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Keep Brevard Beautiful Removes More Than 15 Tons of Debris During Annual Trash Bash

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Remarkable results are pouring in from the Great American Cleanup events that are happening during Keep America Beautiful Month (April).

In its 36th year, Keep Brevard Beautiful’s Trash Bash covered about 40 sites with more than 1,100 volunteers dedicating more than 4,300 hours on Saturday, April 1. In just a short period of time, those volunteers removed more than 30,600 pounds (approximately 15 tons) of trash and debris from public spaces within Brevard County, Florida.

Avnet Success Story Video | The Story of Ubicquia

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Avnet works with Ubicquia to make cities smarter by embedding streetlight sensors that detect threats such as gas leaks, radiation and gunshots, and alert response teams.

Bechtel Engineers a New Sustainability Agenda

Originally posted on GreenBiz 350 Podcast, Episode 69
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GreenBiz editor in chief Joel Makower spoke with Tam Nguyen, the global head of sustainability for Bechtel. Tam describes efforts to advance Bechtel's sustainability through newly announced 2030 goals and targets plus a unique partnership with Conservation International to build resilience in the Philippines. 

Listen to the full GreenBiz 350 Episode 69 here.

Bechtel Innovation and Sustainability: Two Sides of the Same Coin

by Tam Nguyen, Global Head of Sustainability, Bechtel Corporation
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Global stressors — from water scarcity to modern-day slavery — are reinventing traditional business models across heavy industries that support a more secure, sustainable future.

Ten Ways to Celebrate Keep America Beautiful Month!

Simple Ideas to Create Cleaner, Greener & More Beautiful Places to Live
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Since the 1970s, Keep America Beautiful Month in April has celebrated the work led by our 620 state and community-based affiliates, local partners, businesses, public officials and millions of passionate volunteers to advance our fight to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities.

Great American Cleanup Project Benefits Martin Nature Park in Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma City's Martin Nature Park recently received a facelift as city, state, nonprofit and private industry teamed up to celebrate the Great American Cleanup, during Oklahoma’s Arbor Week.

How Cities Prioritize Public Greening Initiatives

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How much of an impact can one million trees make? What about approximately $3.2 billion worth? According to a recent study from The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization, an investment in tree planting in 245 of the world’s largest cities could improve the health of millions by helping to reduce pollution-related deaths and lowering overall city temperatures.

Top Five Circular Economy Trends for Business

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Waste is a resource. That simple sentence is the driving force behind one of the fastest growing economic trends in recent history—the circular economy. But how can businesses take full advantage of the circular economy to benefit their business and the environment?  In 2016, UPS and GreenBiz Group teamed up to survey sustainability leaders and business decision-makers, and identify trends that can make the shift to a circular business model more feasible for companies.

Four New Solar Plants to Deliver Clean, Cost-Effective Energy for Florida

Black & Veatch providing EPC project services for Florida Power & Light renewable expansion program
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has been selected to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services on four solar energy projects for Florida Power & Light (FPL). The plants are part of an extensive renewable energy program designed to help deliver additional electric supplies to meet increasing population and business growth in the region.

Prepay Energy as a Gateway for Customer Engagement

Prepay energy services have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional utility services, with notable benefits for both the utility and the customer.
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The concept of prepay, even in the utility space, is not new. Historically, these solutions have been viewed as very utility-centric by nature, focused on solving very specific challenges that were seen as problematic or negative. It was challenging for customers to keep track of their balances, and they had to put forth a relatively high level of effort to make payments and recharge their accounts. The result is that prepay was seen as complex and cumbersome.

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