Organization awards sustainability prize

first_imgOne project developed a plant for processing cassava on-the-go. The other created a scorecard for assessing resilience to climate disasters.Both are recipients of the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize, an annual award presented by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). ND-GAIN is best known for an index that ranks countries in order of their vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change.“Our mission is really to increase the world’s awareness about the need to adapt in order to inform investments in both the private and development sector to improve livelihood in the face of climate change,” Joyce Coffee, managing director of ND-GAIN, said.The prize, which ND-GAIN awarded to two recipients at an event in New York City on Wednesday, focuses on corporations making a difference in the world of “climate adaptation,” according to Coffee.“The reason why we have the award in the first place is that frankly, not until very recently was it possible to walk into a room and say the words ‘climate adaptation’ and have anyone know what you meant,” Coffee said. “We’re really celebrating climate adaptation as a method for corporations to serve their triple bottom line: the value of their corporation to their shareholders, the value of their corporation to the world and the value of their corporation to the environment.”The Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company (DADTCO), a Netherlands-based corporation, received the prize for developing a mobile plant that allows them to process cassava close to local farmers, according to a DADTCO press release.“The technology we have is mobile so we can go close to the farmers, and we can make sure that the same day, the cassava roots are processed,” Renske Franken, a member of the enterprise development team at DADTCO, said.Franken said this mobility is key, as cassava’s high perishability makes it difficult to ship long distances. While reducing transportation costs and emissions, the mobile plant also makes way for cassava — an important climate adaptation crop because of its ability to survive in poor weather conditions — to play a bigger part in local markets.“We say we want to start the cassava revolution,” Franken said. “It shouldn’t be neglected any more as it has been.”“It’s helping to build an economy, and whenever you build an economy, you definitely see an increased resistance to any kind of shock, including climate shock,” Coffee said.Coffee said the cassava mobile plants will be implemented in other industries as well.“The starch from cassava is used for a variety of things, including for beer,” Coffee said. “So this is our first craft beer adaptation project we can think of.”The second innovation recognized grew out of a partnership between engineering firm AECOM and technology leader IBM. The two companies worked together, for free, to develop a disaster resilience scorecard for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The scorecard, which Coffee says looks to identify the “biggest risks” for a city, focuses on 85 different resilience criteria that cover aspects such as infrastructure, environment and recovery. “It’s not just that you create a scorecard; the scorecard helps you prioritize your investments, so that in an era of limited resources, you have a scorecard that tells you where you’re going to be able to optimize your infrastructure investment or your human investment,” Coffee said. Award submissions must be based in a country that ranks below 60 (out of 180) on the Global Adaptation Index, Coffee said. Additionally, the project must have some kind of corporate background.“We need to see a corporate lead because we are trying to prove that corporations gain benefits from being climate adaptation leaders,” Coffee said.Once submitted, a panel of judges — including members of ND-GAIN and judges from outside institutions like PepsiCo and the Catholic Relief Services — reviewed the projects before reaching a final decision.Ultimately, Coffee said, the Corporate Adaptation Prize fits into the University’s larger mission of social justice.“There’s a new risk that cuts across all sectors and all communities,” she said. “It’s disproportionately felt by the poor, and we need to be sure that leaders of every sector are aware of the risks and the opportunities presented to this new global era.”Tags: AECOM, climate adaption, Climate change, corporate adaption prize, DADTCO, IBM, ND Gainlast_img read more

Beat writers give differing predictions on outcome of Syracuse’s meeting with Michigan

first_imgPhil D’Abbraccio (5-1): Michigan 61, Syracuse 52Miss, againSyracuse hasn’t shot well from the perimeter in the Carrier Dome. It didn’t shoot well from its home away from home in Madison Square Garden. There’s no reason to believe the Orange will shoot the ball well facing the No. 17 team in the country, on the road, with such a struggling offense. Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough are talented and all, but scrapping with Michigan’s physical bigs down low creates foul trouble for Christmas. That leaves McCullough all alone in his toughest collegiate test yet, with no SU teammates on the perimeter who have proven they can bail him out.Jesse Dougherty (6-0): Syracuse 62, Michigan 55Showing upTo this point of the season, Michigan is a better and more proven team than Syracuse. That’s clear. But there are wrinkles in the Orange’s makeup that don’t bode well for the Wolverines. The first is McCullough, a 6-foot-10 freshman forward, who has scored in double figures in every game this season and has a versatile game that Michigan will have a hard time accounting for. The second is SU’s 2-3 zone, which will make it hard for the Wolverines’ playmakers to find the seams and create opportunities on the perimeter. There’s a chance that Michigan shoots the Orange out of the gym, but we’ve seen a shooting-reliant Big Ten team scratch its head against the zone before. It’s the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and Syracuse shows up.Jacob Klinger (5-1): Michigan 70, Syracuse 60UMmmm …Less than two weeks ago Syracuse showed it couldn’t outduel a top-30 team, California. And while SU can exploit this Michigan team down low, the Syracuse backcourt hasn’t shown enough improvement against the likes of Holy Cross and Loyola for me to believe that this team’s ready to take the Wolverines down a peg. It’s not that SU will get shot off the floor. The Orange just won’t be able to keep up on the perimeter. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 2, 2014 at 2:40 pmlast_img read more