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Angel, 12, Hopes to Become the Youngest Girl to Reach the Top of Mount Aconcagua While Raising Money for Children International

CSRwire - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:15am

Angel, 12, hopes to become the youngest girl to make it to the top of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina this December while raising $100,000 for Children International’s youth programs. After visiting Children International programs in Guatemala, Angel was inspired by the youth that she met there, and she is determined to help them get the resources they need to achieve their dreams.  

At 22,837 feet, Mount Aconcagua is the tallest peak in all of the Americas, as well as the Southern and Western Hemispheres. Angel will set out on her journey to reach the summit starting December 13. In the meantime, she has been training by climbing peaks like Mount Whitney and Mount Dana. The outstanding climber already broke a record when she became the youngest girl to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at age 10. Angel also trains by swimming long distances in open water. This past summer, she broke three swimming records. For one, she was the youngest person to successfully take on “Swim Around the Rock,” where participants swim from San Francisco to Alcatraz, swim around the island, and then return to San Francisco. On top of all that, she has completed multiple bicycle tours of more than 50 miles.    

Angel started a fundraiser on Crowdrise leading up to her climb in order to raise money in support of Children International youth programs, which prepare youth to break out of poverty. The programs teach youth living in impoverished communities the skills they need to stay safe and healthy, complete school and job training, find gainful employment and become self-reliant, contributing members of society. These programs include Sports for DevelopmentSocial and Financial Education, and Into Employment, just to name a few. Children International’s youth programs are critical for youths’ success, because while Angel’s climb will be difficult, it doesn’t compare to the challenges that poor children and youth face when trying to break out of poverty.

When asked why she chose to raise money for Children International’s youth programs, Angel said, “When I visited Children International in Guatemala, it changed my life. I saw kids who barely had money for food and clothes, who didn’t have safe places to play or hang out with their friends. As you can imagine, it would be hard to be inspired to think that you can achieve any goal if you lacked all of those things. But the kids that Children International serves are similar to me. They have big dreams, and they work hard to achieve them. We’re not really that much different from each other at all. It’s just that I have more resources than them. So if we can work together and help them get the resources they need, then we can all be equal, and we can all get a chance.”

Learn more about Children International’s youth programs.

Make a donation to Angel’s fundraiser, and check out her blog for updates.

About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.

For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.

Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

Kohler Co. Becomes First Two-Time Winner of EPA's Sustained Excellence Award

CSRwire - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:15am

For the second year in a row, the Environmental Protection Agency has honored Kohler with its Sustained Excellence Award, recognizing the company's continuing dedication to the development and promotion of water-saving products and the education of consumers on water conservation issues. A pioneer in the kitchen and bath industry, Kohler Co. has long been dedicated to producing efficient, cutting-edge products that are at the forefront of the industry.

Kohler has been honored with multiple awards by the EPA and in 2008 was the agency's first recipient of its WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year Award. The company received the award again in 2009, and was recognized with WaterSense Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Kohler was honored as the EPA's Manufacturer Partner of the Year, and last year, the company was recognized with the agency's inaugural Sustained Excellence Award.

"To win this award for the second time is evidence of our continuing efforts in the area of water conservation and our strong, long-term association with the EPA," says Rob Zimmerman, senior channel manager of sustainability for Kohler Co. "We have embraced the WaterSense initiatives since the very beginning and its goals have been adopted as part of our corporate identity as a leader in this area."

The WaterSense label helps consumers identify Kohler plumbing products that use less water but still deliver the operational superiority they expect from the Kohler brand. Since WaterSense was introduced in 2006, Kohler has engineered nearly all of its toilets, bathroom faucets, urinals, and many of its showerheads to use far less water. The labels make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase products that are efficient while maintaining the performance excellence and sophisticated design for which Kohler has long been renowned.

The EPA notes in that its WaterSense program has recognized Kohler for numerous industry-leading innovations, including the company's development of a dual-flush trip lever for tank-type toilets. This unique lever makes selecting a dual-flush toilet easier for consumers accustomed to using traditional flush levers, and allows dual-flush to be an accessible technology for those with dexterity challenges.

In addition, Kohler collaborated with multiple WaterSense partners to promote the performance of WaterSense-labeled products during the "Trust the Flush" mobile marketing campaign. A cross-country bus tour showcased WaterSense-labeled toilets at more than 185 events. The agency also singled out Kohler's marketing and social media presence via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, noting that these efforts have contributed to the sale of millions of WaterSense-labeled toilets, bathroom faucets, and showerheads in 2013.

EPA also noted myriad ways in which Kohler has demonstrated its commitment to developing water efficiency and sustainable building practices. Kohler staff has collaborated with the U.S. Green Building Council to train and certify 280 individuals as LEED® Green Associates. The company also provided WaterSense-labeled products to the Green Builder Media's VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Walt Disney World's Epcot® in Orlando, Florida, which was visited by more than 200,000 people. In addition, the company donated WaterSense-labeled products as well as design support to the California Institute of Technology's application for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge," which funds projects that address health and sanitation issues in developing countries.

"Continuing to develop efficient products and engineering new ways to protect our global water supply is a long-term project for Kohler and part of our DNA as a company," says Zimmerman. "WaterSense has been an excellent way for us to educate consumers, challenge ourselves and build on our heritage as a pioneering business." 

About WaterSense
WaterSense, the EPA's voluntary public-private partnership program, seeks to protect the future of the nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs and practices. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 757 billion gallons of water and more than $14.2 billion in water and energy bills.

About Kohler Co.
Kohler Co. has a long history of supporting water efficiency and sustainability in products as well as processes. Aligning with organizations and programs like EPA WaterSenseAlliance for Water Efficiency, and U.S. Green Building Council, Kohler has positioned itself as a sustainability leader in the plumbing industry with educational programs, awareness campaigns, and water-saving products. In recognition of these efforts, Kohler has been awarded seven consecutive awards from the EPA WaterSense program.

Kohler Co. offers products that are designed to conserve natural resources while remaining true to a singular quality level of performance and design. Whether specifying plumbing products that help buildings earn LEED® water-efficiency points, reducing facility operating costs or accommodating the preferences of homeowners, the water-saving KOHLER fixtures and faucets address the challenging demands of customers and preserve one of our most precious natural resources. 

Visit www.SaveWaterAmerica.com for more information about Kohler's water-saving products and its continuing efforts to help drive conservation.

Brazil protects giant swathe of Amazon rainforest

REDD Monitor - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:58am
Reuters, 21 October 2014 | The Brazilian government said on Tuesday it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the U.S. state of Delaware. The new reserve, called Alto Maues, has 6,680 square km (668,000 hectares or 1.65 million acres) of mostly untouched forests that are not known to have human presence, the Brazilian Environment Ministry said. Declaring a federal reserve means forest clearing and similar development are forbidden. Putting large areas of mostly intact rainforest under federal protection is one of the tools the Brazilian government has to combat deforestation and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The creation of these reserves is part of the country's climate policy. Deforestation is the main cause of carbon emissions in Brazil, unlike most countries where the burning of fossil fuels leads emissions.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Why understanding the true value of water is smart business

Business Green - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:09am

Forward-thinking businesses ought to monetize water risk so it can be factored into investment decisions and considered alongside other business metrics

Categories: Climate Change News

New York pursues microgrids for widespread resiliency

Business Green - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:01am

Reinventing the state grid, the NYPA focuses on seven projects to keep hospitals open, prisons secure and other critical functions working during outages

Categories: Climate Change News

Ed Davey hails 'historic' EU climate and energy package

Business Green - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:47am

UK government downplays fears new framework will fail to drive investment in low carbon technology and fund coal power in Eastern Europe

Categories: Climate Change News

EU 2030 climate and energy package: All the latest

Business Green - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:43am

All the latest news and analysis as EU leaders attempt to agree long term climate and energy policy

Categories: Climate Change News

Hydrogen: Fuelling the future

Business Green - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:21am

The potential for clean energy and transport using hydrogen is huge, and the UK is working to realise it

Categories: Climate Change News

The Global Trade in Deforestation and Associated Emissions

REDD Monitor - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:19am
By Frances Seymour, Center For Global Development, 22 October 2014 | Last month, I celebrated commitments to slow deforestation by Peru and Liberia announced at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York. Those agreements significantly expand the still-small set of large-scale experiments with REDD+, in which rich countries – in this case, Norway and Germany – promise to pay forest-rich countries to reduce emissions from deforestation. But a new Working Paper commissioned by CGD’s Initiative on Tropical Forests for Climate and Development argues that such national efforts could be overwhelmed by the increasingly commercialized and globalized markets for commodities that drive deforestation. The study, “Trading Forests: Quantifying the Contribution of Global Commodity Markets to Emissions from Tropical Deforestation”, by Professor Martin Persson et al seeks to inform “demand-side” efforts to get deforestation out of commodity supply chains.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

How do we collaborate to curb deforestation?

REDD Monitor - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:13am
By Jeremy Goon (Wilmar), World Economic Forum, 20 October 2014 | Consumers around the world are beginning to favour responsibly produced goods; and many companies that manufacture end-user goods have given themselves deadlines of between 2015 and 2020 to source 100% sustainable products to meet market demand. It is therefore critical that palm oil companies and the governments of the countries that produce them realize how important it is to move in this direction. In December 2013, Wilmar International Limited announced a “No deforestation, no peat and no exploitation” policy, with sustainability commitments covering the company’s entire palm oil supply chain. There is a need for momentum towards a more sustainable future in an industry that continues to be embroiled in debates over deforestation, biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions and social conflicts.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

EU 2030 climate and energy package - the green economy reaction

Business Green - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:50am

What the sector is saying about the deal to cut emissions 40 per cent and deliver 27 per cent renewable energy by 2030

Categories: Climate Change News

European Union agrees to slash CO2 'at least 40 per cent' by 2030

Business Green - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:31am

Deal struck in the early hours of this morning includes binding 27 per cent target for renewable energy and voluntary energy savings goal

Categories: Climate Change News

Green Bonds Expected To Top $100 Billion In 2015

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:14am
Source: CleanTechnica - Another strong quarter for issuances of green bonds has taken the year’s total up to $32 billion, more than double the total issued during 2013, and fuelling predictions that 2015 could see $100 billion worth of green bonds issued.
Categories: Climate Change News

Sustaining Africa’s Development by Leveraging on Climate Change

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Inter Press Service - By leveraging knowledge about climate change, through adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can accelerate its march towards sustainable development.
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate change to reduce Europe's bird population: ecologists

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Xinhua - Climate change will lead to a sharp decline of common species of birds in Europe, ecologists attending a meeting on birdlife here warned on Thursday.
Categories: Climate Change News

Road to Paris: EU 2030 climate package holds key to UN deal (opinion)

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - By the end of this week European leaders meeting in Brussels will – unwittingly or otherwise – have helped determine whether UN efforts to secure a global climate treaty will be a success.
Categories: Climate Change News

Warren Buffett Puts Wind in Berkshire’s Sails

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Wall Street Journal - Warren Buffett is synonymous with his hometown of Omaha, Neb., but for a glimpse into the future of his investment empire, look east…to Iowa. In the neighboring Hawkeye State, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman has sunk billions into wind-farm projects, part of a big gambit on renewable energy by a utility company he acquired in 2000 and has built into one of the country’s largest power suppliers.
Categories: Climate Change News

EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:14am
Source: The Guardian - European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.
Categories: Climate Change News

EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Reuters - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.
Categories: Climate Change News

Sales Of Plug-In Cars Exceed 600,000 Worldwide

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:14am
Source: CleanTechnica - It hasn’t even been four full years since the first plug-in hybrid and electric cars went on sale across the globe, and in many places plug-in cars are still few and far between. Yet across the world, consumers are turning to plug-in cars in greater numbers, with the top ten countries now accounting for over 600,000 plug-in vehicle sales according to a tally by Hybrid Cars.
Categories: Climate Change News
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