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General Motors Donates First-Generation Self-Driving Test Vehicle

The first-generation self-driving test vehicle is displayed in The Henry Ford Museum’s “Driving America” exhibit
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When General Motors’ self-driving technology made its debut in 2016 in Cruise Automation test vehicles on the streets of San Francisco, it marked a significant step in our journey to zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

Video | Verizon is Helping Hawaii Power Smarter

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Verizon uses smart sensors on its network to collect near real-time data across Hawaii’s power grid. This allows them to zero in on the real demands for electricity and when to deliver it. To help Hawaiian Electric reach 100% renewable energy by 2045.

Learn more about Verizon's other energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives here.

UPS Sustainability | Managing Our Network's Footprint

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At UPS, we address major issues by combining global strategies with everyday actions that collectively add up to make a big difference. We recognize the environmental challenges facing society and are committed to working throughout our value chain to help solve them.

Sharene Pierce Helps Keep the Grid Running

For Women’s History Month, she gives this student a behind-the-scenes look at her job
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This is the first in a series for Women’s History Month where female students met with women who work at Duke Energy to tour each employee’s workplace and learn about careers in the energy industry. By showing the girls careers they were unaware of, we hope to inspire them to cast aside gender roles and set their own path.

Eighth-grader Nina Cancro walked into Duke Energy’s Distribution Control Center not sure what to expect. That’s understandable because people rarely see this side of energy delivery, but Sharene Pierce was ready to give her a tour.

Eagle’s Nest: Protecting Eagles at Buck Steam Station Requires a Delicate Balance

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SPENCER — Just as the sun was rising Tuesday morning, Misti Sporer and Max Gardner walked quietly into the woods toward their goal: a gigantic bald eagle nest just below the crown of a loblolly pine.

All talking ceased once they were within about 100 feet. Gardner held back a short distance as Sporer, lead environmental scientist for Duke Energy, moved closer for a 60- to 90-minute observation period.

Sporer made notes of the motion in the nest overhead and the clues of eagle activity she could find on the ground around her.

Clearing the Air: Boeing Helps Airlines Cut Emissions

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As aviation’s global fleet doubles over the next 20 years to meet passenger and cargo demand, the industry has committed to capping the growth of carbon emissions by 2020 and then cutting them to half of what they were in 2005 by 2050.

“Boeing is significantly supporting progress with our highly efficient airplanes and our work with industry partners to improve operational efficiency. We’re also a leader in fostering the development of sustainable aviation fuel,” said Sean Newsum, director of Commercial Airplanes environmental strategy.

Why VMware’s Sustainability Team Reports to Its CTO

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One of the first companies to make an explicit link between sustainability and innovation was Nike — when it promoted its former CSO, Hannah Jones, to lead the company’s business model incubator Valiant Labs in July.

Consumers Energy Delivers $2.8 Million Incentive to General Motors for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Flint

GM Receives $13 Million in Last 10 Years for Reducing Energy Use
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FLINT, Mich., March 11, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Officials from Consumers Energy today presented General Motors with a payment worth over $2.8 million for energy-saving upgrades at the automaker’s Flint facilities that benefit the planet and Michigan’s prosperity.

“General Motors has made a commitment to sustainability, and we are pleased to work with them to take actions that are good for their customers and all of Michigan,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience.

Boeing to Offer Biofuel for Airlines to Fly New Airplanes Home

Program encourages greater use of aviation biofuels, which cut emissions by up to 80 percent
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Boeing will begin offering airlines and operators the option of powering their new commercial jet with biofuel for the flight home. The program is designed to further spur the use of sustainable aviation fuels – which cut emissions up to 80 percent – and support the aviation industry’s drive to protect the environment.

Video | Building an Inclusive Company in a Diverse World: Part 2

by Olivier Blum
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When I published this blog last year, the response was overwhelming, which can only mean that this topic is emotive, and resonates with many of us. It’s also why I was motivated to refresh it to keep the conversation going.

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