Tuesday, March 10, 2009

EcoTuesday Celebrates Two Years of Bringing Leaders Together

SAN FRANCISCO– EcoTuesday, a structured monthly networking event for sustainable business leaders, is celebrating its two-year anniversary this month. The event currently takes place in seven cities across the country on exactly the same evening each month, bringing together thought-leaders and decision-makers from the many areas of sustainability.

Nikki Pava and Oren Jaffe launched EcoTuesday in San Francisco in January 2007 as a sustainable business-networking forum that enabled people to connect with a shared context. EcoTuesday events include a presentation from a sustainability expert, followed by a short Q & A, concluding with an introduction circle where attendees have the opportunity to share their name, company, and a sentence about their personal passion around sustainability.

"We are thrilled to see the growing interest in sustainable business every month," said Pava, president, EcoTuesday. "We look forward to launching EcoTuesday in more cities across the country – and throughout the world."

The first event in San Francisco brought together approximately 60 participants. A few months later Minneapolis was launched, inspiring the creation of the EcoTuesday Ambassador Program, which provides support for those who produce EcoTuesday events in other cities. Sustainable business leaders now come together on the fourth Tuesday of each month in Los Angeles, Marin, Seattle, Washington DC, Silicon Valley and Detroit, with many more cities to come.

EcoTuesday is a forum for sustainable business leaders to come together to network, collaborate, and engage in a structured environment. EcoTuesday events include an interactive dialogue and feature visionary speakers from the sustainable business world. During the introduction circle, participants share one sentence about their business and a passion or interest around sustainability, which facilitates focused networking efforts for the rest of the evening.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Honest-1 Auto Care Commits to Planting 40,000 Trees

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa – Honest-1 Auto Care will fund the planting of 40,000 trees during the next year to reinforce its commitment as the most eco-friendly auto repair and maintenance chain in the nation.

In a long-term collaboration with American Forests, a leading nonprofit organization that plants trees for environmental restoration, Honest-1 Auto Care, with a location in Iowa, will donate funds to plant one tree for every customer repair order completed at its 19 auto care locations across the nation during the next year. Honest-1 Auto Care is currently the only auto repair franchise chain to enter into a year-long agreement of this magnitude with American Forests.

"As a fast-growing eco-friendly franchise chain, we wanted to partner with a reputable nonprofit whose mission statement toward being environmentally responsible is as strong as Honest-1's," said Jack Keilt, president and CEO of Honest-1 Auto Care. "Over the last year, we have taken the lead in the auto repair industry to be eco-friendly, and our new partnership with American Forests is just another way to give back to the environment."

Beginning in March, customers who bring their car in for a service will automatically have a tree planted on their behalf. For a customer who is vigilant about regular check-ups and routine maintenance, this could result in Honest-1 donating several trees on that one person's behalf. With thousands of repair orders in 2008 and franchise locations increasing, Honest-1 estimates at least 40,000 orders will be placed in 2009. The donated trees will be planted in forests that have been severely harmed by wildfire, disease, pests, development and natural disaster.

Honest-1 is an auto repair and maintenance chain that serves as a one-stop shop for all routine car service needs. Services include ECO TuneUp, ECO Oil Change, air conditioner system service, automatic transmission service, emission inspections, and heating and cooling system service.

American Forests is a world leading nonprofit organization with a mission to grow a healthier world by working with communities on local efforts to restore and maintain forest ecosystems. American Forests' work encompasses planting trees, calculating the value of urban forests, fostering environmental education, and improving public policy for trees at the national level. The organization's goal is to have 100 million trees planted by 2020. With more than 25 million trees planted already, American Forests continues to grow a greener future for the nation and the world.

This is an innovative partnership that benefits urban forests throughout the country. It also gives customers something to feel good about when they take their cars in for repairs or routine maintenance.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

LG Mobile Phones Renews Partnership With the VH1 Save The Music Foundation

SAN DIEGO– LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) announced it has again joined forces with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for a one-year, multi-faceted partnership to promote the importance of music education. The partnership will include check presentations at public schools around the county and a national year-long advertising campaign -- 'Come Together' -- that was funded by LG Mobile Phones to raise awareness about music education and the positive impact it has on children's lives.

LG Mobile Phones presented a check to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for $150,000 on March 5 at a public school in New York City.

"Restoring music education in our public schools is an essential cause, and we applaud LG for its continued support of this worthy mission," says Paul Cothran, executive director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "It is important for people to recognize the central role music education has in a student's life and our hope is to help raise awareness through this initiative with LG."

LG Electronics, Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications, employing more than 82,000 people working in 114 operations including 82 subsidiaries around the world. With 2007 global sales of USD 44 billion, LG is comprised of five business units - Home Entertainment, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning, Business Solutions and Mobile Communications. LG is the world's leading producer of mobile handsets, flat panel TVs, air conditioners, front-loading washing machines, optical storage products, DVD players and home theater systems.

LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is the world's leading provider of UMTS (WCDMA), CDMA and GSM handsets, which have been designed to improve the value of customer life. With a total range of wired and wireless solutions, the company is rapidly establishing a global presence and growing its international market share in 3G handsets.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. Since 1997, VH1 Save The Music has provided $43 million worth of new musical instruments, donated to more than 1,600 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of more than 1.2 million public school students.

It's nice to see a renewed partnership here that enables this important program to continue and impact students in the U.S.

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