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Global Sustain Group Announces New Cooperation With European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)

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Global Sustain Group and Global Sustain GmbH, part of Global Sustain Group (https://globalsustaingroup.com/), are pleased to announce the new cooperation of the Group with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), regarding advisory, training and capacity building services on Environmental and Social Risk Management as well as Sustainable Finance for EBRD clients in various countries. The partnership follows recent cooperation between Global Sustain and the European Investment Bank.  

The executive management of Global Sustain, actively engaged in the project, expresses its excitement for the new cooperation with such an important organization as EBRD, underlying, that the trust of EBRD to Global Sustain confirms the high level expertise of the company and the team in Responsible (ESG) Investing, Risk Management, Sustainable Finance and Sustainability in general and hopes to further expand its collaboration with EBRD.    

Save the Date: On the 1st of October 2019, Global Sustain GmbH will host the 4th ESG Responsible Investments & Sustainable Finance Forum in collaboration with the Forum for Responsible Investment (FNG) and the Investment Bank Berlin (IBB). This event will take place in Berlin. For additional information please visit: http://esgconference.com/.

Wings for Kids and Discovery Education Launch New Effort to Promote Social and Emotional Learning, and Well-Being for Students Nationwide

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 2:04pm

 Wings for Kids and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, launched a new initiative Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School and Life, an educational program created to equip educators with digital resources focused on social and emotional learning in the classroom and beyond. Soar with Wings provides free standards-aligned learning activities and lessons for students in grades K-5 that incorporate academics and fun, while helping them build social and emotional skills. The program, powered by Wings for Kids and sponsored by The Allstate Foundation, provides educators, youth leaders, and caregivers with tips and tools to help young learners soar. 

“Wings for Kids is proud to partner with Discovery Education to expand the awareness that all learning is social and emotional, and every opportunity is ripe for social and emotional skill development,” said Bridget Laird, Chief Executive Officer, WINGS. “The ‘Soar with Wings’ launch signifies a new chapter in the future of education equality, where we lock arms to change the trajectory of the lives of youth. While we cannot change a child’s economic situation, we can foster a mindset that tells them they can succeed, and we can equip them with the skills needed to command an equitable chance at long-term academic success.”

To extend learning in classrooms nationwide, the Soar with Wings program also announced today, Bringing SEL to Life: Skills for the Classroom and Beyond, a Virtual Field Trip scheduled to premiere on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Shared from the perspective of Wings for Kids student advocates, the immersive experience will introduce students nationwide to the key pillars of emotional intelligence, including: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and relationship skills. The Virtual Field Trip will transport students from inside the walls of their classrooms to Charleston, S.C. where they will meet other students who share a pledge called Words to Live By. Viewers will follow young learners throughout the day as they explain and model how the words of the pledge help them better understand themselves, control their actions and strengthen their relationships. Educators, parents and students are invited to register for the virtual event here. Participants are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd@WINGSforKids and other experts for a live Twitter chat during the premiere by submitting questions and sending pictures using #SoarwithWingsVFT. 

“Empowering young people by harnessing their talents and passions will build a better world," said Laura Freveletti, Senior Program Officer, The Allstate Foundation. "We believe the ‘Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School and Life’ program will prepare and inspire youth to be leaders and history-makers and achieve their full potential."

Research shows that strong social and emotional skills are key to helping kids succeed in school, be prepared for the workforce, and become positive and healthy contributors to society. Research also shows that an effective social and emotional education has the power to strengthen attachment to school, and reduce negative classroom behavior – two significant predictors of who will stay in school through high school graduation. Wings for Kids, Discovery Education and The Allstate Foundation joined forces to launch Soar with Wings to help equip students with the skills they need to succeed and stay in school, then thrive in life. In addition to the Virtual Field Trip, Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School and Life provides digital lesson bundles, classroom activities, educator guides, family activities and professional learning videos. Overall, Wings for Kids’ long-term vision is to advance a world where there is equity in academics, opportunity, and emotional well-being for children across the nation and around the world, regardless of socioeconomic status.

"Discovery Education is proud to collaborate with Wings for Kids in their important work to bring critical social and emotional learning tools into classrooms nationwide," said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Discovery Education. “‘We know from research that often times, school is the only place where these issues can be addressed before young people become active members of society. 'Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School and Life’ provides educators with interactive, standards-aligned curriculum resources designed to foster new mindsets and build confidence in today’s youth.”

Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School and Life resources are available at soarwithwings.com and within Discovery Education Experience, an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Experience helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding and evaluating information. 

“The ‘Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School and Life’ helps educators effectively incorporate key social and emotional learning concepts into everyday classroom culture,” Peter Panico, 5th grade teacher, Devonshire Elementary School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “When engaged in social and emotional learning, our students must be surrounded by empathetic adults who are well trained in modeling encouraging behavior. Soar with Wings’ digitally immersive activations personalize learning environments that are impactful, informative and safe.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum resources and professional learning services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Wings for Kids:
Before grit, 21st century skills or character skills there was Wings for Kids - defining, practicing, and teaching social and emotional learning. What began in 1996 as a summer camp with an explicit focus on emotional intelligence developed into an effective, high-impact, evidence-based program. Wings for Kids operates direct service programs in the Southeast and partners with schools and youth serving organization across the country to bring high-quality social emotional learning to elementary aged students. Learn more at zhttps://www.wingsforkids.org/.

About The Allstate Foundation:
Good Starts Young® is a signature program of The Allstate Foundation, which is an independent charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation works to create more prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by breaking the cycle of domestic violence, inspiring the next generation of leaders, closing the nonprofit leadership gap and honoring Allstate volunteers. For updates on The Allstate Foundation’s initiatives, follow The Allstate Foundation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. More information on The Allstate Foundation is available at AllstateFoundation.org.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K., and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.

Contacts:
Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder, CKinder@Discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173 phone 

Wings for Kids
Liz Mester, liz@wingsforkids.org
(843) 906-3634 phone 

The Allstate Foundation
Khim Aday
kaday@allstate.com
(847) 402-5600 phone 

Rocky Mountain Institute CEO Jules Kortenhorst Joins Solidia Technologies Board of Directors

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:04am

 Solidia Technologies® has named Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, to its Board of Directors. A world leader on global energy issues and climate change, Kortenhorst will lend his globally renowned expertise to help Solidia accelerate commercialization of a technology with the potential to eliminate at least 1.5 gigatonnes of CO₂ each year. The Board addition – the first in a series of leadership announcements coming this month – marks Solidia's acceleration of its efforts to rapidly scale-up the technology around the world.

"We are honored and thrilled that Jules Kortenhorst is throwing his passion for climate impact behind Solidia's carbon-reducing technology," said Solidia's President and CEO Tom Schuler. "With his expertise and passion, Jules offers the type of leadership the world needs today to combat climate change and demonstrate the vast potential for industry to shift attitudes and practices, reframing sustainability as a critical engine for growth."

"During my career, I have had the opportunity to observe a great number of sustainable innovations and approaches to addressing our most pressing environmental challenges," said Kortenhorst. "With its capacity to reduce carbon by the equivalent of 4% of the world’s CO2 emissions each year in the production of cement and concrete, I have seen few as potentially impactful, far-reaching and fast as Solidia's. I am excited to join the team of committed cleantech visionaries on Solidia's Board who are determined to show the world how sustainability can be 'business as usual' in a global industry and make measurable progress in our lifetime." 

Global demand for concrete products is second only to the demand for water. Cement is the “glue” used to make concrete. For every ton of cement produced, a ton of CO2 is released into the atmosphere, making cement production the second largest carbon emitter, responsible for 5-7% of total carbon emissions on the planet. Solidia’s technology starts with a sustainable cement and cures concrete with CO2 instead of water, reducing the carbon footprint of concrete up to 70% compared to traditional concrete. Using the industry’s existing infrastructure, raw materials, formulations, production methods and specifications, the resulting CO2-cured concrete products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours, as compared to the 28 days required for traditional concrete to reach full strength. With higher-performing products that save manufacturers time, money, water and energy, Solidia makes adopting sustainable innovation smart business. 

"Jules Kortenhorst offers the stature, impact and credibility a game-changing technology such as Solidia deserves, and we are honored by his willingness to lend his voice and reach as we execute an aggressive strategic, plan for commercial growth," said Solidia Board Chairman Jan van Dokkum

Kortenhorst's background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership. Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party.

During the first 20 years of his career, Jules worked in the business world. He was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. He worked for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch/Shell, among others as managing director of Shell Bulgaria, and he began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co.

Kortenhorst currently serves on the Energy Transition Commission and is the co-chair of the WEF Global Future Council on Energy. He also is a non-executive board member of the Energy Web Foundation and an advisory board member of Land Life Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a Master’s in Economics from Erasmus University, Netherlands.

Solidia’s target market—the $1 trillion global concrete and $300 billion global cement markets—are of the few large to make a meaningful impact fast enough on carbon. Solidia’s is one of the only suite of technologies that addresses the carbon challenge from both ends, both reducing CO2 emissions in the production of Solidia Cement™ plus utilizing and ultimately destroying CO2 in the production of Solidia Concrete™. At full market conversion, Solidia can also save three trillion liters of fresh water, reduce energy consumption equal to ~260 million barrels of oil (or 67 million tonnes of coal), and eliminate 100 million tonnes of concrete landfill waste every year. 

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About Solidia Technologies®

Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building and construction materials. Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors. Honors include: the 2019 Solar Impulse Efficient Solution; 2018 and 2019 BP Advancing Low Carbon accreditation; 2017 ERA Grand Challenge (formerly CCEMC) Second Round Finalist, 2016 Sustainia 100; 2015 NJBiz Business of the Year; 2014 Global Cleantech 100; 2013 R&D Top 100; 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ; 2014 CCEMC Grand Challenge First Round finalist; 2013 Katerva Award finalist; and MIT’s Climate CoLab shortlist. Follow Solidia at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.

About Rocky Mountain Institute

Since 1982, Rocky Mountain Institute has advanced market-based solutions that transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future. An independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank, RMI engages with businesses, communities and institutions to accelerate and scale replicable solutions that drive the cost-effective shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables.

AEP Accelerates Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction Target

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:04am

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is cutting carbon dioxide emissions faster than anticipated and has revised its 2030 reduction target to 70 percent from 2000 levels. The company’s previous target was a 60 percent reduction from 2000 levels by 2030.

AEP also is confident that it will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80 percent from 2000 levels by 2050.           

“AEP’s overall strategy is focused on modernizing the power grid, expanding renewable energy resources and delivering reliable energy to our customers. Our transition to a cleaner, more balanced resource mix helps mitigate risk for our customers and shareholders alike and will ensure a more resilient and reliable energy system into the future,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“We’ve made significant progress in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from our power generation fleet and expect our emissions to continue to decline. Our aspirational emissions goal is zero emissions by 2050. Technological advances, including energy storage, will determine how quickly we can achieve zero emissions while continuing to provide reliable, affordable power for customers,” Akins said.

AEP will achieve future carbon dioxide emissions reductions through a variety of actions including investments in renewable generation, investments in transmission and distribution technologies to enhance efficiency, and expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs.

AEP’s resource plans include adding more than 8,600 megawatts (MW) of new wind and solar generation to serve the company’s regulated utility customers by 2030. The company currently is seeking regulatory approval to add 1,485 megawatts of new wind generation to serve customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.   

AEP also is investing in renewable energy in competitive markets. Between 2019 and 2023, the company plans to invest approximately $2.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage. AEP already added 1,302 megawatts of contracted renewables to its portfolio this year.

To enhance the efficiency and resiliency of the energy delivery system, AEP’s long-term strategy includes plans to invest approximately $25 billion over the next 5 years in its transmission and distribution systems.        

AEP has factored future carbon regulations into the company’s evaluation of generation resource options for many years and will continue to do so. The company already has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 59 percent since 2000.

AEP’s generation capacity has gone from 70 percent coal-fueled in 2005 to 45 percent today. Its natural gas capacity increased from 19 percent in 2005 to 28 percent today, and its renewable generation capacity has increased from 4 percent in 2005 to 17 percent today.

More information about AEP’s clean energy strategy is available at https://www.aep.com/investors/ESG.

 

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP's approximately 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation's largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation's largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including nearly 5,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP's family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

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This report made by American Electric Power and its Registrant Subsidiaries contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although AEP and each of its Registrant Subsidiaries believe that their expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any such statements may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: changes in economic conditions, electric market demand and demographic patterns in AEP service territories; inflationary or deflationary interest rate trends; volatility in the financial markets, particularly developments affecting the availability or cost of capital to finance new capital projects and refinance existing debt; the availability and cost of funds to finance working capital and capital needs, particularly during periods when the time lag between incurring costs and recovery is long and the costs are material; electric load and customer growth; weather conditions, including storms and drought conditions, and AEP’s ability to recover significant storm restoration costs; the cost of fuel and its transportation, the creditworthiness and performance of fuel suppliers and transporters and the cost of storing and disposing of used fuel, including coal ash and spent nuclear fuel; availability of necessary generating capacity, the performance of AEP’s generating plants and the availability of fuel; AEP’s ability to recover fuel and other energy costs through regulated or competitive electric rates; AEP’s ability to build or acquire renewable generation, transmission lines and facilities (including the ability to obtain any necessary regulatory approvals and permits) when needed at acceptable prices and terms and to recover those costs; new legislation, litigation and government regulation, including oversight of nuclear generation, energy commodity trading and new or heightened requirements for reduced emissions of sulfur, nitrogen, mercury, carbon, soot or particulate matter and other substances that could impact the continued operation, cost recovery, and/or profitability of AEP’s generation plants and related assets; evolving public perception of the risks associated with fuels used before, during and after the generation of electricity, including nuclear fuel; timing and resolution of pending and future rate cases, negotiations and other regulatory decisions, including rate or other recovery of new investments in generation, distribution and transmission service and environmental compliance; resolution of litigation; AEP’s ability to constrain operation and maintenance costs; prices and demand for power generated and sold at wholesale; changes in technology, particularly with respect to energy storage and new, developing, alternative or distributed sources of generation; AEP’s ability to recover through rates any remaining unrecovered investment in generating units that may be retired before the end of their previously projected useful lives; volatility and changes in markets for capacity and electricity, coal, and other energy-related commodities, particularly changes in the price of natural gas; changes in utility regulation and the allocation of costs within regional transmission organizations, including ERCOT, PJM and SPP; changes in the creditworthiness of the counterparties with whom AEP has contractual arrangements, including participants in the energy trading market; actions of rating agencies, including changes in the ratings of AEP debt; the impact of volatility in the capital markets on the value of the investments held by AEP’s pension, OPEB, captive insurance entity and nuclear decommissioning trust and the impact of such volatility on future funding requirements; accounting pronouncements periodically issued by accounting standard-setting bodies; and other risks and unforeseen events, including wars, the effects of terrorism (including increased security costs), embargoes, naturally occurring and human-caused fires, cyber security threats and other catastrophic events.

AIDA President Felix Eichhorn Presents Green Cruising Strategy at UNWTO Summit in Saint Petersburg

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm

How can we use innovations to tackle climate change? That was one of the central questions at the UNWTO summit meeting which took place in Saint Petersburg (Russia) from September 10–13, 2019. AIDA Cruises President Felix Eichhorn had been invited to discuss approaches for achieving climate targets with high-ranking representatives of the member countries of the UN world organization for tourism.

The company embraces its responsibility for making cruising sustainable. “Our goal is emission-neutral cruising. We support the Paris climate targets and the United Nations’ targets for sustainable development. We can only master the great challenges that lie ahead of us together. By implementing our Green Cruising strategy, we are making a solid contribution to achieving those targets, and our technical innovations are creating important momentum for the maritime and tourism industries,” Eichhorn said in Saint Petersburg.

Sustainable destination management is another important aspect of AIDA Cruises’ commitment. “We are aware that only if cruises are a welcome economic sector that people accept our guests can enjoy authentic and sustainable vacation experiences. We are continuously working with our partners in the various destinations to develop sustainable concepts. Our aim is to preserve the local landscapes, the cultural heritage, and historical treasures,” Felix Eichhorn continued.

As early as the end of 2023, 94 percent of all AIDA guests will be traveling on ships that are entirely powered with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) or, where possible, can be operated when in port with green shore power. At the end of 2018 the company commissioned AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship that can be operated entirely with low-emission LNG both in port and at sea, and which has been awarded the German federal government’s eco-label for green ship design, the Blue Angel. As part of its Green Cruising strategy, for over ten years AIDA Cruises has been involved in research into and the use of low-emission LNG in the cruise industry. Two more of these innovative AIDA ships will be put into service by 2023.

Lithium-ion battery storage systems will be put to use aboard an AIDA ship (AIDAperla) as early as 2020. Thanks to the use of this technology, consumption of fossil fuel will be reduced even further, and the efficiency of ship operations significantly increased.

Shore power is an important subject for AIDA Cruises when it comes to retrofitting ships in the existing fleet with eco-friendly technologies. In 2020, 12 of the 14 AIDA ships will be able to make use of shore power where it is available in ports. By using shore power from renewable energy sources while in dock, emissions are virtually reduced to zero. This is an important contribution because a cruise ship spends 40 percent of its operating time in ports.

AIDA Cruises is moreover already researching into synthetic fuels from renewable sources, and the use of fuel cells aboard cruise ships.

Other important elements of the company’s Green Cruising strategy include reducing the use of plastic and disposable items and eventually dispensing with them altogether. Wherever possible reusable items rather than disposable ones are used. Where disposable products such as paper napkins are used, AIDA Cruises strives to ensure that they are biodegradable.

About AIDA Cruises:
AIDA Cruises is the market leader for cruises in Germany and currently employs around 15,000 people from over 50 countries; 13,500 aboard its 13 ships, and 1,500 at the company’s bases in Rostock and Hamburg. Since putting AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship that can be fully powered with low-emission LNG, into service in December 2018, the company has commissioned two more of these innovative ships which will be completed by 2023. At the end of 2023, 94 percent of all AIDA guests will be traveling on ships that can be fully powered with low-emission liquefied natural gas or, in port, with green shore power where available.

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Virginia Governor’s Executive Order to Accelerate Clean Energy Future is the Right Move for the Commonwealth

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm
Virginia Governor’s Executive Order to Accelerate Clean Energy Future is the Right Move for the Commonwealth

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order to decarbonize the electricity grid and scale up clean energy in the Commonwealth is the policy leadership needed to address the climate crisis and create a thriving, zero-carbon economy, said the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres. 

Earlier today, Gov. Northam signed Executive Order 43, which set bold new goals to reach 30% renewable energy by 2030 and achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 in Virginia. The order also calls for the Commonwealth to accelerate both on- and off-shore renewable energy deployment, increase energy efficiency and energy storage investments, and prioritize equity and justice in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. 

Alli Gold Roberts, senior manager of state policy at Ceres, added:

“The Northam administration’s commitment to prioritizing energy conservation and renewable energy is a win for Virginia businesses and residents. Companies with operations in Virginia have long supported efforts to expand clean energy in the Commonwealth because they know it makes business sense. With more companies both big and small working to meet their own ambitious emissions reduction goals, Virginia is now well poised to attract these clean energy investments and support new economic growth. 

Many major investors and companies also stand behind regional programs to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is a market-based system that would help Virginia meet its bold new goals goals while strengthening the economy. Ceres looks forward to working with private sector leaders in our networks and beyond to ensure Virginia is able to reap the benefits of these programs, and to help Virginia lawmakers, utilities and regulators make the goals of Gov. Northam’s executive order a reality.”

SunTrust Foundations Award $3 Million to Atlanta Police Foundation

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm

The SunTrust Foundation and SunTrust Trusteed Foundations announced today they awarded $3 million in grants to the Atlanta Police Foundation (APF). The SunTrust Trusteed Foundations include the Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund, the Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund and the Nell Warren Elkin and William Simpson Elkin Foundation. This funding will support APF’s youth crime diversion program, the At-Promise Initiative, by opening an At-Promise Center on Campbellton Road in Southwest Atlanta. 

The center will be named “The SunTrust At-Promise Center Honoring Andrew Young.” It is set to open in 2021, located on land provided by the Walter and Andrew Young Family YMCA. The center will be a state-of-the-art learning and community facility with specialized services and programming, including financial education for youth and their families.

“The grants to the Atlanta Police Foundation are another example of SunTrust Bank’s commitment to Atlanta and efforts to improve the well-being of people in our community,” said Bill Rogers, chairman and CEO of SunTrust Bank. “Honoring Andrew Young as part of the At-Promise Center, which is focused on helping young people get their lives back on track, seemed natural given his legacy of service and devotion to improving opportunities for people in Atlanta and around the world.” 

The SunTrust At-Promise Center Honoring Andrew Young will be the third At-Promise Center to open. APF opened the first center on the Westside in 2017 and will open the second center in 2020 on the Southside.

“The grants from the SunTrust Foundations will support and expand programs to help youth build self-sufficiency and better lives,” said Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation. “Support from community partners allows us to further our overall mission to keep Atlanta safe and inviting to all its residents, workers and visitors.” 

“We’re proud to support the At-Promise Initiative, as it focuses on ensuring troubled youth find meaningful pathways to productive lives,” said Jenna Kelly, president, SunTrust Bank Georgia Division. “We believe this investment in community building will pay dividends to our city and our neighborhoods for generations to come.”  

The $3 million in grants from the SunTrust Foundation and SunTrust Trusteed Foundations is the largest gift ever made to the At-Promise Initiative.

The At-Promise Initiative has garnered significant national attention, winning the FBI Director’s Award for its success in reducing recidivism, or repeat offenses, among youth offenders. In its first two full years of operation, At-Promise enrollees have a 4% recidivism rate while the national rate is more than 15 times higher. 

About SunTrust Foundation
The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s (NYSE: STI) purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $170 million throughout the United States. 

About the Atlanta Police Foundation
The Atlanta Police Foundation was established in 2003 to provide vital support to the Mayor, the Chief of Police and the Atlanta Police Department. The organization is based on a public-private partnership model that has worked to secure and leverage private resources to fund high priority projects designed to enhance the City of Atlanta’s ability to fight and prevent crime. As a result of the work of the APF, since 2003 there has been an increase in the number of police officers on the streets and an increase in the engagement of Atlanta’s business community and neighborhood residents in fighting crime. Additionally, the City has experienced a 58 percent reduction in the violent crime rate and a 41 percent reduction in crimes overall. Our programs are strategically focused to complement the Atlanta Police Department’s vision of becoming the safest, large city in America. We give high priority to programs that address the need for more police visibility and improved police operations. We also provide strategic counsel for the APD and aid in bringing private and public sector resources together for short and long range security planning for the City.

Bloomberg Launches Equity Benchmarks

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm
Originally posted on bloomberg.com.

NEW YORK, September 17, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Bloomberg today announced that it now offers U.S. equity benchmark capabilities. The equity offering includes the Bloomberg U.S. Large Cap Index (ticker: B500) as well as growth, value and dividend indices. These benchmarks will serve as the basis for the new Bloomberg SASB ESG Index family, which also includes ESG-weighted versions of the value, growth and dividend indices.

Read the full press release here

For more information, please visit this link.

FSG Welcomes John Harper As Managing Director

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm

FSG, one of the world’s leading advisors on creating social impact, is thrilled to welcome its newest managing director, John Harper, to its consulting team. 

FSG’s co-CEO, Dr. Lauren A. Smith, said, “FSG’s purpose is to help foundations and corporations use their power to create a more equitable world. John’s passion for equitable social change is matched by his ability to help social change agents to clarify their vision for impact, develop the strategy to support it, and raise the resources to achieve it. From launching multi-million dollar growth capital campaigns to designing innovative programmatic initiatives, John blends external stakeholder engagement and strategic design thinking to help leaders achieve their goals for change. He brings a deep, explicit, and practiced focus on racial equity, which excites us.”

“Throughout my career, I have worked to bring capital, resources, and other supports to communities of need. Joining FSG is a great opportunity to continue this core work in a new capacity. I look forward to working alongside the FSG team and our clients to help design strategies and evaluation systems that are both reflective of and responsive to the communities they are intended to support,” said John.

For more than a decade, Harper has worked with some of the nation’s leading voices in education reform and positive youth development. Prior to joining FSG, Harper worked as a consultant with a variety of clients including the New York State Education Department, Roddenberry Foundation, Turnaround for Children, and America’s Promise Alliance.

Previously, he served as vice president of resource development for America's Promise Alliance, the nation's largest network of people working to improve the lives of children and youth. Before America’s Promise, John led development efforts for Turnaround for Children as their vice president of development, where he helped transform Turnaround from a small school support organization to a national thought-leader on how to reimagine the American public education system.

Harper also served as vice president of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, an intensive leadership development program for talented African-American men. He began his career in public charter schools, working with Friends of E Prep Schools (now Breakthrough Schools) and Uncommon Schools, where he helped to secure more than $20 million to support the expansion of both networks.

“Foundations and corporations alike are re-examining their role in systems that create inequity. John models the perfect combination of inclusive leadership and innovative strategy that we believe is needed right now. We’re thrilled that he’s joining us,” said FSG’s co-CEO Greg Hills.

Harper will be based in FSG’s San Francisco office, where he will work alongside consulting colleagues as well as staff from the Collective Impact Forum and the Shared Value Initiative, two of FSG’s three learning communities that provide tools and relationships for change agents. 

About FSG

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through customized consulting services, innovative thought leadership, and support for learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate progress by reimagining social change. Learn more at www.fsg.org

CNH Industrial Named as Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the Ninth Consecutive Year

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm

CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is the Industry Leader in Machinery and Electrical Equipment in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), World and Europe, for the ninth consecutive year.

The DJSI World and DJSI Europe are among the most prestigious sustainability-focused equity indices. Inclusion in these indices is exclusively for companies that are judged as exemplary in terms of their economic, environmental and social performance. This year, the DJSI World evaluation process invited 86 companies to participate in the Machinery and Electrical Equipment industry category, 11 of which were admitted to the index. For the DJSI Europe Index, 30 companies were invited to participate and 6 were admitted.

The 2019 assessment resulted in a score of 88/100 for CNH Industrial, compared to an average of 79/100 for the companies included in the DJSI World and Europe for the Machinery and Electrical Equipment industry. All companies selected for consideration in the indices are evaluated by SAM, the business unit within RobecoSAM, which specializes in providing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data, ratings, and benchmarking.

CNH Industrial received the highest score in the areas of: Environmental Policy & Management System, Operational Eco-Efficiency (environmental dimension) as well as Social Reporting, Human Rights and Human Capital Development (social dimension), Code of Business Conduct and Supply Chain Management (economic dimension).

Hubertus Mühlhäuser, Chief Executive Officer, stated: “This result is further confirmation that we are on the right path. Sustainability is a common denominator of our ‘Transform 2 Win’ strategy, which we announced at our recent Capital Markets Day, and is thoroughly consistent with our strategic purpose of ‘Powering Sustainable Transformation’”.

“Sustainability initiatives are embedded in all areas of our business,” said Max Chiara, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, CNH Industrial. “Some examples include active engagement in reducing CO2 emissions associated with our manufacturing processes, logistics, and the usage of our vehicles as well as our decarbonization strategy to shift towards a more environmentally-friendly product portfolio.”

In April of this year, CNH Industrial released its 2018 Sustainability Report along with A Sustainable Year, a publication for general audiences recounting some sustainability activities of the Company and its employees accomplished in 2018.

As of December 31, 2018, CNH Industrial was awarded l’ISS-oekom Prime Status, included in the 31 A-listers of the CDP Water Security program and in the following indexes: MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes1, FTSE4Good Index Series, ECPI Global Agriculture Liquid, ECPI World ESG Equity, ECPI Global Developed ESG Best-in-Class, ECPI Euro ESG Equity, ECPI Global Megatrend 100, Euronext Vigeo World 120, Euronext Vigeo Europe 120, Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120, STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index, STOXX Global ESG Environmental Leaders Index, STOXX Global ESG Social Leaders Index, STOXX Global ESG Governance Leaders Index, STOXX Global ESG Impact Index, STOXX, Global Low Carbon Footprint Index, STOXX Global Reported Low Carbon Index2, Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index, and Integrated Governance Index (IGI).

Additional information on Sustainability at CNH Industrial:

cnhindustrial.com/sustainability/

The 2018 Sustainability Report:

cnhindustrial.com/sustainability_report_2018

A Sustainable Year:

cnhindustrial.com/a_sustainable_year_2018

Additional information on the DJSI:

sustainability-indices.com/

(1) The inclusion of CNH Industrial in any MSCI index, and the use of MSCI logos, trademarks, service marks or index names herein, do not constitute a sponsorship, endorsement, or promotion of CNH Industrial by MSCI or any of its affiliates. The MSCI indexes are the exclusive property of MSCI. MSCI and the MSCI index names and logos are trademarks or service marks of MSCI or its affiliates.

(2) Those listed are the main global STOXX indexes in which CNH Industrial is included.

Bloomberg LP Chairman Peter Grauer Recognized As a Leading Global Advocate for Women in Business

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm
Originally posted on bloomberg.com

September 17, 2019 /3BL Media/ – For the third year in a row, Bloomberg Chairman Peter T. Grauer has been recognized as a leading champion of gender diversity. Grauer ranks in the top 10 of the 2019 HERoes Advocate Executives List, which showcases the senior leaders that are creating a more inclusive business environment for women.

According to the awarding committee for the HERoes recognition, Grauer has been a “leading force and champion of diversity and inclusion efforts at Bloomberg, holding the company’s business leaders accountable for the development and execution of business-specific diversity and inclusion plans.”

“Peter has done a terrific job advancing gender diversity here at Bloomberg and far beyond, and it’s great to see him recognized as a global champion for women in the business community for the third year in a row,” said company founder Michael Bloomberg.

The full list is published here. Learn more about Bloomberg’s efforts to advance gender equality at Bloomberg.com/women.

Click here to read the full story. 

Employee Spotlight: Kaely Zeiser

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm

MilliporeSigma Employee Spotlight: Kaely Zeiser

As part of our employee spotlight series, we’re sitting down with Kaely Zeiser, business partner, Corporate Responsibility at MilliporeSigma, to learn more about the work she’s doing to ignite curiosity in the next generation of scientists.

1. Tell us about your background (where you grew up, went to school, your family, etc.).

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and have two older brothers. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where I studied business management. After graduation, I worked in marketing and management for four years, then decided to move to Spain to teach English. I taught English in Barcelona, solo traveled throughout Europe, and then sought out a new adventure and moved to a rural village in Northeast Thailand to teach high-school English.

I love to read, ride horses, play sports and, most importantly, babysit my 8-month-old niece.

2. How did you get your start with MilliporeSigma? Explain your role at MilliporeSigma.

After returning from abroad, I was looking for a position where I could utilize my business experience as well as my teaching experience. I almost accepted a position in Mexico, but then I stumbled upon the Curiosity Cube® mobile science lab. Being on a project from the ground floor and with a mission I believed in was something I couldn’t pass up. I began as a coordinator, then took on additional Corporate Responsibility projects. Currently, I oversee all of the education outreach programs, including the Curiosity Cube® mobile science lab and Curiosity Labs™. My role is to provide engaging and hands-on science education programs to students around the world.

3. What sparked your interest in education?

Whether you’re in Asia, Europe or a city in America, children love to learn. It doesn’t matter what country you’re in or what language you speak, there is always a smile when a student learns something new. I’ve been in education for five years and love being able to provide an opportunity that makes students proud of themselves.

4. How did you develop the experiences inside the Curiosity Cube® mobile science lab?

After each visit to the Curiosity Cube® mobile science lab, students and teachers provide feedback on the overall experience and future experiments. Our team reviews the feedback and brainstorms different themes for the next year. MilliporeSigma scientists and employee volunteers also provide expertise on the science content and experiment details. We also partner with Washington University in St. Louis to ensure that we are providing quality science education. The most important part of development is listening to the students. We want to provide relatable, engaging and fun science that ignites curiosity.

5. What is it like to work with SPARK™ program employee volunteers?

I have a rare opportunity to work with thousands of employee volunteers from all different divisions of the company. Every day is completely different. The best part is being able to connect people and provide a space that brings them together. A lot of times, the employees are nervous because they are out of their element. My job is to make sure they are trained and feel comfortable. By the end of the day, everyone is laughing and having fun teaching the students. The volunteers are always so thankful to be in the community and learn from the students and their coworkers. There’s a sense of teamwork by the end of the day. Most of the volunteers don’t know each other when the day starts, but by the end, they come together to help students who need learning opportunities.

6. Out of all the communities you’ve visited with the Curiosity Cube® mobile science lab, what has been your favorite?

My favorite communities are the small towns. In these areas, you can really see how employees make an impact through education in their own community. The students usually come back to the Curiosity Cube® mobile science lab a second time to show their families and make sure their younger siblings have a chance to visit, too. These are some of the best days, seeing one of the students become a teacher to their friends and family.

7. What is one thing that few people know about you?

I’ve been playing chess since the third grade. My brother taught me to play during summer vacation, and I fell in love with it. I taught chess to students in under-served areas and always have a travel board in my car if someone wants to learn how to play.

8. What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?

What makes it all worthwhile are the days I know I truly made an impact in a child’s life. Sometimes it may not be because of the actual science lesson they learned, but because someone took the time to help them — whether it be me or a volunteer. Everyone has those memorable school days where they loved learning. I hope the students look back on their day at the Curiosity Cube® mobile science lab and have fond memories. 

9. If you could learn any new skill or hobby, what would it be and why?      

I’d learn to play the violin. It is my favorite instrument, and I love classical and jazz music. I have a violin and tried teaching myself. (I don’t know why my neighbors don’t like me J.

In Continued Effort to Enable Equal Visibility for Women, Secret Deodorant Commits to Boosting Attendance at Women’s Soccer Games, Purchasing 9,000 Seats at National Women’s Soccer League Home Games

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm

 Secret Deodorant, a longtime champion of women’s equality and advocate for women in sports, announced today that it will continue to support female soccer players by helping to boost attendance and revenue at upcoming National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) games. With this move, Secret is doubling-down on its efforts to heighten visibility for teams and grow the fan base of the elite professionals who play in the NWSL.

Beginning tomorrow, September 17, through the close of the 2019 season, Secret will purchase a total of 9,000 tickets to nine NWSL games, filling 1,000 seats at one home game for each of the nine teams, and committing more than $200,000 to the effort. In each city, Secret will offer up its tickets to local partners, women’s organizations, youth sports teams, and not-for-profit organizations, inspiring local fans to join in a show of support for the team.

“As a brand for women run by women, we wholeheartedly believe women should not have to sweat gender inequality,” said Sara Saunders, Associate Brand Director, Secret, P&G. “We have been vocal in our support of women in sports and dedicated to helping them to receive equal visibility. Our goal with this effort is to celebrate the excellence of this league and continue to ensure that female athletes have a platform to play and get the attention they deserve.”

In addition to ticket purchases, Secret will show its support through game day giveaways, including Secret Deodorant product, t-shirts and spirit towels, to the first 1,000 fans at each of the following games:

  • North Carolina Courage – Sept. 17, 2019, Sahlen’s Stadium, Cary, N.C.

  • Reign FC – Sept. 18, 2019, Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, Wash.

  • Chicago Red Stars – Sept. 21, 2019, SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Ill.

  • Utah Royals FC – Sept. 21, 2019, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah

  • Houston Dash – Sept. 25, 2019, BBVA Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Washington Spirit – Sept. 28, 2019, Maureen Hendricks Field, Germantown, Md.

  • Sky Blue FC – Sept. 29, 2019, Yurcak Field, Piscataway, N.J.

  • Orlando Pride – Oct. 5, 2019, Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

  • Portland Thorns FC – Oct. 12, 2019, Providence Park, Portland, Ore.

“We are proud to team up with companies whose values align with our own to make real progress for women in sports,” added Saunders. “Collectively, our aim is to help boost attendance at games and grow a passionate network of women’s soccer fans, yielding an increase in NWSL ticket sales that will make a meaningful and lasting difference for these players.”

For more information, visit Secret.com , or follow Secret on Instagram ( @SecretDeodorant ), Facebook (Facebook.com/Secret ), Twitter ( @SecretDeodorant ) and YouTube ( YouTube.com/SecretDeodorant ).

About Secret

Secret was the first antiperspirant brand designed specifically for women, and for the past 60 years, Secret has been on the forefront of women’s lives, leading with innovation designed to provide superior odor and wetness protection. Through the years, the brand has proudly supported women’s advancement and equality through its campaigns and communications. Its latest campaign, “All Strength, No Sweat,” is a continuation of this commitment to women, celebrating those who boldly challenge the status quo, push through barriers and stand up for what they believe in, without “sweating” the obstacles that may come their way. Secret challenges women everywhere to be all strength, no sweat.

Contact:

Sarah Black, DeVries Global
212-546-8533 | sblack@devriesglobal.com

Nine Early Childhood Education Organizations Share $446,000 From PNC Foundation

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm

Literacy programs, community gardens and cutting-edge research are among the programming being funded by the PNC Foundation in celebration of its 15th anniversary of PNC Grow Up Great® in St. Louis. 

PNC Foundation is contributing $446,000 to early childhood education organizations across the Greater St. Louis region as part of its commitment to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The 2019 grant recipients provide a wide range of resources to the most vulnerable St. Louis residents – young children – and targets both inner-city and suburban areas in the region. Of the nine organizations, two are receiving PNC Foundation funding for the first time and five are being funded for multi-year projects. [See below for full list of grant recipients]

“PNC is honored to support the efforts of early childhood education champions in St. Louis, as they work tirelessly to provide a spark for learning and build a foundation of success in our young children,” said Michael Scully, PNC regional president for St. Louis. “As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we are grateful for the many early childhood education partners we’ve had over the years in St. Louis, and look forward to the impact the new 2019 grant recipients will make in our local community.” 

Additionally, PNC today funded all pre-K and Head Start project requests in the Greater St. Louis area as part of its alliance with DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that connects individual donors with classrooms in need. Together, PNC and DonorsChoose.org are helping preschool teachers obtain high-quality resources and experiences to inspire their students' love of learning. 

Since introducing Grow Up Great to St. Louis nine years ago, PNC has invested more than $5 million to local early childhood education initatives and logged more than 7,500 volunteer hours to benefit early childhood education across Greater St. Louis. This past April PNC celebrated its 15th anniversary of the bilingual, early childhood education initiative, and marked the occasion by announcing an additional $150 million to extend the program – now a $500 million initiative.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. To learn more about PNC Grow Up Great, please go to www.pncgrowupgreat.com.

2019 GRANT RECIPIENTS

First Step STL Collaborative
PNC partnered with a group of funders to complete a supply and demand analysis of the early childhood system in the St. Louis region conducted by IFF. This included both quantitative and qualitative research, which paints a picture of what is working in the system and what parents, child care providers and teachers are facing in terms of barriers. This needs assessment breaks out the access issues across neighborhoods and highlights a set of recommendations that the community can pursue in order to provide more equitable access to quality early childhood education. The PNC grant will also provide seed funding for a communications strategy to bring awareness to this important early childhood work. 
iff.org/ | @IFFcdfi

LUME Institute
At LUME Institute (LUME), we believe the power to change society lies in changing the way young children are taught. The professional development services provided through the LUME Approach Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) model, helps educators and caregivers gain a deeper understanding that children's emotional development is the foundation for lifelong health, growth, and learning. The LUME Approach ECMHC model was accepted into the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Frontiers of Innovation Portfolio and has proven effective at  fostering measurable change in educators’ knowledge, attitudes, and behavior with concurrent statistically significant improvement in mental health outcomes for the children in their care. With funding from the PNC Foundation, LUME will provide LUME Approach training for both early childhood educators and administrative staff who serve the Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Learning Center in Riverview Gardens public school district. The training includes instructional and reflective coaching sessions for the early childhood educators as well as a "Leadership Immersion" course for the center's leadership.
www.lumeinstitute.org/ | @LUMEInstitute

Missouri Botanical Gardens
The Missouri Botanical Garden activates it's ‘Nature for All' strategy through its work with the region's youngest citizens and the adults who support, care for, and guide them through life. The Little Years Series seeks to engage parents with children ages 0-3 to experience the garden for the first time, and with the grant funding from PNC, the Garden will be bringing this series to partner organizations throughout St. Louis, including multiple St. Louis Crisis Nursery locations and Our Little Haven. Additionally, PNC funding will support garden educator outreach to students, staff and families at select early childhood centers (Unleashing Potential at Caroline Mission, Urban League Head Start, and Grace Hill Settlement House) to help transform the outdoors into nature-rich outdoor learning labs via the addition of wildlife habitat gardens, teacher professional development and family engagement events. 
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ | @mobotgarden

Parents As Teachers
Parents As Teachers will be partnering with the PNC Foundation to host an IdeaThon at its 2019 International Conference to impact the field of early childhood education. The day-long session for parent educators will provide an opportunity for participants to pitch challenges they see in their early childhood education work, or present new ideas for addressing these challenges. The final ideas generated during the IdeaThon will be shared with the larger group of more than 1300 conference attendees to decide which ideas are most actionable and how they might be used in the future to benefit the early childhood education field around the world. 
parentsasteachers.org/ | @NatlPAT

Springboard to Learning
Springboard to Learning, with support from the PNC Foundation, will deploy Wolf Trap teaching artists, providing residencies, professional development (PD), family workshops and BabyArts Play, to children ages birth to six during 2019-2021 school years. Through residencies and professional development sessions, teaching artists model arts-integrated techniques for the classroom teacher and provide instruction on how to implement the techniques. Family workshops equip parents to integrate arts strategies into daily family home-life, extending learning beyond school, whereas BabyArts Play exposes families to cultural institutions. 
www.springboardstl.org/ | @SpringboardStL

St. Louis County Library
St. Louis County Library’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program is designed to encourage families and caregivers in St. Louis County to read 1,000 books with their preschooler before they enter kindergarten. Studies show that families who read aloud to their children starting at birth help strengthen important language and vocabulary building skills. With the support of the PNC Foundation, parents and caregivers of preschool-age children can register for the program free of cost and will be able to monitor their progress toward 1,000 books.
www.slcl.org/ | @SLCL

St. Louis Public Library
Born To Read provides a series of comprehensive and equitable programs, services, and strategic community outreach designed to support early childhood literacy development for children birth to age eight in the City of St. Louis. The St. Louis Public Library partners with hospitals, health clinics, early childhood centers, and schools to provide early childhood literacy resources and services. Born to Read programs include Born to Read Bags, My First Library Card, Storytimes, Read it Together, Play Date Theater, and Summer@SLPL. 
www.slpl.org/ | @STLpubLibrary

The Magic House
The Magic House, with support from the PNC Foundation, is providing an exciting new venue for early childhood education, the “Wonder Why? Early Childhood Learning Lab.” The Wonder Why? Early Childhood Learning Lab is an innovative space designed to satisfy the boundless curiosity of preschoolers. Staffed by an early childhood educator, this flexible learning environment will provide space for preschool programming, as well as easily transform into an early learning exhibit gallery. In addition, the venue will offer educational opportunities for parents and caregivers, presenting concrete child development information in interactive and engaging ways.  
www.magichouse.org/ | @TheMagicHouse

Turn the Page STL
Turn the Page STL, St. Louis' Network Partner of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, will be engaging 30 community organizations to provide high-quality educational experiences for families with young children, ages birth to five. With support from the PNC Foundation, Turn the Page STL will align the community organizations’ work in early childhood education to improve school readiness, school attendance and summer learning in the St. Louis Promise Zone. 
https://www.facebook.com/turnthepagestl/ @turnthepagestl

CONTACT
Whitney Wilson +1 (214) 871-1209 whitney.wilson@pnc.com @WhitneyW_PNC

Dart Container Corporation Partners With Keep America Beautiful on National Plogging Initiatives

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:03pm

Dart Container Corporation and Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, today announced Dart will be the Title Sponsor on all Keep America Beautiful national plogging initiatives, including the Keep America Beautiful Trash Dash™.  

Plogging, the act of picking up litter while jogging, debuted in Sweden in 2016 and was adopted by Keep America Beautiful because it incorporates reducing litter, improving recycling, and beautifying communities – the three primary areas of work that Keep America Beautiful and its network of more than 600 community-based affiliates do on a day-to-day basis.

“We have been a Keep America Beautiful supporter for many years, and we're pleased to pioneer this innovative program as part of our enhanced sustainability platform,” said Dart CEO Jim Lammers. “Spreading plogging across America fits perfectly with our sustainability pillars of Innovate, Inspire and Invest. We’re addressing big issues in our industry, from certifying the origins of raw materials to expanding recycling infrastructures, and partnering with Keep America Beautiful helps Dart tackle the significant problem of littered waste in our country."

Dart will be providing litter pickers to all ploggers who either register for a Keep America Beautiful Trash Dash or volunteer with a Keep America Beautiful affiliate to advance the plogging movement throughout the country. In addition, Dart will fund targeted grants to support local plogging initiatives. Dart will support all national Keep America Beautiful Trash Dash events as Title Sponsor.

“Every piece of litter that people pick up while plogging is one less opportunity for that litter to enter our waterways,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Helen Lowman. “Keep America Beautiful thanks Dart Container Corporation for its support of this fun and healthy approach to keeping our streets cleaner, greener, and more beautiful.”

The inaugural Keep America Beautiful Trash Dash took place on Sunday, Sept. 15, in Norwalk, Connecticut, in advance of World Cleanup Day and the International Coastal Cleanup (both on Sept. 21), all designed to prevent litter from entering waterways. Keep America Beautiful partnered with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and local affiliate, Keep Norwalk Beautiful, on the Trash Dash to highlight the need to keep litter from entering nearby Long Island Sound.

About Dart Container Corporation
Dart has been designing and producing food and beverage packaging since 1960. As one of the oldest and largest companies in the industry, Dart offers more than 3,000 products used around the world in restaurants, convenience and grocery stores, coffee shops, sports arenas, schools, healthcare facilities, the great outdoors and in the home. Dart is also the industry leader in providing education and recycling options for consumers. For more information visit www.dartcontainer.com/sustainability.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.

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CONTACT
Larry Kaufman +1 (203) 659-3014 lkaufman@kab.org Keep America Beautiful http://www.kab.org http://www.twitter.com/kabtweet http://www.facebook.com/keepamericabeautiful http://www.instagram.com/keepamericabeautiful http://www.youtube.com/kabnetwork Noah Ullman +1 (203) 659-3008 nullman@kab.org Keep America Beautiful

Update to Arabic Translations of GRI Standards

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 5:03pm

Additional Arabic translations of the GRI Standards, the world's most widely adopted sustainability reporting framework, are now available.

The updated versions of two Standards - ‘GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018’ and ‘GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018’ – have been published in to the Arabic language.

The Arabic translations can be downloaded free of charge from the GRI website.

The translator facilitator was Sustainability Excellence and the sponsors for these translations were:

  • Zamzam Society for Charitable and Voluntary Health Services

  • Saad and Abdul Aziz Al-Mousa Endowment

The Arabic translations were peer reviewed by:

  • Ms. Dima Maaytah, Senior Corporate Sustainability Advisor, Sustainable Mindz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Ms. Khulood Hindiyeh, Head of Sustainability Department, Blue LLC (member of Alserkal Group), Sustainability Trainer & Consultant, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Language translations of the GRI Standards are also available in Chinese (traditional and simplified), French, Indonesian, German, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Those reporting on the topics of GRI 303 or GRI 403 for the first time are advised to adopt the new Standards for their reports. For those already reporting on these topics, the 2016 versions can continue to be used for reports published on or before 31 December 2020.

CBRE Earns Place on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 5:03pm

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE) today announced that it has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI). This index recognizes global corporations that demonstrate leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.

The 2,500 largest global companies had the opportunity to be evaluated for the Index. Of these, 318 companies merited inclusion in DJSI-World.

CBRE was also one of 141 companies (out of 600 that are eligible) to earn a place in the DJSI-North America – the sixth year in a row that the company has been included in the North America Index.

“At CBRE, we are proud of our commitment to responsible business practices and our performance on key ESG issues,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer. “Our inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is a measure of our continued progress in creating exceptional outcomes for all our stakeholders.”

CBRE’s ESG performance has also earned the company a place on the FTSE4Good Index for six consecutive years.

Earlier this year, CBRE was ranked #15 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens, and was also recognized as one of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies by Barron’s.

More information can be found at www.cbre.com/responsibility.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2018 revenue). The company has more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 480 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Comerica Bank Recognized As Top 50 Company For Providing Opportunities To Latinas

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 5:03pm

Comerica Bank was recognized for its efforts in diversity and inclusion with its selection to the 2019 Top 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S. by Latina Style. This marks the ninth time Comerica has received the honor.

Companies responding to LATINA Style's questionnaire are evaluated based on matters that LATINA Style magazine readers deemed as most important to them in the workplace. LATINA Style is proud to recognize companies that support programs that encourage training, mentorship and promote Latinas within the company. The LATINA Style 50 report reflects those programs that Latinas are looking for when seeking job opportunities. Among the principal areas of evaluation are: the number of Latina executives, Latina retention, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, employee benefits, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations. Evaluations for the 2019 annual report are based on 2018 data.

“Nielsen demographics state that Hispanic women are a key growth engine of the U.S. female population and are expected to become 30 percent of the total female population by 2060,” said Comerica Bank Senior Vice President of External Affairs – Michigan Market and National Director of Hispanic Business Development Monica L. Martinez. “Comerica is proud to continue our partnership with Latina Style on programs that educate, network and promote Latinas in all aspects of their career journey.”

Since 1998, the Latina Style 50 list has established the gold standard by which corporations are measured for their plan to hire, retain and promote Latina professionals. The annual awards ceremony honoring the LATINA Style 50 companies will take place on February 2020 during the LATINA Style 50 Awards and Diversity Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

For more information regarding the LATINA Style 50, visit www.latinastyle.com.

About LATINA Style Inc.

LATINA Style Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the publisher of LATINA Style Magazine, a national magazine for the professional Hispanic woman. The magazine has been published for 25 years and has a national circulation of 150,000 and a readership of nearly 600,000. The company is host of the LATINA Style Business Series, the LATINA Style 50 Report, the National LATINA Symposium and the LATINA Style Hero Initiative. For further information about the LATINA Style 50 Report visit www.latinastyle.com or call (214) 357-2186.

Inspiring Business Leaders to Explore New Horizons to Solve Today’s Sustainability Challenges

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 5:03pm

To solve today’s sustainability challenges, business leaders will be called to build new skills, pitch fresh ideas and influence across silos. On October 15-18, more than 650 EHS&S leaders will come together in Toronto to share their latest strategies at NAEM’s annual Forum, an event designed to illuminate the path forward for the business community.

NAEM is the National Association for Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainability Management.

“The extraordinary time we live in is calling us to think bigger, work smarter and commit our whole selves to the challenge of creating an economy that will sustain us into the future,” said NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt.

“There is perhaps no other group of people better prepared to lead this transition than the women and men who are dedicated to making an impact through their EHS&S profession.”

One of those leaders is Sophia Danenberg, the first African American to summit Mount Everest, an experience she said shapes the work she does every day as an EHS Strategy and International Policy analyst for the Boeing Co. In her opening keynote address at the Forum she will share her lessons from the climb, including how she sets an ambitious vision and adapts her plans to meet the conditions of the moment.

 “I've learned that you can make meaningful changes when you bring your core values and beliefs into a company as an employee,” she said. “Business decisions can have such a significant impact on the environment. From the inside, you can usually see more efficient and effective ways to achieve environmental objectives and become an internal activist.”

Becoming that internal activist is vital to the EHS&S profession as companies integrate their programs into the fabric of business operations, according to Paul Robbertz, Sr. Director of EHS for Danone North America, who led the conference planning committee.

“The overall scope of our jobs continues to expand. To do our jobs well today requires us to integrate and partner across a whole host of different functions, whether it's supply chain, procurement, engineering, human resources, commercial, legal, or research and development,” he said.

To learn more about the networking, benchmarking and learning opportunities at NAEM’s 2019 EHS&S Management Forum, please visit the agenda online http://ehsforum.naem.org/agenda.php.

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NHBSR's 2019 Spring Conference