

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How Kleenex, Quaker Oats, and H&M are Embracing CSR in Back-to-School Campaigns

In the fashion industry, H&M North America is working with charity KIDS/Fashion Delivers on its back-to-school campaign. From August 21 to September 3, the retailer will give a new item of denim apparel to someone in need through the nonprofit for each piece of denim bought at one of its stores.

It is promoting the partnership through media relations, social media, and digital, as well as in-store backing.

“Back-to-school is an important time in a child’s life, and some children are not fortunate enough to be able to buy new clothes for school,” says Marybeth Schmitt, continental communications manager at H&M North America, via email. “Our partnership with KIDS/Fashion Delivers with our Wear Denim, Share Denim campaign provides us the opportunity to reach over 800 charities impacted by poverty.” Continue reading

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Caelus Releases GreenOffice

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Need to green your office? Need to get your employees involved? Introducing GreenOffice ™, the perfect place to start.  GreenOffice ™ will give you a complete office greening plan, complete with tasks, metrics, schedule and advice on the best way to build your green team and influence employee’s habits.

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A Commitment to the Future Workforce

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va., August 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Last spring, Dr. Jo Harris had a hunch.

As president of the newly formed BridgeValley Community and Technical College, she oversaw the merger of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Colleges, building on the strengths of both institutions.  Dr. Harris’ hunch: that when good ideas are shared among the two colleges, that great things can happen.

Today, her hunch became a reality. Continue reading

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Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Creates Linked Network of Children’s Wellness Programming

NEW YORK, June 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Morgan Stanley today announced Healthy Newark, an innovative philanthropic program connecting several local nonprofits, schools and hospitals to deliver a linked package of the building blocks to a healthy childhood.  Morgan Stanley will work with its local and national partners to help as many as 3,000 Newark, N.J., children and their families.

Newark becomes the third location for Healthy Cities, a Morgan Stanley program that creates a coordinated network providing the wellness, nutrition and play resources that can underpin a child’s healthy start in life.  Earlier this month, Morgan Stanley announced Chicago and Oakland, Calif., as other Healthy Cities target areas. Continue reading

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Grupo Financiero Banorte’s Economic Performance Unveiled in 2013 Annual Report

June 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Grupo Financiero Banorte presented its 2013 Annual Report with the results of its economic, social and environmental performance under the G4 methodology of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and its Financial Supplement.

Related to its economic performance, the Group formalized an alliance with its partner IBM, with whom the institution is undertaking an ambitious program to evolve towards a business model that covers the following objectives:

  • Consolidate a client-oriented strategic and comprehensive focus.
  • Align processes, technology and employees to future needs.
  • Offer comprehensive and tailored financial solutions by Segments, Products and Service Channels.
  • Offer a unique experience to Banorte’s customers through the development of multichannel strategies.

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