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AT&T Orders 1,200 CNG-Powered Chevrolet Express Vans from General Motors
January 31, 2012 08:27 AM - Editor, Justmeans
AT&T plans to take delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans to be deployed to AT&T service centers nationwide. It is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors. AT&T, which has announced its intention to invest up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over a 10-year period through 2018, will use the vans to provide and maintain communications, high-speed Internet and television services for AT&T customers.
The Era Of Cheap Water Is Over: Deloitte
January 27, 2012 06:50 AM - Editor, Justmeans
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) today launched the Water Tight 2012 report, which explores the future of the global water sector in the year ahead. The report examines how major global trends such as population growth, increasing economic development, and urbanization, coupled with the changes in climate patterns, underscore the importance of effective public policy and private sector water stewardship in managing this finite and shared resource. The growing demand for water is making conservation and efficient use central issues, particularly as governments, utilities, and the private sector come under increasing pressure to be stewards of this precious and shared resource. The report states that a clearer water pricing will play an important role in how customers better manage their water usage. "There is a compelling case for utilities either to increase water prices or create a better pricing system that addresses scarcity issues, allows them to invest in the replacement of ageing infrastructure, and provides them with a satisfactory financial return," says James Leigh, Global Leader for Water, DTTL. "Increasing water prices, however, is a difficult political decision, as domestic water usage is considered a basic human right. As such, raising awareness of water related issues and educating the public about the necessity of more effective water pricing is crucial."
Deloitte Scores 100 Percent Rating on Human Rights Campaign's 2012 Corporate Equality Index
January 12, 2012 08:40 AM - Editor, Justmeans
(Justmeans.com / CSR News) - New York, NY - January 11, 2012 - For the sixth consecutive year, Deloitte has been named one of Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) "Best Places to Work," earning a perfect 100 percent rating on HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI measures and analyzes inclusion initiatives, company benefits, and support made available for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) personnel and the wider LGBT community. HRC's criteria for earning a spot on this coveted list continues to be raised, including a more rigorous assessment of LGBT health benefits, full transgender inclusion, and the ability to offer effective diversity training, recruiting, resources, supplier diversity and company citizenship.
Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire: Eco-Friendly Or Health Threat?
December 24, 2011 09:06 AM - Carol Pierson Holding, Justmeans
A Tacoma-Pierce County WA Task Force just sent its recommendations to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency about how to reduce soot in the air to meet EPA standards. The soot is created partly by diesel vehicles and industry, but the most (53%) is from wood burning stoves and fireplaces. I remember from my days in New York City the ongoing struggle over fireplaces and the particulate pollution they create. The concern has spread nationally too. As the New York Times reported last January, sales of wood stoves and fireplaces have dropped dramatically over the last decade. The Times attributes this drop at least in part to the growing ambivalence towards wood fires. But now that I'm in the Pacific Northwest, I find a different ethos about wood stoves and fireplaces. We feel good about burning wood; trees are abundant and so is firewood. We know instinctively that burning wood produces particulate pollution, we can see the smoke, but we also trust that the winter rains washes those particles away. Even some of our local experts see wood as a future fuel, a serious source of biomass energy. As University of Washington air-pollution researcher Michael Yost told KCTS 9, "We have a fuel that we can use which is relatively eco-friendly. It's a renewable resource. So there's a natural advantage to that biofuel use." But the realities and science of air quality question some of our long held assumptions about the wholesomeness of a fire. Yost explains, "”¦biofuels by and large across the world are much dirtier and have higher emissions. So we need to balance the use of these fuels versus the emissions they contribute. And probably starting on a local scale, because that’s where the problem starts."
Social Enterprise in Korea to Create Jobs for People with Disabilities
October 31, 2011 10:10 AM - Vikas Vij, Justmeans
Goodwill Industries International in South Korea is on a mission to build a successful social enterprise model that will provide jobs for people with disabilities. Goodwill Industries, in partnership with the Together Foundation, has come up with a entrepreneurial growth plan that includes the launching of 100 new stores that will serve 3,000 people with disabilities and create 1,000 jobs for them over the next five years.
Deloitte Survey: CFOs Will Need to Take a More Energetic Role in Embedding Sustainability into Business Strategy
October 6, 2011 08:50 AM - Editor, Justmeans
(Justmeans.com / CSR News) - New York, NY - October 5, 2011 - While a majority of CFOs are aware that sustainability will profoundly affect their "mainstream" duties, almost one third of them—31 percent—say they are either rarely involved or not involved in sustainability strategy and governance at their companies.
9/11 Changed us, Cantor Fitzgerald Since 9/11
September 11, 2011 09:32 AM - Editor, Just Means, Justmeans
September 11 2001 is the day the world stood still. This weekend marks its tenth anniversary and out of this devastation and loss of life, I wanted to show something special; how the human spirit has prevailed through Cantor Fitzgerald's commitment to be socially responsible. So, I invite you to come with me to Cantor Fitzgerald, a company that saw two-thirds of its workforce killed and its own survival put in jeopardy. Twins Lauren and Briana Grazioso lost their father Tim at work. Tim Grazioso was Cantor's chief operating officer on the 104th and was one of 2,996 people killed that Tuesday morning. The Cantor's offices spanned floors 101-105 in the north tower. Today, Lauren and Briana are on the verge of a career with Cantor. This summer they went to see Cantor's CEO and Chairman Howard Lutnick, whose own brother was among the 658 employees who lost their lives. Surprisingly, more than 20 children of 9/11 have joined Cantor Fitzgerald or its sister company BGC partners as either full-time employees or interns. Mr Lutnick says, "Nothing can make me feel more proud of what we have achieved that a son or daughter would want to come and work at Cantor Fitzgerald where their father or mother lost their life. That means we have created such a positive with not only that child, but also their surviving parent."
What's So Exciting About Replacing The 60W Light Bulb?
August 17, 2011 07:43 AM - Illinois Environmental Council, Justmeans
According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), in its recent press release , if every 60W light bulb in the U.S. was replaced with the winning bulb, the nation would save energy equal to $3.9 billion per year -and avoid 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions. This is no small statement.
It's River Cleanup Week
August 4, 2011 12:36 PM - Contributor, Justmeans
This week marks our 7th annual River Cleanup, and in my opinion it couldn’t have come at a better time. Living in Vermont, you grow used to the Spring Thaw, the inevitable mud season and roaring brooks that go along with the snow melt (and it always is a lot of snow that is melting). This year’s Spring Thaw turned into Spring floods though, and devastated many parts of our state. Not only were people’s everyday lives affected by these events, but our fragile ecosystem was as well. From dumpsters disappearing in Barre, to entire docks floating into the depths of Lake Champlain, our waterways have become more polluted than ever.
Would Your Building Pass an Energy Efficiency Background Check?
August 4, 2011 12:29 PM - Jian Huo, Justmeans
This summer, my EDF partner, Adam Hart, and I are running energy efficiency background checks on buildings at Mecklenburg County Real Estate Services in North Carolina. Of the county’s 100 facilities, we identified 15 energy-intensive sites and arranged site tours of them for a closer look. In our energy assessments of the facilities, the red flags for energy waste were older machines with low energy efficiency, lighting, and HVAC systems. The county’s indoor gyms and pools are equipped with over 300 metal halides that are 400W and 1000W, which run more than 50 hours per week. Due to their long re-strike time, daylight sensors and occupancy sensors cannot be used to help save energy. However, switching to lower wattage LED lights can cut current energy use by 85% and allow for the installation of daylight sensors and occupancy sensors for further energy reduction. Changing lights in the high ceilings will be a great challenge, especially in the pool areas. Although it seems time consuming and risky to change lighting above water, maintenance can put scissor lifts on the movable walkways to get to the metal halides and replace them.