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Battery storage becomes biggest source of supply in evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids

Renew Economy

Battery storage becomes biggest supplier to California's grid in evening peak for first time. The post Battery storage becomes biggest source of supply in evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How AI is helping NotCo cook up a plant-based takeover of Big Food

Corporate Knights

M atías Muchnick is no stranger to surprises. As an entrepreneur who shifted his finance bona fides to the world of artificial intelligence, testing out hypotheses and seeing what sticks is his bread and butter. But in the dynamic world of plant-based food, even those on the vanguard of revolutionary change may pinch themselves from time to time. Nine years after Muchnick created NotCo, a start-up launched in Chile with a mission to use technology to move the needle on sustainability, the traj

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Victoria bans gas rebates and incentives for homes as shift to all-electric gathers pace

Renew Economy

Victoria bans fossil gas companies from offering cash incentives or rebates to households that install major new gas appliances, or connect to the gas network. The post Victoria bans gas rebates and incentives for homes as shift to all-electric gathers pace appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Sharp HealthCare Joins HPRC Advisory Board

3BL Media

April 17, 2024 /3BL/ - The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharp HealthCare to its Healthcare Facility Advisory Board. “Sharp HealthCare will be a valued addition to our advisory board,” said Laura Kirkvold, steward of the Healthcare Facility Advisory Board. “The organization has had been deeply committed to sustainability for decades and has made great efforts to establish and progress against ambitious sustainability goals for waste manage

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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The world is in an abusive relationship with fossil fuels. Now is the time to leave

Renew Economy

The truth of climate change is in the record heat, the flooding, the choking smoke, the red sky burning. Yet the fossil fuel companies tell us we can’t live without them. The post The world is in an abusive relationship with fossil fuels. Now is the time to leave appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Black & Veatch Names Chief People Officer Andrea Bernica to Company’s Board of Directors

3BL Media

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 17, 2024 /3BL/ – Andrea Bernica, Black & Veatch’s chief people officer, has been named to the board of directors of the global leader in sustainable infrastructure solutions, the entirely employee-owned company announced today. Bernica, who joined Black & Veatch in 2011, was appointed chief people officer in 2023 – a year in which the company expanded its broad portfolio of services with record numbers of construction hours completed (24.5 million in 2023, up n

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SCC Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship, Sponsored by Mary Kay, Inc.

3BL Media

NEW YORK, April 17, 2024 /3BL/ - The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) is pleased to announce the acceptance of applications for the 2024 Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship. Two $5,000 scholarships, sponsored by Mary Kay, Inc., will be awarded. The application period is now open and will close on May 17, 2024; visit scconline.org/WalkerScholarship. “Honoring the industry and social contributions of Madam C.J.

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Renewables drive down prices in first quarter, but heatwaves and outages cause spikes in coal dominated grids

Renew Economy

Renewables drive down wholesale prices in first quarter, but a massive coal outage and a heatwave drove prices up in two coal dependent states. The post Renewables drive down prices in first quarter, but heatwaves and outages cause spikes in coal dominated grids appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Mastering Talent Challenges in Federal Government: Best Practices in Flexibility & Digital Strategy

3BL Media

Authored by Meghan Loomis Originally published by HR.com Attracting and retaining top talent remains challenging across most industries and sectors in 2024, including the U.S. federal government. However, federal agencies are sometimes at a disadvantage compared to private sector companies, especially when it comes to offering high salaries, competitive benefits, and flexible work arrangements.

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World-first innovation from Australian researchers turns greenhouse gas into power

Renew Economy

Queensland scientists have created a way to produce electricity using carbon dioxide in a development they say could power phones and computers. The post World-first innovation from Australian researchers turns greenhouse gas into power appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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Northwestern Mutual Releases 2023 Sustainability Report and Reaffirms Commitment to Building “A Better Tomorrow”

3BL Media

MILWAUKEE, April 17, 2024 /3BL/ - Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial services company, today announced the release of its 2023 Sustainability and Social Impact Report: A Better Tomorrow. The report shares details on the 167-year-old company’s investments in five key areas: delivering financial security and expanding financial access, investing in communities, strengthening a culture of belonging, reducing environmental impact and earning trust through corporate governance and accountabilit

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Australia’s stronger environmental laws just got indefinitely deferred. We have a cart, but no horse

Renew Economy

Without reformed environment protection laws, the Safeguard Mechanism – the government’s main plan to drive down emissions from large polluters – won't work properly. The post Australia’s stronger environmental laws just got indefinitely deferred. We have a cart, but no horse appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Be Fearless: Cassandra’s Path to Empowerment at Taco Bell

3BL Media

Taco Bell blog At Taco Bell, our Brand Values (Be Fan-Led, Be People-First, Be Fearless, Be Different) are found and reflected in everything we do. This season, we’re highlighting core value #2, Be Fearless. Being fearless means that we champion self-creative expression, which inspires and enables the world to Live Más. Take a look below to see how our Taco Bell Community embodies the Be Fearless core value!

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Australia’s first offshore wind auction could open within months, contracts awarded by end of 2026

Renew Economy

Victoria energy minister says government making good progress towards first offshore wind auction, despite port infrastructure setback. The post Australia’s first offshore wind auction could open within months, contracts awarded by end of 2026 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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Women Microbusiness Owners Up 33% in the UK and 10% in US, Narrowing the Gender Gap

3BL Media

As originally published by GoDaddy’s Venture Forward Research Initiative The big fact The number of women-owned microbusinesses has continued to increase in both the U.S. and U.K. according to the GoDaddy Venture Forward U.S. National Survey conducted in August 2023 (n=3,525). As a result, the gender gap narrowed. More than half (51%) of microbusiness owners in the U.S. are women, increasing by 10% in the last two years, and up 25% relative to where it started in 2019.

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“Hold your nerve:” Australia urged to deliver ambitious package to stay in clean energy race

Renew Economy

Clean energy and finance groups call for an ambitious and visionary budget to end Australia's "over-dependence" on coal and gas. The post “Hold your nerve:” Australia urged to deliver ambitious package to stay in clean energy race appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Half the Global Population Washes Clothes by Hand: Whirlpool Foundation, the Washing Machine Project Helping Address With Thousands of Manual Washing Machines

3BL Media

The Washing Machine Project, a grassroots organization that provides off-grid manual washing machines to people in low-income and displaced communities, announced today it is collaborating with the Whirlpool Foundation to deliver thousands of manual washing machines to communities and households across the world over the next five years. The work is expected to impact an estimated 150,000 people and address a significant barrier to their advancement and quality of life.

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EU signs charter to build solar supply chain, address manufacturing “crisis”

Renew Economy

European Commission signs off on major plan to bolster the bloc's solar sector through measures including government procurement of locally made panels. The post EU signs charter to build solar supply chain, address manufacturing “crisis” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Bacardi Preserves Historic Mural at Its Global Headquarters in Bermuda

3BL Media

For the Bacardi Heritage team, no two days preserving the company’s heritage are alike. In between documenting historic spirits bottles and sharing the stories that make up the business’ 162+ years of history, Bacardi archivists embarked on a multi-year project in 2021 to care for a unique piece of art at the Bacardi global headquarters in Bermuda. Depicting the colorful, tropical foliage of the Cuban countryside – homeland of BACARDÍ rum – the Bacardi mural was painted by Cuban artist Felix Ram

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How AI is helping NotCo cook up a plant-based takeover of Big Food

Corporate Knights

M atías Muchnick is no stranger to surprises. As an entrepreneur who shifted his finance bona fides to the world of artificial intelligence, testing out hypotheses and seeing what sticks is his bread and butter. But in the dynamic world of plant-based food, even those on the vanguard of revolutionary change may pinch themselves from time to time. Nine years after Muchnick created NotCo, a start-up launched in Chile with a mission to use technology to move the needle on sustainability, the traj

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Island Conservation Harnesses Machine Learning Solutions From Lenovo and NVIDIA To Restore Island Ecosystems

3BL Media

Optimizing and accelerating image processing with AI helps conservation experts safeguard seabird nesting sites on Robinson Crusoe Island. Around the world, biodiversity is under threat. We are now in what many scientists call the sixth mass extinction —and over the last century, hundreds of species of plants and animals have been lost forever. Island ecosystems can be particularly vulnerable to human activity.

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Solar Insiders Podcast: Australia loses it on solar

Renew Economy

Australia falls out of global top 10 solar countries. Plus: GridBeyond's Michael Phelan on the rise of VPPs; and battery rebates. The post Solar Insiders Podcast: Australia loses it on solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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Bringing Immersive Learning to Life With Tech-Centric Lesson Plans

3BL Media

Verizon At Sophia Academy, a middle school in Providence, Rhode Island, six eager students gather after school twice a week to explore immersive technology and master new concepts in STEM. “They get most excited about using the VR headsets to play games,” says Imani Dukes, an instructor with the after-school program where the students meet. “I don’t blame them either — I would be, too!

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38 trillion dollars in damages each year: World economy already committed to income reduction of 19 % due to climate change

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Even if CO2 emissions were to be drastically cut down starting today, the world economy is already committed to an income reduction of 19% until 2050 due to climate change, a new study finds. These damages are six times larger than the mitigation costs needed to limit global warming to two degrees. Based on empirical data from more than 1,600 regions worldwide over the past 40 years, scientists assessed future impacts of changing climatic conditions on economic growth and their persistence.

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Complimentary Webinar: Organic and Food Fraud: Ensuring Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Compliance

3BL Media

Are you ready for the new Organic program requirements? Join SCS Global Services for this informative webinar on the latest updates to the NOP and learn how to develop an Organic Fraud Prevention Plan (OFPP). Denise Webster, SCS' VP of Food Safety, and Brandon Nauman, SCS' Technical Director of Organic Program will explore how to conduct a Vulnerability Assessment to understand the risk factors within your supply chain.

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America’s Top 10 Companies for Environmental Performance in 2024

Just Capital

2024 has already been a big year for environmental and climate action in the private sector. Governments of all sizes have implemented new measures that will require certain companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. Following last year’s adoption of the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and California’s two climate disclosure laws (the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act and the Climate-Related Financial Risk Act), the Securities and Exchange C

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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Crown Holdings Celebrates World Water Day

3BL Media

How often do you think about water? Would you think about it more frequently if clean, safe water weren't easily available to you—or worse, not available at all? On World Water Day, we encourage all to remember that water should never be an afterthought. The world's most crucial resource is at risk, and it's more important now than ever that we take our interactions with water—as corporations, as communities and as individuals—more seriously and strive to preserve its health and availability for

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Substantial global cost of climate inaction

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Pioneering study reveals that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce the global economic costs of climate change by two thirds. If warming continues to 3 degrees Celsius, global GDP will decrease by up to 10 percent -- with the worst impacts in less developed countries.

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AB: Just Transition and Emerging Markets: Weighing the Risks

3BL Media

Saskia Kort-Chick | Director of Social Research and Engagement—Responsibility Markus Schneider | Senior Economist—EEMEA Understanding the social risks posed by climate transition requires discipline, nuance and a systematic approach. The concept of a “just transition” has gained ground among responsible investors concerned about the economic consequences of the social risks that countries face in moving from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources.

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Interspecies competition led to even more forms of ancient human -- defying evolutionary trends in vertebrates

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Competition between species played a major role in the rise and fall of hominins -- and produced a 'bizarre' evolutionary pattern for the Homo lineage -- according to a new study that revises the start and end dates for many of our early ancestors.

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.