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Why Logistics Will Be The Key To Solving Hunger
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Like UPS, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is known for its logistics expertise. In addition to delivering lifesaving food assistance to some 80 million people in 82 countries each year, WFP also transports fuel, medical supplies and aid workers when emergency strikes and the international aid community mobilizes.

By building U.S. support and resources for the mission of WFP—the largest humanitarian agency on the planet—World Food Program USA delivers hope to communities struggling to survive natural disaster and conflict, children trying to succeed in the world’s poorest classrooms and parents and farmers working to put food on the table in the most challenging conditions. Read More »

Arbor Day Foundation: Planting Trees and Inspiration
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The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.

The impact the Arbor Day Foundation makes on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs.

We have a long and storied history of delivering trees to individuals who plant them in their yards, on their acreages, at schools, and in their neighborhoods, enriching America’s communities and countryside. Over the last 43 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has delivered more than 200 million trees to millions of members, supporters, and avid tree planters in every state across America. Read More »

WWF on Locally-Led Reforestation Projects
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WWF works to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Recognizing that the problems facing our planet are increasingly more complex and urgent, we have refined the way we work with an ambitious new strategy that organizes our efforts around six key areas: forests, oceans, freshwater, wildlife, food and climate.

To date, The UPS Foundation has awarded $400,000 to WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN), allowing us to support six individuals and 39 organizations—and counting!

EFN provides critical financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they need to address conservation challenges in their home countries. Read More »

Earth Day Network on Advocating for the Environment
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Earth Day Network (EDN) is the largest recruiter to the environmental movement in the world. Over one billion people across 192 countries will participate in Earth Day 2015, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

With over 50,000 partners, EDN supports and promotes environmental laws and civic participation to build environmental democracy since the first Earth Day in 1970. This year marks Earth Day’s 45th anniversary.

With the help of The UPS Foundation, The Canopy Project has become our flagship program. As part of our mission to protect natural lands and preserve the environment for all people, The Canopy Project focuses on large scale forestry to help communities—especially the world’s impoverished communities—sustain themselves and their local economies. Read More »

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 »

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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Doing More, Not Less
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The following post first appeared on the BlueGreen Alliance website on September 10, 2014.   

“At UPS, sustainability success starts with employees, not just newer and better technology.” 

Sustainability is often about creating or doing less—less waste, lower emissions. But is that the right approach?

What if, instead, we were committed to doing more?

Many corporate sustainability reports look and feel the same, but the best ones tell a story—what a company did, how it is leading, and what it is doing to take ownership of environmental and social concerns. 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 »