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Banking on Trees
Garcia River Forest

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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100 Electric Vehicles Begin Their Journey to Save 126,000 Gallons of Fuel Per Year
UPS Electric Vehicle

Although Californians take great pride in the green initiatives the state likes to roll out for the sake of Mother Earth, there is still a learning curve with many of the new ordinances. You’ll still hear a few disgruntled shoppers loading their bagless groceries into their cars because they forgot that stores now charge 10 cents for single-use plastic bags. And there are quite a few of us who still break out into a sweat trying to determine if our trash should be deposited into the compostable, recyclable or landfill receptacle.

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“Small Change” Can Change the World: Video
Garcia River Forest

I’m not a tree hugger. Nor am I a scientist. I’m a conservationist and a marketer, and as of seven weeks ago, a mom. I was raised with a strong appreciation for nature, and I know how glorious it feels to hike up to a clearing to watch the sea mist roll in across the redwood forest at sunset.  The sustainability and communication teams at UPS know this too.  We shared a chilly sunset during a recent video shoot at The Conservation Fund’s 24,000-acre Garcia River Forest along California’s north coast.

We visited with foresters, ecologists and loggers, and witnessed firsthand that you don’t have to be an environmentalist to appreciate nature, or to understand the vast changes to the landscape we’ve experienced recently.  Over the past several decades, millions of acres of forests have given way to homes and roads to support a growing global population. Forest loss has been hard on wildlife and our climate, accounting for nearly 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.  But there are positive changes as well.  Companies like UPS have changed the way they do business to measure and then reduce their impact on the planet.  Customers can make a difference too. 

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Volunteering My Time to Build, Beautify and Better My Community
UPS West Region HR Dept. at the Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter (OCIS) in Costa Mesa, CA

Global Volunteer Month is held each October to encourage volunteerism and to honor the contributions of UPS employees and their families who provide more than one million hours of volunteer service annually with local community-based non-profit organizations.

I and other West Region UPS employees recently volunteered at Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter (OCIS) in Costa Mesa, CA. OCIS focuses on changing the lives of homeless families by providing them tools for achieving self-sufficiency.

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UPSers set Volunteer Record in the Fight Against Poverty
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A few weeks ago more than 750 UPS employees laced up their sneakers and hit the field at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. They joined 2,400 other runners and walkers during the third annual Walk United to help fight poverty. UPS was a Home Run Champion for the event that raised about $150,000 for food, medical care and shelter for families in need.

George Willis, president of the South California district, received the award for having the most volunteers at the event – a few UPS employees even made the trip from Las Vegas to participate.

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Hands Across California
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UPS employees join hands with community leaders, politicians and celebrities in support of higher education.

Recently, Hands Across California approached UPS with a unique logistical challenge: help them connect a human-line of nearly two million people across a 1,500-mile route using UPS package cars as gathering points for volunteers. In addition, Hands Across California organizers asked if UPS employees would volunteer on the day of the event to ensure the human-line was realized.

From Sacramento to San Diego, and everywhere in between, UPS employees and their families volunteered to either drive package cars or hold hands as part of the line. “I’m here because two of my kids are getting ready to attend community college,” said UPS HR Representative Maura Pina. “It helps us out financially and allows them to get their core classes done before transferring to a four-year college.”

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