Saving lives by rescuing soap from hotels! Eco-Soap Bank | Sustainability Champions
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Saving lives by rescuing soap from hotels! Eco-Soap Bank | Sustainability Champions

Today's Sustainability Champion is recycling discarded hotel soap to transform children and women's lives in Cambodia!🌍⁣ ⁣ Follow @sustainabilitychampions for more positive updates!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ While volunteering in Cambodia, then-college student Samir Lakhani saw that many people in rural communities did not have access to soap and hygiene education. This motivated him to set up hubs around Cambodia to collect and sanitize discarded soap from hotels and form them into new bar soap to be donated to people in need. 🧼🌍⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ While staying in a hotel in Cambodia in 2014, Samir realized that one solution to the problem was being thrown away: barely-used bars of soap. He figured out a way to save this soap and give it a second life.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ While still attending the university, Samir started the Eco-Soap Bank (@ecosoapbank),a nonprofit that recycles discarded bars of soap from hotels in Cambodia and distributes them to people in need.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The organization has four recycling centers across Cambodia where the used bars are sanitized and remolded into new bars or melted down into liquid soap.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Today, they have supplied 9 million bars of soap across 13 countries and employed 154 women. Samir's effort to help people and the environment landed him on the list of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2017 and Unilever's Young Entrepreneur Award!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Source: CNN Health⁣⁣ ⁣ To learn more, visit their website at https://ecosoapbank.org/⁣ Visit their IG page @ecosoapbank⁣ ⁣ Do you know someone who is a Sustainability Champion? Share their story with us! DM us or send an email to daniel@sustainabilitychampions.com⁣.⁣ ⁣ Share the good news, Champions! 👑 ⁣ ⁣
Offsetting Cars' Carbon Footprint with ClimatePositive
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Offsetting Cars' Carbon Footprint with ClimatePositive

We rely on cars to live our everyday lives whether we go to work, take the kids to school, or go grocery shopping – making it hard to dramatically reduce how much we drive our cars. Kevin Mc Geeney wanted to help individuals and companies adopt a low carbon future. So he started ClimatePositive, an assured environmental label helping corporations and individuals reduce their vehicle’s CO2 emissions and, from a global perspective, their general emissions to combat climate change. It is the only car badge that supports verified CO2 reduction projects. ⁣ ClimatePositive funds CO2 reduction projects in Mexico, Mauritania, Uganda & Malawi that are aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. They are able to connect car owners directly with the funding of renewable projects. By funding these projects, car owners receive a car badge allowing them to prove their contribution and show it to the world.⁣ ⁣ The ClimatePositive car badge enables users to eliminate CO2 from the atmosphere, depending on the car type. With a conventional passenger car, users can erase at least 6 metric tonnes per year which equates to the carbon sequestered by 7.4 acres of U.S. forests in one year. While with a fully electric vehicle, users can erase at least 3 metric tonnes of CO2 per year which equates to the CO2 emissions from 364,928 smartphones charged.⁣ ⁣ Users can get their ClimatePositive car badge, in just 2 minutes and in 3 easy steps, by visiting https://climatepositive.com⁣ ⁣ 1. Click the “Get my badge” green button⁣ 2. Choose your car type, desired duration of the offset, and currency⁣ 3. Check out and save the environment! ⁣ ⁣ Check out our blog about ClimatePositive: https://bit.ly/sustchampblogs — Presented by Daniel Hartz Sustainability Champions https://www.sustainabilitychampions.com Instagram: @SustainabilityChampions Facebook: @SustainabilityChampions LinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions
Creating a virtual power plant with Cisco DeVries of OhmConnect
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Creating a virtual power plant with Cisco DeVries of OhmConnect

Did you know when the electricity grid has a higher demand than forecasted, the grid turns on a peaking power plant to quickly produce enough energy to meet the demand? These peaker plants are expensive to run and typically burn coal or other fossil fuels, and produce 2x - 3x more emissions than a standard power plant. Today I’m speaking with Sustainability Champion Cisco DeVries, the CEO of OhmConnect who saw this challenge and decided to do something about it. OhmConnect reduces the amount of energy you use when the grid has higher-than-predicted demand. By reducing your energy consumption, you protect the environment by preventing the grid from turning on a peaker plant and you get paid for the energy you save! Before OhmConnect, Cisco co-founded Renew Financial, which became one of the largest dedicated clean energy finance companies in the U.S. Plus he was the Chief of Staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Energy in 1996. How can people not just spend less, but actually earn money by reducing their electricity use? Are private companies or politics more effective at making an environmental impact? What is a virtual power plant? Watch the entire conversion with us to find out the answers to these and other questions. — Presented by Daniel Hartz Sustainability Champions https://www.sustainabilitychampions.com Instagram: @SustainabilityChampions Facebook: @SustainabilityChampions LinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions