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AT&T Highlights Supply Chain Engagement, Energy and Water Efficiency and Tackling High School Graduation Rates in 2013 Sustainability Update

PRESS RELEASE - Annual Performance Review Complements Ongoing Updates on Sustainability Website DALLAS, June 24, 2014 — Environmental and social sustainability takes many forms at AT&T. The company invites interested parties to learn more about the company’s community activities by engaging with its website, People | Planet | Possibilities, which shares ongoing updates through videos, social media and blogs. To complement these frequent updates, AT&T today released a condensed Annual Update of key topics that links to an online library of details on more than 30 key areas, including:

BASF publishes new issue of “SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development

PRESS RELEASE - This second issue in 2014 of “SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development” covers how BASF received the certification of the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard after Tarragona (Spain) also for its Ludwigshafen site, thus advancing sustainable water management in Germany. Furthermore, BASF informs about international and regional partnerships with SINOPEC from China and the Chambers of Industry and Commerce in the Ludwigshafen region. You also read about BASF, jointly with L’Oréal and the NGO Yamana, supporting women in Morocco in the production of Argan oil. 

Largest Sustainable Brands® Conference Kicks Off to Catalyze Brand Innovation

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® largest community gathering kicks off today with Sustainable Brands ’14 San Diego at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. Over 2,500 community members from 27 countries around the globe are participating in the conference, Activation Hub and live stream. This year’s theme, Reimagine, Redesign, Regenerate, will explore innovative business models, product designs, employee and customer engagement programs, communications strategies and co-creative partnerships that are delivering solid business results while regenerating ecosystems, local and global economies, trust in brands, and hope for the future.

Sustainable Brands® to Unveil New Concept in Collaborative Learning

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, May 29, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® will debut its new model for showcasing collaborative business partnerships that are affecting positive change in the economy. The Activation Hub at SB’14 San Diego, running June 2-5th at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, will feature brands and next generation business solutions in conversation and working together to create a net positive impact in the world today.

REI Adventures Unveils First Round of New Trips for 2015

PRESS RELEASE - SEATTLE – Leading adventure travel company, REI Adventures, announces their first iteration of new trips for 2015, with several adventures beginning in late 2014. The new line-up features trending hot spots and hidden gems, including Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and several African destinations on the New York Times’ “52 places to go in 2014” list: Cape Town, South Africa; Laikipia Plateau in Kenya; and Namibia. Coastal Cycling in Ireland

Murphy-Goode Winery Redesigns Tasting Room for “Goode” Times with Inspiration from Sonoma County Roots

PRESS RELEASE - (Healdsburg, Calif.) – To better welcome visitors and showcase the fun, authentic and carefree spirit of its brand, Murphy-Goode has remodeled its tasting room, located just off the plaza in Healdsburg, CA. The design concept aimed to deliver the “essence” of a Sonoma County barn and include genuine Murphy-Goode elements from original winery owner, Tim Murphy; and, of course, to capture the spirit of humor and “goode” times, two key pillars for the brand.

Avery Dennison Teams Up with the Rainforest Alliance to Promote Sustainable Forestry in Honduras

PRESS RELEASE - Avery Dennison Foundation today announced a $200,000 grant to the Rainforest Alliance to foster best practices in forestry management, create jobs and increase access to sustainably-managed forest products. “As a leader in labeling and packaging, we’re in a unique position to move our industry toward sustainably sourced materials, and that includes investing in the communities that manage natural resources,” said Dean Scarborough, chairman, president and CEO of Avery Dennison. “By working with the Rainforest Alliance, we can improve the livelihoods of farmers and their families while creating economic dividends for the entire value chain.”

HP’s Recycled Plastic Ink Cartridges Helping Customers Reduce Environmental Impact

PRESS RELEASE - HP has announced that more than 75 percent of its ink cartridges and 24 percent of HP LaserJet toner cartridges are now manufactured with “closed loop” recycled plastic.This milestone represents a 50 percent increase in the number of HP ink cartridges manufactured with recycled content in the last year, giving customers more options for purchasing cartridges made with recycled content.As part of the company’s Living Progress strategy for driving human, economic and environmental progress, HP is identifying opportunities for action and innovation to create a better future. Through these innovations in plastics, HP is helping customers reduce their environmental impact and reduce the overall environmental impact of product use.

Arizona State University's RISN program partners with Mayo Clinic, city of Phoenix to assist local school district with waste diversion

PRESS RELEASE - TEMPE, Ariz. – As one of the largest school districts in Arizona, Paradise Valley Unified School District (PV Schools) generates nearly 1,500 tons of waste per year. To aid the city of Phoenix’s 40 percent by 2020 waste diversion goal put forth by the Reimagine Phoenix initiative, the district is finding new uses for trash trough a partnership with the Mayo Clinic of Arizona, the city of Phoenix and the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN) — a program operated by Arizona State University’s (ASU) Sustainability Solutions Services.

Stewardship at REI: Reflected in its Communities, Operations, Products and Workplace

PRESS RELEASE - To REI, stewardship is how the company acts on its love for the outdoors. These actions include taking care of outdoor spaces, operating its business to improve its environmental footprint, addressing the impact of its products and creating a rewarding workplace for its employees. Now in its eighth year, REI’s annual stewardship report details the national retailer’s progress in corporate social responsibility in: Community, Sustainable Operations, Product Sustainability and Workplace. Highlights from this year’s report include: Investing in Outdoor Places

Sustainable Brands® Unites Global Partners for Expanded Project on Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Behavior Change

PRESS RELEASE - RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® announced today that the Framework for Action: Consumer Behavior Change will launch at Sustainable Brands 2014 Rio in Brazil. Led by Eight Sustainability Platform, in partnership with Futerra Sustainability Communications, the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), the Instituto Akatu and Sustainable Brands, it is the first publication to explore the cutting-edge issues of sustainable consumer behavior change exclusively for the Brazilian market. 

BRT Sustainability Report: Create, Grow, Sustain: Celebrating Success

PRESS RELEASE - At AT&T, we’re all about using communications technology to improve people’s lives and help businesses — including our own — operate more sustainably. We connect millions of people every day, making everything more immediate, seamless and efficient.And as we do these things, we also work hard to find new ways to reduce the energy, fuel and resources we use. Here’s how we’re helping create a more sustainable world:

Sustainable Brands® Announces Full Program Details for Global Brand Innovation Conference

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced full program details for SB’14 San Diego running June 2-5 at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa. As the largest community gathering in the Sustainable Brands global conference network, it will convene nearly 2,500 brand innovators from around the world who are driving business success towards a regenerative economy. 

The REI Foundation Awards $410,000 to Connect Younger and More Diverse Groups with Nature; Recipients include the Children & Nature Network, Futuro Media Group, Outdoor Foundation and YMCA of the USA

PRESS RELEASE - SEATTLE – The REI Foundation awarded a total of $410,000 to nonprofit programs dedicated to engaging younger and more diverse populations in the outdoors. Grant recipients include the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), Futuro Media Group, Outdoor Foundation and YMCA of the USA. “The REI Foundation’s mission is to better connect the next generation of adventurers and environmental stewards with the outdoors by partnering with key organizations,” said Marc Berejka, president of The REI Foundation and REI’s director of government and community affairs. “It is our honor to support each of these programs. They recognize and promote the benefits of nature among diverse audiences, and empower youth with important outdoor leadership skills.”

SAP to Offer Free Online Course, “Sustainability and Business Innovation”

PRESS RELEASE - SAP embarked on a more sustainable business strategy five years ago. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot of lessons from customers, thought leaders and employees alike. To share those lessons with you, we’ve built a free, online course — commonly referred to as Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. This MOOC, Sustainability and Business Innovation, will help you understand how to craft, implement and execute a more sustainable corporate strategy.

Sustainable Brands® Announces 2014 Innovation Open Semi-finalists

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, April 17, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced 10 semi-finalists selected to compete during the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) startup competition at SB’14 San Diego June 2-5th. Presented by Target and co-sponsored by PRé Sustainability, this competition attracts world-changing entrepreneurial teams who are working hard to leverage the power of business and brands to solve pressing environmental and social concerns.The 2014 SBIO semi-finalists include:

AT&T Energy Director to Expand Focus to Include Smarter Buildings

PRESS RELEASE - John Schinter, who was hired as AT&T’s first Director of Energy in 2009, was recently appointed Assistant Vice President of Energy and Smart Buildings. While continuing with his current role to oversee company-wide energy management efforts, Schinter’s focus will expand to include the deployment of new M2M and big data solutions to optimize facility equipment operational performance and reliability.

Radio Flyer’s Chicago Headquarters Earns LEED Platinum Certification

PRESS RELEASE - CHICAGO – April 15, 2014 – In time for Earth Day, Radio Flyer, Inc., maker of the famous little red wagon and leading producer of wagons, tricycles and three-wheel scooters in the United States, proudly announced today its Chicago, Ill. headquarters has received Platinum Certification for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  Focused on environmentally sustainable practices, the certification acknowledges key design decisions, including the renovation of existing warehouse space, dedicated recycling areas, and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems.

Arizona State University and STAR Communities Announce Partnership

PRESS RELEASE - Washington, DC (April 10, 2014) – This week STAR Communities and Arizona State University’s Sustainability Solutions Services announced an official partnership to support local governments who are interested in benchmarking and tracking sustainability performance.

Study reveals economic benefits of forest thinning

PRESS RELEASE - From 2002 to 2011, Arizona lost a quarter of its forests to wildfires, drought and bark beetle infestation. Decreased public funding for forest thinning and the low economic value of small diameter wood has made the state’s forests especially vulnerable to devastating fires and drought.