Fri.May 10, 2024

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Here's the timeline for SBTi’s corporate net-zero update

GreenBiz

The standards-setting organization plans to address stakeholder feedback, including updates to climate science and challenges related to Scope 3 target setting.

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Gigawatt-scale solar and battery project near Queensland coal plant wins federal green tick

Renew Economy

Gigawatt scale solar and battery project near large coal fired power station gets green tick from federal government. The post Gigawatt-scale solar and battery project near Queensland coal plant wins federal green tick appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Business should take these 3 actions to bolster the global plastics treaty

GreenBiz

Fresh from the treaty talks in Ottawa, two new reports outline a path forward in the fight against plastic pollution.

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Electrifying driving in Canada will cost just 10% more than what we already spend

Corporate Knights

Canada faces an investment gap of more than C$600 billion to complete the shift to a zero-carbon road transportation system by 2050, but the effort will more than pay for itself, a new analysis shows. Much of the new investment will depend on comparatively small public spending on electric vehicle infrastructure that must increase 23-fold by 2050 to enable the rest, the Corporate Knights research department concludes in a presentation delivered at an electric mobility conference earlier this mon

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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 week in climate policy: 4 updates you need to know

GreenBiz

GreenBiz Default The USDA is handing out climate certifications to beef products that are anything but climate friendly; 25 states file a lawsuit against the EPA’s power plants emissions rules.

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Flooding Displaces More Than 200,000 in Kenya, Fueling Hunger

3BL Media

Deadly flooding in Kenya has killed over 260 people and displaced over 280,000 as it swept away entire communities and destroyed bridges, roads, healthcare facilities, and other key infrastructure. Dangerous mudslides have engulfed buildings, schools, businesses and homes. Torrential downpours have submerged over 41,000 acres of croplands and thousands of livestock have died or been lost amidst the deluge.

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Atlanta Student Wins $25K Taco Bell Foundation Scholarship

3BL Media

Originally published by on FOX 5 Atlanta An Atlanta high school senior's passion for helping others dealing with mental health issues just won her a major scholarship through the Taco Bell Foundation.

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New tactics for new talent: Closing US semiconductor labor gaps

McKinsey Sustainabilty

America’s impending semiconductor expansion depends on three labor pools that are currently under pressure. Without new action, large talent gaps will likely persist, despite current workforce development.

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CNH Sustainability Report Highlights Key Milestones

3BL Media

World class equipment and services company, CNH , has released its 2023 Sustainability Report. The report highlights how it worked to support its customers, employees and communities last year. The report outlines CNH’s commitment to invest in technologies and innovative solutions, a $12.8 million investment in local communities and more. Read the full report here CNH chooses to be a part of important global initiatives, such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Science Based Target

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US Navy Growler jet noise over Whidbey Island could impact 74,000 people's health

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

As often as four days a week, Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island fly loops overhead as pilots practice touch-and-go landings. The noise is immense. New research shows that the noise isn't just disruptive -- it presents a substantial risk to public health.

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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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Marathon Petroleum Truck Fleets Earn NPTC Safety Awards

3BL Media

The National Private Trucking Council presented Marathon Petroleum with its Silver and Bronze Seal Awards for safety at the annual Education Management Conference. 15 fleets from Marathon Petroleum received the safety awards based on their 2023 vehicle accident performance. Marathon Petroleum is focused on safety on the roads and credits Smith Systems training, a fatigue policy and in-cab safety features for the year-over-year safety improvements.

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ONe novae stellar explosion may be source of our phosphorus

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Astronomers have proposed a new theory to explain the origin of phosphorus, one of the elements important for life on Earth. The theory suggests a type of stellar explosion known as ONe novae as a major source of phosphorus.

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Training and Development

3BL Media

CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT Our continuous performance improvement strategy is grounded in healthy discussions between an employee and their manager. We expect managers to engage with employees and advocate for the growth and development of their direct reports. We see this development as a partnership that begins with setting meaningful annual goals.

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Hydrogen Hub | West of Scotland

Energy Central

Hydrogen Hub | West of Scotland It's back to All Energy in Glasgow this week and a chance to help catch up with old acquaintances on the heels of a positive development announced this May for Oban and the West of Scotland's green-hydrogen-production-hub.

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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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Comcast Celebrates Earth Day With Nature-Inspired Xfinity Collection

3BL Media

We use the power of our platforms and the creativity of our storytellers to educate viewers, impact culture, and inspire change in the name of protecting our planet. In honor of Earth Day, Comcast curated a collection of shows, movies, documentaries, and podcasts that celebrate our planet and inspire our audiences. Explore Earth by Air, Land, and Sea on Xfinity Xfinity’s Earth Month collection was available throughout the month of April.

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Sustainable “Blue Economy” Fund Ocean 14 Capital Raises €201 Million

ESG Today

Ocean sustainability solutions-focused private equity growth firm Ocean 14 Capital (O14C) announced today that it has raised €201 million for its impact fund Ocean 14 Capital Fund I. Recent investors in the fund include global food and beverage company Nestlé, private equity investor HQ Capital and The Green Earth Impact Fund managed by Schroders and BlueOrchard.

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200 FedEx Volunteers Make a Positive Impact With Rise Against Hunger

3BL Media

April is Global Volunteer Month, and we want to thank our volunteers for their commitment to do good. To celebrate, let’s look back at one of the nonprofits that’s a favorite among FedEx team members - Rise Against Hunger. One year ago, FedEx team members across the globe held volunteer events in their local communities to mark a special day, our 50th anniversary.

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Research explores ways to mitigate the environmental toxicity of ubiquitous silver nanoparticles

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have taken a key step toward closing the silver nanoparticles knowledge gap with a study that indicates the particles' shape and surface chemistry play key roles in how they affect aquatic ecosystems.

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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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Rescue Mission

3BL Media

By Kim Borges In recognition of Earth Day, Regions is sharing a series of articles that highlight how teams and associates across the bank are contributing to our commitment to operate in environmentally sound ways that make life better for all. The numbers are staggering. Feeding America estimates more than 44 million Americans are considered food insecure, meaning they don’t have enough to eat and don’t know the source of their next meal ; at the same time, 80 million tons of wasted food goes

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Climeworks Starts Up Largest-Ever DAC Carbon Removal Plant

ESG Today

Zurich-based Direct Air Capture (DAC) company Climeworks announced the start-up of Mammoth, the largest direct air capture plant in the world to date, with anticipated capability to remove up to 36,000 tons of CO2 per year from the atmosphere for permanent underground storage. The company described the milestone as part of its goal to achieve megaton (million ton) carbon removal capacity by 2030, and gigaton (billion ton) scale by 2050.

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Providence Park To Unveil KeyBank Community Plaza in New Multiyear Partnership

3BL Media

PORTLAND, Ore., May 10, 2024 /3BL/ - KeyBank has entered a new multiyear partnership with the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC, it was announced today. The partnership includes naming rights to the northeast entrance of Providence Park, which will be unveiled as the ‘KeyBank Community Plaza’ on May 9. “We are very excited to have KeyBank return as a partner and look forward to unveiling the KeyBank Community Plaza to Timbers and Thorns fans,” said Timbers CEO Heather Davis.

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Kareem Yusuf on building sustainability products for your customers

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Kareem Yusuf, senior vice president of product management and growth at IBM, discusses the current landscape for sustainability products, the connection between sustainability and profitability, and how to empower customers to be more sustainable.

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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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The Journey to Carbon-Free Data Centers

3BL Media

Eric Alam, CEO of RPD Energy, and Chris Pennington, director of energy and sustainability for Iron Mountain, join co-host Mandi McReynolds on ESG Talk to discuss the journey to carbon-free data centers. Listen in as they explore the surging electricity demands of modern data centers and the decisions that led Iron Mountain to pursue 24x7 carbon-free energy.

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Scientists unlock key to breeding 'carbon gobbling' plants with a major appetite

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The discovery of how a critical enzyme 'hidden in nature's blueprint' works sheds new light on how cells control key processes in carbon fixation, a process fundamental for life on Earth. The discovery could help engineer climate resilient crops capable of sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere more efficiently, helping to produce more food in the process.

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Walgreens Launches Gene and Cell Services as Part of Newly Integrated Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy Business

3BL Media

Originally published by Walgreens Boots Alliance Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy combines existing specialty assets, fully integrates AllianceRx and represents the company’s latest step to leverage its neighborhood pharmacies into fast-growing areas of healthcare Investments include new Gene & Cell Services Pharmacy and Innovation Center DEERFIELD, Ill., May 10, 2024 /3BL/ - Walgreens is expanding its specialty pharmacy services and investing in its capabilities as the company further grows its

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Clues from deep magma reservoirs could improve volcanic eruption forecasts

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

New research into molten rock 20km below the Earth's surface could help save lives by improving the prediction of volcanic activity.

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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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Unveiling Your Authenticity: Being Seen, Valued and Heard at Northwestern Mutual

3BL Media

Originally Published by Northwestern Mutual on May, 2, 2024 Feeling like you’re valued for who you are and what you contribute is important at work. But it doesn’t always come easily. There isn’t a magical point in time where a lightbulb goes off and you feel heard and accepted. It’s a constant journey. We recently heard from several employees at Northwestern Mutual's internal WISE Women’s Summit – attended by over 2,400 employees live and virtually -- on how to stay true to yourself, how to tak

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The Long Game

Chris Hall

Approaching his 20 th anniversary in responsible investing, Rathbones Stewardship Director Matt Crossman reflects on the evolution of stewardship and highlights the power of collective action. “Responsible investing can mean so much more than voting, but it can’t ever be less than that,” Matt Crossman, Stewardship Director at Rathbones Group, told ESG Investor as part of a conversation during which he reflected over his career.

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#LifeatYUM!: Spotlighting Our Culture and Talent With Data Scientist Kendall Ruber

3BL Media

Yum! Brands We’re launching our #LifeatYUM series to share our unrivaled culture and spotlight our incredible talent. First up, meet Kendall Ruber , a data scientist at Yum! Brands! As a certified LinkedIn Learning instructor, she personifies how people at Yum! are encouraged to grow and develop in and outside of our four walls. Want to learn more about what Yum!

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Take Five: Less is More

Chris Hall

A selection of the major stories impacting ESG investors, in five easy pieces. Articles 8 and 9 may yet live on, but investors made a clear call to the European Commission for streamlining green fund regulation. Rage against the (green) machine – It seems we’re little nearer to knowing the future of green fund regulation in Europe, after the European Commission released its synthesis of responses to proposals for reform of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).

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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.