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  21st Century Sustainability Leadership
The Regeneration Project, a joint initiative of SustainAbility and GlobeScan, questions what kind of leadership will be required, especially from the private sector, to radically scale and accelerate development and deployment of solutions to the greatest sustainability challenges. And it holds that the actions taken in the next few years will determine much of what happens through at least 2100.
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  The Advance of Social Enterprise in Brazil
If you or I, clinging to what’s left of our melting advanced economies were to take a quick look over at bustling Brazil, we might find it hard not to think that a business as usual approach to creating prosperity is working out just fine and that this social enterprise thing is probably not for them. After all, in the last 15 years more than 40 million people have been lifted out of poverty, becoming consumers for the first time and the engine of a stable economy. Unemployment is at historic lows allowing more people than ever to plan for the future and invest in homes, cars, themselves - the trappings of life.
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  Panasonic Forms Renewable Energy Unit
Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is a new business unit that will focus on the design, implementation and financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the U.S. and Canada. The unit will provide comprehensive solutions to corporate and public sector organizations from the planning and engineering stages through implementation, construction and permanent financing, as well as ongoing system maintenance.
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  Earth Day Roundup
Sunday is Earth Day, an opportunity for brands to connect with eco-minded consumers, contribute to worthy causes and show off their environmental achievements. Below is just a sampling of the activities and promotions underway this year. Grocery chain Safeway formed a partnership with the Go Green Initiative to launch the first annual Go Green Glogster Earth Day contest. Students will be asked to investigate the sustainability of the food, water, or energy system in their community, and express their findings through videos, podcasts, blogs, music and photos.
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Ann Taylor and Loft Link Up With Good360's Donation Platform
Ann Inc. the parent company of Ann Taylor and Loft, announced a partnership with nonprofit Good360, that will facilitate the donation of reusable products to local charities that support women and children. With the launch of an internal system, called ANNCares360, the company’s stores will be able to enter leftover items from displays and other marketing efforts into a database system linked to Good360’s online product donation marketplace and its network of more than 26,000 charities.
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