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REI Now Powered by Renewable Energy; National outdoor retailer broadens energy strategy to include renewable energy certificates

PRESS RELEASE - SEATTLE – As the nation’s leading outdoor retailer, REI works to protect the environment and the places its members love to play. Energy use is one of REI’s largest impacts on the climate, and the company has committed to having all of its electricity come from clean renewable sources. With 26 solar electric systems generating energy and a strong program to invest in energy efficiency, REI now buys certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) as part of its strategy to green the energy that powers more than 130 stores, two distribution centers and its headquarters.

Sustainable Brands® Announces Partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, April 3 2014 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative as co-presenting partner for the Sustainable Brands ’14 New Metrics conference, September 24-26, 2014 in Boston, MA. A gathering point for sustainability executives, business strategists and financial leaders from across the globe, the partnership fosters collaboration with academia in creating a new vision for progress and innovation.

Saatchi & Saatchi S Diversifies Roster of Clients with Five New Irresistible Brands

PRESS RELEASE - Saatchi & Saatchi S Diversifies Roster of Clients with Five New Irresistible Brands Caesars Entertainment, Jackson Family Wines, Efficiency Exchange, Roominate and I:CO Partner with Award-Winning Sustainability Consultancy  

Arizona State University collaborates with Dutch partners on groundbreaking sustainable development plan

PRESS RELEASE - The Netherlands’ Municipality of Haarlemmermeer, home to the Netherlands’ world famous Schiphol Airport, is working to become one of northern Europe’s centers for sustainability-driven commerce. Arizona State University (ASU) is home to the United States’ leader in sustainability education and research. Together, along with private partners in the Haarlemmermeer region, ASU and the municipality are collaborating to create the world’s first regional plan based on the principles of a “circular economy”.

Sustainable Brands® Introduces Networking Hub Designed to Accelerate Net Positive Impact

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 2014 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced the Activation Hub, a new and integral component of SB’14 San Diego, June 2-5, 2014, at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa. As a central networking hub, it will serve as a marketplace for learning and collaboration centered on creating a net positive impact through brand innovation.

NativeEnergy Carbon Offset Report for Sustainable Brands 2013

PRESS RELEASE - For three years NativeEnergy has been the official carbon offset and renewable energy sponsor of Sustainable Brands events. NativeEnergy has donated a portfolio of offsets, including its signature Help Build™ project offsets to balance the greenhouse gas emissions from the conference venue's natural gas use, and hotel natural gas use. In the report, read the full story of the Ghana Clean Water Project, a Help Build™ project that is installing 1,700 Hydraid™ Bio-Sand Water Filters in households in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. We'd like to thank NativeEnergy for their ongoing efforts throughout the years in helping us reach carbon neutrality at all of our live events.

WWF China, South Pole Carbon and Climate Friendly support Panda habitat

PRESS RELEASE - The program is an excellent example of a “Win-Win-Win” scenario. Carbon finance, which is provided by COOP Switzerland as part of their sustainability program, is enabling the preservation of the Giant Panda habitat, improving the living conditions of Chinese villagers and reducing air pollution. This project exemplifies the extraordinary social, environmental and economic benefits that leading organisations are now drawing from their carbon programs.

Offsetters Partners with CDP to Expand Carbon Management for Its Clients

PRESS RELEASE - VANCOUVER, Feb. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - CDP, an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information, has signed on Offsetters as a CDP Accredited Consultancy Partner.Currently the only Canadian consultancy partner of the CDP, Offsetters can now provide its clients added value through CDP's international measurement and guidance. CDP consultancy partners demonstrate a commitment to working with CDP to encourage high-quality disclosure of climate change-related data from global corporations.

Novozymes Integrated Annual Report - 2013

PRESS RELEASE - The year aheadOver the past few years, we have seen increased interest in the biotechnology industry from large chemical companies, a reflection of its immense promise. We do not see this interest waning in 2014. Although it may increase competition, it also helps draw more resources and attention to the biotechnology sector, helping the sector gain momentum.

Unilever and partner to understand better how internet access can be increased to help communities across India

PRESS RELEASE - Press OfficeUnilever  PLC, 100VictoriaEmbankment,London,EC4Y 0DYEmail: [email protected]    Web: www.unilever.com24 February 2014UNILEVER AND INTERNET.ORG PARTNER TO UNDERSTAND BETTER HOW INTERNET ACCESS CAN BE INCREASED TO HELP COMMUNITIES ACROSS INDIA Today, Unilever announced a partnership with, a Facebook-led alliance of partners, to understand better how internet access can be increased to reach millions more people across rural India. 

Sustainable Brands® Opens Entry for Startup Business Competition at SB’14 San Diego

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® recently opened entry for the internationally known startup business competition Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO), which will take place at the SB’14 San Diego conference, June 2-5 2014. This competition, presented and sponsored by Target, brings together a diverse group of new startups with innovative and disruptive plans to embed sustainability into their businesses, and whose leaders are looking to gain exposure and build their networks.

Sustainable Brands Community Continues to Lead with Brand Innovation Conference

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, February 5, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® is gearing up for Sustainable Brands ‘14 San Diego, the community’s largest international gathering, which will take place June 2-5, 2014, at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA. The event will convene top brand, sustainability, and design executives along with thought leaders from global corporations, NGOs, and academia.

BASF again named to Global 100 list of most sustainable corporations by Corporate Knights

PRESS RELEASE - MISSISSAUGA, ON, January 22, 2014 -- For the second year in a row, BASF has been named to the Global 100 index of the world’s most sustainable corporations by Corporate Knights, the Toronto-based media and investment advisory company. The Global 100 consists of the 100 top-performing stocks worldwide on a range of sector-specific sustainability metrics. Companies named to the Global 100 are considered the top overall sustainability performers in their industry. BASF placed 12th overall. “For BASF, inclusion in this index is recognition of how we create chemistry for a sustainable future by combining long-term oriented economic success with social and environmental sustainability,” said Charlene Wall-Warren, Director of Sustainability for BASF in North America.

Starting at the Source: REI Partners with bluesign technologies ag to Minimize Environmental Impact and Increase Customer Care; REI Private Brands commits to only using 100 Percent bluesign®-certified fabrics by 2018

PRESS RELEASE - SEATTLE and ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND – REI’s Private Brands division, which is the largest source of apparel and equipment sold by the U.S outdoor retailer, has committed to using only 100 percent bluesign-certified fabrics by the time the company launches its 2018 product lines. This target reflects REI’s efforts to continuously address the environmental impact of its apparel and business while meeting customer expectations for quality outdoor products.

REI Named to FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” List; Leading outdoor retailer recognized as a top employer for 17th consecutive year

PRESS RELEASE - SEATTLE – Known for helping people enjoy nature, REI has again been named to FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. The recognition marks the 17th consecutive year the leading outdoor retailer has been honored. Ranked number 69, REI is one of only five companies named each year since the list was created in 1998, and one of four companies headquartered in Washington state. A Great Place to Work When asked why they enjoy REI, employees said: “I love coming to work because our mission is noble, my teammates are friends and family, and our eyes are set on carrying our success far into the future to affect generations beyond us. I love that the collateral effects of REI’s success are positive to people and the environment.”

From CEOs to purchasing managers, business decision makers are people, too

PRESS RELEASE - January 21, 2014 – A recent study found personal belief drives business decision makers as much, if not more than stated corporate sustainability goals and objectives. And, while some are driven by their own personal commitment, owners and CEOs, overall, are not sold on sustainability as a competitive advantage.

UK Bosses Miss Out on £300 Million Energy and Waste Reduction Opportunity

PRESS RELEASE - Less than a quarter of UK employees have been asked to help save energy at work, and fewer than half are concerned about the cost of energy for their employer, according to new research by the Carbon Trust.The research highlights how UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300 million a year in savings that could be achieved through encouraging employees to adopt behaviours that reduce energy use and waste.

City of Phoenix partners with ASU for new regional resource innovation center

PRESS RELEASE - PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix took another substantial leap forward as a global sustainability leader Tuesday afternoon as its city council gave policy approval of a four-year agreement to work with Arizona State University to establish a ground-breaking public/private sustainability incubator focused on converting waste and other resources into economic value.

GirlTrek Receives $50,000 Mary Anderson Legacy Grant from The REI Foundation

PRESS RELEASE - The REI Foundation awarded its annual $50,000 Mary Anderson Legacy Grant to GirlTrek, a national nonprofit and health organization inspiring and supporting African-American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives – through walking. The Mary Anderson Legacy Grant was introduced in 2009 in celebration of the 100th birthday of REI’s co-founder. Mary Anderson, now 104, helped establish REI as a co-op in 1938 in Seattle with her husband, Lloyd, and 21 fellow mountaineering colleagues. The annual grant supports organizations that reflect her passion as an educator and as a trailblazer in participating in outdoor activities and sharing those experiences with others.

Arizona State University convenes sustainability leaders for inaugural Sustainability Solutions Festival

PRESS RELEASE - TEMPE, Ariz -- Arizona State University, the nation’s leader in sustainability education, is partnering with global leaders in sustainable business, consumer innovation, renewable energy, science and the arts for a weeklong celebration of sustainability solutions. The variety of activities, events and audiences reflects the encompassing nature of opportunities in the sustainability arena.


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