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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 »

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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Responsible Electronics Recycling
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Electronic devices are integral to our daily lives: we use them to get our work done, we like how they help us connect with others through video, e-mailing and texting; we track our fitness activities and goals, and we rely on them to deliver our movies, music, news, photos, reports and, yes, even cat videos. Read More »

The Most Important Sustainability Question at UPS
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What is the most energy-efficient way to deliver a package from point A to point B? It’s a good question. And for the legion of engineers at UPS, it’s more than that—it’s a compelling challenge that has profound implications for the global environment.

Let me elaborate. Given a set of parameters like origin, destination, and package weight, I could give you an answer to the question. But as with most things, the technical reality complicates the simplicity of rote formula. Read More »

UPS Pioneers New Global Sustainability Reporting Framework
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By Patrick Browne and Joe Monfort

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world, issued its fourth generation of guidelines in May 2013.  These new guidelines (called “G4”) are the most significant update to the reporting framework since 2006.  They emphasize identifying the most material sustainability issues for your organization and articulating how your organization manages these issues. Read More »

Three Perspectives on GRI G4 from One of the First US “Comprehensive” Reporters
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– By Patrick Browne and Joe Monfort

Shortly after our 2012 sustainability report was published in July 2013, the UPS sustainability report team gathered to debrief and plan for the following year.  High fives were administered, too much sugar was consumed, and when it was all said and done, a questionable decision was made.  With the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) “G4” guidelines hot off the press, we resolved to make every attempt to migrate directly to the most rigorous option available under the new framework, “In Accordance-Comprehensive.”  The results of that 10 month effort will be published on July 30th, 2014. Read More »

UPS Sustainability Report Cites “More of What Matters”
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The theme of a Sustainability Report says a lot of about a company. It offers a clue about how the company positions sustainability externally and internally. It also signals how the company wants you, the reader, to review the contents.

Each autumn, the UPS sustainability report team extensively discusses the year’s strengths and weaknesses and begins to evaluate how that year is different from previous ones. How has the company’s sustainability program and commitments evolved? What are the gaps that were addressed? What is going on the marketplace that could affect the way our sustainability report contents will be judged?

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Benefits of Two Wheels: Florida Driver Stephen Cortes Explains How and Why He Became a Bike Commuter
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I initially started riding my bicycle to UPS way back in the late 90s. My van had broken down and lacking the funds to fix it right away, I decided that my 10-speed was my best option. I hadn’t missed a day of work during my first year; and I wanted to complete a year with no absence from work. It was a 16-mile ride in each direction at that time, but on occasion, my preload supervisor, Debbie Fried, would meet me along the way; and I’d throw my bike into the back of her truck.

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New Word for Old Practice
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Farmers have long practiced sustainability to survive. Whether crop, tree, or various other products, farmers must be good stewards of their lands or the lands will cease to produce effectively. I learned this as a young boy growing up on our family farm.

One day, I was griping to my father about having to plant trees and he commented, “That, son is the future.”

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Banking on Trees
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I’m a numbers guy living in the heart of San Francisco. I am a scientist and an analyst, managing an asset valued at more than $100 million. But I’m not your typical investment banker. I’m part of a team of carbon bankers at The Conservation Fund—conserving forests to help trap or “bank” carbon dioxide to help address climate change.  In short, I help measure, monitor and model tree growth so that we can trap more carbon dioxide in our forests, provide habitat for fish and wildlife and jobs for the local timber economy.

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