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SC Johnson Launches Global Partnership to Fight Ocean Plastic and Poverty

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509 plastic collection points will collect 30,000 metric tons of plastic waste over three years – the equivalent of stopping approximately 1.5 billion plastic bottles from entering the ocean.
This partnership boosts recycling rates and, at the same time, transforms lives by offering economic and social benefits using blockchain technology. 
SC Johnson will be the first-ever company to incorporate 100% recycled Social Plastic® collected by Plastic Bank into its products, beginning in February 2020 with its Windex® line in the U.S. and Canada.
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509 plastic collection points will collect 30,000 metric tons of plastic waste over three years – the equivalent of stopping approximately 1.5 billion plastic bottles from entering the ocean.
This partnership boosts recycling rates and, at the same time, transforms lives by offering economic and social benefits using blockchain technology. 
SC Johnson will be the first-ever company to incorporate 100% recycled Social Plastic® collected by Plastic Bank into its products, beginning in February 2020 with its Windex® line in the U.S. and Canada.

Domtar Pushes Towards a Lower-Carbon Economy

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Thanks to a long history of effectively managing energy, including efforts to optimize our use of carbon-neutral biomass fuels, Domtar is well positioned to meet expectations for a lower-carbon economy.

We continue to invest in targeted projects to optimize and enhance the reliability of our manufacturing assets, and improve the efficiency of our raw material and energy use. These ongoing investments have incrementally improved our cost, climate and environmental profile, and we expect further progress in the years ahead.

Closing the Loop to Create a Circular Future

A Conversation with Kate Daly of Closed Loop Partners, Managing Director of the Center for the Circular Economy
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With a population nearing 8 billion and an economy contributing to cascading impacts on the natural systems upon which our lives rely, the planet is buckling under the weight of humanity’s influence. Fortunately, a movement is underway, challenging communities, companies, and governments to solve the waste challenge, eliminating the concept of solid waste altogether with a circular economy.

Collaboration’s the Key for a Circular Economy

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Hundreds of leaders from business, academia, government, and nonprofits were greeted with this refrain at the start of the 4th annual US Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) Summit on Sustainability and Circular Economy. If you know anything about the USCCF, you know they exist to unite the public, business, and communities through thought-provoking dialogue that inspires action toward creative solutions. The summit achieved this, and more.

Book Excerpt: Innovation on Tap

Stories of Entrepreneurship from the Cotton Gin to Broadway’s Hamilton
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What do Eli Whitney, Willis Carrier, Elizabeth Arden, Emily Rochon, and Brenna Berman have in common?

Whirlpool Corporation Honored With Fifth Consecutive EPA SmartWay® Excellence Award, Third Consecutive High Performer Recognition

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Whirlpool Corporation’s Integrated Supply Chain organization is once again being honored for its leadership in the categories of freight supply-chain energy and environmental performance. The company was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® Excellence Award for a fifth consecutive year.

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Working at This Freezer Plant Is One ‘Cool’ Job

#PlacesThatMatter – Ottawa, Ohio
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In 1833, residents founded the town of Ottawa, Ohio, and named it in honor of the Native American Ottawa people, who once had a village at the site. Since that time, it has remained primarily agricultural, with more than 90 percent of Putnam County, where the town resides, under cultivation.

In this peaceful Midwestern town of fewer than 5,000 residents, lies Whirlpool Corporation’s Ottawa operations, where freezers have been manufactured since the early 1990s. More than 400 employees produce products there for multiple brands under the Whirlpool umbrella.

The Capacity Commons

Leverage Online Tools to Engage Pro Bono Resources and Build Capacity for Your Organization
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The social sector capacity gap is real. There are more than 1.6 million nonprofits operating across the United States alone, making up 10 percent of the national workforce and engaging an estimated 63 million volunteers. As critical as these organizations are to our economic and social fabric, they often face a challenging funding environment to support critical infrastructure and growth needs, with few options to build them.

Students Leading Sustained and Innovative Hunger-Fighting Solutions Can Apply for $10,000 from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Applications for the 2020 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships now being accepted.
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GAITHERSBURG, Md., October 15, 2019 /3BL Media/-- The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the 2020 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships which will run from October 5 through December 5, 2019. The scholarship program urges students to apply to #Get5KGive5K to help end hunger in their communities. Students from kindergarten through graduate school are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship with matching $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of their choice.

Sustainability in Detroit, Part 4: The Dirt

Summary: 
What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. 
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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. 

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