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Win a Noritz NRC661 Water Heater

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Saving space and saving energy are just two benefits of Noritz tankless water heaters. But when it gets right down to it, having pure hot water at your fingertips is probably the feature that will make the most difference in your life. The Noritz NRC661 is sustainable, and provides the endless benefits of on-demand hot water.

Why Volkswagen Places a Special Focus on Water

Strong need to safeguard the protection of this vital resource
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This is the third part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

This week, we focus on WATER. Water is life - everyone knows that or should know it. Many regions in the world experience severe water stress and water shortage is considered one of the top 5 global risks according to the "Global Risks Study 2013" of the World Economic Forum.

This is why the Volkswagen Group pushes the protection of water as a most vital resource. We do it because we care about the environment in general.

We think that we have a couple of proofs for that:

  • Part of our mission to become the world’s most eco-friendly manufacturer is the aim to reduce freshwater consumption at all brands by 25% by 2018 (base year: 2010).
  • In 2013, Volkswagen became one of the first automakers in the world to support the CEO Water Mandate, a United Nations Global Compact platform to promote the sustainable use of water.
  • Since 2011, we participate in the Water Disclosure Project (WDP), a non-profit organization which collates extensive data on companies’ annual water management.
  • Volkswagen makes itself transparent with regard to water usage and was the only German carmaker to agree to publication of WDP results from day one.

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

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This is the third part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

This week, we focus on WATER. Water is life - everyone knows that or should know it. Many regions in the world experience severe water stress and water shortage is considered one of the top 5 global risks according to the "Global Risks Study 2013" of the World Economic Forum.

This is why the Volkswagen Group pushes the protection of water as a most vital resource. We do it because we care about the environment in general.

We think that we have a couple of proofs for that:

  • Part of our mission to become the world’s most eco-friendly manufacturer is the aim to reduce freshwater consumption at all brands by 25% by 2018 (base year: 2010).
  • In 2013, Volkswagen became one of the first automakers in the world to support the CEO Water Mandate, a United Nations Global Compact platform to promote the sustainable use of water.
  • Since 2011, we participate in the Water Disclosure Project (WDP), a non-profit organization which collates extensive data on companies’ annual water management.
  • Volkswagen makes itself transparent with regard to water usage and was the only German carmaker to agree to publication of WDP results from day one.

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

American Standard’s Flush for Good Campaign and Toilet Giveaway Save Lives

Green Builder Media Partners with Champion Toilet "Flush for Good Campaign" to Help Provide Safer Sanitation in Developing Countries
Press Release

PISCATAWAY, N.J., June 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Worldwide, 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. Every single day, 2,000 children die from diseases caused by this lack of safe sanitation.

Ecolab Extends Commitment To Responsible Water Management Through Support of International Water Stewardship Standards

Press Release

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Ecolab Inc. has expanded its commitment to global water stewardship by working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a founding partner of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to support the launch and implementation of the International Water Stewardship Standard, a global framework to promote sustainable freshwater use.

The Standard was announced by AWS in April at the UN CEO Water Mandate multi-stakeholder working conference in Lima, Peru, and builds upon Ecolab's work with WWF to implement the beta AWS Standard in China.

Global Water Challenge Wins C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Business Sustainability Leadership

Three winners, honored at the Corporate Eco Forum’s 5th Annual C.K. Prahalad Awards ceremony, recognized for globally significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation & long-term business
Press Release

Middleburg, VA, June 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) this evening presented 2014 C.K. Prahalad Awards to Robert B. Carter from FedEx, Global Water Challenge, and Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio from Microsoft. The winners were announced by world-renowned ecologist Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, polar explorer Sir Robert Swan and corporate strategist Ernest von Simson. The awards ceremony was attended by 150 senior executives representing CEF member companies with combined revenues of over $3 trillion.

Wells Fargo Releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

Wells Fargo ahead of 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility goals by nearly 60 percent
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Wells Fargo Reports progress toward  2020 Corporate Social Responsibility goals

Release of 2013 report highlights three CSR goals met, 11 ahead of schedule

Press Release

Wells Fargo Reports progress toward  2020 Corporate Social Responsibility goals

Release of 2013 report highlights three CSR goals met, 11 ahead of schedule

Answering the Call to Action

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“We want this day to be about action. Every conversation you have today should have a bias for action.”  That was the charge given at the Pacific Institute to an eager audience ready to do just that. And no wonder, since the room was filled with a diverse group of stakeholders including technologists, environmentalists, corporate types, policy wonks and others who had come from all over the country to attend this conference convened by the UN CEO Water Mandate’s Water Action Hub.

Spotlight on Tim Twomey

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“I have one agenda: reduce water and energy consumption and use them responsibly.”

This is the mantra of Tim Twomey, a contractor who serves as the regional energy manager in the west at AT&T, and someone who is passionate about energy efficiency. When Twomey isn’t helping accelerate AT&T sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, he’s busy helping his neighbors implement energy-saving projects in northern California where he lives. 

Stay Cool: Green Up Your Pool

Tips for making your summertime oasis, kinder on the planet.
Blog

By Bianca Alexander

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to make sure the backyard pool is in tip-top shape. Pools can be a great oasis for keeping the family cool and happy, but we all know they require maintenance or they’ll quickly become a nightmare - or worse, a breeding ground for dangerous toxins. But there's no need to pollute the planet to maintain your favorite swimming hole. As a conscious consumer, opt for a 100% natural or salt-water pool, or simply consider more eco-friendly ways to care for your existing traditional pool. 

CVS Caremark CSR: Planet in Balance

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According to leading experts, climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our generation. Changes including extreme temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent weather-related disasters are being observed and are projected to continue. The potential impacts of climate change are also varied. In some parts of the world, water scarcity is expected to increase; in other places, greater rainfall and rising temperatures will have a serious impact.

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