Tag: environmental initiatives
Happy New Year everyone! Did any of you see what we saw during the holiday season? Our first thought was that somebody had started a bike delivery service. Taking a closer look at the decked out bike, we noticed the UPS logo on the side. It finally dawned on us that UPS hired seasonal bike helpers!
Apparently, UPS had some bean counters crunch numbers and find out that by replacing a certain number of trucks with bikes in the more temperate winter climates, they could save a boatload of money over the holiday season. In some districts, up to $36,000.
The company typically delivers nearly 15.8 million packages a day. During one five-day stretch of the pre-Christmas peak last year, that jumped to more than 20 million a day. Of course, each UPS bike delivery system (typically a $350 mountain bike pulling a custom trailer) can haul only 15 to 20 packages a trip – a mere fraction of what a truck can deliver. Nonetheless, the company estimates that for every three bikes deployed during peak season on the West Coast, it will save around 17 gallons of fuel a day and about $38,000 in vehicle maintenance costs.
According to Norman Black, a company spokesman, the bikes simply make sense at this time of year (holiday). “It clearly has environmental benefits and we’re excited by those, but it works in part because you’ve got heavy volume going into residential neighborhoods.” Nearly 75% of UPS’s daily non-peak volume involves business to business packages.
Saving fuel, money and the environment with a bike. Genius.
Created by environmental education non-profit Grades of Green and sponsored by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, as well as Santa Monica-based LAcarGUY, the third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, an L.A. County contest that rewards schools for reducing lunchtime trash, has doubled in scope since its inception two years ago.
“LAcarGUY is thrilled to sponsor Grades of Green and the Trash-Free Lunch Challenge. There’s no better way to teach eco-friendly habits to the next generation,” said Mike Sullivan, founder and President of LAcarGUY.
The Trash-Free Lunch Challenge has diverted as many as 40,000 bags of trash from area landfills and saved schools thousands of dollars over two years. “With 24 schools in this year’s program, we expect to see nearly 30,000 more bags of trash diverted from the new schools alone,” said Lisa Coppedge, Grades of Green’s Director of Programs. “But what’s more important is that an additional 17,500 students will learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost–new habits that will protect the environment in the years to come.”
The competition gets underway October 2, when representatives from each school will attend a training session and tour of the Sanitation Districts’ Puente Hills Landfill and Materials Recovery Facility.
Once the competing schools implement their Trash-Free Lunch programs, Grades of Green selects three finalists through an application process. A panel of environmental experts and other judges will evaluate the implementation and success of the three finalists’ programs. The winning school will receive a Grand Prize of a $1,000 education grant. The second- and third-place schools will receive $750 and $500, respectively.
Though the deadline has passed to compete in this year’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, any school may still initiate a Trash-Free Lunch program. Complete instructions are available at no cost to schools at www.gradesofgreen.org/initiatives/trash-redux/trash-free-tuesdays.
With the help of over 11,000 volunteers, over 24,000 pounds of trash was collected at this year’s annual Clean the Beach Day that was held on September 21st. LAcarGUY is proud to sponsor the event which is put on by our partners at Heal the Bay. The event is the largest volunteer day on the planet and over 200 LAcarGUY team members joined in on the fun.
Volunteers cleaned over 32 miles of beach, inland waterways, regional parks, and city neighborhoods in 50 L.A. County locations. In total, over 24,000 pounds of trash was removed and that does not include the bulky items that have yet to be weighed and reported by the City of L.A.
LAcarGUY is proud to support this great effort every year to keep out beaches clean. This year we had the largest corporate group of volunteers on the day, and that speaks volumes to the love and dedication to the environment that everyone here at LAcarGUY has.
We thank everyone who came out to volunteer, and we hope to see you again next year.
RobecoSAM AG has classed Volkswagen Group as the Industry Group Leader in the automobiles and components sector in this year’s review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The review analyzed the corporate economic, environmental, and social sustainability performance of a total of 31 automotive companies, seven of them from Europe, with reference to criteria such as environmental and climate protection strategy, innovation management, and corporate social responsibility.
The Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, commented: “This distinction is a real milestone on our path towards becoming the leader in green mobility. We will devote all our energy to permanently establishing the Volkswagen Group as the world’s most sustainable automaker.” The Chairman of the General Works Council of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Bernd Osterloh, said: “This honor testifies to our swift progress in systematically orienting the entire Group to maximum energy and resource efficiency. This success is undoubtedly attributable to the whole team. We will continue to focus on sustainable management – throughout the entire value chain.”
For financial investors, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the most significant benchmark for measuring the corporate performance of the world’s most sustainable companies. Thanks to improvements in all areas, Volkswagen moved into first place, and has been included in the prestigious DJSI World and DJSI Europe along with BMW and Fiat.
The experts from RobecoSAM substantiated their decision to award 89 out of a possible 100 points to the top-ranked company by highlighting achievements such as “the great efforts to improve fleet fuel consumption” in the context of the ambitious goals to lower CO2 emissions, and the binding commitment to sustainability targets in Strategy 2018. Full marks were awarded to the Volkswagen Group in many areas such as the company’s environmental management system, risk management and positive community engagement.