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Hackers Help Communities Combat Effects Of Dangerous Floods at Europe's Biggest Hackathon

Xylem Inc.

RYE BROOK, NY, September 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Global water technology company, Xylem, today congratulated a team of hackathon participants that has come up with a new way to respond to abrupt flood events. Team Res - Queue won HackZurich 2021’s Xylem Water Challenge with their innovative solution to help people affected by dangerous flooding intensified by climate change. Participants were asked to create an interactive platform where lifesaving information and updates can be accessed and shared within seconds by communities affected by flooding events. The winning team achieved this over a non-stop 40-hour hackathon event in Zurich, Switzerland. The Res-Queue team developed a decision support system that assigns danger levels to help rescue units optimize their response, using machine learning models based on real-time images and video. “Our mission is to solve the world’s greatest water challenges, and the solutions are increasingly going to be digital,” said, Hayati Yarkadas, Xylem’s President for Europe. “The participants in our HackZurich water challenge are inspiring examples of a new generation of talent that is passionate about solving real-world problems and making the world more sustainable. As this years’ devastating floods across Europe showed us, we’re at a critical time for water, and we need all their passion and ingenuity.” “Solving this flood management challenge is very important to us as it saves lives,” said Res-Queue team member Matan Levy. “What can be more important than that? Water is life – it saves lives, however, it can take lives as well.” “It was really great to see participants use Esri tech to tackle natural threats and provide meaningful solutions to support decision making for flood incident response,” commented Arno Fiva 3D Developer Evangelist at the Zürich R&D Center of Esri, one of Xylem’s technology partners. The United Nations predicts that, due to climate change, the number of people at risk of flooding will increase to 1.6 billion by 2050. Xylem’s participation at HackZurich2021 is part of the Xylem Ignite program, a global initiative to build and empower a network of student leaders passionate about water solutions and driving change in the water industry. It has already engaged over 6600 students in learning about and solving water challenges. About Xylem Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to solving critical water and infrastructure challenges with innovation. Our more than 16,000 diverse employees delivered revenue of $4.88 billion in 2020. We are creating a more sustainable world by enabling our customers to optimize water and resource management, and helping communities in more than 150 countries become water-secure. Join us at www.xylem.com. For more information on Xylem Ignite: https://www.xylem.com/en-gr/sustainability/community/xylem-ignite/ About HackZurich HackZurich is Europe‘s largest and most renowned coding marathon. It’s a platform where brilliant and diverse minds work together on new ideas and concrete outputs to increase innovation capability. For more information on HackZurich: https://hackzurich.com/ About Esri Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at  esri.com. Contacts: Media Houston Spencer +1 (914) 240-3046 Houston.Spencer@xyleminc.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Xylem Inc. on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 02:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Keysight Commits to Science Based Targets Initiative

Keysight Technologies

SANTA ROSA, Calif. September 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced their commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in support of the company's emissions reduction and net zero strategy. Keysight will work with the SBTi to develop approved science-based targets (SBTs) in line with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  Keysight recognizes that climate change is an economic, environmental and social crisis, and the private sector needs to take meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As such, the company recently announced a target to reach net zero emissions in company operations by the end of fiscal year 2040. SBTi provides an ideal framework to develop, track and report on these corporate ambitions. Setting approved SBTs will enable Keysight to measure progress in GHG emissions reduction and ensure targets are consistent with the latest climate change scenarios. "Keysight's commitment to the SBTi supports our climate action goals and is in alignment with our 2030 interim targets" said Ingrid Estrada, chief administration officer at Keysight. "Our net-zero strategy was developed with the environment, customers, employees and investors in mind to meet and exceed their expectations through conscientious business operations." Keysight emissions reduction campaign is based on fiscal year 2019 emissions levels and aims to reach net-zero 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement goal of 2050. The company has a 2030 interim goal of 55 percent renewables and a 10 percent energy reduction for the halfway mark. Keysight's strategic tactics include improving maintenance schedules, initiating company-wide conservation projects, electrifying their fleet and processes, implementing on-site renewable energy installations, partnering with green utility providers and facilitating impactful Power Purchase Agreements. About Keysight Technologies  Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight's dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow's technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.2B in fiscal year 2020. For more information about Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS), visit us at  www.keysight.com. Additional information about Keysight Technologies is available in the newsroom at  https://www.keysight.com/go/news  and on  Facebook,  LinkedIn,  Twitter, and  YouTube. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Keysight Technologies on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 02:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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What Can WSP Do for You and Your ESG Goals?

WSP

With more and more clients seeking guidance on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy,  Thomas Lewis, PE, JD,  Michael Mondshine, and  Heather Unger, LEED AP, ENV SP, discuss how WSP USA has evolved to focus on ESG innovation. These leaders of our Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change practice and Climate, Resilience & Sustainability national business line share comprehensive and detailed action items with the Environmental Business Journal. Learn what WSP can do for you and your ESG goals:  https://lnkd.in/dXaQANK6 Environmental Business International, Inc. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from WSP on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 01:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Rockwell Automation's Linda Freeman Receives Prestigious Engineering Industry Award

Rockwell Automation

MILWAUKEE, September   27, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Rockwell Automaton’s Linda Freeman, Entertainment & Amusement industry manager, has received the prestigious Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Fellow Grade Professional Award. The honor recognizes her continuous service to the advancement of women in the engineering profession. “Every day I carry the SWE mission and strategic objectives forward,” Freeman said. She joined SWE in 1991 as a college freshman. “SWE became my DNA.” A certified functional safety instructor, Freeman is a frequently sought-after speaker on functional safety and cybersecurity as well as the role of women in engineering. She was instrumental in launching Rockwell’s Supporting Women in Engineering employee resource group in 2006. She also mentors students through SWE, FIRST Robotics, AIMS International (a safety education organization), and ASTM International (a global standards organization). “Linda’s technical accomplishments serve as a role model for other women,” said Annmarie Connor, SWE President FY21, Central Florida Section. “She continuously looks for opportunities to connect people, ideas, and action,” added Rockwell’s Michele Matthai, director, Culture of Inclusion and Diversity. “Linda has a passion and natural insight to help women at all levels benefit from SWE’s work.” Freeman’s recognition is part of SWE’s annual awards program that celebrates industry movers and shakers across the globe who are making significant contributions to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) community and the advancement of women in engineering. “The men and women recognized have lived and learned through significant contributions to the engineering community, and they continue to lead in their careers and personal lives,” said Rachel Morford, SWE president. “They are leaders paving the way to empower and inspire future women engineers across the globe.” This year’s SWE award recipients will be recognized at WE21, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women engineers and technologists October. 21-23, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind. Learn more about Rockwell Automation careers and the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Rockwell Automation on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 01:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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An Acquisition Charged Up to Accelerate More EV Fleets

Acre

ChargePoint, the electric vehicle (EV) charging network has acquired  ViriCiti, a provider of electrification solutions for eBus and commercial fleets, the company has announced.  With operations in North America and Europe, the move bolsters ChargePoint’s commitment to the electrification of fleet and commercial segments in North America and Europe. There is also a pending acquisition of  Has.to.be, a leading European provider of e-mobility technology. ViriCiti has more than 50 employees in the Netherlands and United States and its team, customer accounts and technology will merge into Chargepoint’s operation. This will enhance the ChargePoint fleet solution portfolio of hardware, software and services.  Information sources will be integrated to optimise EV operations, including battery management, charging station monitoring, vehicle maintenance and vehicle operations data.  Fleets will be able to identify which routes to electrify, optimise fueling to ensure operational readiness at low cost, and integrate vehicle and charging station management.  ChargePoint is committed to easing the way for businesses and drivers to go electric with one of the largest EV charging networks and a portfolio of charging solutions available. So far, more than 92 million charging sessions have been delivered, with drivers plugging into the ChargePoint network every two seconds or less.  Pasquale Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint, said, “The future of fleets is electric, and integrating charging solutions with the many business systems already in place in today’s depots is essential to successful electrification.  “Adding ViriCiti’s vehicle management capabilities to our fleet portfolio allows ChargePoint to deliver more functionality to eBus and commercial fleet operators, while remaining open to integration with existing telematics systems. The combined solution underscores the importance of software to EV charging and will ensure operational readiness at low cost as fleets of all types across North America and Europe continue to electrify.”  ViriCiti has established market share in North America and Europe with approximately 150 fleet operators, 3,500 connected vehicles and 2,500 networked ports under management. Its customers include Arriva, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, Chicago Transit Authority, GILLIG, Keolis, King County Metro, Metropolitan Transit Authority (New York), PicNic, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority and Toronto Transit Commission. Freek Dielissen, CEO of ViriCiti, said: “Our mission over the last nine years has been to help fleet operators manage their electric operations. Today, zero-emission transportation is at a tipping point, and we are excited to join EV charging leader ChargePoint, integrate our complementary offerings and tap into the resources that will enable the electrification of fleets at a faster pace across North America and Europe.” ChargePoint acquired ViriCiti for a total purchase price of approximately €75 million in cash, subject to adjustments. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Acre on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 01:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Eldorado Gold Québec Awarded Two Prizes at the Val-d'Or Chamber of Commerce Gala

Eldorado Gold

Congratulations to Eldorado Gold Québec for winning two prizes at the Val-d'Or Chamber of Commerce Gala earlier this month. 1st Place: Sustainable Development and Environment This award recognizes the environmental innovations, circular economy initiatives, GHG emissions reduction projects, ore transportation decline and future electrification, the compost project with the City and more.   1st Place: Investment of >$2M This award recognizes the development of the decline, the new administrative building at Lamaque, and other new surface infrastructure. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Eldorado Gold on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 12:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Glass4Good Recycling Program Launches at O-I Danville

O-I Glass, Inc.

The idea behind Glass4Good TM, a pilot glass recycling program rolling out at O-I Glass plants in the U.S., is that recycling glass is a win-win-win: a win for keeping glass packaging in the manufacturing stream, a win for helping communities recycle and reduce environmental impact, and a win for community support groups who are benefitting from financial donations tied to Glass4Good. The pilot program at O-I’s plant in Danville, Virginia, is among the first to get off the ground. Glass collection bins are set up around the city. Families drop their glass bottles and jars into the bins, those glass containers are processed and come back to the O-I plant to be created into new glass containers. In the first six weeks of the pilot program at our Danville facility over 96,000 pounds of recycled glass was collected. Did you know recycled glass is typically the main ingredient used to make new glass? Glass should never be trash. It’s  100% recyclable  and infinitely recyclable, making it a valuable and sustainable packaging material. That’s why it’s important that recycled glass comes back to glass packaging makers versus going to a landfill. That’s a win for the planet! Glass4Good is also structured to create wins in communities through donations from the O-I Charities Foundation. The O-I Charities Foundation makes a series of financial contributions based on the amount of recycled glass collected. “We recognize the uniqueness of needs in each community where we operate so we are working closely with plants, local municipalities, and exploring non-profit organizations to identify where we can make the most impact,” explains Elizabeth Hupp, O-I’s Community Relations Specialist. As the pilot programs roll out at our plants, each will be tailored to a community’s specific needs. In Danville, we’re partnering with the United Way of Danville Pittsylvania County. The UW chose to support Book Ends, a reading program for kids. Books Ends  received  its first donation in August. Beyond Danville, Glass4Good is currently in place at our Toano, Virginia, facility. We’re working with our plants, municipalities, and community partners to expand to several more facilities by the end of the year. O-I’s vision is to be the most innovative,  sustainable, chosen supplier of brand-building packaging solutions. Our journey to sustainability includes supporting sustainable communities. Glass4Good is a program that enables us to meet so many of our ambitions, from increasing the amount of recycled glass in our plants to supporting communities where we live and operate. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from O-I Glass, Inc. on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 12:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Alkermes in Action: A Bed for Every Child

Alkermes

This summer, Alkermes continued its annual "Alkermes in Action" volunteer program, which offers employees opportunities to support local communities with hands-on activities that align with the company's values and embody compassion. Employees recently came together to build 20 beds for children in need across Massachusetts on behalf of A Bed for Every Child, an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Alkermes on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 12:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Lenovo and the Carolina Panthers Help Businesses “Evolve Small”

Lenovo

We have all been told that when you shop local, you are enriching towns, neighborhoods, and cities — and the people who live in those communities. But to me, supporting local small businesses is more than that. It’s about fostering a sense of identity and belonging, giving recognition to the authenticity and resilience of local entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our communities. It’s bringing prosperity to the people who, even in the most challenging times, have been there to give you a meal, a haircut, a class, or exceptional service. The North Carolina Triangle region is home to one of Lenovo’s worldwide headquarters — but it will also be my new (again) home. Our state is vibrant, diverse and experiencing tremendous growth as a global technology leader. At the same time North Carolina offers small-town charm where small businesses, a lot of them minority-owned, sustain that “at-home” feeling. That’s why it was so meaningful to support our community through Lenovo’s  Evolve Small   campaign, an initiative focused on providing relief to small businesses across North America that are still recovering from the impact of COVID-19. Through Evolve Small, we’ve committed $1 million in aid, mentorship opportunities, and community engagement. And what better way to fire up support in the Carolinas than to team up with the Carolina Panthers? Lenovo and the Panthers partnered through the team’s  Empowering the Carolinas  program to engage a loyal fan base that not only rallies in support of the team, but also champions community  We knew that together we could make a real difference for small businesses. Panthers fans had a chance to nominate their favorite small businesses for the chance to win a $100,000 advertising package with the Panthers during the NFL season and the response was awesome! More than 300 nominations were submitted via the  Panthers portal,  and 10 finalists across the Carolinas were  surprised  (and delighted!) with: A visit from Panthers legends Mike Tolbert, Kevin Donnelly, Brad Hoover and Captain Munnerlyn $5,000 each worth of technology upgrades and consultation services A ThinkBook 14s Yoga Two tickets to join all finalists and a Panthers Legend in a VIP suite at the Panthers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers preseason game on Aug. 27 Additional VIP Panthers gameday experience with four lower level tickets, pre-game hospitality, and parking And…a chance to win the Grand Prize of $100,000 worth of advertising during the Panthers’ NFL season! And because without the Panthers fans this campaign would not be possible, those who successfully nominated a finalist will receive a Game Day VIP package this season including game tickets, parking and a merchandise credit at the team store. Evolve Small Top 10 Finalists  The 10 finalists all have unique stories. They have been built from the ground up, often without much budget for resources, technology and advertising. Yet even during these most challenging times, their doors have remained open to help those who need it most. These businesses were nominated for their active role in the community, in addition to outstanding service: Dentist Salud  from Matthews, NC. A dental clinic offering personalized and affordable care to the Hispanic population in the Mecklenburg area. Orbital Socket  from Charlotte, NC.  A local advertising agency giving a voice to other small businesses in the Carolinas. Bucket, Mop and Broom Cleaning Service LLC  from Charlotte, NC.  A highly-trusted cleaning care provider serving homes and businesses in the Carolinas, and recognized for its essential role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Divine Fish and Fixin’s Restaurant  from Concord, NC.  A family-owned seafood restaurant known for its active role in the community. Eastern Food Equipment  from Winston-Salem, NC.  A Greek-owned food equipment supplier ensuring the efficiency of restaurants around the Carolinas. Equivalent Communications  from Fort Mill, SC.  An agency providing sign language interpreting and educational services, with the mission of helping bridge the gap for equal access. Columbia Arts Academy  from Columbia, SC.  The largest music school in South Carolina with over 1,600 students, known for giving back to the community through scholarships, donations, and consultative services for other business owners. Raleigh-Durham Rubber & Gasket Co  from Raleigh, NC.  A premier source for hose, duct, tubing and gaskets for over 40 years. Phydeaux  from Raleigh, NC.  A pet supply store supporting local animal rescue groups and committed to ending pet overpopulation. Glory Days Apparel  from Charlotte, NC.  A local apparel brand creating community connections through unique designs that show city pride. The Big Day  At the Panthers’ preseason home game Aug. 27 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lenovo teammates Kelly Darden, Maurice McGregor and I were able to join the 10 Empowering the Carolinas finalists where we all enjoyed the Panthers’ big win together. At halftime, all of the finalists were recognized on the field. I had the pleasure to announce  Dentist Salud ’s Dr. Clara Lucia Nuñez as the winner of the $100,000 advertising package with the Panthers for the upcoming season (see video below). Dr. Nuñez’ strong commitment to providing quality and affordable medical care to the Hispanic community was expressed with enormous gratitude. Notably, Panthers fans expressed a strong desire for Dentist Salud to expand its bilingual services across the Carolinas. All of these small business owners demonstrate that you can succeed doing what you love while helping others along the way. I’m proud of our Evolve Small campaign, the partnership with the Carolina Panthers and to help celebrate the inspiring and resilient stories of small businesses here in our backyard. Keep an eye out for more from  Lenovo Evolve Small  and other initiatives to support small businesses! View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Lenovo on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 12:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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