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    Los Angeles’ First Environmental Film Festival Free to the Public Launches July 29 at Hollywood’s Iconic Egyptian Theatre Presented by KCET and Link TV In Partnership with D.C.’s Renowned Environmental Film Festival

    Saturday July 29 Festival Features Full Day of Screenings and Panels Including ‘Water & Power: A California Heist’, ‘Rise: Sacred Water- Standing Rock’, ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘The Age of Consequences’ Films Introduced by Celebrity Activists Raphael Sbarge, Ed Begley Jr., Patrick Fabian and Sharon Lawrence


     Environmental Film Festival
    KCET and Link TV’s EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL will screen acclaimed films including “The Age of Consequences”, and “Water & Power: A California Heist.”


    BURBANK, Calif. – June 27, 2017 – KCETLink Media Group, the national independent broadcast and digital media network, has announced that its two services, KCET public television in Los Angeles and independent satellite network Link TV nationwide, will launch the first film festival in Los Angeles dedicated entirely to environmental issues called the EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL. Partnering closely on the event is the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), which for over 25 years has been the world’s premier showcase of environmentally-themed films.

    In its debut outing, the EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place Sat., July 29 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hollywood’s iconic Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) in partnership with American Cinematheque and sponsors that include Green Wish, a grassroots nonprofit that helps other local nonprofit green organizations fund projects for their communities, and Deadline.com, the media sponsor for the festival. The free event is open to the public featuring five additional acclaimed films tackling the most important and relevant global environmental issues today. Celebrity environmental activists including filmmaker Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon A Time, Murder in the First, Longmire), Ed Begley Jr. (Ghostbusters, St. Elsewhere, Pineapple Express), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) and Sharon Lawrence (Shameless, Queen Sugar, NYPD Blue) will introduce each film that will be followed by post-screening dialogues with the filmmakers. Free general admission tickets are available starting today at KCET.org/earthfocus.

    “With our commitment to bringing environmental conservation issues to the forefront for audiences on multiple platforms through our EARTH FOCUS franchise, we are proud to offer a free festival as a resource for enlightenment and education through powerful storytelling,” said Michael Riley, President and CEO of KCETLink Media Group. “In partnership with DCEFF, we’ve been able to curate the finest films that cover a range of issues impacting the environment today. We hope these films can encourage our community here in Southern California to play a part in helping save our planet for tomorrow.”

    The EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL is a full day event that will also showcase green organizations in Los Angeles including Heal The Bay, River LA, LA Conservation Corps and Sierra Club among others, with booths set up on the plaza of the Egyptian Theatre offering important environmental educational information to attendees. More information on The Egyptian Theatre and the American Cinematheque can be found at www.americancinematheque.com.

    The schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

    10 a.m.: Opening event in Egyptian Theatre plaza with booths from organizations Heal The Bay, River LA and Sierra Club among others.

    10:30 a.m.: “Water & Power: A California Heist” (1 hr. 26 min.)
    Introduction by actor Ed Begley Jr. (Green Wish Founding Member) / Q&A with Director Marina Zenovich (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired). Moderated by Maryanne Culpepper (Executive Director, DCEFF).

    From National Geographic Documentary Films, directed by Emmy® award-winner Zenovich and executive produced by Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney and Jigsaw Productions, the film unfolds like a real-life version of the 1974 film noir “Chinatown,” uncovering the ruthless exploits of California’s notorious water barons, who profit off the state’s resources while everyday citizens endure a debilitating water crisis.

    1:30 p.m.: “RISE: Sacred Water - Standing Rock (Part 1)” followed by “RISE: Poisoned River” (Total Running Time 1 hr. 34 min.)
    Introduction by actor/filmmaker Patrick Fabian (Friend of Green Wish) / Q&A with Director Michelle Latimer (Alias, Choke). Moderated by Chris Clarke (KCET contributor, California Desert Program Manager with the National Parks Conservation Association).

    “Sacred Water” examines the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which became worldwide news as the largest gathering of indigenous people in more than a century who came together to protect the area’s water. While “Poisoned River” follows Brazil's Krenak People who are struggling to survive in the wake of a massive toxic spill that has contaminated their drinking water, hunting grounds and culture.

    4:30 p.m.: “Tomorrow” (Total Running Time 2 hours)
    Introduction by actor/filmmaker Raphael Sbarge (Green Wish Founder) / Q&A with TBD. Moderated by Kim Spencer (Link TV Co-Founder). Not just a film, but the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

    7:30 p.m.: “The Age of Consequences” (1 hr. 20 min.)
    Introduction by actress Sharon Lawrence (Green Wish Founding Member) / Q&A with Director Jared P. Scott (Requiem for the American Dream). Moderated by Deadline.com Senior Editor Dominic Patten.

    This documentary film investigates the impact of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability. Interviews with distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans reveal how climate change stressors –water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather and sea level rise – function as catalysts for conflict in volatile parts of the world.

    Each of the films included in the film festival will be augmented by original content published on KCET and Link TV’s web sites at kcet.org/earthfocus and linktv.org/earthfocus, on related topics ranging from environmental justice to climate activism to California's drought. Contributors will include veteran environmental journalists and other experts. Additionally, visitors to the websites will be treated to multimedia features, environmental-related discussion boards and social media videos as well as trailers to the films being featured.

    The EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL is part of KCET’s “Summer of the Environment,” which offers a robust library of content on multiple platforms intended to ignite compassion and action for helping to save and heal the planet.

    Additional content on KCET and Link TV that focuses on environmental challenges and solutions include:

    EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS documentary film series Weds., at 10 p.m. The lineup includes: “The 11th Hour” (7/5), “The Cove” (7/12), “Seeds of Time” (7/19), “A Fierce Green Fire” (7/26), “Tapped” (8/2), “Breath of Life” (8/9), “The City Dark” (8/16) and “We The People 2.0” (8/23)

    Three KCET SOCAL CONNECTED environmental specials (7/11, 7/18 and 7/25 at 8 p.m.) focus on such issues as farming, recycling, climate change, environmental businesses and more.

    LOST LA: DESCANSO GARDENS (7/18 ) A documentary explores the history of one of Southern California's most beloved public gardens. From its pre-colonial origins as an oak woodland to its contemporary role as a living museum, the film examines how the Descanso Gardens reflect the social, political, and cultural evolution of Los Angeles.

    ARTBOUND PRESENTS STUDIO A (August airdate TBD) Featuring acclaimed artists with important environmental causes including Low Leaf and Aloe Blacc.

    EARTH FOCUS Dakota Pipeline Mapping project in partnership with ALMA and Friends, features interactive maps that focus on high-stakes environmental changes in the areas surrounding the Missouri Watershed, namely the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

    CALIFORNIA COASTAL TRAIL, an expansive online guide to the California Coastal Trail; exploring its past, its present, and its future through a series of historical narratives, camping and hiking guides, as well as articles about important cultural points of interest along the Trail.

    Join the conversation on social media using #EarthFocus, #KCETgreen and #DCEFF.

    ABOUT KCETLINK MEDIA GROUP
    KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV - DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 - and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Hulu, Apple TV and Roku platforms.

    ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL
    The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993 our mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film.

    Each March in Washington, D.C., we present 100+ films to audiences of more than 30,000. Filmmaker and topical discussions are an important part of our events, which happen at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters throughout the city. We also present a year-round screening series and community events.

    Many of our screenings are free, and our Washington, DC location offers the unique opportunity for films and filmmakers to reach national and international lawmakers and decision-makers. Our impact continues to grow both in DC and beyond.

    DCEFF is the largest green film festival in the world; the longest-running in the United States.

    To learn more, visit dceff.org.
    Follow #DCEFF: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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    LEDs are lighting up U.S. homes


    Around two-thirds of homes in the U.S. now have LED lighting. Americans are now thinking differently about the way they can use lighting in their homes and moving away from the traditional fluorescent lights to LED. In fact, LED lights are being hailed as the future of home lighting. They use little energy, will last a long time and are instantly bright when you switch them on.

    Compared to traditional incandescent lighting, using LEDs in the home lasts 25 times longer and uses at least 75% less energy. LEDs are making such an impact, that it’s been predicted that their increased use across the U.S. will make a huge difference to energy savings. By 2027, it’s expected that the widespread use of LEDs could save enough electricity to power 44 large electric power plants a year.

    But along with energy savings, LEDs also look great too and there are a number of ways to use LED lighting to completely transform your living space.

    DIY Guide to LED Lighting
    This guide will first consider some of the most popular DIY projects around the home including loft conversions and garage workshops. It will then go into each of the main types of LED Light including spotlights, downlights, and floodlights. Finally we have a number of general tips including health and safety, and when to see professional help.

    Some Tips for Adding LEDs to Your DIY Projects

    Standard Rooms
    Rooms from kitchens to bedrooms, dining rooms to living rooms, are the simplest of all to fit for new lights. Most of the time you are going to have existing wiring, junctions, switches, and fixtures to work with. Moving to downlights or LED Spotlights is fairly simple because you can make use of ceiling recesses, wall spaces and so on. Just make sure you know exactly where all utilities are from water pipes to gas to wires and joists. Plan thoroughly and take your time, as one of the most frustrating events that can occur when planning new lighting is to find that there are no nearby power sources available, forcing you to run additional wires and add more time to your project.

    Read more of this LED Lighting Guide


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    New Report Disproves Trump Claims of “Job Killing” Environmental Regulations


    Washington, D.C. – As incoming President Donald Trump prepares to appoint an anti-regulatory EPA Administrator based on claims that environmental regulations “kill jobs,” a new report that synthesizes decades of economics research documents that this claim is false.

    The Environmental Integrity Project’s report, “Don’t Believe the Job Killer Hype,” examines data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as reports from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and more than two dozen economists and researchers.

    The federal government data show that only about two tenths of one percent of layoffs are caused by government regulations of any kind, including environmental regulations. Layoffs are caused far more often by corporate buyouts, technological advances, and lower overseas labor costs.

    “The evidence shows that there is no simply no truth to the idea that regulations kill jobs or stifle growth,” said Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project. “In fact, regulations provide huge economic benefits to our society, with minimal, though generally positive, effects on jobs and productivity. On the other hand, the absence of regulation can have severe economic consequences, with perhaps the most notable example being the 2008 financial collapse.”

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Trump’s pick to serve as the next EPA Administrator. Pruitt has made a career of repeatedly suing EPA for its “overreach” and has promised to make “regulatory rollback” a top goal.

    President Elect Trump’s website praises Pruitt for his opposition to what it calls “job killing” regulations. The Trump website features quotes praising Pruitt including this one from Texas Governor Greg Abbott: “I look forward to working with Scott as he brings common-sense policies to a federal agency that has been one of the biggest job-killers in the Obama administration.”

    This term has been used repeatedly by Trump and Congressional Republicans, but an examination of economics data and literature reveals that the claim lacks a factual foundation, and is just an empty rhetorical device that journalists should challenge and the public should reject.

    Here are the facts, all of which are backed up by detailed citations listed in the report:

  • According to information reported by employers to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only two tenths of one percent of mass layoffs – defined as more than 50 people laid off for at least 30 days -- are caused by government intervention or regulations (of any kind, not just environmental regulations).


  • For every job lost due to regulations, 15 are lost due to corporate cost cutting and 30 are lost due to changes in the ownership of business or other organizational changes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


  • A 2014 review paper from the London School of Economics concluded that the effect of environmental regulations on the competitiveness of businesses is “negligible compared to other factors such as market conditions and the quality of the local workforce.”


  • Over the last decade, the benefits of environmental regulations have exceeded the costs they impose by a ratio of more than ten to one, according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.


  • All told, major regulations provide net economic benefits to the U.S. of over $500 billion per year.


  • A 2014 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that stronger environmental policies lead to short-term gains in productivity growth, resulting in permanently higher levels of productivity.


  • Clean air and water regulations often require power companies and municipalities to hire construction workers and engineers to build filtration systems. A report prepared for the Utility Air Regulatory Group estimated that the installation of a sulfur dioxide scrubber on a 500-Megawatt coal plant, for example, creates over 100 full-time jobs for three years.


  • In 2009, Economists at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst found that per dollar of spending, solar and wind energy projects create twice as many jobs as coal or natural gas, including more jobs in manufacturing and construction, and more “high-credentialed” jobs at an average hourly wage of $24.50.


  • Abel Russ, attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project and author of the report “Don’t Believe the Job Killer Hype,” noted that by selecting Scott Pruitt to run and possibly dismantle EPA, Trump appears to buy into the argument that it’s better to delegate environmental regulations away from the federal government and towards the states.

    “If this happens, we may also see a repeat of what some economists observed during President Reagan’s efforts at deregulation in the 1980s,” Russ said. “States with stronger environmental policies will outperform weak states and create more jobs, while states with weak environmental policies will suffer. Senators should keep this in mind when they vote on Pruitt’s confirmation during the hearing this week.”

    For a copy of the report, visit: http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/

    The Environmental Integrity Project is a 15-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, based in Washington D.C., dedicated to enforcing environmental laws and holding polluters and governments accountable to protect public health.


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    California Greenhouse Gases Cut More Than 2.3 Million Pounds by Fuel-Cell Cars Powered by True Zero’s Hydrogen Network -- The Equivalent to Planting a Forest Nine Times the Size of Disneyland


    IRVINE, CA, Jan. 16, 2017 – Fuel from True Zero’s hydrogen-charging stations during 2016 powered more than 3.7 million zero emission fuel-cell-car miles in California, eliminating more than 2.3 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, the company announced today.

    “That’s the greenhouse-gas equivalent of planting a forest nine times the size of Disneyland,” explained Joel Ewanick, CEO of FirstElement Fuel, True Zero’s parent, which is based here.

    To help car owners and others understand the benefits of driving on hydrogen, True Zero will post labels at its hydrogen charging stations showing the societal-impacts of driving a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle.

    Already serving an estimated 1,200 fuel-cell vehicles and growing, the company will give its customers and others clear information about the resources they are consuming and how they are helping the environment by posting a new Analysis Label, like the ingredients label on the back of food packaging.

    “We got into this business to make a positive impact on the world,” said Ewanick. “Our customers are making a difference with every mile they drive. It’s exciting to see such substantial benefits so early on, and we want to help tell that story.”

    The Sustainability Analysis Label show the entire lifecycle impacts of various vehicle fuels based on the Argonne National Labs GREET model. Driving on True Zero hydrogen reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 percent compared to a typical gasoline-powered car. About one third of Ture Zero hydrogen is currently sourced from renewables, with that percentage expected to grow.

    Two of True Zero’s charging stations provide hydrogen sourced from 100 percent renewable feedstock, which slashes greenhouse gas emissions by 93 percent compared to a typical gasoline-powered car. The company has set an ambitious target to source all of its hydrogen from 100 percent renewables by 2023.

    The number of fuel cell cars on California roads increased dramatically during 2016 and is expected to more than quadruple during 2017. Toyota began in late 2015 retailing its hydrogen-powered Mirai in California, and in December 2016 Honda introduced its next-generation Honda Clarity, also powered by hydrogen. Other automakers, namely Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz, are also leasing fuel cell cars in the state.

    True Zero currently owns and operates 16 hydrogen-charging stations in California and is in the process of building three additional stations to complete the first phase of its retail network. The company will start building the second phase of its network this year with larger facilities which can serve more customers per station to keep up with the faster-than-expected demand that is happening on California roads.

    “We’re already seeing far more growth than we expected during the first phase of our hydrogen network,” said Ewanick. “To keep up with demand and help automakers sell more fuel-cell cars, our future stations have to be larger and able to charge up multiple cars at the same time.”

    Charging a fuel-cell vehicle with hydrogen takes less than five minutes, but even so several of True Zero’s stations are already beginning to experience lines and wait times during the busiest hours of the day.

    The California Energy Commission, South Coast AQMD and Bay Area AQMD, which have ambitious goals to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases in the State, provided grants to True Zero for the first phase of its hydrogen network. The company also obtained financing from Toyota and Honda to help accelerate and grow its California hydrogen network.


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    Socially Conscious Electro-Pop Trio, Astronauts of Antiquity Release Rousing Music Video for "Future Back!"

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    Los Angeles, California — October 19, 2016 — Rising indie group, Astronauts of Antiquity released their stirring music video to their latest single, “Future Back” on the band’s Youtube and Facebook accounts on October 18, 2016. The music video had an exclusive world premiere on The Music News Site October 14-17.

    “Future Back” is the second single off of AOA’s upcoming Beyond the Maze EP. In their second release, Astronauts of Antiquity reassures the audience that their stimulating electro-pop tracks are not only intended to make you move but shake you up and make you think. Sonic wizard, Ivica sends listeners on a galactic journey through his glitchy fizzes and electronic sequences that seamlessly blend with B.Rhyan’s funky guitar grooves and India’s powerhouse vocals. India continues to entice AOA’s audience with her compelling verses that achingly long for a future of harmony — a future that terminates the harmful foundations of corrupt leaders who are destroying our planet and collective well-being.

    Astronauts of Antiquity team up with Tailor Made Media to create the band’s latest music video. The film perfectly portrays their motives behind “Future Back”, utilizing a charming sentient robot paradigm. The story begins with a news clip informing citizens that the President’s faceless forces of evil have eradicated the rebel and robot population rendering an unforeseeably bleak future. Directed by Chris Cotter and Josh Coyne, the video was filmed in an abandoned industrial park in PA which sets the grim post-nuclear scenario.

    We come across two pre-apocalyptic robots, Frank and Rosie who are deeply in love. As will be revealed in time, they are assistants of the Astronauts, lost in an uncertain future. The film shifts between the present (post-apocalyptic) and flashbacks of more tender times. Rosie, the surviving robot, is on a mission to build a time machine that will take her into the past to prevent President Kook’s disruption, and bring her Frankie and Future Back. While Rosie discovers the components needed for the time machine (left by Frank), the steel faceless leader Kook sends one of his men to command her under his ruthless control. Rosie must complete her quest utilizing the compassion component and enlightened consciousness module to complete the time machine. The endearing and artfully filmed video rewinds to Frank and Rosie holding hands in a beautiful park, insinuating that the robot couple successfully completed their mission and averted nuclear devastation.

    Overall, the band intends for listeners and viewers to cherish nature, connect with the ones you love and aspire for a saner world. Despite corrupt leaders who are not genuinely interested in the common welfare of mankind, we must believe that good conquers evil. AOA’s mission is to see the true essence and equality of all life — Unity In Diversity. Astronauts of Antiquity continue to move listeners on an emotional level with inspiring songs and stimulating music videos.

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    Who wins and who loses as the world goes green New research shows the best solutions for clean energy


    TUCSON, Ariz. – While it’s clear that the world needs to change the way its resources are consumed and distributed, for many, the path to a sustainable future may not be so clear.

    In “The Future of Clean Energy: Who Wins and Who Loses as the World Goes Green” author and professor Gary Schwendiman reveals that the solutions are very much within the world’s grasp; it’s just a matter of overcoming misinformation. Schwendiman’s research argues that most popular beliefs about the future of clean energy are simply incorrect, and most governments waste billions of dollars on the wrong green initiatives.

    “We can turn the lights on for everyone on the planet, but not with wind and solar power,” Schwendiman said. “And we can meet the rapidly growing demand for fuel, but not with oil shale, natural gas, or hybrid and electric engines.”

    3 billion people lack access to electricity. By 2030, the number of vehicles on the road will double, from 1 billion to 2 billion. This means, one day, hundreds of millions of additional consumers will demand electricity and fuel. If the world’s energy providers can’t meet demands in a sustainable way, it will lead to crisis, poverty and a world-wide economic upheaval.

    Schwendiman offers straightforward explanations of the potential energy source options, by comparing them to a football league, separated into two conferences. The winner of the big game is the energy source that demonstrates the greatest benefit to the global environment and economy, in the coming decades.

    “The truth about how to solve the world’s most pressing problems may come as a surprise,” Schwendiman said. “Yes, much of it resides in cutting-edge technology and forward thinking but, in many ways, it is already right here under our noses.”

    For more information, visit: http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000578066/The-Future-of-Clean-Energy.aspx or https://www.facebook.com/futureofcleanenergy.

    The Future of Clean Energy
    By Gary Schwendiman
    ISBN: 978-1-49694-042-1
    Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
    Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

    About the author
    Gary Schwendiman cofounded one of the first private equity firms in the United States to invest exclusively in clean energy. He has given presentations on clean energy topics in 26 states and 10 foreign countries. To learn more about Gary Schwendiman and his book visit: www.FutureofCleanEnergy.com.


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    (BPRW) Three WGL Holdings Board Members Recognized by Savoy Magazine as Among Most Influential Black Directors

    WGL General Counsel Leslie T. Thornton Also Honored by Savoy


    (Black PR Wire) WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) today announced that three members of its board of directors – Debra L. Lee, James W. Dyke, Jr. and Linda R. Gooden – have been recognized by Savoy Magazine as being among the most influential black directors in corporate America. These WGL board members have collectively provided more than 32 years of service to the WGL board.

    “We embrace diversity as a core company value and continuously strive to strengthen it on our board, among our employees and with our supplier base,” said Terry McCallister, chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas. “We are proud to have Debi, James and Linda as directors and appreciate the diversity of thought and experience they have provided during their years of service to WGL.”

    Savoy Magazine also named Leslie T. Thornton, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas, to its list of most influential black corporate directors. Ms. Thornton serves on the board of directors for Career Education Corporation which, through two universities, offers a quality education to a diverse student population in a variety of disciplines through online, campus-based and hybrid learning programs.

    Debra L. Lee has been a director of WGL Holdings since November 2000. She is chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks, a media and entertainment subsidiary of Viacom, Inc., and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of black culture globally. She was recently named to the board of Twitter, Inc., and serves on the board of directors of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Paley Center. Ms. Lee is also on the board of directors of Marriott International, Inc., and previously served on the board of directors of Revlon, Inc.

    James W. Dyke, Jr. has been a director of WGL Holdings since September 2003. He previously served for 20 years as a partner in the Virginia law firm of McGuire Woods LLP, where he specialized in corporate, education, voting rights, government relations and municipal law. He served as secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as domestic policy adviser to former Vice President Walter Mondale and has held leadership positions in several business and community organizations, including the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dyke is a former member of the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).

    Linda R. Gooden has been a director of WGL Holdings since April 2013. She previously served as executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Information Systems & Global Solutions, a $9 billion business with 30,000 employees that provides integrated information technology solutions, systems and services globally for civil, defense, intelligence and other government customers. She led the development of cyber solutions for federal defense, intelligence, and commercial customers. Ms. Gooden was named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for three consecutive years and one of the 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine in 2009. Ms. Gooden sits on the boards of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., General Motors Co. and The Home Depot, Inc. In 2010, she was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

    About WGL
    WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at www.wgl.com.


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    AccuWeather Announces New AccuWeather Rays of Hope Employee Charitable Giving Initiative

    AccuWeather gives back to Happy Valley through corporate donations and the many contributions of its staff.


    AccuWeather Global Weather Center - August 5, - AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, is proud to be an active part of the State College community and lead the way in volunteerism and altruistic giving. To recognize this important area of focus and the many contributions of its staff members, AccuWeather is pleased to announce AccuWeather Rays of Hope, a new initiative that will be used to encourage charitable giving and sponsorships.




    "AccuWeather Rays of Hope showcases all of the ways that the great people on our team are making a difference in the community," said Elizabeth Soroka, Senior Director of Human Resources at AccuWeather. "We are very proud of our staff, which is comprised of the best and brightest from all around the world. It is not surprising that such a talented, entrepreneurial group continuously takes the initiative to contribute their time and resources to their communities. We want to share their stories and highlight the great work they are doing as examples to inspire more volunteerism."

    The first AccuWeather Rays of Hope charitable giving event is the American Red Cross Blood Drive on August 8 at AccuWeather Global Headquarters in State College. Staff members who participate will receive an AccuWeather Rays of Hope t-shirt - a special honor to be worn by employees at future volunteer events.

    AccuWeather employees are very active in their communities, supporting groups such as Centre County PAWS, The Centre Wildlife Care, Penn State Student Mentoring, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and many more.

    AccuWeather also sponsors events including the Free to Breathe Lung Cancer fundraiser and organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Special Olympics, United Way, The Discovery Space Children's Science Center, and numerous other charitable causes.

    The AccuWeather Rays of Hope initiative will continue to grow as more AccuWeather team members share their stories and proudly wear the t-shirt as they donate their time in the community.

    To learn more about AccuWeather Rays of Hope, volunteerism in the community, and the American Red Cross Blood Drive, contact Justin Roberti at roberti@accuweather.com or 814-235-8756.

    About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
    Every day over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Established in 1962 by Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world's most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.


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    Native American Youth Run to Nation’s Capital from North Dakota for Rezpect Our Water Campaign

    Oceti Sakowin Youth & Allies aim to halt construction of Dakota Access Pipeline; to launch campaign into national spotlight; to hold rallies at the Pentagon and White House.


    CANNON BALL, North Dakota: On July 15, the youth from the Oceti Sakowin Youth & Allies departed on a nearly 2,000-mile long run from North Dakota to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Missouri River.

    Twenty-six-year-old Bobbi Jean Three Legs, 13-year-old Anna Lee Yellowhammer and 30 Native American youth from the reservation launched the campaign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the issuance of a permit to construct the Dakota Access pipeline, which the youth group says threatens the health and safety of their community.

    “We are running for our lives against the Dakota Access Pipeline because it's right in our backyard,” Three Legs said. “Now is the time for the people to hear our voices that we are here and we will stand strong."

    The proposed 1,154 mile Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois crossing over the Missouri River. From 2012 to 2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota alone, which caused destruction to the environment and polluted local drinking water.

    In the few weeks since the launch of the Rezpect Our Water campaign, over 140,000 people have signed the petition and it’s been endorsed by influential public figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Shailene Woodley, Ezra Miller, Bill McKibben, and even members from other tribes.

    "I'm running for my life, for our lives. For our water and our lands,” Joseph White Eyes, one of the event organizers from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said. “The 7th generation is here and it is time to uphold the prophecy and restore balance to our mother, the earth."

    Participants will hold rallies in the nation's capital on Saturday August 6th.

    For more information about “Run For Our Water” email we@ocetisakowinyouth.com and visit rezpectourwater.com for more information on the campaign. To add your name to the petition, please visit change.org/RunForOurWater where donations can be made.

    https://www.facebook.com/ReZpectOurWater/videos/1158037240905236/



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    Watching The Rails: One Community’s Quest For Safety

    Albany, New York


    When fossil fuel polluters need a place to do their dirtiest and most dangerous work, they tend to locate their operations in places where they believe people have less power, often in low-income communities or communities of color. Faced with a deadly new threat, residents in one predominately African-American community are organizing their neighbors and allies from far and wide—building the power to take on a Fortune 500 company and complacent regulators.

    (full article)

     One Community’s Quest For Safety
    Railroad tank cars in the Kenwood Rail Yard near the Port of Albany and Interstate 787.


     One Community’s Quest For Safety
    School crossing guard Be Be White stops traffic on South Pearl Street for children, including his son Brayton and Sanaiya, both six years old.


     One Community’s Quest For Safety
    Brayton (left) and Jahcere, both six years old, watch carefully over “Thomas.”


     One Community’s Quest For Safety
    Ezra Prentice Homes is the complex of grey-roofed buildings bordering the left side of the train tracks—where a line of tanker cars can be seen lined up. Global's facility and storage tanks are on the opposite side of the rail tracks.


     One Community’s Quest For Safety
    Attorney Chris Amato, at the Ezra Prentice Homes community room. Chris is a staff attorney in Earthjustice’s New York office and an Albany resident.


     One Community’s Quest For Safety
    Be Be White, with his son Brayton (left) and Jahcere, walk through the Ezra Prentice complex.


    The state and federal lawsuits are now making their way through the court system. If the litigation is successful, it could force state regulators to complete a full environmental and public health review of the tar sands oil proposal or push them to reject the proposal altogether.

    Just as Be Be takes seriously his responsibility of looking out for the children in his community, our leaders must take their responsibilities seriously—to communities bearing the brunt of fossil fuel industry pollution and to future generations facing the threat of catastrophic climate change.

    And when our leaders delay and equivocate between protecting people and protecting profits, we all have a role to play in pushing them to choose wisely.

    The choice should be clear, says Be Be White. “This is our life. It’s worth more than a tank of oil.”

    (full article)

    Blog: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2016-may/crude-by-rail-operations-threaten-to-drown-out-black-community-in-albany

    (in Spanish: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2016-may/crude-by-rail-operations-threaten-to-drown-out-black-community-in-albany#spanish)



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     Neste


    Neste to reveal a holographic learning concept: Simulates carbon cycle in real-life


     Neste


    Technology is changing the way we think and focus. This change has generated a need to reshape education. Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable fuels, has released a futuristic education concept, EduCycle, that enables real-life simulation of the natural world and the carbon cycle's role in it.

    EduCycle is part of Neste's Pre-order the Future project, in which one out of five products or service innovations will be chosen for further development in fall 2016. The winner will go forward to the prototyping phase and the final prototype will be published early 2017.

    EduCycle is a modular learning kit built mainly out of renewable materials. It is an interactive, holographic simulation where children can alter the virtual landscape by playing with the moving parts of the kit. The first lesson of EduCycle will visualize the carbon cycle: Removing cars from the landscape or replacing coal power plants with wind power shows a positive change in the cycle. The simulation is enhanced with an augmented reality (AR) solution to create an even more immersive learning experience.

    “EduCycle teaches kids to understand how their actions can change the world either for better or worse. Our planet’s future is highly dependent on how our children will learn to manage their carbon footprint,” says Osmo Kammonen, Neste’s Senior Vice President of Communications and Brand Marketing.

    Reshaping the future

    Neste’s Pre-order the Future project has been active since April 2016. As the project advances, Neste’s main goal is to create an actual innovation product that increases awareness of the possibilities of renewable materials. The public can vote for the best concept until September 2016 and the winner will go forward to the prototyping phase. The final prototype will be published early 2017.

    The jury that will have the final say in choosing the winning concept consists of the American spoken word artist Prince Ea, Neste's President and CEO, Matti Lievonen, and Neste’s Executive Vice President of Renewable Products, Kaisa Hietala.

    Learn more about the Pre-Order the Future project and vote for the concept ideas on the official website www.neste.com/preorderthefuture.

    Neste Corporation
    Kaisa Lipponen
    Director, Corporate Communications

    Further information: Osmo Kammonen, Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing, tel. +358 50 458 4885, osmo.kammonen(at)neste.com

    Further information:
    Project website: www.neste.com/preorderthefuture

    Neste in brief
    Neste is a pioneer in oil refining and renewable solutions. We provide our customers with premium-quality products for cleaner traffic and industrial products based on world-class research. We are the world's leading producer of renewable diesel, and our annual production capacity is more than 2 million tons. We also are the world's largest company providing renewable fuel from waste and residues. Our sustainable operations have received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable companies, among others. Our net sales for 2015 amounted to approximately EUR 11 billion, and our shares are listed on NASDAQ Helsinki. Cleaner traffic, energy and life are moved forward by about 5,000 professionals.

    www.neste.com/en



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    University of Oklahoma Signs Patent Technology Licensing Agreement with AccuWeather

    AccuWeather's unique patents to benefit the University of Oklahoma by supporting advancements in technology innovation, including OU's mPING app.


    AccuWeather Global Weather Center - July 13, 2016 - AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced the University of Oklahoma Office of Technology Development has signed a patent licensing agreement for the use of AccuWeather's proprietary patents to benefit University advancements in technology innovation, including OU's mPING app.

    Under the new agreement, the University will integrate a range of AccuWeather's exclusive location-based patents worldwide, which cover the ability to geographically pinpoint all forms of content across all wireless platforms to individual users and to their dynamically changing locations.

    AccuWeather's unique patents will be used in the popular mPING (Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground) mobile app. The mPING app was developed through a collaboration between NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory and OU's Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, allowing users to anonymously submit weather observations and view reports all around the world on Android and iOS devices. AccuWeather meteorologists and technology experts will begin collaborating with CIMMS to refine and enhance the mPING app through the integration of AccuWeather's patents, in addition to contributing their mobile expertise worldwide.

    "We are proud that the University of Oklahoma has joined with AccuWeather in driving continued technology innovation," said Barry Lee Myers, Chief Executive Officer of AccuWeather. "By collaborating with AccuWeather, the University has access to leading proprietary technologies, creating new synergies in the weather enterprise across private, public, and educational sectors."

    AccuWeather has previously entered into IP licensing agreements with a number of government agencies and private companies including the United States National Weather Service and Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. for access to patented AccuWeather technologies.

    AccuWeather has developed exclusive technologies to geographically pinpoint content to individual users in the mobile environment and to their dynamically changing location. AccuWeather's technologies allow for all forms of content to be transmitted on a priority basis depending upon its unique nature, format and size; the type or selection of the service provider; and the user's preference. These technologies are protected by AccuWeather's worldwide patent portfolio allowing for a true global reach in connecting people with information. By partnering with AccuWeather, enterprises and agencies have access to leading-edge content and operational protection from the patents.

    AccuWeather's IP licensing programs make it possible for partners to benefit from AccuWeather's unique, expanding IP portfolio and capabilities to help improve and save people's lives. For more information on available patents and flexible licensing programs, call 814-235-8600.

    About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com

    Every day over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Established in 1962 by Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world's most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.



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    New Report Shows World Heritage Icons at Risk from Climate Change


    Paris, 26 May—Climate change is fast becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage sites, according to the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate”, released today by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

    “Globally, we need to understand, monitor and address climate change threats to World Heritage sites better,” said Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. “As the report’s findings underscore, achieving the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature rise to a level well below 2 degrees Celsius is vitally important to protecting our World Heritage for current and future generations.”

    The new report lists 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries that are vulnerable to increasing temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, intensifying weather events, worsening droughts and longer wildfire seasons. It documents climate impacts at iconic tourism sites—including Venice, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands—and other World Heritage sites such as South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom; the port city of Cartagena, Colombia; and Shiretoko National Park in Japan.

    “Climate change is affecting World Heritage sites across the globe,” said Adam Markham, lead author of the report and Deputy Director of the Climate and Energy Program at UCS. “Some Easter Island statues are at risk of being lost to the sea because of coastal erosion. Many of the world’s most important coral reefs, including in the islands of New Caledonia in the western Pacific, have suffered unprecedented coral bleaching linked to climate change this year. Climate change could eventually even cause some World Heritage sites to lose their status.”

    Because World Heritage sites must have “Outstanding Universal Value,” the report recommends that the World Heritage Committee consider the risk of prospective sites becoming degraded by climate change before adding them to the List.

    Link to the report: http://whc.unesco.org/en/activities/883/

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    MAKE A DIFFERENCE: GO GREEN IN YOUR OFFICE AND HOME

    StockPKG Takes Your Professional and Personal Life “Green” with Discounted Line of Bulk Eco-Friendly Products


    DANA POINT, Calif. (May 12, 2016) – “Going Green” is trending now more than ever, as the human population surpasses more than seven billion people. In the U.S. alone, a child will produce 13 times the ecological damage through the course of his or her lifetime than a child born in Brazil, according to Scientific American.

    The use of natural resources is at an all-time high and if we continue this way, future generations may find themselves in difficult positions. Motivated to make a difference, StockPKG is doing something about the excess of personal consumption, offering a line of bulk eco-friendly products not only for the home, but also for the office, while also encouraging businesses and consumers to take action and “Go Green” to reduce their carbon footprint.

    StockPKG, the one-stop-shop for custom business solutions and resources carry high-quality, discounted business supply and home products with quick shipping. There is a wide variety of bulk eco-friendly items available through StockPKG, including:

  • Batteries
  • Trash Liners
  • Cutlery
  • Cups, Lids and Straws
  • Paper Pouches and Bags
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Plates and Containers
  • Frames and Journals
  • Food Service Products
  • Office Supplies
  • Shipping Supplies
  • Floor Mats


  • “As a distributor of a massive selection of eco-friendly products, we see firsthand the positive effects turning your office “green” and reducing your personal consumption have on the environment and amount of natural resources used,” said Sean Rudner, president and CEO of StockPKG. “Our team came together and compiled a line of high-quality “green” products businesses can purchase in bulk and have delivered straight to their door. If even a fraction of businesses and consumers out there implement the use of eco-friendly products, just imagine how we can work together to make the world a better place to live in.”

    As the “next Amazon” of business supply solutions offering more than 35,000 high-quality discounted products, StockPKG’s all-inclusive website and skilled team provide consultation for every stock or custom business need. StockPKG is a one-stop-shop delivering superior customer service, low prices and custom solutions you can’t find anywhere else.

    Sean Rudner is available to talk more on how to turn your company and home “green.” Please contact 951-719-1040 or media@stockpkg.com. For more information, visit www.StockPKG.com.

    About StockPKG StockPKG, powered by Global Plastic Supply, is a one-stop-shop for all business supply and flexible packaging needs serving businesses and customers all over America. As the next easy-to-use Amazon of business products, StockPKG distributes any and all things discount business supply – from packaging and shipping materials, to office furniture and safety supplies. StockPKG is not only a robust and user-friendly online marketplace for business products; the company also serves as consultants for all types of businesses, equipped with educated customer service representatives and resources to help prepare businesses for success.

    Website: www.StockPKG.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/StockPKG
    Twitter:www.twitter.com/StockPKG


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    Dr. Joel N. Myers to Deliver TEDxPenn Talk on His Entrepreneurial Success and Insights in Creating the Weather Industry

    AccuWeather Founder, President, and Chairman shares his journey and perspective on "forecasting a dream" to turn his passion into a business.


    AccuWeather Global Weather Center - April 7, 2016 - Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, President, and Chairman of AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, will speak at TEDxPenn2016 on Sunday, April 10, at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Myers, a Fellow of the American Meteorology Society who was named one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs" book, will share his personal "Eureka!" moment that pioneered the weather industry.

     Dr. Joel N. Myers


    When Myers' "Eureka!" moment struck, he realized he was not merely fascinated by weather - he could revolutionize the way it was forecasted for the betterment of all people worldwide. A Philadelphia native and Central High School graduate, Myers' inspiration and pursuit to transform the weather industry by providing the most accurate forecasts began in the Philadelphia area, making TEDxPenn the right forum to share his entrepreneurial success story. In his TED Talk, Myers will share the critical moments in his life that have driven him to combine his passion for weather with business to successfully found and build AccuWeather.

    Every day over 1.5 billion people rely on AccuWeather's forecasts and warnings to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more value from their day. Under Dr. Myers' leadership, AccuWeather has become one of the top Internet sites and has twice as many digital users as its closest competitor. The company also serves 1,900 television and radio stations and newspapers. AccuWeather has helped business and industry prosper, serving over 240 of the Fortune 500 businesses, having saved thousands of lives and preventing tens of billions of dollars in property damage -- all resulting from a unique culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism.

    TEDxPenn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowerment through ideas at the University of Pennsylvania, hosting TEDx events and conferences. The organization was founded in 2010 by students to spark powerful ideas within the community.

    TED started in 1984 as a small nonprofit conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then, its scope has become ever broader to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world.

    The Sunday April 10 event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. For ticketing information and details, go to http://www.tedxpenn.com/.

    About Dr. Joel N. Myers
    Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, Chairman, and President of AccuWeather, Inc. is known as "the father of commercial meteorology," the man who transformed weather into an industry. He has been recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs" book as one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history. As one of the world's top business leaders and innovators, he is a proven visionary leader, founding the company in 1962 and successfully guiding AccuWeather to become the world's largest and fastest-growing weather and media company.

    Every day over 1.5 billion people rely on AccuWeather's forecasts and warnings to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more value from their day. Under Dr. Myers' leadership, AccuWeather has become one of the top Internet sites and has twice as many digital users as its closest competitor. The company also serves 1,900 television and radio stations and newspapers. AccuWeather has helped business and industry prosper, serving over 240 of the Fortune 500 businesses, saving thousands of lives and preventing tens of billions of dollars in property damage -- all due to AccuWeather's unique culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism. The company has thrived and grown despite intense competition, often from some government agencies.

    Dr. Myers' personal contribution to the science of meteorology has been recognized by his election as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). AccuWeather received the Corporate Award from the AMS for "nearly 50 years of exceptional innovation and leadership in weather applications and communication." Joel's numerous awards and recognitions also include the National Weather Association Individual Achievement Award and election to the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1992, he cofounded the American Weather and Climate Industry Association and continues to serve as a board member. Joel also serves on the board of The Committee for Economic Development. In addition Joel has served five governors, as one of the longest serving members of Team Pennsylvania, and has advised Senators and U.S. Presidential candidates on policy issues. Joel has been an invited speaker to The New York Academy of Sciences.

    Dr. Myers received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in meteorology from Penn State University, where he was an important influence as a faculty member for nearly 20 years and a force on the Board of Trustees for 33 years. He continues to serve as an Emeritus Trustee, demonstrating his lifelong commitment to education, and was recently awarded Penn State's highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award. Appreciative of the great impact Penn State has had on his life, Dr. Myers has made many commitments to excellence in education. He has awarded dozens of scholarships to Penn State students in meteorology and information technology and made the largest gift ever received by the Meteorology Department to fund the university's state-of-the-art weather station, as well as donating one of the world's largest weather vanes in the world, which sits atop Beaver Stadium.

    In addition, Dr. Myers supports American Cancer Society, Free to Breathe, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and many other causes. He also recently founded the Parents' Resource Center, and serves as its board chair.

    About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
    Over 1.5 billion people every day rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, newspapers, and the new AccuWeather Network cable channel. Established in 1962 by Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world's most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.


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    ALL-NEW EPISODE OF ‘ANGRY PLANET,’ FEATURES STORM CHASER GEORGE KOUROUNIS IN BANGLADESH THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 8 AT 7PM ET/PT ONLY ON PIVOT

    ‘Angry Planet’ - “ The Unstoppable Force of Bangladesh” - Premiering on Friday, April 8 at 7pm ET/PT


    Ground zero for climate change, Bangladesh is at risk of being wiped off the map. Just a few feet above sea level, it’s one of the wettest places on earth. Every year its low-lying coast is pummeled by seasonal rains and tropical storms that cause flooding, erosion, and massive migration. George is on the ground during the monsoons—the heaviest part of the rainy season—to see for himself how Bangladeshis are adapting to their increasingly hostile environment. From floating schools to floating mini farms, Bangladeshis are improvising creative solutions to cope with all that water.

    Along with his translator and guide, George crisscrosses the country. Together, they sit down with villagers who are desperately trying to hold back the water. Later, they visit Bangladesh’s best natural protection against erosion, the largest mangrove forest in the world known as the Sundarbans. At an orphanage, George meets brave survivors of extreme weather and then visits an island that’s defending itself with a wall of mud. In the crowded capital of Dhaka, George visits climate change refugees in temporary shelters that have become permanent homes. And on his way through the city, George joins a massive Hindu festival that continues through a torrential downpour.



    In each half hour episode, storm chaser George Kourounis traverses the globe tracking severe weather and its scientific relation to climate change. George jumps into the heart of the action investigating up-close the fiercest natural phenomena the Earth has to dish out.


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    PIVOT DIVES INTO THE WORLD’S MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE DURING SECOND ANNUAL ‘WATER WEEK,’ MARCH 21-27, CELEBRATING ‘WORLD WATER DAY’ ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22

    New Season of Eco-Adventure Docu-Series, ‘The Water Brothers,’ Debuts Monday, March 21 at 7 PM ET/PT And Kicks Off Week-Long Water-Themed Programming Event Including Episodes from ‘Angry Planet’ and ‘The Operatives’

    Pivot and The Clorox Company Roll-Out Custom Video Content Featuring

    The Water Brothers To Demonstrate The Importance Of Water Cleansing Techniques And Disaster Preparedness


    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 14, 2016) – Today, Participant Media announced that its television network, Pivot, will kick off its second annual “Water Week” programming event beginning March 21 at 7 p.m. ET with the third season premiere of the eco-adventure docu-series, “The Water Brothers.” The seven-episode series follows the adventures of brothers Alex and Tyler Mifflin as they explore our relationship with water, identifying the problems we face and tapping into solutions.

    Beginning at 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 22, Pivot will celebrate “World Water Day” by running 24 hours of water-themed programming including four new episodes of “The Water Brothers,” and best-of episodes of“The Operatives,” “Angry Planet,” “History of Water” and “Future of Water.”

    In an effort to bring attention to the chronic problem of unsafe drinking water, Participant Media collaborated with The Clorox Company as part of Clorox®’s Safe Water Project initiative. Together, they will educate the public on the impacts of water-borne illnesses in places like Peru – a region where one in seven people do not have access to safe water – and start a conversation about simple, cost effective ways to treat and disinfect water. The Mifflin brothers will also be featured in content debuting across multiple platforms, placing a spotlight on the importance of disaster preparedness and providing tips on how to disinfect water during an emergency.

    “Pivot has always been dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change,” said Kent Rees, General Manager, Pivot. “Access to safe drinking water, one of life’s most basic necessities, is one of the most challenging environmental issues we face today. Our goal is to begin a dialogue about how each individual can make a difference so aligning The Clorox Company’s Safe Water Project with Pivot’s ‘The Water Brothers’ was the perfect fit.”

    “We are deeply passionate about The Clorox® Safe Water Project in Peru and finding new and innovative ways to give back to the community and raise awareness about the dangers of unsafe drinking water,” said Shaunte Mears-Watkins, Director of Marketing, Clorox. “We are thrilled to be working with Participant Media’s Pivot by sponsoring water week and bringing attention to this global issue.”

    The idea to embark on “The Water Brothers” project first arose in 2009 when Alex Mifflin started working alongside his brother, Tyler, at SK Films, conducting research for IMAX® films in development. After receiving a degree in International Development and Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University, Alex’s decision to join the family business and begin “The Water Brothers” series was an easy one. The series has allowed Alex to combine his interests in science, the environment and film to explain how humans can harmonize our relationship with water and the natural world.

    Tyler Mifflin is an award-winning videographer and director. Tyler got his start in the film and television industry at a young age when he shot and starred in an episode of the docu-series, “Road Scholars.” Since then, Tyler never travels without his camera and has filmed projects in more than 30 countries around the world, from the tops of mountains to the depths of oceans. There is no place Tyler won’t venture in search of great water stories.

    Over the next five years, The Clorox® Safe Water Project is helping to bring over 100 million liters of safe, drinkable water to over 25,000 people in Peru each year. The Project has installed public bleach dispensers by community water sources to help treat and disinfect water, as well as provide health and hygiene education.

    As part of Participant Media’s mission to illuminate issues through content, Water Week on Pivot will encourage viewers to pledge to join the Change the Course campaign. Each pledge will help efforts to restore 1,000 gallons of water to rivers and wetlands throughout North America.

    For more information:
    “The Water Brothers” - http://www.pivot.tv/shows/the-water-brothers
    Change the Course -- http://www.changethecourse.us/
    The Clorox® Safe Water Project - https://www.clorox.com/our-story/safe-water-project/

    About Participant Media
    Participant Media (http://www.participantmedia.com/) is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant’s more than 70 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 50 Academy Award® nominations and 11 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight. Participant has also launched more than a dozen original series, including “Please Like Me,” Emmy® Award-winning “Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” and “Fortitude,” for its television network, Pivot (http://www.pivot.tv/). Participant's digital hub, TakePart (http://www.TakePart.com), serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles, videos and opportunities to take action. Follow Participant Media on Twitter at @Participant and on Facebook.

    About The Clorox Company
    The Clorox Company is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with about 7,700 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2015 sales of $5.7 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized consumer brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Pine-Sol® cleaners; Liquid Plumr® clog removers; Poett® home care products; Fresh Step® cat litter; Glad® bags, wraps and containers; Kingsford® charcoal; Hidden Valley® dressings and sauces; Brita® water-filtration products; and Burt's Bees® natural personal care products. The company also markets brands for professional services, including Clorox Healthcare® and Clorox Commercial Solutions®. More than 80 percent of the company's sales are generated from brands that hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories.

    Clorox is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a community of global leaders committed to sustainability. The company has been broadly recognized for its corporate responsibility efforts, including, most recently, two U.S. EPA Climate Leadership Awards for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management and inclusion among the top 40 companies on the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings and CR magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2015 list. The Clorox Company and The Clorox Company Foundation contributed approximately $15 million in combined cash grants, product donations, cause marketing and employee volunteerism during the past year. For more information, visit TheCloroxCompany.com, the CR Matters Blog and follow the company on Twitter at @CloroxCo.


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    Entrepreneurs’ dreams of saving the planet being crushed by economic reality


    Environmental entrepreneurs are being forced to forgo some of their green ideals despite the historic Paris COP21 summit agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions, new research has found. The 1,000 largest companies alone are responsible for one-fifth of total global greenhouse gas emissions according to the United Nations Environment Programme, while a study by Duke University says the US needs to reduce emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 to reach the goal it agreed at Paris in December.

    But attempts by start-ups to set up environmentally-friendly businesses are being stymied by money-backers, suppliers and customers. The study found some environmental entrepreneurs become disillusioned after having to compromise so much to attract investors and clients. Deniz Ucbasaran, of Warwick Business School, said: “Entrepreneurs passionate about green issues might need to be prepared for some soul searching as ‘enacting a brave new world’ through launching a new venture is unlikely to be without concession to others’ values.

    “Attempts to ‘stand out’ by the entrepreneurs portraying their values and beliefs on the environmental benefits of the business are, in most part, counterproductive for gaining legitimacy from investors, suppliers and even customers or clients. “Their ambitions to ‘break free’ and enact their ‘hopes and dreams to make a difference’ often need to be tempered by the realities of attracting investors and other stakeholders whose primary goal is making money and not environmental issues.

    “This led to some entrepreneurs to question if it was all worth it as they had to compromise the scope of their ‘green’ ambitions.” Professor Ucbasaran and Dr Isobel O’Neil, of Nottingham University Business School, examined six new ventures over four years to understand how they gain support and investment for their paper Balancing “What Matters To Me” With “What Matters To Them”: Exploring The Legitimation Process Of Environmental Entrepreneurs published in the Journal of Business Venturing.

    They conducted 18 interviews with the principle entrepreneur as well as 24 interviews with individuals involved in the ventures including investors, customers, employees and suppliers and analysed company documents. Professor Ucbasaran said: “First, the environmental entrepreneur’s own values and beliefs anchor initial decisions about how to gain support from investors, suppliers and customers: the ‘what matters to me’ stage.

    “But they are then toned down as their attention shifts to gain support from investors and other stakeholders: the ‘what matters to them’ stage. Eventually, the entrepreneurs arrive at an approach that tries to balance ‘what matters to them and me’. “Lastly, the lack of harmony, caused by this balance often leads to some feelings of demotivation, stress and even led some of the entrepreneurs to question their entrepreneurial ambitions.”

    The research found the entrepreneurs were initially surprised by resistance to their vision of ‘making a difference’ and building an environmentally-friendly business, but the need to ensure the continued survival of their ventures forced them to adapt. “They realised a compromise was needed to gain legitimacy in order to engage investors and stakeholders, attract resources, and in turn, improve the prospects of survival and longer-term success,” said Professor Ucbasaran.

    “This saw the entrepreneurs shape their offering into one that was likely to be more widely accepted.” But such a shift in perspective often conflicted with the entrepreneurs’ original ideals and led to feelings of inauthenticity and mental stress. Coping strategies were developed to help, but Professor Ucbasaran said: “If left unresolved, these emotions might interfere with the entrepreneur’s well-being and the effective running of the business.

    “We found being a successful environmental entrepreneur involves balancing both the external demands of investors, suppliers and customers while also remaining true to one’s own values and beliefs. “However, we must offer a note of caution to entrepreneurs seeking to embed their values and beliefs into their businesses; balancing ‘what matters to me’ with ‘what matters to them’ is likely to demand less discussion of environmental or social change goals than perhaps hoped for.”

    Tel: 44 (0) 24 7652 8307
    Email: Martin.Boonham@wbs.ac.uk

    Warwick Business School has in-house broadcasting facilities for TV and radio. We have an ISDN line for radio and for television interviews we have the Globelynx TVReady network, a list of Warwick experts is available. If you are looking for an expert in an area that is not listed, please contact Ashley Potter. Our ISDN number is 024 7647 1287. Globelynx number is 02476 697332

    Warwick Business School, located in central England, is the largest department of the University of Warwick and the UK's fastest rising business school according the Financial Times. WBS is triple accredited by the leading global business education associations and was the first in the UK to attain this accreditation. Offering the full portfolio of business education courses, from undergraduate through to MBAs, and with a strong Doctoral Programme, WBS is the complete business school. Students at WBS currently number around 6,500, and come from 125 countries. Just under half of faculty are non-UK, or have worked abroad. WBS Dean, Professor Mark P Taylor, is among the most highly-cited scholars in the world and was previously Managing Director at BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager.

    Deniz Ucbasaran joined Warwick Business School as Professor of Entrepreneurship in November 2010. She is also a member of the Enterprise Research Centre which was established in 2013 and seeks to act as the authority on entrepreneurship to guide policy makers. She was previously a faculty member at Nottingham University Business School and has held visiting positions at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and the University of Oslo.

    Deniz's research explores entrepreneurial activity (i.e., the identification and exploitation of opportunities for new value creation) at the level of the individual, the team and the firm.

    Deniz has co-authored numerous books and has published widely in a range of academic and practitioner journals including Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Journal of Management Studiess


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    Aquasana Reaches New Levels of Clean Water

    Pharmaceuticals, herbicides and pesticides on the hit list with new filtration certification


    Austin, Texas (October 20, 2014) – With water quality a growing concern for many Americans, a new certification from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) means Aquasana filters are leading a growing industry focused on healthy water. American National Standard recently validated Aquasana filters as effective at removing pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications. This standard is in addition to the 60 harmful contaminants Aquasana filters remove from water including: lead, chlorine, chloramines, herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents, lead, and mercury.

    “Our water continues to be subjected to increasing amounts of pollutants; everything from larger quantities of medicines, not completely processed by a patient’s body to pesticides running off into our streams, lakes and rivers,” explained Todd Bartee, Chief Executive Officer for Aquasana. Bartee went on to say. “Pharmaceuticals are prescribed to millions of people every day, but the human body cannot process the entire prescribed dose, so the rest of the dose is eliminated through urine. Most of us would prefer not to think about it, but the fact remains, pharmaceuticals are in your drinking water if you are not using an Aquasana under-counter system.”

    Many studies in the last ten years have detected pharmaceutical compounds in treated wastewater effluent, rivers, lakes, and ground water. A recent government study shows over 80% of waterways tested in the United States show traces of common medications such as acetaminophen, hormones, blood pressure medicine, codeine, and antibiotics.

    “It is shocking how little research is available on this issue,” said Dr. Amy Myers, an MD who is a leading expert in functional medicine, and author of The Autoimmune Solution. “We are seeing girls develop physically at a much younger age than ever before, and I am convinced it is in part because of the hormones and pharmaceuticals in drinking water.” Dr. Myers continued, “Recent testing and science shows negative health impact on fish and wildlife from pharmaceuticals in the water. It only stands to reason, human bodies are also impacted adversely.”

    According to an NSF International survey, 63 percent of Americans are concerned about pharmaceuticals and other contaminants in their drinking water. The new standard sets requirements for water treatment and filtration devices that reduce up to 15 individual contaminants that have been identified in published studies as occurring in drinking water.

    This certification applies to Aquasana’s under-counter units.

    About Aquasana
    Based in Austin, Texas, Aquasana is leading the charge to make high performance water filtration available in every home. Your body is made up of 70% water. Aquasana wants that 70% to be the best water possible. From whole-home filtration to drinking water systems and shower filters, Aquasana has your back and every other part of you covered. Aquasana’s leading products remove over 60 harmful contaminants from water including chlorine, chloramines, herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents, lead, and mercury. Aquasana water filters are engineered to preserve the healthy minerals in water, which include calcium, magnesium and potassium resulting in healthy, great-tasting water. For more information visit www.aquasana.com.

    About NSF
    Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment. Our mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, we develop standards, and test and certify products and systems. We provide auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.

    Founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation, we changed our name to NSF International in 1990 as we expanded our services beyond sanitation and into global markets. The letters in our organization's name do not represent any specific words today.


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    The People’s Climate March


    The People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, in New York City will be the largest demonstration yet for climate sanity. We hope you can join us there that day.

    Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) have been working in coalition with hundreds of other groups to make this important event an impactful assembly of those who do not want to stand by passively while our global environment is being destroyed.

    We at the NSP believe that there are three things that can be done right now to begin the process of preventing global environmental disaster:

    1. Plan local and national demonstrations to call attention to the urgency of the problem

    2. Launch local initiatives to stop the wide variety of ways that the climate and the earth are being assaulted and undermined.

    3. Campaign for an Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment To The U.S. Constitution (ESRA), which would dramatically reduce the distorting impact of super-rich donors and global corporate capitalism on elections by banning not just corporate money but also all private sources of funding in elections. The ESRA would instead mandate that national and state elections be driven only by public funding. The ESRA would also require large corporations (those with incomes over $50 million a year) to get a new corporate charter once every five years. To renew their charters, corporations would have to prove a satisfactory history of environmental and social responsibility to a panel of ordinary citizens whowould receive testimony from people around the world impacted by those corporations. The ESRA would also prohibit corporations from moving their assets and resources and jobs from any community where they have functioned in the past without first paying reparations to that community for any damage their moving those assets and jobs would cause to the people of that community. And it would mandate environmental education at every grade level from kindergarten through college, as well as in graduate and professional schools. You can help by getting your local church, synagogue, mosque, ashram, civic organization, political party, social change organization, college or university, elected officials, city councils, state legislatures, or congressional representatives to publicly endorse the ESRA.

    4. Campaign for a Domestic and Global Marshall Plan, which would eliminate poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, and inadequate health care, as well as repair the parts of the global environment already destroyed by corporate avarice. We cannot expect people facing extreme poverty and diseases caused by malnutrition to choose to preserve the environment at the expense of the immediate survival of their children. Only when we show real caring for the well-being of all people will it be possible for all of us to collectively prioritize the environmental survival of the planet. Hon. Keith Ellison has introduced a house resolution endorsing the GMP (Global Marshall Plan), and we need your local elected officials to do so also.

    Sadly, the organizers of the climate march have not created a space for a community discussion of strategies of this sort to become well known even among the demonstrators on Sept. 21. This was a large opportunity lost. It’s a similar opportunity as has been lost at anti-war rallies throughout the decades—it’s important for people to come together at these large rallies, but if the protest space does not transition into an organizing space, many people go home afterward with few ideas about what national strategy to pursue.

    That’s why it’s important to join the NSP and become active with us in encouraging this kind of discussion as well as in implementing our specific strategy articulated in the above paragraphs. Or help us continue this work by sending us a tax-deductible contribution to Tikkun/NSP at 2342 Shattuck Ave., #1200, Berkeley, CA 94704.

    Now the details: the “Communities of Faith and Spirit” contingent will gather on 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues before joining the March. If you come at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be an interfaith service. The Faith and Spirit contingent will join the larger march sometime between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m.

    And now, a note from peace and climate activist Rae Abileah, who will be speaking at the Beyt Tikkun High Holiday services in Berkeley:

    The Manhattan Coastline. Next year’s harvest. Clean air and water. Toxin-free communities. The bees. The future of your children’s children.

    What do you love most in your life that you stand to lose—or, maybe, have already lost—to Climate Chaos?

    In preparation for the People’s Climate March, thousands worldwide are sharing their stories. Here’s how you can, too:

    1. On a ribbon about two feet long, write what to you is most #worthsaving. Consider recycling old ribbons from gift wrapping, or ripping an old sheet or piece of fabric into strips (ideally, the less imported new materials, the more eco-friendly, the better). Pick a ribbon that is wide enough to write on. ?On the far right side, add your name, where you live and your age. Some examples we’ve received:

    “The coastline of Manhattan. Andy, New York City, age 25.”

    “The hope that my children can live healthy lives. Jon, Milwaukee, age 34.”

    2. Bring your ribbon with you to the People’s Climate March on September 21 in NYC, or mail your ribbon to:

    The Climate Ribbon
    PO Box 370450
    Brooklyn, NY 11237


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    The Emissary: Foreshadowing the Fate of our Oceans


    Los Angeles, CA, May 29, 2014 – Fans of Animal Planet would likely call bestselling author, Patricia Cori, the "whale whisperer.” However, Cori's fans deem her a "real-life Indiana Jones.” One thing is for sure. Cori's debut suspense book, The Emissary (North Atlantic Books) is action-packed and will soon be gracing the big screen in partnership with Global Universal Entertainment.

    Since its release, The Emissary has garnered positive attention around the globe. Within the pages of The Emissary, Cori artfully engages her readers with fast action and profound, thought-provoking ideas. "Readers will definitely think about the Earth in a different light after reading The Emissary,” says Cori. "One of the key ideas explored is how our actions today impact the environment tomorrow. We've already seen some of this come to reality, however The Emissary explores this idea and the findings are quite unsettling.”

    Three events take place nearly simultaneously: People in Los Angeles witness hundreds of birds dropping from the heavens; Beaches in Maine are covered with tens of thousands of dead fish; and a New Zealand beach resort is devastated with dying whales and dolphins. In the aftermath of this chaos, a strange, grid-like pattern forms in the clouds. Readers soon learn that this is not a coincidence, but part of an evil plan to destroy all life on Earth. Enter, the emissary – a leading psychic, who understands and identifies secrets in the songs of the dying whales. She then uses what she learns in her dangerous journey to avert a global disaster.

    "The Emissary gives readers the thrills and action-packed adventures that we all thrive upon,” says Patricia Cori. "But it also offers something more, awareness of our oceans and the changes that have come about, due to man's interference in nature.”

    Meet Patricia Cori. Cori is a bestselling author, screenwriter, public speaker and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and television programs including CNN and Coast to Coast. She's credited with founding the global non-profit, Save Earth's Oceans, Inc., whose mission is dedicated to restoring the balance of the ocean's ecosystems. Cori's the former host of Beyond the Matrix (BBS Radio) and she is deemed a visionary to her fan base.

    The Emissary
    The Hidden Trilogy (Book 1)
    by Patricia Cori
    North Atlantic Books
    ISBN-10: 158394706X
    ISBN-13: 978-1583947067
    Softcover Price: $17.95 US, $21.50 CAN
    ebook Price: $13.99

    www.TheEmissary.net

    David William Gibbons, broadcaster, writer, and historian: "The Emissary may well become one of the greatest literary contributions of our times in healing the world's oceans, raising humanity's thirst for marine knowledge, and discovering its sublime secrets.”

    Beau Bridges, Actor: "…A uniquely exciting adventure that capture the heart and the soul of the reader.”

    Pen Densham, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director, producer, author, artist: "I am a giant fan of creativity that takes us out of our daily thinking. Patricia Cori has penned just such a tale. A broad fantasy adventure that speaks to those who want to think differently and challenge the daily onslaught against nature and our own future.”

    Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel prize, Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Chancellor of the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University, and best-selling author of 83 books and publications: "The Emissary is that rarest of books: it entertains, indeed, it fascinates, and at the same time conveys a message that we should not forget. Indeed, once we have opened this book, we never will.”

    Jim Marrs, New York Times Best Selling author of Psi Spies: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program: "The Emissary' brings us government skullduggery, sexy agents, catastrophic events, high-sea adventure, singing whales and a cosmic secret — what's not to like in this fast-paced page turner?”

    New Consciousness Review: "Patricia Cori has done a great service to us all, and I believe the majestic creatures of the sea as well, by turning her skill, passion, and intelligence toward understanding and protecting them, and simultaneously illuminating a path for human transformation.”

    Elisabeth Rohm, actor, author, activist, mother: "The whales and dolphins of this planet need our help – and Patricia Cori is their Emissary!”

    Lawrence Bloom, Recently retired Chairman of the UN Environmental Progamme, Green Economy Initiative Council on Green Cities and the World Economic Forum at Davos Global Agenda Council on Urban Management: "It's a brilliant story – it reads with the pace of a Bond novel, and it's based in reality. You may not sleep well after you read it! I could not put it down….

    Donald Newsom, President, BBS Radio Network, Inc: "Phenomenal! Her extraordinary vision and the way she communicates her truth to her readers will make Patricia Cori a staple in every library.”


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    Restoring Nature to City Living:
    “Urban” Wildlife Refuges Find New Enthusiasts


    
 “Urban”
    Philadelphia school students take a lesson in bird watching at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, located within Philadelphia city limits. With four-fifths of Americans living in cities, urban refuges are filling a greater need. (USFWS)


    Think you have to travel to the hinterlands to see nature in the wild? Think again. Residents of Boston, New York, San Diego and other U.S. cities are discovering great wildlife viewing surprisingly close by at urban national wildlife refuges.

    The label might appear an oxymoron. But urban refuges protect wildlife habitat just like their country cousins. And with four-fifths of Americans now living in cities, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, these urban green zones are finding new audiences and gaining a higher profile in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

    Urban wildlife refuges aren’t new. Since at least the 1930s, some refuges – such as Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge, near Atlantic City, N.J., and Patuxent Research Refuge, outside Washington, D.C. – have been established near big cities to provide feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds and other creatures.

    But these days, urban refuges are filling a greater human need, says Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the Refuge System. “People are hungry for connections with more than their smartphones,” he says. “They are starting to realize that living in cities needn’t mean leaving nature behind.”

    More than 100 of the country’s 562 national wildlife refuges qualify as urban: located within 25 miles of a population center of at least 250,000 people. Some refuges, such as Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Refuge and Great Meadows Refuge, near Boston, serve denser areas, with populations in the millions. Refuge visitor numbers (800,000+ a year for Don Edwards; 400,000+ for Great Meadows) reflect that proximity.

    Some new visitors – particularly people who haven’t grown up near woods and creeks – approach refuges with apprehension. “They don’t know what to do at first, because [visiting a refuge] is a new experience for them,” says Sandy Perchetti, volunteer coordinator at Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge. Staff and volunteers don’t rush them. When youngsters and their families show up for campfire sing-alongs in spring and fall – added to refuge event offerings to appeal to urban audiences – refuge volunteers lead them on guided mini-hikes. “If hike leaders see a toad, they pick it up and let children hold it if they want. Then the kids start realizing it’s not scary. It’s fun.”

    Many urban refuges offer a busy calendar of free or low-cost public events to introduce adults and kids to nature. On a recent Saturday, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Refuge hosted a bird hike, advertised on an online meet-up site. Among participants were some refuge newcomers. “Fantastic,” wrote Lori. “One of the best birdiest spots I’ve ever seen.” Agreed Darren, “Wonderful to discover so many different species together, hidden just behind a business park.”

    The increased emphasis on urban refuges – known within the Refuge System as the Urban Refuge Initiative – is part of the agency’s vision for the next decade. In line with this initiative, the Refuge System has drafted Standards of Excellence to help staff better engage urban visitors.

    The Refuge System has also established Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships with community groups in Baltimore, New Haven, Los Angeles and other cities where few nearby national wildlife refuges exist. The newest two such alliances are the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership and a partnership in Lake Sammamish, outside Seattle, announced this spring. Through these partnerships, the Refuge System aims to bring nature to the city while drawing nontraditional audiences into the conservation fold.

    How will urban refuges measure success? In return visits, for one thing. Less measurable – but no less valued – are anecdotal accounts about igniting sparks of wonder.

    “At our last campfire sing-along,” recalls Perchetti, “a volunteer pointed out a bald eagle flying around. And it wasn’t just an eagle. There was also an osprey that was upset that the eagle was getting too close to its nest. Oh, my gosh! It was better than a TV show, and it was happening right in front of all these fourth graders. They were staring with their mouths open.”

    The National Wildlife Refuge System protects wildlife and wildlife habitat on more than 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. Refuges also improve human health, provide outdoor recreation and support local economies. Visit our home page at www.fws.gov/refuges. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit www.fws.gov, or connect with us through any of these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr.


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    (BPRW) Climate Change Debate Inspires American Writer Jarid Manos To Launch Two-Year Blogstory

    Fear & Loving: Where the Ocean Meets the Streets


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Miami, FL -- What does it mean to be alive right here, right now as warnings increase global warming, sea-level rise and collapse of the oceans threaten our way of life and future? American writer and Miami Beach resident Jarid Manos [Ghetto Plainsman, 2010] delves into life beneath the news with an intensely beautiful and danger-filled online adventure Fear & Loving: Where the Ocean Meets the Streets.

    In a twist to a classic literary approach, Fear & Loving is a two-year blogstory offered free online at www.jaridmanos.com. Each week Manos will share his experiences with the world. Fear & Loving explores life at sea level in Florida and Texas, states cited as “vulnerable” to rising seas in the new scientific report, the National Climate Assessment. Fans will follow Manos as he learns to become a skilled scuba diver. The journey is a parallel exploration of why we are afraid to go deep in our own lives.

    “I would never admit it, but as tough as I like to think I am, I have this almost mythical fear of the deep, unknown ocean,” explains Manos. “Meanwhile, I wear the streets like I wear my senses and skin. What’s the connection?”

    A free subscription to Fear & Loving: Where the Ocean Meets the Streets is available online now at www.jaridmanos.com

    “There are all these hidden moments going on at ‘street level’ that tell a larger story before climate change hits in a big way. What are the other forces we are caught up in?” says Manos.

    Powered by two literary grants, the Fear & Loving journey is garnering Manos national recognition. “With a distilled and starkly lyrical style, Jarid Manos unpacks a world that often goes unremarked upon: the interactions taking place in urban back alleys, and exploring the ocean blue,” says William Johnson, Managing Editor at Lambda Literary Foundation.

    The C.E.O. of the nationally acclaimed Texas-based Great Plains Restoration Council, and regular contributor at Huffington Post Black Voices, Manos is currently finishing his second book, Her Blue Watered Streets: An American Novel.

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    (BPRW) Black Environmental Educator Tapped as Greencorps Chicago Keynote Speaker: "Why We Care,” with Author Jarid Manos


    Author Jarid Manos
    Jarid Manos, CEO, Great Plains Restoration Council


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX -- Acclaimed American author, environmental activist, national speaker and ecological educator Jarid Manos, President of the Fort Worth and Houston-based Great Plains Restoration Council, will present the Keynote Address to Greencorps Chicago at the Professional Development Empowerment Day 2013 panel “Restoration: Self, Community and Environment,” Friday, December 13, 2013 during the Lunch and Learn series at 12:30 P.M. at the Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

    As a leading American voice in the Ecological Health movement, Jarid Manos brings more than a decade of experience in motivating and inspiring young people to care for themselves and the living land to the Chicago audience. The Keynote Address comes as Greencorps Chicago has expanded training in the area of ecological restoration yet has encountered challenges assisting trainees to understand their personal connection to the environment.

    “To our great peril, we treat the Earth like it’s ‘just there,’ much like how - if we are honest - we treat our own bodies and lives,” says Manos.

    During his Keynote Address and subsequent panel discussion to Greencorps Chicago, Manos will share his story of how he came to care – from angry devastated youth and drug dealer to vegan athlete plainsman – and actively engage graduating Greencorps Chicago trainees to connect on a deeper personal level with the ecological issues facing their communities and lives.

    “Greencorps Chicago heard wonderful things about Jarid, the work he is involved in and his life's mission,” says Monique Ellington, Case Manager of Greencorps Chicago. “We thought he would be a perfect fit to speak with our trainees because there are many synergies between Greencorps Chicago and Great Plains Restoration Council missions.”

    Manos will share success stories in guiding hundreds of youth of color around the country into paths of self-acceptance and a deeper health through taking care of the Earth, as well as highlight educational and professional careers in environmentally related fields, building the next generation of environmental stewards.

    “My entire adult life and work has been guided by the realization that the violence we do to the Earth mirrors the violence we do to each other and often accept into ourselves,” explains Manos. “In training ourselves to become unbreakable, we can have the most exhilarating life by getting healthy and giving back.”

    Jarid Manos, Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 12:30 PM for “Restoration: Self, Community and Environment,” during the Lunch and Learn series at the Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612. This event is open to the public by invitation only.

    ABOUT JARID MANOS
    Jarid Manos is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction book, Ghetto Plainsman (2010, Tembla House Press) and the upcoming novel Her Blue Watered Streets. He is also the founder and CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council, a Texas-based non-profit organization that has developed the Ecological Health movement and the three programs, Plains Youth InterACTION™, Restoration Not Incarceration™, and Your Health Outdoors™. GPRC projects are based in Texas, New Mexico and South Dakota. A regular contributor to Huffington Post, Manos has also appeared in the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, USA Today, Smithsonian and appeared on New York Nightly News, and NBC-5 Dallas. Manos is a nationally recognized speaker at universities, businesses, conferences, churches, jails and more. www.jaridmanos.com

    ABOUT GREENCORPS CHICAGO
    Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. Greencorps’ mission is to promote environmental stewardship and improve the quality of life in Chicago by establishing, maintaining and restoring natural and public spaces that are safe, healthy and sustainable through hands-on involvement with trainees. Greencorps Chicago

    ABOUT JULIA YARBOUGH MEDIA GROUP
    Julia Yarbough Media Group, LLC (JYMG) is a South Florida-based media firm specializing in documenting Corporate Social Responsibility activities via video storytelling, creating press release documentation, providing speakers for events and representing those with positive stories and activities which impact their communities. JYMG produces videos for corporate and internal organizational use, fundraising, awareness and website visibility. JYMG offers hosting, emcee and moderating services for public and private events.


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    Service Receives International Innovations in Diversity Award Top honors for partnership work in Africa and Latin America


    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received first place honors in the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 10th Annual International Innovations in Diversity Awards competition for its creative work with communities in Africa and Latin America to conserve species and their ecosystems, while also supporting local economies. The awards recognize organizations and institutions that develop innovative solutions in the area of workforce diversity and inclusion. The winning organizations are highlighted in the July/August 2013 issue of the Diversity Journal.

    For example, the Service’s Great Apes Conservation Fund has helped build the capacity of governments and private organizations to address threats to great apes such as poaching and illegal trafficking. As part of the program, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo provides an ecotourism destination to view gorillas in their natural habitat.

    Another initiative, Managing for Excellence, has trained 500 conservation personnel in Mexico to manage critical protected areas. The university-certified program encourages trainees to replicate the training locally and maintain a network of trained personnel. Species benefiting from the program include jaguars, monarch butterflies, migratory birds and Mexican wolves.

    In northern Colombia, 15 women from the Los Límites community came up with an innovative entrepreneurial project that generates income and protects the critically endangered cotton top tamarin monkey and its forest habitat. These women joined forces with Proyecto Tití, a local conservation group, to launch the eco-mochila project and the plush toy project. With the help of the Service’s Wildlife Without Borders program, the women transform discarded plastic bags into colorfully designed, hand-crocheted mochilas (tote-bags) and hand-made cotton-top tamarin plush toys for sale in national and international markets.

    For more information on the Service’s International activities, visit http://www.fws.gov/international/

    The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws

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