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First Urban Camp for Kids Living with Cancer to be Held in Chicago Camp Kids are Kids Launches Summer 2014

“I am happy to announce a new venture coming to Chicago this summer, Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago, a camp for children living with cancer set in an urban environment”, said Blaine J. Blanchard, Founder of Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago (CKAKC). This first annual pediatric oncology camp will be a unique, fun, safe and medically sound camping experience for approximately 30 children, ages 8-16, living in the Chicago area. “The five day camp will be held from Sunday, August 10 to Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Chicago, with suites converted into bunk cabins to simulate a campground”, said Tom Segesta, General Manager Ritz Carlton Chicago and CKAKC Board member. Our opening day ceremony on Sunday, August 10 will be held at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports Dome. Camping activities will be held at the hotel, as well as neighboring parks and will include camp songs and games, dancing, athletics, skits, and arts and crafts. In addition to the typical campsite activities, the kids will have the opportunity to enjoy many children-friendly events and attractions throughout the city. Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago is a proud member and has been endorsed by Children’s Oncology Camping Association-International (COCA-I), an organization of nearly 100 member camps, serving nearly 20,000 campers. As stated by Dave Smith, President of COCA-I, “This is COCA-I’s first urban camp ever and will become a model which will be used in other cities. I am confident that it will be the beginning of an urban camping experience which will touch the lives of many campers and their families”.

Studies have shown that camps for children affected by cancer are not only great fun, but also an important part of the healing process, both physically and psychologically. Camps help children with cancer learn to cope with the challenges brought on by their disease, to show they are not alone in their struggles, and most importantly to have fun, something that’s often missing in the lives of these children. “Camps provide a safe and fun environment where a child coping with cancer can just be a kid”, said Pat Kubicki, CKAKC Medical Coordinator.

The goal of Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago is to provide children who have been diagnosed, treated and living with cancer, a camping experience set in an urban environment with no financial cost to their families. “Campers will have a wide variety of new and fun experiences, while learning life skills, team building, coping mechanisms and finding support, acceptance and friendships which will extend into their everyday lives”, said Dave Caterino, Vice President/Co-Director of CKAKC. Despite the challenges and limitations which these children with cancer may face, kids are kids, and they want to be treated the same and enjoy the same things that other kids do.

“Our mission is to foster a spirit of joy in a fun, safe and medically sound, urban recreational environment that builds self esteem, independence and friendships for children living with cancer”, said Sharon Buckle, CKAKC Administrator.

“I am fortunate to have 13 dedicated Board members who have committed to work with us to make Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago the best experience for children with cancer in the Chicago area”, said Blanchard. Seven members of the Board/Advisors have had a combined 140+ years experience in working with children’s cancer camps. In addition to our Board members and Advisors, we have elected to present Ambassadors for Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago, our nonprofit pediatric cancer camp which has no paid employees. Our Advisors are Dave Smith, Sally Hale and Stedman Graham. In addition to being President of COCA-I, Dave serves as CEO of Special Love, Inc. in Virginia, a nonprofit organization which provides support and services to children with cancer and their families. He has 32 years experience in working with pediatric oncology camps. Since 1987, Sally has served as Executive Director of Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit organization providing programs for children with cancer and their families. Camp Sunshine has grown from a one-week summer camp to a year-round program serving over 950 families of children with cancer each year. Sally has served on numerous professional boards including the American Cancer Society, Georgia Division, and COCA-I, having served as President of that organization from 2010-2012. Stedman is chairman and CEO of S.Graham& Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. Stedman delivers his leadership message throughout the country and globally, a message driven by the Nine-Step Success Process, a learning management system designed to organize your life around your identity. He is also founder of AAD (formerly Athletes Against Drugs), a nonprofit organization that provides services to youth and has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships since its founding in 1985. Bill Cartwright has been offered and has accepted the first Ambassador position for CKAKC. Bill is a retired NBA basketball player and a former head coach with the Chicago Bulls. In his 16 seasons as a player with the NBA, he helped the Chicago Bulls achieve three consecutive championships in 1991,1992 and 1993. As assistant coach under Phil Jackson, the Chicago Bulls won championship titles in 1997 and 1998.

“With this announcement, we will kick off the fundraisers to solicit donations and contributions to help us support our camp financially”, said Donna A. Rotunno, Treasurer of CKAKC. “Information concerning our fundraisers will be forthcoming soon and will be announced and updated on our website”, said Ben Schwartz, CKAKC Board member.

This venture is all about the kids. We thank you for your help and support in making this a successful event for the city of Chicago and an experience of a lifetime for kids living with cancer.

Please refer to our website at www.campkidsarekids.org.

Risingstars Boot Camp Presented By Techstars Brings Top Entrepreneurs and Investors to New Orleans to Mentor Minority Entrepreneurs as Part of Powermoves.Nola July 3-5

Participating Boot Camp entrepreneurs will also be in the running for a $50,000 PowerMoves.NOLA fellowship, a $25,000 cash award, and up to five may be selected for Risingstars mentorship program

New Orleans, June 12, 2014 — Some of America’s leading entrepreneurs and investors will mentor 20 early-stage minority entrepreneurs participating in the Risingstars Boot Camp presented by Techstars, an intensive, two-day session that serves as one component of the new, multi-faceted PowerMoves.NOLA initiative to be held July 3-5 in New Orleans. PowerMoves.NOLA was created to provide access to capital, mentors and advisers for high-growth minority entrepreneurs. The goal of the Risingstars Boot Camp presented by Techstars is to extend startup opportunities to demographic groups that are currently under-represented in the technology startup community.

Mentors participating in the Risingstars Boot Camp will include:

David Drach, Vice President of Business Development, Techstars. Drach is responsible for corporate relationships at Techstars and helped build the powered by Techstars programs. Previously Drach was Managing Director of the Emerging Business Team at Microsoft, focusing on startup and venture engagement across XBOX, Windows, Office and Bing. Drach helped create and grow the Microsoft BizSpark, BizSpark + and BizSpark One startup offerings from Microsoft. Dave helped build Great Plains Software which exited to Microsoft for $1.2B.

Fred Hutson, Founder and CEO of Pigeonly. Fred used his time behind bars for trafficking marijuana to plan and develop a business idea that would affect the lives of people no one else was paying attention to – inmates. He founded Pigeonly, a platform that identifies and organizes data on the nations’s incarcerated. Pigeonly has raised $2 million dollars in venture capital funding and currently employs 12 people and is growing. Fred is an alum of the Techstars Risingstars Program.

Jerry Johnson, Managing Director of RLJ Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on generating long-term capital appreciation by investing in profitable and growing businesses founded in 2006 by Robert L. Johnson and The Carlyle Group. He joined RLJ Equity Partners from American Capital, a publicly traded alternative asset management company with more than $20 billion of assets under management. Previously, Johnson was with Bank of America and also served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

Shaun Johnson, Co-Founder of the Startup Institute. Shaun Johnson is a technologist, early adopter and helper of people. He is the co-founder of Startup Institute, an edtech company equipping individuals with the skills, access and mindset needed to make an immediate and positive impact on the startup venture they join. Startup Institute has locations in the US and in Europe. Shaun also serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Tuan Pham, Director of Techstars in Boston – Pham enjoys meeting and helping founders, and leveraging Techstars to build a more vibrant entrepreneurial Boston community. Prior to working with Techstars in Boston, Pham led Silicon Valley Bank’s early stage practice in New York and Boston.

K.J. Singh, Director of Techstars in New York – Singh is currently the Director of Techstars, NYC. In his current role, he sits on the selection committee for Techstars NYC and advises companies on product/market fit, fundraising strategies and other strategic issues. Prior to Techstars, KJ was a management consultant with Booz & Company. Previously, he was an investment-banker with Redwood Capital Group and started his career at JPMorgan. He holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

One Boot Camp entrepreneur will be selected as a PowerMoves.NOLA fellow, and will receive a $50,000 investment, office space, technical assistance. One entrepreneur will also receive a $25,000 cash prize from PowerMoves.NOLA. In addition, up to five entrepreneurs will be selected to join the Risingstars mentorship program.

Boot Camp participants will receive intensive hands-on guidance and coaching on their business models directly from the mentors. Mentors will focus on all aspects of an individual participant’s business model, including developing a strong business value proposition, selecting effective customer development strategies, achieving product/market fit, identifying early adopters and establishing sustainable revenue streams while controlling costs. The Boot Camp will culminate with a Demo Day presentation to potential investors. The event is provided to the entrepreneurs at no charge.

“With their collective knowledge of startups, and successful track records, this amazing group of mentors put together by Risingstars Founder Tom Chikoore will ensure that all participants walk away from the weekend as winners, with information and advice they can put into practice immediately,” said Leslie Jacobs, CEO of the New Orleans Startup Fund. “At PowerMoves.NOLA, we are focused on supporting early-stage, high-growth, minority-led companies. Providing these tech entrepreneurs with high quality mentors to guide them is a great way to keep us moving toward that goal.”

“Through Risingstars we are creating opportunities for those who are underrepresented in the tech startup community,” said Risingstars Founder and Director, Tom Chikoore. “We’re fortunate to have a highly qualified group of mentors – and partners like PowerMoves.NOLA – who are equally committed to supporting entrepreneurs.”

About PowerMoves.NOLA

PowerMoves.NOLA is a national initiative designed to increase the number of America’s venture-backed minority businesses by leveraging the entrepreneurial ecosystem, resources and culture of New Orleans. This year, PMN will offer an intense two day Risingstars boot camp presented by Techstars for twenty early stage tech entrepreneurs of color and three pitch events for twenty high growth, minority-founded startups. Over the weekend, these forty entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas, expand their networks, and foster connections and relationships that will help them grow their businesses. And in providing this forum, PMN will showcase the innovation a diverse entrepreneurial community can provide America.

Headquartered in New Orleans, PowerMoves.NOLA’s mission is to address the generational challenges of wealth and economic development with innovative ideas, fresh approaches, and an overall commitment to equity and diversity as a growth strategy.

About Techstars

Techstars is the #1 startup accelerator in the world. Once a year in each location, Techstars funds about 10 companies and surrounds them with about 100 of the best and brightest web entrepreneurs and investors in the world. So far, about 80% of the companies that have been through Techstars have subsequently raised a total of about $500M in angel or venture capital, and 24 of them have already been acquired.

The Techstars Risingstars program extends technology company startup opportunities to demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in the technology startup community.

2014 RBC Blue Water Project Donates $2.7 Million To Protect Water In Cities And Towns Worldwide

Annual Leadership and Community Action Grants focus on preserving and restoring urban waterways

TORONTO, June 12, 2014 — Climate change means more than just a rise in average temperatures. It also means an increase in extreme and unpredictable weather events, changes in water quality and availability in different regions. This can have a significant impact on urbanized areas, where so many people often depend on a single source of fresh water. The RBC Blue Water Project 2014 Leadership and Community Action Grants will fund programs that improve urban water quality, enhance stormwater management and protect and restore urban waterways.

“Water is one of the most precious resources on earth. Everything we do depends on it – it is vital to our social and economic well-being,” said Gord Nixon, CEO, RBC. “We are honoured to support the important efforts of this year’s grant recipients, whose programs reflect our new focus on water issues in urbanized areas, where so many of our employees and clients live and work. I am confident that these organizations will help create a future with swimmable, drinkable and fishable water.”

This year, RBC Blue Water Project Leadership and Community Action Grants, total more than $2.7 million in funding for fresh water protection and preservation programs. Awarded on the company’s annual RBC Blue Water Day, these grants support 134 organizations spanning seven countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, China, Chile and Australia.

“It’s been said that 2013 was the ‘year of the urban flood’,” said Robert Sandford, Chair of the UN Water for Life Decade and spokesperson for the RBC Blue Water Project. “The infrastructure in our towns and cities just wasn’t built to withstand the impact of extreme weather events, so I’m very happy to see that so many of RBC’s grants are directed to stormwater management, which I believe is one of most pressing issues of our time.”

About RBC Blue Water Project

The RBC Blue Water Project is a historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged nearly $41 million to more than 700 charitable organizations worldwide that protect water, including the grants announced today, with an additional $8.8 million pledged to universities for water programs. In 2013-2014, the RBC Blue Water Project will focus on supporting initiatives that help protect water in towns, cities and urbanized areas. For further information, visit www.rbc.com/bluewater.

About RBC Community and Sustainability

Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) is Canada’s largest bank and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com. RBC is recognized among the world’s financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, and one of Canada’s 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, we contributed more than $104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $69 million and $35 million in sponsorships. Learn more at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.

2014 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership and Community Action Grants 

Note: Financial references throughout are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

NATIONAL – CANADA

Canadian Water Research Society, $85,000: Governing the transboundary Columbia River basin is a tough balancing act – it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage the water, power and flood control operations of urban centres, ecosystem values (salmon and recreation) and the interests and rights of First Nations and Tribes. This organization seeks to negotiate the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty, use international best practices in transboundary water governance and build capacity for First Nations, Tribes and others to engage in basin stewardship.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, $100,000: This initiative will show how the effective management of tributaries and the broader watershed can help mitigate floods and control stormwater while reducing contaminants entering the Great Lakes. This project supports the Cities Initiatives Municipal Adaptation and Resilience Service to help cities prepare for climate change.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, $100,000: The organization’s mission is to promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. With this grant, LOW will recruit and mentor emerging influencers and establish a national repository for insights on water issues through thought-leader retreats and residencies at The National Water Centre.

Leave No Trace Canada/Sans Trace Canada, $35,000: This project aims to prevent and reduce the negative impact of recreational activities on bodies of water and riversides by promoting behaviour change.

Red River Basin Commission, $35,000: This organization, in collaboration with Lake Friendly, Manitoba Hydro, the Province of Manitoba, Green Manitoba, Ducks Unlimited, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Manitoba Conservation Districts Association and the Manitoba Museum, is working to develop the “Do What Matters” program for municipalities – a compilation of best practices for cities, towns, and municipalities to support sustainable water management and protection. The Red River Basin Commission will promote this program through a basin-wide outreach strategy.

TIDES Canada Initiatives Society, $100,000: The Waterlution Hub Network will host scenario planning on Cities of the Future and support Hubs in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The program will host young leaders and interested members of the public to participate in a nine-month series of events for collaborating, visioning and designing innovative water cities of the future. Each city will produce an action plan report for the next 25 years.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, $90,000: The Okanagan is the most water-stressed region in Canada, with growing cities, thirsty agriculture, and a semi-arid climate. More efficient water use is essential to meet all needs, and protect the environment. This initiative consists of a valley-wide hands-on conservation and rain- garden education program for the public and landscaping industry.

Local organizations: $68,500 in Community Action Grants will be shared by these 14 organizations in British Columbia:

  • Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens ($5,000)
  • Powell River Salmon Society ($5,000)
  • CEED Centre Society ($2,500)
  • Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society ($4,000)
  • The Seymour Salmonid Society ($5,000)
  • Fraser River Discovery Centre Society ($7,500)
  • Fraser Riverkeeper Society ($2,500)
  • Comox Valley Land Trust ($5,000)
  • Georgia Strait Alliance ($4,000)
  • Mainstreams Environmental Society ($5,000)
  • Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society ($10,000)
  • Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition ($3,000)
  • Cowichan Community Land Trust Society ($5,000)
  • Langley Environmental Partners Society ($5,000)

ALBERTA

Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, $22,400: The organization will work alongside the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership Society to promote urban stormwater and riparian management. They will capture and share local success stories about low impact development and riparian management through videos, digital outreach and workshops.

Bow River Basin Council Society, $85,000: This grant will be used to assess and develop a sub-regional wetland implementation and management plan to reduce water pollution and urban runoff. The plan will be one component of a systems-wide approach to reduce stormwater runoff in major urban centre and some rural areas. The Co- operative Stormwater Management Initiative will work collaboratively to apply stormwater solutions throughout the larger east region of Calgary.

Municipality of Wood Buffalo, $50,000: The Phase 6B Miskanaw Golf Course Redevelopment project will construct a 10-million gallon holding pond to capture reclaimed waste water for golf course irrigation, significantly reducing the usage of municipal freshwater.

Oldman Watershed Council, $57,880: The Oldman watershed in southern Alberta is home to 210,000 people living in the City of Lethbridge and 34 towns and hamlets who depend on it for clean fresh water. The Council has embarked on a year-and-a-half long process to develop the community-led Headwaters Action Plan which will protect the integrity of the Oldman watershed along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Ecotrust, $50,000: This project will improve water quality in Whitehorse and Fairbanks by expanding the Alaska Logbook tool to include water quality monitoring capabilities, and then building awareness and involvement in water quality issues among area Tribes and First Nations. Ecotrust will partner with the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council to train local Indigenous communities in how to use the tool, share education on water quality issues and outline community-level watershed plans.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), $15,000: Under the Alberta Headwaters Project, Y2Y will develop an innovative and broadly-supported program to protect Alberta’s headwaters. A partner network will work together to protect wildlife habitat, reduce conflicts between land users, increase public awareness of watershed values, protect ecosystem services and drought control, and influence upcoming land use planning processes.

Local organizations: $27,200 in Community Action Grants will be shared by these five organizations in Alberta:

  • Federation of Alberta Naturalists ($5,000)
  • Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society Southern Alberta Chapter ($10,000)
  • Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society ($2,200)
  • The City of Calgary ($5,000)
  • Lesser Slave Watershed Council ($5,000)

SASKATCHEWAN

Ducks Unlimited Canada, $100,000: Saskatoon’s population is set to grow substantially over the next 50 years. This growth, along with increasing upstream demands and climate change, will affect the amount of water available from the South Saskatchewan River. Ducks Unlimited Canada will spearhead educational initiatives about wetland loss, stormwater management, and flooding.

Meewasin Valley Authority, $49,000: The Northeast Swale, an ancient former river channel, consists of hundreds of hectares of prairie, riparian and wetland that has recently been incorporated into an urban setting and will be surrounded by residential development. The Meewasin Valley Authority will conduct resource- management field work with volunteers, in order to protect the Swale during this critical period of change.

Local organizations: RBC has awarded a $3,000 Community Action Grant to the Regina Catholic School Division.

MANITOBA

MANITOBA ECO-NETWORK INC, $60,000: In partnership with Green Communities Canada’s RAIN Program, Green Action Centre and BUILD (Building Urban Industries for Local Development), this project will address the impact of Winnipeg’s urban runoff on lakes and streams. These organizations will be working with communities, municipalities, and property owners to set up demonstration sites using proven stormwater management solutions to maximize natural filtration and reduce run-off contamination.

ONTARIO

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation (SCCF), $60,000: This organization, through their Pickering/Paradise Project, will work to create a swimmable beach at Paradise Park in Ajax along the Lake Ontario shoreline. This project will create bioswale infrastructure inland from the beach to capture and filter urban runoff. SCCF will partners with the cities of Ajax, Toronto, the Region Conservation Authority and community volunteers to plant the bioswales with native wetland plants.

The Living City Foundation, $75,000: Situated in Canada’s largest city, the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) works to protect the region’s urban watersheds. Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) supports retrofit programs which target older communities and support urban renewal and sustainable homeowner behaviour, creating uniquely tailored solutions to environmental and community needs. They identify integrated solutions to urban water infrastructure retrofit, local climate change adaptation and resiliency to more frequent and intense storms, intended to enhance water quality and reduce water usage. The program, the first of its kind, is an innovative model for sustainable urban renewal that has measurable environmental impact.

Ladies of the Lake Conservation Association, $30,000: This organization nurtures water thinkers and engages people using the Lake Simcoe watershed as a 21st century living laboratory – a centre for innovation, research and learning. The grant will help establish a leading-edge urban farm demonstration site called ClearWater, focused on wise water management, and the resulting knowledge exchange will help improve the quality of water for 22 municipalities within Lake Simcoe’s watershed.

The Land Between, $20,000: Development pressures around shorelines are resulting in deterioration of valuable ecosystems and clean water for local municipalities. This project, the first phase of a 4-year effort, focuses on Haliburton County. This grant will support a multi-partner stewardship approach involving shoreline audits, education, demonstration sites, landowner incentives, and water quality monitoring to naturalize shorelines and measurably improve water quality.

Hamilton Conservation Foundation, $45,000: This project will decrease stress on existing stormwater infrastructure and increase water quality in Dundas, Ontario, by empowering landowners, schools and volunteers to reverse the spread of paved surfaces. The Foundation will plant native species along creeks to limit bank erosion and publicly recognize individuals and businesses who have already undertaken similar actions.

Rare Charitable Research Reserve, $80,000: The Chain of Learning Linking Water and Youth project will expand the organization’s research facilitation, restoration and education efforts focused on water issues. The project will restore a provincially significant cold-water stream, educate students, build community awareness, engagement and influence policy and management of water issues nationally and internationally.

Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation, $50,000: The City Stream Watch program gathers environmental information from over 40 of the most neglected urban creeks through a series of rotating assessments carried out by trained and supervised “citizen scientists”. The expansion of the program from its origins in the Rideau Valley to include the Mississippi Valley, will enable the implementation of a program across a major watershed within the City of Ottawa.

St Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, $50,000: This collaborative project will develop a program to promote citizen awareness and encourage flood- proofing measures. Based on the premise that everyone in the community can help reduce urban floods, the initiative will develop demonstration projects and workshops for community groups and homeowners and provide action-based tips for residential flood- proofing in urban environments.

Local organizations: $136,800 in Community Action Grants will be shared by these 24 local organizations in Ontario:

  • Region of Peel ($5,000)
  • Credit Valley Conservation Foundation ($10,000)
  • Tin Roof Global Action Inc ($5,000)
  • Peterborough Green-Up Association ($5,000)
  • Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning ($4,800)
  • The Raisin Region Conservation Authority ($5,000)
  • Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority ($5,000)
  • Gamiing Nature Centre ($5,000)
  • Greening Nipissing/Ecologisation Nipissing ($7,500)
  • Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority ($5,000)
  • Grand River Conservation Foundation ($10,000)
  • Pollination Guelph ($5,000)
  • Essex Region Conservation Foundation ($5,000)
  • Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority ($5,000)
  • The Bruce Trail Conservancy ($6,000)
  • Heartland Forest Nature Experience ($5,000)
  • Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority ($5,000)
  • The Conserver Society Of Hamilton and District Inc. ($6,000)
  • Kettle Creek Conservation Authority ($5,000)
  • Brant Waterways Foundation ($5,000)
  • ReForest London ($7,500)
  • Environmental Defence Canada Inc. ($7,500)
  • The Halton Region Conservation Foundation ($5,000)
  • Lakehead Region Conservation Authority ($2,500)

QUEBEC

Fondation de la faune du Québec, $50,000: This project will design various wildlife developments to improve the quality of water and the aquatic habitats in Laval’s primary waterways. The organization will leverage the expertise it has gained from improving streams and rivers in several drainage basins in large cities around Quebec.

Comité Zone d’Intervention Prioritaire des Seigneuries, $50,000: This organization will use its grant to stabilize the embankments and stop erosion of the St. Lawrence River by placing rocks along the shoreline, planting a vegetation cover to restore the wetlands and riparian area, and educating the general public about aquatic environments.

La Croisée de Longueil Inc., $30,000: This organization will use its grant to raise awareness about rainwater management, through panels and environmental workshops that share knowledge about best management practices.

Les Amis des Jardins de Métis, $25,000: Through innovative approaches to landscaping, community consultations and the involvement of the best designers from Canada and around the world, this project will create a landscape laboratory with water as the core component.

Local organizations: $35,000 in Community Action Grants will be shared by these six local organizations in Quebec:

  • Comité Zip Saguenay ($5,000)
  • Bassin Versant Saint-Maurice ($5,000)
  • Conseil des bassins versants des Mille-Îles (COBAMIL)/Mille-Îles Watershed Council
  • (COBAMIL) ($5,000)
  • Action Saint-François ($5,000)
  • Groupe d’éducation et d’écosurveillance de l’eau ($10,000)
  • Nature-Action Québec ($5,000)

ATLANTIC CANADA

Atlantic Coastal Action Program Cape Breton, $35,000: To counter the water pollution, erosion and flooding, in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, this project will implement 12 residential rain gardens, three commercial/public rain gardens and three educational workshops to enhance stormwater management.

The Clean Nova Scotia Foundation, $40,000: The Community Stormwater Engagement Project combines youth education and action, residential stormwater management, community events and a highly visible demonstration site. This project will build capacity in the community of Yarmouth to effectively and sustainably manage stormwater. Direct measures, such as installing rain barrels and planting trees, will produce immediate improvements.

Local organizations: $47,300 in Community Action Grants will be shared by these seven local organizations in Atlantic Canada:

  • Ecology Action Centre ($10,000)
  • St. Croix International Waterway Commission ($5,000)
  • Sackville Rivers Association ($5,000)
  • PWMG-GSBP INC. ($10,000)
  • Town of Stratford ($10,000)
  • Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust ($2,500)
  • Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland Inc. ($4,800)

UNITED STATES

Lancaster Farmland Trust, $65,000 USD: The Chesapeake Bay, the world’s largest and most biologically diverse estuary is dying. Agricultural practices and unmanaged urban stormwater are dumping pollutants into the Bay each year. Lancaster Farmland Trust will develop and implement a program to provide low-cost green infrastructure solutions that will help clean up the Bay by linking together urban and rural landscapes to improve water quality and meet regulatory requirements.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watersheds Association, $60,000 USD: This project will achieve measurable improvements in water quality and freshwater habitats in three locations: Peddie Lake in Hightstown, where pollution has degraded the lake for swimming and fishing,; Harry’s Brook and the Millstone River in Princeton, where stormwater runoff is causing flooding and water pollution; and the Lower Millstone River, where dams have affected fisheries in Manville and other towns.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), $93,640 USD: The Bronx River flows along the eastern side of the Bronx Zoo, operated by the WCS. Proximity to the river significantly enhances the visitors’ experience, but poses its own issues of flooding and contaminated stormwater. WCS will implement green construction in strategic locations by building permeable pathways that will help reduce flooding and maintain a healthier flowing river.

Local organizations: $200,000 USD in Community Action Grants will be shared by these 37 organizations in the United States:

  • Great River Greening ($5,000)
  • Battenkill Conservancy- New York ($5,000)
  • Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment ($7,500)
  • Rocky Mountain College ($5,000)
  • Water- Culture Institute ($5,000)
  • Heal the Bay ($6,000)
  • Sierra Nevada Journeys ($5,000)
  • Alliance for the Great Lakes ($5,000)
  • Platte River Trails Trust ($3,000)
  • Friends of the Centennial Trail ($3,000)
  • Camp Fire USA Minnesota Council ($10,000)
  • Living Lands & Waters ($5,000)
  • Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Initiative Inc. ($10,000)
  • Friends of the Merrimack River Greenway Trail ($2,000)
  • Rocking the Boat Inc. ($10,000)
  • Maine Island Trail Association ($2,500)
  • Riverkeeper Inc. ($3,000)
  • Bronx River Alliance Inc. ($3,000)
  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watersheds Association ($3,000)
  • Otsego Land Trust Inc ($3,000)
  • Save the River Inc. ($10,000)
  • Friends of Casco Bay ($4,000)
  • Great Swamp Watershed Association ($5,000)
  • Stroud Water Research Center ($10,000)
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum ($5,000)
  • Door County Community Foundation Inc. ($5,000)
  • Thousand Islands Land Trust Inc.($3,500)
  • Northwest Environmental Defence Center ($2,000)
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum ($7,500)
  • National Audubon Society, Inc. ($6,000)
  • Saratoga PLAN (preserving land and nature) ($10,000)
  • Hudson Highlands Land Trust Inc. ($2,500)
  • Delaware Futures Inc. ($3,000)
  • Gundalow Company ($4,000)
  • Conservation Lands Foundation ($10,000)
  • Scenic Hudson Inc. ($6,500)
  • Friends of the Mississippi River ($5,000)

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

Landcare Australia, $10,000: The organization’s Protecting Our Urban Waterways Program will engage community volunteers in a range of urban water conservation activities including water quality monitoring, garbage and weed removal. Landcare Australia will work with a number of local organizations to coordinate on the ground activities and encourage engagement by local volunteers to protect and restore urban waterways in the Greater Sydney region.

Peter Cullen Water and Environment Ltd, $40,000: The Trust Leadership Program develops water leaders’ awareness of urban water issues, communication and leadership skills in order to become better influencers for critical water management decision-making. Successful graduates are awarded a Peter Cullen Trust (PCT) Fellowship and receive ongoing mentoring from Australian senior leaders, and raise awareness of urban water issues within their organizations, communities, states and around Australia.

CHILE

Fundación Kennedy para la conservación de los Humedales, $20,000: Laguna El Peral is an important protected area off the coast of central Chile. Due to climate change and urban development, the lake has suffered significant degradation. Fundación Kennedy will estimate the deficit in the water balance of the lake as well as engage the residents to assist in recording the systems of sewage disposal and evaluate possible treatment alternatives. The newly gathered information will help design a system of artificial supply of treated wastewater.

CHINA

The Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities, $10,000: Rapid economic growth and intensive agricultural practices have resulted in the degradation of water quality, putting the country’s natural resources under threat. This project will engage students and community members along the Dong River to and encourage them to become active participants in sustainable water resource management and inspire the broader community to take action.

THE BAHAMAS

The College of The Bahamas, $75,000: In partnership with the Water and Sewerage Corporation, The Nature Conservancy, and other hotel industry partners, the College will raise awareness on the important role water plays in maintaining the tourism industry in the capital city of Nassau as well as promote effective conservation and management of the city’s water resources.

UNITED KINGDOM

Durrell Wildife Conservation Trust, $75,000: The Managing Blue Water at Durrell Wildlife Park project will monitor and reduce water use from bore holes and increase sustainability of operations in the park site. The project will also promote responsible water usage among the public and frequent park visitors including school children.

The Woodland Trust, $50,000: The Natur Flow project promotes the benefits of managing and restoring natural habitats through sustainable natural alternatives to traditional flood risk management. It will reduce local flood risk across the Sussex River using natural in-stream and floodplain interventions, engaging with the local community to perform audits and highlight the ways that everyone can contribute towards reduced flood risk.

The National Minority Business Council Celebrates Its 42nd Anniversary And Awards Program

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New York, New York – June 9th, 2014 – On June 18th, 2014 The National Minority Business Council, Inc. at its Forty-Second (42nd) anniversary celebration and awards program which will be held at BNY Mellon’s downtown location and will honor PepsiCo, National Grid and Avis Budget Group for their outstanding corporate diversity programs. The NMBC will also honor two women-owned enterprises: Prism Visual Software, Inc. and Avante Contracting Corporation, Inc. As well as one veteran-owned business: Veterans Sourcing Group. The awards program will be proceeded by a reception for all guests in attendance. The program will begin at 5:30pm and conclude at 8pm – advanced registration is required and can be done by going to nmbc.org/news & events. 

The outstanding corporate diversity award for PepsiCo was decided by the NMBC Board of Directors based on its exemplary record of diversity initiatives in the work place, in the communities that it is located around the world and its first class corporate supplier diversity program; which translates into aggressive purchasing of goods and services from women, minority, veterans, disabled and the LGBT community suppliers throughout the United States and its territories. PepsiCo has been a long time supporter of NMBC programs and services and is the corporate founder of the Minority Business Hall of Fame & Museum which is based at the University of Washington/ Foster School of Business in Seattle, WA.

Our other two outstanding corporate diversity awardees are National Grid, a global energy corporation based in Hicksville, New York and the Avis Budget Group based in Parsippany, New Jersey. Both have outstanding corporate diversity programs that support minority business enterprises through the purchase of goods and services throughout the United States. Avis Budget Group and National Grid are both long time supporters of the NMBC’s educational initiative through its executive management program as well its procurement opportunity luncheon series which is conducted on a quarterly basis for its membership. They also have strong work-place diversity programs, which encourages equal opportunity in hiring and promoting within its diverse work force as well as other employee support programs and initiatives.

Our women-owned enterprise awardees are Prism Visual Software, Inc. and Avante Contracting Company, Inc. Prism Visual Software, Inc. provides operational route accounting software systems for route sales and has been a member of the NMBC, Inc. since 1994. They serve clients through their visual software in the following industries: Home care, Food distribution and Water treatment to name a few. It was established in 1988 by Ms. Lorraine Keating who serves as Chief Executive Officer. Our other woman-owned enterprise awardee is Avante Contracting Corporation, Inc. located in Mamaroneck, New York. They are a general contractor that performs services in a multiple range of fields for private and commercial clients. They are certified by the Better Business Bureau, are a lead-safe certified firm by the Environmental Protection Agency and a member of the American Institute of Architects. The Founder & President, Ms. Nancy Lepre is an active member of the NMBC. The Avante Contracting Corporation was established in 2001.

The company that will receive the NMBC’s outstanding veteran-owned business award is Veterans Sourcing Group. A business that was established to assist returning veterans to find employment in large and small companies that have a commitment to diversity and the utilization of returning veterans. Bob Jones is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Veterans Sourcing Group and a recipient of two Purple Hearts in the course of his military service during the Vietnam War.

“The National Minority Business Council is honored to recognize these six awardees on the organization’s 42nd Anniversary year. These companies that we will be honoring on June 18th, 2014 represent the best of the best in their respected industries as corporate citizens, women-owned business enterprises or a notable veteran-owned business led by a distinguished war hero,” stated John F. Robinson President & CEO of the NMBC, Inc. Mr. Benjamin E. Jones, NMBC Board Chairman stated, “The companies being saluted on June 18th, at the NMBC’s 42nd Anniversary celebration exemplifies for what the NMBC has been all about for the last forty-two years; providing quality business services that have helped our member companies grow and expand their businesses to levels of success beyond their dreams.”

For further information about the NMBC, please visit our website at nmbc.org.

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Children’s Health Fund Tackles Health Crisis in the Classroom Launching Healthy and Ready to Learn Initiative

First pilot school in New York City funded by Corporate Founding Partner Jaguar Land Rover With $500,000 grant to ensure students at South Bronx elementary school PS 49 are healthy and ready to learn during the 2014-15 school year

New York, NY (June 9, 2014) — Children are falling behind academically because they need glasses and can’t see the blackboard. Other students are chronically absent due to untreated asthma. Dental pain, behavioral health challenges, hearing impairments and other health barriers to learning are epidemic among children in America’s most disadvantaged families and contribute to a persistent achievement gap. Children’s Health Fund, which for 27 years has worked on the frontlines bringing health care to children in many of the country’s most economically distressed communities, announced today the launch of an innovative school-based initiative to create “Healthy and Ready to Learn Schools.” Phase one of this initiative includes three pilot schools in New York City that will embody a new partnership of health care professionals, educators, and parents to ensure that every child gets the health care and support needed to fulfill their potential. Announced today as a Corporate Founding Partner of the Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative, Jaguar Land Rover North America has provided Children’s Health Fund with a $500,000 grant through its Corporate Social Responsibility program to fund the first pilot school, a South Bronx elementary school in the nation’s poorest Congressional district.

Founded by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/activist Irwin Redlener in 1987, Children’s Health Fund created its first innovative model decades ago by building a “doctor’s office on wheels” that could bring healthcare to homeless children in New York City. Today, its national fleet of mobile medical clinics – the largest mobile pediatric service in the country – visits hundreds of schools and pre-K centers to provide primary care, dental services and mental health support to students who otherwise may not see a doctor or a dentist. Mounting evidence backs up what Children’s Health Fund doctors have been seeing on these pediatric clinics— children with untreated health conditions are struggling in school hampered by the burden of chronic conditions like asthma, undetected vision and hearing impairments, hunger and anemia from inadequate nutrition, rampant tooth decay that can lead to distracting pain, and behavioral health issues that are exacerbated by the insecurity and challenges of poverty. With the Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative, Children’s Health Fund is again creating a new model that enables healthcare professionals, educators and parents to work together to change the odds for children in poverty and give every child a chance to succeed in school.

“Teachers in the nation’s underperforming schools face a classroom that is filled with children who have untreated health problems that directly impede their capacity to learn, and we need to open our eyes to this problem and fix it,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, Co-Founder and President, Children’s Health Fund. “We are so thankful to Jaguar Land Rover for supporting our first ‘Healthy and Ready to Learn’ pilot, which will bring staff and resources to the school to facilitate robust screening protocols for health barriers to learning, aggressive follow up to ensure kids get the treatment needed for diagnosed conditions, and teacher and parent education so they can be effective partners in this effort.”

Dr. Charles Basch, Professor of Health and Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College is working with Children’s Health Fund on the design of the Children’s Health Fund initiative. He said, “Recent research has shown that the health barriers to learning that we are targeting have powerful impacts on cognition, attendance and school connectedness. While there have been prior efforts to tackle one problem or another, like getting glasses for kids or providing breakfast, a strategic and coordinated effort is what is needed to ensure that kids are healthy and ready to learn.”

“Jaguar Land Rover is honored to be Corporate Founding Partner of the Children’s Health Fund Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative,” said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “We understand the need to remove those health-related barriers that prevent children from learning in the classroom and look forward to working alongside CHF to enact positive change in the lives of students in need.”

The Jaguar Land Rover grant will fund this pilot program at PS 49, the Willis Avenue School, which is a public elementary school in the South Bronx serving over 700 children in grades pre-k through 5th. Approximately 97% of students enrolled at the school are eligible for free or reduced price lunch, and just under 20% of students are English Language Learners (ELL). In the 2012-2013 school year, 30.5% of students were chronically absent, missing 18 or more days of school.In addition to supporting this “Healthy and Ready to Learn” pilot school, Children’s Health Fund will use the Jaguar Land Rover grant to produce an guide for parents to educate them about how they can help ensure that their children are healthy and ready to learn. This guide will be distributed throughout the Children’s Health Fund national network and benefit an estimated 25,000 families.

Through the corporate social responsibility platform, Children’s Health Fund and Jaguar Land Rover will also create opportunities for employees to interact directly with the school community at the pilot school through volunteering opportunities and the involvement of the dealerships.

Last October, Children’s Health Fund released a survey, done in conjunction with the New York City Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, which highlighted some of the major issues school principals and administrators felt were barriers to learning. Nearly 63% of those surveyed said asthma was a major problem in the classroom, 57% cited vision problems, and 40% noted contagious illnesses. In addition to medical conditions, mental health and behavioral conditions were named as major classroom disruptors – 86% surveyed noted disruptive behavior as a major barrier to learning. The full report, “Crisis in the Classroom,” and more information on Children’s Health Fund can be found at childrenshealthfund.org.

Jaguar Land Rover North America Announces Grant To Children’s Health Fund To Create First “Healthy And Ready To Learn School” In South Bronx, NY

  • Jaguar Land Rover named Corporate Founding Partner of Children’s Health Fund “Healthy and Ready to Learn” initiative 
  • Jaguar Land Rover awards grant through its global corporate social responsibility platform, established to positively impact 12 million lives around the world by 2020
  • One-year grant will allow Children’s Health Fund to pilot new school-based model that brings educators, healthcare professionals and parents together to identify and remedy every child’s health barriers to learning 
  • South Bronx PS 49 elementary school selected as pilot school
  • Partnership to be announced at the Children’s Health Fund Annual Benefit on Monday, June 9

(MAHWAH, NJ) – June 9, 2014 – Jaguar Land Rover North America announced today a $500,000, one-year grant to Children’s Health Fund, which has provided high-quality healthcare to children in America’s most economically distressed urban and rural communities for 27 years. Jaguar Land Rover is awarding the grant through the company’s global corporate social responsibility platform that funds projects around the world with the collective goal of affecting 12 million people globally by 2020. Jaguar Land Rover’s grant to Children’s Health Fund will be announced at the organization’s annual gala on June 9. The grant will allow Children’s Health Fund to pilot its new school-based model of care and support – a “Healthy and Ready to Learn School” that coordinates the efforts of educators, healthcare professionals and parents to identify and remedy health barriers to learning that can seriously impede a child’s ability to perform academically.

Jaguar Land Rover is a Corporate Founding Partner of the Children’s Health Fund “Healthy and Ready to Learn” initiative, providing the resources to implement this new model at PS 49, a South Bronx elementary school in the Mott Haven neighborhood. Through intensive coordination with teachers and engagement with parents, the Healthy and Ready to Learn team supported by this grant will screen for and address health barriers to learning including asthma, poor vision, hearing problems, behavioral health issues, dental pain, anemia, lead, and hunger. Research proves that these preventable, treatable, and manageable health issues can undermine a child’s early development, learning, and educational achievement.

“Jaguar Land Rover is honored to be Corporate Founding Partner of Children’s Health Fund’s Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative,” said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “We understand the need to remove those health-related barriers that prevent children from learning in the classroom and look forward to working alongside Children’s Health Fund to enact positive change in the lives of students in need.”

“Our mobile clinics already bring health care directly to hundreds of schools across the country,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, President and Co-Founder of Children’s Health Fund, “and we know the impact that health problems can have on a child’s success in school. Our Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative brings staff and resources into the school to provide a coordinated and focused approach to make sure that any health problem that stands in the way of learning is immediately addressed. With this critical funding from Jaguar Land Rover, we have a tremendous opportunity to break down the silos between education and health care and work with parents to make sure that every child is healthy and ready to learn at our first pilot school PS 49. The lessons that we learn here will enable us to take this revolutionary new approach to scale across the country.”

Over 700 children will immediately benefit from this pilot program with enhanced screening efforts, support for behavioral health issues and curriculum enhancements to promote a healthy learning environment. In addition to supporting the Healthy and Ready to Learn pilot school, the Jaguar Land Rover grant will also fund production of a guide for parents to help them ensure their children have a healthy foundation for success in the classroom and beyond. This guide will benefit nearly 25,000 families.

In partnership with Children’s Health Fund, Jaguar Land Rover will also create opportunities for its employees to interact directly with the school community at the pilot school through volunteering opportunities and involvement of the dealerships.

Jaguar Land Rover’s corporate social responsibility platform funds projects that support education, environment, humanitarian and health, and nurturing talent with the goal of advancing knowledge and improving lives for 12 million people by 2020. Children’s Health Fund is the second North American recipient of Jaguar Land Rover’s corporate social responsibility program; in March, Jaguar Land Rover announced a $130,000, one-year grant to P.S. ARTS, an arts education nonprofit in Southern California, to enhance its programming and further extend its reach to children who would not otherwise have access to the arts in schools.

Founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/child advocate Irwin Redlener, MD, Children’s Health Fund provides pediatric mobile medical care to children living in poverty across the country. Transportation barriers often prevent children from getting vital health care so the Children’s Health Fund fleet of 50 mobile clinics brings care to them, including at hundreds of schools and pre-K centers.

80 Organizations Call On Apple’s Lisa Jackson To Stop Off-Shoring Worker Health and Safety Risks

Groups Say Workers Could Be Exposed To More Than Three Times The Amount Of Chemicals Of US Workers. Consumers Take Action With New Mock “App;” 20,000 Have So Far Signed Petition Urging Action by Apple.

WASHINGTON D.C. – June 10, 2014 – Amidst mounting consumer pressure on Apple to address worker safety in its supplier factories, 80 environmental and human rights organizations, socially responsible investment firms, and occupational health professionals from 27 countries sent a letter today to Apple Vice President of Environmental Affairs Lisa Jackson, the former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging her to live up to her legacy by halting Apple’s poisoning of Chinese workers. The cost of doing so, the groups estimate, is less than $1 per device.

Individuals wishing to take action on their smartphones to ensure the next iPhone is made without dangerous chemicals can visit www.greenamerica.org/bad-apple/app.cfm To date, 20,000 consumers have signed a petition to Apple as part of the “Bad Apple” campaign.

The groups are specifically calling on Jackson to use her influence to eliminate and replace all hazardous chemicals used in Apple’s Chinese supplier factories with safe alternatives. According to the groups, this is particularly critical for benzene and other highly hazardous chemicals which can cause cancer, reproductive and neurological harm.

At the EPA, Jackson monitored benzene levels in the water and air to ensure no one was exposed to dangerous levels of this known human carcinogen. Jackson is in a unique position to make worker health and safety a priority in her second year at the company. According to the groups, Apple’s workers could be exposed to more than three times the amount of hazardous chemicals legally permissible in the U.S.

The letter from the groups, available here (www.greenamerica.org/bad-apple/letter-to-lisa-jackson.cfm) notes that despite Apple’s Code of Conduct, 1.5 million workers are at risk for developing leukemia and other illnesses at work. Thousands of chemicals are used in the process of making electronics devices, including many chemicals known to be carcinogens, reproductive toxins, neurotoxins and others that are largely untested.

“As a global technology leader, Apple can and should be the first consumer electronics company to implement reforms to protect workers from hazardous chemicals”, said Elizabeth O’Connell, campaigns director for Green America. “Apple has the financial resources to make these changes and the global leadership to make it count. Apple is not alone in these offenses, but its leadership is needed to make worker health and safety reforms a broader priority within the technology industry.”

Ted Smith, the executive director at the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT), said: “For years Apple has carefully promoted an image that it is a company that “Thinks different”. Here is a golden opportunity for the company to really live up to this image by taking bold leadership to eliminate all hazardous chemicals that are harming the workers who make their products – most of whom are women of child-bearing age – and by replacing them with safe alternatives.”

Apple does not disclose a full list of the chemicals used in production, but two chemicals known to be used and of immediate concern include benzene and n-hexane, both of which have been linked to worker illness in Apple supplier factories. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies benzene in Group 1 as it is known to be carcinogenic to humans and the US EPA classifies benzene in Group A, as a known human carcinogen for all routes of exposure. Prolonged exposure to benzene can cause leukemia. N-hexane is a neurotoxin that can cause nerve damage.

Green America, the national non-profit leading the campaign also revealed a mock “app” for individual consumers who wish to voice their concerns to Lisa Jackson. The “Want to End Smartphone Sweatshops? There’s an App for that! “app” uses mobile technology to put pressure on Apple. www.greenamerica.org/bad-apple/app.cfm

ABOUT GREEN AMERICA

Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses, investors, and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. http://www.greenamerica.org.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR RESPONSIBLE TECHNOLOGY

International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) is an international solidarity network that promotes corporate and government accountability in the global electronics industry. Members are united by their concern for the life-cycle impacts of this industry on health, the environment, and workers’ rights. By sharing resources, they strive to build the capacity of grassroots organizations, local communities, workers and consumers, to achieve social, environmental, and economic justice.

Major U.S. Public Companies Build Their Response to Climate Regulation to Create Competitive Advantage — A New Report from CDP

New York City: In a State-by-State analysis of the business response to climate change, a new CDP report shows companies across America are factoring global warming into their business planning because they see climate action as a prudent way to build competitive advantage for their firms nationally and globally.

The new report examines the business response to climate change from 172 S&P 500 companies in nine diverse US States: California, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

“Managing global warming impacts delivers competitive advantage to US companies,” said Tom Carnac, President of CDP in North America. “We are moving from a world that’s projecting future climate risks to one that’s experiencing those risks now. Regulation can help level the playing field, allowing more companies to benefit from mitigating the risks, while speeding up the shift to a profitable low carbon economy.”

Highlights from the report include insights into:

Business opportunities

  • Companies are innovating to respond to increasing demand for energy efficient products, generating revenue and economic growth. For example, companies in the consumer discretionary sector, particularly those based in Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina, are remaking common household goods – everything from laundry detergent to building insulation to vehicle tires – to ensure they reduce carbon pollution through the full product lifecycle. 
  • California’s IT companies, such as HP, are promoting green technology to their customers to enable rapid growth of new data infrastructure.

Renewable energy

  • Of the eleven Texas energy companies represented in this paper, almost all reported that they have incorporated natural gas, wind or solar power into their energy mix. Companies like CONSOL Energy (PA) and Spectra Energy (TX) have made high value investments in renewable and alternative fuel sources. 
  • Ahead of any regulatory requirements, utilities companies like The AES Corporation (VA) and Sempra Energy (CA) are preparing for a low-carbon economy through portfolio diversification.

Risks and Disruptions

  • Across every State covered in this paper companies report current and near term risks and disruptions from extreme weather. Businesses are responding by investing in resilience to provide some measure of certainty surrounding what is often unpredictable.

Regulation

  • All companies expect some form of regulation to manage climate change.
  • Across all States covered in the report companies already identify that regulations can provide a catalyst to reduce operational costs over the long term to aid a successful transition to a low carbon economy.
  • Many report regulatory uncertainty has impeded the benefits that may derive from a level playing field. 
  • Major national and global companies, like Bank of America (NC), point to regulatory uncertainty as a factor holding back much-needed low carbon investments. 

The report is available at: https://www.cdp.net/CDPResults/CDP-state-by-state-report-2014.pdf

About CDP:

CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 767 institutional investors with assets of US$92 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate-change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.

Please visit www.cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.

UBS Marks 21-Year Partnership with Art Basel

Swiss Artist John Armleder to create monumental installation for the UBS Lounge.

UBS is also supporting ‘14 Rooms’, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist and designed by Herzog & de Meuron, featuring live art by notable artists including Marina Abramović, Allora & Calzadilla, Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, and Xu Zhen

Zurich, New York, 10 June 2014 – This month UBS — a longstanding global patron of contemporary art — marks its 21st year of support for Art Basel in Basel, the world’s premier international Modern and contemporary art show. This partnership has prospered and grown throughout the years with UBS assuming the role of global Lead Partner for all Art Basel shows in 2013, most recently including Art Basel in Hong Kong. On the occasion of the 2014 edition of Art Basel, UBS has commissioned Swiss artist John Armleder to create a monumental installation for the UBS lounge to complement one of the artist’s Pour Paintings from the UBS Art Collection that will also be on view. UBS is also Lead Partner of ‘14 Rooms,’ a major exhibition organized by the Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel, and Theater Basel that will be on view in Basel from June 14 to 22, 2014.

“On the heels of our first year participating at Art Basel in Hong Kong, and as we embark on our 21st year here at Basel, we are reminded what makes UBS’s relationship with Art Basel such a very special one,” stated Jürg Zeltner, CEO UBS Wealth Management. “Collecting is at the heart of our longstanding, global support of contemporary art, and, as Art Basel has grown, so has our continuing commitment to the organization, making the partnership an ideal fit as it reflects the firm’s and our clients’ interests in the dynamic and ever-expanding art world.”

UBS is home to one of the world’s most distinguished corporate art collections. It also serves as an active partner in global contemporary art projects and is a source of information and insight for investors and collectors through its UBS Arts Forum and UBS Art Competence Center.

For the UBS Lounge, John Armleder has created a large scale installation (approximately 30 feet by 10 feet) of custom designed wallpaper, which relates to the artist’s ongoing exploration of the limits of surface and support and the way contemporary art is displayed and perceived. In addition, Armleder’s Untitled (Pour Painting) (Mixed media on canvas, 300 x 450 cm), created in 1993 and part of the UBS Art Collection, will be prominently featured in the main area of the lounge. The artwork was initially commissioned for UBS’s office in Geneva and forms part of the artist’s ongoing series of Pour Paintings, in which Armleder recycles art historical impulses such as Abstract Expressionism and Color Field paintings. The metallic, rainbow colors of Untitled (Pour Painting) also served as an inspiration for the pattern of the wallpaper in the Lounge, featuring the iconic image of flint. The design has been printed first on traditional wall paper with a digital inkjet technique and then laminated on the surface with a decorative film to create an additional three dimensional effect.

The public will have access to the UBS Art Hub in Hall 1, where show visitors will be able to share their impressions of Art Basel on camera, and their comments will then be integrated with statements by art experts. The combined footage will later be on view in the UBS booth, as well as UBS’s newly built video portal (http://www.ubs.com/artstudio) and social media channels during the fair. Also on view at the UBS Art Hub will be projected video footage of select UBS & the Arts projects.

In addition to its role as global Lead Partner of Art Basel, UBS is providing support for ‘14 Rooms,’ a major exhibition curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist that features performative works by artists including Marina Abramović, Allora and Calzadilla, Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, and Xu Zhen. ‘14 Rooms’ is a collaboration among Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel, and Theater Basel, and will be accompanied by an education program conceived and run by Fondation Beyeler. The exhibition is designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.

UBS is also arranging special behind-the-scenes video footage of the performances, including the castings, interviews with the artists, rehearsals, and the final performances. These videos will be available on http://www.ubs.com/artstudio set to launch on June 13.

‘14 Rooms’ will be staged from June 14 to 22, 2014 in Hall 3 of Messe Basel, walking distance from Messeplatz. The project was originally commissioned as ‘11 Rooms’ by Manchester International Festival in July 2011, as ‘12 Rooms’ at the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNALE 2012-2014 and as ‘13 Rooms‘ by Kaldor Public Art Projects at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay in April 2013. For each edition, the list of artists has partially changed. While the artists themselves are not present in these works, they instruct performers on how to act out their specifications, resulting in over 70 performers – primarily from the Basel region – taking part in the exhibition.

Art Basel in Basel, held at Halls 1 and 2 of Messe Basel at Messeplatz from June 19 to 22, 2014 is a premier art world destination and features 285 leading international galleries, drawn from countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, representing the work of more than 4,000 artists.

UBS & Contemporary Art

UBS has a long and substantial record of engagement in contemporary art, and actively enables clients and audiences to participate in the international conversation about art and the global art market through its contemporary art platform. At the core of UBS’s extensive art sponsorship portfolio is its long-term global support for the premier international Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, for which they serve as global Lead Partner, as well as a global partnership with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. The UBS global art sponsorship activities are complemented by a number of regional partnerships including the Swiss Institute in New York, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. UBS is also active in the contemporary art world through the UBS Art Collection, through the expertise of the UBS Art Competence Center, and as a source of information and insight for investors and collectors through its UBS Arts Forum.

About UBS

UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-eminent global wealth management businesses and its leading universal bank in Switzerland. Together with a client-focused Investment Bank and a strong, well-diversified Global Asset Management business, UBS will expand its premier wealth management franchise and drive further growth across the Group.

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 countries, with about 35% of its employees working in the Americas, 36% in Switzerland, 17% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and 12% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs about 61,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

About Art Basel

Art Basel stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the world, each show’s singular exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration, and new contacts in the art world. artbasel.com

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The School of American Ballet’s Workshop Performance Benefit 2014 Celebrated 50 years of Workshop Performances at SAB with Mae L. Wien Awards presented to Dena Abergel, Lyrica Blankfein, Christopher Grant, Baily Jones, Addie Tapp Raised Nearly $860,000 for Scholarships and School Programs

at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The School of American Ballet’s Workshop Performance Benefit 2014 on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 celebrated 50 years of these annual performances and raised nearly $860,000 for scholarships and school programs. The evening began with cocktails at 5:30pm in Juilliard’s Morse Hall, followed by the presentation of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Service to Dena Abergel, SAB faculty member and NYCB Children’s Ballet Master, and Wien Awards for Outstanding Promise to Lyrica Blankfein, Christopher Grant, Baily Jones, and Addie Tapp.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Workshop Performance Benefit exceeded our original goal,” said Margie Van Dercook, executive director of The School of American Ballet. “We gathered to celebrate five decades of these annual performances – the culmination of each year’s work for the students – and the tremendous generosity of our attendees, donors and sponsors capped off a terrific evening.”

The night continued with the performance, attended by more than 800 guests, followed by dinner and dancing at 9pm. The dinner was attended by 550 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni, as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities. Notable attendees during the evening included: Peter Martins & Darci Kistler, Kay Mazzo & Albert Bellas, Tyler Angle, Liz Armstrong, Yvonne Borree, Ashley Bouder, Peter Boal, Christopher d’Amboise, Lisa de Ribere, Benan & Tom Ellis, Fe Fendi, Joyce & Bob Giuffra, Jill Kargman, Susan R. Kessler, Julia & David H. Koch, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Amy Newman & Bud Shulman, Alexandra & John Galantic, Kaitlyn Gilliland, Katrina Killian, Andrei Kramarevsky, James Lipton & Kedakai Turner, Lourdes Lopez, Sara Mearns, Arthur Mitchell, Susan Pilarre, Brynn Putnam, Suki Schorer, Erica Sheftman, Jock Soto, Jonathan Stafford, Phyllis Toohey, Edward Villela, Sheryl Ware, Heather Watts, and Damian Woetzel.

The Workshop Performance Benefit is The School of American Ballet’s most anticipated event of the year. The annual Workshop Performances are SAB’s only public performances and a rare opportunity to get a sneak preview of the ballet world’s up and coming young stars. A Benefit Dinner follows the Tuesday evening performance at Lincoln Center, and attracts more than 550 arts patrons, corporate VIPs and New York’s social elite for a seated dinner and dancing in the SAB studios, which are transformed into elegant dining rooms for the evening.

This year’s event was headed by Chairmen Liz Armstrong, Benan and Tom Ellis, Joyce and Bob Giuffra, Susan R. Kessler, Amy Newman and Bud Shulman; Corporate Chairmen Alexandra and John Galantic; and Young Patron Chairmen Brynn Putnam and Erica Sheftman. Wines donated by Epoch Estate Wines.

In 1964, Alexandra Danilova, George Balanchine’s former classmate at the Imperial Ballet and a leading ballerina of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo joined SAB’s faculty. In 1965, Madame Danilova established SAB’s annual year-end Workshop Performances, giving the School’s advanced students an opportunity to participate in professionally staged, publicly performed productions of classic ballet works. Since its inception, the Workshop Performances have seen hundreds of SAB’s advanced students make their public debut as they prepare to leave SAB and go on to dance on the world’s top stages. The New York Times coined Workshop a “spot-them-before-they-are-stars showcase”. Scores of notable SAB alumni have performed at Workshop, including Merrill Ashley, Peter Boal, Maria Kowroski, Lourdes Lopez, Sara Mearns, Benjamin Millepied, Ethan Stiefel, and Wendy Whelan.

The 2014 Workshop Performances program included Balanchine’s Serenade (staged by Suki Schorer); and excerpts from Coppélia (staged by Dena Abergel, Yvonne Borree, Arch Higgins, Katrina Killian, Lisa de Ribere, Jock Soto and Sheryl Ware), Swan Lake (staged by Darci Kistler) and Western Symphony (staged by Susan Pilarre).

ABOUT SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET

The School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company.

SAB, located at New York City’s Lincoln Center, is the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB’s former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies.

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