Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on May 6th for its fourth annual environmental forum, Accelerating Sustainability: Energy and Water in Your Operations and Supply Chains.
This event will bring together leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to explore enhanced, scaled collaboration and sustainability-driven innovation. Businesses and communities utilize these approaches to solve pressing energy and water challenges while creating shared value.
Session topics include:
- Accelerating sustainability goals through employee and stakeholder engagement
- Successes and challenges of pre-competitive and non-traditional partnerships
- Innovative platforms for reducing shared water risk
- Catalyzing business investment in natural infrastructure
Through visionary speakers and action-oriented sessions, you will work with your peers to build partnerships, tools, and techniques to accelerate your sustainability work. Don't miss your opportunity to join sustainability leaders on May 6 in Washington, D.C. Early bird rates end on March 31! Register today! http://ccc.uschamber.com/event/accelerating-sustainability
The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign has recognized
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) for its dedication to sustainability and energy-efficient lighting.
The company was recently honored with two Campaign awards: “Highest Absolute Annual Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure” for a major lighting retrofit at MGM Grand Detroit, and “Largest Percentage of Facilities Upgraded (minimum of five facilities)” for MGM Facilities in Michigan and Nevada.
LEEP is co-sponsored by the Business Owners and Management Association, Green Parking Council, International Facility Management Association and Better Buildings through the US Department of Energy.
“Our outdoor lighting projects are truly transformational and have been undertaken to further position MGM Resorts as a thought leader in sustainability,” said Cindy Ortega, Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International. “Both, the Detroit project and the Las Vegas parking lot upgrades have allowed for other markets to follow in making advancements in lighting efficiency.”
The LEEP Campaign held an awards recognition event on April 15, 2014 at the IFMA Facility Fusion Conference and Expoii, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
"Through the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking campaign, the Department of Energy is working with organizations committed to more energy efficient exterior lighting technologies and systems," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency, Kathleen Hogan. "These highly innovative and cost-competitive lighting solutions are helping transform how our nation lights its parking lots and garages."
In 2013, MGM Grand Detroit completed the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp retrofit of its 61-acre parking garage. Cited as one of the nation’s largest LED parking garage makeovers, the three-month installation boasts 3,117 LED lamps and will reduced the garage’s annual energy use by 80 percent.
Also in 2013, MGM Resorts upgraded 13 of its facility sites in Michigan and Nevada. The project covered more than 8 million sq. ft. and will reduce annual energy usage by 70 percent.
For more information about MGM Resorts International’s environmental sustainability programs, please visit: www.mgmresorts.com/csr.
The LEEP campaign makes it easier for building and parking facility owners and managers to find information, resources, and technical assistance to save money and energy through high efficiency parking lot and parking garage lighting. The Energy Department’s Better Buildings Alliance has provided technical assistance for LEEP participants and co-organizers since September 2012 and will continue the campaign through June 2015. For more, visit the LEEP campaign, for a suite of tools including industry-developed specifications, a lighting incentives database and links to qualified products lists, a retrofit financial analysis tool, and case studies.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51% of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50% of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort and Casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Recent data show there is a significant demand for workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and that currently, too few students are pursuing degrees in STEM areas to meet the demand.
How can companies with know how, expertise and scale address the gap and attract more students to explore a career in STEM? Join CSRwire and Verizon for a live roundtable discussion to address the need to increase student interest in STEM subjects, as well as how mobile technology could positively impact student achievement when used effectively. [Take a look at Verizon's 2013 CSR Report]
When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014: 12:30pm ET/10:30am MT/9:30am PT
Register here: http://bit.ly/stemtechno
Joining CSRwire's Editorial Director Aman Singh will be education technology leaders from STEMConnector, the International Society for Technology in Education and Verizon. Among the topics they will explore:
- How the integration of mobile technology in the classroom is addressing the enormous challenge of improving student interest and performance in STEM subjects.
- The need to provide teachers with on-going training [professional development] to employ mobile technology effectively to improve student outcomes.
- Best practices to train teachers to harness the power of mobile technology to address the 21st century education agenda.
More on our panel:
Ted Wells is chief strategy officer at STEMConnector, a one-stop online destination on STEM information. He will share insights on the importance of leveraging accessible and familiar technology to engage students in high impact inquiry-based learning programs and how mobile technology can be a vehicle for students to gain technological fluency that is critical for all workforce levels as well as how competitions like the Verizon Innovative App challenge are encouraging students to use their mobile devices to learn programming skills.
Dr. Wendy Drexler is chief innovation officer for the International Society for Technology in Education, a premier nonprofit organization for educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. She will share her views about technology as a catalyst for connecting and empowering students and teachers to transform learning, and best practices for training teachers to maximize the use of mobile technology in their lessons.
Rose Stuckey Kirk is the president of the Verizon Foundation and vice president of global corporate citizenship at Verizon. She will share results of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program in partnership with ISTE. The program, in its second year, has provided on-going training [professional development] to teachers in 24 schools to help them effectively and innovatively integrate mobile technology into the classroom to enhance student achievement.
About CSRwire's Stakeholder Engagement Campaigns
CSRwire regularly conducts webinars and Twitter chats with its member organizations. These webinars and chats, developed as facilitated conversations, are aimed at taking a pulse of our community, sharing knowledge and inspiring action. Learn more by emailing email@example.com.
Nordic Investors & Organizations Support 2nd Impact & Sustainable U.S. Commerce Certified Trade Mission May 12-16 2014
Nordic investors and local associations plan to gather and to meet at the 2nd U.S. Department of Commerce Certified Impact and Sustainable Trade Mission to the Nordics, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassies across the region including Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, May 12-16 2014.
The U.S. Department of Commerce in partnership with Watershed Capital Group is organizing the trade mission to the Nordic Region.
Supporters of the mission include:
- SITRA – Finland
- Impact Scandinavia – Sweden
- VOXTRA – Norway
- Den Sociale Kapitalfond – Denmark
- Forum for Social Innovation – Sweden
- Deloitte – Denmark
- Vinge – Sweden
- AmCham – Norway
- Swedish Trade & Investment Council – Sweden
- AdeB – Norway
- Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center
"This Trade Mission is a good opportunity to share experiences on growing impact investing markets both in the US and Nordics," expressed Sami Tuhkanen Director at Sitra.
“The growth of social enterprise in Scandinavia has been significant in the past few years, and the flow of capital to support these entrepreneurs is starting to catch up. While we have seen the number of interested investors grow, good examples are still hard to find in locally. We’re excited to welcome the US Trade Mission and Watershed Capital's impact funds from the US, as we will now be able to point to several good examples that demonstrate strong impact investment deals in this area. We are confidant this will only strengthen the case for impact investing in Scandinavia,” stated Shawn Westcott, Co-Founder and Chairman, Impact Invest Scandinavia.
"Using the power of finance and markets to tackle the most difficult social and environmental problems has the potential to transform our societies. The Nordics offer a great source for impact investment and social innovation, and this Trade Mission is an important step to converting ideas into concrete actions and investment,” said Mette Lingaard, Partner & Global Public Sector Social Innovation Lead, Deloitte Denmark.
“The timing for the mission could not be better. Though Norwegian investors have long been active within socially responsible ventures, a mission probing actual impact – and real returns – is just now an acceptable point of departure,” said Jason Turflinger Managing Director at AmCham Norway.
“Sweden and the U.S. alike are at the forefront of sustainable business. There is however still much progress to be made within this critical area, and the work of mainstreaming impact investing is an important vehicle. This trade mission, enabling an exchange of impact investing insights, trends and developments between Swedish and U.S. stakeholders, is a great initiative as part of driving this progress,” said Vivianne Gillman, Head of Business Sweden in New York.
“As a certified trade mission, our aim is to work with Watershed Capital Group to present to international investors the great opportunity to invest with impact in the United States. Five years ago, there were not many impact investing fund managers. Today, there are hundreds. This trade mission allows the rest of the world to see the great diversity of impact investment strategies in the United States,” said Paul Thanos, Director, Office of Finance and Insurance Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“Impact investing is an idea whose time has come. We look forward to having the US-based fund managers join us to share their experiences,” Pål Dale Managing Director at Voxtra Oslo Norway.
"We see a substantial increase in interest from US funds and investors towards Norway and the Nordic countries in general, and as the trade mission focuses on Impact Investing, we are sure that the trade mission will attract lot of interest,” said Per André Dagslet, Head of M&A in Arntzen de Besche.
”The US trade mission on Impact Investing presents an exciting opportunity for knowledge exchange and collaboration between the Nordic Countries and the US. The impact investing markets and their drivers are very different but the objective to actively invest in ventures that have a positive impact on society and at the same time providing a financial return is the same,” stated Camilla Backström, Senior Advisor Forum for Social Innovation.
“We are very pleased to see that Impact Investing is creating a lot of interest in the Scandinavian countries. As we look forward, this trade mission will no doubt be an important catalyst to solving some of the world’s thorniest and persistent societal problems,” expressed Anders Aabo senior associate Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center.
“As investors see the diversity and strong track records of the fund managers who were part of this U.S. delegation, investors are realizing they can both achieve their return targets and have a positive impact. This realization is the start of Impact Investing moving from a niche sector into the mainstream,” said Michal Whelchel, Co-Founder of Watershed Capital Group.
“We have amazing group of people come together to make this mission a great success, which include our local supporters, local embassies in the region and the US Department of Commerce,” said Shawn Lesser Co-Founder Watershed Capital Group.
The Trade Mission will take place in the Nordic Region with delegation meetings in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki. The trade mission delegation will include approximately ten US-based impact and sustainable fund managers who will meet with Nordic, family offices, foundation asset managers, pension funds and investment firms.
The objectives of the mission are to foster relationships between Nordic investors and U.S fund managers and to present to Nordic institutional investors a representation of the diverse fund strategies within Impact Investing in the U.S. This event is a great opportunity for investors to learn about the growing field of impact investing
If you would like to attend and you are an investor, please apply/register here.
If you would like more information, please contact Shawn Lesser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Impact & Sustainable Private Equity Certified Trade Mission
The trade mission organized by Watershed Capital Group in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, features U.S.-based private equity and venture capital firms representing the United States as a compelling destination for foreign alternative investments. U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service support the goals of this event, but does not endorse the specific products or views of the participating organizations. The government of the United States, particularly the United States Department of Commerce and U.S. Embassies, are not involved in selecting or recruiting for this mission. Such selection and recruitment is strictly left to the mission organizer.
About Impact Investing
Impact Investing is an emerging investment strategy that seeks to generate positive financial, environmental and social returns. JP Morgan’s survey indicates a growing market for impact investing, with respondents planning to commit USD 9 billion to impact investing in 2013, up from a total commitment of USD 8 billion in 2012.
About Watershed Capital Group
Watershed Capital Group is a specialty consulting firm assisting sustainable companies and fund managers raise capital and execute M&A transactions. Watershed assists clients in raising capital, executing mergers and acquisitions, and in evaluating strategic financial options. A new model of value creation is emerging deploying capital in strategies that recognize the inherent link between natural, social and financial capital. Watershed’s clients are entrepreneurs, companies, and fund managers scaling sustainable solutions that lead to competitive advantages and long-term value creation. Learn more at watershedcapital.com.
This is not a conference. Rather it is a trade mission certified by the United States Department of Commerce and carried out by Watershed Capital Group, LLC, the mission organizer.
Due to applicable securities laws, there will be no solicitation of investments or sale of investments during the presentations, which will be limited to qualified, accredited attendees. The events are educational only. No securities are offered or sold. U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service supports the goals of this event, but does not endorse the specific products or views of the participating organizations. The government of the United States, particularly the United States Department of Commerce, and U.S. Embassies, are not involved in selecting or recruiting for this mission. Such selection and recruitment is strictly left to the mission organizer.
Natalie Allen, CNN International Anchor and Correspondent, to Host 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference
The MGM Resorts Foundation is proud to welcome Natalie Allen as host of the 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference. The non-profit event will be held at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV Aug. 6 and 7.
As host of the conference, Ms. Allen will preside over the two-day event designed to inspire and encourage women to achieve success in their personal and professional lives. The 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference theme is “Women Inspiring Women.”
The conference will offer a wide range of learning opportunities, career guidance and personal growth tools, including:
-Exposure to diverse and nationally recognized speakers and accomplished women role models
-Two days of career-oriented workshops that will give women hands-on opportunities to develop skills based on their career needs
-Three distinct learning tracks for women who are Emerging Leaders, Emerging Executives and Executives
-Workshops for entrepreneurs who are well-established or just thinking of starting their own businesses
An award-winning journalist, Ms. Allen has 25 years of experience in broadcast news. Before becoming an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, Ms. Allen was an anchor for CNN from 1992-2001. She also served as news anchor for MSNBC.
Ms. Allen started her career at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn., becoming the first newsroom intern elevated to General Assignments Reporter while still a student. Three years later, she was named Co-Anchor of WREG'S 10 p.m. News.
In 2011, Ms. Allen videotaped, produced and wrote a three-part “Freedom Project” special for CNN International on child trafficking from Vietnam and Cambodia, primarily focusing on one community in the Mekong Delta. As a correspondent for NBC, she appeared on "The Nightly News," "The Today Show" and CNBC.
Beginning in 2007, Ms. Allen served as The Weather Channel's first full-time environment and climate correspondent. As Primary Anchor for the network's weekly news program, "Forecast Earth," she traveled the country interviewing environmental pioneers and leaders in sustainability.
The conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and men who support them. The MGM Resorts Foundation is the conference’s presenting sponsor. Proceeds of the conference after costs will be donated to one or more local nonprofit agencies devoted to the welfare and development of women and girls.
The early registration fee is $275 through May. Regular registration will be $350 from June to Aug. 7. Registration includes the full conference and all workshops and lectures, a networking reception, and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by MGM Grand. Time is also allotted for attendees to build key professional relationships with other women attending while enjoying the hospitality and entertainment of MGM Grand and other resorts of MGM Resorts International.
Participating sponsorships are available to organizations or companies who share the vision and goals of this conference. For more information about the Women’s Leadership Conference, please visit www.mgmresorts.com/womensleadershipconference.
About The MGM Resorts Foundation
The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by MGM Resorts employees. In addition, the Foundation collects and distributes donations to the Foundation by third-party non-employees to support charitable, scientific, literary, and educational activities approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors and organized by MGM Resorts employees to benefit qualified non-profit charitable organizations designated by the Foundation's Board.
Pinchot, a University For the Common Good, Launched by the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and Organization Systems Renewal
The Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), a pioneer in sustainable business and leadership education, broadens its educational reach by co-founding Pinchot, a university for the common good. Under this new institution, BGI will be one of several schools including Organizational Systems Renewal, Pinchot Edge and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship.
This new organizational structure is designed to give future Pinchot students a wider range of options to address the world’s most challenging problems. “Sustainability has a much broader definition than it did 20 or even 10 years ago.” Said John Gardner Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. “If we are going to prepare our students to cause the disruptive shifts the world needs, we need to give them not just the right skill-sets but develop them as agents of change.”
The expansion into Pinchot will provide future students with a new variety of educational choices to address a wider range of issues. MBAs are offered in Sustainable Business and Sustainable Systems as well as a Master’s in Organizational Leadership through Organizational Systems Renewal. Non-degree seeking students will also have access to courses and seminars through Pinchot Edge for professional development, personal mastery and trade specific skill building opportunities.
“Education is about more than just a piece of paper,” said BGI and Pinchot co-founder Gifford Pinchot III. “Graduates need the ability to do business in a way that brings about the changes they hope to see in the world. To do this they need a holistic combination of financial acumen, sales skills, marketing savvy, sustainable operations and leadership skills.”
Pinchot offers a unique structure and curriculum that focuses on engaging students’ passion for beneficial change and giving them the tools to execute it. Students have a range of options to study from home, work in close-knit cohorts, and attend weekend long intensives. Pinchot is used as an incubator for students who hope to drive change from within major corporations and organizations, or become social entrepreneurs. This unique structure is designed to take students beyond the conceptual level to have in-depth first hand experience.
Pinchot’s new structure is also a platform designed for future growth. As the needs of Pinchot’s students and the needs of the communities they work in change, Pinchot can add or partner with schools, centers and programs to address the most pressing issues and continue its mission of education for the common good.
Pinchot, a university for the common good, is a pioneer in sustainable business and transformational leadership. Housed under Pinchot are both the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and Organizational Systems Renewal schools as well as the Pinchot Edge school of professional development and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship.
A recognized leader in building collaborative learning environments, Pinchot offers hybrid format programs with robust digital and in person learning with campuses in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island, WA. Pinchot builds on the intellectual capacity of its home region to shape change agents, from startup entrepreneurs to leaders of the world’s largest organizations, who drive a conversation committed to the common good.
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