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AT&T and Human Rights Campaign Introduce Live Proud on Campus, a Scholarship Contest for LGBT and Allied College Students

Press Release – Los Angeles, California:  AT&T* is working with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help the next generation of LGBT and allied leaders continue the fight for equality with AT&T’s first-ever Live Proud on Campus campaign.

The campaign calls on college students 18 and over to submit a video pitch describing an LGBT-supportive project they’d like to see in place at their schools. The public will vote on fifteen semi-finalist videos to choose six finalists, and HRC will choose three winners.

HRC, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, will select 3 grand prize winners.

Students can enter by submitting their video pitch to att.com/liveproud. Submissions are open from Aug. 21-Sept. 22, 2017.

The project must support the LGBT community and focus on LGBT equality, visibility or acceptance. The public can vote online for their favorite videos. No purchase necessary. We’ll announce grand prize winners on LGBT Spirit Day – Oct. 16.

Three grand prize winners will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the HRC National Dinner in October. They’ll also win $2,500 to fund their on-campus project.

Grand prize winners will also experience a semester-long mentorship with HRC leadership. Mentors will help them plan their on-campus project during the spring 2018 semester. For details, voting guidelines and rules, visit att.com/liveproud.

“From their perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index to their support for LGBTQ youth via our Time to Thrive initiative, AT&T’s commitment to LGBTQ equality is clear,” said Beck Bailey, HRC’s Deputy Director of Employee Engagement, Workplace Equality Program. “The Live Proud on Campus campaign is a natural extension of this commitment. HRC is excited to collaborate with AT&T on this important effort to increase LGBTQ visibility on campus and develop the LGBTQ leaders of tomorrow.”

“AT&T is a longtime supporter of the LGBT community. Our new Live Proud on Campus scholarship contest is reflective of that,” said Leonardo Torréss, assistant vice president, Diversity Marketing, AT&T. “The Human Rights Campaign is committed to advancing equal rights and respect for all and so are we. We’re excited to help HRC mentor the future leaders who will continue that valuable work.”

To learn more or submit your video pitch as an LGBT or community member or ally, visit att.com/liveproud. Don’t forget to join the conversation on social media using #ATTLiveProud and #LiveProudScholar.

For more on AT&T’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit about.att.com/sites/diversity.

*About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation’s best data network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

**Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q4 2016 + Q1 2017 across 121 markets.

Source: http://about.att.com/story/live_proud_on_campus_scholarship_contest.html


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Northwestern Students To Unveil Solar-Powered Home For Baby Boomers

Student group designed ‘net-positive’ home for national collegiate competition

  • Media invited to ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • Home projected to generate more energy than it uses and sell excess energy to grid
  • Students performed market research to identify needs of local baby boomers

Press Release – EVANSTON, Ill. — The Northwestern University student group House by Northwestern (HBN) will unveil its 100-percent solar-powered home, the organization’s first entry into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 669 Colfax St. in Evanston.

The result of 17 months of design, market research and construction, HBN’s home, called “Enable,” is designed for active North Shore baby boomers looking to downsize and buy a home for life. Media are invited to attend and take tours of the two-bed, two-bath house. HBN team members will be available for interviews.

Please RSVP by 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, if you plan to attend by emailing or calling Joe Popely at joe.popely@northwestern.edu or 847-491-4871.

Enable is projected to be “net-positive,” meaning it produces more energy than it uses. It will generate enough solar energy to power the home and an electric vehicle, while excess energy can be sold back to the electrical grid. The house was designed entirely by students.

HBN’s student marketing team found that its target market ranked the following housing features as most important: comfort and livability, high-performance with functionality, easy home maintenance, sustainability and affordability. With those guidelines in mind, HBN’s design simultaneously achieves net-positive status and addresses the health and accessibility needs of aging boomers. Some of the house’s sustainable features, designed specifically to withstand Chicago weather, include:

  • Solar panels integrated into the main roof, which is slanted at 24 degrees for ideal solar collection
  • A residential smart battery system that stores excess solar energy and communicates with the grid
  • An operable south solarium that opens to maximize the home’s living space
  • Willow glass surfaces that look and feel like stone but have a smaller carbon footprint than natural stone

A collegiate competition covering 10 categories, the Decathlon challenges student teams to design and build a full-size, solar-powered home. The winning team will be the one that “best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential and energy and water efficiency,” according to the contest’s website.

For more information on House by Northwestern and Enable, please visit http://www.northwestern.house/ or https://www.solardecathlon.gov/2017/competition-team-northwestern.html


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Teresa Woodruff Named Dean Of The Graduate School

Also assuming role of associate provost for graduate education, effective Sept. 1.

  • Renowned scientist has long studied female reproductive health and infertility
  • Helped spur NIH to require its scientists to include both sexes in their research
  • ‘I am committed to mentorship and training of the next generation of scholars’
  • Winner of Presidential Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Press Release – EVANSTON, Ill. — Teresa K. Woodruff, the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been named dean of The Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education at Northwestern, effective Sept. 1.

An internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology, Woodruff is an alumna of Northwestern and of The Graduate School (TGS), and she has spent 32 years as a member of the Northwestern community in various roles. She succeeds former dean Dwight McBride, who left the University this summer to join Emory University as provost.

“This is an amazing opportunity, and I am deeply committed to the mentorship and training of the next generation of scholars,” Woodruff said. “I have firsthand experience with the life of a graduate student at our institution and the opportunities our students have during their training and their career afterward.”

“It’s a real honor and pleasure to be able to lead The Graduate School,” she added. “I understand the needs of diverse training environments, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the performing and professional arts and to the basic and medical sciences.”

Woodruff is vice chair of research (OB/GYN) and chief of the division of reproductive medicine in science at Feinberg. She also is professor of molecular biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biomedical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering. In addition, she is the director of the Center for Reproductive Science and director of the Oncofertility Consortium. In 2006, she coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility.

“I’m delighted to serve with Jonathan Holloway, our new provost, and to work on his agenda to support the research and learning environment at our institution,” Woodruff said. “I’m also delighted that President Schapiro and Provost Holloway value the science I do, and I’ll continue to work on women’s health, reproductive research and oncofertility.”

Woodruff has helped change the way research is funded in America, working to spur the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a policy last year that requires the consideration of sex as a biological variable in basic science and preclinical research.

This policy marks a fundamental shift in the way researchers must evaluate sex in the use of subjects and cells in their design of experiments.

“Teresa Woodruff’s pioneering fertility research and advocacy to preserve the fertility of cancer patients have transformed the lives of numerous cancer survivors, who can now look forward to conceiving children,” Northwestern President Morton Schapiro said.

“On a different front, her efforts to ensure the inclusion of male and female cells in basic and translational research helped change the way the National Institutes of Health funds research. Now NIH-funded scientists must be inclusive in their research, providing more accurate results that will lead to better therapeutics and treatments for both men and women,” he said.

Northwestern Provost Jonathan Holloway said, “I am delighted that Teresa Woodruff has agreed to serve as the next dean of The Graduate School and am excited to have her join my team in the Provost’s Office. Given her impressive track records as a scientist, researcher and innovator, I know that she will make major contributions to graduate education at Northwestern.

“During the selection process, Professor Woodruff’s appreciation for graduate students and the central role they play in the academic life of the University was made clear time and again,” Holloway added. “She is going to be a stalwart defender of the graduate student experience at Northwestern and, I’m sure, will become a national leader in conversations regarding the direction of graduate education at leading research universities.”

Woodruff has long been an advocate for education, diversity and inclusion — not only at the professional level but also with high school students. To this end, she founded and directs the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA), one of several high school outreach programs that engage girls in basic and medical science.

That kind of inclusive and transformational approach to education will also help characterize some of her work, strategy and goals at TGS.

“We will continue to recruit the most talented and creative students who have the potential to not only engage with the world but to change it.” Woodruff said. “We want to create an environment in which their learning, discovery, understanding and creativity can flourish. We’re not here to simply train students in the knowledge that currently exists, but to prepare and inspire students to transform the world of our future and create the new tools and ideas that will enhance all of our lives.”

“I’m passionate about increasing the number of applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds,” she added, “and, in fact, I have developed a whole series of programs, including a successful high school pipeline program with students and teachers, to ensure that we have a broad and diverse group of learners.”

In her new role, Woodruff succeeds Dwight McBride, the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English and Performance Studies at Northwestern, who led The Graduate School since 2010 in initiatives that resulted in unprecedented progress in the recruitment of minority students, increased financial and academic support for graduate and doctoral students and helped create a much greater sense of community at the school.

“In my view, The Graduate School thrived under the leadership of Dean McBride, and the team that he put in place is outstanding,” Woodruff said. “We have recruited high-caliber students, enlarging the demographics of the cohort, and I look forward to building on this foundation of strength.”

As a reproductive endocrinologist, Woodruff has spent the better part of her research career focusing on female reproductive health and infertility. She is founder and director of the Oncofertility Consortium. With the consortium, Woodruff established a national team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, educators and policymakers to translate her research to the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment.

As an educator and mentor, Woodruff works hard to encourage young women to pursue careers in the sciences and has developed the Women’s Health Science Program for High School Girls and Beyond. The program at the Feinberg School targets primarily African-American and Latina girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Chicago. The young women can study at four different Northwestern academies: cardiology, physical science, infectious disease and oncofertility.

Woodruff’s program for mentoring urban minority high school girls for college and careers in science and health was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring by President Barack Obama in 2011.

Widely recognized for her work, Woodruff holds 10 U.S. patents, and was named in 2013 to Time magazine’s “Most Influential Persons” list. Some of her recent awards and honors include the Journal of Women’s Health Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Health Research (2017), election to the College of Fellows at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2017) and the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal (2017).

She also received the Beacon Award from Frontiers in Reproduction (2013), the Vision and Impact Award Honoring Women Who Change Lives from the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (2012), an Alumni Association Merit Award from Northwestern (2012), the Distinguished Woman in Medicine and Science from Northwestern (2009), Feinberg School’s Faculty Mentor of the Year (2009) and the Alumnae of Northwestern Award (2008).

Woodruff received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of medicine and health.

Read more about Professor Woodruff’s work and its impact:

http://www.woodrufflab.org

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/march/female-menstrual-cycle-reproductive-system/

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/may/3-d-printed-ovaries-offspring/

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2016/04/radiant-zinc-fireworks-reveal-quality-of-human-egg/


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YWCA: Justice for Charnesia Corley

Press Release –

BACKGROUND

This week, dashcam footage was released from an invasive, lengthy roadside body cavity search of then-20-year-old Black college student, Charneshia Corley, who was pulled over on June 21, 2015 in Houston for allegedly running a stop sign. The video shows Corley being searched with the rear passenger-side door open, partially obscuring the camera’s view; she is examined on the ground, naked below the waist, for about 11 minutes. A federal civil rights lawsuit against Harris County alleges that after Corley protested the invasive search, deputies forcibly threw her on the ground “while she was still handcuffed, pinned her down with her legs spread apart, threatened to break her legs and without consent penetrated her vagina in a purported search for marijuana.”

Two of the deputies involved in the body cavity search were charged last year with “official oppression”, but the charges were dropped earlier this month; a third was never charged at all. In response to a previous incident, Texas lawmakers passed a bill that prohibits officers from conducting roadside body cavity searches without a search warrant; the measure went into effect a few months after Corley’s arrest.

STATEMENT BY YWCA USA INTERIM CEO CASEY HARDEN

“We are heartbroken and outraged by what happened to Charnesia Corely who suffered a horrifying sexual assault by Texas police officers in 2015 and has received no justice to date. While we commend the state of Texas for changing the laws regarding roadside searches, we believe justice was not served to Charnesia. We know that racial profiling, violence, and state-sanctioned sexual assault by police is a common occurrence for Black women and girls in this country. Officers are rarely held accountable for violence against women of color – this must change. We are joining the call for an independent investigation as an avenue to justice for Charnesia. Without justice and accountability, life-threatening misogyny and racism will continue to endanger the lives of women of color.”

STATEMENT BY YWCA HOUSTON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALLISON BOOKER-BROOKS, MBA, LBSW

“The sexual assault that Charnesia Corely endured should never have happened, plain and simple. That Texas law changed following her case even more clearly illustrates how unjust this assault was. Black women are too often presumed guilty and met with violence simply because of the color of our skin. This type of bias, whether it’s intentional or not, has no place in Houston. Together with 215 YWCAs across the country and YWCA USA, we are committed to eliminating racism and empowering women, so that violence like this does not continue.”

About YWCA USA

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.


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IIX works with ATEC Biodigesters to raise Series-A investment, bringing Australian and French investors together into the Impact Investment market in Asia

Press Release – August 18th, 2017 — ATEC Biodigesters (ATEC), an Australian-Cambodian Social Enterprise has raised US$700,000 in a Series-A equity round to expand its operations in Cambodia as well as to explore other international opportunities in the household waste-to-energy market. The investment was made by a consortium of investors, led by Small Giants (Australia) and consisting of Fondation Ensemble (France), ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies (France) and one other private Australian investor. The investment round has then been matched with a further €250,000 in results-based-financing by EEP Mekong, a Government of Finland initiative.

“Clean energy solutions that utilise natural systems principles to unlock the inherent energy in our waste streams have the potential to transform the way we power homes across the world”, says Dan Fitzgerald, Chief Investment Officer for Small Giants, an Australian family office devoted to investing 100% of their resources for impact. “The world needs innovative, replicable technologies in the clean energy sector, and we believe ATEC is at the leading edge both in Cambodia and internationally.”

ATEC’s unique household biodigester technology was founded and developed through a partnership of two Australian non-profits working in Cambodia, Engineers Without Borders Australia and Live and Learn Environmental Education, for specific application in seasonally-flooded countries such as Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia. By installing a biodigester system, families in rural Cambodia utilize gas as a source of reliable and free energy, replacing traditional wood-burning cook stoves with a cleaner, healthier, and eco-friendly alternative. The system also produces a high-quality organic fertilizer that increases crop yield and can also be used as a substitute for chemical fertilizer. Combining these benefits, an average rural Cambodian family can save $260 per year, a short video on ATEC’s technology can be seen here.

“Three years ago we pitched our concept to our seed funders Google & SNV, who were willing to take a risk with us to see if we could make this technology viable,” says Ben Jeffreys, CEO of ATEC, “to now have the technology validated with over 250 units in the ground and this fantastic investor group on-board, it’s an amazing step forward in bringing this high-impact technology to those who needs it most”.

ATEC raised investment with support from Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) through the award-winning ACTS (Acceleration for Capacity-building and Technical Services) program sponsored by USAID. The program supports Impact Enterprises from across the region with technical assistance and an impact assessment, along with support throughout the capital raise process.

“ATEC Biodigesters is an innovative company with the potential to create immense impact through the dissemination of its technology. IIX was honored to support ATEC through the IIX ACTS program and we are incredibly excited to see investors come together from Australia and France,” said Robert Kraybill, Managing Director at IIX.

About IIX: IIX is a Singapore-based impact enterprise that bridges the gap between finance and development, carving out a third space for social and environmental solutions by unlocking investment capital. As a pioneer of impact investing, IIX builds pathways to connect the Wall Streets of the world with the backstreets of underserved communities. IIX platforms and innovative financial products enable impact enterprises to accelerate their business and scale their positive impact, while pushing the impact investing space from the margins to the mainstream. IIX operates Impact Partners, a private platform that connects Impact Investors with a select group of pre-screened Impact Enterprises seeking investment capital. To date, the work of IIX has spanned 20 countries and continues to expand with the mission of unlocking US$1billion of impact investment capital, impacting 100 million lives by 2025.

About ATEC: ATEC* Biodigesters is a new social enterprise that produces, sells and distributes a custom-manufactured 3.25m3 biodigester design manufactured in Phnom Penh. The ATEC Biodigester is a rotor-moulded unit designed for the challenging environments of rural farmers. To date over 300 units have been sold within Cambodia within Cambodia, providing renewable gas for cooking, 20 tons of organic fertilizer per year, and saving the average rural family US$5,850 over the product lifetime.


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Henkel Joins The New Plastics Economy: A Collaboration Platform Promoting Innovation In Packaging And Recycling

Transforming the future – together

Press Release – Henkel is joining forces with partners from across industries to spark a wave of innovation in the design, production and recycling of packaging materials. As a participant in the New Plastics Economy initiative, the company will share its leading expertise to drive progress toward efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable packaging.

The New Plastics Economy (NPEC) is a three-year initiative aiming to build momentum toward a plastics system based on the “circular economy” principle. The central idea of the circular economy is to gather materials after they have been used and process them so they can be reintegrated into another production process – over and over again. This saves resources and reduces the environmental impact. The NPEC is bringing key stakeholders together to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging. It is targeting a shift away from incremental improvements and fragmented initiatives, and moving toward a shared direction that delivers positive outcomes along the plastics value chain. The initiative is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

“Henkel is delighted to be part of the New Plastics Economy, and we’re looking forward to working with partners to drive innovations that make a big impact,” says Dr. Thorsten Leopold, Head of International Packaging Development for Home Care products. “Our company is in a strong position to make a valuable contribution to the NPEC because of its unique business model: On the one hand, Henkel can contribute as a manufacturer of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), like laundry detergent, shampoo or glue sticks. However, the company is also a global leader in adhesives and other advanced technologies that are used for packaging applications: These range from glues that seal boxes or secure product labels, through to functional and protective coatings for plastic packaging, and adhesives that hold the different layers of flexible packaging together. Taken together, this means we’re able to offer expertise from both perspectives, as an FMCG manufacturer and a supplier of adhesives and other technologies: Which gives our teams a uniquely broad understanding of the challenges and possible solutions related to packaging.”

Throughout its 140-year history, Henkel has leveraged its innovative power to drive leadership in sustainability. Commitment to leadership in sustainability is anchored firmly in Henkel’s corporate values. In line with this commitment, Henkel’s teams of packaging developers continually create innovative, intelligent and resource-efficient packaging solutions, by focusing on three principles: prevent, reduce, and reuse. This means producing less packaging and waste, developing better packaging and enabling a circular economy.

Henkel’s innovations in sustainable packaging include the bottles for its premium brand Perwoll Wolle & Feines in Germany, which were manufactured with 15 percent recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from post-consumer sources during a recent pilot project. Henkel’s packaging experts were able to retain the luminous pink color of the Perwoll bottle without making any compromises on the performance or fragrance of the product. The company also collaborated with Ball Corporation, a manufacturer of metal packaging including cans, to develop a technology enabling the use of up to 25 percent recycled aluminum in cans for the deodorant sprays from Henkel’s Fa, Souplesse and Neutromed brands. The buckets for Henkel’s Metylan wallpaper paste are another example: They are made of 50 percent recycled material and 50 percent waste from industrial production that is fed back into the process for manufacturing new buckets.

Participating in the NPEC forms part of Henkel’s comprehensive strategy for sustainable packaging. This is built around a set of key targets for the year 2020:

  • Reduce the weight of packaging measured against net sales to 20 percent (base year 2010).
  • Increase the proportion of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) in bottles to 33 percent in Europe, and the proportion of recycled aluminum in cans to 9 percent.
  • Reach more than 300 million consumers through more targeted information on recycling.

These targets pay into Henkel’s overall sustainability strategy, which aims to triple the value it creates for the footprint made by its operations, products and services by the year 2030 (base year 2010). It calls this ambition to become three times more efficient “Factor 3”.

More information on Henkel’s approach to packaging can be found at http://www.henkel.com/sustainability/what-we-do/smart-packaging

More information on Henkel’s overall approach to sustainability can be found at http://www.henkel.com/sustainability/

About Henkel

Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2016, Henkel reported sales of 18.7 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of 3.2 billion euros. Combined sales of the respective top brands of the three business units – Loctite, Schwarzkopf and Persil – amounted to more than 6 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 50,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com.


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Electrolux Partners With Sustainability Festival The Stockholm Act

Press Release – Electrolux is proud to be a contributing partner of the inaugural The Stockholm Act; a festival beginning August 21 to raise awareness for sustainable development towards 2030. Hosting a wide range of events in Stockholm during one week, Electrolux will work with partners to showcase initiatives related to sustainable cooking, reducing food waste and caring for clothes.

The Stockholm Act brings together people from politics, business, science and art to explore steps to build a more sustainable world – with action needed toward the ‘Agenda 2030’ to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals signed by all United Nations (UN) members in 2015.

Sustainability is a core part of the Electrolux business strategy and supports the company’s purpose to ‘Shape living for the better’. Electrolux sustainability framework comprises nine promises in three key areas, addressing many of the UN Sustainability Goals. With the events organized during The Stockholm Act, Electrolux will highlight and raise awareness mainly about goals 2 (Zero Hunger) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

Electrolux Head of Sustainability Affairs Henrik Sundström said: “Partnering with The Stockholm Act is a great opportunity to jointly raise awareness of the UN goals and build a more sustainable future. Through showcasing our own sustainability initiatives, we hope to contribute to learnings that help drive sustainable development towards 2030 at both a local and global level.”

Events by or with Electrolux during The Stockholm Act include:

  • A taste-along with Tasteology, a mini-documentary series deconstructing the concept of taste from a fresh perspective. More info.
  • A Transformation Talk on Electrolux journey to work more with partners in the area of social enagement. Electrolux representatives discuss this together with partners Worldchefs, AIESEC and Stockholm City Mission. More info.
  • Waste Tasting – a unique dinner experience aiming to inspire and educate around food waste to make a change for the better. The dinner also includes a short panel discussion with spokespeople from Stockholm’s food waste scene and will be the premiere for a mini-documentary around food waste. More info.
  • A Care & Repair Station together with Houdini, aiming to educating around sustainability and how to better care for your clothes. More info.
  • The Zero Waste Market in collaboration with the Stockholm City Mission, shedding light on sustainable consumption patterns. Smoothies made by vegan chef Sebastian Schauermann using rescued fruits and vegetables and other sample treats made of donated surplus food will be served for free. More info.
  • A smoothie pop-up bar installed by Electrolux on the topic of how to reduce food waste. The smoothies will be served by Eat Easier, a startup run by three high school students. Food will be provided by Sopköket, a startup offering gourmet catering and school meals made out of rescued food and providing jobs for youths and long-term employees. More info.

Electrolux shapes living for the better by reinventing taste, care and wellbeing experiences, making life more enjoyable and sustainable for millions of people. As a leading global appliance company, we place the consumer at the heart of everything we do. Through our brands, including Electrolux, AEG, Anova, Frigidaire, Westinghouse and Zanussi, we sell more than 60 million household and professional products in more than 150 markets every year. In 2016 Electrolux had sales of SEK 121 billion and employed 55,000 people around the world. For more information go to www.electroluxgroup.com.

Source: http://news.cision.com/


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Sustainability Thought Leaders and Innovators to Come Together at Yale University

Preeminent event provides unprecedented access for participants with industry experts

Press Release – NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 07 /CSRwire/ – Sustainability professionals from around the world will gather at Yale University this September 12-15 for four days of thought-provoking lectures and interactive discussions at the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum.

The Forum’s small class size fosters an environment of idea sharing and gives participants and speakers an opportunity to interact one-on-one. Speakers are distinguished thought leaders and innovators drawn from Yale’s renowned Law School, School of Management, and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, as well as leading practitioners in government and industry. They collectively offer an essential set of strategies and sustainability principles to guide our institutions, governments, businesses, and society.

The Director of the Forum, Professor Daniel C. Esty, brings decades of groundbreaking thinking on environmental law, policy, sustainability innovation, and public-private partnerships to the Forum.

Video: Professor Esty discusses the Forum’s agenda, speakers, benefits for participants, and why you can’t miss this incredible educational experience: https://youtu.be/CiXCLYK-UOA

Yale Faculty returning to teach again this fall are standouts in the field of sustainability. Professors William Nordhaus, Marian Chertow, Gary Brudvig, E. Donald Elliott, and Bradford Gentry specialize respectively in carbon pricing, industrial ecology, molecular biophysics and biochemistry, environmental law, and land conservation. Each of their modules will examine current trends in their disciplines, along with sustainability principles and strategies for innovation.

New speakers joining the Forum bring an equally rich set of insights to share. The U.S. State Department’s former top climate change lawyer and a key architect of the Paris Climate Agreement, Susan Biniaz, will teach a module on climate change negotiations. David Lubin, a world leader in the field of corporate performance management will teach a module on sustainable investing. Other speakers include Kenneth Gillingham, Julie Zimmerman, Anthony Leiserowitz, and Andrew Winston, who will teach respectively on the latest innovations in energy and environmental economics, green design, climate change communications, and corporate sustainability management.

To view the agenda, click here. To view the speaker line-up, click here.

Participants of the 2016 inaugural Forum praised the depth and breadth of the candid discussions and felt confident that they left Yale inspired and armed with a myriad of innovative and practical takeaways. “The Forum was an excellent opportunity for me to receive a compact overview of the main trends and challenges in our quest to transition to sustainable societies. Listening to and engaging with some of the field’s brightest minds and leading scholars was both inspiring and an opportunity to calibrate some aspects of my work so that I can be more effective and successful,” said Tanja Srebotjnak, Hixon Professor of Sustainable Environmental Design at Harvey Mudd College.

Jonathan Steinberg, State Representative at the Connecticut General Assembly, echoed that sentiment, saying, “If sustainability is truly the defining framework for this century, this forum is an invaluable medium for grasping the critical issues and opportunities which will determine our planet’s continuing viability.”

YSLF is designed to advance sustainability thought leadership and to inspire sustainability action. To learn from leaders in the field and other sustainability professionals, apply for the 2017 program here. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and space is limited.

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Recovery Unplugged® Launches “What Track Are You On?” Powerful Digital Campaign During September’s “National Recovery” Month

“I Got This” track by Grammy-winning performance songwriter & guitarist, Richie Supa

Featured within video, thought-provoking Social media and display message campaign

Press Release – FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – (August 1, 2017) Today, as 23 million in the U.S. are currently addicted to drugs and alcohol which is now the leading cause of death to those under age 25, Recovery Unplugged®, an addiction treatment center that uses music as a catalyst towards the effective treatment of substance abuse leaps forward to showcase an effective solution by launching a powerful addiction awareness campaign capturing a thought provoking video, quick-wit phrased social media and display messages during September’s National Recovery Month.

The video opens to an on-screen caption, RECOVERY UNPLUGGED presents, while the camera shoots upward at New York City apartment complex while both the track name, I Got This appears on the screen and the track begins to play the soothing Island flare-guitar and vocal sounds by Richie Supa. I Got This, also written by Richie Supa, Creative Music Director at Recovery Unplugged® is a Grammy-winning performance songwriter & guitarist. Supa has written songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink and many others has also been sober for 28 years. He describes meeting weekly with recovery clients, “They are in denial and I hear addicts say ‘I thought I had this, but they didn’t’ which is all part of the addiction disease.” Supa talks about his technique for songwriting describing that songs have to be relatable and unfiltered.

“I’ve lived every line in this song and focus on keeping it real,” says Supa. “The music approach at Recovery Unplugged® is making sustainable recovery a reality. Addicts can’t see living without a fix. By asking ‘what track are you on?’ we’re providing people with a choice. We’re saying, choose music.”

The overall campaign was created by Ari Merkin, advertising agency and brand development company which shot the video portion in New York City during June 2017 with the sense of urgency to help Recovery Unplugged launch an upfront direct message campaign during this heightened and escalated period of the country’s addiction issues.

The video begins with the sounds of a lighter flint wheel being rolled back as you hear the water bubbling of a marijuana bong – which grabs your attention as the video showcases a man inhaling and coughing on a bong hit as he leans back relaxed on the sofa singing the lyrics, “I get high seven days a week so damn twisted I can hardly speak, I’m fine – I ain’t worried – I got this…”

As the music continues to play and the lyrics start to match the subject profile, the video rolls into a variety of addiction vignette stories: From the stoner– to a male addict roaming the streets of New York City scratching his arms and hungry to make a purchase from his drug dealer. The video moves onto a girl who is dancing the night away at a nightclub and then seen stumbling down the nightclub halls to reach a bathroom as she hovers over a toilet. Music continues to play, “Yeah yeah – you can’t tell me nothing – yeah yeah, I ain’t got a problem – denial – It’s my style, I got this…”. From there, the video moves to a man wearing a collared shirt and tie as he’s typing on his office computer and begins to move through the empty hallways looking to make sure no one is nearby as he goes into a remote area to shoot up. “Oh I’m playing Russian roulette – oh, you know the higher I get – but swear I got this all under control – so leave me alone…”

As the scenes progress, the camera moves to an older woman in bed as she starts singing looking hung over and unhealthy as a man in the room starts to get dressed: “Last night I drank till I blacked out – my clothes fell off and I don’t know how – shit happens – I’m laughing – I got this”.

As the music continues playing, “Yeah yeah, I know I’m in trouble, yeah yeah – hand me a shovel, I’m fine – I GOT THIS….” Each vignette quickly shows individual stories reach the same place of overwhelming loss of control and emptiness: From the man roaming the streets being seized by undercover police officers; to the girl in the night club huddled over a toilet; to the woman in bed as she begins to grieve her loss of control; to the man on the sofa who goes outside to look over the city as he appears to be searching for himself; to the office worker, passed out on the floor of the private area who now appears he’s overdosed. The video closes with a message from Recovery Unplugged®, that says, “‘I Got This,’ is one of 60 original songs we’re using to help clients recognize and conquer their addiction.” And then, “What Track are you on?”

Additionally, the unique thought-provoking social media and display message campaign includes:

  1. Nobody Ever Died from a Music Overdose.
  2. Heroin enters through a single vein, music enters through all of them.
  3. You’ll Swear we should sell music by the gram.
  4. Long Live Rock & Roll. And You.
  5. The first step is admitting you Hate Smashmouth.
  6. Heroin, $50 | Music .99
  7. Come on Over. We’ll Do Some Lines (with a visual of a music sheet)

v Needle: A medical device used to illegally inject Heroin

Needle: A stylus used to play phonographic records

v Score: To succeed in buying or obtaining an illicit drug

Score: The written form of a musical composition

v Hit: The single dose of an illegal drug

Hit: A highly successful song

v Refrain: To abstain from having that which one desires, such as drugs or alcohol

Refrain: A recurring melody such as the chorus of a song

v Rock: Slang for crack cocaine

Rock: A popular form of music

While the campaign showcases the drug addiction epidemic in reality, Recovery Unplugged® showcases the solution. “We’re providing further awareness options of effective and unique treatment,” says Chief Strategy Officer of Recovery Unplugged, Paul Pellinger.

“The challenge with traditional treatment is that clients are forced to rely on fear, consequences and relapse protocols versus a more proactive approach that includes recovery triggers”. The music helps them learn to communicate emotionally. The process of utilizing music becomes a catalyst for an emotional connection to the soul where long lasting change occurs. When we work with addicts using all aspects of music, from the lyrics, the vibration, live performances, etc. … it breaks down defenses, motivates and facilitates the recovery process,” adds Pellinger.

In addition, the Recovery Unplugged® program is designed to adapt to individual needs. Although addicts tend to have much in common, people’s fundamental differences can be overlooked in some treatment environments. Recovery Unplugged® works to establish a better understanding of the individual and his or her needs for a full recovery. Clients engage in a full continuum of care including detox, residential treatment day/night treatment intensive outpatient programming including community housing and transitional living. Many people working in addiction rehabilitation report that recovering from drug addiction often involves at least one relapse, and that many users will backslide multiple times. A frequently used and often misleading National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) statistic states, “40-60% of people addicted to substances recover and remain sober. However, there is no precise statistic that calculates an average relapse rate after addiction rehab program completion. Professionals do agree that most addicts will enter addiction treatment programs that use some form a “12 Step” program again and again without achieving long-term sobriety.

About Ari Merkin, LLC:

Ari Merkin LLC is a handful of highly recognized agency types who have received countless accolades for creativity and effectiveness and “best of show” honors at virtually every major advertising award competition. The agency helps to solve big problems and accelerate growth for a select number of brands – working closely with in-house brand teams to deliver inspired thinking from planning through production. Ari believes that every brand has a voice, that creativity can solve anything and that you don’t need a big agency system to deliver big brand ideas. arimerkin.com.

About Recovery Unplugged®:

Recovery Unplugged® Treatment Center is an addiction treatment organization with facilities in Florida and Texas offering a music-based approach to treatment and recovery from chemical dependency. The centers combine traditional and cognitive behavioral approaches that use music, performance and appreciation as catalysts to break down emotional barrier to inspire and motivate the change necessary for lasting sobriety. Recovery Unplugged® is committed to providing hope and healing, using music to help individuals suffering from addiction all over the United States.

Since opening in 2013, Recovery Unplugged® has achieved client completion and long-term sobriety rates of over 90 percent and a long-term sobriety rate over five-times the national average. Independent studies confirm over the last two years that the Recovery Unplugged® treatment model is a proven method. Research has revealed an extremely low AMA rate (the rate at which patients leave a program against medical advice) of less than 9% compared to the national average of 39%. For more information call (855) 906-2980 or visit recoveryunplugged.com.


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Impact Community Capital Names Michael Lohmeier As Chief Investment Officer; Matthew Berg As Senior Vice President & Counsel

New Appointments to Senior Management Team Will Support Company’s Expansive Five-Year Impact Investing Growth Strategy

Press Release – San Francisco, CA (August 16, 2017) – Impact Community Capital (ICC) announced today the appointment of two new additions to its senior management team: Michael Lohmeier, Chief Investment Officer and Matthew Berg, Senior Vice President & Counsel. Both Lohmeier and Berg will report to President and CEO Jeff Brenner, and will be key players in bolstering ICC’s expansive five-year impact investing growth strategy.

Established in 1998, ICC has provided nearly $1.5 billion in financing directed to benefit low-income families and communities. Projects include affordable multifamily housing, community healthcare facilities, childcare centers and other community facilities serving families and communities in 38 states plus the District of Columbia. ICC was founded by a consortium of insurance companies to facilitate investments in projects that specifically benefit low-income families and communities.

“I am excited to have two high-quality professionals with the investing expertise and commitment to impact investing that we have found in Mike and Matt,” said Brenner. “ICC is implementing a five-year strategic plan to deliver quality investments in scale to institutional investors seeking to add impact to their investment portfolios and we are excited to add Mike and Matt to the management team that will drive our success.”

Lohmeier has built an impressive track record in the impact investing space during his 20-year career. As Managing Director for Wespath Benefits and Investments, Lohmeier oversaw all aspects of the organization’s $21 billion investment portfolio of public equity, fixed income, real estate and positive social purpose (PSP) investments. He was instrumental in growing the PSP program, which was developed to promote affordable housing and community development for disadvantaged communities while delivering competitive returns, to over $2 billion during his tenure. Lohmeier will be responsible for developing and executing ICC’s investment strategy, including managing existing investor relationships, developing new investors and structuring new investment funds.

Berg brings to ICC a wealth of experience in finance and commercial real estate. As an Associate at Dechert LLP, Berg advised investment banks, hedge funds, private equity funds and insurance companies on nationwide commercial real estate acquisition and dispositions. ICC has been a leading innovator in securitizing affordable housing mortgages, and Berg’s experience at Dechert advising CMBS securitizations significantly expands ICC’s ability to deliver capital in scale to address the critical need for affordable housing and community investment in our country.

About Impact Community Capital LLC

The first word and last name in impact investing, Impact Community Capital LLC is a pioneer in the impact investing space. ICC is reshaping and refining investment opportunities for investors seeking to add impact to their portfolios. ICC was founded by leading insurers to promote socially responsible investments in underserved communities, making it an early leader in making investments that facilitate social change long before “Impact Investing” began its move to the mainstream. ICC pioneered pooling and securitization of community investment portfolios to direct large amounts of capital for affordable housing and used federal New Markets Tax Credits to invest in community childcare and healthcare facilities. It is owned by the following insurance companies: Allstate Insurance Company, Farmers Insurance Exchange, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Pacific Life Insurance Company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, and 21st Century Insurance Company. For more information, call (415) 981-1074, or visit www.impactcapital.net.


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