The Punchlist is back! Each week at the end of the week, we’ll share some of our favorite sustainability, climate, local, and whatever else – related stories.
This week’s edition features more exciting local and national news about the environment!
New Program Success: 412 Food Rescue, known for transporting surplus food to people experiencing food insecurity, is expanding its efforts in Pittsburgh. Through its new program, Downtown Community Takeout, and its collaboration with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, 412 Food Rescue provides approximately 3,000 meals each week. The majority of these meals are delivered to Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Housing Authority sites.
Sustainability Star: Penn State received an improved gold rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). The score improved from 67.88 in 2017 to 74.49 in 2021, which places it atop the list of participating Big Ten institutions. The improved rating includes a perfect score in the sustainability research portion of the rating system.
Amazon to Equity: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh was one of the recipients sharing the $4 billion worth of grants from MacKenzie Scott. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh received $20 million and plans to use it to combat racial and gender inequity. A few of their ideas include a pay equity campaign in which employees would make $15 per hour or more, creating a new Fellows program which will provide paid internships to women who need work experience, and expanding the resource center to provide basic needs such as food, housing, and transportation.
Slam Dunk(in’): Dunkin’ is continuing its pledge to be more sustainable through donations to a number of different organizations. Some of these organizations include One Tree Planted, Seeds for Progress Foundation, and The Partnership for Gender Equity’s Virtual Learning Journey. With the help of these donations, 200,000 trees will be planted in Honduras and Guatemala, contributions will be made to the social development and sustainable economic growth in rural Nicaraguan communities, and coffee suppliers in Guatemala and Nicaragua will be provided the opportunity to learn more about, and advance gender equity.
A Step in the Right Direction: Exxon Mobil has plans to invest $3 billion into energy projects that will lower the company’s emissions. Most of their efforts will go into capturing carbon dioxide emissions from their industrial plants. Exxon will also create ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, which is a new business that will work with 20 carbon capture projects around the world. While this is a step in the right direction, many are pushing for Exxon to cut emissions from their operations.