Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel CSR News

U.S. Department of State to Participate in Global Conflict Minerals Symposium


Brad Brooks-Rubin, Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds and Conflict Minerals in the Bureau of Energy, Economic, and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, announced as another speaker at the Global Conflict Minerals Symposium.  This event, presented by the Conflict Minerals Consortium coincides with the 1-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Conflict Minerals Final Rule.  

April Showers Bring May Flowers: Your Guide to a “Green” Green Thumb


It’s official: Spring has sprung! Bring on the warmer weather, shorts, tee shirts, and the sweet sounds of kids playing in the yard.

Now is the time to start thinking about which flowers and plants you’ll be growing and nurturing for the coming months. This year, nurture more than just your garden – help out our planet, too!

Biogen Idec Joins the Diverse Cross-Section of Speakers for the August 21-22 Global Symposium


The Sustainable Associate Director at Biogen Idec, Patrick Hoy, is one of the meticulously selected speakers for the inaurgual Global Conflict Minerals Symposium taking place in Los Angeles, California on August 21-22 of this year.

Global Industry Leaders Unite for Conflict Minerals Compliance


The Conflict Minerals Consortium presents the inaugural Global Conflict Minerals Symposium taking place in Los Angeles, California on August 21-22 of this year. The Symposium coincides with the 1-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Conflict Minerals Final Rule.  

This invitation-only event will convene a diverse cross-section of attendees to share their practical experience, insights, and vision for achieving conflict-free sourcing practices globally with the implementation of effective regulations.

Unplug for Screen Free Week 2013


If you’re like many of us, you spend a huge chunk of your day staring at some kind of computer  or television screen (while intermittently checking your phone), video conferencing with business contacts or family, and crowded around friends’/co-workers’ tablets watching the latest YouTube sensation.

Even kids these days are consistently plugged in: to video games, tablets, and the Internet. When was the last time your son or daughter asked to go play outside, or picked up an actual (*gasp*) paperback book?

Global Conflict Minerals Symposium Announces Additions to World Class Speaker Line-up


Schulte Roth & Zabel partner Michael R. Littenberg joins industry leaders speaking at the inaugural Global Conflict Minerals Symposium taking place in Los Angeles, California on August 21-22 of this year.

Mars, Incorporated And Partners Confirm That Genome Data Of Africa's 'Orphan Crops' To Be Made Public

Announced during G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture
Press Release

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013 /3BL Media/PRNewswire/ -- Mars, Incorporated today confirmed that data being developed by the African Orphan Crop Consortium (AOCC) will be made publically available so that scientists, plant breeders and farmers can more rapidly improve the nutrition of Africa's children.

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The Eco-City Community Challenge Launches to Help Canadians Save Energy and Win Big

Press Release

Toronto, April 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Canada wastes more energy than almost every other country in the world, which is why the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance is challenging consumers to change their habits and use less energy with the Eco-City Community Challenge. Everyone benefits when we lower our consumption: families save money and less strain is put on our natural ecosystems and municipal infrastructure.

Global Sustainable Tourism Council Signs Landmark Memorandum of Understanding with Pacific Asia Travel Association

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce a partnership as undersigned in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), a not-for-profit trade membership association headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand. PATA Chief Executive Officer Martin Craigs and GSTC Board Member Guy Chester signed the MoU on April 26 during the PATA Annual Summit in Bangkok.

How to Offset Your Conference

Creating leadership in carbon management for events

Collectively, business travel creates a sizable carbon footprint for conferences.  Conferences can produce 1,000 – 2,000 lbs of CO2 or more per attendee, depending on the event. That adds up pretty quickly. The carbon footprint of an event primarily consists of activities from three areas:

 Flight: An in-person event like conferences requires a number of plane trips. A typical cross country flight emits 2,145 lbs of CO2.

 Car & Cab: Traveling 40 miles, to and from the airport or in a cab around town, will emit about 40 lbs of CO2


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