UPS Foundation Awards $1 Million to Environmental Groups

first_img$200,000 to the National Park Foundation to fund youth-engagement programs, including First Bloom, which provides children in urban locations (grades 4 through 6) with hands-on environmental learning.$50,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for each of the first 50,000 UPS customers to begin using UPS electronic billing solutions, which eliminate the need for paper invoices. At the beginning of 2008, The UPS Foundation adopted a new global philanthropic emphasis on environmental sustainability., the Foundation’s other focus areas include community safety, non-profit effectiveness, economic and global literacy and diversity. “Protecting the environment is increasingly important to our company, to our customers, our employees and the communities in which we operate around the world, so it is a natural fit for The UPS Foundation,” said Lisa Hamilton, president of The UPS Foundation. “We are proud to partner with each of these esteemed organizations and to support the important work of nurturing our planet.” Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation has a tradition of providing support through grant programs and initiatives that help improve the quality of life in communities where UPS employees live and work. Last year, the Foundation donated nearly $46 million to charitable organizations worldwide. For more information on the Foundation, visit community.ups.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe charitable arm of UPS this week announced five grants totaling more than $1 million to support a variety of environmental programs, including funds for planting trees, conservation, youth education and volunteerism. The grants reflect the establishment of environmental stewardship as a new focus area by The UPS Foundation. The new grant awards include: $300,000 to The Nature Conservancy to assist with tree-planting efforts in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, conservation initiatives for rural residents in the Yunnan Forest in China and reforestation efforts in East Africa’s Highland Forest.$300,000 to the Earth Day Network to support its national civic engagement project to educate youth about environmental issues and provide teachers with lesson plans and environmental impact online tools.$220,000 to Keep America Beautiful to support its environmental education initiatives, including the creation of KAB affiliates on college campuses, support for a community volunteer initiative, a challenge grant for KAB affiliates and an environmental partnership grant for UPS Global Volunteer Month to encourage employee participation.last_img read more

MIT Breakthrough Promises Lighter, Fast-Charging Batteries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a way to charge lithium ion batteries in seconds, instead of hours, that could open the door to smaller, faster-charging batteries for cell phones and other devices. Lithium ion batteries can store large amounts of energy, but can take hours to recharge. Now, a team of MIT scientists discovered that lithium ions, which carry electricity in the battery, can move much faster if they are aligned with tunnels that can be accessed from the surface of the battery. (Full article at Network World) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Good News Giggles: Cartoon of the Week

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Jonny Hawkins is a fulltime cartoonist from Sherwood, Michigan where he lives with his wife and three kids. See the collection of Good News Giggles on Jonny’s GNN author page. His work has appeared in over 400 publications and in his own books and line of cartoon-a-day calendars.  His recently released title, The Awesome Book of Dog Humor is in bookstores and online now.  Send Jonny an email. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

‘Miracle’ Rescue Of Man Swept Out To Sea in Japan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSKY NEWS- A sixty-year-old man has had a miraculous escape after being swept nine miles out to sea by the tsunami in Japan.Hiromitsu Shinkawa was discovered clinging to the roof of his house two days after the disaster struck, according to officials.He was lifted to safety by a helicopter after being spotted floating on a piece of roof in waters off Fukushima prefecture.(Video and full report at Sky News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Big Pharma Follows Gates’ Lead; Slashes Drug Prices For Poor Countries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLast month in Geneva, Bill Gates laid out his vision for the impact that broadening access to vaccines can have on the world.Now, only a few weeks after his inspirational speech, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has promised to cut a whopping 95% off its rotavirus vaccine for sale to the globe’s poorest countries, while Merck has also said it would cut the price on its vaccine against the same illness, which causes diarrhoea. Sanofi Pasteur and Johnson & Johnson also promised cuts.(READ the story in Medical News Today) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Southern Baptists Elect 1st Black President

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAt the end of the day Wednesday, the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention will pass to an African-American pastor for the first time.The nation’s largest Protestant denomination voted Tuesday to elect the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. to lead them, an important step for a denomination that was formed on the wrong side of slavery having split with the Baptists over the issue and made a reputation of supporting segregation and racism during much of the 20th century. (READ the AP report in the Atalanta Journal Constitution)Photo: First Baptist Church, Charleston South CarolinaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

GNN Names First Ever “Good News Ambassadors”

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo notable women were named 2012 Good News Ambassadors last week during a sunset award ceremony aboard a Potomac River cruise in Washington, DC.With a pristine blue sky overhead Caroline Adams Miller (pictured on the left) and Allison Silberberg (right) accepted their awards during a celebration marking the Good News Network’s 15th anniversary as the #1 online source for positive news.Caroline Adams Miller was chosen because of her strong voice in the emerging positive psychology field.“A lot of people don’t understand that many of the things we seek out to improve our well-being – like reading articles about good news – are actually supported by science,” she told the crowd. “There is a tipping point we need to get over every single day in order to predict emotional flourishing, which is a ratio of at least 3:1 (for every negative you need three positive interactions). It is important that we voluntarily bring positive emotions into our lives every day, so starting with the Good News Network could be the boost that starts a domino effect of happiness every day.” Caroline is a graduate of Harvard University and, since May 2006, a graduate of the ground-breaking Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. The M.A.P.P. program is the first masters program in the world that offers in-depth study of the science of well-being.Miller uses positive psychology in her coaching practice and speaks widely on the topic around the world.“I believe my calling is to spread the science of emotional flourishing, also known as Positive Psychology, to as many people as possible.” she explained. “When we are in a place that is optimistic and contented, the research shows that we predispose ourselves to build relationships with other people, to take in more information about our environment, to pursue our goals with more persistence and zest, and to positively impact others with contagious behaviors.”Miller has written articles for the Good News Network including “How The Bucket List Film May Change Your Life & Make You Happier”, which is based on her popular book, Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide. In the book, she used the science of positive psychology to create a comprehensive guide for accomplishing all the goals on your bucket list.Allison Silberberg is a writer, advocate, public speaker, and photographer who specializes in philanthropy, community action, social justice, and civic engagement.Currently a Democratic nominee for City Council in Alexandria, Virginia, she was endorsed by EMILY’s List and is notable for advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable as Chair of the city’s Economic Opportunities Commission.But it is her storytelling that brought her to the attention of the Good News Network. Her wonderful book, Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People who are Changing our World, brings to life the stories of individuals who are making a difference in our country — unsung public heroes who are committed to social change.“Their stories demonstrate what is possible in the world today,” she said. “I learned a great deal about how each of us can have impact and create a ripple effect of good outcomes for others as we all pay it forward, and I’ve heard from many readers how the book has changed their lives.”Miller believes that, like the Good News Network, Silberberg’s book is what’s called a “positive intervention,” and by deliberately putting positive stories in your thoughts you are powerfully priming yourself to notice other good news and behave that way yourself.Congratulations, to the very first Good News Ambassadors. We look forward to honoring more positive people with these admirable qualities in years to come.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Study Shows Overdosing on Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIf you’re feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame, suggests a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.The survey of more than 2,500 Americans found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a “great deal” of stress in the previous month. And these stressed-out people said one of the biggest contributors to their day-to-day stress was watching, reading or listening to the news.(READ the story from NPR)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Biker Saves Abused Dog on Side of Road, Gains a “Co-Pilot”

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis biker was on a routine ride to meet up with his father, when he took a detour to rescue a little dog — and win a new riding buddy.Brandon Turnbow noticed a truck stopped on the side of the road and it’s driver beating a little, white and tan terrier-mix.He watched the man throw the dog into the air and drive off.FIND INSPIRING ANIMAL STORIES WITH OUR GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSTurnbow turned around, and found the dog, frightened and alone, standing about two feet off the edge of the busy highway.Afraid the little guy would dart into traffic, Turnbow approached him slowly, and wrapped him up in his leather jacket to help him feel secure. He started the motorcycle and let it run for a little while so the dog could become accustomed to its sound and vibration. When the dog was calm, and traffic died down, Turnbow pulled onto the road and met up with his father, also on a motorcycle, and together they drove 45 miles back to Turnbow’s house taking the dog to eventual safety with the pup riding happily bundled on the seat behind.At a four-way stop, the biker turned around to check on the pup. He was sitting on the seat, “like he has rode all his life,” Turnbow wrote on his Facebook page.CHECK OUT:  Airline Pilot Diverts International Flight to Save Dog’s Life“I now have a Co-pilot — Meet Mr. DAVIDSON,” he wrote when posting the pictures and story.More than 1,600 people have commented on his story, praising him for rescuing the pup.“Bless you!” Pauline MacDermid posted in the comments. “You are a true hero and this pup has won the lottery.”(READ the whole story at Brandon Turnbow’s Facebook page) Share This Hero’s Journey…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

13 Years After Theft, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Are Finally Recovered

first_imgThe FBI announced the return of the slippers at a press conference earlier this week after a specialist verified that the shoes were authentic. Investigators disclosed few details on how the slippers were recovered, but they did say that the investigation was ongoing and there may be arrests in the future. In the mean time, anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to contact law enforcement.RELATED: Octavia Spencer Says Jessica Chastain Helped Her Make Five Times Her Asking SalaryThe future of the shoes is currently unknown. There are currently three other surviving pairs of the slippers that were used during the filming of the movie, and this particular pair had previously belonged to a private collector named Michael Shaw.Before they were stolen, Shaw would loan the slippers to museums, displays, and exhibits in exchange for money which he would often donate to children’s charities, according to The New York Times.Though it is “unlikely” that the slippers will be returned to Shaw after he was paid by the insurance company following the theft, he says that he “teared up” upon hearing about their recovery.(WATCH the video below)You Don’t Have To Click Your Mouse Three Times To Share This Great Story To Social Media… Just The One Time Will Do! – Photo via Inside EditionAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt has been 13 years since the legendary ruby slippers were stolen out of their display at The Judy Garland Museum.Even though they did not reappear on Dorothy’s feet, however, they have finally been recovered by the FBI.The slippers, which were worn by the beloved movie starlet in The Wizard of Oz, had been taken from the museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota back in 2005. There was no security footage of the theft, and apart from the broken shards of plexiglass that had formerly housed the slippers, all that was left of the slippers was a single red sequin.last_img read more