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A UPS Volunteer Shares His Tree-planting Story
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When I heard about the opportunity to plant trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial, I wanted to be a part of it.

Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. I was in sixth grade and only lived an hour away from the Flight 93 crash site. Read More »

The Nature Conservancy on Forest Conservation Around the World
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As the director of the forest health program at The Nature Conservancy, I have the privilege of leading work I love and work that makes a difference in the world. As an ecologist I have an understanding of the importance of nature and its many benefits to people and communities.

For 30 years The Nature Conservancy and UPS have worked together to advance forest conservation projects. To date, The UPS Foundation – the company’s philanthropic arm – has provided over $4 million for Conservancy projects.

The mission of the Nature Conservancy is simple: to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. Advancing our mission – in all 50 U.S. states and 35 countries – requires many partnerships. We work with companies large and small to help change business practices and policies, raise awareness of conservation issues, and raise funds to support important new science and conservation projects. Read More »

The Conservation Fund: Conservation and Community
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For more than 30 years, The Conservation Fund has worked at the intersection of conservation and community. We believe that environmental protection and economic vitality must go hand in hand, and this longstanding principle guides our team every day.

With a presence in every state across the U.S., we have protected 7.5 million acres valued at more than $5 billion, including more than two million acres of forests valued at just short of $2 billion.

And, in many ways, our work is just beginning. Read More »

Moving the Floor to the Final Four
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It’s a good bet that when Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Duke take to the court for the NCAA Men’s Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis, the last thing on the minds of the players will be the wood beneath their feet.

But if they only knew the lengths to which a 143-year-old business rooted in Amasa, Mich., went to source, build and transport college basketball’s most prestigious court to the site of the NCAA Final Four, they might have a greater appreciation for all that hardwood. Read More »

UPS Recognized with EPA Climate Leadership Award
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One of our top enterprise sustainability goals is to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation relative to our shipping volume. Successful execution of our global GHG reduction strategy enabled us to reach our goal to achieve a 10 percent reduction in carbon intensity in 2016 three years ahead of schedule. So we doubled the goal to a 20 percent reduction in our carbon intensity from transportation by 2020.

In appreciation of this accomplishment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), and others, recognized UPS at the fourth annual Climate Leadership Awards for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management—Goal Achievement.

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E-tailing is the Automotive Aftermarket’s New Growth Engine
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If your company doesn’t have a significant online presence, you’re missing an important growth opportunity. The automotive aftermarket’s fastest growing sales channel, e-tailing, is expanding so briskly that some industry experts anticipate aftermarket e-tailing revenue will double by 2018.

This online growth is expected to dramatically outperform brick-and-mortar automotive aftermarket sales, which are projected to remain flat for the foreseeable future. That means automotive aftermarket companies must immediately invest in the e-commerce part of their businesses to stay competitive and grow. Of course, establishing an online presence must be done wisely. In the general retail space, e-commerce has become very sophisticated since retailers started emphasizing that sales channel in the late 1990’s. After experiencing double digit growth for several years, e-commerce now accounts for 7% of all retail transactions and is showing no signs of slowing down. Read More »

Living in an Aging World
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Reprinted from Longitudes

Cities need to adjust policies and rethink resources to support an aging demographic.

The world’s top 750 cities will experience profound demographic shifts over the next 15 years. For one, the world will be urbanizing rapidly: by 2030, the populations of these leading cities will increase by an estimated 410 million.

What’s more, the changes in birth rates and the longer life spans will have a transformative effect on housing patterns, labor participation, and infrastructure use.

Almost everywhere, urban populations are aging. According to Oxford Economics’ Global Cities report, more than 150 million additional residents over age 65 will populate the world’s top cities by 2030. And roughly 40 percent of these seniors – or 61 million – will live in China’s leading cities.

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The Logistics of Love
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Reprinted from Longitudes

Don’t worry, guys – Valentine’s Day puts pressure on supply chains, too.

Whether a man is calm and on top of his game, or in the grip of a last-minute panic, when he walks out of the flower shop with a fresh bouquet of Valentine’s Day flowers, chances are he doesn’t give much thought to how they got there.

He – and I’m being gender-specific because 75 percent of Valentine’s flower buyers are men – can thank a system built on a rigorous combination of distance, travel, time, temperature and dedicated UPSers.

It all comes together in a one-day observance that generates a total of $1.7 billion spent on flowers, which contribute to a total of nearly $19 billion spent on cards, romantic dinners, stuffed animals and all manner of other Valentine’s Day gifts – including everything from frozen steaks and lobsters to six-foot teddy bears.

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Rethinking Transportation in Cities
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Reprinted from Longitudes

Creating more livable cities through accessible public transportation.

In previous posts, I’ve discussed the growing pains that come along with major urban development—congestion, air and noise pollution, etc.—as well as some of the creative solutions that cities have come up with to combat these issues.

One of the most effective ways for a city to decrease congestion and pollution—and become safer, more livable, and more attractive to those looking to move to the city—is a strong network of public transportation.

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Getting Smart about Cities in India
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Reprinted from Longitudes

India takes on the challenge of building smarter cities.

The cities of the future are all but certain to confront a number of unique challenges. Across the globe, cities are expected to experience enormous gains in population, with most of the growth concentrated in the developing world.

These cities of the future will need to balance the basic demands of a growing population against concerns for the environment, economic sustainability, and the logistics required to simply keep these enormous cities running. Planning for this future is made more complicated by the dearth of usable data.

Enter the smart city.

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