GLOBAL GREEN GRADES THE GREENEST STATES FOR LOW INCOME HOUSING CONSTRUCTION

GLOBAL GREEN GRADES THE GREENEST STATES FOR LOW INCOME HOUSING CONSTRUCTION

October 6, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA – At the USGBC GreenBuild International Conference, Global Green announced the findings of its new report analyzing Green Building criteria in the low-income housing tax credit programs. Ohio was the only state to receive a perfect score while Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington DC all received A’s and Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Colorado, California and Indiana received A- scores. Wisconsin and Texas both received the only Fs.

Global Green Announces 2016 Environmental Awards Honorees

Star-Studded 20th Anniversary Gala to Recognize Sustainable Leaders from Entertainment, Politics, Transportation, Building, New Media, and Corporate Sectors

September 15, 2016 – (Los Angeles, CA) - The 20th Anniversary Global Green Awards will be held on Thursday evening, September 29 at the historic Alexandria Ballrooms in downtown Los Angeles and will honor Facebook, LA Metro, Trammell S. Crow, Earth Friendly Products, John Picard, Mohamed Nasheed (former President of the Maldives, climate leader and Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience) and actor Shailene Woodley and Lori Woodley, Founders of All it Takes.

“We are so excited to announce the most diverse set of extraordinary leaders that we have yet to honor over the past two decades,” said Global Green President and CEO Les McCabe. “We look forward to having leaders from throughout Southern California and around the world join us to recognize the remarkable achievements of our honorees while raising critical funds to advance Global Green’s work here in LA and nationally to protect the People, Places and Planet in need.” More information on the event including ticket purchases are available at globalgreen.org/ggawards2016.

Global Green’s 2016 Honorees:

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President and CEO, Earth Friendly Products
Corporate Environmental Leadership Award
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Bill Weihl, Director of Sustainability, Facebook                  
New Media Environmental Leadership Award  
Click here for bio.

John Fasana & Phillip A. Washington
Chairman, Metro Board of Directors and Councilmember City of Duarte
Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Environmental Transportation Leadership Award
Click here for Mr. Fasana's bio.      
Click here for Mr. Washington's bio.

Trammell S. Crow, Philanthropist and Founder of Earth Day Texas
Green Philanthropy Leadership Award
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John Picard, Sustainability & Technology Innovator
Individual Environmental Leadership Award
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Mohamed Nasheed, Former President of the Maldives and a Champion for Action on Climate Change
International Environmental Leadership Award
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Shailene Woodley (The Divergent Series, Snowden Affair) & Lori Woodley
Actor and Activist, Founders, All it Takes

Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award
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This year’s awards gala will feature a Farm-To-Table gourmet vegan dinner provided by Akasha’s new restaurant AR Cucina along with organic wine provided by Bonterra and beer by Sierra Nevada. Event sponsors include U.S. Green Building Council, Thrive Market, LA DWP, JMB Realty and Icelandic Water. The event is chaired by Global Green Founder Diane Meyer Simon. Vice Chairs are Rachel & Sarah Meyer Simon and Cathy & Ed O’Neill, The event was founded by past president Matt Petersen.

About the Awards
The Global Green Awards (formerly the Millennium Awards), were established in 1996 to recognize and herald those whose lives and livelihood embody our global founder President Gorbachev’s call to reconnect humanity to the environment and to celebrate sustainable leadership. This year’s event will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the awards. Past recipients have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jeff Skoll, Van Jones, Suzy & James Cameron, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Rick Fedrizzi (CEO, USGBC), Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon, Lyn Lear, Paul Hawken, Sungevity, Interface, NRG Energy and Ted Turner.

About Global Green
Global Green is a national leader in advancing sustainable and resilient communities to green cities, schools, and affordable housing to help protect human health, improve livability, and support our planet's natural systems in an effort to stem climate change. Global Green is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

GREENING THE RAINBOW: CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD DECLARES JUNE 10 “LA PRIDE GLOBAL GREEN DAY”

June 10, 2016 (West Hollywood, CA) – To celebrate LA Pride and Global Green’s unique and historic partnership to make the globally renowned annual event significantly more environmentally friendly, Lauren Meister, the Mayor of the City of West Hollywood, presented Chris Classen, LA Pride President and Dr. Les McCabe, President & CEO of Global Green, with a proclamation declaring June 10 to be “LA Pride Global Green Day.”

The presentation was made in West Hollywood Park located at 647 North San Vicente as the participants were surrounded by some of the city’s new bikeshare bicycles demonstrating new zero emission transportation options. Global Green has partnered with the City of West Hollywood for more than 15 years to help develop their green building policies and collaborate on numerous sustainable development initiatives.

“It makes a lot of sense for two of the most important and successful progressive movements to come together in the City of West Hollywood to help Green LA Pride,” said Dr. McCabe. “West Hollywood and Southern California have been the birthplaces of so many important environmental and human rights policies and practices over the last few decades – from establishing landmark equal rights for LGBT communities to landmark green building and urban design initiatives which have now become commonplace in cities and countries around the world. By putting progressive policies for our people and planet together through LA Pride, we can further accelerate the great challenges and barriers that still remain for the LGBT and environmental movements to be successful.”

This year, Global Green will evaluate ways to reduce the footprint of music festivals and parades with a goal of reducing the current waste stream by up to 50% and moving towards a zero waste event in the future. Global Green will host an interactive environmental education booth to engage LA Pride festival goers with tips and tools on ways to be more sustainable, not only during LA Pride but every day. Global Green will be conducting brief surveys to collect data on the transportation modes taken by participants to get to the festival so that we can plan for next year’s greening initiatives. At Global Green’s booth, festival-goers can take pictures and make their own sustainability pledges to post publicly on social media using the hashtag #GreenAndProud.

ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN
Global Green is a national leader in advancing sustainable and resilient communities to green cities, schools, and affordable housing to help protect human health, improve livability, and support our planet's natural systems in an effort to stem climate change. Global Green is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green is the US affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Celebrates Global Wellness Day on June 11 with Top Lifestyle Experts and Brands

Partners include Global Green, SoulCycle, lululemon athletica, Celebrity Yogi Rainbeau Mars, SpaRitual, Wellness Expert Nikki Sharp, Intuitive Jill Willard, Weiser Farms, and Meditation Specialist Scott Schwenk from Unplug Meditation

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills will be actively participating in Global Wellness Day again this year on Saturday, June 11 2016 through a variety of fitness, spa, and food and beverage initiatives with leading experts and brands.  Michael Newcombe, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, is very passionate about Global Wellness Day, as the team is constantly introducing new wellness amenities, and Newcombe also oversees all 41 Four Seasons Spas in the Americas.

This year, Global Wellness Day will be celebrated in 100 countries from sunrise in New Zealand until sunset in Hawaii.  Founded five years ago by Belgin Aksoy from Istanbul, this is a special day that reminds the entire world of the importance of living well, encompassing everything from exercise and beauty treatments, spiritual teachings and ways of thinking, to the harmony between body and spirit.  This is a social movement without any commercial purpose, celebrated around the world on the second Saturday of June every year.   Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts decided to partner with Global Wellness Day to highlight the company’s vast wellness initiatives and outstanding spas within the portfolio.

“Living well is the simple necessity for every human being on the planet,” says Belgin Askoy, Global Wellness Day Founder.  “To overcome the global problems such as depression and lead a healthier and happier life, we need an inspiring beginning.  The name of that beginning is Global Wellness Day.”
 

Wellness Events

The morning of Global Wellness Day will begin at 8:00 am at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills with famed yogi and wellness ambassador Rainbeau Mars, who will lead a sunrise yoga session for the second year in a row in conjunction with Global Green on the Hotel’s rooftop helicopter pad, which features 180 degree views of the city.  Shel Pink, founder of SpaRitual, will be speaking at a media breakfast at Culina following the yoga session, about her Slow Beauty concept.

lululemon will have a fitness-based fashion trunk show, while SoulCycle will simultaneously showcase their exclusive bikes with passes to classes at their nearby locations, both on the Upper Pool Deck of Four Seasons from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, open to Hotel guests.  Weiser Farms will be partnering with Four Seasons Executive Chef Cyrille Pannier to showcase the farm-to-table offerings at the poolside Cabana Restaurant.  Intuitive Jill Willard will lead a session at 3:00 pm on improving energy centres for a clear mind, body and intuition.  There will also be a discussion at 4:00 pm by wellness expert Nikki Sharp, author of the new 5 Day Real Food Detox book.  The day will conclude with a sunset breath work meditation session at 5:30 pm by Scott Schwenk from Unplug Meditation on the Upper Pool Deck.

The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles will also donate USD 10 from each BioMeditation energy treatment and ila Manipura Experience spa treatment that takes place on June 11 to Global Green.

 

Wellness Menus

In addition, the Hotel’s culinary team will offer complimentary fresh green juices, made in house, available in the lobby on the morning of June 11 from 7:00 to 10:00 am for Hotel guests.          Four Seasons     Executive Chef Cyrille Pannier and Chef Denis Dello Stritto from Culina restaurant have created special breakfast, lunch and dinner wellness menus for Saturday, June 11, in which USD 1 of each menu item sold will benefit Global Green. Breakfast options include acai bowls with almond milk, honey, bee pollen, berries and granola; first burrito of the day with quinoa, black beans, avocado and egg whites; multigrain Irish oats with house made berry compote; and the popular sinless benedict with kale, organic eggs, tomatoes and pesto, minus the bread.

Wellness lunch items at Culina restaurant will include the rustica kale salad; pera vegana salad with grilled pears and house made almond “ricotta” plant-based cheese; ortolana vegan pizza and escarole salad.  The Global Wellness Day menu at the poolside Cabana restaurant will feature parsley and kale superfood rigatoni; antioxidant salad; grilled Japanese eggplant with tahini; and quinoa chile rellenos.  The wellness menu at Culina for dinner on June 11 will include polpo alla griglia, rustica salad, scarola Salad, branzino and salmone.

The Hotel will also offer wellness initiatives for employees, including antioxidant juices and smoothies, and healthy dishes in the employee cafeteria.

Say Yes to Global Wellness Day by following @FSLosAngeles using the hashtag #FSWellness and #GlobalWellnessDay.

GLOBAL WELLNESS DAY: Saturday, June 11, 2016

100 Countries Expected to Celebrate via Free Public Wellness Activities

In just two years, grass roots movement started at turkish spa
embraced by businesses, associations, cities, states & countries!

Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, June 11, 2016 will mark the fifth Global Wellness Day (GWD) being celebrated around the world.  GWD’s international network of over 70Global Wellness Day Ambassadors report that they are on target to have over 3,000 properties & locations in 100 countries organize complimentary wellness activities like yoga/Pilates/dance workshops; breathing & mindfulness sessions and nutrition & beauty classes to help millions realize that One day can change your whole life. In fact, GWD events will be held around the world on the second Saturday in June, from sunrise in New Zealand until sunset in Hawaii.

Hospitality & spa industry leaders that have committed to company-wide participation include: Accor Luxury Brands – Sofitel, Pullman & MGallery -- Anantara, Constance, Four Seasons, Grace, GOCO, Jumeriah Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott Americas & Europe, Oberoi, Red Door Spas, Resense Spas, Rosewood, Six Senses and WTS International. Associations and groups that have said yes to Wellness and invited their members to participate include: Exercise is Medicine, the Day Spa Association, SpaFinder Wellness 365, Treatwell, and the Global Wellness Institute, the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association and Florida Spa Association.

Taking away the barriers of exclusivity, this year’s rallying cry for GWD is Wellness for Everyone! with a range of cities, tourism boards, health clinics and even national dance companies offering workshops and classes to educate and inspire the public about the benefits of proactive wellness and mind-body fitness. Waterfront communities from Asbury Park, New Jersey to Imperial Beach, California, and both Jacksonville and Boca Raton, Florida are organizing a day of family friendly wellness activities.

AltaMed, the largest community health center in the nation based in California, understands wellness extends beyond healthcare and will be championing wellness opportunities for its employees and the communities it serves on June 11 in order to fully advocate equal access health & wellness services. In nearby Arizona, the Mountain Vista Medical Center will promote GWD activities at their Women’s Wellness Expo and the Sedona Golf Resort will hold the state’s first Wellness Golf Tournament, followed by a Community Wellness Fair at The Collective Sedona, a food/shopping/art/wellness center, with over 10 local spas holding classes and events.

Setting aside the second Saturday in June to provide complimentary, educational and experiential wellness activities to the public to promote good physical and mental health was the brainchild of Belgin Aksoy, owner of Turkey’s only destination spa and herself a cancer survivor.  An idea whose time had come, Global Wellness Day was quickly embraced by the wellness industry and, amazingly, only one year later GWD was celebrated in 74 different countries at over 600 spas, hotels & destinations!

Over the past two years, Global Wellness Day received the support of Hollywood stars such as Ving Rhames, Josh Charles, Ty Burrell, Jessie Taylor Ferguson, Mayim Bialik, and Joe Morton; authors like Deepak Chopra and Agapi Stassinopoulos; sports stars like Venus Williams and Rainbeau Mars; and leaders of the business world including Founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson; Co-creator of SKYPE, Jonas Kjellberg; and Wendy Kopp, CEO / Co-Founder of Teach for All.   Each can be seen with Aksoy’s ingenious but simple pink paddles reading, I Say YES! to Wellness.

Aksoy is determined that this special day dedicated to good physical and mental health be an entirely not-for-profit social project to make people aware of the value of their lives.  “Living well is the simple necessity for every human being on the planet,” explains Aksoy.  “To overcome the global problems such as depression and lead a healthier and happier life, we need an inspiring beginning. The name of that beginning is Global Wellness Day.”

Throughout her life until her recent passing, Chief Creative Officer of Kerstin Florian International Charlene Florian left an indelible footprint on the wellness world and gave her full support to Global Wellness Day from the very beginning.  To honor and commemorate her memory, Aksoy has dedicated Global Wellness Day 2016 to Charlene Florian’s legacy.

The International Coordinator of GWD, Jean Guy de Gabriac, who also runs a Belgium-based spa training & consultancy company, explains, “The discovery and practice of wellness activities invites everyone to enjoy a revitalized body, a clear mind and a peaceful heart. The world needs these three free and renewable sources of energy now more than ever.  How long we have on this planet is not as important as what we actually do which each day that is granted to us.  We are One... Wellness for Everyone!”

Michael Newcombe, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Head of Spa Task Force for his company’s 41 spas in North America explains, “We are thrilled to participate in Global Wellness Day for the second year in a row to help inspire guests and locals in each market to focus on a healthy lifestyle.  Our properties will be offering farmers market-inspired culinary items and top fitness programs and sample spa treatments for all who participate.”

Global Wellness Day Ambassadors organizing activities for June 11 come from the following 83 countries:

Australia, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Carribbean, China, CostaRica, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macau, Madeira Island, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Ireland, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Palau, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam.

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Compost Could Create Water Efficient Landscapes in California

A growing amount of research links the use of compost to a reduction in water demand for urban and rural landscapes.

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

As part of the California Governor’s statewide mandate to reduce water use in response to the extreme drought, the State Department of Water Resources was tasked with revising their Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). The Department of Water Resources asked Global Green to submit comments on the MWELO as part of their stakeholder process.  Global Green supported language that includes compost as a means of reducing irrigation and these comments were subsequently accepted in the draft version, specifically serving to inform section 492.6(a)(3) pertaining to soil preparation, mulch, and amendments.

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

Global Green’s comments were then successfully included in the final version of California’s MWELO, requiring cites to use compost as a method to reduce water demand and irrigation.  Approved by the California Water Commission on July 15, 2015, the MWELO outlines the practices that commercial and residential landscape developments must use to ensure irrigation can be minimized on their properties. Local agencies (cities and counties) must adopt the MWELO by December 1, 2015, or adopt a Local or Regional Ordinance at least as effective in water conservation as MWELO.

By Executive Order B-29-15 and the revised ordinance, local agencies are required to report enforcement of the MWELO annually, beginning January 31, 2017.  Depending on whether local agencies choose to adopt the MWELO or an equivalent Local/Regional Ordinance, implementation and adoption must be reported no later than March 1, 2016.

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

Once implemented and enforced, incorporating compost into more landscapes across the state will have the effect of greatly increasing the demand for compost across California, thus sequestering carbon and reducing landscape irrigation needs.

Links:
Department of Water Resources. “2015 Updated MWELO.”
http://www.water.ca.gov/wateruseefficiency/landscapeordinance/docs/Title 23 extract - Official CCR pages.pdf

Lily Kelly, February 10, 2016. “Global Green Comments Incorporated into California Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance!” Global Green USA Blog, http://www.globalgreen.org/blog/z2affwkwfil4jb6q28rh82d1qwv1em

Department of Water Resources. “Guidance for California cities and counties during their ordinance adoption process”. http://www.water.ca.gov/wateruseefficiency/landscapeordinance/docs/2015%20MWELO%20Guidance%20for%20Local%20Agencies.pdf

EXPO BREEZE BLOG

It’s April Fools’ Day, but the opening of the Exposition Light Rail next month is no joke!  Yes, you read right — you may have noticed all of the work on Colorado Avenue or even a few trains rolling through and wondered when you’re going to get the chance to ride.

Global Green is excited to say the wait will be over soon!  But you can get ready now by riding Breeze, Santa Monica’s popular bike share program that launched last fall.

Breeze Bike Share presented by hulu is a key part of Santa Monica’s plan for sustainable, multi-modal public transportation.  Breeze was specifically designed to compliment the existing transit systems as well as the new Light Rail.  Eighty Breeze hubs (and counting!) are strategically located throughout Santa Monica and nearby Venice to connect with our clean-running Big Blue Buses and are poised to give people easy, affordable access to the Expo Line.

Have you ever found yourself downtown or in East LA and longed for a better way to the beach?  Are you commuting hours to and from the West Side?  Maybe you just want to try that new restaurant on Main Street or do a little shopping.  Next month, you can connect easily from the Silver Line at Pershing Square; or from the Red, Purple or Blue Lines at 7th St./Metro Center, and hop on the Expo Line to ride the brand new Phase 2 extension to Santa Monica.  Use your Social Bicycles® app to find the bike share stations along your route and finish your journey with a Breeze (bike-ride, that is).  You can ride Breeze easily to all of your destinations in Santa Monica and never worry about finding a spot or feeding the meter.

If you dread the daily scurry through the hordes of SoCal traffic, if you find yourself circling, idling or tearing your hair out searching for expensive parking, even if you are just over paying for gas — Breeze is here for you.

The synergy of Breeze and the Expo Line offers more options and bridges the first/last mile gaps to provide reliable, sustainable and affordable transit.  The combination is a great way to be more active and give yourself some extra time to read, catch up on emails or maybe even shut your eyes (!) when you’d normally be stuck behind the wheel.

This spring, let’s make better use of our time with Breeze Bike Share and the Expo Line.

Check out santamonicabikeshare.com to learn more.

13TH ANNUAL GLOBAL GREEN PRE-OSCAR PARTY CELEBRATES GLOBAL GREEN CHAMPIONS, WORLD BANK AND UNITED NATIONS; NEW GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CURRICULUM TO LAUNCH WITH MUSE SCHOOL

MUSIC LEGEND AND UN MESSENGER OF PEACE STEVIE WONDER TO PERFORM

Feb. 24, 2016 (LOS ANGELES) - Global Green will roll out the green carpet for hundreds of eco-conscious stars and allies at its 13th annual pre-Oscar party on Feb. 24 at the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel that will feature an opening act by Charlie Puth, special headlining performance by Stevie Wonder and dinner program emceed by renowned journalist Soledad O'Brien. 

“Global Green USA is proud to collaborate with the entertainment industry to celebrate the recent progress in climate change and environmental achievements and to raise funds to continue our critical work in Los Angeles and in cities across the country,” said Global Green USA CEO Dr. Les McCabe. “We’re especially excited this year to recognize the World Bank's Connect4Climate initiative, the United Nations' leadership on climate change and Global Green Champions, four student gardeners who will help launch a global educational curriculum through a partnership with the MUSE School.”


Special celebrity guests – including Seal, Yoko Ono, Paula Abdul, Ed O'Neil, Jason Ritter, Emily Ratajkowski, Heather McDonald, Josh Radnor, Justin Baldoni, Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Amy Berg, Radha Mitchell and Walt Goggins – will be in attendance to celebrate, many of which will be arriving in eco-friendly cars provided by LAcarGUY.

The World Bank Group’s global partnership program, Connect4Climate, will be awarded for public outreach, youth engagement and advocacy work that it has been doing to advance environmental and climate change education, and to find innovative ways to take climate change concerns to a wider public, especially by working with the creative industries to maximize exposure of the issues at stake and encourage the acceleration of solutions.

To kick off a global partnership to launch the MUSE School’s Seed-to-Table program, Global Green will recognize a fourth-grade MUSE student with the Global Green/MUSE ECO leader award, and three student Global Green Champions will be recognized from the Environmental Charter Middle School and the Tom Bradley Global Awareness Magnet School. The innovative MUSE Seed-to-Table curriculum program is focused on students actively engaging in the reduction, conservation and repurposing of food, energy and water resources. The program explores the following areas: nutrition, cooking, permaculture, composting, GMOs, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy, organic farming, worm farms, and best use water practices.

A collaboration between the MUSE School and Global Green, the program gives teachers the opportunity to establish Seed-to-Table programs on their campuses and develop student growth and education in the reduction, conservation and repurposing of food, energy and water. Besides providing a platform for conservation, the Seed-to-Table program also integrates science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), giving students the opportunity to preserve the planet while learning academic content. Launching in the summer of 2016, the MUSE School/Global Green Seed-to-Table fellowship program is set to certify teachers in the MUSE Seed-to-Table program.

Celebrities will arrive to the party in style via eco-friendly cars provided by LAcarGUY, a local and family-owned business that has been a longtime supporter of the community, charitable organizations and environmental causes. Its green fleet of cars will provide transportation, contributing another layer of environmental-conscious features at the celebration.

Upon arrival, stars and special guests will be welcomed by a sustainable green carpet manufactured by Milliken using Aquafil’s sustainable ECONYL® nylon yarn. Made entirely of various nylon waste materials such as abandoned fishing nets, party guests will make their way down the green carpet into the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel where the cocktail reception awaits.

 

Party-goers will enjoy delicious appetizers and meals from an organic menu featuring Mr. C’s world-famous Cipriani cuisine, with a focus on plant-based dishes as well as local, organic poultry and sustainably caught seafood.

The event will also feature several unique sustainable auction items including a one-of-a-kind Kimberly McDonald 18k Green Gold necklace; a sustainable trip to the One&Only Palmilla Getaway in Los Cabos, Mexico; and a unique original framed photograph from Polar Explorer Sebastian Copeland. Guests and Global Green social media followers will also have the opportunity to donate to Global Green by texting GG to 41444.

Global Green is proud to have Earth Friendly Products, the maker of ECOS™ Laundry Detergent, Baby ECOS™ cleaners and over 200 other environmentally friendly cleaners, as a featured sponsor of the event. Made with plant-derived cleaners that are safer for people, pets and the planet, ECOS cleaners are thoughtfully sourced, free of formaldehyde and dyes, pH-balanced, readily biodegradable and never tested on animals.

Guests will head home with a gift bag stuffed with a LUX & ECO tote bag, Planet Experts Spoken Glass etched water bottle, Coco Eco Magazine, Jax Coco water, travel-size Schmidts Deodorant and coupon for future purchases, Eco Tools makeup brush kit, The Butchers Daughter gift card, three-pack of Sustain Condoms and organic lubricant, Earth Friendly Products dish soap or laundry detergent, Boxed Water, Purely Elizabeth organic and gluten-free granola bag, Gather Journal, DVD copy of Into The Cold documentary, copy of Green Is Good book, and Terrain scented candle.

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About Global Green USA
Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities -- such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

About MUSE School CA
Founded in 2006 by Suzy Amis Cameron and Rebecca Amis, MUSE School CA’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another, and the planet. Through individual and passion-based learning, MUSE students achieve academic excellence, learn self-efficacy, exercise sustainability, and become compassionate global champions. As one of the greenest schools in the United States, MUSE supports spontaneous learning on both its campuses, enticing students from Early Childhood through High School to explore, create, discover and reflect. MUSE School CA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit school located in Calabasas, CA governed by a Board of Directors that is responsible for strategic planning, policies, and the fiscal stability of the organization. For more information visit museschool.org or follow us @MUSESchoolCA.

Press Contacts:
Sunshine Sachs – Michael Samonte, Alyssa Furnari
[email protected]

 

 

Aquafil and Milliken Partner to Create Sustainable “Green Carpet” for Global Green 13th Annual Pre-Oscar® Party


 

Aquafil and Milliken Partner to Create Sustainable “Green Carpet” for Global Green 13th Annual Pre-Oscar® Party

Made from ECONYL® 100 percent regenerated nylon, PVC-free green carpet takes center stage at this high-profile sustainability event

 

LOS ANGELES – Feb. 19, 2016 – With the shared mission of merging beauty and sustainable design, Aquafil and Milliken have partnered to create and debut a custom-designed green carpet that will grace the step and repeat at Global Green’s 13th annual Pre-Oscar Party.

 

More than 500 guests, including celebrities, eco-luminaries, environmental companies and political leadership from around the world will gather on Feb. 24, 2016 to celebrate sustainable solutions and hear the latest green messages from some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

 

The Global Green event raises not only funds for critical environmental initiatives, but also global awareness of solutions to climate change. Global Green leads by example on how to live greener lifestyles by featuring everything from a sustainable green carpet, to an all-organic menu, to making the event zero-waste and having celebrities arrive in eco-friendly vehicles.  All of these efforts appropriately dub this party as the green event of Oscar week.

 

At the center of it all will be the launch of the green carpet, manufactured by Milliken using Aquafil’s sustainable ECONYL® nylon yarn, which will greet celebrity guests as they arrive. Made completely from nylon waste materials – such as abandoned fishing nets and used carpets – ECONYL breathes new life into old products that would otherwise pollute the world’s oceans and landfills.

 

“Working with Milliken to create the green carpet for this high-profile event was a unique opportunity for our team,” said Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO of Aquafil Group. “Sustainability is in our DNA, and we are honored to be a part of this process and to help Global Green further its mission. By working together, we collectively raise the bar of responsibility.”

 

The PVC-free green carpet represents just one of the sustainable solutions at this event. As the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, Global Green’s signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods and cities as well as rebuilding communities that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise and environmental degradation.

 

“It was important for Global Green to find the right partners for this event – partners who not only share our outlook on sustainability, but also the same values and goals,” said Elizabeth Nettles, Director of Corporate Engagement and Special Events at Global Green. “Aquafil has been at the forefront in research of new production models for sustainable development, a pillar of why Global Green exists. So it’s fitting that Aquafil and Milliken provide the sustainable green carpet that will welcome eco-minded A-listers to the 13th annual pre-Oscar celebration.”

 

“This green carpet helps us showcase a growing trend at the intersection of high quality and sustainable design – a critical component to the greater environmental movement,” said Jim McCallum, president of Milliken’s global flooring division. “Our partnership with Aquafil enables us to create products that are at once beautiful, functional and sustainable, and the Pre-Oscar Party with Global Green is the perfect venue to showcase this trifecta.”

 

Milliken’s progressive flooring products offer environmentally friendly design solutions built from unique insights and unparalleled technical capabilities. All Milliken carpets in the U.S. are PVC-free to improve indoor air quality and are manufactured using 52 percent renewable energy. The company has also sent zero process waste to landfill for more than 22 years. Its leadership in sustainable design is furthered by its eco-minded partner, Aquafil. For every ton of fishing nets recovered, Aquafil is able to produce enough regenerated ECONYL nylon yarn for Milliken to create roughly 11,000 square feet of sustainable carpet.

 

About Aquafil

Since 1969, Aquafil has been one of the leading players, both in Italy and globally, in the production of polyamide 6. The Aquafil Group has a presence in eight countries on three continents, employing more than 2700 staff at 16 plants located in Italy, Germany, Scotland, Slovenia, Croatia, the USA, Thailand and China. For more information, visit www.aquafil.com.

 

About ECONYL®

Made from 100 percent regenerated nylon waste materials, Aquafil’s ECONYL fiber helps divert global waste streams from landfills and oceans and is used to produce a wide range of textile products such as sportswear, swimwear, and carpets. Aquafil started the ECONYL Regeneration System as a sustainability initiative in 2007 and within four years it became an important milestone and commercial driver within the company, representing a significant step towards the company’s involvement in the circular economy. The ECONYL Regeneration System is the world's most efficient industrial system for the production of Nylon 6 and is unique in that it boasts no loss of quality after reclamation and transformation of nylon waste. For more information, visit www.econyl.com or @ECONYL.

 

About Milliken’s global floor covering division

Milliken has a rich history of delivering innovative flooring solutions from its award-winning global design studios, research center and manufacturing facilities. Milliken’s progressive and purposeful flooring products offer great design solutions built from unique insights and an exceptional array of technical capabilities. Visit us at any of our product showrooms around the world and see what inspires our community of innovators. Or, learn more about Milliken floor covering at www.millikenfloors.com, and on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram.

 

About Milliken

For 150 years, Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to explore, discover and create ways to enhance people’s lives. Our community of innovators has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private U.S. company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit www.milliken.com and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Global Green USA

Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities -- such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow @globalgreen.

 

 



 

13TH ANNUAL GLOBAL GREEN PRE-OSCAR PARTY TO HONOR WORLD BANK GROUP’S GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM – CONNECT4CLIMATE, UN FOUNDATION & GLOBAL GREEN CHAMPIONS

MUSIC LEGEND AND UN MESSENGER OF PEACE STEVIE WONDER TO PERFORM

Feb. 22, 2016 (LOS ANGELES) - Global Green will roll out the green carpet for the eco-conscious stars and allies at its 13th annual pre-Oscar party on Feb. 24 at the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel that will feature an opening act by Charlie Puth, special headlining performance by Stevie Wonder and dinner program emceed by renowned journalist Soledad O’Brien. The event will recognize the World Bank’s Connect4Climate initiative, as well as the UN Foundation and Global Green Champions who include elementary and middle school student gardeners who will help launch a global educational curriculum through a partnership with the MUSE School.

Take a selfie on Times Square with the #Action4Climate Trailer. Credit: Leigh Vogel

Take a selfie on Times Square with the #Action4Climate Trailer. Credit: Leigh Vogel

The World Bank Group’s global partnership program, Connect4Climate, will be awarded for public outreach, youth engagement and advocacy work that it has been doing to advance environmental and climate change education, and to find innovative ways to take climate change concerns to a wider public, especially by working with the creative industries to maximize exposure of the issues at stake and encourage the acceleration of solutions. 

“We are so pleased to recognize the extraordinary impact of Connect4climate,” said Global Green CEO, Dr. Les McCabe. “It’s especially appropriate to acknowledge the World Bank during Oscar week because of their successful engagement of the film community. Their Action4Climate competition enabled more than 260 young filmmakers from 70 countries to present their local stories to a global audience, and they brought together over 170 Film Commissions and other film industry organizations to pave the way for an international ‘greening of the silver screen’ through the work of their ongoing Film4Climate initiative.”

Lucia Grenna, Program Manager of Connect4Climate, who will accept the award, notes, “my organization is dedicated to ending poverty. But, as World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said many times, we will never end poverty if we don’t tackle climate change, in part because climate change hits the poorest the hardest. Celebrities and the creative industries, including the film industry, can all make a difference in raising awareness for climate action and motivating lower carbon lifestyle changes.  We need a global movement for climate change: everyone’s action counts and it is everybody’s business.”

 

About Global Green USA
Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities -- such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

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USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi to join Global Green USA Board

For More Information Contact:
William Bridge
310.581.2700
[email protected]

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2016


 

USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi to join Global Green USA Board
Global environmental leader brings enhanced expertise, 
reach to the organization’s work

(Santa Monica – February 9, 2016) -- Global Green USA, a national leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that improve lives and protect our planet, is pleased to announce that Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has joined the Global Green USA Board of Directors. 

As the founding chair of USGBC, Fedrizzi is recognized as a global leader in the green building movement.  He brings decades of experience, both as a business leader and as head of one of the most influential and innovative environmental non-profits, to Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev to foster a global values shift toward a sustainable and secure future. 

A passionate advocate for sustainable business, Fedrizzi co-founded USGBC while he was Environmental Marketing Director at United Technologies Corporation.  He has served as USGBC’s CEO since 2004 and during the past decade has led USGBC’s efforts to establish green building as a global mainstream movement.  USGBC’s LEED green building rating program has been a cornerstone of Fedrizzi’s far-reaching agenda.  Since its launch in 2000, LEED has grown exponentially: nearly 75,000 commercial projects spanning more than 14 billion square feet and nearly 200,000 residential units around the world participate in LEED, with 1.8 million square feet of building space earning LEED certification every day.

Fedrizzi also established the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, establishing a powerful collaborative platform to improve school facilities and bring attention to the idea that where our kids learn matters, successfully encouraging a national effort to improve the building stock of our nation’s schools.

“We’re very excited to have Rick join our Board of Directors,” said Global Green USA President and CEO Les McCabe.  “Rick brings his tremendous experience to our work to create transformative model projects and advance new policies that build sustainable and resilient communities and affordable housing.  This will cement the already close collaboration between USGBC and Global Green, allowing us to give added weight to our shared efforts to solve the world's most pressing environmental challenge — climate change.” 

Fedrizzi serves on numerous boards and advisory committees including WATSCO, the largest distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment in the United States; the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council.  His many awards and honors include the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy, the Olmsted Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Arents Award from Syracuse University, and honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects.  He is also CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. and chair of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark.  His book, Greenthink:  How Profit Can Save the Planet, was released in late 2015 to wide acclaim.

About Global Green USA
Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research.  Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation.ÍÍ  For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

Cross-country bike share rider lands in Santa Monica on January 23

Santa Monica Spoke / Santa Monica NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  January 20, 2015
CONTACT:  Cynthia Rose [email protected]
T: 310.880.2024

Cross-country bike share rider lands in Santa Monica on January 23, to be welcomed by Santa Monica Spoke on Santa Monica’s Breeze Bike Share, presented by Hulu!

SANTA MONICA, CA – Jeffrey Tanenhaus, bike commuter turned bike tourist has ridden a NYC bike share bike across the US and will end his cross country tour at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, January 23rd. While a 45 lb. public bike share bike would not be most people's first choice for a long-distance bike ride, Jeffrey decided to ride the bike that had given him so much joy commuting to work and for his daily errands in New York City — promoting the versatility and benefits of healthy, active transportation and contributing to a less congested and more vibrant city.

Much of Jeffrey’s trip, which he calls Countri Bike has been along Route 66. Local advocacy group Santa Monica Spoke is planning to welcome Jeffrey to the West Coast with a ride along the last leg of his journey on City of Santa Monica’s own recently launched public bike share system Breeze, presented by Hulu. Together, with bike share advocates, we will ride with Jeffrey from Colorado Center Park to the Santa Monica Pier, departing at 2:45 pm. There we will celebrate the end his journey with a fun finish line ribbon cutting at the iconic end of Route 66 atop of the Santa Monica Pier, at 3 pm.

Santa Monica has been a proud leader in the Southern California region, launching Los Angeles County’s first public bike share system on November 12, 2015. We are thrilled residents and visitors alike are embracing Breeze Bike Share as an easy way to get around town. Since launching, over 6,150 active members have joined the City of Santa Monica owned 500-bike system, completing 24,800 trips. In total, members have traveled 55,667 miles, about the equivalent of nine round trips from Santa Monica to New York City, logging over 495 days of ride time. Breeze has kept an estimated 54,300 lbs. of carbon from entering the atmosphere, and riders have burned an estimated 2,434,160 calories.

As Breeze Bike Share continues to grow in popularity, it will help our city reduce car trips, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve mobility for Santa Monica residents, employees, and visitors. Since the beginning Santa Monica Spoke has supported bike share as a healthy, active alternative to car trips and an important component in the City’s overall strategy to offer the community sustainable alternatives that help reduce car trips that contribute to vehicle congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited and encouraged to see so many Breeze bike riders replacing their short car trips and commutes with bike trips. The community can now easily access public bike share as one more option to single car trips and will soon be an ideal way to access Expo Light Rail when it arrives in spring of 2016.

In the coming months the City of Santa Monica and Breeze Bike Share will be working to fine-tune the bike share system to maximize it’s operational efficiency, customer usefulness, and safety for all users and bystanders. To that end, Santa Monica Spoke in collaboration with the City of Santa Monica and support from the operator CycleHop, LLC has begun a series of classes that will be offered monthly to help educate the community on how to use Breeze, Rules of the Road and basic bike riding safety tips.

ABOUT SANTA MONICA SPOKE
Santa Monica Spoke is the local advocacy group supporting biking, walking and health active transportation alternatives. We are a community based nonprofit working to make Santa Monica more sustainable, and a better place to live, walk, bike, work and play.

Advocating the implementation of Complete Streets Policies that support and protect all users and the use of public transportation to promote fewer single car trips fora healthier, safer, more sustainable environment for our community. Find out more about our momentum for change at SMSpoke.org.

ABOUT BREEZE BIKESHARE
Breeze Bike Share, owned by the City of Santa Monica, operated by CycleHop, LLC,  and presented by Hulu, provides 500 public bicycles at 75 stations throughout the city. Breeze bicycles offer flexibility for one-way bike rides to get around town in a fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly way and achieve the Santa Monica community’s goals to reduce car trips and GHG emissions.  Payment options include “pay-as-you-go” at 10¢ per minute, and monthly or annual membership rates that offer huge savings and are discounted for City of Santa Monica residents.  Register at www.breezebikeshare.com or through the Social Bicycles app for IOS and Android. 

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GLOBAL GREEN USA HOSTS 15th ANNUAL NYC BENEFIT: THE FUTURE OF FOOD TO SUPPORT AND HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD CHAIN AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

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GLOBAL GREEN USA HOSTS 15th ANNUAL NYC BENEFIT: 
THE FUTURE OF FOOD TO SUPPORT AND HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE
OF THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD CHAIN AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

NOVEMBER 19, 2015 NEW YORK, NY - On Wednesday Global Green USA hosted their 15th Annual Benefit The Future of Food at The Glasshouses in New York City. This year’s event celebrated individuals working to make all levels of the food chain healthier and less impactful to our climate and the environment, as well as Global Green’s and National Grid’s work to create resilient and sustainable communities.

Global Green USA President and CEO Les McCabe presented the Founder’s Award to Dr. Paul Walker for “working tirelessly to rid the world of chemical weapons,” and also shared a short video highlighting Global Green’s efforts to combat food waste.

Yahoo! Global News Anchor Katie Couric got the crowd laughing by segueing with one of her past TODAY Show cues “on a lighter note” and presented a Sustainability in Food Award to the Pollan Family (Tracy, Dana, Lori and Corky Pollan) for their life-long commitment to health, fitness and nutrition, and for their award-winning cookbook, The Pollan Family Table cookbook. “One of the things I like best about Global Green is their ability to shine a spotlight on people and pioneers who are really making a difference,” Couric said as she presented the Pollan family with their award. The Pollan women took turns giving remarks, with Tracy joking, “on an even more lighter note” and continuing, “Global Green does remarkable work on so many levels to make our cities, our country, and our planet a better place—thank you.

Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Farms, and author of The Third Plate was also recognized with a Sustainability in Food Award. Chef Barber and his team prepared the evening’s four course dinner, highlighting the theme of wasted food. The menu for the evening featured items like the ‘Dumpster Dive Salad,’ which was comprised of excess vegetable ends recovered from a chopping facility, and a ‘Juice Pulp Cheeseburger,’ that featured the forgotten byproduct of the growing juice craze topped with rejected cheese from a Vermont farm. Chef Barber introduced each course with an in depth explanation of where the ingredients were sourced, joking that “squash seed oil is the next kale,” and enthusiastically told guests at the outset that “each ingredient has been salvaged from your dumpster!”  

Les introduced another short film that spotlighted Global Green’s next phase of resiliency work in NYC following Superstorm Sandy, including a recent partnership with National Grid to support some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations by supplying clean energy and back-up power at locations that serve as resilient community hubs for people in times of disaster in the New York area.

The evening brought together nearly 100 of New York’s environmental, business, technology and finance leaders. Additional guests in attendance included: Michael J. Fox (Actor), Charlie Sweat (Event Co-Chair), Robianne Mackin (Event Co-Chair) and Sarah Meyer Simon (Event Committee), among others. Honored guests entered along the sustainable green carpet, manufactured by Milliken using Aquafil's 100 percent regenerated ECONYL® nylon and 46 percent renewable energy. In keeping with the sustainability theme of the event, the carpet was constructed with reclaimed nylon waste materials from around the world, such as abandoned fishing nets and used carpets.

Global Green has worked toward a more sustainable food system in New York City since 2009. Major successes in New York City that Global Green has contributed to include the transition away from Styrofoam lunch trays by 800,000 students in public schools, and our work with the city government, restaurants and food businesses targeting a legacy impact saving 20 million tons of greenhouse gases over the next 20 years by diverting food waste from landfills. Proceeds from The Future of Food will support Global Green USA’s work to continue creating healthy, resilient communities across the country.

PRESS CONTACTS:     
Nina Kiersted | [email protected] | 212-691-2800
Jacque Seaman | [email protected] | 212-691-2800

About Global Green USA
Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities -- such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

RECYCLABLE CUPS CROSS THE FINISH LINE

RECYCLABLE CUPS CROSS THE FINISH LINE

Largest Cross Country Meet in the U.S. Recovers Paper Cups, Demonstrates that Marathons and Races Can Reduce CO2 Emissions and Waste

October 26, 2015 (New York, NY) — Global Green USA, a national environmental nonprofit organization, has successfully completed a pilot project to get recyclable paper cups used and recovered at the largest cross country meet in the United States. This demonstration can help build momentum for increased waste diversion by other running and sporting events in the region and across the country.

On a crisp autumn day in Portage, Michigan, 10,000 recyclable cups were set out for 9,000 thirsty cross-country runners as they crossed the finish line at the Portage Invite. The cups, which were developed and donated by Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) member LBP Manufacturing, replaced polystyrene foam cups that typically have been landfilled after previous events. After the runners had quenched their thirst, the cups were collected in large yellow troughs - for easy use by tired athletes - provided by local hauler Schupan Recycling, and then delivered to a mill operated by Graphic Packaging in nearby Kalamazoo. 

Recyclable cups on race day.

Recyclable cups on race day.

This cup design had passed a recyclability protocol developed by CoRR member and local university Western Michigan University (WMU), which served as a quality control test to provide Graphic Packaging staff the confidence that the cups could be expected to perform well in their linerboard mill. The cups were successfully run through the mill’s process and into the finished paper product. 

Volunteers handing out cups. 

Volunteers handing out cups. 

“It was great to see that cups can be recovered at the scale of road races.” said Matt de la Houssaye, Director of Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery.  “While more work is needed for the broader acceptance of paper food packaging, this is a key milestone on a journey, and provides a great running step forward for more work ahead.”

"Graphic Packaging is proud to have demonstrated our sustainability leadership by participating in this pilot project with Global Green USA in coordination with the local Portage Invite race,” said Mike Farrell of Graphic Packaging. “Although the results of the limited CoRR cups trial have been somewhat encouraging on a small scale from a local road race, they are not conclusive enough to meet GPI’s stringent quality criteria for our products. We require broader, more intensive testing to simulate commercial application with a tightly-controlled trial, including a higher sampling rate to confirm the quality of any tested materials.”

Runners, Coaches and Parents on Race Day. 

Runners, Coaches and Parents on Race Day. 

The parents, students, and volunteers at the event were thrilled that the Portage Invite participated in this local closed loop recycling pilot, and the event organizers plan to explore options for recovering the paper cups at future races as well. “We are very proud to have been a part of this project, and we want to continue to support the use and recovery of recyclable cups,” said Matt Swanson, the Portage Northern High School Cross Country and Track & Field Coach and one of the organizers of the race. “We want to be a model for other events and races to use recyclable packaging, and show that it can be done. It supports local jobs, it keeps our landfills from filling up with good material, and it helps keep our environment clean.”

The Finish Line! 

The Finish Line! 

These recyclable cups were made by CoRR member LBP Manufacturing, are commercially available, and designed with sustainability in mind. “We are grateful to Global Green for organizing this pilot, and we look forward to continuing to work toward getting all foodservice packaging recovered” said Thomas Fu their Vice President of Global Innovation. “Our customers want to have a positive impact on our shared environment, and we want our current and future products to be a part of reaching that goal.”

ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN USA:
Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities. For more than 6 years, Global Green has operated the Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) program to pioneer waste reduction strategies in cities. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

For press inquiries, please contact Matt de la Houssaye, Director, Coalition for Resource Recovery, at [email protected] or 646-664-1602.

Global Green USA Announces Major Partnership with National Grid

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Jacque Seaman     
[email protected] | 646.509.2384
Interviews and photos available upon request.

Global Green USA Announces Major Partnership with National Grid to Create Climate Resilient Disaster Preparedness Hubs for New York Area Communities Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

October 21, 2015 (New York, NY) – Global Green USA announced an innovative partnership with National Grid today that will include a significant investment to create climate resilient disaster preparedness hubs in communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy by installing advanced energy efficiency technologies. Up to five community sites will be upgraded, including the Church of God Christian Academy in Far Rockaway, Queens and the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach, Long Island. Global Green and National Grid hosted an education event this morning at the Christian Academy with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder for community leaders, students and families to learn about these important upgrades, and to help families take emergency preparedness steps that will make them safer in the event of future storms.

The resiliency hubs will be centrally located in the heart of the community, and designed to provide emergency light, heat and power indefinitely during a crisis.  These resiliency hubs will be upgraded with advanced energy efficient technologies including solar photo-voltaic electric power and electric storage systems, as well as gas and electric efficiency improvements.  The upgrades also have the benefit of helping to reduce monthly utility bills—a savings that can be devoted to community programs year-round. 

“As we mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, our shared goal is to create stronger, more resilient communities,” said Global Green USA President and CEO Les McCabe. “We are thrilled to partner with National Grid. Their $1 million dollar investment will make these projects come to fruition, and we look forward to sharing our vision and progress for creating more climate resilient coastal communities at the upcoming Paris Climate conference.” 

“National Grid partnered with key community organizations like the Christian Academy in the aftermath of Sandy to make warm places available for residents in the hard-hit areas,” said National Grid Director for Community and Customer Management Mike Ruiz.  “National Grid’s partnership with Global Green extends our commitment to support our local communities, making them stronger and more resilient in advance of the next emergency.  Extreme weather is here to stay and we are investing in a resilient 21st century energy system.”

"The Church of God Christian Academy has been providing affordable education and community services on the Rockaway peninsula for twenty-eight years. We are delighted to be chosen to be partnered with Global Green and National Grid,” said Principal Charmaine Jean-Baptiste, Church of God Christian Academy. “The building system technologies they are installing on our site will help to improve the quality of recovery services provided to the community during natural disasters and emergencies.  This partnership will reinforce our commitment to serve the Rockaways."

This initiative was privately shared at a panel on climate resiliency during the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, and serves as the next phase in Global Green’s Solar for Sandy effort that launched in 2013 to help increase resiliency against future storms through the installation of solar systems on community hubs. This effort also supports National Grid’s Connect21 initiative, a blueprint to drive advances in America’s natural gas and electricity infrastructure – creating a more customer-centric, resilient, responsive, efficient and environmentally sound energy network to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Global Green and National Grid considered a number of key priorities to help identify partner facilities that serve the public year-round, and that are committed to providing recovery services following an emergency event for this resiliency initiative. Major criteria included being located in a low-lying, vulnerable area with few resources, where people would instinctively go for help.  Technical requirements included quality of roof space for solar technologies and ventilated storage for batteries. 

“During Sandy, our families depended on local religious and civic institutions to get the basic services and information they needed.  I applaud Global Green USA and National Grid for helping to improve the resiliency of vital community institutions like Church of God Christian Academy. Ensuring they have the resources they need to aid families in our most difficult moments will better prepare Rockaway as a whole as we continue in our recovery," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.

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About Global Green USA
Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities -- such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). For more information please visit our website, or our Connecting website, follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, friend us on Facebook, find our photos on Instagram.

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,400 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI also convened CGI Middle East & Africa, which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.

For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

CABBAGE JUST GOT GREENER

Turning Waste Into Assets: Global Green USA Works with National Grocer and Key Supplier to Save Money and Reduce GHG Emissions

September 15, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) Global Green USA, in conjunction with a national grocer and members of its national Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR), coordinated a pilot that led to the conversion of all cabbage packing at major produce supplier Northampton Growers to 100% recyclable packaging for cabbage. As a result, the 125,000 boxes used during this upcoming cabbage season that would have been made of unrecyclable wax-­‐coated  corrugated cardboard will instead be  packed in  recyclable boxes,   saving   thousands of  dollars for  each  location and  reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to planting over 15,000 trees.

If all unrecyclable corrugated packaging were replaced with recyclable alternatives, and recycled, the greenhouse gas emissions reduction would be equivalent to shutting down an entire coal-­‐fired power plant with no energy loss, and grocers and restaurants across the country could save $200 million,” said Lily Kelly, Global Green’s Senior Program Associate and the project coordinator. “Northampton Growers and their grocer customer are setting the standard by making recyclable packaging  a  priority  for  produce,  and  we  are  proud  to  have  helped  them  make  this  important change.”

We are thrilled that this recyclable packaging is performing so well, said Calvert Cullen, President of Northampton Growers. “This switchover means that our customers will be receiving 75,000 recyclable cabbage boxes that they can bale and sell with the regular corrugated cardboard, which will save them thousands of dollars. We are glad that Global Green initiated this project, which is a key step toward helping all our customers reduce waste and save money.”

The initial pilot project tracked recyclable, water-­‐resistant Greencoat® packaging made by CoRR member  Interstate Container from its packing in Moultrie, Georgia to its successful delivery to St. Louis, Missouri, a journey of over 750 miles. The boxes and their contents arrived intact, leading the grower to eventually ship all their cabbage in recyclable, water resistant boxes.

The Greencoat® boxes, which are provided by Interstate Container, are made from recycled material, and are recyclable in accordance with the Fibre Box Association’s recyclability and repulpability protocol for wax-­‐alternative coatings. “Many farms in the Southeast US and elsewhere have already switched over to recyclable packaging, including our Greencoat® boxes, but many more are still using unrecyclable wax-­‐coated boxes to ship food from the farm to the grocery store,” said Jeff Cormier, National Sales Manager for Interstate Container.  “We are delighted that Global Green created this opportunity to help grocers save money by bringing recyclable produce packaging to grocers across the country and one of their major suppliers, and show how strong and cost-­‐effective these boxes can be.”