Asharami Energy's graduate program targets future Upstream experts

IvieImasogie-Adigun, Group Head, HR, Sahara Group

Asharami Energy, s Sahara Group Company, has commenced its 2021 Graduate Trainee Program that is geared towards enhancing the sustainability of the sector

Sahara’s Graduate Trainee Programs are deliberately innovative and disruptive as we are always ahead on the curve of making a difference.”

— Ivie Imasogie-Adigun, Group Head, HR, Sahara Group

LAGOS, NIGERIA, May 9, 2021 / —
Asharami Energy, a Sahara Group Upstream company, has commenced its 2021 Graduate Trainee Program that is geared towards enhancing the sustainability and future of the sector through training of exceptional young talent.

Henry Menkiti, Chief Operating Officer, Asharami Energy, said the widely sought-after program has been instrumental to the transformation of young engineers and others professionals into top talent across the value chain at Sahara Group. "At the heart of our operations lies unrivaled engineering expertise that is driven by innovation, responsible engineering, and an unwavering commitment to improvements aligned with global environmental, social and Corporate governance standards. The Graduate Trainee Program is for enthusiastic and future thinking individuals desirous of becoming future leaders in the oil and gas sector, "he said.

Ivie Imasogie-Adigun, Group Head, HR at Sahara Group said the program resonates with Sahara's human capital transformation strategy aimed at building a leading, nimble and agile organisation for optimal performance.

Imasogie-Adigun said the program gives graduate trainees exposure to top-level responsibility early in their careers, with ample opportunity to hone their potential across the Upstream value chain. "Sahara’s Graduate Trainee Programs are deliberately innovative and disruptive as we are always ahead on the curve of making a difference. The program has over the years produced outstanding business leaders at Sahara and I enjoin graduates to apply for an opportunity to commence their journey towards excellence in the Upstream sector. "

Application for the program kicks off on Friday, 7th May 2021 and closes on Monday, 17th May 2021. It is open to candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Applied & Social Sciences with a minimum of Second-Class Honors (Upper Division) and NYSC discharge certificate. Applicants can follow Sahara Group on twitter and Instagram @iamsaharagroup for more information on the Graduate Trainee Programs.

Asharami Energy is one Africa’s leading independent Exploration and Production (E&P) Companies with a diverse portfolio of 8 (eight) oil and gas assets in prolific basins across Africa. Asharami Energy Limited and Sahara Energy Fields Holdings UK Limited are the entities at the forefront of Sahara's upstream operations.

These assets are at various stages of development ranging from exploratory fields to mature producing fields with huge potential for positive returns.

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Gillian Battino Announces Candidacy for U.S. Senate

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Dr. Gillian Battino

Asa, Abel, Gillian, Stella (a German Shepard dog), Ellie, Lily, Ben, and Ben Jr., sitting on a couch together [Anabel not pictured]

Gillian Battino and her family in the living room of their Wausau, WI home. (From left to Right: Asa, Abel, Gillian, Stella the dog, Ellie, Lily, Ben, and Ben Jr. [Anabel not pictured])

Dr. Gillian Battino, standing talking with Dr. Cherise Easley, a Black woman in front of a painted mural of President Biden, Vice President Harris and the late Congressman John Lewis

Dr. Gillian Battino and Dr. Cherise Easley discuss education reform in front of Milwaukee’s iconic Biden Harris 2020 Vision Mural by Tia Richardson

Mother, Doctor and Democrat to Build a Brighter Tomorrow for Wisconsin

I want to ensure that my daughters and all our children experience better and have better.”

— Dr. Gillian Battino, Candidate for U.S Senate

WAUSAU, WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES, May 8, 2021 / — Dr. Gillian Battino announced her candidacy for United States Senate on May 8 in a launch video and in a speech live-streamed to grassroots supporters and community leaders, emphasizing Wisconsin’s demand for a leader with real-world experience in the issues challenging the state and the nation today.

“For over 20 years, I’ve built my career in medicine and public health on integrity, advocacy, and action. I’ve spent my career serving the people of Wisconsin and helping women in the fight against breast cancer. As a doctor and scientist, seeing Senator Ron Johnson spread vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories on the Senate floor disgusts me. So, I’m stepping up, because we need smarter, stronger, more caring leadership.”

Gillian graduated from John Carroll University with her Bachelor Of Science in 1992. Following her undergraduate career, she attended Ohio State University – College of Medicine. She earned her M.D. in 1996 from Ohio State. Currently, Gillian is a practicing radiologist in Central Wisconsin. She hopes to bring fresh perspectives to Washington and address the challenges that Senator Ron Johnson has failed to during his tenure.

“I understand, on a personal level, what poverty does to health and what poor health does to a family. And as a physician, I fully believe that health care is not a privilege — it is a human right.” Battino said.

She noted that while the Affordable Care Act was a big step forward in policy, the pandemic demonstrated the flaws in the American health care system.

We cannot have a system where millions of Americans are falling through the cracks. Now is the time to work together for Medicare for all,” Battino continued.

When Gillian was not yet two years old, her father passed away, stemming from a childhood infection that went untreated due to a lack of access to health care. This influenced her passion for working with health care accessibility that led to working in low-income countries. Internationally, Battino has collaborated with the World Health Organization and the PanAmerican Health Organization to train Guyanese doctors and develop Guyana’s first-ever radiology residency program.

Battino, a mother of six, also emphasized her support for progressive education and labor reform.
“Every child, from birth clear through to college graduation, deserves equitable education opportunities. We can and we must provide the tools to achieve these opportunities — because, in doing so, we are not only creating building blocks for our children’s futures, but for our nation’s as well, Battino said. “And when our children get those first jobs, I want them to be good jobs with a living wage. That is why we need to defend our unions.”

Her passion for the issues is rivaled only by her commitment to fighting for people of every race, gender identity, sexuality, and ability. Battino gave a personal anecdote: “As someone who faced gender discrimination during my career and watched my mom encounter it before me, I want to ensure that my daughters and all our children experience better and have better. We can combat discrimination, we can combat racism, but we can only do it together.”

By leading on policy and planning to engage with voters, Battino believes she will lead the best campaign in the race.
“We can make politics better. We can make our society better. And we can make our country better…So, join me as we build these ideas into action.”

Gillian Battino is an American doctor and resident of Wausau, Wisconsin. Internationally, Battino has collaborated with the World Health Organization and the PanAmerican Health Organization to train Guyanese doctors and develop Guyana’s first-ever radiology residency program.

To learn more about Dr. Gillian Battino’s campaign for U.S Senate, please, watch the official launch video, or find us on social media @battino4senate.

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For a sustainable future and achieve its mission towards a cleaner and vibrant future RoCo Global joins REMADE Institute

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RoCo Global joins REMADE institute

RoCo is now part of REMADE institute.

PITTSBURGH, PA, USA, May 7, 2021 / — RoCo Global joins REMADE Institute to achieve its mission towards a vibrant and cleaner future.

RoCo Global is proud to announce that it has joined the REMADE Institute. RoCo Global is a small, Pittsburgh-based company with specific goals toward helping the world transition to a Circular Economy, increase the efficiency of resources used in manufacturing, reduce emissions, conserve resources, and create and sustain clean economy jobs through innovation in materials science and chemistry.
REMADE CEO Nabil Nasr said the institute, a public-private partnership established by the U.S. Department of Energy, is pleased to have RoCo Global as its newest member. “RoCo Global’s mission to work towards sustainability is aligned directly with REMADE’s,” Nasr said. “We are dedicated to accelerating the U.S.’s transition to a Circular Economy and creating a sustainable and competitive manufacturing future that makes the most efficient use of resources.”

RoCo Global’s CEO Dr. Nulwala sees them REMADE Institute as an important milestone for the company development. He said “RoCo Global’s mission to work towards sustainability is aligned with REMADE institute. We are dedicated to accelerating the U.S.’s transition to a circular economy and creating a sustainable and competitive manufacturing future that makes the most efficient use of resources,”
Through RoCo Global’s membership with REMADE, RoCo will engage with other partners in the Institute to developg solutions that can decrease greenhouse gas emissions significantly, reduce waste, and create new jobs. As Circular Economy concepts continue to gain momentum, companies will be pushed to think beyond the current “take, make, dispose” model. RoCo Global will play a key role in developing new technologies and has a roadmap towards circular economy with carbon dioxide as the core feedstock material.

About RoCo Global:
RoCo Global was formed in 2014 is an advanced materials company that develops innovative technologies to solve global environmental issues. RoCo Global is a demonstrated leader in carbon dioxide capture, carbon dioxide utilization, polymer recycling and ionic liquid materials. Our Integrated Research approach and commitment to Open Innovation, make RoCo the ideal research and development partner for companies, large and small, as well as universities and research institutions. Learn more at

Founded in 2017, REMADE is a Manufacturing USA™ Institute and public-private partnership established by the U.S. Department of Energy. REMADE is the only national institute focused entirely on the development of innovative technologies to accelerate the U.S.’s transition to a Circular Economy. In partnership with industry, academia, and national laboratories, the REMADE Institute enables early-stage applied research and development that will create jobs, dramatically reduce embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the supply and use of recycled materials. The cumulative, five-year embodied energy savings, greenhouse gas reduction and increase in recycled materials use expected to result from REMADE’s investment is approximately 1 Quad of energy (approximately 180 million barrels of oil per year), about 50 million metric tons of CO2equivalent greenhouse gas reduction, and more than a 40 million metric tons per year increase in the supply and use of recycled materials, respectively. For additional information about REMADE, visit

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Katie Spotz Named 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Elite Female Athlete of the Year

Katie Spotz, winner of the USCG Elite Athlete of the Year Award

Katie Spotz, a Christian adventurer, charitable ambassador, author and world-record holder now has another record—U.S. Coast Guard Athlete of the Year.

The Coast Guard has given me the opportunity to work with people from all across the country who inspire me to keep striving to give my best.”

— Katie Spotz

CLEVELAND, OH, UNITED STATES, May 7, 2021 / — Ensign Katie Spotz, a well-known endurance athlete, charitable ambassador, author and world-record holder, can now add another accomplishment to her ever-growing list of achievements as she was recently named the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Elite Female Athlete of the Year.

Spotz, currently stationed in Portland, Maine, was presented the award on April 23, 2021, by Rear Admiral Thomas G. Allan Jr. at the Portland Head Lighthouse. “Spotz not only competes at the highest level of excellence for herself, but she strives to inspire and empower female athletes through a good cause,” Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath said in a statement.

Since 1990, the Coast Guard has annually honored two active-duty members — one female and one male — for elite athlete of the year. The title is bestowed on athletes for their high level of success in their chosen sport — running, in Spotz’s case — as well as their exceptional community service.

Spotz first gained national attention in 2010 by setting the world record as the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, completing a 70-day journey from West Africa to South America. From there, Spotz has used her fame and athleticism to raise awareness and funds for various non-profit organizations. To date, she has raised more than $300,000 for clean water projects in developing communities around the world.

In 2020, Spotz organized Run4Water initiatives and set records by becoming the first woman to run nonstop across New Hampshire and Vermont, and the first person to run nonstop across Maine, a feat that generated more than $26,000 in contributions. Spotz’s upcoming challenges include another Run4Water adventure, this time a 341-mile run across Ohio, as well as Ride4Water, where she will cycle across Maine's 308-mile Atlantic shoreline.

Spotz is honored to be recognized for her accomplishments and to help create a world where clean water is available to all. “The Coast Guard has given me the opportunity to work with people from all across the country who inspire me to keep striving to give my best,” she shared. “I hope my hard work and dedication to helping others encourages other female athletes to give back in some way.”

About Katie Spotz
Katie Spotz is a Christian adventurer, charitable ambassador, author and world-record holder. Katie is the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean and was the first person to have swum the entire length of the Allegheny River. Katie’s story has been featured on CBS Morning Show, CBS Evening News, World News with Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper 360, New York Times, NPR, and other media outlets. For more information, please visit

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On The Roof of The Rocky Mountains is a stunning new book celebrating Vail's Alpine Treasure, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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Book Photography by Todd Winslow Pierce

Exploring North America's highest botanic garden

CARBONDALE, CO, UNITED STATES, May 7, 2021 / — Vail, Colorado. Available this Spring, On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains offers an intimate view of Vail's treasured botanic garden, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Written by landscape architect and Colorado-based author Sarah Chase Shaw, the book examines the extraordinary effort put forth by a group of community-minded citizens to develop a world-renowned botanic garden devoted to high alpine plants. Named in honor of former First Lady Betty Ford, an avid gardener and part-time resident of Vail, the Gardens showcases over 3,000 alpine species in a collection of individual gardens devoted to unique alpine environments around the globe.

Compelling text, accompanied by masterful plant portraits, take readers on an inside tour of the Gardens, one of the most diverse living alpine plant collections in North America. Shaw's new book is a tribute to alpine plants' world and the vital work the Gardens is doing to promote research and conservation of global alpine environments in one of America's premier resort destinations.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is more than a beautiful garden: it is a laboratory of testing, studying, and showcasing a rich palette of native and exotic perennials, many of which had never been grown above 6,000 feet anywhere in America.
— Panayoti Kalaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach for Denver Botanic Gardens.

On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains illuminates the Gardens as both a leader in alpine plant conservation as well as a destination in one of America's premier resorts. Its expertly curated and stunningly beautiful botanic displays are located within the Town of Vail's Ford Park, directly across from Vail Mountain, and a short distance from the center of Vail Village.

Captivating photography and descriptive writing reveal the beauty and infinite grandeur of the land above the trees, a landscape that few visit and even fewer inhabit. An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Gardens immerses readers in a seasonal look at the unusual alpine specimens and horticultural favorites interspersed throughout the Gardens' collections, from the frigid and barren peaks of Colorado's Rocky Mountains to the more temperate alpine environments of South Africa, the Himalayas, the Caucasus Mountains, and beyond.

On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains establishes the Gardens as a must-see destination for visitors, a place known for its beautiful gardens, world-renowned plant collections, and educational outreach. All Gardens' photography was captured by Vail-based photographers Todd Winslow Pierce and Dominique Taylor. Drone photography was taken by outdoor adventure photographer Brandon Huttenlocher. Global alpine imagery comes from Minden Pictures, recognized worldwide as the foremost provider of wildlife and nature stock photography.

"While the focus of the book is Betty Ford Alpine Gardens," says Shaw, "it is also a celebration of the global reach of the alpine ecosystem and the unique climate that supports and sustains the hardy plants and animals that inhabit it from pole to pole."

Organized into five chapters, the book opens with "Sowing Seeds," a look back at the community's effort to create a public garden in an emerging year-round destination resort. Stunning images of global alpine landscapes populate the pages of chapter two, "Understanding the Alpine World," illustrating the unusual ways in which weather and climate define survival for plants, animals, and humans in the land above the trees. The Gardens' magnificent botanic displays are revealed in "Four Seasons in the Gardens." Its distinguished collections of alpine plants worldwide come into focus in "Guardians of the Alpine." Finally, the Gardens' role as a leader in alpine plant conservation are described in "Vigilance and Vision."

Sarah Chase Shaw is the author of two residential landscape architecture books and co-author of Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks: The Story of Knapp Ranch. Her work, which has appeared in multiple national and regional publications, covers design and lifestyle issues in the American West, including landscape architecture, architecture, community planning, environmental design, land use, real estate, gardens, people, families, and history.
On The Roof of The Rocky Mountains The Botanical Legacy of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens | Vail's Alpine Treasure is a 12" x 12" hardcover book with 276 pages, over 285 color photographs, an artistically-rendered map, and over 22,000 words, text, and captions. Retail price, $45. ISBN: 978-1-4236-6011-8. It will be available for sale in June 2021 at and botanical garden gift shops across the U.S. and independent bookstores.

About Distributor Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Gibbs Smith is a Utah-based publisher founded in 1969. Its trade and special interest division publishes high-end quality products on a variety of subjects and distributes books for select publishers.

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Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird

The birds featured on the 2021 World Migratory Bird Day poster represent diverse species that migrate long distances from wintering to breeding sites. Species include the Sandhill Crane, Yellow Warbler, and Turkey Vulture.

The 2021 World Migratory Bird Day was created by Alaskan artist, Sara Wolman.

Two children birdwatching with binoculars.

World MIgratory Bird Day connects people of all ages to birds and their conservation.

Wood Thrush singing on a tree branch.

World Migratory Bird Day raises awareness of migratory birds, such as the Wood Thrush. Its numbers have declined as much as 60% since 1970 in part because of habitat loss.

World Migratory Bird Day 2021 celebrates the beauty, song, flight, and
intrigue of migratory birds

World Migratory Bird Day champions bird conservation across the flyways, unifying our voices for migratory bird conservation and serving as a call to action to protect them.”

— Dr. Susan Bonfield, Executive Director of Environment for the Americas

BOULDER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, May 7, 2021 / — “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!” is the theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, an annual global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

From sandpipers and cranes to vultures and hummingbirds, this year’s World Migratory Bird Day explores what makes birds unique. With approximately 10,400 bird species globally and approximately 900 bird species in the United States, birds are ambassadors of the natural world. They help unite us with nature and understand the interconnections among all things. They sing. They fly. They are architects and acrobats. They live in every habitat from urban to wilderness. World Migratory Bird Day is a celebration of the astonishing journeys of these animals, like the roughly 8,000 mile round-trip migration of the tiny Rufous Hummingbird.

This year the campaign focuses on the phenomena of “bird song” and “bird flight” as a way to inspire and connect people of all ages around the world. United in a common, global effort, we can protect birds and the habitats they need to survive. It is an invitation to people everywhere to connect and re-connect with nature by actively listening to – and watching birds – wherever they are. It is an opportunity to inspire people around the world to learn about, to love, and to take action to protect these long distance travelers.

The pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for humankind. At the same time, it has also brought a whole new level of awareness and appreciation of birds and the importance of nature for our own well-being. Interest in bird watching has soared. Birds have been symbols of freedom, and during the pandemic, provide a glimmer of light. We might not be able to travel to exotic places such as the rainforest right now, but migratory birds bring a bit of the rainforest to us.

"World Migratory Bird Day champions bird conservation across the flyways,” says Susan Bonfield, Executive Director, Environment for the Americas. The organization coordinates World Migratory Bird Day in the Americas, bringing people and communities together in celebration of migratory birds from Canada to Argentina and the Caribbean. “Our programs are helping to unify our voices for migratory birds and serve as a call to action to protect them."

World Migratory Bird Day 2021 is not only a celebration of birds, it is also an important moment to reflect on our own global relationship with nature and to highlight our collective desire to do more to protect birds and nature in a post-pandemic world. Their spirited migrations and spectacular flights are a symbol of freedom, even during a time when people feel confined.

Globally, World Migratory Bird Day is a collaborative partnership among two UN treaties -the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), and Environment for the Americas. The 2021 campaign is also actively supported by the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat and a growing number of other dedicated organizations.

Celebrated across the world on two peak days each year – on the second Saturday in May and second Saturday in October – World Migratory Bird Day is the only international awareness-raising and conservation education program that celebrates the migration of bird species along all the major flyways of the world.

How can you get involved?
Join for 3 days of virtual programming. May 7th is a day for youth, families and schools. On May 9th, presenters from across the Americas flyways will share the migratory routes of shorebirds, ending in Alaska at one of the most important stopover sites for Western Sandpipers.

World Migratory Bird Day motivates simple actions to help migratory birds. These include:
– Plant native flowers, bushes, and trees which have been proven to offer more benefits to birds;
– Make your windows visible to birds. They don't see pane glass and collisions with them are usually fatal;
– Keep your cats indoors. Studies reveal that they kill billions of birds each year.
– Say "NO" to plastics. Birds don't recognize plastics and can ingest them or be entangled in them.
– Buy for the Birds, such as shade-grown coffee and chocolate that are grown sustainably, supporting habitats that benefit birds.

About World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day was first held in 1993 by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Partners in Flight. Environment for the Americas has been coordinating the event since 2005.

About the Partners
Environment for the Americas is a Colorado-based non-profit organization that connects people to nature and bird conservation through research, education, training, and outreach across the Western Hemisphere. It works in communities and develops educational activities and digital and print materials that provide pertinent information about bird populations and their conservation.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. Since the Convention's entry into force in 1979, its membership has grown steadily to include 132 Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds that migrate along the African-Eurasian Flyway.

For more information contact:
Susan Bonfield, Executive Director, Environment for the Americas, Boulder, CO, USA. Email: | Tel: 970 3931183
Florian Keil, Information Officer, UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, Bonn, Germany. Email: | Tel: +49 228 8152451

Susan Bonfield
Environment for the Americas
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2021 World Migratory Bird Day Artist, Sara Wolman, promotes the campaign and the importance of protecting migratory birds.

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Green Globe Recertifies German National Tourist Board For 8th Year

German National Tourist Board (GNTB)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 7, 2021 / — The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) was recertified as a Green Globe organisation for the eighth successive year in 2020, retaining its Gold status in the Green Globe programme.

Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the GNTB said, “One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is that travellers around the world are now much more concerned about sustainability. In a recent study conducted by IPK International in October 2020, 80 per cent of respondents in Germany’s key source markets said that they thought COVID-19 would lead to more sustainability in tourism. This shows that our long-standing commitment to sustainability has been the right approach to take. Gold status in the Green Globe programme confirms that the GNTB is setting a good example by embedding sustainability as a significant facet in the core Destination Germany brand.”

In 2020, the GNTB expanded its commitment to sustainability with specific measures.

Business intelligence:
The GNTB has stepped up its own market research into sustainability and incorporated further analyses of internationally available data. These form the basis for measuring the success of previous activities in the international market, and for developing and positioning new marketing activities in the relevant source markets. According to the Destination Brand 20 market research survey, interest in sustainable holidays has significantly increased in the key source markets of Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands compared to 2018.

Marketing campaigns
Through its new Feel Good communication campaign, the GNTB drew potential visitors’ attention to exemplary sustainable offerings in Germany. The campaign was designed to increase consumer awareness of sustainable travel and was rolled out in autumn in Germany’s neighbouring countries of Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Austria via the GNTB’s Facebook and Instagram channels. It reached almost nine million potential travellers to Germany and generated 57 million impressions on the GNTB’s channels. The campaign will be continued in an expanded form in 2021 and extended to other markets.
The content of other campaigns, including German Summer Cities, was geared even more strongly towards sustainability, for example by incorporating the green areas surrounding urban centres.

Other marketing activities
As part of a campaign celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, the GNTB created a successful digital project featuring augmented reality as a particularly green advertising measure for international PR events. By making event participants’ smartphones part of the campaign, virtual ‘photo sessions with the artist’ could be offered without high material costs for photo booths, for example.

Carbon Offsetting
As part of its internal sustainability initiative, the GNTB offset 243,396kg of carbon emissions generated by necessary business trips in 2019 through payments to atmosfair.

The GNTB shared its expertise on sustainability at numerous national and international trade events, including the panel discussion ‘How do we build back better post COVID-19’ at the World Travel Mart, the ‘Future day for sustainability’ organised by Tourismuszukunft and the online workshop on ‘Visitor management and sustainable transport at destinations’ organised by Kompetenzzentrum Tourismus. The GNTB was also involved in a digital future camp run by the German Tourism Association (DTV) on the subject of ‘Travel behaviour during and after the coronavirus crisis’ and organised a webinar for GNTB members and partners on barrier-free travel.

Three-pillar strategy for sustainability
The GNTB has built up its expertise in the field of sustainability through a three-pillar strategy. The first pillar is the development of specific sustainable offerings and projects. The GNTB makes its knowledge available to partners, members and sponsors in various formats, and brings together the expertise that exists within its network. Through the second pillar, the communications strategy, the GNTB enshrines sustainability in the core brand, for example by focusing its theme-based marketing and using all available marketing tools. The GNTB regularly showcases the high standards achieved by Destination Germany at international workshops and conferences. The third pillar is the internal sustainability initiative, which brings together all activities relating to sustainability in which the organisation itself is involved.

About the GNTB
The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is Germany’s national tourism organisation. It works on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to represent Germany as a tourist destination and is funded by the Ministry in accordance with a decision taken by the German Bundestag. Working closely with the German travel industry and private-sector partners and trade associations, the GNTB develops strategies and marketing campaigns to promote Germany’s positive image abroad as a tourist destination and to encourage tourists to visit the country.

The GNTB has a three-pronged recovery strategy for overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic:
– Raising awareness of the Destination Germany brand and enhancing the brand profile
– Supporting the travel industry, which is dominated by small and medium-sized businesses,through relationship management and the sharing of knowledge
– Developing evidence-based action plans on the basis of targeted market research and ongoing analysis of the impact of coronavirus.

During this crisis, the GNTB is using countercyclical marketing to maintain dialogue with customers, it is reflecting changing preferences in its communications, and it is showing empathy and providing inspiration.

Focus on digitalisation and sustainability
The GNTB promotes forward-looking and sustainable tourism in line with the objectives of the German government. The focus here is on digitalisation and sustainability. The GNTB is a pioneer when it comes to using immersive technologies (virtual, augmented and mixed reality), voice assistants and other conversational interfaces, and artificial intelligence applications such as chatbots. To ensure that tourism offerings are visible on AI-based marketing platforms, the GNTB coordinates the German tourism industry’s open-data project, which aims to develop a tourism knowledge graph.

Sustainability has been a core overarching topic for more than a decade and we engage with it as a strategic issue across all areas of the organisation. Our organisation follows a three-pillar strategy that combines the sharing of knowledge with external partners and a supporting communications strategy with our internal sustainability initiative. The GNTB promotes responsible tourism, a key growth area, by showcasing Germany as a sustainable and inclusive destination in the international travel market. This is particularly important as the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the global shift in travellers’ values towards greater social and environmental responsibility.

The GNTB has 27 foreign agencies that cover more than 40 markets around the world. Its head office in Frankfurt, Germany, is home to strategic departments such as Business Intelligence, Business Development and Brand Communications for Destination Germany.

Press contact:
German National Tourist Board
Martina Binhack
Head of Press and Public Affairs
Beethovenstrasse 69
60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: +49 69 97464-262

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10 Barceló Hotel Group Properties Achieve Green Globe Certification

Barceló Hotel Group – México

Although Covid restrictions have affected hotel operations, great effort is taken to maintain as many green initiatives as possible at individual properties.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 7, 2021 / — Ten Barceló Hotel Group properties have been certified or recertified by Green Globe.

We take a quick look at some of the properties that have successfully achieved their Green Globe certification and their sustainability best practices. Although Covid restrictions have affected hotel operations in recent times, great effort is taken to maintain as many green initiatives as possible at individual properties.

Barceló Maya Grand Resort
A 6-hotel property located in the Riviera Maya, on the Mexican Caribbean. The resort stretches over 1.2 miles of sandy beach with crystal clear waters and lies adjacent to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system and National Natural Protected Areas. Green Globe recently recertified Barceló Maya Grand Resort for the third year, due to their commitment with nature and all their environmental efforts implemented at the resort. Strong sustainable actions to response their engagement with the community.

Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort
Awarded Green Globe Gold status in 2020 marking 5 years of certification, Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort – Adults only hotel is a beachfront hotel on Bávaro beach in Punta Cana. The resort’s energy saving plan includes a high-tech waste treatment facility, utilization of biomass and solar power, the use of thermal heat to warm hot water and a closed loop water management system that utilizes wastewater.

Occidental Cozumel & Allegro Cozumel
Occidental Cozumel and Allegro Cozumel resorts are located on the Mexican island of Cozumel in the Caribbean Sea, home to spectacular coral reefs and marine life. Both properties were first certified in 2019. Providing a solid educational foundation and continuous training in sustainability, for staff members as well as in the community, are considered as necessary steps for the success of any environmental strategy. Led by the resorts’ Green Teams, staff members regularly take part in joint beach clean ups to clear sargassum from the coastlines and to also prepare for the arrival of nesting sea turtles. In addition, the resorts are part of the Cozumel Water Committee that aims to facilitate the sustainable management of water bodies in the area.

Allegro Playacar Resort & Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort
Allegro Playacar Resort and Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort have dedicated Green Teams who oversee various sustainability initiatives. Beach clean-ups are organized, and sea turtle conservation programs are supported by both properties. In addition, Green Teams have ensured that all single-use plastic items have been eliminated and replaced with biodegradable products.

Barceló Puerto Vallarta
Located directly on the shores of the beautiful Mismaloya Beach in the south of the popular resort town of Puerto Vallarta, this resort follows a comprehensive Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) where the use of energy and natural resources adhere to federal, state and local government environmental regulations. Beach cleaning is also organized along with sea turtle protection programs. Community support programs include the donation of linen, electrical appliances and toys.

Barceló Huatulco
Barceló Huatulco is an all-inclusive hotel located in Tangolunda Bay, the largest of the 9 bays in Huatulco. The hotel monitors water usage and has established water reduction targets while treated wastewater is used to irrigate gardens and outdoor spaces. Barceló Huatulco provides meals for staff and volunteers who participate in beach, river and road cleaning programs as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Furthermore, the property collaborates with other hotels in the area to provide food for disadvantaged children. The hotel hopes to support their community in similar ways in the future when restrictions ease.

The 10 properties awarded Green Globe Certification are:

Mexico properties:

• Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort
• Barceló Maya Grand Resort
• Barceló Karmina Palace
• Barceló Puerto Vallarta
• Barceló Huatulco
• Barceló Ixtapa
• Occidental Cozumel
• Allegro Cozumel
• Allegro Playacar

Dominican Republic

• Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort

About Barceló Hotel Group
Barceló Hotel Group, the hotel division of the Barceló Group, is the 29th largest in the world in number of rooms. It currently has 252 urban and holiday hotels of 4 and 5 stars, and more than 57,000 rooms, distributed in 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. It is also part of Crestline Hotels & Resorts Group, an independent hotel company with 120 establishments. For more information:

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please visit


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Marley Spoon commits to 100% renewables by 2022

Marley Spoon, the meal kit delivery company, is committing to 100% renewable energy by the end of 2022.

SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA, May 7, 2021 / — Marley Spoon (ASX:MMM), the meal kit delivery company, is making the switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity in Australia by the end of 2022. One of Australia’s fastest-growing retailers already reached the milestone of operating carbon neutral earlier this year and is revealing its sustainability goals for the future. 

The company’s sustainability objectives for the next five years will focus on four priority areas – carbon reduction, packaging, sustainable sourcing, and food waste. 

“Taking action to minimise our impact on the planet cannot be delayed any longer,” said Marley Spoon Australia CEO, Rolf Weber. “At Marley Spoon, we are committed to significantly decreasing our carbon impact across our operations. Since our launch, we’ve tried to consciously grow without further increasing our footprint and are continuously implementing actions to measure, reduce, and where necessary, offset that footprint.

“Our customers are vocal about their experience with Marley Spoon, and one of our most common pieces of feedback is around packaging and sustainability. It's an issue that affects everyone and customers expect best practices, so we aim to deliver.”

A 2019 study from University of Michigan researchers found that meal kits have a much lower overall carbon footprint than the same meals purchased at a grocery store, despite having more packaging. Average greenhouse gas emissions were one-third lower for meal kit dinners than the store-bought meals when every step in the process—from the farm to the landfill—was considered, according to the study. Now the company is aiming to make further advances in its sustainability commitments and promise to customers. 

Carbon reduction and offsetting
The renewables commitment is highlighted by the meal kit company’s new Sydney fulfilment center, which is powered by renewable energy. The new 14,200 square metre space within Charter Hall’s Wetherill Park development allows for triple the production capacity of the meal kit company, while having a lower carbon footprint. The meal kit company insisted on a 500kw solar power installation on the roof of the new facility to help meet that dramatic decrease in emissions. The typical Australian home uses 3.3-6 kw solar panels.

To counterbalance emissions and reduce their overall environmental impact, Marley Spoon is working with accredited CO₂ offset partner, ClimatePartner, on projects that support the company’s sustainability mission and meet international certification standards set by programs like Verra and Gold Standard for the Global Goals. Through the partnership with ClimatePartner, Marley Spoon is contributing to projects that plant trees in Venezuela and Uruguay, and that provide families in Zambia with clean-burning, efficient cookstoves.

Rolf Weber said: “To date, we've planted over 44,000 trees in Venezuela and Uruguay, supporting the absorption of CO₂ from the atmosphere. We've also distributed 4,000 clean, efficient cookstoves to families in Zambia, who would otherwise be cooking over open fires that cause respiratory and environmental damage by releasing greenhouse gases and soot.

Packaging is a vital part of each box, ensuring ingredients stay fresh. However, Marley Spoon is setting the goal to have all packaging in each box be curbside recyclable by the end of 2025. Currently any soft plastic packaging in a box can be taken to a RedCycle drop off point for example at Woolworths stores. As the network of appropriate recycling facilities and understanding of soft plastic recycling increases, Marley Spoon is working to create solutions that make the process simple and convenient for all Australians.  

Marley Spoon is a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), which has recognised the company as a market leader in most categories, including industry leadership and delivering outcomes to improve packaging. These recognitions take into account packaging and recycling milestones both in the box and at Marley Spoon’s production facilities. Last year, the company worked with suppliers to replace all shipments of food in cardboard boxes to crates. Nearly 600,000 crates are now being used in rotation amongst suppliers, completely removing single-use packaging from the supply chain.

Sustainable sourcing
Marley Spoon has a ‘local first’ policy and works with local farmers and suppliers wherever possible. The policy means that any new ingredients added to the menu need to be made or grown in Australia. The only time internationally produced ingredients feature in a Marley Spoon box is due to the high quality of certain products from their native regions, e.g coconut milk, chipotle chillies, and gochujang.

In 2020 Marley Spoon began a partnership with Ardmona Tomatoes, reducing the carbon emissions created by international imports, creating new opportunities to serve customers more of Australia’s best, sustainably grown produce and supporting the Australian economy.

Every element is taken into consideration when engaging with potential suppliers, including water, energy, soil management, diversity, carbon footprint and animal welfare. Since launching, Marley Spoon has only served free-range chicken as part of the Better Chicken Commitment, which aims to drive the food industry towards higher welfare practices.

Food waste
Marley Spoon is a retail leader in reducing food waste. The unique supply chain of meal kits means the company orders what they need to fill customer orders, meaning there is no over-ordering and less than 1% of food is wasted and anything that isn’t delivered to customers is donated to food rescue organisation OzHarvest. Last year 325,000kg of food was donated to OzHarvest, providing almost 1 million meals to underserved communities. 
As the company has grown over the past 6 years, it has managed to maintain the rate of less than 1% waste despite increasing the number of orders in 2020 by more than 90%. The incredible result flows both ways as customers receive only the ingredients they need for each meal, so there is no food waste for customers or at the source. 

Rolf continued: “Being a sustainably conscious company is more than just recycling and reducing waste; being a sustainable business or organisation is all about consistently improving. Our business model already helps customers easily act sustainability through reducing food waste and working with sustainability-focused suppliers. As we grow we need to continue to ensure we’re delivering a product that not only fills a need in their lifestyle, but also allows them to easily live their lives sustainably.” 

“I am a member of Leaders for Climate Action, which I take seriously as an individual and as a business leader. It’s on all of us to contribute and make a difference, so we encourage our teams to find new solutions to a very old problem. We are working closely with our partners like APCO and OzHarvest to ensure that we’re not only making positive changes in our business and for our customers but also the wider global community.”

Jonas Tobias
Marley Spoon
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Green Boom Partners with QualiTech Environmental to Promote and Distribute Environmentally Friendly Oil-Spill Absorbents

Industry leader teams up with Green Boom to demo at IOSC’s Virtual Conference May 11-14

ATLANTA, GA, USA, May 6, 2021 / — – Green Boom, a revolutionary line of eco-friendly absorbent products, is excited to announce a partnership with QualiTech Environmental, Inc. to provide its customers with 100 percent biodegradable oil spill prevention, response and remediation products. QualiTech will introduce Green Boom’s USDA Biopreferred ‘green’ absorbents including booms, socks, pillows, spill kits and loose absorbent at IOSC’s Annual Conference, running virtually May 11-14, 2021.

“Green Boom is honored to partner with QualiTech to educate the oil spill industry on ways to leverage our environmentally safe absorbents,” said Green Boom Co-Founder Sudhir Sharma. “With Qualitech’s industry leadership position, we believe their endorsement and support will be integral to our success.”

Available in industry-standard sized pillows, socks, spill kits, booms along with custom sizes, Green Boom’s products are made from patent-pending biomass up-cycling technologies that use sustainably sourced agricultural wastes and textiles. Led by a team with broad chemical engineering experience, Green Boom created a technology that converts renewable, biodegradable and low-value agricultural materials into water-repellent, oil-only absorbents.

“QualiTech is always looking for new and better ways to protect the environment when addressing an oil spill,” said Josh Clifford, Operations Manager at QualiTech Environmental. “Green Boom’s products are in line with our parent company, QualiTech, Inc. values of providing top quality ingredients and nutrients that promote the health and well-being of people, plants and animals. This partnership makes perfect sense to introduce this cutting edge innovation at IOSC, our industry’s most important trade show.”

QualiTech Environmental, Inc. is the industry leader in providing worldwide equipment and services for oil spill response and prevention.

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