One 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 Gain
August 1, 2002 Regular News Carlton Fields celebrates 100 years with community service programs Carlton Fields celebrates 100 years with community service programs In celebration of its centennial year, Carlton Fields law firm is giving a number of birthday gifts to each of the communities where it has offices.“Carlton Fields is blessed with a rich history and tradition of service to its clients, the profession, and its several communities throughout the state of Florida,” said Tom Snow, Carlton Fields’ president and CEO. “We have always believed that if we are successful in those three endeavors we will be successful as a firm and as individuals. Our centennial projects are just a snapshot of what this firm has appropriately and gladly undertaken to give back to our communities.”Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., the firm’s chair emeritus, said he wonders what founder Giddings Mabry would think of the firm today. In 1901, Mabry, then age 24 and just graduated from the South’s only law school — Cumberland, in Lebanon, Tennessee — created the firm in Tampa.“Today we are a talented, well run firm that is nationally recognized not only for the outstanding abilities of its lawyers but also for their unselfish pro-bono service on behalf of the less fortunate,” Smith said. “We are known, too, for providing a benign, family-friendly and gender-friendly place to work. We have awards to prove it. We have progressed. But in order to continue that progress we must hold to the values we have developed collectively in our century of effort.”The Tampa office has adopted the Child Abuse Council, Inc., an agency that focuses on child abuse prevention, parenting education and family strengthening. Carlton Fields, along with client First Union, serves as a major sponsor of a fundraiser luncheon showcasing the Child Abuse Council and highlighting the Fathers Resource Center, whose mission is to make available to any father of young children the resources, support information and education that will enable him to develop a positive and nurturing relationship with his children.The Tallahassee office has adopted ECHO (Emergency Community Help Organization) family services program. Having established a legacy of sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry and finding jobs for the unemployed, the Tallahassee office’s employees have held several furniture and household good drives for echo’s temporary housing facility, Bethany Family Apartments, whose goal is to keep homeless families intact while they work to rebuild their lives by participating in ECHO’s job training program.The Miami office, in collaboration with other organizations, has adopted Welfare to Work, a program designed to provide the occupational skills training necessary for a long, successful career in a law firm environment. Through college classes, law firm internships, and mentoring, candidates are prepared for their desired positions and receive continual support for their first year in the field.The West Palm Beach office has adopted New Hope Charities and will participate in funding projects to assist disadvantaged families in the Belle Glade-Pahokee area of Florida.The St. Petersburg office adopted Resurrection House, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization that provides interim housing for families in need. Over the course of the past year, the St. Petersburg office has provided pro bono legal services to or for the benefit of Resurrection House; held a Career Clothing Drive, where a significant amount of career clothing was donated to residents of Resurrection House; provided typing and word processing instruction for residents of Resurrection House; held a “Painting Party” to refurbish the premises of Resurrection House; and contributed economically to the benefit of Resurrection House.The Crisis Nursery, which provides temporary day care to abused and at-risk children, has been adopted by the Orlando office that was primary sponsor of the 2001 “Fun Day” at Great Oaks Village. Carlton Fields lawyers spent the day leading in games and sharing refreshments with disadvantaged and abused youth.