Nonprofit creating more sustainable Sioux Falls through composting

Good News Notes: “For those interested in composting food in Sioux Falls, there hasn’t been an opportunity to do so outside of their home. That is, until SoDak Compost came along. When Deirdre Appel moved to Sioux Falls last summer, she immediately began looking for ways to compost her food scraps while living in an apartment complex…

CSRWire – Baker Hughes Foundation Contributes $250,000 to Global Reforestation

Good News Notes: “The Baker Hughes Foundation has announced a $250,000 grant to One Tree Planted in support of global reforestation initiatives. The grant will be applied toward projects to plant 250,000 trees in regions where Baker Hughes operates in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. One Tree Planted is a leading environmental non-profit focused on the…

How one social worker is giving back to his childhood community

Good News Notes: “When he worked as a student advocate at Fort Vancouver High School, Damien Wheeler connected with a student who was at risk of failing. Wheeler said the student wasn’t asking his teacher for help, so he stepped in. “He felt comfortable because he had someone on his side,” Wheeler said. “And he…

Local Nonprofit Female Empowerment Organization Expands Mentoring Program

Good News Notes: “What Makes You Feel Beautiful, a Maui-based nonprofit female empowerment organization invites Maui County women ages 18 to 35 to sign up for a free, six-month mentoring program.    “We’re looking for young women interested in receiving support in achieving their personal and professional goals in life,” said Monica Marrow, Executive Director of…

PowerZ raises $8.3 million for its video game focused on education

Good News Notes: “French startup PowerZ has raised another $8.3 million (€7 million at today’s exchange rate) including $1.2 million (€1 million) in debt — the rest is a traditional equity round. The company is both an edtech startup and a video game studio with an ambitious goal — it wants to build a game that is…

SC Johnson Partners with Brewers and Bucks to Upcycle Arena Cups

Good News Notes: “Racine, WI­–based SC Johnson, the household products company, is taking sustainability in a new direction — upcycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) cups from professional sports events into bottles for Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner. The company has partnered with Milwaukee’s baseball and basketball teams, the Brewers and the Bucks, to implement the program. In partnership with…

Environmental nonprofit acquires 1,000-acre Santa Barbara ranch for regenerative agriculture center

Good News Notes: “Environmental nonprofit White Buffalo Land Trust acquired a 1,000-acre ranch in Santa Barbara that it will use to create a research and education center focused on regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture focuses on improving, rather than simply sustaining, agricultural land. That in turn regenerates topsoil, captures carbon, increases biodiversity, and improves water cycles,…