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Sustainability as a Platform for City Growth
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Cities are revamping their sustainability plans with fresh, innovative solutions.

Reprinted from Longitudes

Populations in the world’s largest 750 cities are expected to grow by 410 million between now and 2030.

According to Oxford Economics’ Global Cities report, which UPS co-sponsored and whose data I’ll draw upon here, we can attribute this growth in large part to the migration from the farm to the cities across developing economies.

This migration is spurred by young people drawn by economic opportunities and the excitement urban environments offer, the rising cost of long-distance commuting — and the sheer fact that for many across the globe, the pace of city living is becoming more attractive.

As I discussed in my last post, this rapid urbanization signals that strong economic growth for cities is likely to be on the way—but there will be a need for large-scale investments and creative development to allow cities to adapt to their evolving needs.

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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 »

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 »

Third Generation Business Built on Mentoring
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This year marks the second annual National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. The month was created to highlight the importance of mentoring and the positive impact it can have on youth. However, recent research has shown that mentorship can also play a role in the success of small business owners.

Starting a business can be challenging and oftentimes a new business owner may not know all the answers. For a small business owner, a close mentoring relationship provides the benefit of having a different experience or knowledge base to draw from. Mentors can help look at problems and situations from different perspectives and have expertise that can provide insight to people just starting out.

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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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UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn Honored for Sustainability Leadership
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Congratulations to UPS CFO Kurt Kuehn, who was named a winner of the 2013 C.K. Prahalad Global Sustainability Leadership Award on Monday, June 24th!

Presented annually by the Corporate Eco Forum, the award recognizes exceptional, globally-significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world.

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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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Without Logistics, Rock’n Roll Doesn’t Happen (Video)
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I absolutely love hearing live music. I enjoy large arenas to hear Grammy-winning artists, multi-day festivals, small venues to see new bands, Monday open mike nights to support my friends, participating in choirs on Sundays, and even singing in the shower!

Since I’m far from a mega superstar, I’m in awe of a musician’s capability to put on an incredible performance. As fans sitting in the stands (for me, the cheap seats), we see the band, instruments, lights, and smoke machines on stage, but have no idea about what’s going on behind the scenes.

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Here Comes the Sun: Bringing Solar Power to NASCAR
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As the Senior Director of Market Development at Suniva, I have the good fortune of working with many of our customers on new ways to incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) into their business. Clean, green energy from the sun is a natural fit with many organizations’ overall sustainability strategies. I’ve seen a real uptake in the United States now that solar has become so much more affordable. That’s personally gratifying since I have a passion for implementing cleantech to sustainability.

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