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Hanley Wood, USGBC Announce Opening Plenary Speakers for Greenbuild 2014

Author Paul Hawken, NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to participate in a high-energy discussion on climate change

Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the speakers for the Opening Plenary of the 2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo. The Opening Plenary, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22 at the New Orleans Superdome, will feature leading author and environmentalist Paul Hawken; investor, philanthropist, and advanced energy advocate Tom Steyer; and Maryland Governor Martin Hawken, Steyer and Governor O’Malley will take the stage to have a discussion about “the dollars and sense of climate change,” and its profound impact on families, communities, the economy, and planet. The trio will examine the progress made and how much remains to be done to address climate change.


Refrigeration Industry Leaders Organize Global Food Cold Chain Council Initiative to Reduce Food Spoilage, Increase Efficiency, and Reduce HFC Emissions

A coalition of major companies that comprise the supply chain necessary to move cold food products from field to market around the world announce the organization of the Global Food Cold Chain Council. This initiative seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emission in the processing, transportation, storage and retail display of cold food and to stimulate demand for climate-friendly technology. The announcement was made by the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, with the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and other private sector partners at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit held in New York City.


Refrigeration Industry Leaders Organize Global Refrigerant Management Initiative Initiative Marks Milestone Toward Reducing HFC Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Three of the world’s leading refrigeration associations - The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Brazilian Association for HVAC-R (ABRAVA), announced the formation of the Global Refrigerant Management Initiative at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit.


Report Detailing Frac Sand Mining Harms in Upper Midwest to Serve as Caution to 12 Other States with Potential Mining Sites

Major Harms Already Seen to Human Health, Water Quality and Property Values in WI and MN; Voracious Growth of Fracking Could Lead to Similar Mining in IL, ME, MA, MI, MO, NY,  NC, SC, PA, TN, VT and VA.


Major harms to human health, the environment, and economy of Minnesota and Wisconsin resulting from the mining of millions of tons of sand used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) could soon spread to 12 other states with potential frac sand mining sites, according to a new report that will be issued during a live phone-based news conference at 1 p.m. EDT/noon CDT Thursday (September 25, 2014).  


Center for Sustainable Shale Development Certifies Chevron Appalachia as First Company to Complete Air & Water Evaluation and Verification Process

Company Earns Full Certification against All 15 CSSD Performance Standards which center on environmental stewardship and continuous improvement for Air and Water

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaborative between environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage prudent and responsible development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced that it has certified Chevron Appalachia (Chevron) as the first company to successfully complete the Center's rigorous evaluation and verification process.  Chevron has earned full CSSD certification against all 15 of the Center's Performance Standards that serve as the foundation for CSSD's recently-established independent third-party evaluation and verification program.  These standards center on operational performance as part of the producer's environmental stewardship and continuous improvement processes.


21 States Lack Plans to Protect Children--and Parents are Unaware

Save the Children's 2014 Disaster Report Card Finds Glaring Gaps in Emergency Preparedness

Save the Children's 2014 Disaster Report Card finds that 21 states still lack emergency plan requirements for schools and child care providers.  At the same time, more than two-thirds of parents of minor children enrolled in child care or school in those states (69 percent) mistakenly assume protections are in place, according to a new national poll featured in the report.


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