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Commitments Score Companies Olympic Gold


As London looks to "inspire a generation" with Olympic wonders, companies look to inspire consumers through new cause and CR commitments. Here's a sampling of cause and CR campaigns that are going for the gold during the 2012 Olympics:

Participating in a Cleaner World


UPS has created a strict set of offset guidelines with the goal of purchasing high quality projects that are both environmentally and socially responsible, maximizing the impact we are able to make.

These guidelines require the carbon offset program has:

SC Johnson, Ocean Spray Among Companies Presenting at Focal Point 2012

Resource efficiency, sustainable construction, biofuels, and more sessions on schedule
Press Release

(3BL Media) August 9, 2012 - Household products maker SC Johnson, consumer goods and agricultural cooperative Ocean Spray Cranberries and small-engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton are among the companies set to address Focal Point 2012: Capitalizing on Sustainable Technology.

Towards an Economics of Happiness - Part I

Guest essayist Helena Norbert-Hodge on the connection between ecological sustainability and quality of life.

by Helena Norberg-Hodge

Originally published in the Summer 2012 RSF Quarterly

General Mills Working with Farmers to Grow Sustainable Wheat


Southeastern Idaho is truly spectacular. The Rocky Mountains set an idyllic scene for the abundant fields that blanket the region, which is one of the largest producers of wheat in the country. Farmers here are typically on a crop rotation cycle that includes the famous Idaho potato, sugar beets and wheat.

Much of the wheat grown in Idaho is harvested and used in the breakfast cereals that millions of Americans enjoy every day – like Wheaties, Total and Fiber One.

Needless to say, the sustainable future of wheat is important to our business.

Marine Exchange of Southern California Goes Green

Mayor Villaraigosa, Port of Los Angeles Helps LA’s 24/7 “Vessel Traffic Control” Facility Convert to a Solar- and Wind-Powered Operation
Press Release

(3BL Media) San Pedra, CA - August 7 , 2012 - The Port of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, joined by representatives from trade and maritime industry, environmental organizations and the harbor community today launched a new era of clean energy for the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

Jay Coen Gilbert to be Opening Keynote Speaker

Impact Pioneer in Discussion with Industry Leaders
Multimedia with summary

True impact pioneer, Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab, is scheduled to present a unique overview of the impact industry in his keynote address, Past & Future: Accelerating the Impact Investing Marketplace at the Investors' Circle Fall 2012 Venture Fair & Forum, Oct 24-25 in NYC.  Jay will look at the last 20 years and impact investing's transformation from an innovative movement to a growing marketplace.

GM Foundation Provides $5,000 Grant to MACD

Press Release

(3BL Media) August 6, 2012 - With the help of GM Lansing Operations the General Motors Foundation will provide $5,000 to support the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) within the Lansing community that focus on the care and management of Michigan's natural resources.

The donation was made as part of the Foundation's Plant City Grants initiative that in 2012 will award more than $1 million to nearly 200 organizations in 43 plant cities where GM employees live and work.

Leonardo Academy Launches KickStarter Project to Restore Prairie

Press Release

(3BL Media) Madison, WI - August 6, 2012 - Leonardo Academy announced the launching of a KickStarter.com project, an online threshold pledge system for funding projects, to restore a prairie and create a pictorial history of this prairie restoration project at the Valley Ridge Preserve. The Valley Ridge Preserve is a 145-acre parcel located in the Driftless Region (non-glaciated) of southwestern Wisconsin, near Richland Center.

Waste Management Continues to Help Keep America Beautiful Improve Community Environments Across the Nation

Waste Management Awards 10 Think Green® Grants to KAB Affiliates for Innovative Projects and Programs
Press Release

(3BL Media) Stamford, CT - Aug. 6, 2012 - National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) announced today that Waste Management (NYSE: WM) has awarded $10,000 individual grants to 10 KAB affiliates. The Waste Management Think Green® Grants are awarded to encourage community sustainability through local environmental efforts.


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