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Symantec, a U.S. computer software company puts materiality at the heart of their corporate responsibility work. We spoke to Debra McLaughlin, Sr. Manager, Corporate Responsibility at Symantec, who told us about how the company uses sustainability reporting to address its sustainability challenges and to communicate initiatives that create shared value.

UPS to Deploy First Electric Truck to Rival Cost of Conventional Fuel Vehicles

Collaboration with Workhorse Group on new, zero emission vehicles is industry first
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ATLANTA, February 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it  plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies – an industry first that is breaking a key barrier to large scale fleet adoption. The company is collaborating with Workhorse Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WKHS) to design the vehicles from the ground up, with zero tailpipe emissions.

Consumers Energy Announces Clean Energy Breakthrough Goal: 80 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions, Zero Coal by 2040

CEO Patti Poppe says it’s a Stand for Protecting the Planet and People of Michigan
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JACKSON, Mich., February 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Consumers Energy and CMS Energy today announced Consumers Energy’s plans to meet Michigan’s energy needs reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent and no longer using coal to generate electricity by 2040. The company also said today that more than 40 percent of the energy produced will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Wins 2018 Best New Car Award From Good Housekeeping

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  • As the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has an innovative, advanced hybrid powertrain and achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range.
  • Good Housekeeping screened more than 100 new vehicles, narrowing it down to the top 25 for further testing before choosing the top 12 new vehicles.
  • New vehicles were rated on safety, value, handling, design, comfort and technology.
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  • As the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has an innovative, advanced hybrid powertrain and achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range.
  • Good Housekeeping screened more than 100 new vehicles, narrowing it down to the top 25 for further testing before choosing the top 12 new vehicles.
  • New vehicles were rated on safety, value, handling, design, comfort and technology.

Green Glove Dryer Now in Every Elementary School Classroom in Jackson County

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An innovative collaboration between Consumers Energy and a Michigan business is helping keep students in over 500 elementary classrooms warm this winter.

Grid Modernization: Increasing Capital Investments To Decrease Risk

System reliability & efficiency needs are driving utilities to rely on connected technology
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Growing commitment to distributed energy resources (DER) is forcing continued modernization of the grid — and the effort shows no signs of letting up. Whether by regulatory mandate or stakeholder pressure, system upgrades are being made worldwide to support the increase in renewable energy, while making infrastructure smarter and more resilient. Historically, attention to the grid’s distribution system focused on poles and wire maintenance and upkeep, but growing connectivity between assets is requiring a more holistic approach. 

Albemarle Announces 2017 Sustainability Report on 2016 Activities

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Albemarle is pleased to present its 2017 Sustainability Report on 2016 activities. This edition marks the tenth year that Albemarle has released a sustainability report, demonstrating the company's commitment to growing in a sustainable manner.

Consumers Energy’s 130-Year History Profiled in New TV Program

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Consumers Energy has been providing energy to Michigan homes and businesses for over 130 years. That long and colorful history was the subject of a story by Jackson, Mich., television station JTV-TV. The “True Story” special gives particular emphasis to the energy provider’s connections with its hometown of Jackson, from its founding by the Foote brothers through its innovations and challenges over the last decades and more. There’s even a clip from a promotional video featuring Ronald Reagan before he became president!

Erb Institute Board Member, Tom Catania, Helps Push the Needle on Sustainability - New Energy Index for Fans Will Help Gauge Efficiency

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A new metric for fan efficiency is set to revolutionize how commercial and industrial fans are regulated and considered for utility incentive programs.  It will drive significant energy savings and technological improvements, and it will also help consumers, including system designers, contractors, and facility engineers, to properly select fans.

Schneider Electric Announces an Agreement to Build a Microgrid With an Investment of $4.5 Million

How renewable energy can be reliable to power supply during extreme weather conditions
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The recent wave of hurricanes in the US -- Harvey, Irma & Sandy -- have offered municipalities a reminder of the importance of installing assets that can provide resilient power in critical facilities. The need of the hour is to install advanced microgrids equipped with the latest technology that can perform on multiple levels during these extreme weather conditions and grid outages. Microgrids were chosen as one of the options to provide necessary resilience during inclement weather in the recent US Department of Energy’s 2017 Grid Reliability Study.

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