5 Things to Know – And be Concerned – About the State of Our Schools

Posted on May 5, 2016

The crowd listens intently at the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh.

I recently attended the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh and I learned some surprising new information about the facilities that students learn and play in every day. The information was from The State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities report released by The Center for Green Schools to the U.S. Green Building Council, the 21st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities. Especially as a…

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Paris Climate Agreement Signed…Now What?

Posted on April 25, 2016

Last December, history was made in Paris when 190 countries adopted an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. History was made again this past Friday, when approximately 175 countries attended and signed the agreement in New York. After years of consideration, an international climate policy framework is now in place. You might be thinking, now what? Our answer: technology must now lead the way. To achieve a…

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Green Aviation Starts Here

Posted on April 22, 2016

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Our new campaign focuses on green products in service, green technologies and green manufacturing facilities.

Throughout history, there have been moments that have created and redefined aviation. The Wright Brothers taking the first flight in 1903. Charles Lindbergh flying “The Spirit of St. Louis” for the world’s first solo transatlantic flight. The first commercial jetliner and many more milestones have shaped the current landscape of how we fly. Now, global megatrends of population growth and urbanization are set to change the aviation industry again. Air travel…

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Earth Day: The Importance of Food Recovery

Posted on April 20, 2016

On Friday, more than 1 billion people around the world will participate in Earth Day activities, demonstrating their commitment to make the planet a better place. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a theme of food recovery for Earth Day. With one third of all food produced globally lost or wasted, food recovery strategies play an integral role to help waste less, feed more. We produce enough…

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Guest Blog: Rachel Gutter – Good Food for Thought

Posted on April 15, 2016

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I attended the Green Schools Conference and Expo to speak on a panel about school nutrition.

I recently attended the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo hosted by the Center for Green Schools. This conference brought together green schools thought leaders to advance the shared vision of green schools for all within this generation. The conference examined many aspects of green schools – from green playgrounds to educational programs and even school nutrition. I was honored to participate on a panel discussing this topic and how reducing…

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The Power of Volunteerism and Sustainability

Posted on April 13, 2016

UTC employees at World Water Day

UTC employee volunteers in Singapore celebrate World Water Day.

You may be asking yourself about the connection between sustainability and National Volunteer Week, taking place right now through April 16. At UTC, we believe that true sustainability means doing good for the planet while we do good for our employees, communities, customers and shareowners. We support vibrant communities around the world – and our employees share this commitment. That’s why we’d like to highlight just a few examples of what our…

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The Sustainability View from Down Under

Posted on March 30, 2016

Sydney Opera House

A great view of the iconic Sydney Opera House, which recently received World Heritage recognition as well as green building certification. It was one stop during my time in Australia.

Last week, I was pleased to participate in the Green Cities Conference in Sydney, Australia, co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia. Green Cities is Australia’s premier sustainability conference and I enjoyed meeting with fellow sustainability professionals “down under.” According to the World Green Building Trends 2016 report by Dodge Data & Analytics®, Australia is a mature green building market with a clear commitment…

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World Water Day: The Job Ahead to Preserve a Precious Natural Resource

Posted on March 22, 2016

Today is World Water Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. The day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. It has been held annually ever since around the world. This year’s theme is the power of water and jobs in transforming people’s lives. Did you know that almost half the world’s workers – 1.5…

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Ten Surprising Facts About U.S. Food Waste

Posted on March 18, 2016

In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency set a goal to reduce food waste 50 percent by 2030. While ambitious (yet achievable), this is an important target for the U.S., and the reasons why are highlighted in a recently released report. ReFED, a collaboration of over thirty business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste, published A Roadmap To Reduce U.S. Food Waste…

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Extending Sustainability at Home

Posted on March 10, 2016

We think about sustainability every day at United Technologies, whether we’re designing innovative new products or reducing the environmental impact of our operations. Over the last 20 years, we’ve tripled our revenues while reducing our water usage by 57 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent. We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can lower UTC’s environmental footprint, and now we’re providing some sustainability tips for…

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