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FCA Windsor Assembly Plant Receives Energy Conservation Leadership Award

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WINDSOR, Ontario, June 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - FCA’s Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP) has won a Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award. The recognition comes for key Process and Technology Improvements from a plant initiative that resulted in an approximate 30 per cent annual energy savings of existing chilled water system and reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions equivalent to almost 21 homes’ energy use per annum.

Agroforestry Gives Kenyan Indigenous Community a Lifeline

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  • The Cherangani people of Kenya were for generations reliant on the forest for hunting, gathering and agroforestry — a way of life that was curtailed by the colonial government.
  • Today, Cherangani communities living on the edge of the forest have returned to their traditions, intercropping avocado, bean and coffee plants among trees that help reduce water runoff and soil erosion, and improve nutrient cycling.
  • The return to agroforestry has had wide-ranging benefits, from helping the communities improve their livelihoods, to minimizing human-animal conflicts by providing a buffer of fruit trees between the farms and forest.
  • The project has received $5 million in funding, which is expected to provide training to more than 2,000 households on forest conservation and agroforestry techniques.
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  • The Cherangani people of Kenya were for generations reliant on the forest for hunting, gathering and agroforestry — a way of life that was curtailed by the colonial government.
  • Today, Cherangani communities living on the edge of the forest have returned to their traditions, intercropping avocado, bean and coffee plants among trees that help reduce water runoff and soil erosion, and improve nutrient cycling.
  • The return to agroforestry has had wide-ranging benefits, from helping the communities improve their livelihoods, to minimizing human-animal conflicts by providing a buffer of fruit trees between the farms and forest.
  • The project has received $5 million in funding, which is expected to provide training to more than 2,000 households on forest conservation and agroforestry techniques.

Agroforestry Concessions Are a Strategic Mechanism for Smallholders in the Amazon. How Do We Make It Work?

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Every year, the Peruvian Amazon loses more than 100,000 hectares of forest due to expansion of the agricultural frontier over state forest land. In the last 15 years, a significant share of frontier dynamics has been closely related to the expansion of cash crops such as coffee and more recently, cocoa and other annual crops, grown mainly by migrant smallholder farmers. However, on state forest land, legal property titles cannot be granted.

Eastman Foundation Introduces the Great Blue Challenge

World Oceans Day and the Global G7 Summit provide forums for collaborative action and innovation
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June 8, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Eastman Foundation, in conjunction with the 2018 G7 Summit, is advocating for action in addressing challenges and identifying innovative solutions to better understand our oceans. In celebration of World Oceans Day, Eastman Foundation is pleased to introduce The Great Blue Challenge.

How Tech Is Driving a Fourth Wave of Environmentalism

Sustainability is not just some nice-to-have byproduct of innovation – it's the goal.
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Fred Krupp | Environmental Defense Fund

In any era, the hard work of environmental progress requires the best available tools. Today those tools include technological innovations that are giving corporations and NGOs alike new capabilities and supercharging the partnerships between them.

Sensors, data analytics, machine learning and blockchain are just some of the breakthroughs driving business growth as well as environmental stewardship.

Dispatches from the Sustainable Brands Conference - Vancouver 2018, Days 2-3

Erb Institute faculty Sara Soderstrom takes center stage at Sustainable Brands 2018
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Purposeful partnerships
June 6, 2018

VIDEO | International Water Prize Competitors Complete Cold-Climate Testing in Race to Solve Algal Bloom Crisis

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May marked the final month of pilot stage testing for the top 9 George Barley Water Prize contestant teams. This international $10 million grand prize competition aims to find a lasting solution to the problem of harmful algal blooms fed by excess phosphorus. Begun in 2016 with more than 100 contestant teams, the competition’s latest stage challenged teams to test their innovations in real-world, cold-climate conditions. The winning team will demonstrate a cost-effective, scalable solution to remove and repurpose phosphorus from freshwater.

Schneider Electric WHITE PAPER | Business Resiliency Through Increased Circularity

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) predicts that the total demand for natural resources will reach 130 billion tons by 2050, up significantly from the 50 billion level in 2014, an overuse of the Earth’s total capacity by more than 400%. Another report from the U.S. Green Building Council found that the current mode of global operation is in stark contrast with the reality of Earth’s limited resources, as we consume resources 50% faster than they can be regenerated.

WATCH: Nestlé Waters to Certify All Sites with Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard by 2025

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Nestlé Waters is extending its commitment to water stewardship by certifying all of its sites to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard by 2025.

The global standard promotes responsible water use that benefits local communities socially and economically, while ensuring environmental sustainability of watersheds - all priorities for Nestlé. 

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