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CollaborateUp, in partnership with Global Impact, presents CollaborateUp Academy

PRESS RELEASE - Collaboration takes work.  It also takes practice, trial and error, and experiential learning.  We adapted rapid development tools to accelerate this learning in a 2.5-day Certified Collaborator executive education program that provides hands-on experience using the CollaborateUp Formula and its tools. You gain powerful techniques for jump-starting collaboration and can go back to your organization and lead your colleagues and partners through the CollaborateUp Formula, including:

HP Living Progress Exchange at the SB'14 San Diego Activation Hub

PRESS RELEASE - This year in the Activation Hub at SB'14 San Diego, HP Introduced their Living Progress Exchange and Held Robust Conversations in the Glass House Cross-industry and organizational leaders from The Timberland Co., SAP, UPS, Kiva, REI, PwC, Conservation International, and Lonesome George & Co., Edelman, GlobeScan joined HP in their Living Progress Exchange to collaborate on how best to tackle common concerns and leverage each other's insights to find solutions. Each day was devoted to a different topic:

Sustainable Brands® Community to Showcase New Business Performance Metrics

PRESS RELEASE - Sustainable Brands® recently announced the program and conversation leaders for its annual Sustainable Brands New Metrics’14 conference, scheduled for September 24-26 in Boston, MA. In partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative, this event is a gathering point for sustainability executives, business strategists and financial leaders who are focused on the forefront of corporate practices and performance indicators that quantify environmental and social impacts and tie them to financial value.

ASU awarding scholarships for Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership degree

PRESS RELEASE - TEMPE, Ariz. – July 31, 2014 – Through generous funding provided by the Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation, Arizona State University will award a limited number of $15,000 Walton Sustainability Executive Scholarships to mid-career professionals applying to the Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership program. The deadline for scholarship applications is September 19.

Jacquie Ottman Celebrates 25 Years in Green Marketing

PRESS RELEASE - Jacquie Ottman pioneered green marketing when she hung out a shingle for J. Ottman Consulting on July 28, 1989. And she’s been a member of the Sustainable Brands community since its inception.She’s written five books on green marketing, including The New Rules of Green Marketing (Berrett Koehler, 2011) and How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims (with David Mallen, [Ad Age, 2013]).

Novozymes wins textile innovation award for sustainable process improvements

PRESS RELEASE - The Society of Dyers and Colorists (SDC) revealed the winners of their annual innovation award recently in York, UK. As the world’s leading educational charity dedicated to advancing the science and technology of color worldwide, the SDC award recognizes innovation that has the potential to be an industry game-changer. The coveted award was won by Novozymes for their patented Combi process, an innovative solution that makes it possible for textile manufacturers to combine the biopolishing and bleach clean-up process ( the removal of residual hydrogen peroxide) in the dyeing step, and in turn, save time, energy, water consumption and ultimately cost. Naturally better textile processing

AT&T Commits $18 Million to Youth Programs with Mentoring at White House Event

PRESS RELEASE - Funding is in addition to 1 million hours of mentoring being provided by AT&T employees AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson joined President Obama today to commit $18 million to education programs with a youth mentoring component. This funding supports the company’s goal of providing youth across the country 1 million hours of mentoring by AT&T employees through the end of 2016. Research shows that the presence of a mentor in a young person’s life significantly improves their potential for success. That’s why thousands of AT&T employees volunteer to mentor students across the country.

Garnier® And TerraCycle® Announce Winner Of Local Community Garden Made From Recycled Beauty Packaging

PRESS RELEASE - NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After transforming over 1,500 pounds of recycled personal care waste into a one-of-a-kind Garnier Green Garden in Harlem and overhauling a garden at a special needs school in the Bronx, Garnier and TerraCycle took their eco efforts on the road with the "Where Should Our Garden Grow?" campaign to award one recipient with a new community garden. After a public voting period, The ReFresh Project of New Orleans has been named the winner.  

Nestlé USA Illustrates the Need for Sustainable Cocoa

PRESS RELEASE - This simple infographic illustrates how Nestlé USA is committing to a sustainable supply of cocoa that supports farmer profitability and improved social conditions. For more information visit

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.