Floridians rescue Manatees stranded on shores drained by Irma

September 11, 2017 by  
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Of all the destructive impacts of a hurricane , with its life-threatening storm surges and massive flooding, the sudden lack of aquatic habitat is not a typical concern. However, bays and canals drained by Hurricane Irma’s intense storm system were exactly the threats facing Florida’s aquatic wildlife over the weekend, including manatees. Michael Sechler of Sarasota, Florida , saw these stranded creatures beached where formerly there was water and took action to save them. Law enforcement and other locals also arrived to offer a helping hand and, together, the Floridians carried the manatees, which can easily weigh over 600 pounds, back into the sea. The manatees beached in Sarasota and other parts of Florida along Irma’s path suffered from an unusual phenomenon in which water was pulled away from typically submerged shores while areas above sea level suffered flooding. As the storm approached places like Tampa, strong winds pushed water out of shallow bays and canals and into a storm surge elsewhere. “As soon as the wind shifts direction, the water will come back quickly and continue to move inland,” said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones. Although the wind temporarily removed water from the area, it returned with strength. “After the storm center passes Tampa, the wind will change from offshore to onshore and push water and large ocean surface waves onshore,” said Shuyi Chen, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. Related: Snooty, the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity, dies at age 69 While the water was low, Sechler and his friends traveled out to where the manatees were trapped. “My friends and I couldn’t move these massive animals ourselves, and we called every service we could think of, but no one answered,” said Sechler. “We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge [would] come soon enough to save them.” Eventually, fellow citizens and law enforcement officers arrived to assist in the rescue operation. The animals were rolled up in a tarp, then carried the 100 yards to the open ocean. Now that Irma has passed through Sarasota, the manatees and their rescuers can expect more peaceful seas. Via The Telegraph and CNN Images via cyberartist/Flickr ,  Marcelo Clavijo/Facebook  and  Tony Foradini-Campos/Facebook

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Sustainable business at a crossroads, again

May 30, 2017 by  
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Most companies still have yet to crack the sustainability code. Here’s why.

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Sustainable business at a crossroads, again

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Most companies still have yet to crack the sustainability code. Here’s why.

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4 bold collaborations tackling California’s drought

October 19, 2016 by  
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Nonprofits with corporates such as Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, General Mills are throwing their weight behind big water projects in the Golden State.

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San Franciscos notorious Tenderloin district welcomes safe writing space for kids

July 11, 2016 by  
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The nonprofit writing center is a welcome addition to the city’s notorious Tenderloin neighborhood and provides a much needed safe space for local youth. Located at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street, the building was acquired in such poor condition that it required extensive demolition, abatement, and structural upgrades, with no shortage of surprises along the way. Some of the better discoveries included the uncovering of an antique hand-painted map, which was preserved and displayed as a decorative finish. In addition to the writing lab, the center now includes a themed retail storefront, a fog bank, trapdoor, portholes, a hidden passageway, and a tree house. These playful features tie together a theme of exploration and discovery, while salvaged doors, windows, mirrors, building material, and even a fireplace, add to the center’s artistic charm. The 5,000 square foot space also houses a meeting room and administrative office. Related: Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco streets Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the project is the collaboration between over 50 firms providing their services and materials at cost or in-kind. Through an outreach program spearheaded by BCCI , design firms, architects, and subcontractors (many of which are competitors) banded together to lower costs and building time for a cause they supported. The 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center celebrated its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 19, 2016. Learn more about 826 Valencia and its initiatives here . + 826 Valencia + BCCI Construction Company Photos via Matthew Millman Photography

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The 6 commandments of successful collaboration

July 2, 2016 by  
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Finding order in the wilderness of opportunities to work across silos.

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Lava Mae’s big blue bus brings mobile showers to San Francisco’s homeless population

July 1, 2016 by  
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®LavaMae.org Lava Mae founder Doniece Sandoval, who has a background in marketing, community relations, and the arts, was eager to do something about the homelessness she saw every day in San Francisco. She began to research shower resources for them in the city and discovered there were only slightly more than a dozen available for an estimate homeless population of over 7,000 people. Her research led her to re-imagine the mobile food truck craze and explore the possibility of creating a mobile hygiene station. Going mobile would also help circumvent rapidly rising rents in San Francisco, as well as provide a way to reach homeless people all across the city. ®LavaMae.org RELATED: Sheltersuit is a transforming suit that that becomes a sleeping bag to provide shelter for the homeless With the help of architect Brett  Terpeluk , the Lava Mae team successfully reached out to San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency to arrange the donation of a de-commissioned city MUNI bus and launched their crowdfunding campaign. A MUNI bus was not only an iconic local symbol, but also allowed the team to use a locally available resource and give a decommissioned bus a new life. The bus was retrofitted inside and out to hold the shower and toilet facilities in partnership with AIRCO of Sacramento. The Lava Mae project has harnessed the power of cooperation to successfully launch and operate the project. On a day-to-day basis, the project is supported by essential partnership from local nonprofits, who schedule and sign up clients for the showers, from the City of San Francisco, which assists with water hook-up and disposal, and from private companies, who donate toiletries and linens. Lava Mae sets up a regular weekly schedule with stops at drop-in centers, health clinics, and public libraries, where potential users can add their name to a sign-up list. ®LavaMae.org Sandoval calls the service Lava Mae provides “radical hospitality”, and users of the bus showers are referred to as “guests”. It’s all part of the concept that helping people access shower facilities and get clean provides an element of basic human dignity . ®LavaMae.org Since their initial launch, Lava Mae has secured funding from a variety of nonprofits and private donors, including a grant from the Google Impact Challenge. The project has generated interest from communities around the globe that have been inspired to start dreaming up similar solutions. Lava Mae is currently exploring ways to share their experience and provide guidance to other communities who would like to start a similar model. You can donate toiletries for use on Lava Mae’s buses, and you can follow their progress on their blog . + Lava Mae

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The 10 commandments for sustainability collaborations

March 15, 2016 by  
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Former World Wildlife Fund private sector engagement chief Suzanne Apple shares what it takes to forge meaningful business-NGO partnerships.

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Walmart, EDF and 3 reasons to think bigger on collaboration

March 10, 2016 by  
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The Environmental Defense Fund’s Diane Regas recounts what it took to make headway on the world’s biggest retailer’s big sustainability goals.

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Artist transforms an ugly London phone booth into a lush green ‘Living Box’

February 11, 2016 by  
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If you’re strolling around the streets of London today, make sure to keep an eye out for one extraordinarily green phone booth. Local artist Andrea Tyrimos painted the booth located at 79 Southampton Row to complement a living wall previously installed by urban greening specialists, Treebox . As a result of the collaboration, the Living Box installation will serve as a reminder to all Londoners of the many positive effects of vegetation in urban settings . Read the rest of Artist transforms an ugly London phone booth into a lush green ‘Living Box’

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