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Georg Kell: Companies Must Send A 'Clear Message' On Climate Change

Business needs to step up when it comes to tackling climate challenges, writes UN Global Compact director Georg Kell
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By Georg Kell, The Guardian, 14 November 2013

In this op-ed for Guardian Sustainable Business, UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell discusses the role of business in climate action and announces a first-of-its-kind guide for companies to manage and report on their direct and indirect influences on climate policy.

New Guide Helps Companies Report Their Climate Policy Positions

First-of-its-Kind Guide Calls on Companies to Align Corporate Sustainability Initiatives and Climate Policy
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New York, 14 November 2013 /3BL Media/ – For the first time ever, companies have a guide to manage and report on their direct and indirect influences on climate policy. The UN Global Compact, in cooperation with seven leading international organizations, today released guidelines to help companies engage in climate policy in a transparent and accountable way that is consistent with their sustainability commitments.

Building Energy Efficiency Policies, State by State - Energy Minute for November 11, 2013

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The continuing lack of a comprehensive national energy policy is one of the major failures of our gridlocked federal politics. Meanwhile, state legislatures and regulatory agencies are making steady progress in energy efficiency laws and rules. Massachusetts is continuing its commitment to energy efficiency under that states’ Green Communities Act. In California, requirements for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have resulted in several statewide strategies for smart growth.

Burton Snowboards Joins BICEP

The World’s Leading Snowboarding Company Commits to Climate and Clean Energy Action
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BOSTON, September 19, 2013 /3BL Media/– BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) announced today that Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company, has joined the BICEP coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies.

Elsevier and Energy Institute Organize First Energy Systems Conference To Be Held in June 2014, London, UK

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London, UK, September 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, today announced its official collaboration with the Energy Institute (EI) in organizing the first Energy Systems conference to be held 24-25 June 2014 in London.

Important Work for Washington Policymakers (and Giving Back to the Community)

by Gina Adams, Corporate Vice President of Government Affairs, FedEx Corporation
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As we shift out of recess mode and head back to work, Congress is returning to Washington with important matters that FedEx hopes will be addressed to move our economy and our country forward.

We are encouraged by the momentum on Capitol Hill and within the administration on some of these issues, including corporate tax reform, transportation, and free trade agreements.

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As we shift out of recess mode and head back to work, Congress is returning to Washington with important matters that FedEx hopes will be addressed to move our economy and our country forward.

We are encouraged by the momentum on Capitol Hill and within the administration on some of these issues, including corporate tax reform, transportation, and free trade agreements.

Can The Affordable Care Act Cut Health Costs? - Health Minute for August 22, 2013

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It’s no accident that the Affordable Care Act includes the term “affordable” instead of “accessible,” the other major feature of the comprehensive health policy. Better access to preventive health care would seem to follow from affordability. It was the cost of health care that inspired the new policy in the first place. U.S. health care costs total over 17 percent of our GDP, compared to 11 percent for Canada, and 9 percent for the 34 countries of the OECD. But a closer look at the economics of health care reveals a more complex picture.

FDA Proposes New Rules to Guarantee Safety of Imported Food - Health Minute for August 8, 2013

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The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules to confirm the safety of imported foods, some of which have caused disease outbreaks in the U.S. The rules are the activating regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, which requires importers to meet the same food-purity standards required of U.S. farms and food-processing plants. Without the new rules, no regulations have been in place to enforce the law. Since the Act was passed in 2011 but without rules, there have been eight disease outbreaks linked to imported foods.

Canadian College Students Make Sustainability a Priority, Changing Institutional Policy - CSR Minute for July 26, 2013

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A new generation of Canadian college students is integrating sustainability into daily student life. In the process, they are influencing official policy. At McGill University, a student-run agriculture program produces local vegetables for student dining halls and a Meals on Wheels program. At the University of Toronto, students focus on behavioral changes to save energy, such as turning off the lights when they leave a room.

Health Correlation Between Partners Raises Policy Questions

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In the current, ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act, a 2002 study that revealed a major implication for U.S. health care policy has resurfaced. Its conclusion? That partners, people in relationships, tend to be either both healthy or both sick. That’s according to researchers at Brigham Young University, who asked 4,700 couples over the age of 50: “if you are married, how do you rate your health relative to your partner’s?” They found that health status tended to correlate between partners.

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