Philippines is world’s top beach, dive destinations

Philippines is world’s top beach, dive destinations

The Philippines bagged the highly-coveted World’s Leading Dive Destination and the Leading Beach Destination for 2022, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on Tuesday, Nov. 15.  DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said the two awards were given during the 29th World Travel Award (WTA) held in Muscat, Oman.  “These global victories for the Philippines evince the unparalleled beauty of our country and the distinct warmth of the Filipino people,” said Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.  “We sincerely thank the World Travel Awards and everyone from all over the world whose vote of confidence is timely as the Philippines fully opens its arms to welcome tourists to our shores,” she added.  To date, the Philippine dive portfolio continues at its four-year winning streak in world recognition.

Packaging Learning Shares | Free Packaging Webinars

Packaging Learning Shares | Free Packaging Webinars

Each month we partner with subject matter experts to offer a deep dive webinar into one of the latest trends or advances in the packaging industry. With the ever-changing nature of the packaging industry: regulations, technological advances and top trends are constantly evolving, we at Adept Packaging make it our mission to stay at the forefront of all things packaging. Our team of experts offer our clients the most up-to-date solutions and information. One of the ways we keep our associates and clients up to date is through the our monthly Learning Shares where we share industry leading practices, discuss industry trends, and inform about the latest technology for packaging.

Energize Denver Awards 2022 Winners – City and County of Denver

Energize Denver Awards 2022 Winners – City and County of Denver

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Energize Denver Awards! These awards celebrate Denver-based buildings that took sustainability measures to drive down their greenhouse gas impact, including energy efficiency, electrification, and water conservation. Winners will be featured in upcoming webinars and in our webinar library. 

Saving the ocean and climate through innovative marine protected area finance mechanisms

Saving the ocean and climate through innovative marine protected area finance mechanisms

Saving the ocean and climate through innovative marine protected area finance mechanisms
Ocean threats: acidification, deoxygenation, warming, heatwaves. Do we have anything useful to bend, change, or reverse the results? This brochure, conceived to advocate and educate at the UNFCCC COP27 meetings, summarises these threats and how various solutions (explained within) can actually help protect the ocean as Nature-based Solutions, if correctly constructed, and the existing and emerging financial mechanisms and institutions that can build and fortify these solutions. 

Sleigh the Holidays with Sustainable Gifting – The Planet will Thank you for your commitment to the circular economy

Sleigh the Holidays with Sustainable Gifting – The Planet will Thank you for your commitment to the circular economy

The holiday season is full of joy. There’s nothing quite like the sound of laughter among family and friends at special gatherings, the thrill of finding a great deal on a long-sought-after gift, or the tempting smells of your favorite holiday foods.  Unfortunately, for many of us, this joy brings with it a significant dent to our wallets and the environment. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans throw away 25% more trash, resulting in approximately one million additional tons of trash per week.  Fortunately, however, there are easy ways you can shift your holiday gifting to be more sustainable, for both the environment and your budget.  We all love to present our loved ones with well-wrapped gifts. As you’re shopping for supplies this year, consider the following to minimize waste and save some cash:  Reduce the amount of wrapping paper you use. Many wrapping paper options are not recyclable due to the materials added to them, like sparkles, glitter, or laminated coatings. This can contribute to a significant increase in residential trash each holiday season. Get creative and consider ways to reduce your use of non-recyclable wrapping paper, such as repurposing old newspapers or paper grocery bags.  Reuse wrapping materials. Wrapping supplies can be expensive. Cut back your costs and your environmental impact by saving bows (you can attach them to a different gift with a loop of tape after the one-time-use adhesive is gone), gift bags (don’t write directly onto the bags when labeling them, so it’s easy to pass them on to another recipient), and ribbon after the gifts are opened. Recycle what you can. When you’re faced with a mountain of clutter from unwrapped gifts, it can be tempting to shove it all into a garbage bag and be done. Taking the time to sift through and separate items that can be recycled, however, is a great way to reduce your household waste.

NFBPWC – Simple Acts to Make a Difference in Climate Change TEXTILES

NFBPWC – Simple Acts to Make a Difference in Climate Change TEXTILES

As the cold weather begins & the holiday seasons are upon us, catalogues are arriving every day and tempting us with new fashionable clothes. However, shopping for new clothes- Fast Fashion- is generating 14 million tons of textile waste into our landfills. Textile waste can take up to 200+ years to decompose, releasing methane gas and toxic chemicals & dyes into our groundwater & soil. The average American discards approximately 80 pounds of textile waste -clothing, towels, linens, purses, shoes, etc.-each year.  Almost every kind of fabric if it is clean & dry, can be recycled, even the oldest pair of underwear, but not in curbside recycling bins. (www.greenmatters.com) Recycled textiles are sorted by type, fabric (synthetic versus natural fibers) & color, then pulled into fibers or shredded, re-spun into yarn to be woven, or compressed into filling such as insulation.

Technology News: Securing the metaverse: enhanced protection for the future of technology – SecurityInfoWatch | Daily Hi Tech News | RobinsPost News Network

Technology News: Securing the metaverse: enhanced protection for the future of technology – SecurityInfoWatch | Daily Hi Tech News | RobinsPost News Network

While the introduction of new technology can be exciting, businesses that adopt new technology run the risk of cyberattacks and other vulnerabilities. This is increasingly true with the adoption of the metaverse, and businesses will need to implement a security plan that encompasses new technologies to ensure they are protected from internal and external threats.…

What’s the future of worker empowerment? | Take on Tomorrow Podcast

What’s the future of worker empowerment? | Take on Tomorrow Podcast

Take on Tomorrow, the podcast from our management publication strategy+business, brings you Episode 8: “What’s the future of worker empowerment?”  The message coming from employees around the world is that they don’t want to be taken for granted. They’re finding new confidence in the shifting world of work. They’re calling on employers to listen, learn, and engage. So, how can businesses and employees find fresh opportunities in this era of new expectations? In this episode, hosts Ayesha and Lizzie hear from Tanuj Kapilashrami, group head of human resources at Standard Chartered, and Pete Brown, joint global leader for PwC’s people and organization practice, to discuss how employers and employees can thrive together.

Anson Lim, Branding and Digital Marketing Expert, Reveals How to Become a Tier Above the Rest Through the Power of Branding and Digital Marketing – Chhattisgarh Journal

Anson Lim, Branding and Digital Marketing Expert, Reveals How to Become a Tier Above the Rest Through the Power of Branding and Digital Marketing – Chhattisgarh Journal

Anson Lim is an experienced branding and digital marketing expert who prides himself in his ability to establish a powerful brand for his clients. He collaborates with his clients to strengthen and value-add to their marketing efforts, creating unique selling points differentiating them from their competitors in the industry. Through the design of effective campaigns, his clients excel and their brand gains more traction, allowing sales to increase exponentially. Significant sales growth can be attributed to two main factors; firstly, the improvement of his client’s brand identity and secondly, through engagement of Anson’s digital marketing expertise.

How Does Green Boiler Technology Work?

How Does Green Boiler Technology Work?

People have become progressively interested in green boiler technology for their households and businesses. That’s due to numerous driving factors, such as increasing awareness of the need for collective action to mitigate climate change’s effects and a desire to save energy.  Thus, many are curious about the benefits of a green boiler and how installing one at a home or commercial building could help meet energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness goals. Here’s a look at how green boilers work and how they’re becoming more common in today’s society.  What Are the Main Categories of Green Boiler Technology?  Green boilers encompass a broad category of possibilities and each one works differently. Plus, the definition of a green boiler remains fluid. Whereas some models are merely ultra energy efficient, others use the Earth’s resources to work and are less dependent on fossil fuels.

To start the week right, hybridization of artificial intelligence simulation and immersion in lithium-ion chemistry › Geeky News

To start the week right, hybridization of artificial intelligence simulation and immersion in lithium-ion chemistry › Geeky News

How digital modeling and artificial intelligence combine their strengths – Artificial intelligence models based on machine learning (automatic learning) enter the world of digital simulation, enriching or speeding up calculations. Industrialists and researchers are exploring the possibilities of this promising hybridization.  “We can monitor the chemistry of a lithium-ion battery in real time during charging and discharging,” says Charlotte Gervilliers-Ants, a researcher at the College de France.  “Looking” inside a commercial battery in real time is a feat achieved by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Collège de France, Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences, CNRS and the University of Montpellier. Explanations with Charlotte Gervilliers-Ants, researcher at the College de France and co-author of this paper published November 7, 2022 in the journal Nature Energy.

Sustainability at the Edge | IBM

Sustainability at the Edge | IBM

Environmentalists have been talking about sustainability for over a decade, but it seems to have now entered the IT lexicon in a big way.  It is also added to our IT architectural framework as one of the business capabilities for which clients ask. Sustainability is one of the pillars of the AWS well-architected framework, and in January of 2022, IBM acquired Envizi, a sustainability software company. More on that later.  Digging more into the topic of sustainability, it became very obvious that edge computing inherently addresses a couple of sustainability facets: low latency and analyzing data at the source. We know these are two of the key tenets of edge computing. In this blog post, we define sustainability and present different aspects of how edge computing actually helps with sustainability.

National Water Week panel shines light on conserving water in the beauty industry

National Water Week panel shines light on conserving water in the beauty industry

When consumers think about saving water, it’s usually in the context of having a shorter shower or installing water-wise appliances, but one new brand has stepped up to raise awareness around water use in the beauty industry.  In celebration of National Water Week last month, Australia’s first water-responsible beauty brand, Conserving Beauty, held a Conscious Conversation event to discuss the importance of water and the beauty industry’s impact on the global water shortage.  Conserving Beauty Founder and CEO Natassia Nicolao, who was also named an AWA VIC Young Water Professional of The Year award finalist, said she was honoured to be the first beauty brand invited to join the association.  “At Conserving Beauty, we live and breathe water conservation, so we are thrilled to be a part of the Australian Water Association community to continue to drive awareness and conversation about the global water crisis,” Nicolao said. 

Beyond Classrooms: Education as a Mechanism for Community Climate Action – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

Beyond Classrooms: Education as a Mechanism for Community Climate Action – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

This side event of the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (UNFCCC COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, will discuss transformative community-based climate action and the importance of local solutions to global issues. It will share examples of education for sustainable development (ESD) projects implemented by the global network of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD (RCEs).  This event will be open to all participants of UNFCCC COP27. It will be part of the Action Hub in the Blue Zone at COP27.  The event will be streamed live on the UNFCCC YouTube channel and the UNFCCC Virtual Platform (for registered delegates).

What is Social Commerce? Definition and Trends

What is Social Commerce? Definition and Trends

In the US, social commerce retail earnings are predicted to reach nearly $80 billion by 2025. When you consider that 4.59 billion people, or 57% of the global population, currently use social media, social commerce is a no-brainer when it comes to getting your brand in front of more people. But how do you make sure your brand stands out from the increasing competition? How do you boost your ecommerce sales via social media apps? Brands need a solid understanding of their target audience’s shopping preferences and how they can use social commerce tools to provide a top-quality customer experience. Here, we take a closer look at the social commerce trends, statistics, and predictions shaping the final months of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. 

Epson awarded third successive EcoVadis Platinum rating

Epson awarded third successive EcoVadis Platinum rating

Epson has earned its third successive platinum rating for sustainability from EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings. This is in recognition of the company’s global efforts to uphold the highest standards on the environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement and highlights Epson’s commitment and actions on sustainability.  The platinum rating ranks Epson in the top 1% of companies in its industry, particularly excelling in the fields of the environment as well as sustainable procurement. The independent evaluation methodology is based on a framework of 21 sustainability criteria mapped to global standards and guided by the international scientific community. Customers can trust this independent certification and be assured Epson is one of the most responsible and accountable companies in its sector.  EcoVadis is a recognised business sustainability ratings organisation covering 200 industry categories, 175 countries and regions, and over 90,000 companies of all sizes worldwide. Epson’s latest platinum rating reflects its ongoing commitment and notable improvements towards sustainable growth in the past year. 

Aussie company gives new life to old hybrid and EV batteries – carsales.com.au

Aussie company gives new life to old hybrid and EV batteries – carsales.com.au

Australian mechatronics firm IM Group has launched a new program designed to repair, repurpose and sustainably dispose of batteries after they reach the end of their service life in hybrid and all-electric vehicles.  Dubbed ‘Infinitev’, the program offers three distinct services to dealers, workshops and electrification OEMs depending on the sort of battery and the condition it’s in once it has served its primary purpose in an electrified vehicle.  The first of these is essentially a reconditioning service in which batteries that are faulty, slow to charge or no longer performing at an effective level are repaired and recirculated as a used spare.  According to IM Group, it’s often only a handful of cells that cause faults or need repairing, meaning the bulk of the battery is still in good working order.

Natural Sciences Professor and Alums Publish Research in Peer-Reviewed Urban Ecology Journal • Natural Sciences • Marymount Manhattan College

Natural Sciences Professor and Alums Publish Research in Peer-Reviewed Urban Ecology Journal • Natural Sciences • Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) Biology Professor Matt Lundquist, Ph.D. and alums Madison Weisend ’20 and Hope Kenmore ’20 recently co-published a research paper in the peer-reviewed journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. The paper “Insect biodiversity in urban tree pit habitats” was the culmination of a faculty-student collaborative project examining the biodiversity of insects within street tree pit habitats in Manhattan.