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

Paul Mills joins SBC from Clarion Gaming to head up events portfolio

first_img SBC Global has appointed Paul Mills as Chief Operating Officer for its burgeoning events portfolio, which includes September’s Betting on Sports conference and exhibition, Betting on Football and the SBC Awards, now confirmed for Tuesday 5th December.Mills is well known in gambling and exhibition circles after 15 years working on the ICE show and associated events. In his new role he is heading up the planning and operations of SBC’s betting industry focused events. He will be reporting into founder Rasmus Sojmark and MD Andrew McCarron. Sojmark commented: “We’re delighted to have Paul join the team as he is popular and well respected across the gaming industry. With SBC Events growing rapidly year over year it was important to get someone of Paul’s ability in to take control and help guide the future direction of the company.”Mills added: “After so long at Clarion, I felt it was time for a new challenge and was pleased when the opportunity at SBC arose as it meant I was able to remain in the gambling sector. SBC’s events have been getting increasingly popular over the past few years and I’m excited to now be a part of it.”Mills started his career in events  and gaming with ATE working as part of the sales team on ATEI, ICE, EIG and the Betting Show. When Clarion acquired ATE, he moved into the operations department where he worked across Clarion’s wider portfolio of events and headed up the Trade Operations Team. Throughout this time he still was involved with the gaming department managing the operations and logistics across all the gaming events. Most recently he was responsible for creating and leading the Totally Gaming Academy. McCarron added: “I’ve known Paul for many years so it’s great to have him on board. With Lizzie Blake leaving SBC, Paul will now have the chance to build up his team in order to improve our events even further. I want to thank Lizzie for being involved in SBC’s growth over the past 12 months.”The first big task for Mills is the Betting on Sports Conference, which is being held at Olympia Conference Centre across 12-15 September, and the SBC Awards which will be held at HAC on 5th December.Joe StreeterAnother new addition to Team SBC is Joe Streeter, who has joined the content division, which looks after news on,, and provides the news for Clarion’s portal. Streeter, who has a Masters in International Journalism, has joined SBC’s Greater Manchester Office and will work across the news portfolio.SBC Events is part of SBC Global (Sports Betting Community), which works with industry leaders to develop the sports betting industry. Services include news coverage, knowledge creation, conferences and exhibitions, seminars and industry awards. StumbleUpon Covid concerns see Clarion Gaming move ICE 2021 to April    July 15, 2020 Share Share Submit Related Articles Khalid Ali, IBIA: Tackling sports betting corruption December 18, 2019 Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020last_img read more

Warriors’ Steve Kerr ‘can’t wait to coach’ D’Angelo Russell

first_img“That’s the business of it. It is what it is,” Russell told reporters earlier this month, via The Athletic. “You put yourself in position to go somewhere for a long period of time and it may not be what it is a year later. That’s the business. I’ve come to the realization of that, I understand that. Whatever situation I’m in, I know the business side of it. We’ll just see. I can’t predict it.” D’Angelo Russell understands his partnership with the Warriors may or may not last long term: “You put yourself in a position to go somewhere a long time and it might not be what it is a year later.”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 9, 2019The Warriors traded Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies in order to create salary cap space to land Russell. They also signed center Willie Cauley-Stein, along with wings Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III. “(Russell’s a) dynamic player in the pick-and-roll, excellent shooter and I like his in-between game,” Kerr said. “He makes a lot of plays out of the pick-and-roll. Those float shots are tough to master, and he makes those pretty routinely. So, we can do a lot of things with D’Angelo on and off the ball.”Russell is expected to slot into the Warriors’ backcourt next to star Stephen Curry in 2019-20 as Klay Thompson continues to recover from the torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors. Related News Charles Barkley thinks Warriors will struggle to make NBA playoffs Bob Myers addresses Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Netscenter_img Steve Kerr is ready to integrate a new star into the Warriors’ offense.Kevin Durant joined the Nets in free agency this summer, but Golden State managed to offset that loss, somewhat, by acquiring guard D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade. Kerr discussed the addition of Russell during a recent appearance on NBC Sports Bay Area’s “The Warriors Insider Podcast.” “I’m anxious to get started with him and see how he’s going to play with Steph,” Kerr said. “We’ll probably run more pick-and-roll than we have in the past, given our change in personnel. But, I’m really excited to have him on board and can’t wait to coach him.”Russell had a career year for the Nets last season, averaging 21.1 points and seven assists while shooting 36.9% from 3-point range. He made his first All-Star team, as well.Russell inked a four-year max contract, but many have speculated the Warriors may look to move him for another asset once Thompson returns healthy.last_img read more