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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Feeding America® and French’s® Partner to Mobilize Community To Share Millions of Meals With People Who Struggle with Hunger

Press Release – Chester, NJ – May, 2017 — For French’s®, We Promise is not just a statement or a seal on mustard and ketchup bottles, it’s a mobilizing community call to action to help the 42 million people who struggle with hunger in America and to help put food on their tables. That is why they have teamed up with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to encourage the community to join them in providing 10 million meals* to people in need through its nationwide network of 200 food banks. French’s has created a simple and easy way to help consumers get involved with the touch of a button on their computer or mobile device.

Beginning now and running through December 31, the community will be encouraged to go to www.Frenchs.com and click on the “help fight hunger now” button. The button drives to the central hub, frenchspromise.com, where people can take simple actions that will help share meals. Each action taken by the community helps to provide more meals to Feeding America. For example, watching the video on the microsite results in 25 donated meals; organic posts like a tweet, #FrenchsPromise along with #sponsored or a like, helps to provide 50 meals; creating an account on the microsite to get more information about local food banks helps to provide 75 meals; and sharing video via Facebook, twitter or email creates 100 meals. The entire effort will be supported by a robust social and digital effort.

The partnership with Feeding America will also be highlighted on more than 30,000,000 French’s Mustard & Ketchup bottles in stores from May – December with communication about the program to drive consumers to frenchs.com and ultimately the microsite.

“We’re proud of our continued partnership with Feeding America, an organization whose work aligns so closely with our mission to help and support our communities,” said Elliott Penner, president of The French’s Food Company. “Our French’s Promise is about giving people products with real ingredients and a taste they love, and ensuring we’re helping our communities. Helping our neighbors and making sure that no one goes to bed hungry is what drives us. Connecting with our French’s community and getting them to join in our effort will help us to deliver more meals and help more people know that tomorrow they will be able to feed their families.”

“Feeding America is honored and thrilled by French’s commitment to fighting hunger,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “This partnership helps us achieve our goal of providing more meals to families in need, while also providing everyone with an opportunity to stand up and fight against hunger in their local communities.”

With the public’s support, French’s will raise the equivalent of 10 million meals to help support the Feeding America network and the millions of people it serves throughout the country. French’s also hopes the push will educate Americans about food insecurity in their backyards and create more awareness of and motivation to get involved in the fight against hunger. For more information, visit www.frenchs.com/our-promise/.

* French’s will donate the 10 Million meals to Feeding America on behalf of its food bank network. Feeding America’s efficiency and the generosity of its in-kind food donors, paired with the financial contribution of French’s, help make this possible.

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About The French’s Food Company

The French’s Food Company, a global food company with offices and manufacturing locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, France and Mexico, has been bringing great flavor to people for more than 100 years. The company still crafts trusted foods using simple ingredients of the highest quality.

About The French’s Promise

Signaling this commitment, a “We Promise” appears on French’s products and across all of its communications, promising “great taste, real ingredients, and true commitment to our communities.”

Three SDSU Alumni Win Fulbright Awards

The recent graduates will use their awards to conduct research and teach English abroad during the 2017-18 Academic Year.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 23, 2017) — San Diego State University is well represented in the U.S. Fulbright program for the 2017-18 academic year. Two recent graduates have been awarded English Teaching Assistant (ETA) positions and the third, an alumna of the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health, received a Fulbright to study obesity in India.

Since 2005-06, and including the most recent awards, SDSU has produced 88 student Fulbright winners. Encouraging students to apply for the Fulbright program is part of a university-wide effort that promotes international experiences. SDSU ranks No. 9 nationally among universities for the number of students who study abroad.

“Having the opportunity to explore the world during their college years is a transformational experience for our students,” said Eric Rivera, vice president for Student Affairs. “Opportunities for international experiences, such as participation in the Fulbright program and study abroad, are a key element of the university’s strategic plan. The skills, perspectives, and friendships students make during their time abroad will deepen their learning and stay with them for a lifetime.”

SDSU Fulbright winners

Sahil Mehta (’16) leads the sixth-grade team and the Department of English at Excellence and Justice in Education Academies Middle School in El Cajon, California. He will teach English in Brazil and hopes to work with college professors there to “reimagine the possibilities” for diverse language learning at U.S. universities.

Mehta also plans to use his talent for dance to explore Brazilian musical genres while sharing his own expertise in salsa, bachata and Bollywood-style dancing. He will increase his fluency in the Portuguese language in hopes of eventually becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique.

Kellie Quinn (’13, ‘17), recently completed a master’s degree in public administration at SDSU. Her Fulbright agenda for Morocco includes teaching English through multimedia tools, field trips and creative projects. She will introduce students to the diversity of American culture by helping them explore U.S. regional customs and cuisine.

Quinn plans to pursue a Ph.D. in forced migration and refugee studies with the aim of teaching at a college or university.

The Fulbright award to Sudha Royappa’s (’16) will support her work in India with healthcare professionals, exploring obesity prevention, treatment and long-term consequences. Her goal is to unite the healthcare community around this issue, particularly in the state of Tamilnadu, where rates of obesity and excess weight in men have increased by 95 percent over the last 10 years. Royappa has a master’s degree in public health.

“Historically, India has suffered from high rates of malnutrition, but accelerated economic growth combined with urbanization, technological advances and the nutrition transition have led to unprecedented rates of overweight, obesity, and their associated cardio-metabolic diseases,” Royappa said. “The healthcare community is in an ideal position to modify the public’s health beliefs, rally schools and businesses to change the nutritional environment and lobby community leaders and government for policy changes to ensure the optimal health of their people.”

More about Fulbright awards

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, initiated in 1946 and funded through Congressional appropriations, offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

In addition, SDSU faculty have been named Fulbright Scholars and funded to teach and do research internationally. History Professor Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley will spend the spring 2018 semester in China exploring changes and continuities in Chinese responses to calamity—specifically famine—in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

Leonhardt Announces Vibrational Energy Device For Preventing Blood Clots Provisional Patent Application and License Agreements

Press Release – Santa Monica, CA and Salt Lake City, UT, May 23, 2017 (PRBUZZ) — Leonhardt’s Launchpads announces today that the Company has filed a provisional patent application to expand its current intellectual property portfolio to now include a harmonic vibrational resonance energy device to prevent blood clots, plaque and calcification on blood contact surfaces such as circulatory assist pumps and heart valves. The new patent application will strengthen the Company’s overall patent coverage related in organ regeneration and recovery technologies and will allow the Company to address a growing market segment of cardiovascular devices and biological treatments.

Abstract: Harmonic vibrational device for preventing thrombosis formation on blood contact devices. Device first non-invasively scans the blood contact device or natural blood contact vessel and determines the highest risk thrombosis points. The device then, starting with the highest risk location, delivers a succession of harmonic vibration signals non-invasively until harmonic resonance is reached for each stagnation high risk point of the blood contact device. This resonant vibration calibration tuning information is stored in the microprocessor. The signals are then delivered, based on the stored information, in a loop from the signal generator, usually on a belt outside the patient, to each stagnation point in sequence from highest risk of thrombosis to lowest again and again repeated. By delivering harmonic resonant vibrational energy to the blood contact device stagnation points the beginning of thrombosis formation is prevented thus preventing the accumulation of thrombosis to a dangerous risk level for stroke, pulmonary embolism or other blood clot induced ailments. This device may be used to prevent blood clot, plaque and calcification formation on any blood contact surfaces including living surfaces such as heart valves. Inventors: Howard J. Leonhardt & Jeff Donofrio

“The Company continues to stay true to its mission and looks forward to being able to share its new organ regeneration and recovery designs with current and potential future strategic partners organ by organ. Thrombosis, plaque and calcification formation are the achilles heel of many implantable cardiovascular devices and are a major problem within the natural vessels of the human body. We are striving to develop products that reduce these associated risks for patients in need. Step by step we continue to build our intellectual property estate for organ regeneration and recovery technologies and today is another big step in that direction. “ stated Howard J. Leonhardt, Co-Inventor, Executive Chairman and CEO of Leonhardt’s Launchpads by Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. and Leonhardt Ventures.

A recent New England Journal of Medicine Article – Unexpected Abrupt Increase in Left Ventricular Assist Device Thrombosis – published this analysis of thrombosis within left ventricular assist devices “A total of 72 confirmed pump thromboses were observed in 66 patients, and an additional 36 thromboses in unique devices were suspected. The risk of confirmed pump thrombosis peaked at 1.4% per month within 1 month after implantation.” Click here for full article – http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1313385#t=article

The company also announced today the following licensing agreements with the below listed entities* with terms undisclosed for the vibrational energy device technology the subject of today’s provisional patent filing:

  1. Second Heart Assist, Inc. – temporary and chronic aortic positioned circulatory assist devices – http://leonhardtventures.com/second-heart/
  2. Valvublator – heart valve decalcification and regeneration – http://valvublator.com/
  3. EndoCell – artery regeneration – http://leonhardtventures.com/endocell/
  4. MyoStim Peripheral – limb salvage, diabetic foot and leg ulcer treatment and critical limb ischemia.
  5. CerebraCell – brain regeneration, concussion + stroke recovery, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s treatment – http://leonhardtventures.com/cerebracell/

Leonhardt announced earlier this year signed patent option agreements with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Neuro Code Tech Holdings LLC for over a half dozen issued patents for circulatory assist and bioelectric driven organ recovery (see links below). The company has filed its own full patent applications in recent months for bioelectric organ regeneration and bioelectric driven accelerated tooth movement with the help of the intellectual property law firm Trask & Britt of Salt Lake City, Utah. Howard Leonhardt previously patented a vibrational energy device for increasing gas exchange for intravascular lung devices – https://www.google.com/patents/US5788668 that was a constant vibration delivered via coiled guide wire without tuning to resonant frequencies at stagnation points.

About Leonhardt’s Launchpads: Leonhardt’s Launchpads by Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. operates innovation incubators/accelerators focused primarily on organ regeneration and recovery in California and Utah. Locations in California include Santa Monica (headquarters) and Santa Rosa in collaboration with the University of Northern California Science & Technology Innovation Center (UNC STIC). In 2015 Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. was formed and formally incorporated in 2016. 30 startups are currently incubating/accelerating within the firm’s three locations. The company conducts research at its own space at the BioInnovations Gateway lab in Utah as well as through collaborations with a number of Universities. Leonhardt’s Launchpads has signed aboard more than 80 experienced business mentors http://calxstars.com/team-cal-x/ and 35 scientific advisory board http://calxstars.com/scientific-advisory-board/ members. Web sites: www.calxstars.com and http://leonhardtventures.com/leonhardts-launchpads-utah/

About Leonhardt Ventures: Leonhardt Ventures was formed in 1982 as HJ Leonhardt & Co. and became an LLC in 2005 (Leonhardt Vineyards LLC DBA Leonhardt Ventures). This LLC is the holding company for founder Howard J. Leonhardt’s inventions and share holdings in various startups in the Regenerative Medtech, Regenerative Economy and Food & Beverage sectors of specialization. Leonhardt developed in the 1980’s a series of patented cardiovascular balloon catheters, in the 1990’s stent grafts and percutaneous heart valves and since 1999 has specialized primarily in bioelectric, micro pump and stem cell composition driven organ regeneration and recovery technologies. Leonhardt Vineyards LLC began growing grapes and making plus marketing wine in 2000 in Sonoma County, CA. Web Sites: http://leonhardtvineyards.com/our-story/ + www.leonhardtventures.com

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains certain forward-looking statements by Leonhardt’s Launchpads by Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. that involve risks and uncertainties and reflect the company’s judgment as of the date of this release. These statements include those referring to the patent application, uses, market opportunities, and goals for bringing to marketbrand new un-tested inventions. Actual events or results may differ from Leonhardt’s Launchpads expectations. There can be no assurance that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will grant the patent in a timely manner or at all, that the FDA will approve the product for market, that over-the-counter sales will be permitted, or if permitted that there will be market acceptance of the product at any meaningful level. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors affecting Leonhardt’s Launchpads business can be found in the company’s web sites, annual reports and newsletters. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements beyond the date of this release. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Leonhardt’s Launchpads works with a small staff and limited budget managing the acceleration of 30+ startups and has many thousands of web site updates a year. Our over 40 web sites may contain outdated data as a result. If you have any specific questions please email us direct to howard@leonhardtventures.com

* Note – The listed entities are all startups within the Leonhardt’s Launchpads innovation accelerators. Those not yet incorporated are organized into organ specific Licensable Technology Platforms (LTP’s) until they are mature enough to be incorporated and stand on their own .

Provisional patent application mentioned above was filed via LegalZoomTM software.

Cautionary Statement: Safety and efficacy of this newly developed device is not yet proven in pre-clinical or clinical studies.
Leonhardt’s Launchpads by Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc., 2000 Main Street, Unit 333, Santa Monica, CA 90405 – www.leonhardtventures.com + www.calxstars.com

Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. 370 S, 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Research Lab @ 2500 S State St. #224, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Central Google Voice Mail # for All Startups: (424) 291-2133

Previous Related Press Releases:
Leonhardt Announces Patent Option License Bioelectric Cancer Treatment http://leonhardtventures.com/leonhardt-ventures-enter-worldwide-strategic-collaboration-neuro-code-tech-holdings-customized-bioelectric-cancer-treatments/
Leonhardt Announces Patent Option License Agreement with Caltech for Circulatory Assist Technologies http://leonhardtventures.com/leonhardts-launchpads-expands-patent-estate-option-exclusive-license-agreement-caltech/
Leonhardt Files Provisional Patent Application for Heart Valve Decalcification and Regeneration http://www.biospace.com/News/leonhardt-ventures-files-patent-for-heart-valve/426286
Leonhardt and Genvose File Provisional Patent Application for Controlled PDGF Release for Organ Regeneration – http://www.biospace.com/News/leonhardt-and-genovese-file-patent-for-bioelectric/442460

Administration’s Drastic Cuts Destroy Programs for Those with Most Need

Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO, YWCA USA

Press Release:

“The FY2018 budget proposed today by the administration jackhammers the very foundation of our nation’s economic future by targeting the full range of educational, health, nutrition, childcare, housing, and other programs that provide women and families with access to basic living standards when times are tough or they can’t stretch their wages quite far enough. These are deep and drastic cuts that will destroy life-saving resources that help women and others who are struggling to put food on the table, obtain affordable health care, recover from the impacts of domestic violence or the loss of a job, and so much more.

“Rather than building a new foundation of strength, this budget proposal cuts off pathways to economic stability for women, who comprise 57 percent of America’s workforce and play an increasing role as primary breadwinners for their families. This is particularly devastating for women of color, who participate in the workforce and financially support their families at even higher rates.

“YWCA is particularly alarmed by the continued attacks on women’s reproductive health that are reflected in the budget proposal released today, and by the administration’s narrow paid leave proposal for new parents which fails to meet the true needs of America’s workers.

“America needs a budget that puts women and families first. We need a budget that expands access to quality, affordable health care rather than cutting Medicaid and access to reproductive health. We need a budget that ensures basic living standards for women and families facing tough times instead of cutting access to housing, food, and assistance for those in need. We need a budget that makes education available and affordable to all instead of cutting Pell grants, student loans, and public education; and that provides support for survivors of gender based violence instead of cutting legal services and community development grants.

“It is our nation’s responsibility to build a fair and equitable country for all, not to promote policies that further marginalize women and communities of color.”

About YWCA USA

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families each year. Learn more: www.ywca.org.

$18 Million Gift Will Transform Entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill

Shuford family gift will add faculty, internship support to help meet demand for popular minor in the College of Arts & Sciences

Press Release – (Chapel Hill, N.C.— May 23, 2017) – The family of a fifth-generation North Carolina company has made an $18 million gift to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts & Sciences to more than double the size of Carolina’s nationally recognized undergraduate entrepreneurship program.

The gift commitment from the Shuford family of Hickory is the largest single one-time gift by a living individual or family to the college. It will help meet the demand of students who want to enroll in entrepreneurship courses or the minor in entrepreneurship through the addition of faculty. It will also support twice the number of student internships at entrepreneurial firms worldwide and will encourage problem-based learning throughout the college and University.

The minor in entrepreneurship will be named the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship in the family’s honor.

“This is an extraordinary gift for our University. We are so grateful to the Shuford family for making possible a major expansion of what is a core pillar of Carolina’s strategic vision for the next decade,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “The new Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship expands our efforts in innovation and entrepreneurship across the College and provides many new interdisciplinary, immersive and experiential learning opportunities for Carolina’s bright students.”

The Shuford gift will create three additional entrepreneurs-in-residence and up to four faculty fellows, and will create up to 70 student internships and a lecture series on innovation and entrepreneurship. Funds will also endow the program’s executive director and internship director positions. In partnership with the Shuford Program, the college will provide support for at least three additional full-time faculty members, an entrepreneur-in-residence and an administrative staff position.

The Shufords are a fifth-generation Carolina family – Abel Alexander Shuford Jr. was a member of the class of 1900. His great-grandchildren, sibilings Jim Shuford and Stephen Shuford, of Charlotte, and Dorothy Shuford Lanier, of Bedford, New York, also Carolina alumni, made the gift to Carolina. Jim, CEO of STM Industries, received his undergraduate degree from Carolina in 1988 followed by his MBA in 1992; Stephen, CEO of Shurtape Technologies, earned his MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1997; and Dorothy earned her undergraduate degree from Carolina in 1993.

“I think entrepreneurship is a big part of the future of work,” said Jim Shuford. “The skills of entrepreneurial thinking and problem-solving are a natural fit for the liberal arts.”

Created in 2004, Carolina’s minor in entrepreneurship was the signature program of the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, established with a $3.5 million grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The minor has grown exponentially and currently has more than 250 students enrolled. More than 800 students have graduated from Carolina with a minor in entrepreneurship.

“The Shuford family’s gift for entrepreneurship is a game-changer,” said Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship at Carolina is unique to any entrepreneurship program in the country because rather than teaching only business students how to become more entrepreneurial, it also teaches students of music and art, physics, anthropology, exercise and sport science, sociology and many other disciplines how to work collaboratively with an entrepreneurial mindset.”

Students pursuing the minor follow one of nine tracks – artistic, commercial, computer science, design, media, scientific, social, sport or public health – and must complete an internship.

In March, The Princeton Review ranked Carolina’s undergraduate entrepreneurship programs 14th in the nation (rankings encompass entrepreneurial offerings at both UNC Kenan-Flagler and the college). In 2015, UNC-Chapel Hill received the Entrepreneurial University Award for excellence in student engagement and curriculum innovation from the Deshpande Foundation.

Braden Rawls, an early graduate of the program in entrepreneurship, is now CEO of Vital Plan, an herbal supplement company based in Cary, that she founded with her physician father. The company’s 12 employees include six Carolina alumni.

“Growing up in a family of doctors and scientists, I had not been exposed to business as a career path. Through the minor in entrepreneurship, I was able to test it out and discovered I had a true knack for creatively solving problems through business, and it complemented the skills I was developing in the journalism school,” said Rawls. “My thinking has changed ever since, and the minor provided me with training and resources that have led me to become a leader in the Triangle’s B Corp network, a business community focused on maximizing a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.”

Charles Merritt, executive director of the minor in entrepreneurship, described the Shuford family gift as “transformative.”

“It will accelerate several key initiatives for the program,” said Merritt, “from adding more entrepreneurs-in-residence and instructors to meeting increasing demand for our courses and providing additional support for our internship and career placement efforts.”

The Boomer Esiason Foundation is Laughing It Up for Cystic Fibrosis

BEF and Gotham Comedy Club partner up to put on the first live streamed comedy event for cystic fibrosis patients

Press Release – NEW YORK — May 23, 2017 — The Boomer Esiason Foundation announced the launch of its “Laugh it Up” campaign in partnership with Gotham Comedy Club. The Laugh It Up campaign aims to provide these patients around the world, who can never meet one another due to the risk of infection, an experience they can share together, albeit virtually.

For people with cystic fibrosis, laughter really is the best medicine. It has been shown that laughing can be an effective way to loosen and get rid of mucus build-up in patients’ lungs. So through the power of laughter and live stream technology, CF patients will enjoy a night of comic relief, the spirit of unity, and physical relief from their symptoms.

The event –– bringing together comedians Veronica Mosey, Harrison Greenbaum and others –– will be held at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6pm, and live streamed through the Laugh It Up CF Facebook page dedicated to CF patients. Tickets to the comedy show are $35 and can be purchased here: < http://gothamcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=488035&cart >. All proceeds go to BEF.

While the campaign hopes to raise money and awareness for this devastating disease, it more importantly hopes to engage and celebrate this unique patient population who make the daily decision to be victors, not victims. One day we’ll provide them a cure—but until then, we’ll provide them with unity and some comic relief.

About The Boomer Esiason Foundation

The Boomer Esiason Foundation is a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure.

Nestlé Waters North America Announces $6 Million Investment in Closed Loop Fund

Joins with Other Leaders to Jump-Start Recycling Programs across the United States

Press Release – Stamford, Conn., May 22, 2017: Nestlé Waters North America today announced it is investing $6 million as part of a shared effort among business, government and community partners to fund comprehensive recycling infrastructure and programs in cities across the United States.

Nestlé Waters will join the ranks of some of the world’s largest companies – including 3M, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Green Mountain, PepsiCo and the PespiCo Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Walmart, and the Walmart Foundation – as part of Closed Loop Fund, a $100 million social impact investment fund committed to finding a national solution to the critical recycling gap in the U.S.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 75 percent of the waste stream in the U.S. is recyclable, but only 30 percent actually gets recycled. Aside from the environmental impacts, municipalities and businesses in the U.S. spent over $5 billion in 2015 disposing of waste in landfills. Much of this waste, such as PET plastic, is in demand among manufacturers as raw material for everything from textiles to packaging.

“The United States has one of the lowest recycling rates of any industrialized country, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. The U.S. has an opportunity to lead the way in recycling, while creating jobs, economic growth, and a more sustainable future,” says Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. “As a company, we are on a very deliberate journey toward zero landfill waste in our products and operations, so I can think of no better opportunity than working collectively to ensure these recyclable materials are transformed from garbage to the valuable resources that they are.”

To date, Closed Loop Fund has diverted more than 100,000 tons of recyclable content, and the 11 projects currently funded are poised to divert 4 million tons by 2025. In that same timeframe, the Fund aims to:

  • Eliminate more than 40 million tons of greenhouse gas;
  • Divert more than 20 million cumulative tons of waste from landfills;
  • Provide a $40M economic benefit to municipalities;
  • Prove replicable models that will help unlock additional investment in recycling.

“Nestlé Waters’ commitment to Closed Loop Fund is a significant investment in creating shared value across the recycling supply chain,” said Rob Kaplan, Managing Director of Closed Loop Fund. “The investment will enable people to recycle more, and efficiently turn those packages into new products. It will save taxpayer dollars and improve the recycling system.”

This investment in Closed Loop Fund is just the latest in Nestlé Waters’ efforts to help shape products and systems that contribute toward sustainable consumption, and help the company achieve zero environmental impact by 2030. Having pioneered the lightweight bottle, the company has reduced the plastic content of its bottles by over 60% since 1994. Just last month, Nestlé Waters reached a critical milestone in its use of recycled plastic content (rPET), announcing that 9 out of 10 of its California-born Arrowhead® Mountain Spring Water bottles incorporate 50% post-consumer recycled plastic content. As a result, 1.8 billion bottles have been kept from landfills, and the 86 million pounds of recycled plastic has saved 69,660 tons of carbon emissions – the equivalent of 39,000 round trip flights from New York to Los Angeles.

About Nestlé Waters North America

Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration. Brands such as Nestlé® Pure Life®, Poland Spring®, Perrier®, and S. Pellegrino® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with over 8,500 employees nationwide, Nestlé Waters is committed to reducing its environmental footprint across operations. The company is also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where it operates in the U.S.

About Closed Loop Fund

Founded in 2014, Closed Loop Fund is a social impact investment fund that provides cities and companies access to the capital required to build comprehensive recycling programs. Closed Loop Fund aims to invest $100 million by 2020 with the goal to create economic value for cities by increasing recycling rates in communities across America. Closed Loop Fund brings together the world’s largest consumer product, retail, and financial companies committed to finding a national solution to divert waste from landfills into the recycling stream in order to be used in the manufacturing supply chain. Key supporters include 3M, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Keurig Green Mountain, Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. For more information, visit www.closedloopfund.com.

Third Annual Summer Dream Helps Fulfill End-of- Life Dreams for Terminally-Ill Young Adults

Annual event supports Dream Foundation’s mission of touching lives, meeting essential needs and providing inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life

Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif., May 22, 2017 – Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, will host its third annual Summer Dream fundraiser – a fresh, summer-themed fashion show and cocktail party benefiting Dreamers ages 18 to 40 – at Nesbitt Estate in Carpinteria on June 3 from 4pm – 7pm. This year’s Summer Dream will include a fashion show featuring Calypso St. Barth and local designers Catherine Gee, K. Frank, Lole, Miller’s Oath, Rocha Swim, and Tropical Affair. The evening will feature a live performance by Brandi Lentini, special appearances by local best-selling authors, The Double Energy Twin and Judi & Shari Zucker, and complimentary offerings courtesy of Patron Tequila, Summerland Winery, Topa Topa, Heat Culinary, and Rori’s Artisanal Creamery. KEYT-TV’s Chief Meteorologist and long-time Dream Foundation supporter, Alan Rose will delight as emcee once again.

The evening will also include a raffle, silent auction, and entertainment by Aqualillies, the synchronized swimming group. Tickets for Summer Dream are available for purchase at http://dreamfoundation.org/summerdream for $100 each.

“Summer Dream is a wonderful event to educate our local community about our mission, goals, and most importantly our Dreamers,” says Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyer. ”Many are surprised to learn that almost 20 percent of our Dreamers are between the ages of 18 and 40. We hope this illumination will lead to a greater understanding and urgency to support Dream Foundation and final Dreams that are providing inspiration, comfort and closure to thousands each year.”

The event is made possible through the generous support and dedication of this year’s Event Chair Arlene Montesano. Summer Dream recognizes its Golden Sponsors Belle & Daniel Cohen, The Little One Foundation, Hutton Parker Foundation, Soogie & Don Kang and Jim Nigro, Shine Sponsors: Eric Early, Nina & Eric Phillips, Elizabeth & Kenny Slaught, and Sun Potion, Copper Sponsors: Alex M. Early, Chris Lancashire, and The Early Air Way, Aqua Sponsors: Ann & Richard Schoenberg, B-low The Belt,The Grokenberger Family and Hollye & Jeff Jacobs and Event Sponsors: Aqualillies, Blue Star Parking, Heat Culinary, Ursula & Pat Nesbitt, Patron Tequila, Summerland Winery, and Sun Potion.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of Summer Dream will be allocated to fulfill the Dreams of terminally-ill young adults, 18-40 years old.

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 27,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state of federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit DreamFoundation.org/donate.

Students Issue $8,495 in Grants to Six Local Organizations

Grants to Fund Programs Working towards “Educating and Inspiring Youth for a Healthier, Brighter Future”

Press Release – State College, PA – A group of Centre County high school students awarded $8,495 to six local non-profit organizations as the culmination of their year-long participation in Centre PACT (Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens), a program of Centre Foundation.

“I am tremendously excited about the impact our funding will make for all the organizations we have chosen to support,” said Aja Kukic-Bartoo, a member of Centre PACT.

In September, the students kicked-off the program by selecting the theme of “Educating and Inspiring Youth for a Healthier, Brighter Future,” which guided their granting decisions in April.

“Since September, these amazing students have rolled up their sleeves and learned about philanthropy in a very hands-on way, learning everything from granting to fundraising,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “They have made such an impact, and in the areas that really speak to them. It’s been so inspiring to watch these young philanthropists grow during the course of this program.”

After creating their own grant application process and putting out a request for proposal, the students reviewed the applications. Finalist organizations received a site visit from a cohort of the students so that they could view the program up close, see the impact, and ask the staff questions.

“The grant application process and site visits allowed the students to learn more about the nuts and bolts of granting, as well as provided them with a window into how non-profits operate,” explained Kunkel.

The students began the year with a $1,000 granting pool provided by Centre Foundation and $2,000 from a recently opened endowment fund for their group, but quickly realized their appetite for impact was much larger. So, they began a prospecting campaign that ultimately raised $5,495 from 37 community supporters.

“The students’ dedication to expanding their impact was commendable, allowing them to make grants to six organizations,” said Kunkel.

Students, parents, community supporters, and non-profit representatives were on hand for a check presentation party, which also marked the end of the program’s second year.

Centre PACT students Joanna Switala and Emma Riglin presented $750.00 to Front & Centre Productions of Philipsburg.

“I’m excited about giving money to Front & Centre Productions,” noted Riglin. “I have experienced their program and their impact. They truly provide great programs for youth in Centre County, especially Philipsburg which is so important.”

“It is an honor to be receiving a grant from the amazing young philanthropists of Centre PACT,” said Stephen Switala, Executive Director of Front & Centre Productions. “We are excited to utilize the grant to offer a Children’s Choir to our community as another outlet for youth creativity through the arts. INSPIRE Children’s Choir will offer young vocalists the opportunity to sing with others while spreading a message of inspiration, self-worth, and encouragement through music.”

Ann Marie Paul and Kukic-Bartoo presented $872.50 to Darren and Anne Narber of Penns Valley Youth Center (PVYC), which serves 6th – 12th grade students in the Penns Valley area. The funding will establish a new Integrative Arts Program, helping students to strengthen their success in and out of the classroom.

This was the second year that PVYC received a grant from Centre PACT students. Darren Narber noted his appreciation for the growing relationship with Centre PACT students, whose financial support has positively impacted students attending PVYC.

Joey Feffer, Patrick McNutt, and Katherine Kim presented $872.50 to Debbie Lower and Gail Addison-Guss of Park Forest Preschool (PFP) for the Love of Arts program. This grant will provide funding to enhance the music and art programs with more instruments, art easels, and other materials needed for open-ended arts activities.

Kim remarked that this grant would “give every kid the opportunity to become the best that they can be.”

“With this grant, the children at Park Forest Preschool will be painting, dancing, playing instruments, and singing to creatively support the development of the whole child,” said Addison-Guss, board chair of PFP.

Bella DiNallo, Brontë Clingham-David, and Grace Handler presented $1,000.00 to Marisa Vicere of the Jana Marie Foundation (JMF), also a second-time recipient of a Centre PACT grant.

Paul added that “it’s really great that the Jana Marie Foundation’s JAM sessions are now fully funded because they are the first co-ed creative expression programs that Jana Marie Foundation has.”

“We are so grateful for the support of Centre PACT,” said Vicere, President of JMF. “Because of their ambition and dedication to improving Centre County, Jana Marie Foundation can continue our efforts to enhance creative thinking and mental well-being of adolescents, ages 11-17, by offering J.A.M. Sessions. Art, music, and creative expression are lifelong sources of resilience, self-confidence, and happiness. Thanks to Centre PACT, young people will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of creative expression.”

Nick Feffer, Saoirse Hopp, and Will Wagner Henne presented $2,000.00 to Andrea Fisher of the Youth Service Bureau (YSB) for the Neighborhood Outreach program.

“After visiting the Youth Service Bureau site and hearing about all the work they do in the community, I feel very confident in granting this money to their program and believe it will make a very positive impact,” said Jackie Saleeby, reflecting on the students’ site visit to YSB.

“Their program to reach out to less privileged children could change their lives so early on,” added Centre PACT student Caroline Sparrow.

Fisher commended the students’ efforts, noting that the grant will provide six months of program funding. The Neighborhood Outreach program sends staff into the field to interact with at-risk youth who experience family strife and poverty. The YSB staff members provide healthy snacks, activities, mentoring, homework help, and hope.

The final grant of the evening was presented by Sparrow, Saleeby, and Joy Zhu. The students presented a $3,000.00 grant to Bella Bregar and Barb Alpert of the ACRES Project, which provides support for individuals with autism.

“The ACRES project is close to my heart because I have a family member with autism,” Clingham-David shared. “Knowing that I can improve the lives of people like her in my own community is very important to me.”

“After going on a site visit and meeting people involved with ACRES, I am excited to see the impact their after-school activity will have, both in the short-term and long-term,” reflected McNutt.

“We are so humbled to receive this grant,” said Bregar, Executive Director of ACRES Project. “It will allow us to provide a nine-week social group program, free of charge to young adults or high school students. It will provide a safe space to discuss and learn about friendship, social differences, and how to handle uncomfortable social situations. We are so excited to be able to offer this group.”

Perfect attendance awards were also presented to Emma Riglin and Joanna Switala, students from the Philipsburg-Osceola School District who travelled to State College for the monthly Centre PACT meetings. Graduating high school seniors included Nick Feffer (Dartmouth, Biology), Joey Feffer (Harvard, Math), Emma Riglin (Pennsylvania State University, Public Relations), and Katherine Kim (Carnegie Mellon University, Biology).

Two Class of 2017 – Penn State students who helped found the Centre PACT program and served as collegiate advisors for the past two years were also recognized, Carver and McQuillin Murphy. The Murphys saw the program grow from a concept, to a pilot program with seven students raising $5,000, to this year’s program with 18 students.

Centre County high school students may apply to join Centre PACT during fall recruitment, which will begin as schools reopen in August and September. For more information, please visit Centre-Foundation.org.

Centre Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving to create a more vibrant community.

SDSU’s Newest Residence Hall Certified LEED Silver

South Campus Plaza achieves international sustainability recognition for its sustainable operating practices.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 22, 2017) — San Diego State University’s new residence hall at South Campus Plaza has been certified as LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation recognizes the building for its sustainable operating practices.

The two resident towers of South Campus Plaza opened in January 2017, and include water and energy efficiency features that reduce the building’s impact on the environment. Among the features are a sophisticated lighting control system with occupancy sensors, photo-sensors for daylight harvesting and 100 percent LED lighting. The buildings also have an intelligent and automated heating and cooling system, as well as large windows and water-saving shower heads in the resident rooms.

With the South Campus Plaza residence hall located in a short walking distance from the SDSU Transportation Plaza, residents have easy access to both campus and public transportation options, reducing their reliance on motor vehicles. The buildings also provide special parking for drivers of low emission vehicles and a secure, covered bike storage locker for residents.

SDSU’s recent major renovation to Zura Hall was also certified LEED Silver. But residence halls are not the only buildings on campus to have been recognized for their sustainability. The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union is among the only buildings in the world rated Double LEED Platinum. SDSU’s Children’s Center, Storm and Nasatir Halls, Aztec Recreation Center and Mission Bay Aquatic Center are also on the list of SDSU buildings with LEED certifications.

SDSU has set a goal that all new construction and major renovations at a minimum achieve LEED Silver designation.

The university recently approved its own Climate Action Plan, which lays out campus-wide environmental goals, including achieving operational carbon neutrality by 2040 and complete carbon neutrality by 2050. This plan also addresses other sustainability issues, including water, waste and food.

“South Campus Plaza captures a breadth of sustainability issues while improving quality of life for students, faculty, staff and the broader community,” said Tom Abram, assistant director of campus sustainability for SDSU Facilities Services. “From energy and water efficiency to transit-oriented development and sustainable commuting, this project exemplifies the work that we need to accomplish to meet our carbon neutrality goals.”

South Campus Plaza also houses a number of retail shops. The first one, Trader Joe’s, just opened last week. Several other shops are expected to open over the summer.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

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