Polar Bears International

4/12/2013 1:32:46 PM

Good News Friday {PBI's E.D., Taking a Stand on Climate Change, Carbon Neutrality, Tundra Connections}

It's Friday and we want to share some good news. There's a lot of doom and gloom out there regarding climate change--and there should be. It's a serious problem that we all need to be taking action on.

But on Fridays, we like to highlight some of the good news, and focus on what people and communities are doing right now to reduce their carbon footprint and help polar bears.

• Have you met PBI's new executive director, Krista Wright? The PBI board announced her appointment following the retirement of Robert Buchanan. Wright brings 20 years of experience with nonprofits to her new position, including four years as PBI's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"All of us at PBI are pleased that this dedicated and talented individual will become our executive director," said Dani Reiss, PBI chairman. "Krista's proven leadership and management skills in her five years with PBI give us full confidence that she'll be able to sustain and expand PBI's role as the world's leading polar bear conservation group, dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat." 

• As one of the first four colleges or universities in the United States to achieve carbon neutrality, which it announced April 4, 2013, Maine's Colby College reinforced its standing as a national leader in sustainability and environmental education. Colby achieved neutrality as a result of major initiatives including a switch to 100-percent renewable electricity starting in 2003 and using sustainably harvested wood biomass instead of oil as its primary fuel for heat and hot water beginning in 2012. 

• As the U.S. President unveils his budget for the coming year, 33 major U.S. companies, including eBay Inc., Nike and Limited Brands signed a "Climate Declaration," urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change, asserting that a bold response to the climate challenge is one of the greatest American economic opportunities of the 21st century. Signatories of the Climate Declaration are among the country's best-known consumer brands, including EMC Corporation, IKEA, Jones Lang LaSalle, L'OrÌ©al, the North Face, the Portland Trail Blazers, Timberland and Unilever, among others.

"The signers of the Climate Declaration have a clear message for Washington: Act on climate change. We are, and it's good for our businesses," said Anne Kelly, Director of BICEP. "The cost of inaction is too high. Policymakers should see climate change policy for what it is: an economic opportunity."

• It's not just corporations taking a stand against climate change. Recently, tens of thousands of Americans gathered in close to 100 events across 23 states to learn more about clean energy and climate disruption -- and to tell President Obama he must take action on climate disruption right now.

• Last week, PBI's Tundra Connections broadcasted live from the University of Wyoming. Polar bear scientists and researchers answered questions and shared information with kindergarten kids through adults. Did you miss it? Watch the archived webcasts here

Have a great weekend!

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