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…

Google updates Maps, Search, Shopping, Nest for sustainability

Good News Notes: “On Wednesday, Google launched a suite of changes to many of its core products to help consumers make sustainable choices more easily. “Today, climate change is more than a threat,” Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, said in a prerecorded video during a virtual press event Tuesday. “It is a…

Hershey’s Debuts Its First Vegan Chocolate Bar Made With Oat Milk

Good News Notes: “The Hershey’s Company has reinvented its iconic milk chocolate bars, debuting its first vegan chocolate bars that use an oat milk base to achieve richness without dairy. The new Hershey’s Oat Made bars will feature two flavors including Extra Creamy Almond & Sea Salt and Classic Dark. The new oat milk-based chocolate bars will be…

Clowns Without Borders takes laughter to conflict zones

Good News Notes: “Born in 1993 from the belief that laughter can ease pain, Clowns Without Borders International sends jokesters, mimes and circus specialists to refugee camps, conflict zones and sites of historical tragedies around the world. Performances have taken place at schools, town squares, ferry terminals, bus stops, beaches and underground shelters, said Naomi Shafer,…

Hi-tech wooden flooring can turn footsteps into electricity

Good News Notes: “Scientists have developed technology that can turn footsteps into electricity. By tapping into an unexpected energy source, wooden flooring, researchers from Switzerland have developed an energy-harvesting device that uses wood with a combination of a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystals to produce enough energy to power LED lightbulbs and small electronics.  …

Gravity-based renewable energy storage tower for grid-scale operations

Good News Notes: “Energy Vault, maker of the EVx gravitational energy storage tower, has secured $100 million in series C funding. The investment was led by Prime Movers Lab, with additional participation from SoftBank, Saudi Aramco, Helena, and Idealab X. The company said capital raised will support plans to ramp up deployments of the EVx platform for customers in…

Utah tech company may hold the key to solving the world’s food problems and cutting water use while also fighting climate change

Good News Notes: “Before Utah’s searing, mega-drought summer, came the winter storm of 2021. In February tornadoes and ice storms swept across the nation causing massive damage. Hardest hit was Texas, where millions lost power, over 200 people died and economic damage exceeded $195 billion. Agriculture saw devastated crops and livestock killed in massive numbers….

44.01 secures $5M to turn billions of tons of carbon dioxide to stone

Good News Notes: “Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions is an important goal, but another challenge awaits: lowering the levels of CO2 and other substances already in the atmosphere. One promising approach turns the gas into an ordinary mineral through entirely natural processes; 44.01 hopes to perform this process at scale using vast deposits of precursor materials and…

Community Fridges Are Popping Up Worldwide As A Solution To Food Insecurity And Waste

Good News Notes: “Community fridges are where residents come together to share food supplies. They have become a meaningful and crucial resource worldwide during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It’s based on the premise that community should be a means of survival during times of scarcity – particularly when the institutions we depend on fail to provide sufficient…