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Sustainable Sourcing: General Mills Invites Open Dialogue on Twitter

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:15pm

How can food companies source their ingredients most sustainably – and protect the resources and communities upon which their businesses depend?

With its 2014 CSR Report - releasing on April 16, 2014 - marking General Mills' 44th year of voluntarily disclosing progress on its social and environmental goals, the company has committed to sustainably sourcing 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020. That represents more than 50 percent of the company’s annual raw material purchases and includes oats, wheat, dairy, palm oil, cocoa and vanilla, among others.

The challenge ahead is significant.

From finding the right partners to improving farmers’ profitability and the sustainability of their farming techniques, General Mills will need to not only focus on immediate social and environmental impact but also on sustaining its business for the long-term. 

To discuss the weight of this commitment and how it aims to move forward, General Mills Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Lynch and General Mills Sourcing Director Steve Peterson will join CSRwire for a live Twitter chat on April 23, 2014.

Moderated by Aman Singh, CSRwire’s Editorial Director and Nick Aster, Founder and Publisher of TriplePundit, the discussion will explore several subthemes including:

  • What does sustainable sourcing involve for a global company like General Mills?
  • What is the food giant doing to address its impact upstream?
  • With 99% of its water usage occurring outside its operations, how can General Mills include others in the supply chain – farmers, other companies, etc.— in its sustainability goals?
  • How does a supply chain spread across the developed and developing world shift General Mills’ sustainable sourcing approach?

 Here’s what you need to know:

Date: April 23, 2014

Time: 3pm ET

Hashtag: #GenMillsSusty

Speakers: @gmills_jerry @gmills_steve

Moderators: @AmanSinghCSR @CSRwire @nickaster @triplepundit

To register, send out the following tweet:

I'll join @gmills_jerry @CSRwire & @triplepundit to discuss what it takes 2 reach 100% #susty sourcing http://bit.ly/GenMillsSusty #GenMillsSusty

Got a question for our panel? Send it to aman@csrwire.com.

About CSRwire's Stakeholder Engagement Campaigns

CSRwire regularly conducts webinars and Twitter chats with its member organizations and partner TriplePundit. These chats, developed as facilitated conversations, are aimed at taking a pulse of our community, sharing knowledge and inspiring action. Whether the topic is sustainable living, shared value or responsible careers, these interactive sessions not only help our clients push their communication boundaries but also gain valuable feedback, criticism and the attention of an active and engaged community. Learn more by emailing aman@csrwire.com.

Can we save ourselves from climate change?

EDF publications - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:07pm
Document Type: ReportDate: April 16, 2014Can we save ourselves from climate change? Special Report Winter 2014 Prepared for EDF Eco Partner Members
Categories: Climate Change News

Wyndham Worldwide Recognized by Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility for Demonstrating Leadership and Commitment to Equality

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:15pm

(Marketwired) - Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's leading hospitality companies, has been recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) and its Corporate Inclusion Index for the second consecutive year. A HACR corporate partner, Wyndham Worldwide was recognized for its workforce and recruitment, community investment and supplier diversity.

The Corporate Inclusion Index takes a comprehensive measurement of Hispanic inclusion at Fortune 100 and HACR corporate member companies. It tracks and evaluates inclusion practices related to employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance, and then analyzes the implications for the Hispanic community.

"As a global hospitality leader with locations in nearly 100 countries across six continents, thinking globally but acting locally is just part of how we operate in markets around the world," said Patricia Lee, senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "In order to keep Wyndham Worldwide an exceptional travel partner, a successful company and a great place to work, we must respect and understand various cultures, motivate and lead multiple generations, provide ethical leadership, and demonstrate integrity and respect in everything we do."

Believing diversity enriches the Company as a global hospitality provider, Wyndham Worldwide embraces a culture of diversity and inclusion that supports associates of all backgrounds. The Company offers a variety of diversity and inclusion programs for all associates, including leadership training programs, mentoring opportunities and educational support.

Wyndham Worldwide also sponsors several Associate Business Groups (ABGs), where associates with common interests share ideas and experiences, and promote professional development, engagement, and inclusion throughout the company. Open to all associates, ABGs at Wyndham Worldwide currently include: WYNPride (LGBT), ¡Fuerte! (Hispanic), Spectrum (African American), I-VOW (Veterans), AASK (Administrative Assistants), Women on Their Way (Women in the Workplace) and Generaciones (cross-generational).

Additionally, HACR presented Erika Gonzalez, diversity and inclusion manager, Wyndham Worldwide, with a Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Award at its annual conference in San Diego. Gonzalez was one of 34 young professionals selected to participate in the 2014 Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Program, which recognizes young Hispanics at Fortune 500 and HACR corporate member companies. Previous recipients of the award from the Company include Jason Fernandez, director, financial reporting and corporate accounting, Wyndham Vacation Ownership in 2012, and Tania Calderon, director of product and marketing strategy at Wyndham Vacation Ownership in 2011. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is the vacation ownership division of Wyndham Worldwide. Since receiving the recognition, Fernandez and Calderon have been a part of HACR's Corporate Achievers program, which provides a support network, leadership development and reconnects past recipients of the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers award.

"This recognition is a reflection of our commitment and focus to workplace diversity and inclusion. We know that it takes great people to make great things happen; therefore we strive to cultivate a global workforce where individuals from a wide array of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, are valued," said Tiziana Sullivan, vice president diversity, Wyndham Worldwide. "We invite every individual to experience acceptance and the opportunity to contribute at Wyndham Worldwide."

Recognized as an industry leader, Wyndham Worldwide has been named a Top 50 Company for Diversity by DiversityInc, a Top 50 Company for Latinas by LATINA Style, one of the "Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign, and one of the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives. Additionally, the Company maintains strong partnerships with organizations such as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and National Association of Black, Hispanic, Asian and Women MBAs.

About Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
HACR's mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. HACR focuses on four areas of corporate responsibility and market reciprocity. They are: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.

In pursuit of its mission, HACR offers Corporate America direct access to the Hispanic community – its talent, entrepreneurs and leadership – creating a forum to ensure corporate responsibility and market reciprocity for the nation's Hispanic population.

About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,440 franchised hotels and over 638,300 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Bombardier Supports Rebuilding Schools in the Philippines

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:15pm

(Marketwired) - Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has donated $125,000 US in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in November last year. The money will fund the rebuilding of three school buildings in Northern Cebu to help the schools resume education in a region where the company operates.

Bombardier signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity Philippines to rebuild the schools located in Tapilon, Kawit and San Remigio. The families of many local Bombardier employees live in these communities.

Following the natural disasters, Bombardier Transportation issued a call for donations to all its employees. Management then matched the amount raised. In accordance with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy focusing on the areas of education, environment and entrepreneurship in communities in which it operates, Bombardier Transportation decided to help bring children back to school in areas that were damaged severely.

Bombardier's Finance Shared Services Center in Cebu City is an active member in the community, sponsoring events like the annual Sinulog Festival parade, which attracted about 3.5 million people from across the Philippines this year. The center's employees handle accounting and reporting for 13 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Evelyn Pantaleon, Principal of Kawit Elementary School said: "We are grateful to the support provided by Bombardier and Habitat for Humanity Philippines, which will change the lives of pupils in Northern Cebu. They are currently completing their semesters and studying in makeshift temporary classrooms. This contribution will enrich and rebuild local communities and is welcomed and appreciated by the pupils and their families."

"Habitat's philosophy is not only to provide houses, but also promote holistic community development," said Habitat CEO & Managing Director Charlie Ayco. "That is why the classrooms that Bombardier have generously donated will definitely help in rebuilding their lives as they move forward after this calamity."

Habitat's Re-build Philippines aims to meet the shelter needs of communities affected by natural or man-made calamities such as super typhoon Haiyan, the Bohol earthquake and the Zamboanga siege. Its disaster response program provides emergency and shelter repair kits and builds core houses for affected families.

For more information about Bombardier's CSR activities and its sustainability report, visit www.csr.bombardier.com/en/media-centre.

About Habitat for Humanity Philippines
Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) is a non-profit organization that serves Filipino families in need of decent homes. We bring together partners who share the same vision of transforming lives through building responsible and sustainable communities. Established in 1988, HFHP is a country affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International based in Georgia, USA. For 25 years, HFHP has served over 60,000 families throughout the country. HFHP envisions that every Filipino family has a decent place to live. Visit www.habitat.org.ph or www.facebook.com/habitatphilippines for more details.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

For news releases, related material and photos, visit our media centre at www.bombardier.com/en/media-centre.html.

BOMBARDIER and ECO4 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.


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Ecuador will have referendum on fate of Yasuni after activists collect over 700,000 signatures

Mongabay Rainforest News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:20pm
In what is a major victory for environmentalists, campaigners with United for Yasuni have collected 727,947 signatures triggering a national referendum on whether or not oil drilling should proceed in three blocs of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

MBA Polymers Wins 2013 Katerva Award

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:15pm

People's Choice Award Winner: HealthPhone

People’s Choice Honorable Mention: 50 Million Missing Campaign

MBA Polymers is the winner of the 2013 Katerva Award. MBA Polymers has developed breakthrough separations technology and has grown to what is now the world’s primary company recovering plastic from large complex waste streams such as end-of-life computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and most recently household waste. MBA has over 300 million pounds/year of processing capacity to turn waste into high performance plastics. MBA works with some of the largest manufacturers in the world to close-the-loop by replacing virgin plastics with MBA plastics in their new products. MBA Polymers (see www.mbapolymers.com/home) headquarters is located in the United Kingdom.

The Katerva Award is the highest global sustainability recognition, and has been referred to as the Nobel Prize of Sustainability. This year’s Katerva Award winner was chosen from 50 competitive finalists, the top five-ranked projects in each of ten award categories.

According to Terry Waghorn, founder and CEO of Katerva, “Today's challenges overwhelm conventional approaches. They require breakthrough and disruptive innovation and the ability to scale rapidly. Katerva is designed to do just that—to catalyze and accelerate breakthrough solutions.”

The 2013 Katerva People's Choice Award winner is:

HealthPhone (www.healthphone.org) HealthPhone UNICEF’s Ammaji Channel is a personal video reference library and guide to better health and nutrition practices, for families and communities, pre-loaded on a US$3 microSD memory card to insert in their basic mobile feature phones. This gives them direct access to knowledge to learn, share, educate and exactly at the time when they need to deal with a health problem, where they are, and as they are, without a connection or cost.

Honorable Mention goes to 50 Million Missing Campaign (www.genderbytes.wordpress.com) The 50 Million Missing Campaign is a fund-free, grassroots, global campaign to end the ongoing female genocide in India. It was founded by author and gender activist, Rita Banerji, in 2006.

The 10 2013 Katerva Award Category Winners are:

Behavioral Change: Kiva U (www.kiva.org/do-more/kivau/intro)

Economy: Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro (www.bvrio.org)

Ecosystem Conservation: Bycatch (www.bycatch.org)

Energy & Power: Aquion Energy (www.aquionenergy.com)

Food Security: Practical Action (www.practicalaction.org)

Gender Equality: WE CARE Solar (www.wecaresolar.org)

Human Development: Solar Ear International (www.solarearinternational.wordpress.com)

Materials & Resources: MBA Polymers (Katerva Grand Prize Award Winner, see description above).

Transportation: MIT City Car (cities.media.mit.edu)

Urban Design: ARCHIVE Global (www.archiveglobal.org)

The Katerva Awards recognizes innovations with the greatest potential to advance the planet toward sustainability. Katerva Award Winners receive substantial legal, business and operational support from the distinguished companies and individuals of the Katerva Winners’ Circle, helping them to cross the bridge from innovation to solution.

Katerva's mission is to identify and accelerate the spread of the world’s most promising disruptive innovations. www.katerva.net

Senate Bill 310 Opponent Testimony of Cheryl L. Roberto Associate Vice President, Clean Energy Initiative On Behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund

EDF publications - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00pm
Document Type: TestimonyDate: April 16, 2014Senate Bill 310 Opponent Testimony of Cheryl L. Roberto Associate Vice President, Clean Energy Initiative On Behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund
Categories: Climate Change News

Senate Bill 58 Interested Party Testimony of Cheryl L. Roberto Associate Vice President, Smart Power Initiative On Behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund

EDF publications - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:59am
Document Type: TestimonyDate: April 16, 2014Senate Bill 58 Interested Party Testimony of Cheryl L. Roberto Associate Vice President, Smart Power Initiative On Behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund
Categories: Climate Change News

Pope Francis urged to back fossil fuel divestment campaign

Business Green - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:46am

Letter from religious groups in Australia and North America says it is 'immoral' to profit from fossil fuels

Categories: Climate Change News

Walden Hyde Becomes a Certified B Corporation

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:15am

Boulder, CO—based brand-strategy and creative agency Walden Hyde (www.waldenhyde.com) announced today that the company has become a Certified B Corporation. This prestigious designation is awarded to companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

“Walden Hyde brings sustainability into mainstream culture by helping companies understand what it means to their customers and brands, then helping them tell the right story in the right way,” said Principal, Robb Shurr.

He added, “Being a Certified B Corporation is important to our core mission and helps us be accountable to our own brand values.”

Working across sectors spanning CPG, hospitality, the outdoor industry, and nonprofit, their clients include Unilever, The North Face, Klean Kanteen, prAna, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, and the Forest Stewardship Council.

With this new certification, Walden Hyde joins the ranks of other Certified B Corporation business leaders such as Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing Company, Ben and Jerry’s, and Method.

About Walden Hyde
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Walden Hyde (www.waldenhyde.com) is a brand-strategy and creative agency made up of anthropologists, storytellers, sustainability experts, and designers. They uncover the powerful human stories behind trends and culture to help good brands build consumer loyalty and change behavior.

About B Corp
Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of April 2014, there are more than 900 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 32 countries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.

About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (12 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) driving capital to high impact investments through the use of GIIRS Ratings and Analytics (more than 60 investors with over $3B in impact assets under management use GIIRS); and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 7,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment).

FREE Stakeholder Engagement Webinar

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:15am
Build trust with local communities and minimise social risk for your operations

Learn how to build trust with local communities and minimise social risk for extractive operations with:

  • Janina Gawler, Global Head of Social Performance and Community Relations, Rio Tinto
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  • Grievance mechanisms, stakeholder identification and mapping, community consultation and managing expectations – this webinar will delve into the key issues around this complex but vital area

There will be live polling and streaming of questions to ensure this both an informative and engaging debate. To sign up for the webinar, please visit Ethical Corporation's website: http://bit.ly/PHOUPL

Ikea, Jll, Mars Inc., Sprint, VF Corp., to Urge Policy Action on Climate Change at Bicameral Briefing Sponsored by Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:15am

On the heels of a new UN report about damaging and accelerating impacts of climate change, top US business executives will be meeting with Congressional leaders next week to discuss climate-related impacts they are already seeing on their companies, actions they are taking to reduce their companies’ carbon footprints, and the urgency for stronger policy action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support renewable energy, and boost energy efficiency.

Executives from industry giants Sprint, IKEA, JLL, Mars Inc. and VF Corp. will brief the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change in the morning, and will be joined by additional business leaders for meetings with individual lawmakers in the afternoon. The companies are signers of Ceres’ Climate Declaration, a business call-to-action that urges federal and state policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of addressing climate change. More than 750 businesses have signed the Climate Declaration since its official launch a year ago on April 10, 2013. Newest signatories to the Declaration include Sprint, Sun Power and the San Diego Port Authority.


  • Colin Dyer, president and chief executive officer, JLL, a major commercial real estate services firm headquartered in Illinois
  • Amy Hargroves, director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Sprint, headquartered in Kansas
  • Rob Olson, chief financial officer/acting U.S. president, IKEA, headquartered in Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Rabinovitch, director, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc., headquartered in Virginia, with significant operations in Texas
  • Letitia Webster, director of Global Corporate Sustainability at VF Corp., a North Carolina based company that owns Lee, Wrangler, The North Face, Timberland and numerous other consumer brands

Thursday, April 10, 2014
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM ET

Senate Visitor’s Center, Room 215 

ABOUT CERES: Ceres is a nonprofit organization mobilizing business and investor leadership on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability challenges. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of over 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $12 trillion. Ceres also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), an advocacy coalition of 30 businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation. For more information, visit http://www.ceres.org or follow on Twitter @CeresNews.

2nd Conflict Minerals Reporting and Supply Chain Transparency Conference

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:15am

The 2nd Sustaining Conflict Minerals Compliance Conference will break down each SEC reporting requirement as well as examine direct filing examples from specific companies. Featuring case studies from industry leading experts, this advanced course offers attendees a unique opportunity to benchmark their conflict minerals program against their peers to more efficiently meet SEC expectations and amend their program for future filings.

Featured Sessions Include:

- Scrutinizing the SEC conflict minerals rule with Newport News Shipbuilding
- Engineering a sustainable CM program for future filings with Alcatel-Lucent
- Integrating filings and best practices from the first year of reporting with BlackBerry
- Maintaining a strong rapport with all tiers of your supply chain with KEMET
- Obtaining complete responses moving throughout the supply chain with Dover Corporation

Benefit from highly interactive case studies and panel discussions, Q&A time, 4+ hours of networking opportunities, and exclusive online access to speaker presentations post-event.

Seating is limited to maintain an intimate educational environment that will cultivate the knowledge and experience of all participants.

Learn more here.

Is the clean tech recovery under way? Global clean energy first quarter investment climbs 10 per cent

Business Green - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:19am

Bloomberg New Energy Finance data suggests clean tech investment rally could be under way

Categories: Climate Change News

Prudential joins investors in backing NextEnergy's solar IPO

Business Green - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:46am

NextEnergy confirms it has raised £85.5m, as Macquarie and Forrest offer free solar installations to businesses

Categories: Climate Change News

Northwest Electricity Prepayment Study Indicates High Customer Satisfaction and Energy Savings

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:15am

Customers who enroll in prepay electric service reduce their energy usage from 5.5% – 14% as a result of changes in behavior due to more real-time information and awareness around their energy usage, according to a study conducted by Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG). Three out of four customers who were part of the study indicated they had changed their electric usage behavior to lower their electric bill since switching to prepay. In addition, the study indicated that customers had high levels of satisfaction with their prepay service as 92% of the surveyed customers indicated they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their prepay service.

“The findings from the prepay study indicate that customers change behavior as a result of voluntarily switching to a prepay electric service. Customers become more proactive in looking for ways to reduce their energy usage and lower their electric bill,” said Darren Brady, Executive Vice President for DEFG. “Prepay service can enhance the relationship between the utility and its customers by not only making the payment process more convenient, but by providing real-time information to the customer about their daily cost which is changing how they think about and manage their electricity.”

The study included two cooperatives that offer prepay electric service in the Northwest and was undertaken to better understand the potential conservation impacts that can result from prepayment of electricity service. “We participated in this study to learn more about how our members view our prepay offering, and to better understand how our members manage their electricity usage while on the prepay service,” said Virginia Harman, Manager for Glacier Electric Cooperative.

The study evaluated the usage data from 1,394 customers enrolled in prepay programs to identify potential energy savings impacts from participation, and also asked the same participating customers about their experiences related to the prepay electric service. The customer survey was conducted in the fall of 2013, and included a total of 112 respondents.

“The results from the study confirmed what we have seen in our recent prepay savings study and national consumer surveys conducted through our Prepay Energy Working Group,” said Darren Brady, “Customers enrolled in voluntary prepay programs on average are reducing their energy usage at a very meaningful level, higher than most traditional energy conservation measures. While at the same time prepay services are generating high satisfaction levels from customers across all income levels, helping utilities enhance the value of a traditional payment transaction with their customer base.”

The study asked questions related to the actions customers had taken since enrolling in a prepay service. The goal was to try and better understand customer behavior and the specific steps that customers may take to reduce their energy usage as a result of prepayment.

“Overall, the results from this study indicate that prepay brings greater awareness of energy usage to the customer, encouraging them to take both basic actions—such as turning off the lights and turning down the thermostat—to making investments in energy efficient lighting, insulation, and HVAC systems,” said Darren Brady. “Customers indicated they switched to prepay to have greater control over their energy usage and bill, as well enabling better budgeting of energy costs and allocation of available funds to pay for electricity.”

DEFG is a management consulting firm specializing in energy. We believe that customers are the future of energy. Since 2003, we have helped clients create value in a commodity marketplace. In our rapidly changing marketplace, customer engagement is key to success, and our clients learn to better engage with residential and commercial customers. These customers provide unique resources, reduce risks and increase revenue potential. defgllc.com

Making the Grade: How to Fix America's Failing Water Infrastructure

CSRwire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:15am

The Columbia Water Center at the Earth Institute, in collaboration with the U.S. Water Partnership, presents a live webinar in celebration of World Water Day 2014. Please join this live webinar to hear from experts in various fields about solutions to Americas aging water infrastructure.

On the agenda:

  • Introduction by the Columbia Water Center
  • A short video about the Americas Water Initiative led by the Columbia Water Center
  • Panel discussion moderated by Dan Bena, PepsiCo, Sustainable Development Executive, who will also discuss the human right to water and building public-private partnerships
  • Q&A session

Panel discussion participants and topics will include:

Upmanu Lall, Director, Columbia Water Center

  • Challenges of climate and aging infrastructure, the state of Americas water, radical ideas for improving urban infrastructure and water allocation

Alan Roberson, American Water Works Association

  • Financial and regulatory opportunities

William Becker, Vice President and Corporate Drinking Water Practice Leader

  • Potable water reuse strategies: can we revolutionize the current water/wastewater system paradigm?

Laurent Auguste, Director of Innovation and Markets at Veolia Environment

  • Management dynamics for creating value from innovation to deliver performance on environmental and technological services

BA clears Essex waste-to-fuel plant for take off

Business Green - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:36am

Solena Fuels and British Airways confirm for Essex plant capable of turning landfill waste into green jet fuel

Categories: Climate Change News

Fracking methane leaks at least 100 times larger than EPA estimated, say researchers

Business Green - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:09am

Study raises fears that US shale gas sites could be responsible for higher levels of methane emissions than previously thought

Categories: Climate Change News

EIB plans $3bn clean energy spend

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Climate Spectator - Innovative renewable energy demonstration projects and carbon capture schemes across Europe will benefit from more than €2 billion ($2.95 billion) raised by sales of 300 million emission allowances.
Categories: Climate Change News
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