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Seoul Spearheads Global Efforts to Promote Sustainable Urban Tourism
Seoul Spearheads Global Efforts to Promote Sustainable Urban Tourism

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - “Tourists, go home.” “Tourists: Your luxury trip, my daily misery.” “Your tourism kills my neighborhood.” These kinds of sentiments have likely been heard in travel destinations that have become victims of their own success and attractiveness. Indeed, for many residents living in popular landmarks, tourism can often be a nightmare rather than a dream. While many cities have been overwhelmed by mass tourism and what is now called “overtourism,” Seoul has been striving to promote alternative forms of tourism that do not put pressure on destinations and offer quality experiences to citizens as well as visitors.

UPS Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Sixth Consecutive Year
UPS Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Sixth Consecutive Year

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA, September 18, 2018 – UPS (NYSE: UPS) was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the sixth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 14th straight year. The recognition comes as UPS continues to work toward its ambitious sustainability goals to add more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources. UPS’s inclusion on these highly-regarded indices reflects its position in the top 10 percent of sustainability performers among the 2,500 largest companies tracked in the S&P Global Broad Market Index.

The UPS Foundation Mobilizes its Disaster Relief Network and Pledges an Initial $1 Million to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts
The UPS Foundation Mobilizes its Disaster Relief Network and Pledges an Initial $1 Million to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA, September 17, 2018 – UPS(NYSE:UPS) today announced a more than $1 million commitment through The UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts following the devastating flooding, infrastructure damage and utility outages caused by Hurricane Florence.

Lyft Commits to Full Carbon Neutrality, 100% Renewables
Lyft Commits to Full Carbon Neutrality, 100% Renewables

CLEANTECH - Earlier this year, we announced our Green Cities Initiative, a new business unit dedicating significant resources to tackling climate change. As Lyft continues to grow, we have an increasing responsibility to commit additional resources towards our values in order to maximize the positive impact of the Lyft platform.

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Heathrow to Pilot Winning Ideas Around Plastic Roads, Green Space
Heathrow to Pilot Winning Ideas Around Plastic Roads, Green Space

WALKING THE TALK - London’s Heathrow International Airport has chosen the winners of its inaugural Centre of Excellence Sustainable Innovation Prize, which were judged as the best solutions to some of the sustainability challenges facing airports and the aviation industry more widely. Launched in January, the competition challenged entrants to focus on three areas as part of Heathrow’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainability work:

Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?
Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?

CLEANTECH - It is possible to unlock a 100 percent renewably powered grid — without any coal, nuclear or gas storage baseload — within the next several years. And any driver or homeowner could contribute to the solution by using electric vehicles (EVs) as mobile batteries that charge at one location when there’s a surge of renewable energy and deliver it back to the grid at another when it’s needed.

Rolland's Conversation with Green Champions: Ford is Investing Billions in Sustainability for the Long Term
Rolland's Conversation with Green Champions: Ford is Investing Billions in Sustainability for the Long Term

PRESS RELEASE - In our “Conversations with Green Champions,” Rolland President Philip Rundle asks sustainability-minded organizations about their approach to environmental responsibility.

UPS To Test New Electric Vehicle
UPS To Test New Electric Vehicle

PRESS RELEASE - Atlanta, GA - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced a collaboration with Thor Trucks, Inc. to develop and test a fully-electric class 6 delivery truck in Los Angeles, Calif. The truck is expected to be ready for deployment later this year. UPS continues to work with a range of companies to test and deploy promising alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles that will help it meet its sustainability goals. Electric vehicles, and the charging infrastructure needed to support them, play a critical role in UPS’s vision for its fleet of the future.

Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge Seeks Ways to Use Voice to Make a Positive Impact
Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge Seeks Ways to Use Voice to Make a Positive Impact

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Amazon has launched a new challenge to reward developers of Alexa skills that have a positive impact on the environment, local communities and the world.

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Maven Platform Lets GM Owners Share Cars, Earn Money
Maven Platform Lets GM Owners Share Cars, Earn Money

PRESS RELEASE - Maven expands its car-sharing platform to include a peer-to-peer offering that enables owners and eligible lessees to earn money by renting their personal Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac car or truck model year 2015 and newer to driving members. The service is available now in beta in Chicago, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Cities, Countries, Companies to Automakers: You Have the Keys to a Zero-Emissions Future
Cities, Countries, Companies to Automakers: You Have the Keys to a Zero-Emissions Future

COLLABORATION - States, regions, cities and international business are uniting to use their purchasing and policy influence to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) around the world through a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Challenge, launched today.

Shell CEO ‘Welcomes’ Idea of Banning Petrol in UK Before 2040
Shell CEO ‘Welcomes’ Idea of Banning Petrol in UK Before 2040

CLEANTECH - Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, said he welcomed the idea of bringing forward the UK’s ban on new petrol and diesel car sales that is currently set for 2040. MPs,

CO2 Challenge Seeks New Tech to Help Cargill Decarbonize the Shipping Sector
CO2 Challenge Seeks New Tech to Help Cargill Decarbonize the Shipping Sector

CLEANTECH - A new global challenge aims to find and scale new technologies capable of reducing a ship’s gross carbon dioxide emissions by ten percent. Businesses and entrepreneurs with a product in need of commercial assessment, testing, investment and scaling are invited to apply to participate in the “CO2 Challenge,” launched by Cargill in partnership with DNV GL and Rainmaking.

First Global Competition for Tourism Startups Seeks Future of Travel, Environment, Community
First Global Competition for Tourism Startups Seeks Future of Travel, Environment, Community

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Globalia have announced the first worldwide competition for tourism startups. The UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition is accepting applications from entrepreneurs across 164 countries whose companies aim to transform tourism, whether their focus is on the future of travel, tourism experience, environmental impact or community development.

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Ford Reveals Vision for Michigan Central Station, Reimagining Future of Mobility in Detroit
Ford Reveals Vision for Michigan Central Station, Reimagining Future of Mobility in Detroit

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - After opening in 1913, Michigan Central Station quickly became where dreamers in search of new jobs and new opportunities first set foot in Detroit. Once the last train pulled out of the station 30 years ago, however, it became a place where hope left. The station became a symbol of Detroit’s hard times, a monument to the city’s struggles. As the new owner of the building, Ford is making a big bet on the future.

UPS Adds More Than 700 Vehicles To Its Natural Gas Fleet
UPS Adds More Than 700 Vehicles To Its Natural Gas Fleet

PRESS RELEASE - UPS today announced plans to build an additional five compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add more than 700 new CNG vehicles including 400 semi-tractors and 330 terminal trucks. This $130 million dollar investment in CNG capacity for 2018 builds on previous UPS investments of $100 million dollars in 2016 and $90 million dollars in 2017. UPS will have invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations from 2008 through 2018.

How Brands Can Leverage Sustainability, Social Inclusion to Create ‘Good’ Cities
How Brands Can Leverage Sustainability, Social Inclusion to Create ‘Good’ Cities

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This week at Sustainable Brands’ flagship event, SB’18 Vancouver, over 2,000 attendees are sharing and exploring the many ways organizations are helping to “redesign the good life.” One aspect of the good life is cross-sector collaboration, such as brand-city-organization partnerships to build resilient communities, technologies and systems that focus on social inclusion.

Lyft, United Way Join Forces to Provide Free Rides to Those in Need
Lyft, United Way Join Forces to Provide Free Rides to Those in Need

COLLABORATION - In early May, we announced an expansion of the Lyft Relief Rides Program to do more than respond to natural disasters and other crises. With individuals across our service area in need every day, we saw an opportunity to have a greater impact and advance our mission of improving people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.

Vancouver Economic Commission: “If We’re an Island of Green, We’re F***ed”
Vancouver Economic Commission: “If We’re an Island of Green, We’re F***ed”

CLEANTECH - Striving to be the world’s greenest city by 2020, Vancouver has adopted several ambitious action plans and goals. The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) set to work in 2010 to define what a “green job” was at the city level in order to meet the City’s economic goals to double the number of green jobs and the number of businesses engaged in greening their operations within a decade. Since then, VEC has been building relationships with investors, helping local cleantech firms increase their exports, and using city infrastructure projects to lead by example.

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Where Next for Subsidies as Electric Vehicles Mainstream?
Where Next for Subsidies as Electric Vehicles Mainstream?

CLEANTECH - The future of transport is shaping up electric — by 2040, more than half of all new car sales and a third of global fleet will be electrified, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Its latest forecast shows sales of electric vehicles (EVs) increasing from 1.1 million worldwide in 2017 to 11 million in 2025, then surging to 30 million in 2030 as they become cheaper to produce than internal combustion engine cars.

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