The Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees Aim to Reduce Energy Consumption

The Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees and Community Canopy programs are designed to help utility companies, municipalities, and corporate organizations distribute trees to their communities. The core purpose is to lower energy bills, improve air quality, sequester carbon, and manage stormwater runoff. Central to the program is an interactive online tool that was created through a Foundation partnership by The Davey Institute, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Co. The tool uses peer- reviewed scientific research from the U.S. Forest Service’s i-Tree software to calculate estimated energy savings over…

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Emerging and innovative private sector responses to the pandemic that support gender equality – a UN Women and IFC Report

Originally published on WEPS.org A new report by UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) highlights how companies are responding to the pandemic with practices that support gender equality. The emerging practices that are shared in the report aim to curb inequalities women are facing as the pandemic radically transforms the world of work. The pandemic threatens to push 47 million women and girls below the poverty line, the new report Titled “Bridging the Gap: Emerging and Innovative Private Sector Responses to Support Gender Equality During COVID-19” highlights how…

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Barnardo’s listening to Black communities and adapting to meet changing needs

Barnardo’s is building on its long history of supporting children and families from all backgrounds, while also listening directly to Black communities and adapting to meet changing needs.  This is the message from the UK’s leading children’s charity after it hosted a virtual webinar at the end of Black History Month discussing what’s next for the charity and also what needs to change to create a more equal society.  Barnardo’s ultimate aim is to achieve better outcomes for more children, and in the summer announced its commitment to being an…

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UK social impact investment market now worth more than £5 billion

Social impact investing in the UK has grown six-fold over the past eight years, increasing from £830 million in 2011 to £5.1 billion in 2019, according to figures released by Big Society Capital, the UK’s leading social impact investor [1]. Big Society Capital’s latest annual market estimate shows that most of the growth during this period has come through alternatives to traditional bank lending, which have scaled 20-fold from £169 million (2011) to £3,388 million (2019). This diversity in the social impact investment market has enabled different types of investor…

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