1. TD and MillionTreesNYC Work to Grow New York City's Urban Forest

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    TD Bank is working with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to meet its goal of planting one million trees across NYC by 2015. This spring, the bank used a "mobile forest" to build awareness of the value of trees and give away more than 1,300 trees to NYC residents. Watch these clips to see inside the TD Mobile Forest and the Tree Giveaway.

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    • TD and MillionTreesNYC Work to Grow New York City's Urban Forest

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      TD Bank is working with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to meet its goal of planting one million trees across NYC by 2015. This spring, the bank used a "mobile forest" to build awareness of the value of trees and give away more than 1,300 trees to NYC residents. Watch these clips to see inside the TD Mobile Forest and the Tree Giveaway.

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      • Clean Cars are Good. Life Cycle Engineering is Better.

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        Life Cycle Assessment reveals the quantitative variations in environmental impacts over the different phases of the vehicle’s life cycle. In the case of conventional petrol or diesel vehicles for example, it reveals that most CO2 – approximately three quarters – is emitted in the use phase. The fraction emitted at the manufacturing stage is much smaller. In the case of water on the other hand, the picture is quite different. Even if it is regularly washed, the consumption of water during the vehicle’s useful life is very low. Most water is consumed at earlier stages in the life cycle. Analyzing the life cycle environmental impact of a vehicle is a complex task. Data must be inventoried for all components and all processes in the production phase. Therefore data is drawn from the Volkswagen Material Information System (MISS) and external databases. Volkswagen is now prepared using a Life Cycle Inventory IT tool. Fuel consumption and emissions during the use phase are calculated for the entire useful life of the vehicle, using the statutory New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The inventoried data on emissions is classified into environmental impact categories. CO2 and methane for example contribute to the category “global warming”. The other environmental impact categories considered are photochemical ozone creation, acidification, ozone depletion and eutrophication potential.

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        • WWF Says to Consume More Wisely on Earth Overshoot Day

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          Today – Earth Overshoot Day – World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and its partner Global Footprint Network want to remind us to waste less and consume more wisely, or we run the risk of leaving our children an Earth that can no longer support their needs. Earth Overshoot highlights the day when humanity’s demand on nature exceeds what the Earth can renew in that year. This demand – or ecological footprint – includes food, fibers, energy, and ecosystem capacity to absorb carbon waste from fossil fuel burning. Because of our high fossil fuel use in the US, the carbon footprint is a substantial portion of our overall ecological footprint. Earth can produce a limited amount of resources and ecological services in a given 12-month period, and we’ve already blown through them. For the rest of the year, humanity will be drawing on Earth’s reserves, something that’s only possible for a limited time before our environment begins to degrade and eventually collapse. However, it’s not too late to steer the planet back on course. WWF recommends several simple changes that we all can implement to significantly reduce our ecological footprint. “We now find ourselves in a world where human demand for resources is far overshooting Earth’s supply,” said Keya Chatterjee, director of renewable energy and footprint outreach at WWF. “It’s a bad situation, but it isn’t a hopeless one. Every day is a new opportunity to get back on track, but we all have to chip in.”

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          • Hospital and Health Insurers Report Increased Revenues for 2Q - The Minute

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            Profits for hospitals and health insurers improved in the second quarter of this year, thanks to health care reform. That’s the bottom line finding from a report by Standard and Poor’s analysts. The Affordable Care Act’s business model change from fee for service to incentives for preventive care, plus its expansion of the insured population, drove strong second quarter earnings reports from several investor-owned hospital chains, including HCA, LifePoint Hospitals, Tenet Healthcare, and Universal Health Services. As a result, these companies, and major health insurers UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, and Cigna have raised their guidance on projected financial performance for the rest of 2014. S and P notes that hospitals and insurers can expect to see increased revenues from the still evolving insurance exchanges well into next year. The analysts cautioned that exchange enrollees and lower-income patients are still a minority of the overall healthcare business. They also noted that the newly insured tend to be older and sicker on average, so their potentially higher use of medical services may drive up costs. And another factor: hospital business plans are starting to account for reimbursement cuts mandated by the ACA. Due to these long term uncertainties, S and P is still calling the outlook for hospitals “negative” despite the early indications of stronger financial performance. The ratings agency is maintaining an outlook of “stable” for health insurers. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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            • Carnival Corporation's Arnold Donald Accepts Micky Arison's Ice Bucket Challenge

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              Over the weekend, Carnival Corporation’s chairman, Micky Arison, challenged CEO Arnold Donald to participate in the #IceBucketChallenge, designed to raise much-needed awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This challenge from Arison and participation by Donald was inspired by Gerry Cahill and Carnival Cruise Lines’ leadership team and the move to enlist all 24 of its “Fun Ships,” to participate in the movement, quickly gaining traction across the world. Carnival is also making a $100,000 donation to the ALS Assocation. As a part of his video, Donald challenged CNBC's Simon Hobbs, CNN's Richard Quest, BBC's Katty Kay and CBS's Peter Greenberg to take part as well.

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              • GM Renaissance Center Now Composts Food Scraps

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                General Motors’ Global Headquarters, a multi-office tower complex that sends no waste to landfills, now composts food preparation scraps from its various Renaissance Center restaurant kitchens for use in urban farming initiatives throughout the city. Local composting startup Detroit Dirt collects coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable pieces and mixes them with herbivore manure, some of which ends up in a rooftop garden at the complex. According to GM Global Manager of Waste Reduction John Bradburn, “landfill-free” isn’t a finish line. There are always ways – like composting – to improve a facility’s environmental impact. The composting initiative started with 280-seat Italian restaurant Andiamo Riverfront, which has generated 12,000 pounds of food scraps since April — about the weight of an elephant. The initiative expanded in July to include Joe Muer Seafood, Presto Gourmet Deli, Coach Insignia, Coffee Beanery and Potbelly Sandwich Works. Restaurants in the building’s main food court are expected to join the movement in the fall. Approximately 51,000 tons is expected to be collected by year’s end.

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                • Can CSR Be Mandated? India Takes on the Challenge - The Minute

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                  An unprecedented experiment in corporate social responsibility is now underway in India. That country has become the first in the world to mandate corporate social responsibility. A new law requires companies to spend two percent of their net profit on social development. The potential sums involved are as big as the country. The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs estimates that 6,000 Indian and multi-national companies fall under the new regulation. It projects that CSR spending in India could rise to over $3 billion annually, triple the current rate. But since its adoption, questions have been raised as to the new law’s implementation. A conference held in India in June by the Global Reporting Initiative issued the Mumbai Declaration, a statement that while the bill was good news, it could lead to problems such as forced philanthropy, tick-the-box behavior, corruption, and masking of data to avoid compliance. Many companies will be undertaking CSR initiatives for the first time, and many small- to medium-sized businesses without dedicated CSR teams will have to form new partnerships so that their CSR-designated funds can be effectively applied.

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                  • Join the HP Living Progress Exchange Online Forum on September 9

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                    At HP, Living Progress means creating a better future for everyone through our actions and innovations. It’s our framework for thinking about how we do business. We would like hear what creating a better future means to you. Please join leaders from HP and other experts from around the world at the first HP Living Progress Exchange online forum September 9, 2014. This text-based forum, facilitated by GlobeScan, brings together leaders in government, business, academia, and civil society to create a dialogue where we can learn from each other, inspire new ideas, and share best practices. The Living Progress Exchange is one way people and technology can come together to help solve the world’s toughest human, economic and environmental challenges.

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                    • Great American Country, HGTV, DIY Partner With Rebuilding Together For Healthy Homes

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                      In May, Great American Country, HGTV and DIY Network partnered with Rebuilding Together at the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville. The conference educated attendees about products, policies and improvements for healthier homes and addressed the value of living in a healthy home. Government employees and TV personalities from HGTV and DIY spoke at various conference tracks. Country music star Casey James performed his single “Crying on a Suitcase” as a thank you to the volunteers who helped with Building a Healthy Neighborhood project. Ayla Brown also performed her song “Ain’t Leaving Anything Here.” On Sunday, attendees could volunteer for the Building a Healthy Neighborhood event where participants made a deserving Nashville neighborhood safer and healthier. Chris Grundy, host of DIY Network’s Blog Cabin, and Matt Muenster, host of DIY Network’s Bath Crashers, helped volunteers work on 15 homes in the chosen neighborhood.

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