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Mayors Recognized for Leadership on Climate Action

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Friday, June 2, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As the effects of climate change continue to impact cities across the country, eleven mayors were recognized today for their distinguished leadership in addressing these threats with a 2023 Mayors' Climate Protection Award. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and his city's Climate Protection Fund and River Forest Mayor Cathy Adduci and her Cross Community Climate Collaborative were named this year's top award winners during the U.S. Conference of Mayors' 91st Annual Meeting.

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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As the effects of climate change continue to impact cities across the country, eleven mayors were recognized today for their distinguished leadership in addressing these threats with a 2023 Mayors' Climate Protection Award.
  • These annual mayoral awards are supported through a partnership between USCM and Walmart, specifically recognizing innovative local climate action by mayors throughout the United States.
  • "As mayors, we're called upon by our communities to be leaders on climate action.
  • "These award-winning mayors serve as powerful examples of how such leadership is driving climate action, local efforts that are finally being recognized and supported at the federal level."

407 ETR is helping the Nature Conservancy of Canada seed the next generation of conservation leaders in Ontario

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Friday, June 2, 2023

TORONTO, June 2, 2023 /CNW/ - 407 ETR is announcing a major donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)  to conserve and protect biodiversity in Ontario.

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  • TORONTO, June 2, 2023 /CNW/ - 407 ETR is announcing a major donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)  to conserve and protect biodiversity in Ontario.
  • The Company's funding is being directed towards NCC's Conservation Intern program which helps prepare the next generation of environmental leaders with real-world, skills-building opportunities to care for natural areas in Ontario.
  • "On behalf of NCC, I want to thank 407 ETR for its ongoing financial support," says Mike Hendren, NCC's Regional Vice-President in Ontario.
  • By investing in our Conservation Intern program, we are growing the next generation of conservation leaders here in Ontario.

Bird Announces Its Commitment to Sustainability by Planting Trees in Indianapolis

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Friday, June 2, 2023

With Bird's commitment to a more sustainable future at the forefront of its operations, the company remains focused on reducing gas-powered car trips, decreasing traffic congestion, and lowering carbon emissions. For the past four years in Indianapolis, Bird riders have taken over one million rides, using Bird e-scooters and e-bikes to get to work, run errands, meet friends, and connect to public transit--culminating in a 127 metric ton reduction of CO2 emissions.

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  • This June, Bird is partnering with One Tree Planted to donate money from every ride taken in Indianapolis, Indiana to plant trees locally.
  • By choosing to ride Bird, Indianapolis riders are actively choosing sustainable transport, and giving back to their community.
  • Planting trees is consistently identified as one of the most effective methods to combat the detrimental consequences of climate change.
  • "We are thrilled to partner with Bird US on an urban forestry project located in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

Summer fireworks can traumatize pets and cause wildlife to flee

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Friday, June 2, 2023

Fireworks have become a fixture of many celebrations around the world, from weddings to national holidays. But there are many among us, including the furry, feathered and finned, who feel fear with every thundering boom. Animal caretakers, wildlife rehabilitators and fire services see firsthand the damaging — and sometimes fatal — effects whenever and wherever fireworks are deployed. Real risks for animalsRead more:

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Fireworks have become a fixture of many celebrations around the world, from weddings to national holidays. But there are many among us, including the furry, feathered and finned, who feel fear with every thundering boom. Animal caretakers, wildlife rehabilitators and fire services see firsthand the damaging — and sometimes fatal — effects whenever and wherever fireworks are deployed.

Real risks for animals

    • Read more:
      Five ways to help your pets cope with fireworks

      Studies suggest up to 50 per cent of dogs are afraid of fireworks.

    • Frightened animals awakened from sleep or startled from a state of relaxation will hide, pace, shake, cry or flee, unable to process what is going on or find a safe haven.
    • It’s not only animals who are at risk either.

Wild animals’ responses

    • The dangers are serious for wild animals like birds, squirrels, frogs and fish too.
    • During fireworks explosions, nearby resting birds will flee in fear en masse from trees and ponds, and fly off into the night sky.
    • Because fireworks are launched at night, the full effects on wild animals are challenging to document.

Risks to people

    • When set off, fireworks can release toxic chemicals and pollute the environment.
    • And during warnings of the potential of an intense and dangerous fire season, the incendiary risks of fireworks are even more dire.

Harm is nothing to celebrate

    • Since backyard and community-run fireworks continue in most places, concerned animal caretakers should take steps to protect their animals.
    • But individual actions aren’t enough to mitigate the damaging effects of fireworks on domesticated and wild animals.
    • Governments ought to ensure celebrations consider the well-being of humans and other animals alike.

Native raspberries, limes and geraniums: how did these curious plants end up in Australia?

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Friday, June 2, 2023

Some species have travelled vast distances over millennia, moving by different and varied modes.

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  • Some species have travelled vast distances over millennia, moving by different and varied modes.
  • Some found new habitats when the continent they were riding on slowly crashed into another.
  • Others went on perilous ocean going journeys – think of coconuts washing up on new island shores.

Native nuts – how macadamia trees began

    • Here, many Australians tasted macadamia nuts for the first time and probably assumed they were a local delicacy.
    • Hawaii’s macadamia industry began when a few nuts were sent from Australia in the 1880s.
    • Of course, this was not news to Australia’s First Nations people, many of whom had enjoyed macadamia nuts for millennia.

Oranges, lemons – and native citrus?

    • Many of us are fond of tart and tasty citrus – oranges from southern China, lemons probably from northern India.
    • All the world’s citrus trees stem from an ancestor species which grew in the foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA evidence.
    • But there are others, like the Australian lime, Citrus australis and the desert lime C. glauca.

Native raspberries

    • In recent years, the native raspberry, Rubus probus, has achieved celebrity status as a prickly, quick growing bramble with a good fruit.
    • This will make a big difference to the cultivation of our native raspberry.
    • So how did Australia come to have raspberries?

Native geraniums? It’s true

    • Family folklore had it they were cuttings from a prize winner at a major horticultural exhibition – and I believe it.
    • While we associate garden geraniums with Europe, they’re actually African and only arrived in Europe in the 17th century.
    • Most of the Australian native plants commonly called geraniums are in fact pelargoniums.

Native orchids: from flying ducks to the Queen of Sheba

    • In the 19th century, so many Europeans went mad for their flowers that the name “orchidelirium” was coined.
    • We have some of the most iconic orchids as natives, such as the remarkable flying duck orchid and the stunning Queen of Sheba.
    • But curiously, we also have tropical species which must have island hopped from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia more recently.
    • We have native tamarinds, native rivermint, and a native rhododendron.

York University named as one of the world’s leading universities in the 2023 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

This year’s Impact Rankings include tougher competition with more submissions, bringing the total number of ranked universities to more than 1,500.

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  • This year’s Impact Rankings include tougher competition with more submissions, bringing the total number of ranked universities to more than 1,500.
  • The conference theme, “Reckonings and Re-imaginings,” serves to highlight many of the inequities and challenges the SDGs aim to address.
  • To learn more about how the York University community is advancing the SDGs, watch our video and read the annual report at yorku.ca/unsdgs .
  • York's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

TUSHY® photo gallery celebrates Canadians unclenching for climate change

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

These forests are key to absorbing CO2 and combating climate change.

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  • These forests are key to absorbing CO2 and combating climate change.
  • The one-of-a-kind gallery will be hosted at Arta Gallery in Toronto’s Distillery District and is open to the public Thursday, June 1st from 10am to 9pm ET.
  • Visit tushyactivists.com to learn more about TUSHY’s A**hole Activists gallery and North American contest.
  • Because it’s time for us all to treat the planet like we treat our butts - committed to keeping it clean.

Transportation Insight and Nolan Transportation Group host Atlanta river cleanup with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

ATLANTA, June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Transportation Insight (TI) and Nolan Transportation Group (NTG), a leading provider of non-asset, tech-enabled logistics and brokerage solutions in North America, will collaborate with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) to remove trash in and around the Chattahoochee River watershed on June 3 at Atlanta Memorial Park. This marks the second consecutive year TI & NTG participate in a river cleanup event with CRK.

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  • ATLANTA, June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Transportation Insight (TI) and Nolan Transportation Group (NTG), a leading provider of non-asset, tech-enabled logistics and brokerage solutions in North America, will collaborate with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) to remove trash in and around the Chattahoochee River watershed on June 3 at Atlanta Memorial Park.
  • This marks the second consecutive year TI & NTG participate in a river cleanup event with CRK.
  • TI & NTG partnered with environmental groups across the country to engage local offices in tree planting and river cleanup projects.
  • of debris from local waters through multiple river cleanup events.

Florida's Colony Cove Community Earns the Leadership in Sustainability Award from the Manufactured Housing Institute

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

ELLENTON, Fla., June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has recognized Colony Cove in Ellenton, Florida with its Leadership in Sustainability Award for 2023.

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  • ELLENTON, Fla., June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has recognized Colony Cove in Ellenton, Florida with its Leadership in Sustainability Award for 2023.
  • Colony Cove is a resort-style, 55+ manufactured home community that planted more than 4,000 trees on a 1.5-acre peninsula located within the community, creating an environmentally beneficial microforest with a scenic nature trail woven into the forest.
  • The 2,500-site Colony Cove community also features amenities including a private marina, six spacious clubhouses, six heated swimming pools, pickleball and tennis courts, a community garden, fitness center, dog parks and much more.
  • "We're thrilled to be recognized by the Manufactured Housing Institute for our focus on sustainability."

Petco Unveils Complete Pet Care Experience at New Flagship in New York City

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

SAN DIEGO, June 1, 2023  /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: WOOF) unveiled its new Union Square flagship, a unique one-stop health and wellness destination for pets, in the heart of New York City. This weekend, Petco will host a grand opening celebration and adoption event in partnership with Petco Love, including free pet-friendly activities, giveaways, and adoptable pets.

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  • Petco's new two-story, 25,000 square-foot flagship pet care center combines the best of Petco's physical and digital offerings, including a stylish grooming salon, full-service veterinary hospital, JustFoodForDogs kitchen, curated merchandise assortment and more for a complete pet care experience.
  • "Its distinctly New York design coupled with Petco's highly differentiated pet care offering brings to life the humanization and premiumization trends shaping the pet space in a way no one else can replicate.
  • Every element is designed to cultivate a seamless experience that nurtures the incredible bond between pets and pet parents, making it a top destination for pet parents worldwide to experience the best in pet health and wellness."
  • The flagship will offer Hiro Clark's first pet collection, pet and pet parent apparel from Andrea Cáceres , pet portraits from Ben Lenovitz , pet accessories from Lambwolf Collective and more.