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Laughing Planet Selects PAR Technology’s Cloud-Based Brink POS® Software

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 giugno 2019

ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a leading global provider of point-of-sale (POS) and solutions to the restaurant and retail industries, announced Laughing Planet has selected PAR’s cloud-based Brink POS® Software for all 17 of their locations. Laughing Planet is a quick-service restaurant company, serving healthy, fresh, nutritious food that is good for its customers and the environment. ParTech, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR).Laughing Planet offers a variety of delicious vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free dishes, such as burritos, veggie bowls, soups, salads and smoothies. Offering dishes with multiple ingredients, customers often ask for substitutions and modifications to their orders – something Laughing Planet’s previous POS solution struggled with. Implementing a cloud-based solution allowed Laughing Planet to better accommodate their customers’ requests and track all information in the cloud for better reporting. Having access to this information will help Laughing Planet better review trends in their orders, substitution requests, etc., so they provide the dishes and experience their customers crave.POSitive Technologies, based in Portland Oregon is a leading provider of POS systems in the Pacific NW, facilitated the process to identify software for Laughing Planet that would improve business efficiency and allow for better reporting.“So far, the implementation of Brink has helped us streamline our business operations by quickly having access to sales data from all of our 17 locations with a few clicks of the computer,” said Vanessa Parscale, Controller, Laughing Planet. “Our Front-of-House (FOH) staff have enjoyed the ease of inputting orders that allow them to have better interactions with our customers.”“We are very excited to have Laughing Planet join the Brink family,” said Paul Rubin, Chief Strategy Officer, ParTech, Inc. “With a mission that focuses on providing the best possible ingredients to their customers in a fun, welcoming atmosphere, we are honored to be able to help them achieve their goals of providing their customers with the best experience possible.”

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Clean Planet for all: the role of oceans

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 maggio 2019

The Commission’s Clean Planet Communication of November 2018 set out eight scenarios that indicated how net greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced to zero, or nearly zero by 2050. All forecast an increase in electricity consumption, some by more than 100%, as sectors such as transport and home heating shift from fossil fuels. And all indicated that half of this would come from wind, with about half of this offshore. Furthermore, the conversion of land from food to biofuel will create incentives to invest in aquaculture production which, as well as saving land and freshwater, can produce protein with a lower carbon footprint than that grown or raised on land. This is not business as usual and will radically change Europe’s seas and oceans.The sessions aims to generate a discussion as to how we go from here to there.
Representatives of the wind energy and electricity distribution industries will describe how they are tackling the challenges to expansion of offshore wind farms, an expert in life cycle analysis will show how algae could not only provide protein for food and feed but also contribute to the circular economy by removing nutrients and a representative of a national government will explain what needs to be done to find enough space for this expansion without unduly compromising other activities.

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National Geographic and Omaze Team up for One-of-a-Kind Hostile Planet Sweepstakes

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 aprile 2019

National Geographic announced today that it has partnered with online fundraising platform Omaze for a once-in-a-lifetime sweepstakes to celebrate the premiere of the six-part saga Hostile Planet debuting Monday, April 1 at 9/8c. The series is hosted and narrated by famed adventurer Bear Grylls.Two lucky fans will win an epic 11-day excursion led by National Geographic Expeditions to the ancient rainforests of Malaysian Borneo. Along with hikes, safaris and river cruises, the winners will get to glide along the jungle waterways of the Kinabatangan River, roam through the canopy of a 130 million-year-old rainforest and visit the orangutan rehabilitation center of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Complimentary lodging will be provided by National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and all flights and daily meals during the trip will be included.Fans can go to to enter and for official rules. The sweepstakes kicked off Thursday, March 28 at 9:00am PDT and will end Friday, May 17 at 11:59pm PDT. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to enter and not be a resident of Belgium, Cuba, Iran, Italy, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria or Thailand. Entry is subject to all local laws.Donations from the sweepstakes will help support the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate the wonder of the world, define critical challenges and catalyze action to protect our planet. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature convenings and content.Hostile Planet, a six-part series from executive producer and Academy Award-winning cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), Emmy-nominated producer Martha Holmes (“The Blue Planet”) and Emmy-winning Tom Hugh-Jones (“Planet Earth II”), draws attention to the most extraordinary — almost supernatural — accounts of animals that have adapted to the cruelest evolutionary curveballs. Hosted by survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls, Hostile Planet zooms in on the world’s most extreme environments to reveal the animal kingdom’s most epic stories of survival on this fast and continuously changing planet. This is a drama told in an intimate manner with cutting-edge camera technology and a lens that captures several first-ever behaviors. Each episode spotlights a unique environment — mountains, oceans, grasslands, jungles, deserts and the poles — to navigate the brutal conditions endured by some of the most complex, unrelenting and awe-inspiring species on the planet. Facing an overwhelming host of challenges including punishing weather, an intense competition for resources and a constant predator-versus-prey conflict, each animal’s mission is simple: adapt or die.

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Plastic Waste: a European strategy to protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 gennaio 2018

strasburgo-parlamento-europeoStrasbourg. The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, adopted today, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy.It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU and by taking the lead in this transition, we will create new investment opportunities and jobs. Under the new plans, all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030, the consumption of single-use plastics will be reduced and the intentional use of microplastics will be restricted.
First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development, said: “If we don’t change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050. We must stop plastics getting into our water, our food, and even our bodies. The only long-term solution is to reduce plastic waste by recycling and reusing more. This is a challenge that citizens, industry and governments must tackle together. With the EU Plastics Strategy we are also driving a new and more circular business model. We need to invest in innovative new technologies that keep our citizens and our environment safe whilst keeping our industry competitive.”Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, said: “With our plastic strategy we are laying the foundations for a new circular plastics economy, and driving investment towards it. This will help to reduce plastic litter in land, air and sea while also bringing new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and high quality jobs. This is a great opportunity for European industry to develop global leadership in new technology and materials. Consumers are empowered to make conscious choices in favour of the environment. This is true win-win.”Every year, Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. Across the world, plastics make up 85% of beach litter. And plastics are even reaching citizens’ lungs and dinner tables, with microplastics in air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health. Building on the Commission’s past work, the new EU-wide strategy on plastics will tackle the issue head on.Today’s plastic strategy will transform the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU. Too often the way plastics are currently produced, used and discarded fail to capture the economic benefits of a more circular approach. It harms the environment. The goal is to protect the environment whilst at the same time lay foundations to a new plastic economy, where the design and production fully respect reuse, repair and recycling needs and more sustainable materials are developed.Europe is best placed to lead this transition. This approach will bring new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and job creation. With the plastic strategy, the Commission has adopted a Monitoring Framework, composed of a set of ten key indicators which cover each phase of the cycle, which will measure progress towards the transition to a circular economy at EU and national level.

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Agrogeneration: feeding the Planet

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 luglio 2016

messinaMessina. dal 18 al 20 luglio a Messina e dal 21 al 22 luglio a Catania,si riuniranno studenti, agricoltori, imprese, artigiani e giovani startupper per fare fronte con soluzioni innovative alle opportunità, ma anche alle sfide dell’alimentazione globale.
In particolare Il CREA parteciperà fattivamente ai lavori del 21 luglio, presso il Monastero dei Benedettini, sede dell’Università di Catania, dove si svolgeranno 6 workshop inerenti i diversi aspetti culturali e tecnologici del nostro rapporto con l’agricoltura attraverso due principali filoni di discussione: “Agroscience” e “Agrocoolture”. Dieci tavoli di co-progettazione, a cui parteciperanno oltre 300 esperti, avranno poi il compito di approfondire le dimensioni dello sviluppo intorno a dieci principali temi di discussione: Generazione 3.0; Generazione Dop; Generazione mediterranea; Generazione frodi zero; Generazione Europa; Generazione Fame Zero; Generazione SprecoZero; Generazione Impatto zero; Generazione Expo; Generazione in rete. Il giorno 22 luglio si terrà la cerimonia conclusiva con esperti ed autorità. Interverranno il Commissario Salvatore Parlato e i Commissari delegati Alessandra Gentile e Michele Pisante.

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Bringing the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles to life

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 aprile 2015

BruxellesBrussels. “More than 10,000 organisations around the world have signed up to UNGC’s 10 principles, aimed at creating a fair and sustainable society. However many organisations struggle to find practical ways to implement effective policies to uphold them. This is a common problem we have observed within the EFQM Community. That’s why we’re looking for good practices in this area – to support the UN Global Compact by sharing what works”, says Marc Amblard, CEO from EFQM.UN Global Compact’s Executive Director, Georg Kell, added “EFQM’s mission and the Global Compact’s aspirations are strategically aligned. As the business and society agenda has evolved significantly over the past decade, a stronger collaboration between the two organisations promises to build a healthier balance between businesses, citizens and the planet.”To enter the competition, you must provide a submission report and a short video, publicly visible. A Jury, with representatives from industry experts, including the UN Global Compact, will identify several Finalists. The public can vote for their favourites on the EFQM website. The winner will present their Good Practice at the EFQM Forum, a prestigious networking and sharing event attracting more than 350 senior managers, subject experts and executives at the Dolce la Hulpe this October.
We are committed to helping organisations drive improvement through the EFQM Excellence Model, a comprehensive management framework used by over 30,000 organisations. To help you implement our Model, we provide training and assessment tools as well as recognition for high performing organisations.
The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In summary, it exists to assist the private sector in the management of increasingly complex risks and opportunities in the environmental, social and governance realms.

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BW semina il futuro

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 gennaio 2015

HPIM0158L’obiettivo del piano triennale è stato raggiunto nei tempi e nei modi prestabiliti: una riduzione del 20% delle emissioni di CO2 negli ultimi tre anni, questo l’importante dato di “green assessment” raggiunto da Best Western Italia con l’adesione al progetto STAY FOR THE PLANET, sviluppato da LifeGate per diffondere, anche nel settore del turismo, un modello di business in armonia con l’ambiente.
Un piano ambizioso che ha posizionato Best Western Italia quale primo gruppo alberghiero anche per i risultati del suo impegno nei progetti di sostenibilità ambientale: il programma è la concreta testimonianza di quanto anche i soggiorni in albergo possano rivelarsi momenti fondamentali per “fare cultura ambientale”. STAY FOR THE PLANET coinvolge sia l’universo degli albergatori, promuovendo comportamenti sostenibili per ridurre l’impatto socio-ambientale delle proprie attività, sia gli ospiti, offrendo un’esperienza di soggiorno che rispetti l’ambiente e una mappa del territorio che possa aiutare i “viaggiatori eco consapevoli” nella scelta dei propri viaggi e delle vacanze.Già dal 2011, anno di inizio del progetto, STAY FOR THE PLANET ha promosso una serie di iniziative che hanno concretamente mutato i comportamenti in hotel, coinvolgendo progressivamente tutte le strutture Best Western, che sono passate dalle 87 del 2011 alle attuali 176.La fotografia che emerge dall’assessment 2014, a confronto dell’anno precedente, evidenzia una realtà attiva nei molteplici ambiti oggetto di analisi (Energia, Acqua, Rifiuti, Acquisti e Comportamenti) e significativi miglioramenti a livello genera (foto saline di Trapani)

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Introducing the new EFQM Committed to Sustainability

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 ottobre 2014

BruxellesIn 2014, many organisations may say they understand the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability, but can they really demonstrate the integration of these concepts into the way they work? When the EFQM Excellence Model was first issued in 1992, the inclusion of a criterion called “Impact on Society” caused the most discussion. Still today, a majority of organisations struggle in demonstrating their commitment. As an answer, EFQM designed a new type of assessment named EFQM Committed to Sustainability.EFQM Committed to Sustainability has been designed to provide a holistic 1 day assessment of an organisation’s sustainability strategy. The assessment explores 4 themes; People, Planet, Profit and Products. With the integration of the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact into the assessment framework, an organisation going through the EFQM Committed to Sustainability will not only gain feedback on the impact and effectiveness of its sustainable strategy but also earn the “EFQM Committed to Sustainability” recognition.
At the EFQM Forum in Brussels, Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, recognised the first 3 organisations to achieve EFQM Committed to Sustainability; Ricoh Belgium, Robert Bosch Rodez Plant and Royal Philips NV.Georg Kell commented: “EFQM has played a critical role in the development of the Global Compact. Our partnership, formed a decade ago, introduced us to the continuous performance model, which inspired the Global Compact’s Communications on Progress (COP) methodology. As the business and society agenda has evolved significantly over the past decade, a stronger collaboration between the two organisations promises to build a healthier balance between businesses, citizens and the planet.” Marc Amblard, EFQM Chief Executive Officer, added: “Social responsibility has always been at the heart of the EFQM Excellence Model. Our new Committed to Excellence assessment is another milestone in our long-term partnership with the UN Global Compact. Together we can support support organisations on their journey towards sustainable excellence.”
We are committed to help organisations improve performance through the EFQM Excellence Model, a management framework used by over 30 000 organisations. To help you implement our Model, we provide training, assessment tools and recognition. But our real talent comes from gathering good practices and integrating those within our portfolio for your benefit.

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Durban climate talks ending: Polluters won, people lost

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 dicembre 2011

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Durban On the closing of the latest round of UN climate talks in Durban Greenpeace today declared that it was clear that our Governments this past two weeks listened to the carbon-intensive polluting corporations instead of listening to the people who want an end to our dependence on fossil fuels and real and immediate action on climate change.“The grim news is that the blockers lead by the US have succeeded in inserting a vital get-out clause that could easily prevent the next big climate deal being legally binding. If that loophole is exploited it could be a disaster. And the deal is due to be implemented ‘from 2020’ leaving almost no room for increasing the depth of carbon cuts in this decade when scientists say we need emissions to peak,” said Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director.“Right now the global climate regime amounts to nothing more than a voluntary deal that’s put off for a decade. This could take us over the two degree threshold where we pass from danger to potential catastrophe.” “Our atmosphere has been loaded with a carbon debt and the bill, carrying a Durban postmark, has been posted to the world’s poorest countries. The chance of averting catastrophic climate change is slipping through our hands with every passing year that nations fail to agree on a rescue plan for the planet.”

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“Hold Your Hoses!”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 settembre 2011

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Kink in UK’s ‘Trojan Hose’ geoengineering experiment, as European Parliament signals its opposition to planet-tinkering Opponents of proposals to “geoengineer” the planet have two reasons to celebrate this week.
Firstly, ETC Group has learned that UK scientists, in the midst of controversy, are on the cusp of postponing an imminent test of an experimental hose (dubbed the “Trojan Hose” by opponents) designed to deliver sulphur dioxide to the stratosphere as a way to engineer a cooler planet. The test had been scheduled for October; on Monday, 60 groups from around the globe sent an open letter to the UK government and the research councils involved expressing their opposition to the experiment. No public announcement of the decision has been made and details must be clarified, but an undeniable lack of prior stakeholder engagement is the likely reason for the delay.
Secondly, the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg on Thursday adopted a resolution expressing “opposition to proposals for large scale geoengineering” – the first time the European legislature has commented on the matter. The resolution aims at developing a common EU position ahead of next year’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The resolution also called for the establishment of “capacity within the UN system to monitor, evaluate and provide information about new technologies.” The Parliament’s call echoes recent calls from civil society, which stress the crucial need for strong participation in technology evaluation from social movements and civil society, especially those people potentially affected.
ETC Group, which spearheaded the international campaign against the ‘Trojan Hose’ test, cautiously welcomed the decision. ETC Group’s Diana Bronson warns, “We are glad to see the geoengineers coming off their high hoses, recognizing that genuine consultation is needed. However, we must be clear about what constitutes stakeholder engagement when it comes to re-jigging the planet: All people and all governments have a stake in this decision, and the only legitimate forum for decision-making is the United Nations.” Commenting on the European Parliament resolution, ETC Group’s Executive Director Pat Mooney, added, “We are pleased that Members of the European Parliament have put geoengineering forward as an issue for the Rio+20 Summit to take on. No geoengineering experiments should go ahead before a global debate takes place.”

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Frogs day

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 maggio 2010

Amphibians are rapidly disappearing around the planet, and a worldwide effort is underway today to save them. The 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day, taking place today, is the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet’s history. Over 80 Save The Frogs Day events are being held in 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, Madagascar, India, South Africa, and Australia. The events are being coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Amphibian populations worldwide have been declining at unprecedented rates, and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Up to 200 species have already completely disappeared in recent years. “Habitat destruction and an infectious disease called chytridiomycosis are decimating frog populations worldwide” says Dr. Kerry Kriger, Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS. To make matters worse, pollution and pesticides are weakening frogs’ immune defenses and in some cases even turning male frogs into females. There are 18,000 registered pesticides in the United States. You can learn more about Save The Frogs Day at

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Con IBM per un Pianeta più Intelligente

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 luglio 2009

Armonk, N.Y. I risultati dello Smarter Planet University Jam 2009 – un’imponente sessione di brainstorming online – organizzata da IBM dal 21 al 23 aprile 2009, evidenzia alcuni risultati interessanti: otto studenti su dieci vogliono che le università rinnovino gli ambienti didattici tradizionali introducendo nuove tecnologie come i “Mondi Virtuali”, mentre oltre il 90% degli studenti vorrebbe aderire a un gruppo di promozione della tutela ambientale (Green Advocacy) nella propria università. Il 64 percento ritiene che il mondo inizierà a invertire le emissioni di anidride carbonica entro il 2025 e il 60 percento degli studenti ritiene che l’educazione dei cittadini e trasporti efficienti offrano le migliori speranze per la sostenibilità delle nostre città.  Questi sono alcune delle evidenze emerse da questa iniziativa promossa da IBM – Smarter Planet University Jam – che ha coinvolto circa 2.000 studenti di oltre 200 università di 40 paesi diversi in tutto il mondo.  Gli studenti hanno contributo con moltissime idee durante il Jam su temi quali le competenze richieste per essere competitivi in un’economia globalmente integrata, la tutela dell’ambiente, la gestione e la conservazione delle acque e la promozione di un’energia a inquinamento zero e a basso costo; ma anche sulla fornitura di un’assistenza sanitaria avanzata, parallelamente alla rapida e costante crescita della popolazione mondiale, soprattutto nelle nazioni in via di sviluppo.    Due membri del corpo docente si sono distinti tra i partecipanti al Jam. Il principale collaboratore tra i docenti è stato il Dr. Ismail Ari, assistente di ingegneria elettrica all’Università Ozyegin di Istanbul, Turchia. Il Dr. Ari riceverà un premio, l’IBM Faculty Award, del valore di 20.000 dollari, per promuovere ricerca collaborativa con IBM nelle aree tematiche di reciproco interesse per un Pianeta più Intelligente.  Un premio IBM Faculty Award del valore di 5.000 dollari, per la ricerca nella Scienza, gestione e ingegneria dei servizi (SSME), è stato assegnato a Ravi Nemana, executive director of SSME del Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), presso la University of California, Berkeley. IBM ha inoltre assegnato un riconoscimento a 20 studenti per i loro contributi illuminanti e innovativi al Jam, tra questi anche uno studente italiano dell’Università Carlo Cattaneo LIUC.

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President Obama for a new era for American cars and trucks

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 maggio 2009

For the first time ever, one powerful rule will place limits on greenhouse gas emissions and mandate fuel economy standards.By 2016, the American auto fleet will be almost 40 percent cleaner and more fuel-efficient than it is today, and vehicles will average 35.5 miles per gallon.People need to know that these new policies are a tremendous step toward energy independence, a renewed economy, and a cleaner, healthier planet. For decades, the auto industry fought efficiency standards like these tooth-and-nail, while the vehicles on our roads continued to pollute our planet. Now, the world’s largest carmakers have agreed to work with the Obama Administration to build more efficient vehicles and reduce tailpipe emissions. President Obama’s plan will breathe new life into the American auto industry by creating a strong market for cleaner, more efficient cars that are built and bought right here in the United States.

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