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NHL Celebrates Environmental Sustainability: League establishes first-ever NHL Green Week
03/11/16—— The National Hockey League announced today  the commencement of the first-ever NHL Green™ Week, celebrating the League’s commitment to environmental sustainability. From March 12-18, the NHL® and its clubs will showcase their greening programs and initiatives that are reducing the League’s overall environmental impact, while calling on fans and partners to accelerate the movement toward a healthier planet. Read full Story


Chevrolet Successfully Completes Historic Carbon Reduction Initiative; Achieves Largest North American Environmental Carbon Reduction Program to Date
11/19/15—SACRAMENTO BEE— Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) announces that it has successfully helped Chevrolet achieve its five-year Carbon Reduction Initiative (CRI) goal to reduce greenhouse gas (measured as carbon dioxide or CO2) emissions on behalf of the environment. To date, Chevrolet has invested approximately $40 million in carbon-reducing projects in communities across the country. As a result, BEF successfully retired 8,068,681 metric tons of carbon reductions on behalf of Chevrolet, surpassing an 8 million ton goal. This is equivalent to planting a forest the size of Yellowstone National Park. Read full Story


Groundbreaking State Law Tested in Colorado Headwaters Stream
09/21/15—VOICES.NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM—The infamous use-it-or lose-it rule is arguably the biggest barrier to water conservation and river-flow restoration in the western United States. It basically says that if anyone holding water rights does not put them to full use, the unused portion can be taken away and allocated to serve the needs of another water user. Historically, using a water right to keep a river flowing for fish or the health of the ecosystem was not considered a “beneficial use” of water, and therefore could result in losing that water right. Perversely, the use-it-or-lose-it principle gives water rights holders an incentive to waste water so that they don’t risk losing any of their increasingly valuable water rights. Bit by bit, however, new state laws and innovative projects are chipping away at this outdated rule, and keeping rivers flowing for fish, wildlife and local communities. Read full Story


Change the Course: Lessons from a water stewardship movement
09/10/15—GREENBIZ.COM—We’re not going to pull any punches. We’re building a water stewardship movement, and we hope you’ll join us. More than 130,000 people and 22 companies already have. Our goal is nothing less than to change the way society uses, manages and values freshwater. By now most of us have heard the pronouncement “water is the new oil.” But in fact, it’s so much more. Water is the basis not only of our economies, but of life itself. As demands bump up against the limits of a finite supply, rivers are running dry, lakes are shrinking and groundwater is being depleted. From California to China to Brazil, severe droughts have forced curtailments of water deliveries. This year, for the first time, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, ranked water crises as the No. 1 global threat. Read full Story


Land, Air, and Now Water: TerraPass Expanding Its Portfolio Thanks to a Strategic Alliance with Bonneville Environmental Foundation
07/29/15—TERRAPASS THE FOOTPRINT BLOG—Terrapass, a leader in sustainable carbon emissions solutions, is pleased to announce that not only do we help reduce the effects of climate change with our carbon offset and renewable energy credits, but we will also be able to help preserve and restore important water ways vital to our planet. This is all thanks to a new partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). As the creator and exclusive provider of BEF Water Restoration Certificates (WRCs®), BEF seeks to restore and preserve freshwater ecosystems by balancing customers’ environmental impact with creative water solutions. In addition to an array of carbon offset products for businesses and individuals, TerraPass customers can now minimize their water footprint by purchasing BEF Water Restoration Certificates® (BEF WRCs®) on the new web portal.  Read full Story


Students Sail into Lessons on Solar Power
06/16/15—INSIDE VANCOUVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS—Ethan danced as an overcast morning gave way to just enough light to allow the solar-powered boat he’d built with his classmate Brandy to pull ahead in the race. When his boat reached the end of the three-lane track first, the sun wasn’t the only thing beaming. For Ethan and his fellow fifth-graders at Peter S. Ogden Elementary, joyful learning was the order of the day as they gathered near the playground on June 11 to test the seaworthiness of their vessels.The project originated in teacher Carol Patrick’s class, but the other two fifth-grade classes also got a chance to learn about solar power, physics and astronomy as they made their own miniature boats and cars. Read full Story


Shining Some Light on the Science of Solar Power
02/04/15—THE MODESTO BEE—Twenty teachers eager to bring hands-on energy experiments into their classrooms spent a day trying them out and jotting down lecture notes for when they fly solo. The daylong training came about with nonprofit groups’ expertise, county office coordination and community cash. Twenty classroom kits filled with tiny solar cells, volt and amp readers, and solar car kits, valued at $750 each, are going back to campuses around Stanislaus County with the teachers. Trainers from Solar Schoolhouse and Solar 4R Schools, the programs of two nonprofits, laid out the lessons to teach with the kits.  Read full Story


Golf Gives Back: Participants Take ‘Change the Course’ Freshwater Conservation Pledge at Waste Management Phoenix Open
01/30/15—NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM—At this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO), the golf community and fans of the game supported Change the Course, a freshwater restoration movement, by taking a free pledge to reduce personal water consumption and restore water to the Colorado River Basin. Pledges now number nearly 96,000.To encourage pledges at the WMPO, Change the Course, spearheaded by the National Geographic Society, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Participant Media, hosted an interactive experience called “Life Without Water Is Awkward.” Tournament host The Thunderbirds and Waste Management, the WMPO’s title sponsor, invited Change the Course to create the on-site opportunity for attendees to visualize life without fresh water.  Read full Story


Climate Neutral Business Network and Bonneville Environmental Foundation Announce Innovative Greenhouse Gas Reductions Among 11 U.S. Colleges and Universities
10/22/14—JUSTMEANS.COM—Corporate sustainability goals are now fueling higher education campus sustainability efforts by providing a new category of certified carbon credits resulting from campus energy efficiency projects. Working on behalf of Chevrolet and its Chevrolet Carbon Reduction Initiative, Portland-based Climate Neutral Business Network (CNBN) and Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) are facilitating the first-ever sales of certified carbon credits generated from campus energy efficiency and clean energy use, including those from Portland State University and Southern Oregon University.  Read full Story


A Flood of Support: WhiteWave partners with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) to restore the Colorado River basin
05/06/14—THEGRAZINGMIND.COM—The river: it is society’s source of drinking water, a habitat for fish and wildlife, and crucial for agriculture and economic development. Take, for instance, the Colorado River, which flows right here in our backyard (ok, well almost…). The Colorado River provides drinking water to 36 million people and is the irrigation source for more than 5.5 million acres of farmland across seven states. Additionally, hydroelectric facilities along the river generate more than 4,200 million megawatts of generating capacity, helping to meet the power needs of the West and offset the use of fossil fuels. However, many of the world’s largest rivers, including the Colorado River, are so over-tapped by humans that they discharge little or no water to the sea, for months at a time. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and a coalition of groups to address the growing issue of freshwater scarcity in the United States.   Read full Story


Ted’s Montana Grill and WhiteWave Foods Adopt Unique Approach to Corporate Water Stewardship—Companies expand commitment to support three new projects in Colorado River Basin
04/23/14—CSR NEWSWIRE—BEF today announced Ted’s Montana Grill and WhiteWave Foods have, for the first time, pooled resources to help address the growing issue of freshwater scarcity in the United States. Facilitated through BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate® Program, the commitment by these three companies supports three new flow restoration projects in the Colorado River Basin—a region that represents one of the most complex and endangered water systems in the United States. This collective action approach aims to improve the long-term economic and environmental health of the Colorado River Basin and reflects a breakthrough approach to corporate water stewardship. Read full press release


Young Farmer Saves Water in Innovative Ways: Zach Hauser makes a mark in Arizona’s picturesque Verde Valley
03/13/14—NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM—On a cold and dry December Friday, Zach Hauser is getting ready for a weekend of hunting. The next morning at about 4 a.m., he and a handful of friends will make a nearly three-hour uphill trek into the Arizona woods. There they will tread quietly looking for elk and whitetail deer. On occasion, they come across a mountain lion. Read full story


Help Return the Colorado River to the Sea
02/24/14—NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WATER CURRENTS BLOG—Imagine if one day you couldn’t get home. Your journey stopped short of where you were supposed to be. That’s the story of the iconic Colorado River, which sculpted the Grand Canyon and today sustains 30 million people, but now stops flowing 90 miles before reaching the sea, its final destination. Read full story and watch video


“Ditch Boss” Helps Keep a Thirsty River Flowing: Frank Geminden restores balance to Arizona’s parched Verde River
02/27/14—NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.COM—In mid-January Frank Geminden was picking the pecans off his 150 trees in central Arizona. First there was the shaking, with the fallen shells going through a machine to crack them open. Then came the shelling and sorting, and the bagging. Read full story


In the Yampa River, Extra Flow Makes for Happier Fish
02/24/14—NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WATER CURRENTS BLOG—Back in late June 2012, the Yampa River – a beautiful Colorado River tributary that runs through the heart of Steamboat Springs, Colorado – was flowing at 5 percent of normal. Both the native whitefish population and the recreational trout fishery were threatened due to the river’s low levels of oxygen and its warmer temperatures. Read full story and watch video


Defending a Western River With Art and Collaboration: Kirk Klancke has watched over Colorado’s Fraser River for decades
02/12/14—NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM—In the small town of Fraser, Colorado, a bronze Dwight D. Eisenhower is having a good day: Fly fishing, he has just caught a trout out of the river and is skillfully depositing it into his basket. The former president is appropriately dressed for the occasion with wading boots, an angler’s vest, and a wide-­brim hat. Decades before, the real Ike could be seen angling much the same way in about the same spot. Read full story


Exporting the Colorado River to Asia, Through Hay: As the West suffers long-term drought, experts look for ways to save water while still supporting local farmers
01/23/14—NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM—In July in Yuma County, Arizona, Dave Sharp’s alfalfa crops, like every other living thing in the 105°F (40°C), dry desert heat, get thirsty. All that keeps them alive, and indeed keeps these fields and the hundreds of thousands of acres surrounding them in Yuma County from going fallow, is the Colorado River, diverted one last time through the Yuma Project before flowing across the border into Mexico. Read full story