Polar Bears International

2/22/2013 6:25:27 AM

Good News Friday {Sustainable Energy, Polar Bear Champions, International Polar Bear Day}

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.

• We love it when doing good pays well and sustainability is paying off for a growing number of companies. Thirty seven percent of surveyed executives reported a profit from their sustainability efforts, a 23 percent rise over last year, according to a global study by the MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group.

• This week, Wapusk National Park, which means "white bear" in Cree, received PBI's highest honor, the Champion of Polar Bears award, in a ceremony at the Toronto Zoo. "For the past 15 years Parks Canada has played a worldwide role in polar bear conservation through research and monitoring, education, and conservation in Wapusk National Park," PBI co-founder, Carolyn Buchanan said in presenting the award. "The scientific data gathered and its analysis, along with the park's extensive educational programs, have allowed Canada's most iconic species to be better understood throughout the world."

• Unilever's entire business in Europe is now powered by 100% renewable electricity. That's everything from their factories and packaging plants to their global headquarters in London and Rotterdam. Take a look at the video below to see how they did it.

• We seem to hear a lot about European countries making the move toward sustainable energy, so it's nice to see North America in the mix. Pike Research's new report is titled, "North America Will Lead the World in New Smart Energy Capacity Additions through 2015." The report on smart energy, which covers a wide range of smart energy types goes on to say that North America will generate 400,000 Megawatts of capacity in the next three years. It's nice to be on the bandwagon.

• PBI's International Polar Bear Day is just around the corner—February 27--and we invite you to join us in celebrating it as a day of action to reduce your carbon footprint! How? By taking part in our Thermostat Challenge, the launch event for our Save Our Sea Ice (SOS!) campaign, a series of carbon-reduction efforts to help save sea ice habitat. You can join our Facebook event and post photos there or on My Planet, My Part.

Have a great weekend!

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