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The Conservation Fund: Conservation and Community

For 31 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.

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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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New Terminology, Same Priority: Sustainability Engrained at UPS

Speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2012, UPS COO David Abney described the maturation of sustainability at UPS as a priority for customers, employees, the Board of Directors and other stakeholders in the organization.  

“The terminology [of sustainability] has changed, but it’s changed for very sound business reasons,” Abney said, adding that customers have become a powerful catalyst for sustainability in recent years.  

 “What really has changed is the number of customers looking at us to manage their supply chains from an environmental perspective. Customers were demanding we pay attention (to sustainability),” he said in response to questions from Fortune reporter Geoff Colvin.

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UPS #GreenHoliday Twitter Party: Being Green Can Be Easy During the Holidays
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Kermit the Frog famously sang that “It’s not easy being green.” However, the participants at our #GreenHoliday Twitter party could likely inspire Kermit to sing a new tune. Dozens of smart, practical ideas were shared … including a few from UPS Chief Sustainability Office (CSO) Scott Wicker.

Journalist Aman Singh (@amansinghCSR), joined by four fantastic panelists, kicked off the conversation. Scott Wicker shared insights about UPS’s environmental efforts, such as carbon neutral shipping. And The UPS Store offered practical guidance on how to choose eco-friendly materials for packing your shipments (hint: soy and starch-based packaging peanuts can decompose when exposed to moisture such as snow or humidity).

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UPS Twitter Parties Help Take the Hassle Out of Holiday Planning
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It seems like summer was just a few short weeks ago, but there’s no denying it … the holiday season is here. And with the holidays comes logistics. Shopping for gifts, planning parties, sending greeting cards and shipping.

To help get holiday logistics under control, UPS and The UPS Store will host a series of Twitter parties to spark ideas and share tips for holiday planning. Joining us in the Twitter conversations are savvy bloggers who will lead the discussions along with a team of panelists. In the spirit of transparency, we want to disclose that we are compensating the blogger moderators and panelists.

Along with great ideas, our Twitter parties will feature prize drawings every 15 minutes. We’re giving away gift cards to The UPS Store and to UPS customers  Soft Surroundings, Wayfair.com and Anderson Seafoods. Want to win? Participate by tweeting during the party and including the party hashtag. RSVP by posting a comment and your Twitter handle to this blog post.

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When it’s Hot Outside, UPS Helps Anderson Seafoods Keep Deliveries Cold

At UPS, we ♥ logistics and ♥ our small business customers

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of grilling season and if you’re hosting a holiday BBQ make sure you have plenty of tasty grilled eats like chicken, burgers and veggies. And if you want a healthy option, throw some seafood on the grill. 

From shrimp and scallops to salmon, UPS small business customer Anderson Seafoods has it. The company has been providing seafood to high-end restaurants and hotels for more than 30 years, but now my weekend chef friends can shop and order right from the company’s website. “We’re delivering Alaskan Halibut, Copper River Salmon and West Australian Lobster Tails right to people’s homes,” said Dennis Anderson, chief executive officer. If you order by 1 p.m. PST today, UPS will ship it Next Day Air and have it arrive on your doorstep by 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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UPS carbon neutral: How is the Offset Money Used?

UPS carbon neutral shipmentNow available in 36 countries, customers love UPS carbon neutral. But the question I get asked most is probably, “Where do the offset fees you collect go?” Well, over the past year we’ve purchased carbon offsets in three different projects around the world.

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Sustainability 101: Arizona State University and The UPS Store Work Together to Eliminate College Move-in Waste

Arizona State UniversityArizona State University is one of the largest universities in the nation. And, according to the Princeton Review, it is also one of the greenest, with the establishment of its School of Sustainability, its aggressive program for reducing waste, and its goal of becoming carbon neutral.

The UPS Store locations on the Tempe campus serve approximately 8,200 university residents with mailbox services, package receiving, shipping, printing and everything else you would expect from The UPS Store. As you can imagine, fall is one of our busiest times. Often, incoming freshmen ship their packages to their new mailbox on campus ahead of time. We receive thousands of packages during the first weeks of school. With that many students moving in, you can only imagine how much cardboard, foam and packaging peanuts there is!

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