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Bloomberg ploughs $5m into off-grid African solar

Business Green - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:05pm

Bloomberg Philanthropies to provide $5m loan to Little Sun as it seeks to replace the kerosene lamp across Africa

Categories: Climate Change News

National Grid dials up demand response options

Business Green - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:05pm

Deal with aggregator REstore set to make up to 100MW of capacity available to be switched off within seconds to balance the grid

Categories: Climate Change News

National Trust starts pumping green power into to the grid

Business Green - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:05pm

Charity's new company to sell renewable energy to Good Energy from a range of projects, including solar, hydro, and biomass schemes

Categories: Climate Change News

Defra drops plans to review mandatory carbon reporting

Business Green - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:05pm

Latest Red Tape Challenge makes no mention of plans to review recently introduced corporate reporting rules

Categories: Climate Change News

New York’s Con Edison to Take New Measures Protecting Against the Effects of Climate Change

EDF publications - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:59pm
Document Type: Linkhttp://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2014/02/25/new-yorks-con-edison-ordered-to-t...Date: April 22, 2014New York’s Con Edison to Take New Measures Protecting Against the Effects of Climate Change
Categories: Climate Change News

Final Order from NYPSC on Con Edison Rate Case Reveals Especially Encouraging Language on Climate Change Directives

EDF publications - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:58pm
Document Type: Linkhttp://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2014/02/27/final-order-from-nypsc-on-con-edi...Date: April 22, 2014Final Order from NYPSC on Con Edison Rate Case Reveals Especially Encouraging Language on Climate Change Directives
Categories: Climate Change News

Humana Announces New Corporate Social Responsibility Goals and Issues Report on Recent Progress

CSRwire - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:15pm

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, today announced a series of new sustainability goals within its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. The 2012-2013 report highlights Humana’s unique commitment to helping people achieve lifelong well-being through the company’s Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy Performance CSR platform. The report shares a number of significant achievements including an eight percent reduction in energy use, receiving LEED Commercial Interiors Certification at Humana offices in Tampa Bay, Fla. and launching a 150 data-point employee well-being scorecard.

The report, a self-declared Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Level B, details Humana's continuing effort to assess and evaluate existing CSR endeavors and establish new metrics and benchmarks for tracking impacts and progress. As part of this effort, Humana assessed its environmental sustainability program, in accordance with industry best practices (as described by GRI). The assessment identified operational efficiency, supply-chain sustainability and procurement, and associate engagement as top priorities moving forward.

Humana also recognizes the intrinsic link between the health of the planet and the services the company provides. The report acknowledges that climate change poses a serious challenge to the planet and impacts the health and well-being of those Humana serves. As a result, Humana has set goals it intends to accomplish by the end of 2015, including:

  • Reduce annual energy consumption by 5 percent;
  • Decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent; and
  • Increase landfill diversion to 40 percent of the waste stream.

Going forward, Humana will adopt facility environmental and green standards and set goals and metrics to track progress; assess and survey its largest suppliers’ sustainability efforts to share best practices and Humana’s supplier expectations; and identify new ways to engage Humana’s 52,000 associates in the company’s CSR efforts.

“At its core, our business is about partnering with people to help them achieve their best health. Inspiring health is one of our values,” said Bruce D. Broussard, Humana President and Chief Executive Officer. “This report illustrates how our CSR endeavors – from associate engagement to greenhouse gas emissions reductions – connect with Humana’s work to promote lifelong well-being. Our 2012-2013 CSR Report provides the foundation for us to take bigger, broader, more impactful actions going forward.”

Humana is committed to supporting and promoting associate participation in a variety of volunteer opportunities. The report showcases how these volunteer opportunities support Humana’s work to help its associates, members, and communities live healthier lives while boosting associate morale and engagement. Humana’s continuing efforts to promote lifelong well-being include examples such as:

  • Humana Helps, a program for people wanting to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how to get covered, with partners including CVS/pharmacy and YMCA of the USA
  • HumanaVitality, an incentive-based wellness and rewards program that rewards healthy behaviors like preventative screenings, smoking cessation, exercise, and blood donation
  • Working with KaBOOM!, a nonprofit that helps to create safe and active play spaces for America’s children, to build more than 50 playgrounds in underserved neighborhoods by the end of 2014
  • The Humana Legacy Program, a partnership of the Humana Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, to create an intergenerational mentoring program that pairs adults 55+ with children

To learn more about Humana’s Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy Performance platform, view the just-released 2012-2013 Humana Corporate Social Responsibility Report at www.humanacsrreport.com.

About Humana
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls
  • Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors)
  • Corporate Governance information

Merck Renews Commitment to The Woodmont House at The Children’s Inn at NIH

CSRwire - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:15pm

The Children’s Inn at NIH today announced a $5 million contribution from the Merck Foundation to support and maintain programs and services at The Inn’s Woodmont House, a transitional home for patients who are participating in pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical Center.  The Woodmont House is "A Place Like Home" for up to five families whose children are no longer in the acute phase of their illnesses but still require treatment. This grant is the Foundation’s second major gift to The Woodmont House since the home, adjacent to the NIH campus, opened in 2010.

The partnership with Merck began 25 years ago with its initial gift of $3.7 million to build The Inn.  Merck’s total giving now tops $20 million—a remarkable level of support and commitment to The Inn’s mission.

“The Inn and The Woodmont House would not exist today without Merck’s support,” said Inn CEO Kathy L. Russell. “With more than two decades of generous support of The Children’s Inn, Merck and the Merck Foundation have built a legacy of philanthropy that has touched thousands of lives and will benefit many more seriously ill children and their families who will stay at The Inn in the future.”

Most children who come to the NIH for treatment are facing life-threatening illnesses that resist conventional therapy. Since its opening in 1990, The Children’s Inn has hosted 12,000 children from all over the United States and more than 80 other countries. More than 116 children and their families from 11 states and Puerto Rico, and eight other countries have stayed at The Woodmont House over the past four years. On average, families stay for several weeks or months, and the house has proved to be a perfect space for families with children receiving transplants—which entails a 120-day monitoring period following a transplant.  Like all Inn families, they pay nothing regardless of the length of their stay. 

“We are proud of Merck’s long-standing partnership with The Children’s Inn,” said Geralyn S. Ritter, president, Merck Foundation. “Continuing our support of The Woodmont House and the Inn naturally ties into Merck’s commitment to improving access to health, and we applaud The Inn’s staff for their tireless efforts in providing a healing environment for so many children and their families.”

About The Children’s Inn at NIH

The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential "Place Like Home" for seriously ill children and their families who travel from across the country and around the world. Families enjoy The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world's leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child's medical needs, The Inn tends to the child's heart, soul and spirit. Families stay at The Inn free of charge, no matter how long. www.childrensinn.org

About The Merck Foundation

The Merck Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation.  Established in 1957 by Merck, a global healthcare leader, the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck's chief source of funding support to qualified non-profit, charitable organizations.  Since its inception, the Merck Foundation has contributed more than $785 million to support important initiatives that address societal needs and are consistent with Merck's overall mission to help the world be well. For more information, visit www.merckgiving.com

Running Out of Time (editorial)

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
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Categories: Climate Change News

Climate Change Workshop Brings International Experts to Lima

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Peruvian Times - Local and international scientists will be meeting in Lima next week for a workshop on health in climate change, as well as water and air pollution.
Categories: Climate Change News

China's new environment law submitted to parliament

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Reuters - Amendments to China's 1989 environmental protection law that will mean stiffer punishments for polluters have been submitted to the country's parliament for deliberation, official news agency Xinhua reported late on Monday.
Categories: Climate Change News

Nigeria: AfDB Boosts Climate Change Projects With N1 Billion Fund

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Vanguard - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has created a N1 billion fund to support climate change projects in African countries.
Categories: Climate Change News

On climate, business as usual (opinion)

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Washington Post -
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate is right for clean energy firms

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Reuters -
Categories: Climate Change News

Apple Aims to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint With New Data Centers

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Wired - Apple is close to its goal of powering all its facilities 100 percent by renewable energy. Its corporate campuses and data centers are now at 94 percent renewable and rising. (In 2010 it was 35 percent.) The next step is to extend the efforts to its retail stores.
Categories: Climate Change News

Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner Partners With Finalist to Implement Winning Project

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: ME NewsWire - Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (KSV), the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize winner in the Global High School category for Asia, has partnered with 2014 SME finalist, SELCO India to implement its award-winning sustainability project.
Categories: Climate Change News

Illegal logging makes up 70 percent of Papua New Guinea's timber industry

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:30am
Corruption, weak governance, and powerful timber barons are illegally stripping the forests of Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from the Chatham House. The policy institute finds that 70 percent of logging in Papua New Guinea is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership Hosts Ethics & Sustainability Conference Featuring Regional and National Business Leaders

CSRwire - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:15am

The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) will bring together more than 200 business, academic and government leaders to discuss the need for sustainable business leadership and how ethical, environmental and social objectives can be built into businesses’ core missions and operations.

The “Ethical Environment of Business Sustainability” conference will be held Friday, June 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ).

Panel discussions and presentations on business’ role in environmental and geopolitical stability, as well as the role of corporations in community health and their impact on social innovation will be featured. Speakers include:

  • Richard A. Smith, Chairman, CEO and President of Realogy Holdings Corp., a New Jersey-based global leader in real estate franchising, Realogy’s brands include CENTURY 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, Sotheby’s International Realty and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Smith has been named the “Most Powerful Person in Residential Real Estate Brokerage” in the Swanepoel Power 200 rankings, and Realogy has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute in each of the past three years. Mr. Smith will deliver the keynote address, “Why is an ethical environment within your company critical to its sustainability?”
  • Christine Bader, Author, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil (Bibliomotion, March 2014), and former Manager of Policy Development, where she oversaw the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. She will discuss life on the front lines of integrating human rights into business -- including what happens when it all goes wrong.
  • Leading the panel discussions is Gregory Sauter, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Officer, AECOM. Comprised of more than 45,000 employees in 150 countries, AECOM provides professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water, and government. Sauter is also Board President of Engineers without Borders. He will lead panel discussions on the role of business in environmental and geopolitical stability, and on the health of local communities.

Panelists are:

  • Kevin Lyons, PhD, Supply Chain Professor, Rutgers Business School 
  • Guy Story, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Audible.com 
  • Paula Luff, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hess Corporation
  • Derek Veenhof, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Solutions, Covanta

“A business has a responsibility to reward shareholders while ensuring that the communities in which it operates have the human and natural resources necessary to thrive in the future,” said IEL co-founder James Abruzzo. “This conference will be an opportunity for more than 200 attendees to learn from strategic thinkers and practitioners who understand how to navigate complexities of true sustainable leadership.”

Now in its fifth year, the annual Ethical Leadership Conference brings together experts from all sectors to address the most pressing current ethical issues in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.

“IEL is proud to host this annual event to educate and raise awareness on the importance of ethical leadership,” Abruzzo added. 

The 2014 Ethical Leadership Conference is sponsored by Wells Fargo, AECOM, Verizon and KPMG. For information on available sponsorships, the agenda, and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.business.rutgers.edu/iel/programs/business-government/2014-conference, call 973-353-1135 or email leadership@business.rutgers.edu.

About the Institute for Ethical Leadership

The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School works with business and government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within Rutgers University to provide leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to become more effective leaders and managers and make ethical decisions for real-world challenges.  For more information, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/iel

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