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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.

Offsetters Climate Solutions partners with Sustainable Brands® to help reduce carbon impact of the 2,800-delegate San Diego conference

PRESS RELEASE - April 9, 2014, Vancouver, BC – Offsetters Climate Solutions, North America’s leading carbon management solutions provider, is pleased to announce that they are partnering with Sustainable Brands to sponsor the Sustainable Brands 2014 San Diego conference. This event is an intersection for sustainability, brand and innovation professionals who come from around the world to be inspired, engaged, and equipped to succeed. As a result of their sponsorship, Offsetters will be helping to reduce the carbon impact of more than 2,800 delegates attending the June 2 - 5, 2014 conference, ensuring that SB’14 San Diego will become a carbon neutral event. 

New Survey Shows Gravity of a Growing, Global Parental Concern: Kids aren’t spending enough time in nature

PRESS RELEASE - ARLINGTON, Va. (April 9, 2014) – The Nature Conservancy released the results of the first global survey to capture not only how much time kids spend outside, but also parents’ perspectives on the importance and benefits of time spent in nature. The survey, funded by Disney, included parents of children between the ages of three and 18 in the U.S., Brazil, China, France and Hong Kong and revealed the following: Sixty-five percent (65%) of U.S. parents see it as a “very serious” problem that kids are not spending more time outdoors. According to the survey, this is equal to their concerns about bullying, the quality of education and obesity. Of the other places surveyed, only parents in Brazil and Hong Kong share this concern.

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.