This category includes articles that apply to social good in general and may include policy, practice and other stories relevant to everyone.
This category includes articles that apply to social good in general and may include policy, practice and other stories relevant to everyone.
Community Foundation to host annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 1 at The Nittany Lion Inn
Press Release – STATE COLLEGE, PA – Centre Foundation will host its annual end-of-year dinner on Thursday, Nov. 1 at The Nittany Lion Inn to celebrate another successful year of philanthropy in Centre County.
At the dinner, Centre Foundation will announce the newest Centre Inspires project and the 2018 Oak Tree Award winner, recognized for his/her service, commitment, and passion for the foundation. The program will also highlight the accomplishments of Strawberry Fields’ Good Day Café, the recipient of the 2017 Centre Inspires grant.
Guests should register online by Oct. 26. Attendance at the dinner costs $100 per person.
Centre Foundation believes in the organizations that are working to create a better future for the community. Each year, Centre Foundation distributes hundreds of grants to nonprofits in order to continue making Centre County the best place to live, work, and play.
“The generosity of Centre County continues to amaze me,” expressed Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “I hope that you will join us to celebrate all that we have accomplished as a community this year.”
Centre Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving to create a vibrant community.
— Addressing Gender Equity in STEM, ‘Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist’ to Encourage the Next Generation of Leaders in STEM —
Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, October 15, 2018) – Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist – a national initiative to spark girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The program will provide educators, Girl Scout troop leaders, and families with standards-aligned curriculum aimed at addressing gender equity in STEM education through a series of girl-led, girl-tested and girl-approved resources for students in grades 2-5.
The initiative launches with the Unleash Your Citizen Scientist Virtual Field Trip, premiering on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT, and will transport students and their teachers from the walls of their schools to a STEM-focused adventure camp alongside the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas at their STEM Center of Excellence. The girl-led adventure will inspire the use of scientific method by all students to help build a better world. Educators, parents and students are welcomed to register for the virtual event here. Viewers are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd, @GirlScouts, and other experts for a LIVE Twitter chat during the premiere by submitting questions and sending pictures using #CitizenScientistVFT.
“We are excited to collaborate with Discovery Education to inspire young students to dream big as they explore all of the amazing opportunities available to them in STEM fields,” said GSUSA CEO and former rocket scientist Sylvia Acevedo. “We know how important it is to introduce girls to STEM at a young age so that they can see themselves as the scientists, engineers, astronauts, designers, programmers, coders, and creators of the future—and so they know that the possibilities are truly endless.”
Recent findings from the Girl Scout Research Institute’s Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math show 92 percent of girls interested in STEM fields believe they are smart enough to have a career in STEM. However, women continue to be underrepresented in these fields. Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist aims to change this trend by cultivating girls’ early interest in STEM and associated careers.
“We are proud to join Girl Scouts of the USA in their important work to open STEM pathways for girls by increasing their exposure to STEM’s role in making the world a better place,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist is designed to build girls’ confidence in their problem-solving abilities, and together, we will inspire a new generation of women leaders to pursue careers in STEM.”
Leveraging no-cost, digitally immersive, standards-aligned curriculum – including educator resources and virtual experiences – Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist will spark girls’ interest in STEM and prepare them for the future. Girl Scouts has been the preeminent leadership development organization for girls for over a century, offering opportunities to explore fields like STEM and entrepreneurship in which women are traditionally underrepresented, in a safe all-girl space where they can build confidence and take healthy risks.
“‘Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist’ will encourage all students—including girls—to see themselves as emerging solution-seekers who aspire to make positive change,” said Karie Hutner, Education Technology Coach, Verona School District, Wisconsin. “Discovery Education and Girl Scouts’ collaboration to ensure that a new generation of young scientists are intrigued by real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math will equip young innovators with the tools needed to advance our world.”
Resources to expand STEM opportunities and create a more equitable future are available at no cost at GirlsLeadSTEM.com, they will also be available through Discovery Education Streaming. Additionally, these resources are available for use in and out of the classroom. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest @DiscoveryEd. To join or volunteer for Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscouts.org.
Jaap Smit, Commissioner of the King for the province of South Holland, will hand out the Nudge Global Impact Awards
Press Release – Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15 October, 2018 – the 9th Nudge Global Impact Challenge starts today (15 – 17 October). 90 young talented professionals from all over the world are participating in this life-changing leadership programme about sustainability and impact creation. They represent global organisations such as Heineken, Danone, Ferrero, BMW Group, Rabobank, Philips, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Nutreco and ABN AMRO. The programme creates a change in the leadership of the next generation of global business and society leaders, resulting in greater global impact on sustainability. The Nudge Summit on 16 October in the Peace Palace is the highlight of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge. Current and future leaders will connect and commit to make change happen.
Nudge Global Impact Award
During the Nudge Summit, Jaap Smit, Commissioner of the King for the province of South Holland, will hand out the Nudge Global Impact Awards. This prize celebrates the positive impact on society and the world that the participants of the Challenge are achieving through the realisation of their Sustainability Impact Plan. Nudge partnered up with the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to assess the impact made by participants, from which six finalists were determined. A jury will choose three Selected Awardees who will win a Nudge Global Impact Award.
Jan van Betten, founder of Nudge:
“Nudge focuses on impact. The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is the instrument for young professionals and their organisations to realise change and impact. Changing the lives of one billion people in a positive way and tackling global issues. Is it possible when you are 23 years old? Yes, you can when you know how to mobilise your organisation towards doing business for good. Nudge realises the worldwide impact our alumni have created, it is about time to award them for that.”
Nudge Summit in the Peace Palace
At the Nudge Summit on 16 October, over 200 CEOs, politicians, scientists and young future leaders in sustainability will connect and commit to make change happen. This year’s theme of the Challenge, ‘Towards a Circular Economy. Gearing up young leaders for new perspectives on leadership, culture and technology’ deserves a grand location, hence, the Summit will be held in the Peace Palace in The Hague (International City of Peace and Justice). The keynote speaker will be Martijn Lampert (Research Director, Motivaction International). He will share the results of the Glocalities global survey report, inspired by Nelson Mandela’s dream to eradicate poverty, titled ‘Increasing knowledge and activating Millennials for making poverty history’.
Partners of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge are: Circl, AsianNGO, B Lab Europe, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Ferrero, Fred Foundation, Global Shapers, Heineken International, India Connected, LeaderScope, MasterPeace, Netvlies, OPEN (One Planet Education Networks), Plastic Soup Foundation, Seedlink, Tony’s Chocolonely, Triodos Foundation, Unilever, VU University Amsterdam and Wageningen University & Research.
Founded in 2010, Nudge strives towards a sustainable society. Nudge is a social enterprise and B Corp based in The Netherlands. Nudge connects people and organisations with its online platform in order to achieve grassroots initiatives that bring a positive and long-lasting change in our society. By facilitating bottom-up initiatives, Nudge offers perspectives for action that are accessible to everyone. Nudge invites everyone to take action and make a positive contribution to society. Over 65,500 people and approximately 200 organisations in the Netherlands are members of the Nudge community and this number is increasing daily.
About the Nudge Global Impact Challenge
The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is a life-changing development programme and competition for the best young talents in the world who want to advance their leadership skills in sustainability and impact creation. More information can be found here.
– Opening events feature a dedication and gala party celebrating the $60 million state-of-the-art theater and educational facility –
Press Release – PITTSBURGH, PA – After 28 months of construction, the meticulous deconstruction and reconstruction of three historic-facades, and the unprecedented restoration of a 22 stained-glass-paneled ceiling from Pittsburgh’s historic Stock Exchange Building, the gleaming new Pittsburgh Playhouse is ready for its close-up.
Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University officially opens its doors on Thursday, October 11 with a dedication ceremony for University trustees, civic and community leaders. On Saturday, October 13, the Pittsburgh Playhouse hosts a ticketed gala event that will include an elegant reception, performance, dinner and dancing.
“We are thrilled to finally pull back the curtain on this amazing new entertainment center in Downtown Pittsburgh,” said Point Park University president Paul Hennigan. “For those of us who have been a part of seeing this building come to life, it’s a very special moment.”
A 90,411 square-foot theater complex, the Playhouse features a total of 91 rooms including a magnificent lobby with a three story wide-open space with a grand staircase and tucked-in spaces for students to gather; 550-seat PNC Theatre whose backstage is visible from the street, offering a glimpse into performing arts classes; main floor which includes a paint shop, 2,738-square-foot soundstage three stories high, 15-foot-high catwalk and 24-foot-high ceilings to provide professional-level learning opportunities to students in multiple disciplines, including cinematography, audio work, lighting work and aesthetics.
The new Playhouse will become a staging ground for innovative plays and musicals in collaboration with national entertainment production companies, bringing top-notch talent to Pittsburgh. As the Playhouse fuels further cultural development of downtown Pittsburgh, a greater number of professional performances will be lured to the city.
Designed to be a learning laboratory for all Point Park students, the new Playhouse will serve more than just those enrolled in the University’s prestigious Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Students from across the academic community will have experiential learning opportunities that include aspects of producing, marketing, management, ticketing and programming. In addition, the Playhouse will collaborate with the University’s Rowland School of Business and Center for Media Innovation on events, lectures and related programming.
“This is a unique component of the new Playhouse and was a key driver in its design and mission. We believe the cross-disciplinary opportunities it will provide students will be unrivaled in our region,” said Hennigan.
For Pittsburgh’s Downtown economy and community, having another exceptional cultural attraction in the Central Business District will continue to help drive visitors to the area.
The new Playhouse’s first season runs from October 26, 2018, through April 14, 2019 and features the award-winning musicals Cabaret and Sunday in the Park with George as well as the Broadway smash, History Boys.
For more information on Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University, visit https://www.pointpark.edu/PghPlayhouse/index.
Benefit Concert will take place at Barclays Center on October 23, 2018
Press Release – Today, global music and entertainment streaming platform TIDAL announced the lineup for the 4th Annual “TIDAL X: Brooklyn” philanthropic concert will include performances from Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Meek Mill, Anderson .Paak, Kaskade, Normani, Kodak Black, Teyana Taylor, Bazzi, Lil Skies, Mozart La Para, Black Thought, Queen Naija, The Lox, Vic Mensa, BlocBoy JB, DaniLeigh, Danielle Bradbery, Jay Critch, Snoh Aalegra, SiR, Westside Gunn, Conway, Arin Ray, Jacob Banks, Cautious Clay and Patrick Droney.
This year’s performers are coming together to support criminal justice reform across the country. Thanks to this year’s sponsors including Puma, D’USSE, American Family Insurance, Stoli Crushed, Sprint and Barclays Center, one hundred percent of net ticket proceeds and donations will support criminal justice reform non-profit organizations such as #Cut50, Equal Justice Initiative and Innocence Project and REFORM.
Fans worldwide can learn more, purchase tickets, make donations and tune-in to the show’s livestream on October 23rd here: TIDAL.com/BROOKLYN.
Over the past three years, the TIDAL X benefit concerts have raised more than $10 million for social justice, disaster relief & recovery, and education causes. Each year, iconic superstars and emerging artists support those in need around the world and past performers have included Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Alessia Cara, Jessie Reyez, Usher, Common and many more.
TIDAL X: BROOKLYN furthers TIDAL’s commitment to supporting philanthropic endeavors and key social issues that the music community is passionate about, including Lil Wayne’s Social Wave For Change, T.I.’s TIDAL X: Money Talk Education Challenge as well as social justice initiatives from A$AP Ferg, The LOX, Damian Marley, Dec. 99th and more.
TIDAL is an artist-owned global music and entertainment platform that brings artists and fans closer together through unique original content and exclusive events.
Available in 53 countries, the streaming service has more than 58 million songs and 240,000 high quality videos in its catalog along with original video series, podcasts, thousands of expertly curated playlists and artist discovery via TIDAL Rising. With the commitment of its owners to create a more sustainable model for the music industry, TIDAL is available in premium and HiFi tiers—which includes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) recordings.
For more information, please visit www.tidal.com.
Chaffinches are anything but chuffed as leg lesions are found to peak during winter season
Press Release – Observations collected by citizen scientists have helped vets at the international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) investigate the occurrence of a condition that affects British finches. The latest study published in Scientific Reports shows that reports of leg lesions peak in winter, from March to November, which may be linked to the annual influx of migratory Chaffinches from mainland Europe.
Leg lesions, commonly known as ‘scaly leg’ or ‘tassel foot’, are growths on the legs and feet seen in finches in Britain and mainland Europe. Leg lesions in Chaffinches are one of the most frequently observed signs of ill health in British garden birds, and have been known to occur for decades. Up until now there has been no large-scale study of this condition, and it has been unclear if it is more common at particular times of the year or in particular regions of Great Britain. Weekly records of the presence of leg lesions in garden birds, received from volunteers taking part in the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden BirdWatch survey, alongside reports from members of the public received via the Garden Wildlife Health website, have allowed us to answer these questions for the first time.
Each week an average of 3 – 4% of BTO Garden BirdWatchers recording Chaffinches see a bird with leg lesions in their garden, with a widespread distribution across Great Britain. However, there is clear seasonality in reporting with a peak from November to March. Whilst Chaffinches occur in Britain throughout the year, higher numbers of these birds are reported during the winter months, as a result of an influx of migratory birds from mainland Europe, and it is thought that this is related to the winter peak in leg lesions.
Chaffinches are by far the most likely bird you’ll see with leg lesions in your garden, but this condition has been reported less commonly in a number of other finch species, including Brambling, Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch. Results from post-mortem examinations of just over a thousand finches in Great Britain have identified two causes of this type of leg lesion; a virus (Fringilla coelebs papillomavirus) and mites (Cnemidocoptes).
Dr Becki Lawson from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology said: “Leg lesions in finches are highly visible and can generate public concern for animal welfare. Whilst birds with severe lesions can become lame or increasingly vulnerable to predation, most affected birds continue to behave normally. The majority of reports involve individual affected birds rather than outbreaks involving large numbers of birds. Our study did not find leg lesions as a common cause of death and there is no evidence that this condition poses a threat to conservation.”
Kate Risely from BTO commented “Thousands of people report their garden wildlife sightings to Garden BirdWatch every week. While it can be upsetting to see birds with health problems, these results show that regular reporting of symptoms can help us learn about large-scale patterns when used in conjunction with one-off reports. We are very grateful to everyone who reports their sightings to BTO and to Garden Wildlife Health.”
Both the mite and viral infection that cause leg lesions are thought to be transmitted by contact. Good hygiene measures such as cleaning bird feeders are recommended as a routine to minimise transmission of disease at feeding stations.
You can learn more about maintaining good hygiene and help our research at the Garden Wildlife Health website (www.gardenwildlifehealth.org).
If you enjoy watching your garden birds you can also help by taking part in the weekly BTO’s Garden BirdWatch survey. This study was conducted in collaboration with scientists at the British Trust for Ornithology, the Complutense University of Madrid and Linnaeus University, among others.
Lawson, B. Robinson, R. A., Fernandez, Rodriguez-Ramos, J., John, S. K., Benitez, L., Tolf, Col., Risely, K., Toms, M. P., Cunningham, A. A., Williams, R. A. J. (2018) Spatio-temporal dynamics and aetiology of proliferative leg skin lesions in wild British finches. Scientific Reports. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32255-y
Artist & Fashion Photographer Giuliano Bekor Reveals “Transcendence” Collection to Benefit The Foundation for Living Beauty for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Press Release – OCTOBER 2018 – (LOS ANGELES, CA) In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Artist & Fashion Photographer Giuliano Bekor presents TRANSCENDENCE, a collection of fine art photography benefiting the Foundation for Living Beauty and drawing inspiration from their mission to Educate, Uplift and Empower women along their cancer journeys.
TRANSCENDENCE is a collection of limited edition, powerful, fine art photography that highlights the courage of female cancer survivors as seen through the eyes of photographer Giuliano Bekor, paying tribute to the body’s power to heal, renew and “transcend” into a state of harmony and bliss. Blending the profound mission embodied by the Foundation for Living Beauty with his visionary techniques, Giuliano Bekor projects real breast cancer cells onto the body of his models, challenging viewers to overcome social taboos attached to the disease.
“The collection brings a sense of universality, emphasizing the progression of self through concept and color. It shows the surpassing of inner battles and the transition into a higher and limitless state. The idea is to capture evolutions on a cellular level, using the body as a canvas to project its wonders and the beauty found within. Analyzing the entire collection, one comes across frequent states of duality, mirrored bodies, different hypostasis of the breast, and the “kiss of life.” Each key element is a messenger, revealing our ability to transcend the limitations of the physical realm” Says Giuliano Bekor.
Celebrated American Art Critic Peter Frank reflects on Giuliano Bekor’s TRANSCENDENCE collection and writes:
“What if we could turn pain and deformity into beauty and delight? The quest to do just that – to take the body’s wounds and failures and turn them, without perversity, into glorious apparition – drives the series of photographs Giuliano Bekor has titled “Transcendence.” Peter Frank (full essay available here).
FROM GIULIANO BEKOR’S TRANSCENDENCE COLLECTION: “LBL10” & LBL18, LIMITED EDITION
Bekor will reveal his powerful collection of photography through an exhibit curated in collaboration of Wendy Posner of Posner Fine Arts, open to the public starting from October 24th, 2018 and housed at the renowned art and design gallery Leclaireur Los Angeles, located in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District, Los Angeles. Staying true to her family’s reputation as ‘avant gardists’ for an early adoption of brands like Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela and Comme des Garcons in their European locations, Leclaireur LA’s Founder Meryl Hadida-Shabani has been showcasing Giuliano Bekor’s Art since the gallery’s opening in 2016.
Prior to the official unveiling to the public, TRANSCENDENCE will be privately showcased to a select group of renowned art collectors, celebrity supporters and social influencers through a dinner hosted by the Foundation at Leclaireur Los Angeles. Roman Michelin Starred-Chef Cristina Bowerman will be curating a menu for this occasion that is meant to ‘transcend’ guests to Rome for one night only as they discover the art.
The collection will subsequently be celebrated through a ticketed Gala and Cocktail Party on October 23rd. (Ticket sale benefits the Foundation For Living Beauty, Tickets can be found with limited availability of the Foundation’s official website).
National Trust for Historic Preservation to boost effort to restore and reimagine home of great significance to the highly acclaimed musicians
Press Release – Washington (October 9, 2018) – The Long Island home of John Coltrane, the pioneering jazz musician and composer, and his wife Alice Coltrane, an accomplished and influential musician and spiritual leader, was named a National Treasure today by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust will bring its nearly 70 years of expertise to help the Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills (aka “The John and Alice Coltrane Home) implement a vision for the property—now vacant and in disrepair but largely intact. This campaign will be undertaken through the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, an initiative c0-chaired by the F0rd Foundation and actress Phylicia Rashad to uncover and uplift stories of African American achievement, activism, and community.
“The Long Island home of John and Alice Coltrane is a tangible link to an extremely creative and transformative period in the personal lives and careers of two acclaimed and a talented musicians,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Restoring and reusing the home for music education and outreach presents an outstanding opportunity to honor the Coltranes’ values of innovation, creativity, hard work, and self-empowerment and bring it to life in a space so closely tied to their lives and careers.”
John Coltrane was revolutionizing the jazz world and Alice Coltrane was already a respected musician when they moved into their home on Long Island in 1964. The 1952 ranch-style house on 3.4 wooded acres in Dix Hills offered the Coltranes privacy and plenty of room to record, compose, and raise a family. John Coltrane spent his final three years in the home, a period of intense exploration and spiritual expression through music for him. “A Love Supreme,” widely regarded as a modern masterpiece that continues to influence and inspire musicians today, was composed in the upstairs bedroom. In the same home, Alice Coltrane expanded as an artist, adding harp and organ to her repertoire. Her groundbreaking recordings for Impulse! Records were made in the basement studio and stand as evidence of her triumph over the music world’s resistance to female instrumentalists at that time. She also began her path as a spiritual leader there.
“John and Alice Coltrane sought to elevate minds and hearts of society through their musical offerings,” said their daughter, Michelle Coltrane, an honorary board member of the Friends of the Coltrane Home. “The alliance with the National Trust for Historic Preservation will allow us to uphold my parents’ mission of supporting generations of artists and musicians and commemorate their achievements and values, which are deeply embodied in their legacy.”
The home’s history and the Coltranes’ legacy will inform the preservation, interpretation, and reuse of the home. The basement recording studio, for example, is envisioned as an interactive and creative space for students and musicians young and old. Additional plans will be designed to maximize the impact of the home to, in Alice Coltrane’s words, “inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the joy of making music and the creative process.”
“The John and Alice Coltrane Home project is more than the noble project of preserving and restoring the Home of two music and cultural giants of the past,” said Ron Stein, president of the Friends of the Coltrane Home. “Perhaps more than anything, it’s about the future and being a force for positive change. The Coltranes’ message is one of courage, commitment and compassion. With the Home as our base, our responsibility is to reach outward with that message to educate, lift up and inspire our youth, empower girls and young women, encourage the creative spirit in all, and bring people together around the healing and hopeful power of music. This alliance with the National Trust is a key step in getting us there.”
The National Trust named the Coltrane Home one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2011 to help raise awareness of the home’s significance and boost momentum to support its preservation. Recent preservation efforts have focused on interior mold remediation, roof replacement, rebuilding the chimney, and stabilization of the brick masonry exterior. Support from the National Trust will guide further restoration of the home and assist with planning for the use of the land, owned by the Town of Huntington, as a park. The John and Alice Coltrane Home was included in the first class of grant award recipients of The National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. A $75,000 capacity building grant will allow the hiring of a project manager to support The Friends of the Coltrane Home in its vision to rehabilitate and interpret the property.
–-‘Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World’ to Inspire Middle School Students Across the Country to Explore Energy Needs, Resource Utilization and Pathways Toward a More Sustainable Future –
Press Release – Liberty Lake, Wash. and Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, October 8, 2018) – Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities use energy and water, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World – a new initiative developed to engage and educate middle school students on the relationship between energy and water through the lens of conservation. Designed to provide access to digitally immersive and educational experiences, this inaugural Smart Cities Virtual Field Trip will premiere LIVE from Itron’s Innovation Center in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Students, educators, parents, school communities are invited to register for the event at learntoconserve.com. Also, participants are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd, @ItronInc and other experts for a LIVE Twitter chat by submitting questions ahead of time using #SmartCitiesVFT.
“Itron is thrilled to partner with Discovery Education to inspire a new generation of sustainability and conservation leaders around the world,” said Vice President of Global Marketing and Public Affairs for Itron Marina Donovan. “Itron is a technology innovator and provider of critical infrastructure services, and ‘Conservation Station’ will provide powerful pathways for our nation’s most talented pioneers – our youth – to begin to imagine how they themselves might solve for the most pressing resource challenges of our time.”
The Smart Cities Virtual Field Trip will transport students beyond the walls of their schools and learning centers for a behind the scenes tour of Itron’s Innovation Center, where they will learn about what makes a city smart and how sustainable communities play an essential role in conservation. Students will also learn the relationship between energy and water, including how innovative urban technologies are solving today’s conservation challenges. The Smart Cities Virtual Field Trip will visually connect for students how technology is helping protect sea turtles in Florida, while restoring power outages that may be caused by local lightning storms.
“We are proud to partner with Itron to introduce ‘Conservation Station,’ a dynamic digital program that helps students make the connection between STEM and a more sustainable future,” said Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer for Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “Through immersive experiences that engage young learners in the spirit of innovation, this program supports educators in their work to ignite students’ understanding of how to use STEM to build a better world.”
Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World aims to encourage a national dialogue on the importance of students’ understanding of current and future energy needs, resource utilization and conservation. The program material dives into the relationship between energy and water and how innovative technologies are working to conserve both resources through the core pillars of resourcefulness: effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability. During the spring of 2019, Itron and Discovery Education will launch the first annual Week of Resourcefulness, which will provide educators with a brand-new STEM investigation activity every day of the week. Each guide will be designed for teacher-directed, activity-based learning and will explore unexpected connections at the heart of the energy-water nexus. The initiative will provide accompanying take-home companion guides for students to continue learning outside the classroom.
“As an educator, I’m thrilled to utilize engaging educational tools that challenge my students to think about the world’s current energy and conservation needs – while inspiring them to produce 21st-century solutions that encourage resourcefulness,” said Stonegate Elementary School 5th Grade Teacher Brandon Wislocki of Irvine’s Unified School District, Calif. “I look forward to engaging my students in a ‘Conservation Station Smart Cities Virtual Field Trip’ classroom immersion to help reinforce how STEM and technology can be applied to environmental careers that help protect the planet.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.
Investment supports program to more readily connect Veterans living with service-connected Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to quality employment opportunities and improve lives
Press Release – New York, October 4, 2018, BNP Paribas is pleased to announce that it is an anchor investor into a $5.1 million fund for Veterans Coordinated Approach to Recovery and Employment (“Veterans CARE”), a Pay for Success project to improve employment outcomes for Veterans with service-connected PTSD. BNP Paribas is supporting this project in partnership with Social Finance Inc., The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Boston, the City of New York, and other participating lenders.
This investment continues to grow BNP Paribas’ Pay for Success transaction portfolio, with major investments in the United States and France. In 2016, the bank closed a credit facility for the State of Connecticut’s first Pay for Success Project (the “Connecticut Family Stability Pay for Success Project”), launched by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
Pay for Success contracts, also known as “Social Impact Bonds,” are innovative public-private partnerships that combine nonprofit expertise, private sector funding, and independent evaluation to transform the way governments respond to chronic social problems. Through this model, private capital is raised to cover upfront costs for high impact programs while repayment to private investors only occurs if the program meets predetermined performance outcomes. Independent evaluators measure the effects of the program based on specific metrics that benefit both individuals and society.
The Veterans CARE project will serve 480 Veterans over three years in New York City, Boston, Brockton, MA., and Central and Western Massachusetts. Local VA medical centers will deliver Individual Placement and Support (IPS), an evidence-based approach to supported employment, to program participants. The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (TVAMC) will oversee and monitor the project. The participating governments will repay investors if the project successfully achieves positive outcomes for participants. Measures of success include earnings level, sustained competitive employment, fidelity to the IPS model, and job satisfaction.
Bob Hawley, CEO of BNP Paribas CIB Americas & Head of Global Markets Americas stated, “BNP Paribas has a proven track record of investing in Pay for Success projects in order to drive social change across the Americas. Through the Veterans CARE project, we are determined to help improve employment possibilities for US Veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
BNP Paribas remains committed to financing sectors that have significant positive impacts on local job creation and the overall strengthening of society. As of June 30, 2018, BNP Paribas had over €1 billion of commitments in support of social entrepreneurship and microfinance, serving approximately 1,500 clients and partners. In addition, as of the end of 2017, BNP Paribas had arranged €155 billion of financings directly contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For more information regarding this project, please visit: http://socialfinance.org/news/va-partner-organizations-launch-innovative-approach-using-long-term-employment-improve-lives-veterans-ptsd/
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BNP Paribas has built a strong and diversified presence in the United States to support its client base. The bank employs close to 15,000 people and has had a presence in the USA since the late 1800s. Bank of the West serves over 2 million individuals and small & businesses through a network of around 600 branches and business centers. Large corporate and institutional clients are serviced by BNP Paribas’ Corporate & Institutional Banking franchise that has a presence in the main US cities, in addition to a global reach through a network of offices in EMEA and APAC. The bank also offers asset management services through BNP Paribas Asset Management as well as Real Estate and Fleet Services through partnerships. The Bank owns an equity stake in Nasdaq-listed First Hawaiian Bank which was previously 100% owned by BNP Paribas. . www.usa.bnpparibas
About BNP Paribas Group
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 73 countries, with more than 196,000 employees, including around 149,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific. www.group.bnpparibas