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CBRE Named Top 50 Company for Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Matters

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 9:53pm

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE) today announced that it has been named to the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) list of Top 50 Best ESG Companies. CBRE is #23 and the only commercial real estate services firm on the list.

The IBD Top 50 Best ESG Companies list is comprised of companies with strong environmental, social and governance ratings from MSCI ESG Research and high IBD Composite Ratings, reflecting broad strength in earnings and share-price performance.

Earlier this year, CBRE was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). CBRE was also ranked #15 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens and was recognized as one of the Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies.

“Our people are extremely focused on driving exceptional outcomes for all our stakeholders.  This is fundamental to CBRE’s ongoing success and is being increasingly reflected in our robust performance on independent performance measures like the IBD ratings. We deeply appreciate everything our people do to earn these accolades,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer. 

More information on CBRE’s corporate responsibility initiatives 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.

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Major Businesses and Higher Education Institutions in Pennsylvania Urge State Leaders to Accelerate a Low-Carbon Future

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 9:53pm

Major businesses and higher education institutions across Pennsylvania called on state lawmakers today to prioritize policies that will accelerate the Commonwealth’s transition to a low-carbon economy. 
 
More than a dozen investors, companies, colleges and universities, including American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), DSM, Friends Fiduciary Corporation, Mars, Inc., Haverford College and Villanova University, among others, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly urging lawmakers to enact market-based solutions aimed at reducing carbon pollution and increase in-state investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation.

“Pennsylvania has been an energy leader for centuries, but the current energy system is at a turning point. In order to maintain our energy leadership, the Commonwealth should embrace clean energy and foster the rapid transition to a thriving, low-carbon economy,” they wrote in the letter. 
 
Businesses and higher education institutions in Pennsylvania are already scaling up investments to reduce carbon pollution in their own operations as a way to meet stakeholder expectations, strengthen the economy and create new local jobs.

“AEO recently unveiled new sustainability goals, including a comprehensive plan to achieve carbon neutrality in all of our owned and operated facilities by 2030. Holding ourselves accountable and building a better world for generations to come is fundamental to our brands, values and purpose,” commented Michael Rempell, Chief Operations Officer at AEO Inc., which is headquartered in Pittsburgh. “We are proud to stand with Pennsylvania’s business leaders and academic institutions as we work together with state lawmakers to advance clean energy solutions.”
 
"Our students at Haverford understand that the energy policies our leaders enact today will shape the world they and their communities will inherit,” said President Wendy Raymond, Haverford College. “Pennsylvania has an opportunity to promote energy systems, economic innovation and public health that will make the Commonwealth stronger in the low-carbon future that we know is coming." 
 
“Mars, Incorporated is committed to climate action and delivering on our science-based targets to help drive a low-carbon future,” said Ashley Allen, climate and land senior manager at Mars, which makes its Dove chocolates in Lancaster County. “Smart policies here in Pennsylvania help us and other companies invest in climate and energy solutions, and help Pennsylvania grow its economy sustainably and create new local jobs.” 
 
“Nestlé powers about 75% of the electricity needs at our five Pennsylvania facilities with renewable energy, and we are working toward 100% renewable energy across all of our operations globally,” said Megan Villarreal, policy and public affairs at Nestlé, which operates five facilities in Lehigh and Cumberland Counties. “Transitioning to clean energy is not only the right thing to do, it also helps us to save money and stay competitive. With the right policies in place, Pennsylvania can attract more corporate clean energy investments and strengthen the state’s economy.”

Additional quotes from companies and higher education institutions can be found below.

Last month Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the Commonwealth will begin the process of joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional market-based program to curb carbon pollution from power plants. Since it began in 2009, participating states have reduced carbon emissions by nearly 50%. At the same time, economic growth in participating states has surged and electricity prices have decreased despite an increase in average national electricity prices. The Pennsylvania General Assembly can make the most of this market-based program for Pennsylvanians by ensuring proceeds are used to invest in clean energy solutions that will save businesses and consumers money.

Lawmakers are also considering complementary legislation to tackle carbon pollution and grow private investments in clean energy and clean transportation in the Keystone State, such as the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act as well as legislation to expand state renewable energy standards and strengthen Act 129 energy efficiency programs. 

About Ceres

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. For more information, visit www.ceres.org and follow @CeresNews.

About Second Nature

Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education. This is accomplished by mobilizing a diverse array of higher education institutions to act on bold climate commitments, to scale campus climate initiatives, and to create innovative climate solutions. Second Nature aims to align, amplify, and bridge the sector’s efforts with other global leaders to advance urgent climate priorities. For more information visit www.secondnature.org.

Additional quotes:

Hugh Welsh, president & general counsel of DSM North America, which has facilities in Exton:
“DSM has long recognized that reducing carbon pollution and strengthening the economy go hand in hand. That’s why at DSM we are working to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and also why we advocate for smart policies that will push us all to raise the bar. As more and more companies set their own ambitious goals, it’s time for Pennsylvania to embrace clean energy and drive the rapid transition to a low-carbon economy.” 
 
President Margee M. Ensign, Dickinson College:
“Pennsylvania has an opportunity to model for the nation the benefits of a green economy, and that requires great acts of leadership by our General Assembly. It is an economic and societal imperative to support low-carbon policies that cut pollution, improve public health, reduce waste, lead to more efficient energy sources and attract businesses to Pennsylvania that are innovating in the areas of green technology. Our students are graduating with the knowledge and skill sets to tackle the challenges of climate change and issues threatening the environment. Let’s harness their talents and skills to create a more sustainable future.”
 
Interim President Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez, Montgomery County Community College:
“Montgomery County Community College has had a longstanding commitment to sustainability, recognizing the importance of protecting our environment and natural resources today and for future generations. The College wholeheartedly encourages policies that support a low-carbon economy. In 2007, MCCC signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050.”
 
Interim President Kathleen Harring, Ph.D, Muhlenberg College:
“As an institution of higher education, we have knowledge and understanding of our most pressing environmental issues, including climate change.  It is our responsibility to transform this knowledge to meaningful action, leading the way to a low-carbon clean energy future by supporting policies that will help us get there. These policies will enable us to use our campus as a living laboratory, provide opportunities for our academic programs, and innovate in our physical operations in a way that can be replicated by others.”   
 
President Valerie Smith, Swarthmore College:
"Leaders in civil society can no longer remain on the sidelines. College and university presidents are uniquely positioned to educate and to advocate for an informed discussion about our collective options. We have a moral duty to care for the conditions of life on Earth and a civic responsibility to demand action from our government." 
 
President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University:
“At Villanova, we have adopted an inclusive approach to sustainability—one encompassing support for the planet, its people and ensuring prosperity for all. As a Catholic institution, as a University and as human beings, we believe we must come together to take substantive, transformative action to foster the health and prosperity of God’s creation. We believe for our plan to be truly transformative, we need the participation, engagement and commitment of all—the responsibility lies with each and every one of us.”

Hugh Welsh, president & general counsel of DSM North America, which has facilities in Exton:
“DSM has long recognized that reducing carbon pollution and strengthening the economy go hand in hand. That’s why at DSM we are working to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and also why we advocate for smart policies that will push us all to raise the bar. As more and more companies set their own ambitious goals, it’s time for Pennsylvania to embrace clean energy and drive the rapid transition to a low-carbon economy.” 
 
President Margee M. Ensign, Dickinson College:
“Pennsylvania has an opportunity to model for the nation the benefits of a green economy, and that requires great acts of leadership by our General Assembly. It is an economic and societal imperative to support low-carbon policies that cut pollution, improve public health, reduce waste, lead to more efficient energy sources and attract businesses to Pennsylvania that are innovating in the areas of green technology. Our students are graduating with the knowledge and skill sets to tackle the challenges of climate change and issues threatening the environment. Let’s harness their talents and skills to create a more sustainable future.”
 
Interim President Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez, Montgomery County Community College:
“Montgomery County Community College has had a longstanding commitment to sustainability, recognizing the importance of protecting our environment and natural resources today and for future generations. The College wholeheartedly encourages policies that support a low-carbon economy. In 2007, MCCC signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050.”
 
Interim President Kathleen Harring, Ph.D, Muhlenberg College:
“As an institution of higher education, we have knowledge and understanding of our most pressing environmental issues, including climate change.  It is our responsibility to transform this knowledge to meaningful action, leading the way to a low-carbon clean energy future by supporting policies that will help us get there. These policies will enable us to use our campus as a living laboratory, provide opportunities for our academic programs, and innovate in our physical operations in a way that can be replicated by others.”   
 
President Valerie Smith, Swarthmore College:
"Leaders in civil society can no longer remain on the sidelines. College and university presidents are uniquely positioned to educate and to advocate for an informed discussion about our collective options. We have a moral duty to care for the conditions of life on Earth and a civic responsibility to demand action from our government." 
 
President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University:
“At Villanova, we have adopted an inclusive approach to sustainability—one encompassing support for the planet, its people and ensuring prosperity for all. As a Catholic institution, as a University and as human beings, we believe we must come together to take substantive, transformative action to foster the health and prosperity of God’s creation. We believe for our plan to be truly transformative, we need the participation, engagement and commitment of all—the responsibility lies with each and every one of us.”

Responsible Forestry Leaders Celebrated at Greenbuild During FSC’s 25th Anniversary Gala

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 9:53pm

SCS Global Services celebrates longtime Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certificate holders Baskahegan Company and UFP International as 2019 FSC Leadership Award recipients, among 13 winners, at a ceremony during Greenbuild in Atlanta on Wednesday.

The award was given to Baskahegan Company for “15 years of continuous FSC-certified forest management and a commitment to long-term stewardship in Maine’s Baskahegan Valley.” UFP International + The Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech received the award for “innovative use of FSC and reclaimed wood in this mass timber project seeking Living Building status.”

“These companies are highly deserving of an FSC Leadership Award –Baskahegan Company, for its longstanding dedication to economically and ecologically responsible forestry practices over five decades, and the degree to which it is so well integrated with and supportive of the local community, and UFP for its commitment to responsible sourcing globally, and its leadership in innovative, sustainable building,” said Dave Bubser, Vice President of Natural Resources, SCS Global Services.

On FSC’s 25th anniversary, FSC also recognized the first FSC certificate holders that celebrated 25 years of upholding the high standards of FSC certification. Longstanding SCS certified companies Collins, Menominee Tribal Enterprises, Rumney Mill, and Seven Islands Land Company were honored.

“We applaud these organizations for their enduring commitment to responsible forest management and FSC certification,” said Corey Brinkema, President, FSC US. “Their dedication sends an important signal to the market, especially as awareness of FSC’s role as a climate solution grows, bringing new companies and customers to FSC markets.”

Award winners were honored at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on Wednesday evening. The FSC Leadership Awards is an annual event that recognizes top tier individuals and entities for their contribution to responsible forestry through FSC certification. Learn more about FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody Certification here.

About SCS Global Services 
SCS Global Services has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, power generation, retail, and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to many environmental NGOs due to its dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information visit www.scsglobalservices.com.

About the Forest Stewardship Council 
The Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s most trusted forest certification, is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of forests. FSC was created in 1993 to set the standards by which forests are certified, offering assurance to consumers and businesses that the wood products they buy originate from well-managed forests. More than 5,000 companies and nearly 170 million acres of forestland are certified under FSC in the United States and Canada. For more information visit www.fsc.org.

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CONTACT Nikki Helms +1 (510) 914-3239 nhelms@scsglobalservices.com SCS Global Services http://www.SCSglobalServices.com

Taproot Foundation Announces Election of New Board Members

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

 Taproot Foundation announces the election of Elaine Mason, Jason Madhosingh, and Susan Solano Vila to its Board of Directors.

Elaine Mason serves as Cisco System’s Vice President of People Planning, Design, and Analytics, working alongside senior executives on key efforts related to talent and performance management, workforce analytics, and organization effectiveness. Her recent initiatives include the reinvention of Cisco’s talent strategy and the build out of workforce planning.

Mason previously worked as the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Workforce Planning at American Express and as the Vice President of Planning and Education at Viacom/MTV Networks. Outside of the office, Mason serves on the board of Imperative and was formerly a board member for the Organizational Development Network of New York. She holds an MS in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University.

“I am honored to be rejoining the Taproot Foundation board after 10 years. The progress the organization has made in shaping the future of work and the embedding of pro bono into careers has been profound,” said Mason. “I am excited to be a part of the next phase of the organization’s evolution.”

Susan Solano Vila is the Vice President of Creative Services and Community Relations for Telemundo 51 Miami, an NBCUniversal-owned television station that serves Spanish-speaking viewers in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Solano Vila has been instrumental in the growth and evolution of the Telemundo brand during her 20+ years with the network, previously leading a re-branding initiative that included a complete overhaul of the network’s positioning across platforms.

In her current role, Solano Vila is responsible for the station’s brand and marketing strategy and leads their outreach efforts. Solano Vila is also active in her community and serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Suncoast chapter.

“I’m thrilled to join the board of Taproot Foundation and continue growing its mission to help nonprofits solve critical challenges in the new decade,” noted Solano Vila. “What excites me most is the chance to help volunteers make an impact in their communities by using their own professional expertise. It’s a unique way to give back.”

Jason (Madho) Madhosingh is the founder and CMO of madgood.co, a consulting firm that helps social impact organizations with their strategic brand and marketing efforts. Madhosingh has been a Taproot and pro bono supporter from the very beginning. “After first meeting Taproot in its infancy nearly 20 years ago, I’m thrilled to now join their Board of Directors and support their constant evolution and mission to transform the pro bono field.”

A serial intrapreneur, Madhosingh combines his deep knowledge of design with business and digital understanding through his work with social enterprises, disruptive early-stage technology companies, and Fortune 500 leaders. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from the University of Maryland.

Find a full list of Taproot Foundation's current Board of Directors here.

About the Taproot Foundation
Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with skilled volunteers who provide their expertise pro bono. Taproot is creating a world where organizations dedicated to social change have full access—through pro bono service—to the marketing, strategy, HR, and IT resources they need to be most effective. Since 2001, Taproot’s skilled volunteers have served more than 7,500 social change organizations providing 1.7 million hours of work worth over $200 million in value. Taproot has offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and founded a network of global pro bono providers in over 30 countries around the world. www.taprootfoundation.org

2019 Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award Winners Announced

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) honored the late scholar and Yale University social ecologist Stephen R. Kellert’s legacy at the third annual Biophilic Design Award last night with a special award ceremony hosted by Interface, during the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The ceremony was held at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, the first building of its kind aiming for Living Building Challenge certification in the Southeastern United States.

The award is in recognition of achievements in the built environment that demonstrate Kellert’s understanding of the human/nature connection. This year, award-winners were selected from three different project categories: Building Scale, Interior/Renovation, and Community/Urban Scale. The winners from each project category are as follows:

Building scale: Heart of School: A Bamboo Cathedral at Green School Bali, Bali, Indonesia

Heart of School: A Bamboo Cathedral at Green School Bali was selected by the judges as the winner in the Building Scale category. A bamboo cathedral inspired by the spiral movements of nature in the Fibonacci sequence, the structure impressed judges with its vernacular architectural style that spoke to the richness of biophilic design. As the Heart of the School, the building forms the central core of Green School, with a roof shaped in the form of three spiraling nautili.

From the jury: The jury found the school to be an exceptional international biophilia project that embodies the spirit of place. An incredible example of bamboo architecture, the open air concept and thatched roof create a cathedral that is structured, yet organic. This use of local natural materials creates an open-air environment that suits the climate and contributes to a strong local vernacular. By offering students a place to learn, connect, and be immersed in nature, the younger generation is learning a new way of living and honoring the natural world. In this way, the school is not only a place where teaching happens, but the building itself becomes an integral part of the learning process. 

As both visually impressive and environmentally conscious, the project fully exemplifies Kellert's vision for a biophilic and sustainable world. Though a decade old, awarding this project certainly represents the role of recognizing biophilic design that stands the test of time.

Interior/renovation: The Phenix, Montreal, Québec, Canada 

The Phenix building was retrofitted by Lemay Architectural Firm to centralize its 350 employees in Montreal, Canada. The formerly industrial 95 000 sq. ft. building built in 1950 was originally used as a distribution center for the Simpsons department store catalog. The retrofit of this existing industrial structure as its name suggests it is the revival of a healthy, efficient and inspiring building.

Through the project, Lemay clearly determined its desire to go as far as possible to ensure the efficient use of resources, promote green transportation, enhance health and wellness, and guarantee that employees were connected to nature. The jury agreed that The Phenix shines for its environmental performance-based strategies and its incorporation of biophilic design elements to create an inviting and inspirational workplace. 

The spirit of place can be felt as one enters the building through the garden and is greeted by the dynamic mural on the facade. Indoors, lighting and plant features surround the interior perimeter and complement the lounge’s living wall. The variety and diversity of biophilic patterns, local artwork, and natural colors are well designed and translate into a thoughtful project. 

Community/urban scale: Growing a Biophilic City in a Garden - Singapore 

Singapore’s Learning Forest and Lakeside Garden exemplify the city’s commitment to creating a biophilic city in a garden, where inhabitants live amidst a sustainable and biologically diverse urban ecosystem. 

From the jury: The jury found the project to be an outstanding multi-functional park and ecosystem that serves as an example for other cities to learn from. The Learning Forest and Lakeside Garden showcase the potential of an urban application of biophilia that is geared towards educating students.

No other city has done as much to advance the vision and practice of biophilic cities as Singapore. The city-state has been at the forefront of linking people with nature through a vision supported by policy. 

Top contenders and honorable mention for this year’s award include:

Chatham University Eden Hall Campus, Richland Township, PA, USA

From the jury: An incredibly thoughtful project, the jury praised the Eden Hall Campus for its impressive, comprehensive, and holistic design. All of the design elements come together to create a wonderful biophilic campus. The fostering of human connection to the natural world is evident from the smallest of details and patterns to the larger scales and systems of the project. The campus features a number of biophilic design elements including natural lighting and ventilation, earth tones, natural shapes and forms, natural materials and metals that patina over time, twenty-four rain gardens, on-site annual bird count stations, and pathways that reveal the geomorphology of the surrounding land. The blurring of indoor/outdoor boundaries throughout the multiple buildings on-site, along with an incredible outdoor amphitheater, allows nature to creep in. Through the team’s careful consideration of the land, the project embodies the spirit of place and preserves the site’s pastoral history.

Laity Lodge, Leakey, TX, USA

Positioned along the emerald waters of the Frio River within the steep limestone canyon walls of Texas Hill Country, Laity Lodge is a retreat center like no other. Founded in 1961, the mission of the Lodge is to reinforce guests’ connection to themselves, each other, and the divine through deep and meaningful experiences with the natural world. Inspired by the intimate scale and natural features of the site, the design team’s primary goal was to create a place that could not be built anywhere else, for anyone else.

Derived from the thoughtful listening of the land, the arrangement and sensitive fitting-in of new structures on an existing retreat site create nestled moments that still the senses and connect occupants to the beauty and grace of nature. Laity Lodge’s use of natural and indigenous building materials reflect local resources and honoring of place: cedar plank siding that will patina over time, corten metal panels, limestone finishes, slate finishes, and natural stone tile. Additionally, the project was intended to be a “sponge” for collecting and cleaning runoff before reaching the river below, a unique integration of on-site water management and biophilia.

Honorable Mention: Womb with a View, Cannon Beach, OR, USA

From the jury: Designed for a single family, Womb with a View is a curvilinear wood-clad residence overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the village of Cannon Beach, Oregon. The home offers a place of refuge, recovery and rejuvenation with an interior environment that is both “spacious and cozy” with a variety of ceiling heights, interior wall surfaces of natural materials (wood, stone, and plaster) and focused views to the surrounding landscape. Through bands of clerestory windows, natural light brings the eclectic interior to life, even on the overcast days common to the Oregon coast. A 250-year-old Sitka Spruce anchors the layout of the home, serves as a shade canopy, and provides habitat for a multitude of coastal creatures.

Applauded by the jury for its care to interior details, textures, and a delightful use of wood throughout, this treehouse beach cabin alludes a warmth that is especially inviting. There is a sweetness to this project that sings of love and reverence of nature. The conscious decisions to connect one with the natural world internally are clearly reflected in the design concept. 

This year’s jury included:

  • Judith Heerwagen, PhD, Award Committee Chair, US General Services Administration

  • Bert Gregory, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Partner, Mithun

  • Timothy Beatley, PhD, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia

  • Tenna Florian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Partner, Lake | Flato 

  • Sonja Bochart, IIDA., LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch

  • Kenner Kingston, LFA, LEED AP BD+C O+M, President, Arch Nexus

  • Erin Rovalo, PhD Candidate, Certified Biomimicry Professional (CBP), LEED AP BD+C, Biophilic Design Support, ILFI

  • Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Chief Executive Officer, International Living Future Institute

Thank you to The Kendeda Fund and our event sponsor, Interface, for supporting this year’s Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award.

Keep America Beautiful Adds Sustainability, Marketing Executives to National Board of Directors

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

 Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, recently elected five new senior sustainability and marketing executives to its 30-member national board of directors.

“Keep America Beautiful is pleased to add to our board so many seasoned sustainability and marketing executives who, along with their companies, are committed to our mission,” said Helen Lowman, President and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “The wealth of talent, energy, and passion for keeping our communities across the country clean, green, and beautiful, as represented on our board, is incredibly important to us.”

New representatives on the Keep America Beautiful board of directors include: Ivonne Andreu, Category Business Unit Leader for Gum & Mints, Mars Wrigley, North America; Nicole Brockmueller, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; Yumi Clevenger-Lee, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Nestlé Waters North America; Nedra Dickson, Managing Director, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Programs, Accenture; and Amandine Robin, Senior Vice President, Communications and Sustainability, Pernod Ricard North America.

"At Nestlé Waters North America, we believe that one bottle or can that ends up in a landfill or waterway, is one too many. We’re using the power of our brands to inspire consumers to think and act differently when it comes to recycling and caring for America’s natural resources. I’m proud to join the Board of Directors for Keep America Beautiful, which has NWNA’s long-time partner in this shared effort to create a waste-free future,” said Clevenger-Lee.

Keep America Beautiful has worked with many of the new representatives’ companies on education and environmental stewardship initiatives in the past, including:

  • Mars Wrigley Confectionery conducted post-Halloween employee cleanup initiatives in Chicago and Newark, New Jersey, where Mars Wrigley has locations;

  • Nestlé Waters North America has focused on promoting recycling education and infrastructure programs;

  • Pernod Ricard USA joined forces with Keep America Beautiful in June 2019 to execute volunteer projects across seven U.S. cities in celebration of the company's 9th annual Responsib'ALL Day of service and in alignment with the theme of Circular Economies; and

  • Santa Fe Natural Tobacco has for years supported the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, the nation’s largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter.

"Our work with Keep America Beautiful is a powerful demonstration of our commitments to Nurturing Terroir and Circular Making, which are core pillars of our 2030 Roadmap for Sustainability and Responsibility," said Pernod Ricard North America’s Robin. "I look forward to advancing those commitments alongside my fellow board members."

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
Maya Bronstein +1 (212) 981-5191 Maya_Bronstein@dkcnews.com DKC

Carnival Corporation Breaks the Million-Dollar Mark at Its 2019 American Cancer Society Relay for Life by Raising Over $500,000

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

Carnival Foundation, the charitable arm of Carnival Corporation (NYSE/LSE: CCL;NYSE: CUK), held its third Corporate Relay For Life fundraiser Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, for American Cancer Society. With the more than $500,000 raised at the event, including a $100,000 donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival became the second U.S. company to surpass the million-dollar mark through individual and team employee fundraising.

The event was attended by Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald, Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy and American Cancer Society Chief Executive Officer Gary Reedy.

"Carnival is a longstanding supporter of American Cancer Society, and we are proud to become only the second company in the United States to raise a million dollars through Relay For Life," said Duffy. "Cancer has touched almost everyone's life, and this is a cause we can all get behind. Our employees showed incredible dedication and ingenuity during this Relay For Life, and I want to thank everyone who volunteered or came out to support this fantastic event."

During Carnival Foundation's Corporate Relay For Life, participants from 24 volunteer teams of employees from 37 departments of Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Corporation manned booths themed to geographical locations. Every booth offered raffles and food or merchandise for sale.

The Opening Ceremony was a high-energy kickoff that celebrated the lives of those who have battled cancer, inspired hope and served as a reminder that fighting cancer is a year-round priority. Belinda Rivera, agent, group sales and services at Carnival Cruise Line, shared her story of survival and set a hopeful tone for the afternoon.

The first lap of the relay was walked by Carnival employees who are cancer survivors. The survivors received commemorative medals from Donald and Duffy before setting out on their lap. From 1 p.m. though 6 p.m., teams took turns walking or running around the "track" behind Carnival's headquarters in Doral, Florida.

Throughout the event, the vibe was kept high with performances by DJ Irie, official DJ of the Miami HEAT; the Miami HEAT Dancers; Burnie, the HEAT mascot; musicians and dancers from Carnival ships; and a version of the popular Lip Sync Battle featuring Carnival executives posing as rapper Usher and diva Tina Turner.

Relay For Life ended with an emotional Luminaria Ceremony that served as a time to remember people who succumbed to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer and to honor people who have survived the disease. Participants wrote the names of those they honored and decorated special paper bags, and the bags were illuminated to shine with the hope for a cancer-free world.

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About American Cancer Society's Relay For Life

The Relay For Life movement is the world's largest fundraising event to fight cancer, and last year drew more than 2.5 million participants at 3,500 events worldwide. Since its inception in 1985, Relay For Life has raised nearly $6.5 billion. Monies raised help ACS fund and conduct breakthrough research and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemotherapy, free places to stay near hospitals and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

About Carnival Foundation

Carnival Foundation is dedicated to creating positive change through empowering youth, enhancing education and strengthening families in the communities where Carnival Corporation employees live and work. Through monetary and in-kind donations, innovative philanthropic programs, employee fundraisers and hands-on volunteer initiatives, the foundation supports hundreds of organizations annually with primary funding focused in the areas of the arts, human needs, education and health.

Carnival Foundation partners include National YoungArts Foundation, New World Symphony, Florida International University, Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Best Buddies International, The Nature Conservancy, Dress for Success Worldwide, United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Feeding South Florida. Its website is www.carnivalfoundation.com.

 
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Hormel Foods Donates 80,000 Pounds of Food to Support the KARE 11 Food Fight

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), today announced a donation of 80,000 pounds of food to support #TeamJulie in the KARE 11 Food Fight. The Food Fight is a competitive food drive between the KARE 11 (Minneapolis, Minn.) news anchors that benefits the Second Harvest Heartland food bank.

The company’s donation consists of over 75,000 pounds of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals and 5,000 pounds of SPAM® mezclita spread.

When KARE 11 News Anchor Julie Nelson found out about the donation, she said, “Hormel Foods just donated 80,000 pounds of food to #TeamJulie and Second Harvest Heartland. 80,000 pounds! Thank you, Hormel Foods, for making a difference in our community. We are so grateful!”

“As a global branded food company, fighting food insecurity is extremely important to us,” said Steve Venenga, vice president of Grocery Products marketing at Hormel Foods. “We are pleased to support #TeamJulie in the KARE 11 Food Fight to rally around this important cause right before the holidays.”

The goal of this year’s food drive is 2 million pounds of food for Second Harvest Heartland. In 2014, the drive resulted in a donation of more than 1.4 million pounds of food. Hormel Foods also participated in the 2014 drive, contributing over 10,000 pounds of food. 

“We are so grateful for this generous donation from Hormel Foods to #TeamJulie,” said Allison O’Toole, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland. “It is through ongoing partnerships like those we have with Hormel Foods and KARE 11 that we are able to help ease the burden of hunger that so many of our neighbors experience.”

For more information about the KARE 11 Food Fight, please visit https://www.givemn.org/team/Foodfight2019. For additional information about the hunger-relief efforts of Hormel Foods, visit https://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

About Hormel Foods — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three straight years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

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Kelly Braaten +1 (507) 437-5345 media@hormel.com

WELL Movement Taking Off in Australia

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

Following a series of events in Melbourne and Sydney last week, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) highlighted Australia’s leading role in the movement to advance health and well-being in buildings and communities.

IWBI recognised a group of Australia and New Zealand-based leaders who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing health and well-being for people through WELL projects and their contributions to the WELL Portfolio Advisory. Ten people, including those selected from the community of WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL APs) and WELL Faculty members, were honoured during two IWBI Australia awards celebrations hosted by IWBI President Rachel Gutter.

The 2019 IWBI leadership awards were presented to the following WELL Faculty members: Loreta Brazukas, Cundall; Ken-Yi Fong, Arup; and Sophie Hutchinson, ADP Consulting. WELL APs receiving leadership awards included Alex Kobler, WGE/Stantec, and Hayley Koerbin, NDY. Several WELL Portfolio Pilot Advisory members were also recognised, including Andrew Cole, Lendlease APPF; Danny De Sousa, Brookfield AU; Nina James, Investa; Lisa Hinde, JLL APAC; and Tony Short, Charter Hall.

“These exemplary individuals have gone above and beyond to play influential roles in advancing WELL in Australia and New Zealand,” said Rachel Gutter. “It is due to the passion and the relentless engagement of the local WELL community in delivering buildings and spaces that support people’s health and enable them to fulfil their potential, that we have been able to collectively advance the global wellness movement.”

WELL continues to advance the “second wave of sustainability” as the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that promote human health and wellness. To date, more than 3,800 projects encompassing over 467 million square feet (nearly 4.5 million square metres) of real estate in 58 countries have been registered or certified through WELL.

Australia’s property industry has a global reputation for setting a high bar in the delivery of green buildings and communities. Expanding on the world-class outcomes promoted by Green Star around health and well-being, the country is now also embracing WELL. Australia’s 177 projects make it the third highest country in square footage, after the U.S. and China, and fourth highest in number of projects after the U.S., China and the UK.

The expanding WELL community has enthusiastically embraced the WELL movement in Australia and New Zealand. More than 230 individuals in Australia have successfully passed the WELL AP exam or are registered, highlighting the growing pool of practitioners and industry professionals looking to develop and demonstrate their understanding of strategies that put people and their health and well-being at the center of decisions about buildings and communities. Nine WELL Performance Testing Organisations servicing Australia or New Zealand now employ GBCI-trained Performance Testing Agents, bringing the ability to conduct performance verification direct to the local market and helping facilitate market transformation. In addition to the WELL Portfolio Advisory, Australians are participating in WELL Concept Advisories – a network of 100 experts reviewing the evidence and research behind WELL v2 and helping to drive what’s next within each of the 10 concepts in the WELL Building Standard.

“The industry in Australia has long demonstrated its intention to stand at the forefront of innovation in the movement to deliver better buildings that support health and sustainability,” added Gutter. “Every day we’re seeing real estate developers, owners and operators, architects, designers, sustainability consultants, human resources managers and other like-minded professionals come together to drive the rapid uptake of WELL and showcase their commitment to delivering positive environmental, social and wellness outcomes.”

Recent notable project achievements in Australia include the following:

  • Lendlease’s Melbourne NextPlace Office was awarded Platinum level WELL Certification, the first project in Australia to be certified under WELL v2. This follows the Lendlease International Towers Sydney achieving the world’s first Platinum level WELL Core & Shell Certification for 3 million total square feet (278,000 square metres) of workspace last year, and Lendlease’s global headquarters at Barangaroo South achieving Australia’s first WELL Certified Platinum workplace.

  • Arup’s Melbourne Workplace also recently achieved WELL Certified Platinum after upgrading from WELL v1 to v2, signifying its commitment to apply the latest proven wellness strategies.

  • After achieving Precertification, Worksafe achieved WELL Certified Gold for its office situated within the WELL Certified Platinum 1 Malop St building. The office serves as the headquarters for the Victorian State Government’s Workplace Health and Safety Administrator.

  • Lot Fourteen, the former Royal Adelaide Hospital redevelopment, was the first WELL Community Standard project registered in Australia.

IWBI continues to value its partnership with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) as they work together to accelerate the uptake of building practice that helps improve the health and wellness of people in Australia. GBCA supports the adoption of WELL locally, develops and drives educational initiatives, and collaborates with IWBI to prepare members of the local market for the WELL AP program.

About the International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL v2 pilot is the latest version of its popular WELL Building Standard, and the WELL Community Standard pilot is a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilises the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. IWBI is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, and helps companies advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of WELL. For more information, please visit us here.

ADDENDUM – Public WELL Certified Projects in Australia:
Arup Melbourne Workplace

Interface Sydney Office and Showroom

Lendlease Melbourne NextPlace Office

Barrack Place, 151 Clarence Street

Wilkhahn Forum, Sydney Australia

1 Malop St

WorkSafe, 1 Malop St

CBRE Sydney

International Towers Sydney 12 and 3 + Barangaroo South – Lendlease tenancy

Mirvac Headquarters

720 Bourke Street

Charter Hall Workplace - Melbourne

Charter Hall – Perth

Frasers Property Australia - Rhodes Tenancy

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kristen.coco@wellcertified.com

Leading Global Business Executives Address UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

Hosted by NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), executives from six leading companies participated in a panel discussion yesterday evening at The Millennium Hilton at One UN Plaza. The event kicked off NFTE’s annual celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week and recognized participants in NFTE’s World Series of Innovation, a global competition that challenges young people to develop innovative ideas to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Presented by Citi Foundation and Moody’s Corporation, with support from EY, PayPal, Mastercard, Bank of the West, and Intuit Education, last night’s industry panel explored the role of entrepreneurial problem-solving in addressing the most serious issues facing humanity.

Moderator Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics, led a discussion among panelists including:

  • Dustin Ling, Director, Global Public Sector Coverage, Citi Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory

  • Kelly Joscelyne, Chief Talent Officer, Mastercard

  • Christiani Franck, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Transaction Advisory Services, EY

  • Julie Vennewitz-Pierce, Director, PayPal Gives

  • Dr. Corneil Montgomery, Head of Community Impact, Corporate Social Responsibility Group, Bank of the West

NFTE’s World Series of Innovation is an online global innovation challenge series that invites young people to use design thinking and entrepreneurial problem solving to address pressing challenges – such as advancing the UN SDGs.

“As we look at the issues facing our nation and world today, it becomes clear that it’s more important than ever to bring young people into the conversation. We developed the World Series of Innovation as a way to focus youth innovation on impact entrepreneurism,” said Dr. J.D. LaRock, NFTE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This gathering of leading industry voices provides guidance to young entrepreneurs who are committed to making a difference through their innovative ideas. We’re grateful to the companies who support the World Series of Innovation and applaud their commitment to developing the entrepreneurial mindset of the next generation. The young entrepreneurs inspired by a World Series of Innovation challenge today will be the leaders developing solutions that change the world tomorrow.”

The panel provided a platform to explore global issues like gender discrimination, poverty, and limited education. The panelists fielded questions about ways the entrepreneurial landscape can address these problems by creating greater economic opportunity and better access to limited resources among those who lack representation and formal networks.

“Young people are an inspirational source of innovation for developing solutions to the global challenges we face today,” said Citi’s Dustin Ling, who spoke on the panel. “Citi and the Citi Foundation are proud to support NFTE’s World Series of Innovation and empower young people by elevating and investing in new ideas and solutions.”

“Moody’s is committed to empowering people with financial knowledge, activating an environmentally sustainable future, and helping young people reach their potential, which is why our partnership with NFTE is a natural fit,” said Gus Harris, Executive Director of Moody’s Analytics. “Beyond the sponsorship, Moody’s employees volunteer as judges, coaches, and guest speakers, which enables us to observe the creativity, energy, and potential of the students firsthand.”

“There is a significant disparity between the resources currently allocated to advancing the SDGs and what’s truly necessary to achieve them – the financing gap is $2.5 trillion per year,” said Mark Zandi of Moody's. “Through our support of the World Series of Innovation, we are contributing to broader collective efforts by helping to prepare our leaders of tomorrow with the right skills and mindsets to approach these critical issues.”

NFTE launched a new set of nine World Series of Innovation challenges this fall. They include:

The competition is open to young people ages 13-24, who are invited to submit innovative ideas for tackling global issues such as advancing the SDGs. There's an opportunity to win cash prizes and gain publicity for their ideas. The deadline for entries in the current challenge series is December 16. Winners will be announced in the spring.

To learn more about the competition, visit innovation.nfte.com.

About NFTE

NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) is the leading educational nonprofit focused on teaching startup skills and activating the entrepreneurial mindset in young people from under-resourced communities. Research shows the entrepreneurial mindset—a set of skills including initiative, self-reliance, adaptability, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration—leads to lifelong success. Empowered by the entrepreneurial mindset and equipped with the business and academic skills NFTE teaches, program alumni are prepared to thrive. NFTE works with schools and community partners across the U.S. through its nationwide network of program offices. Alliances with global youth development organizations bring NFTE programs to additional students internationally. NFTE reaches more than 100,000 young people annually and has served well over a million students since its founding. Learn more at www.nfte.com.

About Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit citifoundation.com.

About Moody’s Corporation

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The corporation, which reported revenue of $4.4 billion in 2018, employs approximately 10,900 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 44 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

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Mohawk at Greenbuild 2019: Sustainability Is Second Nature

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

Mohawk Industries’ overarching theme at Greenbuild 2019, “Sustainability is Second Nature,” drives home the manufacturer’s total commitment to creating a believe in better culture across all divisions that will provide consumers and designers with the most advanced and innovative sustainable flooring solutions.

The world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, Greenbuild began yesterday in Atlanta and continues through Nov. 22 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Mohawk’s growing portfolio of residential and commercial flooring solutions designed to minimize environmental footprints will be exhibited in booth space 805.

“We have to reach a point where sustainable solutions for the built environment are not something we think about and talk about—but something we just do. They have to become so ingrained in our thinking that innovation and transparency are the golden standards that create a baseline from which everything else is measured,” said George Bandy Jr., Mohawk Flooring North America chief sustainability officer. “Every day at Mohawk, we approach our design and manufacturing processes with the mindset to create better products for a better world. Sustainability is simply second nature for our company.”

Greenbuild offers Mohawk the opportunity to showcase its sustainable products and share its handprinting strategy with thousands of building professionals. Mohawk Group, Mohawk Flooring and Daltile will be represented at the conference. Products featured at this year’s expo include:

  • Owls, designed by Jason F. McLennan in collaboration with Mohawk Group, captures the essence of the North American birds of prey through color and patterning. This distinctive, yet versatile biophilic commercial carpet plank offers two 12" x 36" patterns inspired by the mottled shades of black, brown, tan and gray in the plumage of owls as they lift into the air. Owls meets the stringent requirements of Living Product Petal Certification and is produced in Glasgow, Va., at Mohawk Group’s Living Site.

  • Air.o is a hypoallergenic Unified Soft Flooring (USF), which is completely recyclable at the end of its life. It does not absorb moisture, which helps prevent the growth of allergens and microbes, and is easy to clean and VOC-free. Air.o is engineered with just one material, making it 100% recyclable. Air.o is the smart soft flooring choice for homes and for the environment.

  • Relaxing Floors is a 12" x 36" carpet plank collection designed by 13&9 in collaboration with Fractals Research and Mohawk Group based on fractal patterning found in nature. These patterns, which scientific research shows have stress-reductive qualities, have been proven to reduce stress by as much as 60%. This flooring system utilizes nature’s “building blocks” to give our eyes a break from the digital world and deliver the essence of nature to commercial spaces. Relaxing Floors is also a Living Product collection.

  • EverStrand is created through one of the most innovative manufacturing processes in the world: Continuum. Through Continuum, Mohawk recycles reclaimed PET plastic bottles into the polyester fiber used to produce soft and durable residential carpet.

As the largest manufacturer of ceramic tile and natural stone products, Mohawk’s Daltile division utilizes only natural materials in its tiles, and more than 98% of the company’s manufactured products contain some level of pre-consumer recycled material. This level of commitment to sustainable manufacturing and design extends across Mohawk’s family of brands.

This year at Greenbuild, Mohawk is also highlighting its innovative virtual reality technology. The platform gives contract designers the power to envision every facet of a project’s floor plan in a fully immersive virtual experience. A more sustainable customer specification solution, Mohawk’s groundbreaking VR technology helps minimize sample waste by digitizing earlier stages of the flooring specification process.

As part of its ongoing efforts to increase its positive social handprint, Mohawk has become the largest recycler of PET soda and water bottles in North America. In 2017 alone, the flooring manufacturer diverted more than 6.2 billion plastic bottles from landfills to be recycled specifically into EverStrand. Additionally, since 2007, more than 150 million pounds of used carpet have been diverted from landfills through Mohawk’s ReCover recycling program. Mohawk also has reduced its amount of water consumption by more than 450 million gallons since 2010.

“With a strong tradition of doing the right thing, we are working to create a world where all people are valued, where health and well-being are prioritized and where sustainable use of resources drives every action,” added Bandy.

To learn more about Mohawk Industries and its commitment to believe in better sustainability and corporate social responsibility, visit MohawkSustainability.com.

About Mohawk
Mohawk Industries is a leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include Mohawk, American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Eliane, Feltex, Godfrey Hirst, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

About Greenbuild
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world will attend Greenbuild’s three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers and special seminars. More than 600 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services and technology will exhibit at Greenbuild. The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us. The future of the human race is interlaced with the future of the planet, and the sustainable practices we celebrate and advance at Greenbuild remind us that our success as sustainability advocates, practitioners and professionals is more than a movement, it is a responsibility.

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Adam and Caitlin Thielen Team Up With Jennie-O Turkey Store to Donate 1,000 Turkeys

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

 Jennie-O Turkey Store has partnered with Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen; his wife, Caitlin; and the Thielen Foundation to provide 1,000 turkeys to Minnesota families in need this Thanksgiving season. The donation is being made through the Salvation Army, which serves people throughout Minnesota. According to food experts, 1,000 turkeys will likely contribute to 10,000 meals, helping to curb hunger in the state.

Adam and Caitlin Thielen, along with their sons, Asher and Hudson, were on hand today to distribute the Jennie-O® turkeys to families.

“Teaming up with organizations like Jennie-O and the Salvation Army for today’s giveaway was a natural fit as they share many of the values that we do,” said Adam Thielen. “With Jennie-O based right here in Minnesota and the fact that Caitlin and I were born in Minnesota, it’s especially wonderful to see us all come together to give back to the communities that have given us so much over the years.”

Jennie-O and its parent company, Hormel Foods, are committed to alleviating food insecurity, according to Steve Lykken, president of Jennie-O.

“Thanksgiving is a time when we naturally think of those who need a helping hand, but our work doesn’t end with the holidays,” he said. “As a food company, it’s our privilege to play a part in feeding the world, including those who are unable to purchase our products.”

ABOUT JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE, INC.

Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., based in Willmar, Minn., is one of the largest and most beloved turkey brands in the world. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), Jennie-O Turkey Store offers an array of more than 1,500 high quality fresh, frozen, refrigerated and deli turkey products that are distributed throughout the United States and 27 countries worldwide. Jennieo.com

ABOUT THE THIELEN FOUNDATION

With an overarching theme on youth development, the Thielen Foundation aims to create programs that serve, educate and inspire those in need so they’re equipped and empowered to reach their full potential in life. The Thielen motto to “achieve your full potential” is a guiding principle lived out by Adam every day and is meant to inspire and motivate individuals to overcome challenges and adversity so they are able to tackle some of life’s biggest goals.

ABOUT HORMEL FOODS – INSPIRED PEOPLE. INSPIRED FOOD.™

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Columbus®, Wholly® guacamole, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and https://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

Morgan Stanley Expands Partnership with Safe Horizon Through New Grant Supporting the Streetwork Project

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced a $1,000,000 grant to Safe Horizon, a victim assistance non-profit that provides advocacy and support to victims who have experienced crimes or abuse including domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking. In addition, the organization is New York City’s leading provider of emergency services and supportive care for homeless youth. Safe Horizon supports more than 250,000 individuals affected by these issues each year. 

The new grant will secure necessary funding for Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project, its critical but underfunded program dedicated to assisting thousands of young people up to age 25 who are homeless, runaways or street-involved, offering a comprehensive continuum of care to help them stabilize and work toward long-term safety. 

Streetwork Project offers young people in crisis – many of them in the LGBTQ community – safety and resources each day and night of the year, providing direct, easy access to a range of services designed to promote immediate safety and increase long-term self-sufficiency. Last year, Streetwork Project’s outreach teams provided emergency care to street-involved youth through over 11,000 contacts. Through this new grant, Morgan Stanley will help Streetwork Project continue to engage young people through outreach, drop-in and shelter-based services in the coming years ahead. Streetwork Project connects young people with intensive support to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide nutritious, freshly cooked meals through their kitchens and pantries

  • Empower youth struggling with persistent trauma symptoms to increase their coping skills

  • Enroll clients in Medicaid to access health care

  • Enroll young people in SNAP benefits to access healthy foods in markets

  • Place young people in their own apartments through transitional and supportive housing

“Safe Horizon has a critically important mission: to provide victims of abuse with the necessary support to help them heal and to empower them to build their lives,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley. “Safe Horizon’s efforts are essential to supporting this community and allowing these vulnerable youth to lead healthy and successful lives.”

In addition to the new Streetwork Project funding, Morgan Stanley’s grant will also support Safe Horizon’s Child Advocacy Centers (CACs).  

Without adequate support and early intervention, the trauma from abuse or violence can result in lifelong challenges. Safe Horizon’s CACs ensure that every child victim of sexual or severe physical abuse receives a professional and coordinated investigation and response from a multidisciplinary team of experts. 

“The generous support of Morgan Stanley enables us to continue providing necessary resources that ensure youth affected by homelessness, abuse and violence are offered a safe place for healing and rebuilding,” said Ariel Zwang, CEO at Safe Horizon. “Their investment in our programs and services truly shows the commitment of Morgan Stanley to empower youth for a better future.” 

The Firm has funded the CAC annually since 2012, providing more than $500,000 in support already. Beyond financial support, Morgan Stanley employees have been active with Safe Horizon volunteering and providing pro bono support for the past seven years.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

About Safe Horizon 

Established in 1978, Safe Horizon is the largest non-profit victim services agency in the United States. It touches the lives of more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Safe Horizon envisions a society free of family and community violence, leading the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence. Safe Horizon’s mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. For more information please visit safehorizon.org

Media Relations Contacts: Gaston Terrones Dimant, Katherine Stueber, mediainquiries@morganstanley.com

CNH Industrial Teams up With Artcenter College of Design to Reimagine Construction Equipment

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

  CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) collaborated with students at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, U.S.A., to develop and inspire sustainable designs for CASE Construction Equipment, a global construction equipment brand of CNH Industrial, for the not-too-distant future.

The latest CNH Industrial Behind the Wheel webisode provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the students’ creative processes, in developing designs for more sustainable construction equipment.

ArtCenter students were challenged to re-imagine the legendary CASE Loader Backhoe. They were asked to develop an improved Loader Backhoe or a comparable machine that does not exist today but can perform specific functions (e.g. dig, move dirt/material, grading, dozing) in a more efficient, convenient and comfortable way to improve the overall operator experience. A fundamental part of this challenge was to transform the interior cab into a mobile workspace. Students also needed to take safety considerations into account given that construction equipment is often used in built-up areas. This teaches the students about the other surrounding factors that contribute to the design process.

The design ideas took account of many sustainable issues impacting modern construction equipment, such as smart technologies, alternative fuels/energy and semi-autonomous operations.

The collaboration with ArtCenter highlights CNH Industrial’s commitment to promote young talent and offer opportunities to work with industry professionals and broaden their design portfolio. In return, CNH Industrial gains fresh outside perspectives on product innovation and a sustainable future.

ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, it offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide array of industrial design, visual and applied arts disciplines, as well as a joint MS/MBA program with the Drucker School of Management and a minor in Social Innovation through the Designmatters program.

CNH Industrial has longstanding relationships with leading academic design institutes around the world, including the Royal College of Art (London, UK), Domus Academy (Milan, Italy) and the Nantes School of Design (Nantes, France).

Watch online at: cnhindustrial.com/designchallenge_en

Albertsons Companies’ debi lilly design™ Helps Shoppers Give Gifts of Food, Clean Water, and Shoes to People in Need Around the World

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

Albertsons Companies’ exclusive debi lilly design line of floral and home décor is transforming the gift of flowers into the gift of hope.

Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME, Randalls, Tom Thumb, United, and Market Street stores in select areas are now offering special debi lilly design Extending Smiles bouquets, which not only make a room or holiday dinner table look more festive, but also help people in need in the U.S. and around the world.

“Customers today don’t just want a great product. They don’t just want great style. They want something that is going to make someone’s life better,” said entertaining and design expert Debi Lilly. “Customers want to know that they’re helping make the planet a little bit better and that they’re helping change a life.”

With the holidays approaching, a simple gift of flowers can provide something truly special. When customers purchase one of the special floral designs at participating stores, $1 of the proceeds will be used to provide a pair of shoes, clean water, or food to someone in need.

Each bouquet includes a tag that identifies the category for which the donation will be used — water, food, or shoes. The tag also has two important codes to offer even greater detail. A QR Code leads to the Extending Smiles website, providing a full perspective of the program, including a video detailing the global crisis of water-related diseases and hunger. A unique alphanumeric code can be input on the website to pinpoint the specific communities and lives that will be touched. For example, a code could reveal, “Your bouquet purchase will go towards water treatment equipment for different schools in Flint, Michigan.”

“We’re excited to share the joy and beauty of flowers in a way that can have a meaningful and incredible effect on people’s lives. That’s what we mean by Extending Smiles. The smile doesn’t end when you receive the flowers as a gift or use them to decorate a space. The benefit goes far beyond,” said Chad Coester, SVP of Albertsons Companies Own Brands.

This outreach is made possible through partnerships with three highly respected and efficient charities that maximize the power of the donation, stretching each dollar to make the greatest impact.

  • Soles4Souls: Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed over 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries, including the U.S. The donation from your purchase of an Extending Smiles bouquet will provide a child with a pair of shoes.

  • Food for the Poor, Inc.: One of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, Food for the Poor, Inc. provides food, housing, water and other key necessities to people in need in the Caribbean and Latin America. The donation from your purchase of an Extending Smiles bouquet will provide a person with one meal a day for a full week.

  • WATERisLIFE: This organization’s mission is to bring safe drinking water to 1 billion people across the globe. WATERisLIFE provides clean water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions to save lives and transform communities. The donation from your purchase of an Extending Smiles bouquet will help finance water filtration systems that can provide one person with clean water for a year.

In addition to supporting the organization listed on each tag, Extending Smiles bouquets also support sustainable farming practices. The designs are certified by the Rainforest Alliance, which verifies that each flower and element of the bouquet was farmed in a way that conserves biodiversity and natural resources and improves the livelihoods of growers and farm workers.

The Extending Smiles bouquets, which will be available year-round, are part of the popular debi lilly design collection of arrangements, vases, candles and other home décor items found exclusively in the floral department at Albertsons Cos. stores.

Albertsons Cos. is a longtime supporter of hunger relief and humanitarian aid. The company’s Hunger Is campaign, a fundraiser to provide breakfast to kids across the U.S., has raised $37.8 million, which made 100 million breakfasts possible for kids in need. Additionally, stores rally to help communities with water and other necessities when disaster strikes. Last year alone, the company raised $3.2 million in disaster/humanitarian aid to help people affected by wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

About Albertsons Companies

Locally great and nationally strong, Albertsons Companies, Inc. is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. Albertsons Cos. operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Cos. is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2018 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company gave over $262 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

MEDIA CONTACT

Teena Massingill
teena.massingill@albertsons.com
925-738-1387

Bridgestone Brings First At-Scale Use of Recovered Carbon Black to Tire Market

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

 Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) today announced the industry’s first at-scale use of recovered carbon black (rCB) in the tire market as part of its long-standing partnership with Delta-Energy Group, LLC, a market leader for material recovery from end-of-life (EOL) tires. 

The move to at-scale commercialization of D-E Black®, Delta-Energy Group’s proprietary rCB product recovered from EOL tires, marks a significant milestone in achieving Bridgestone Group’s long-term environmental vision of targeting 100% sustainable materials – and contributing to a reduction of over 50% CO2 emissions – by the year 2050 and beyond. The process by Delta-Energy group to extract materials produces 81% less CO2 per ton as compared to vCB.

The investment also serves Bridgestone’s larger mission to drive toward a circular economy that eliminates waste through the continual use of resources. As demand for virgin carbon black (vCB) outpaces supply, Bridgestone’s strategic investment provides an alternative that benefits not only the tire industry, but the planet as well. 

“Bridgestone Group is deeply committed to advancing an environmentally sustainable society by supporting a truly circular economy,” said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “Through this partnership with Delta-Energy Group, we hope to shape the future of our industry and ensure efficient mobility solutions for generations to come.”

Bridgestone began evaluating Delta-Energy’s materials in 2007 and became an equity partner in late 2014. Since that time, the use of D-E Black as a partial replacement for vCB in new tires has undergone extensive testing to ensure compliance with the high standards and superior quality and performance for which Bridgestone tires are known. 

To date, Bridgestone has purchased approximately 235 metric tons of rCB, the equivalent of more than 70,000 EOL tires, resulting in the reduction of approximately 765,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, compared to using vCB. By the end of 2020, Bridgestone plans to increase the use of D-E Black to 6,800 metric tons, equivalent to about 2 million EOL tires and a reduction of about 24 million pounds of carbon emissions – the amount to power nearly 2,000 homes or more than 2,300 passenger vehicles for an entire year. Through the partnership with Delta-Energy, Bridgestone will divert millions of EOL tires annually into new products that will give them a new life.

“Important partnerships like this significantly accelerate innovative solutions to address the technical, economic and environmental needs of sustainable development initiatives,” said Bob Genovese, Delta-Energy CEO. “Bridgestone has been an invaluable partner from the beginning, and we are proud to be able to support them, and the tire industry as a whole, in endeavors moving toward a more circular economy with D-E Black. Delta-Energy has plans to build several more plants in North America over the next few years capable of processing D-E Black for new tires and other rubber product industries.” 
 
Bridgestone is using D-E Black in high-quality tires for agriculture and passenger applications across multiple plants in the Americas, including the Bridgestone Des Moines Agriculture Tire Plant, Aiken County Passenger Tire Plant, and the Bridgestone Cuernavaca Tire Plant. The company is continually assessing new opportunities to expand its usage of D-E Black into additional plants and product lines.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, the company is dedicated to improving the way people live, work, move and play in all of the communities it calls home. 

About Delta-Energy Group, LLC:   For more than eight years, Delta-Energy has been a leader in the development of technology that recovers carbon black and other chemicals from end-of-life tires. Recovered carbon black is used in the manufacture of tires, rubber products, plastics and colorants.  Delta-Energy provides a revolutionary solution to the environmental issue of hundreds of millions of scrap tires produced every year while providing clients with quality materials that meet their performance requirements.    Contact: Media Center
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Landry’s, Inc. Partners with YouGiveGoods to Provide Kids’ Meals and Gifts of Hope to Cancer Survivors

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

 Landry’s, Inc. one of America's leading dining, hospitality, gaming, and entertainment groups based in Houston, partnered with e-commerce company YouGiveGoods, to initiate an employee giving program raising most-needed items for local communities.

Through YouGiveGoods, an innovative e-commerce company that connects tangible giving to community needs through its free giving platform, Landry’s employees used its convenient online services to raise food, supplies and gifts that benefitted the local community.

In Spring 2019, Landry’s employees created a friendly company-wide competition to donate nearly 6,000 juice boxes for Kids Meals Inc, a nonprofit organization who supplies nutritious meals for children in need in Houston.

Due to the company’s overwhelming response for Kids Meals donations, Landry’s continued its philanthropic efforts with YouGiveGoods on a national level. Throughout October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, more than 60 Landry’s restaurants nationwide scheduled local packing events compiling gifts of comfort and hope for breast cancer patients through the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Hope Kits Program. In Houston, local employees put together Hope Kits containing items purchased through their online event including cozy socks, lip balm, tea, and moisturizer.  

CSR and workplace giving programs are imperative to attracting and retaining the best talent. One survey by Americas Charities revealed that working for an employer with a culture supportive of giving and volunteering is very important to 71% of employees surveyed.  Successful CSR programs can make employees more productive and ultimately translate into a stronger bottom line.

So, what was a company like Landry’s to do when programs were established but they wanted to increase employee engagement, simplify the event execution and maximize their participation?  They did what recent studies have shown to be effective, they provided choices in how employees could help and utilized today’s technology to make program execution more convenient and more inclusive, and they were sure to create meaningful, long term partnerships with the nonprofit organizations being supported. Together with YouGiveGoods, Landry’s was able to improve their workplace giving program and have a greater impact on kids in need and cancer survivors.

About YouGiveGoods

YouGiveGoods, LLC. is an innovative e-commerce company that connects tangible giving to community needs through our free giving platform.  Support any cause when you raise food, disaster relief supplies, toys, school supplies, socks, diapers, blankets – any goods your selected charity may need, all brand-new and delivered to their door.  YouGiveGoods' technology enables corporations, groups and individuals to create unique giving experiences with custom designed drive pages.   Specializing in workplace giving, YouGiveGoods events maximize employee engagement while meeting the needs of the nonprofit and the corporation. A YouGiveGoods online drive is a simple, efficient, measurable activity that makes a real difference in your community.

For more information

Contact:
Diane Frain
1-877-526-4483 x107
diane.frain@yougivegoods.com>

About Landry’s, Inc

Landry’s, Inc., wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, is a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 600 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts such as Mastro’s Restaurants, Morton’s The Steakhouse, a group of signature high end restaurants, including Vic & Anthony's, Strip House, The Oceanaire, Chart House, Willie G’s McCormick & Schmick’s and Brenner’s Steak House, plus casual dining brands including Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Mitchell’s Fish Market Restaurants, and Saltgrass Steak House, along with popular New York BR Guest Restaurants such as Dos Caminos and Bill’s Bar & Burger. In October 2019, Landry’s acquired Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouses and Del Frisco’s Grille as well as Restaurants Unlimited with fine dining and casual concepts such as Portland City Grill, Henry’s Tavern, Kincaid’s and more. Landry’s gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Lake Charles, La. Landry’s entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium Restaurants and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on Galveston Island and the Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Texas.

CIT Launches One Million Meals Campaign to Fight Hunger

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) today announced the start of the second annual One Million Meals campaign in partnership with Feeding America® to fight hunger this holiday season. Customers, employees and social media followers are invited to join in donating One Million Meals1 to people in need. Participants can help direct the donations by choosing to support Feeding America's Mobile Pantry Program or MealConnect Program.

"We're proud to continue our partnership with Feeding America and our commitment to making a difference this holiday season, which is all about connecting with and caring for others," said CIT Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Gina Proia. "We're grateful for the opportunity to join with our communities, customers and employees to battle food insecurity in our towns and cities."

To participate, individuals are invited to follow #GiveLikeYou and visit CIT on Facebook or Twitter to vote for one of the two Feeding America programs. For every vote or engagement (like, comment or share) on social media, CIT will direct 10 meals to the program of choice.

For every Savings Builder account2 opened from today through Dec. 17, 2019 at CIT's national online bank, CIT Bank, the company will donate 100 meals3. Savings Builder is a digital savings product designed to reward consistent savers by providing a higher interest rate for those who deposit at least $100 each month.

In addition, the company will donate 100 meals3 for equipment financed by CIT through the digital Small Business Solutions platform from today through Dec. 17, 2019.

"We're pleased our partnership with CIT is expanding to its second year," said Doug Montgomery, managing director of New Partnerships for Feeding America. "Thanks to the generous support of partners like CIT, we can raise awareness of the vital role these programs play in delivering food to communities in need."

Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 local food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together serve more than 40 million people each year. Last year's inaugural One Million Meals campaign exceeded its goal by 50%. The One Million Meals campaign runs until Dec. 17 this year.

About CIT
CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience, approximately $50 billion in assets as of June 30, 2019, and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender). The company's commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, real estate financing, equipment financing, factoring and railcar financing. CIT's consumer banking segment includes its national online bank, CIT Bank, and a Southern California branch bank, OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank, N.A. Discover more at cit.com/about.

1 $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. CIT will donate up to 1.5 million meals.
2 Terms and conditions apply. See site for details.
3 Donation of meals will be split between the two Feeding America programs Mobile Pantry Program and MealConnect

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Cognizant U.S. Foundation, Walmart.org and Microsoft Philanthropies Partner to Increase Inclusion in the Technology Sector through Computer Science Education

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

The Cognizant U.S. Foundation, Walmart.org and Microsoft Philanthropies today announced a collective $3 million investment to deliver industry-informed computer science curriculum at 150 college campuses nationwide, and support women and students of color studying and pursuing careers in technology. The investment in CodePath.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding the pipeline of underrepresented populations in technology, will enable the organization to triple the number of two- and four-year colleges participating. Programming will expand to more than 75 cities nationwide and increase annual capacity by 250 percent, serving as many as 7,000 students by 2021.

While the tech industry is facing a talent shortage of 500,000 workers, just 7.4 percent of industry employees are Black and 8 percent are Latinx. Further, recent studies show that Black and Latinx students who pursue a computer science major are one-third more likely to drop out of those programs than their white peers. The same studies show women are earning only 18% of computer science bachelor’s degrees annually in the United States.

CodePath.org works closely with major technology companies and colleges in realigning computer science curriculum to meet employer needs for specific skills, and put students of color and women on a path to technology careers. Since 2015, CodePath.org has helped train more than 2,500 students across 49 colleges and universities.

“The Cognizant U.S. Foundation identifies and invests in solutions that are transforming our country’s education and workforce systems to be responsive to a new and ever-evolving future. CodePath’s model is creating pathways into technology careers for underrepresented populations in nearly every market across the U.S.—and we are proud to support their expansion,” said Kristen Titus, Executive Director of the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, which has committed $1.5 million toward the investment. “There is no issue more central to the Foundation’s mission than ensuring all populations have equal access to careers in technology. Bringing like-minded funders together means that CodePath.org can scale more quickly.”

CodePath.org’s programs work in partnership with computer science professors to provide industry-informed, accredited coursework at no cost. According to The New York Times, the number of undergraduates majoring in computer science more than doubled from 2013 to 2017, yet tenure-track faculty rose just 17 percent, leading universities to put caps on computer science enrollment.

Recognizing the opportunity to equip computer science departments and professors with resources, CodePath.org realigns curriculum while providing intensive, on-demand support and training designed to help students through the recruiting and technical interviewing process. A recent study of CodePath.org alumni found students were approximately three times more likely to receive a technical job offer after completing the program than if they had applied through a company’s standard recruiting process.

“The computer science coursework offered by most colleges today is disconnected from shifting industry demands. But closing equity gaps in tech requires that we not only equip students with the technical skills employers are looking for, but also prepare them to navigate technical interviews and other barriers that often close the door on tech careers for women and students of color,” said Michael Ellison, founder and CEO of CodePath.org. “The support from Cognizant U.S. Foundation, Walmart.org, and Microsoft Philanthropies is fueling a paradigm shift in talent development where, instead of competing for the top students at a few elite institutions, we scale systems that can teach any student, in any classroom to excel in tech.”

“Building a more diverse technology sector is good for business and society,” said Julie Gehrki, Vice President of Philanthropy at Walmart. “We are proud to support CodePath in their efforts to provide more opportunities for women and people of color while building a more inclusive technology sector.”

“One of the fundamental challenges in the technology sector is the need to increase opportunities for women and people of color,” said Kate Behncken, vice president and lead of Microsoft Philanthropies. “Building on Microsoft’s longstanding commitment to helping young people access and learn computer science, our collective partnership with CodePath.org will help scale its unique model to ensure everyone, no matter their background, can be the leaders and computer scientists solving tomorrow’s challenges.”

About CodePath.org
CodePath.org is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit transforming computer science education for underrepresented minorities at 49 colleges and universities, doubling in size every semester. Working closely with major technology companies like Facebook, CodePath.org is changing what is being taught and how it is being taught in CS programs nationwide to increase diversity in tech using a system-wide solution.

About the Cognizant U.S. Foundation
The Cognizant U.S. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation supporting STEM education and skills training across the United States. Launched in 2018 with an initial $100 million investment from Cognizant, the Foundation has since awarded $12 million to organizations working to educate and train the next generation of workers in communities throughout the U.S.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart.org represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. By leaning in where our business has unique strengths, we work to tackle key social issues and collaborate with others to spark long-lasting systemic change. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Walmart.org is helping people live better by supporting programs that work to accelerate upward job mobility for frontline workers, address hunger and make healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality, and build strong communities where Walmart operates. To learn more, visit www.walmart.org or find us on Twitter @walmartorg.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Scotiabank Supports Artificial Intelligence Research at University of Alberta

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 6:53pm

Scotiabank announced a donation of $1.25 million to the University of Alberta this morning, to fund the Scotiabank Artificial Intelligence Research Initiative in the Department of Computing Science. 

The Scotiabank Artificial Intelligence Research Initiative aims to understand and build practical tools and predictive models for fraud detection and speech to text analytics. In addition, this investment supports the growth and development of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), by funding student participation in a variety of initiatives including in the Canadian Women in Computers Conference and the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest gathering of women technologists.

The use of artificial intelligence at Scotiabank has already illustrated significant potential by providing customers with more customized products and services and resolving customer inquiries more efficiently.

"Leveraging academic partnerships with leading research in the field of artificial intelligence will continue to provide a unique pipeline for idea generation and innovation to support the building of future solutions for Scotiabank customers," says Mark Wagner, Vice President Analytics Practice and Corporate Functions at Scotiabank. "Our partnerships with academia are fostering the next generation of talent by building communities of practice for artificial intelligence and machine learning."

"We are grateful to Scotiabank for their support of our artificial intelligence initiatives at the University of Alberta," says Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. "We need to be intentional about working together to build a balanced, diverse, and inclusive science pipeline more reflective of today's world. This donation not only supports our students but also provides important training for postdoctoral fellows, increasing our research capacity in AI and positioning our leaders of tomorrow to address global challenges and societal needs."

Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. This investment in education is an investment in the long-term security, stability and growth of our communities.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our more than 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 100,000 employees and assets of over $1 trillion (as at July 31, 2019), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

About University of Alberta

One of Canada's top teaching and research universities, the University of Alberta punches well above its weight for artificial intelligence research, ranking third globally over the last 25 years, according to CSRankings.org. The University of Alberta's Department of Computing Science is the oldest and one of the largest computing science departments in the country, with an international reputation for contributions in the many fields of computing, both in foundations and applications.

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