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Are You Ready for 2017?

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2017 has been designated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

According to the World Tourism Organization, “this decision follows the recognition by global leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that “well-designed and well-managed tourism” can contribute to the three dimensions of sustainable development, to job creation and to trade.”

Large Businesses React to Climate Change Issues and Outline Courses of Action

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See the variety of actions organizations from around the world are taking to help to help climate change, in a new report from Ingersoll Rand and GreenBiz: Accountability for Climate Action: How Corporations Are Tackling Climate Change.

Findings are based on a survey exploring the types of commitments made, the strategies companies are following and how these vary by size and type of company. 

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Accenture, The University of Notre Dame, and The Rural Development Company in South Africa Launch Renewable Energy Program in KwaZulu-Natal, Delivering Clean, Affordable Electricity

Local entrepreneurs have solar energy, Internet connectivity, skills training, and mentors to build businesses and create jobs
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NEW YORK; July 14, 2016 /3BL Media/– Accenture (NYSE: ACN), the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company have launched the first solar-powered microgrids in the northern KwaZulu-Natal district of uMkhanyakude, South Africa, as part of the Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) program.
 

Sodexo Becomes First Company to Require Its School Facility Directors to Complete EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Master Class Professional Training

All Sodexo’s Directors of Facilities in K-12 schools now EPA-trained “masters of indoor air quality” after successfully completing EPA’s 10-course Masters of IAQ series
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GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ — Sodexo, the world leader in Quality of Life Services, announced today that all of its directors of facility management (FM) in the K-12 schools it serves across the U.S. have completed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Master Class Professional Training Series.

Top Names Unite to Drive Forward LNG as a Marine Fuel

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LONDON, July 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Carnival Corporation & plc, DNV·GL, ENGIE, ENN, GE, GTT, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, Tote, Inc. and Wartsila have announced a new cross-industry initiative called SEA\LNG, to accelerate the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.

Honoring the Unsung Heroes Who Increase Productivity and Maintain Business Continuity

By: Dean Johnson
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Today we are celebrating World Facilities Management Day (World FM Day), dedicated to recognizing the men and women across the globe who take on the challenging responsibility of maintaining the safety, efficiency and usability of our workplaces.

Transitioning from Climate Commitments to Implementation

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Across the globe, about 1,200 new coal-fired plants are being proposed, with China and India together accounting for 76 percent of the proposed new coal power capacities.  Furthermore, even though the projected renewables share of the global energy mix by 2030 is expected to grow, fossil fuels will be a significant electric generation—about 44 percent. These trends show there is still more to be done if we are to achieve significant reductions in global carbon emissions.

Carbon Smart Straw Bale Structural Insulated Panels

Building Energy Efficient and Carbon Smart with Prefab Straw Bale
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GREEN BUILDERS WHO ARE motivated to reduce carbon emissions tend to focus on increasing energy efficiency to reduce the overall carbon emissions of a building over its lifespan. This is certainly a worthy goal, but in its pursuit, we often use materials that actually contribute to greater immediate carbon emissions.

Cities Introduce Smart Programs in Divergent Manners

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Cities across the globe have followed multiple tracks in their quest to become “smart.” It isn’t a question of right or wrong. However, two key themes are emerging in their approach – either start with a pilot project that produces quick results, or undertake a comprehensive master plan that strategically lays out the coming years and decades.

VIDEO: The Quest to Become Smart Cities Follows Many Tracks

Forest City Named USGBC's Outstanding LEED Homes Multi-Family Developer of the Year

National REIT receives LEED Homes award for commitment to sustainable apartment communities
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CLEVELAND, July 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB), was named the 2015 Outstanding Multi-family Developer, as part of the annual LEED Homes Awards from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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