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Electric Service Remains Safe and Reliable During COVID-19 Emergency Restrictions

Electricity is an essential service exempt from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order.
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by Caroline Aoyagi-Stom

As communities throughout California continue to practice physcial distancing amid Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, the utility is reassuring its customers that electric service will not be impacted. Electric service is considered essential and Southern California Edison employees are exempt from the order.

CCLA’s Helen Wildsmith Awarded 2020 Joan Bavaria Award for Her Leadership on Sustainability

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March 25, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Pioneering advocate for responsible investment and climate action Helen Wildsmith has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets, the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres and the investment firm Trillium Asset Management, announced today.

Monday Moodboard: Quietude

QUIETUDE: a state of stillness, calmness, and quiet in a person or place.
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In these unprecedented times, we believe there is opportunity to be united more now than ever to usher conversations around design, sustainability, health and wellness into their next chapters. Amidst challenges can also come optimistic solutions, new ways of living, and beautiful surprises, seen both within mankind and nature. Now is an opportune time to slow down and experience quietude. It is a time where we can turn to our inner selves to seek serenity and calm. 

National Grid Takes Another Step to Mitigate COVID-19’s Financial Impact on New York Customers

Company will delay approved April 1 bill increase to lessen economic impact of coronavirus
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WALTHAM, Mass., March 24, 2020 /3BL Media/ - National Grid has taken another step to reduce the coronavirus’ financial strain and economic uncertainty on upstate New York customers by deferring a bill increase that was scheduled to take effect April 1. The company has asked New York regulators for permission to postpone the previously approved gas and electricity delivery price increases in recognition of the unprecedented hardships the COVID-19 outbreak continues to bring to families across the region.

Research Triangle Park: Update on Our Environmental Progress

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The following is an excerpt from the 2019 CSR report.

In 2018, we announced goals to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, water neutrality, and zero waste by FY20 at Cisco’s campus in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. The campus’s proximity to leading research universities makes it an ideal testing ground for sustainable improvements within our real estate operations. Here’s how we made progress in FY19:

Climate Leadership Builds on Technology and Empowering People: Together We Go Further

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by Gilles Vermot Desroches

Founded during the First Industrial Revolution, Schneider is eager to lead the global push to put sustainability at the heart of what the Word Economic Forum recently dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

National Grid Implements Additional Actions to Protect Customers, Employees During Pandemic

Company enhances precautionary measures, remains focused on delivering safe, reliable energy
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NEW YORK, March 19, 2020 /3BL Media/ - National Grid has implemented additional steps to protect customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas across its Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island service areas. The company’s employees will continue to focus on delivering essential customer services, while temporarily suspending non-essential work that requires access to customers’ homes or businesses.

Kim Bowman-Scott: Doing the Right Thing

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Passionate about preservation. Stuck on sustainability. A “walking encyclopedia” of green living options. That’s how coworkers describe Kim Bowman-Scott, who earned Cox Enterprises’ highest honor for employees for finding a way to save bee hives that threaten our employees and cable equipment in the field.

Business Lessons From Phase One of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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By: Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR

How quickly life can change.

We are only in phase one of a pandemic that has changed the rhythm of daily life like no other recent event. As we take time to think first of the health of our families, friends, and communities, we are already learning lessons that will help us to navigate the urgent trials we face today as well as the fundamentally important challenges awaiting us once the worst of the pandemic passes.

The Detroit Water Crisis and Unexpected Coalitions

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Since 2014, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has shut off the water to 141,000 households whose bills were past due. Last year, more than 23,000 households reportedly had their water shut off.

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