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Avista Employees Help the Community Share with Others


It’s part of our DNA...sharing our time, talent and treasure with those most in need in the communities Avista serves. This year is no exception.

Jordan Groves: Build Vs Buy

Jordan Groves' presentation from Source Intelligence's Virtual Symposium

In preparation for their December 4th webinar on conflict minerals filing challenges, Source Intelligence is releasing an excerpt from their virtual conflict minerals symposium.  The presentation by Jordan Groves is entitled, "Build Vs Buy" and discusses the pros and cons of self reporting vs hiring outside help to file a conflict minerals report.

As an incentive for companies that attend the upcoming webinar, a link to a new white paper about the subject of building vs buying will also be distributed.

Conflict-Free Tin Earns Twice The Price


Tin-mining companies that are certified as conflict-free are reported to be receiving double the price for their ore compared to those who are uncertified. Mines in participation of the “bag and tag” certification are earning $4/kg for tin compared to $2/kg for non certified.  But only about 10% of the of the mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are currently in the traceability system and being accepted as conflict-free.

Just in time for U.S. Conflict Minerals Reporting, New Conflict-Free Tungsten Program is Announced


In a new collaboration between the Conflict-Free Source Initiative (CFSI) and the Tungsten Industry Conflict Minerals Council (TI-CMC), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) tungsten smelters will now be able to become validated as conflict-free.  This program comes as needed help to companies that have been working to source conflict minerals in their supply chain in efforts to comply with Dodd-Frank 1502.

The Dark Shadow of Climate Change Politics


It’s disheartening that climate change remains a politically charged issue, particularly since its consequences affect everyone, everywhere, in all geographies and walks of life.

Environmental & Energy Management News Source Adds Place to Register for Webinar

Environmental Leader provides link to register for Source Intelligence’s webinar

If you stop by Environmental Leader you will be able to read articles about environmental and energy management news, and starting today you will be able to click to a “Conflict Minerals Filing Challenges” webinar. Until the presentation of the webinar on December 4th, the ad will run, briefly explaining the webinar and how to register for it.

A Dialogue with Gretchen Hancock of GE on Science-Based Sustainability Goal-Setting (Part 1)


As with many companies, General Electric is nearing the end-date for many of its sustainability goals — such as its goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2015 (from a 2004 baseline) — and so is actively gearing up for a new round of goal-setting.

Conflict-Free Mining Has Positive Impact in Community

After less than a year, benefits of local trade changes in the DRC can already be seen

In a unique move by authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last December, 70% of tax revenue created by mineral exports is now returned to local territories to be used on the communities.  This money is a reward to production territories for having mines that are involved in the conflict-free mineral trade and is to be used by them for development of their own business plans, such as the construction of a local community hall.

National Geographic, REVERB and Musicians Help Deliver Clean Water to 10,000

Early buyers keep innovative Help Build® carbon offset projects on track to reach goal of 20,000 lives changed by the end of 2014
Press Release

BURLINGTON, VT, November 25, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Through NativeEnergy’s Clean Water Campaign, National Geographic Expeditions, REVERB, and artists that work with REVERB have provided essential upfront funding for the installation of Hydraid® biosand filters in households lacking access to clean water. The Clean Water Campaign, using NativeEnergy’s Help Build™ project model, installs water filters in Kenya, Ghana, and Honduras with communities in Ethiopia and India under review for subsequent projects.


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