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World-renowned architects César and Rafael Pelli will bring their vision to VERGE Salon: Next-Gen Buildings and Cities in New York City on September 16, a one-day event focusing on how technology and data are transforming the future of our buildings and cities. The father-son architecture team will participate during a day of presentations and workshops by corporate sustainability and technology leaders.
Awarded with the American Institute of Architects' prestigious Gold Medal, César Pelli is acclaimed for designing some of the world's tallest buildings and major urban landmarks, including the Petronas Towers in Kaula Lumpur, the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and the World Financial Center and Winter Garden in New York City.
Rafael Pelli's design achievements include his work on Bloomberg Tower, the Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and high-rise residential buildings in Battery Park City. A leader in sustainable design, Rafael Pelli designed the Verdesian, the first LEED Platinum high-rise residential rental building in the United States and New York City's first LEED Platinum building.
VERGE Salons, part of GreenBiz Group's global VERGE event series, are high-energy events focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. Among the topics at VERGE Salon are how green infrastructure, technologies and grid solutions create value for buildings and cities; leveraging data to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions and water efficiency; and the impacts of benchmarking mandates on building efficiency upgrades.
“César and Raphael Pelli represent the convergence of world-class design and an understanding of how the next generation of buildings can play a central role in urban sustainability,” said GreenBiz Group Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower. “Their work embodies a central theme of VERGE, that technology and design can be a positive force for environmental and social change.”
One current Pelli project is the San Francisco Transbay Terminal, which includes the world’s largest rooftop park in the center of one of the world’s most sustainability-minded cities. The design features measures to increase biodiversity, water purification, air filtration and quality public space.
"We are honored to host a rare multi-generational conversation between two of architecture’s great practitioners and urban visionaries, Pritzker Prize winning César Pelli and his acclaimed son Rafael Pelli, who will candidly discuss some of the groundbreaking projects that they have created and are currently working on around the world," said Jack S. Nyman, executive director of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute. "These concepts will better empower individuals and lead to improved global knowledge that will contribute to reversing the unsustainable patterns of consumption that we have charted since WWII."
Other VERGE Salon featured speakers include, Bina Venkataraman of the White House, Vishaan Chakrabarti of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Seth Schultz of C40, Dana Schneider of Jones Lang LaSalle, Nils Kok of GRESB, Molly Zinzi or Google NYC, Brad Swing of the City of Boston, Jackie Henke of TD Bank, Richard Anderson of the New York Building Congress, Jon Orcutt of the NYC Department of Transportation, John Gilbert of Rudin Management Company and Michael Berkowitz of Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.
VERGE Salon is produced in partnership with The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, of the Zicklin School of Business, at Baruch College, City University of New York, which provides applied research, professional and continuing education and conferences to the real estate industry, as well as organizations focused on public policy.
The event will take place at the William and Anita Newman Conference Center at Baruch College in New York City. For more information, visit http://grn.bz/VSALONNY.
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Samsung today announced that entries are open for the fifth annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. Through the competition’s community-based learning approach, youth take topics out of traditional classroom settings and explore, in a hands-on way, how these subjects address core problems that impact their lives and their regions.
“At Samsung, we know that interest in science, technology, engineering and math is critical for the jobs of today, the future of tomorrow and our long-term business success,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America. “By launching the Solve for Tomorrow Contest for a fifth year, our goal is to excite students about these subjects and provide schools with the resources to continue fostering the innovators of tomorrow. We saw very strong community impact and engagement last year, and we’re looking forward to building on that momentum.”
The first 5,000 teachers to enter from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will receive a professional development course from PBS TeacherLine; entries close on October 31, 2014. In November, 255 state finalists will be selected and from that pool, 51 state winners (representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C.) will be announced in December. Of the state winners, 15 will be selected as national finalists and will present their projects to a live panel of judges in March. Five national grand prize winners will then be selected by a panel of judges, Samsung employees and public online voters.
Additionally three special awards will be given by DIRECTV, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise to contestants in the 51 state winner pool who will be recognized for their pioneering use of math, environmental innovation and civic engagement, respectively. Throughout the competition, approximately $2 million* of prizes will be presented by Samsung, Adobe, Fortune, PBS TeacherLine, DIRECTV, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise.
“Science, technology, engineering, and math are vital for success in most 21st century careers. If you are looking for a fun and challenging way to engage your students in STEM, look no further than the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest,” said Kimberly Bloch, a teacher from Sunburst Middle School in Montana who led her eighth grade class to win the 2013-2014 Solve for Tomorrow competition. “I strongly encourage all teachers to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest by answering the three simple questions and engaging your students in the exciting world of STEM. You never know where this challenge could lead. It could lead right to the White House, like it led us!”
Last year, more than 2,300 schools from every state and the District of Columbia entered the challenge; five teams were named national grand prize winners, and one of the winning teams attended the White House Science Fair as honored guests for their work in the competition.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. The competition is a Samsung Solve for Tomorrow initiative which aims to engage students nationwide in active, hands-on STEM learning. Since 2004, Samsung has provided more than $15 million in technology to more than 750 public schools in the United States.
To enter or to learn more about the competition and past winners, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/solve
To download b-roll of the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, please visit: https://qlnk.io/ql/540a1e91e4b0357303ce59a7
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About Samsung Electronics North America
Samsung Electronics North America (NAHQ), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is an arm of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung’s North American brand management including Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC and Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. You can also Fan Samsung on www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA or follow Samsung via Twitter @SamsungTweets.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, tablets, personal computers, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.
Today, Global Impact released a white paper titled “The Corporate Signature Program: A Custom Approach to Philanthropy.” This paper examines a growing best practice in corporate investments known as signature programs, a major investment by a company in a particular cause, issue or theme.
Global Impact President & CEO Scott Jackson explained, “The information presented in this white paper will be valuable for corporations looking to find a way to boost their corporate citizenship without hurting their bottom line. The case studies presented in this piece show that these programs are not only charitable, but a smart business investment.”
Signature programs have become a best practice in the corporate investment world because they offer a means to focus corporate citizenship for maximum impact. These programs:
- Respond to growing demand to build impactful and efficient programs
- Mobilize corporate resources around an issue or geography
- Have long term relevancy to the company
- Require measurement and evaluation to continue to make a business case for the investment
- Engage employees and other stakeholders
A continuation of the original research performed by Global Impact and Indiana University in “Giving Beyond Borders: A Study of Global Giving by U.S. Corporations,” the corporate signature program white paper provides guidance on how to build and manage signature programs and gives examples of how some U.S. corporations built their own successful signature programs. In particular, this white paper looks at why corporations invest in such programs, what companies seek to achieve through their giving, what steps to take to create a signature program, and what types of models can be used for program management.
Also this week, Scott Jackson will be moderating a breakout session on the topic of the white paper at the Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) annual corporate citizenship conference. Furthermore, Mr. Jackson will moderate a plenary session at the CCC event about where philanthropy meets social impact and host another breakout session about mobilizing corporate citizenship around a particular cause.
About Global Impact
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with approximately 450 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 120 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization serves as administrator for one of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.6 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.