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UCSB, Presidio Graduate School Top Rankings for Sustainability and Social Impact
UCSB, Presidio Graduate School Top Rankings for Sustainability and Social Impact

MARKETING AND COMMS - University of California, Santa Barbara and Presidio Graduate School topped the environmental sustainability and social impact categories, respectfully, of a recent ranking of more than 100 U.S. graduate programs by 3,300 students nationwide.Presidio Graduate School and Pinchot came in second and third in the environmental sustainability category, while Yale and University of Michigan rounded out the top three in the social impact category.

H&M Pumps $9.3 M into WaterAid to Bring Safe Water, Toilets and Hygiene to Schools
H&M Pumps $9.3 M into WaterAid to Bring Safe Water, Toilets and Hygiene to Schools

COLLABORATION - H&M and WaterAid on Tuesday launched a new global partnership aimed at improving the health, education and future prospects of students by delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene education programs in schools throughout the developing world.The initiative will not only transform the lives of students by delivering immediate and long-term improvements to health and education, but also influence national and international policies around the right to safe water and sanitation, H&M says.To make this happen H&M, through its philanthropic arm the H&M Conscious Foundation, will donate $9.3 million.

Brand Leaders Join SB Collaboratory to Address Employee Engagement
Brand Leaders Join SB Collaboratory to Address Employee Engagement

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Less than a year ago at Sustainable Brands ‘13, leading brand innovators from around the world came together in San Diego for the seventh year to address some of their biggest sustainability challenges. These innovators realize that no brand is an island and many challenges they face are shared by their peers, competitors, suppliers and customers. In order to support shared learning and collaboration beyond the conference itself, members of the SB advisory board designed a new structure — the SB Collaboratory — to provide a forum for these professionals to come together to share experiences, ask questions, learn from each other and brainstorm a path forward.

Recyclebank Announces Grant Recipients of 8th Annual Green Schools Program
Recyclebank Announces Grant Recipients of 8th Annual Green Schools Program

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Recyclebank® — the company that rewards its members with discounts and deals for making more conscious daily actions — today announced the schools selected for its 2014 Green Schools Program. Each year, the program grants money to schools to bring to life unique projects that will lead to greater sustainability in their classroom and community.

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Social Enterprise Uses Baskets to Build Schools, Empower Women in West Africa
Social Enterprise Uses Baskets to Build Schools, Empower Women in West Africa

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A social enterprise called Jjangde is tackling two of the largest problems in West Africa — lack of access to education and employment — by connecting handmade goods from rural communities in Senegal to global markets, and using the profits to fund schools in the communities where the goods were made.With a test run of baskets, Jjangde says it was able to fund a summer program that gave 300 students extra support for the upcoming school year. The company also fully funded one year of school for 110 students and developed an exchange program to strengthen the relationship between high schools in Senegal and the United States.

ASU Global Institute of Sustainability launches Walton Sustainability Executive Scholarship Program with $100,000 fund
ASU Global Institute of Sustainability launches Walton Sustainability Executive Scholarship Program with $100,000 fund

PRESS RELEASE - TEMPE, Ariz., November 23, 2013 – To encourage and reward candidates for the Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership program, the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, the nation’s leader in sustainability education, will offer scholarships of up to $15,000 per student. This dedicated financial assistance was made possible due to a $100,000 fund established through the institute’s Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. The Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership program is designed for mid-career professionals working to advance sustainability initiatives. Recipients of the Walton Sustainability Executive Scholarships will be selected based on their leadership potential and previous achievements.

CVS and Humana Partner to Educate Customers About Health Coverage Options Under the ACA
CVS and Humana Partner to Educate Customers About Health Coverage Options Under the ACA

COLLABORATION - CVS recently announced a partnership with health and well-being company Humana to help customers make sense of their healthcare coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Starting this month, Humana representatives will be present at CVS’s Project Health events, where individuals can receive free health screenings to check blood pressure, body mass index, glucose, total cholesterol and even receive oral or dental care. During October and November, Humana representatives will be available to answer questions about health coverage under ACA at 80 Project Health weekly events in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan and Texas.

Microsoft Achieves Carbon Neutrality, Increases Green Energy Use By 70%
Microsoft Achieves Carbon Neutrality, Increases Green Energy Use By 70%

MARKETING AND COMMS - Microsoft says it achieved carbon neutrality after introducing an internal carbon fee for renewable energy and carbon offsets, which led the company to increase the purchase of green energy in the U.S. by 70 percent, from 1.1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2011 to 1.9 billion kWh in 2012.

Arizona State University partners with sustainable Dutch development for productivity assessment
Arizona State University partners with sustainable Dutch development for productivity assessment

PRESS RELEASE - The Arizona State University Global Sustainability Solutions Center (GSSC) at Haarlemmermeer announced its first project agreement in the Netherlands on September 30th 2013. GSSC will conduct research and analysis for Park 20|20, the Netherlands’ first cradle-to-cradle working environment, in order to assess the links between employee and firm productivity and the built environment. Park 20|20, located in the town of Hoofddorp, is geared to energize and empower employees through a “human-centered design approach” via its architecture and landscape. The cradle-to-cradle design achieves sustainability by creating closed cycles for materials, energy, waste, and water.

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Two-Thirds of Scholastic Books Now Sourced From FSC-Certified Paper
Two-Thirds of Scholastic Books Now Sourced From FSC-Certified Paper

WASTE NOT - Scholastic, Inc., leading publisher of books for children and young adults, announced on Monday that it now purchases 68.2 percent of its paper from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified sources, surpassing its original goal of increasing the amount of FSC-certified paper purchased for its publications to 30 percent by 2012.The global children's publishing, education and media company says that after making significant gains toward the FSC goal between 2008 and 2011, it increased its goal for 2012 from 30 percent to 35 percent of all paper purchased to be FSC-certified. Scholastic also pledged to by the same date increase its use of recycled paper to 25 percent, of which 75 percent would be post-consumer waste.

Unilever Recruiting Young Entrepreneurs to Help Tackle Some of the World's Most Pressing Issues
Unilever Recruiting Young Entrepreneurs to Help Tackle Some of the World's Most Pressing Issues

COLLABORATION - Today, Unilever announced an international awards program designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. Presented in partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards, a competition hosted on the Ashoka Changemakers platform, will offer the winner the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

Latest Net Impact Guide Finds Sustainability a Must for Students Shopping MBA Programs
Latest Net Impact Guide Finds Sustainability a Must for Students Shopping MBA Programs

LEADERSHIP - Net Impact, a nonprofit inspiring a new generation of students to work for a sustainable future, has released its 2013 edition of Business as UNusual: The Student Guide to Graduate Programs. Key findings suggest that social and environmental issues have become a mainstream necessity in MBA programs, driven in part by overwhelming student demand.

Arizona State University Announces New Executive Master's for Sustainability Leadership
Arizona State University Announces New Executive Master's for Sustainability Leadership

PRESS RELEASE - Nation’s leader in sustainability education to provide program on organizational leadership skills through the lens of sustainabilityTEMPE, Ariz., August 15, 2013 – Recognizing a gap in sustainability leadership education and development, Arizona State University, the nation’s leader in sustainability education, is launching a new executive master’s program focusing on organizational leadership. This new program will equip professionals with the skills to effectively integrate sustainability throughout all facets of their organizations.

Follow-Up to SB'13: Lucid's Michael Murray on Using IT to Drive Behavior Change
Follow-Up to SB'13: Lucid's Michael Murray on Using IT to Drive Behavior Change

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Michael Murray is the president and co-founder of Lucid, a software company providing real-time information feedback designed to “teach, inspire behavior change, and save energy and water resources in buildings.” Since the company’s founding in 2004, over 275 schools and organizations have adopted Lucid’s Building Dashboard, which it describes as a social network for buildings that allows people to view, compare, and share resource usage data online.

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Global Sustainable Tourism Council Initiative Promotes Careers in Sustainable Tourism
Global Sustainable Tourism Council Initiative Promotes Careers in Sustainable Tourism

COLLABORATION - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has announced a partnership with the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP) to launch an industry philanthropic initiative aimed at promoting sustainable tourism development and educating secondary school students on career opportunities in travel and tourism in more than 5,600 schools across 11 countries.As part of the agreement, GSTC will endorse GTTP curricular materials and GSTC members will have an opportunity to mentor GTTP students about sustainability practices in the travel and tourism industry. GTTP will endorse the mission of the GSTC and reference its Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria in GTTP curricular materials.

New Education Models Needed for Training Tomorrow's Socially Conscious Leaders
New Education Models Needed for Training Tomorrow's Socially Conscious Leaders

LEADERSHIP - As a young professional, I find myself asking some crucial questions every day: How do I develop the leadership qualities to succeed in our modern society, economy and polity? How do I excel in a world of constant change, and what does success mean in this world? How do I accommodate concern for the well-being of others within our profit-oriented society?

Sustainable Education Brands: How Learning Institutions Are Attracting Values-Driven Students
Sustainable Education Brands: How Learning Institutions Are Attracting Values-Driven Students

MARKETING AND COMMS - For the centuries that tertiary education has been part of society, further education was a privilege afforded those who could afford it. But with the advancement in recent years of communication technologies and speeds, the battle for the student dollar is now being waged online.

BASF Sponsors Seattle Mariners’ Second Annual Waste Reduction Program
BASF Sponsors Seattle Mariners’ Second Annual Waste Reduction Program

WASTE NOT - BASF has teamed up with the Seattle Mariners for the second season of Sustainable Saturdays at Safeco Field, which aims to divert ballpark waste from the landfill.

Ford's Worldwide Driving Skills For Life Program Now Helping Make India's Roads Safer
Ford's Worldwide Driving Skills For Life Program Now Helping Make India's Roads Safer

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In 2003 Ford Motor Co. launched Driving Skills for Life (DSFL), a program the automaker created to teach newly licensed teenagers the necessary driving skills beyond the offerings of most drivers' education courses.

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Dell Empowers Youth with Technology Access, Support and Tools to Enhance Learning
Dell Empowers Youth with Technology Access, Support and Tools to Enhance Learning

PRESS RELEASE - •More than 250,000 youth with the greatest need will receive technology access and support to enhance learning in 2013 •Students from around the world to discuss issues of importance to them and ideas of how to address at Student Voice LIVE! presented by Dell

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