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Gold Star Law Supports Junior Achievement Program to Increase Financial Literacy Among Metro Detroit Students

Gold Star Law employees mentor students, teaching financial responsibility and money-management skills during the JA Finance Park Program

SOURCE: EcoMedia

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January 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan (JA) – part of the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs – received funding from Gold Star Law to support its Finance Park program.  

Established in 2003, JA Finance Park is one of Junior Achievement’s most successful programs, and more than 1 million students across the United States have gone through the hands-on program since it first began. The month-long economics education program introduces personal financial planning and career exploration to middle and high school students, helping them build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong, personal financial decisions.

Gold Star Law’s financial support will provide educational materials to support the program and cover the operating costs of the JA Finance Park facility for two middle schools to participate. Funding will impact approximately 250 students from metro Detroit schools.

The program begins with in-school teacher taught curriculum providing students with financial education to ensure success during the JA Finance Park simulation. The curriculum covers debit versus credit, salaries and taxes, financial institutions, investing, budgeting, and a chance to explore different career opportunities and the education requirements for these careers.

Following these lessons, students visit Quicken Loans JA Finance Park. In this high-tech, hands-on environment, students become an adult for the day and immerse themselves in real-world simulations through which they are assigned a salary, interact with merchants, and can make payments via issued debit cards.

“Gold Star Law is thrilled to be supporting JA Finance Park,” said Maia Johnson, Attorney at Gold Star Law. “Normally, we help people who are already active members of the workforce handle disputes with employers.  It was refreshing to mentor students as they prepare themselves for future careers and financial responsibilities. This is a great program that gives students the opportunity for hands-on experience with the realities of economic independence, and we are happy to be a part of it.”

To celebrate the partnership, 8 Gold Star Law employees mentored students at the Park today. Each employee guided approximately 10 students during their journeys throughout the day, helping them develop and stick to budgets based on their assigned fictional life situation.

“JA Finance Park provides a foundation for financial education at an early age in a manner that is substantive and fun,” said Paul Polizzotto, president and founder, CBS EcoMedia. “Gold Star Law’s financial support through our EducationAd program is critical to help Junior Achievement create meaningful, real-world opportunities for learning that pave the way for student success as they progress through school and on to college and career.”

For more information about Junior Achievement Finance Park, please visit http://jamichigan.org.

 

About Gold Star Law
Gold Star Law is a Michigan-based employment law firm that represents employees in lawsuits against their former and present employers.  Gold Star Law handles all types of workplace issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and wrongful termination.  The firm represents individual employees as well as groups of employees in collective and class actions.  Gold Star Law is committed to providing quality representation and counsel to its clients through tailoring its services to meet each client’s circumstances and needs and by providing professional, efficient, and competent legal representation to employees who have been subjected to unlawful workplace practices or conditions.

About Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan
Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan (JASEM) provides critical educational programs to students in Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Saint Clair, Shiawassee, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Chartered in 1949, JA has linked students, volunteers and supporters for over 60 years touching the lives of more than 1.5 million young people. JASEM is based in Detroit and reaches K-12 students with proven, quality educational programs that provide an understanding of financial concepts, a vision of economic opportunity, and a reason to stay in school. Inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, JASEM programs are critical to students in the most under-served communities.

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: Education, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, junior achievement, financial literacy, Detroit, JA Finance Park, mentorship, EcoMedia, Gold Star Law, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan

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Edison International Surprises Two Local High Schools With New Backpacks Filled With Essential School Supplies

Edison International invests in the future of local underserved students by supporting national nonprofit Kids In Need Foundation

SOURCE: EcoMedia

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January 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), is funding the distribution of 530 free backpacks filled with school supplies to underserved senior students at Morningside High School and Inglewood High School. The funding for the supplies was made possible as a result of Edison International’s participation in CBS EcoMedia’s Education Ad program to promote the $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program.

EcoMedia’s national non-profit partner, the Kids In Need Foundation, provided the school supplies and backpacks through its School Ready Supplies Program. 

Edison International’s support of the Kids In Need Foundation is a part of its commitment to supporting education in the communities it serves. The Edison Scholars Program supports minority, low-income and underrepresented students across SCE’s service territory by financing college studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields), and helping them develop skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the workforce of the future.

Since 2006, Edison International has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarships to 460 students. More than 1,400 high school seniors applied for the 2014 scholarships, a 92 percent increase over the previous school year. This year, Edison International will award 30 students scholarships valued at $40,000 each.

Representatives from Edison International participated in a special assembly today where they distributed backpacks to surprised seniors at Inglewood High School.  They will also distribute backpacks to seniors at Morningside High Schools on Monday, Jan. 26. Eligible seniors at both schools are encouraged to apply for the Edison Scholars Program. Students can apply at www.scholarsapply.org/edisonscholars until February 1.

“Awareness that not all students go to school with a backpack full of school supplies is growing,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “Edison International is stepping up to break down this barrier that prevents many students from keeping pace with their classmates. We appreciate CBS EcoMedia’s leadership in this area. They understand students’ need for supplies, as well as the fact that with supplies, students’ classroom behavior improves, grades go up, absenteeism goes down, and kids feel they have a better chance of achieving in the classroom because of this support.” 

“Our philosophy of giving is that all people should have opportunities to do well,” said Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment at Southern California Edison. “For that reason, we are enthusiastic to be partnering with EcoMedia and the Kids In Need Foundation to provide these students with the necessary school supplies.”

“Edison International’s educational funding is encouraging students to pursue higher education in the STEM fields and investing in their future,” said Paul Polizzotto, president and founder of CBS EcoMedia. “We’re proud to partner with Edison International to provide local seniors the resources and encouragement they need to pursue a higher education.”

 

About Edison International
Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.

About The Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995.  The Foundation’s mission is to prepare children to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need. Its National Network of Resource Centers includes 34 facilities where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. School supply giveaways in communities not served by Resource Centers are accommodated through the School Ready Supplies program, and students who have gone through natural disasters are helped to get back to their normal routines with new backpacks and supplies through the Second Responder® program.  In addition, two Teacher Grant programs award preK-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning experiences for students. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed more than $668 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 4.2 million students and more than 120,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1.6 million in grants to teachers.  Kids In Need has earned the Gold GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency, and has been given a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, indicating that it operates in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America.  For more information, visit www.kinf.org.  Join Kids In Need Foundation on Twitter at twitter.com/kidsinneed and Facebook at facebook.com/kidsinneed.

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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Mary Lester
Kids in Need
+1 (214) 490-3480
mary@mplpr.com

Lindsay Brown
+1 (212) 975-1989
lindsay.brown@ecomediacbs.com

KEYWORDS: Education, Edison International, Edison Scholars Program, STEM, STEM learning, EducationAd, EcoMedia, CBS, social enterprise

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Ebola Vaccine Candidate Ships to Liberia

SOURCE: GSK

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Today marks an important milestone in the fight against Ebola—and our work with many partners to develop a vaccine for it. The first batch of the GSK/NIH candidate Ebola vaccine left Brussels this morning and will land in Liberia in West Africa this afternoon. It will be used to start the first large-scale vaccine efficacy trial run by the National Institutes of Health in the coming weeks. 

Shipping the vaccine is a major achievement. The initial phase I data are encouraging and give us confidence to progress to the next phases of clinical testing, which will involve the vaccination of thousands of volunteers, including frontline healthcare workers in Africa. If the candidate vaccine is able to protect these people, as we hope it will, it could significantly contribute to efforts to bring this epidemic under control and prevent future outbreaks.

The development of medicines and vaccines is incredibly complex—it takes many years and many resources—so we are proud to be able to work with partners to streamline the process whilst observing quality standards.

This step further signifies our commitment to the development of vaccines and treatments for developing countries, as well as doing what we can to ensure they are affordable and made available to all. This accelerated process—10 months, for what often takes up to 10 years—was made possible by unprecedented cooperation between governments, NGOs, and pharmaceutical companies.  

For the Ebola vaccine, we will continue working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US to assist with the design and to potentially support trials in other affected countries—Sierra Leone and Guinea—in the coming months. We are also planning to begin large phase II safety trials in non-affected West African countries. 

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KEYWORDS: Health, ebola, vaccine, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, NIH

 

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Synergistic Seawater Biofuels Project Provides Food and Fuel with Minimal Impact

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans

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An interesting and potentially very exciting project was unveiled today at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. It combines biofuels and aquaculture to produce a combination of food and fuel in the unique coastal desert environment that is found in the Middle East and numerous other places in the world. Considering the fact that 20% of the world’s land area is desert and 97% of our water is salty, this is a considerable case.

Members of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium laid out the plan for what they are calling the Integrated Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (ISEAS), which aims to grow sustainable fuel and food in the desert.

Here’s how it will work. Seawater is pumped into a series of ponds to grow fish and shrimp for food. Nutrient-rich wastewater from the ponds will be used to feed and water fields of salt-tolerant halophyte plants, which will be raised for biofuels. Fertilizer runoff will be diverted through mangroves, which will extract nutrients, and purify the waste stream for reuse,  storing carbon along the way. It is envisioned as essentially a closed-loop system, through some make up water will be required to account for evaporation.

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Image courtesy of Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium.

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. 

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Environmental Business, Boeing, GE, Honeywell UOP, Etihad Airways, Masdar Institute, halophyte plants, Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Integrated Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (ISEAS)

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Game-Changing Medicines Planned by the Pharmaceutical Industry for 2015

by Sangeeta Haindl

SOURCE: Justmeans

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2015 is expected to be an exciting year for medicine as the pharmaceutical industry sees years of research coming to fruition. It could just be ‘the year of the product.’ Over the last year or two, there have been major breakthroughs in oncology, and, looking ahead, the potential of combination treatments may be even more exciting. Thanks to advances in the understanding of disease mechanisms, modelling, data analytics, genetics, and translational medicine, patients can expect improved productivity as science begins to bear fruit in the form of new treatments.

Tackling the Ebola outbreak remains a top priority for this sector. The World Bank has also agreed to indemnify Johnson & Johnson’s $200 million commitment to an Ebola vaccine. This is a significant precedent for future pharma business models, as it means these types of companies will be assured of not losing money. Ebola has brought attention to the fact that there is a lack of health care infrastructure in Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa; this all could prompt this year to be more focused on vaccines. Some of the headline launches expected are Sanofi’s tetravalent dengue vaccine (CYD-TDV) and GlaxoSmithKlein’s RTS,S the world’s first vaccine against malaria. These will be game-changing medicines since both have the potential to reduce the risk of suffering or death for millions of people in endemic markets such as Brazil and India, including other developing countries.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum.

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Business & Trade, Venture Philanthropy, funding, Cause Global, nonprofit organizations, Social investment, vaccination, pharmaceutical industry, world health

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Cutting America's High Health Care Costs: A Prescription – The Minute

SOURCE: 3BL Media, LLC

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Competition is reducing costs in health care. That’s the argument in a recent Fortune article by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Exhibit A is the health insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act. An evaluation by Kaiser Health News of the 2015 premiums for plans in 34 states with federally operated exchanges shows that in counties with no new insurers in the market, premiums increased an average of seven percent. In those with at least one new insurer, premiums increased just one percent.

Emanuel cites a previous example where increased market competition has resulted in decreased costs. Medicare Part D, which went into effect in 2006, established a competitive market for drug benefit plans. Today, there are over one thousand Part D plans, and the Congressional Budget Office reports that the program has cost $197 billion less than projected, 50 percent below original estimates. Competitive bidding for durable medical equipment, also included in the Part D law, has resulted in savings of 42 percent. This program will expand under the ACA in 2016. Sounds like competition is the right prescription for healthy cuts in U.S. health care costs.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video source: Cutting America’s High Health Care Costs: A Prescription

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KEYWORDS: Health, Business & Trade, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Kaiser Health News, Congressional Budget Office, Medicare Part D

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WGL Energy's Carbon Offsets Achieve Green-e Climate Certification

Commercial customers’ offsets can now earn points toward LEED certification

SOURCE: Center for Resource Solutions

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SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today announced that WGL Energy Services’ carbon offsets for commercial customers have been Green-e® Climate certified.

WGL Energy Services is one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region. Its Carbon Offsets are locally sourced from the Henrico County Landfill Gas Combustion Project, which captures and destroys methane from the Springfield Road Landfill located in Henrico County, Va. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill by installing gas collection and destruction systems that destroy the landfill gas in an on-site power generation facility, and transmits the resulting electricity to the grid. It is validated by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

“By purchasing certified carbon offsets through WGL Energy Services, companies can help reduce emissions from a large contributor to greenhouse gases in the U.S.—municipal landfills,” said Todd Jones, Green-e Climate manager. “We are excited to work with WGL Energy Services as they provide this important option to their large commercial customers.”

Commercial customers can choose to offset activities such as business travel or corporate events, or can match any portion of their natural gas usage with carbon offsets. In addition, customers purchasing Green-e Climate certified offsets can use them to earn points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification on new and existing buildings.

“WGL Energy Services is dedicated to helping our customers reduce their carbon footprint and achieve their sustainability goals,” said Laura Pagliarulo, Green Products manager. “By purchasing Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets, businesses can be confident that they are aiding the development of projects that wouldn’t have otherwise been built, leading to real reductions in emissions from landfills in the U.S.”

Green-e Climate is an independent certification and consumer-protection program requiring that carbon offsets include greenhouse gas emission reductions that have been verified according to strict project-level certification programs that ensure the emissions reductions have taken place, are permanent, and come from projects that would not have happened under a “business as usual” scenario. Green-e Climate verifies that reductions have been correctly and exclusively delivered as advertised, based on a yearly audit of a seller’s supply and sales. Sellers of certified offsets must provide customers with a carbon offset content label or project-specific information that explains where the reductions were sourced from, along with other important disclosures.

 

About WGL Energy Services
WGL Energy is an entity that delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings including natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.) and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.). To learn more about Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy visit www.wglenergy.com/commercialoffsets or call 703-793-7533.

About Green‑e and Center for Resource Solutions
A program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, Green‑e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green‑e offers certification and verification services through Green‑e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green‑e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; and Green‑e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and stakeholders. To learn more about Green‑e Certified products and programs available in all 50 states and Canada, visit www.green‑e.org.

 

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Contact Info:

Jeff Swenerton
Center for Resource Solutions
+1 (415) 561-2119
jeff@resource-solutions.org

Ruben Rodriguez
WGL Energy Services
+1 (202) 624-6620

KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Awards and Recognition, WGES, WGL Energy Services, climate change, carbon offset, Green-e, green-e climate, certification, Washington D.C., Center for Resource Solutions

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Rebound in Clean Energy Investment in 2014 Beats Expectations – Video

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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Surges in investment in offshore wind in Europe, and solar in China and the US, helped to drive the 2014 global clean energy total up 16% to $310bn. Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Seb Henbest, Angus McCrone and Luke Mills discuss the reasons for this upward trend and the different performances between regions, sectors and types of investments.

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