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Unplug for Screen Free Week 2013

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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
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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

Clean Green – Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning

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Is there anything quite as cathartic as spring cleaning? There’s something about tossing out all that old junk, giving the house a thorough scrubbing, and generally de-cluttering that lifts the weight of winter off our shoulders.

Unfortunately, many of the products and practices commonly associated with spring cleaning – such as ammonia-based cleaners that can end up in water supplies – aren’t exactly the most “green.”

Conflict Minerals Clock Thunders in Global Brands Ears

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Within the last month, the Conflict Minerals 'clock' has gone from a mild tick to a loud thunder in the ears of Global Brands. Source Intelligence has received unrivaled amounts of Request For Proposals (RFP) indicating mass awareness of the importance to comply. 

Nestlé’s water grab: All a big misunderstanding?

Read what has Charlie Ashford has to say about Nestlé’s new scandal
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“It’s a question of whether we should privatise the normal water supply for the population,” says Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Nestlé. “One opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs… As a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.”

Insight into Global Brands' Concerns Surrounding Conflict Mineral Legislation

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In a recent Source Intelligence webinar, companies showed unprecedented interest in the Canadian Conflict Minerals Bill C-486, sponsored by Paul Dewar, a Member of Parliament. 

Mr. Dewar generously offered to answer the webinar attendees inquires. Below are a couple of examples; click here for the balance of the questions (Select the 'download Q&A transcript').

 

Q. How will the Canadian Authorities enforce this new Bill?

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