Zuma – An Office Supplies Online Store That Makes a Difference.

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Feel good when you buy office products online from Zuma. Why? Because you know you’re saving money with Zuma’s guaranteed low prices, and because you’re helping Zuma do good work supporting great charities!

While we save you money with low prices on office products like Universal view binders, Smead hanging folders and Hon file cabinets, we also do good work by donating a minimum of half our profits to life changing charities that you help choose. And, our Conscious Capitalism business model ensures we treat our customers, employees, vendors, the environment and our community with respect, openness and honesty.

You’ll feel good knowing you saved time. Our website is easy to shop, and with a huge selection of over 50,000 items, when you buy office supplies online with Zuma you can consolidate your purchases with one supplier. We have a broad selection of office supplies, janitorial supplies, ink and toner, office furniture and business machines.

So you can buy office products online like file folders, report covers, classification folders, paper towels, HP ink cartridges and Alera chairs all from one source.  We feature top brands like Brother, Fellowes, HON, Smead, Universal, Safco and more.

Feel good knowing that most orders are delivered in 1 – 2 business days, and shipping is free for most orders over $75. Combine that with a knowledgeable, caring staff with personal customer service, and you’ll see why more and more people buy office products online from Zuma to help them do good work in the office, while helping Zuma do good work for others. Thanks for shopping on Zuma’s office supplies online store!

EPA Honors DIRECTV With 2 Energy Star® Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T* family, received the 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

This recognizes our continued leadership in environmental protection through superior energy efficiency achievements. Additionally, the EPA honored DIRECTV with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Climate Communicator Award for its outstanding efforts to elevate the issue of climate change.

DIRECTV is being recognized for its work with Discovery Education to host a first-of-its-kind live virtual event in celebration of National ENERGY STAR Day. During the October event, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke to over 16,000 students about the benefits of ENERGY STAR and how energy efficiency impacts the environment. The program and information continues to be available to students through a video of the event.

In addition, DIRECTV is being acknowledged for its continued commitment to set-top box innovation – delivering the technology customers want while achieving unprecedented energy efficiency. By delivering more than 10 million ENERGY STAR receivers in 2015, DIRECTV has offered customers millions of dollars in energy savings. DIRECTV has also improved upon its energy-saving whole-home DVR solution with its latest generation Genie® delivering one-third more efficiency than the previous version.

“We are excited to know that our ENERGY STAR certified set-top boxes and programs are making an impact,” said Henry Derovanessian, senior vice president – technology, AT&T Entertainment Group. “As we integrate DIRECTV’s product planning with that of AT&T, we are looking forward to future successes.”

“As AT&T and DIRECTV come together, we’re creating even stronger environmental initiatives,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president – corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer, AT&T. “This recognition from ENERGY STAR is an honor. We look forward to continuing to work with the program to develop more energy efficient products. This ultimately creates a better future for us all.”

Prior to and during its acquisition by AT&T in July 2015, DIRECTV was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 3 consecutive years. The 2016 Sustained Excellence Award recognizes this ongoing leadership.

“By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, DIRECTV is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I’m proud to recognize DIRECTV with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. This company demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider*. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.

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FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Challenges Kids to Solve the World’s Waste Problem

The 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Open will be held this weekend at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon and in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton. More than 50 teams of children from eight Arab countries compete in this year’s ‘TRASH TREK Challenge’, working to find solutions to the world’s waste problem.

This year’s challenge is especially compelling for teams based in Lebanon, where for more than eight months, the capital city of Beirut has been congested with numerous unsanctioned public garbage mounds.

Ramez Shehadi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Booz Allen Hamilton MENA said, “Young people throughout our region must come to understand the critical importance of sustainability and be inspired and encouraged to make an impact. Studies in science, technology, engineering, health, and environment are just a few among many longer term directions they can take in pursuit of helping to create a better community.”

He continued, “This is not just the case in Lebanon or the region, but  across the world – we are all faced with profound sustainability challenges that are impacting our access to clean water and renewable energy and which are only further complicated by the issue of efficient waste management. We must continue to identify ways to create meaningful engagement with our youth – empowering them and enabling the progress they deserve. The FIRST® LEGO® League is a tremendous example of an  inclusive, challenging and exciting initiative that rallies young minds around a real world problem they are all intimately aware of.  I look forward to understanding more about the solutions brought forward.”

The FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Open is the biggest regional robotics competition in the MENA region, organized annually under supervision of the Arab Robotics Association, an organization formed of FLL Operational Partners in the Arab World to help share their experiences and organize regional tournaments.

This year’s event represents Booz Allen Hamilton’s second successive year of close collaboration with the initiative in the region. Participants of all ages will benefit from direct interaction with senior Booz Allen consultants who will share knowledge and expertise as part of their commitment to developing the next generation of innovators.

Booz Allen employees around the globe regularly donate their free time in support of a broad range of STEM programs and mentorships like FIRST. Earlier this year, the firm joined the ranks as a designated FIRST® Strategic Partner—one of only 18 organizations to achieve such recognition.

Read more about FIRST.

Read more about Booz Allen Hamilton’s commitment to STEM.

Closing the Loop, From Frosting Buckets to Easter Baskets

Today we are happy to share this blog from Walmart Employee Steve Outain, Reverse Logistics, Walmart

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When your job is helping a company find ways to achieve zero waste across its global operations, you have to look beyond the obvious for opportunities. Who knew that this year, a plastic Easter basket could be one?

Walmart operates bakeries in the majority of its stores across the U.S., so we produce a lot of cakes and cupcakes. So many, in fact, that frosting is delivered to our stores in 3- to 5-gallon plastic buckets. And the last thing we want is for that constant stream of plastic to end up in a landfill, so we started looking for ways to turn something that was once thought of as trash into a valuable commodity.

This year, Olivet International stepped to the plate, helping us turn 119,000 pounds of resin – derived 100% from our empty frosting buckets – into a line of plastic Easter baskets that recently debuted in our stores. In creating them, we found a way to introduce those empty buckets back into the manufacturing stream, while also lowering the retail price of these Easter baskets to just 88 cents.

While this represents a huge win, the best news is that it didn’t just start with Easter 2016. Over the past several years, we’ve worked to change the specifications of our frosting buckets to make them as recycle-friendly as possible. As a result, we’re working with suppliers to turn this steady stream of post-consumer resin into 2.5 million plastic pet bowls annually, plastic liners for 4 million soft-sided coolers annually and more.

The opportunities aren’t just tied to our frosting buckets. We already use discarded hangers from our apparel department to manufacture the Mainstays packs of plastic hangers sold in our home department. We’ve gone from contracting with recycling companies to purchase the by-product generated in our stores, to creating solutions directly with suppliers. In doing so, we’re finding opportunities to re-engineer the ways products are made in the first place, making it easier to close the loop on the back end.

I’m proud to work for a company that’s helping create solutions for a better tomorrow. These solutions are good for people, planet – and business.

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Timberland Commissions Study to Test Feasibility of Reintroducing Cotton as Haitian Export Crop

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Timberland, Smallholder Farmers Alliance and Impact Farming Join Forces to Explore Expansion of Successful Sustainable Agroforestry Model in Haiti

Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland, Impact Farming and Haiti-based Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) today announced the launch of a new feasibility study exploring the possibility of reintroducing cotton as an export crop for Haitian smallholder farmers. If the study proves successful, the opportunities for organic cotton farming in Haiti are extensive, and companies like Timberland can one day transition from being early supporters of the SFA agroforestry enterprise to being its customers.

Cotton was once a valuable agricultural export from Haiti. After decades of natural disasters, rampant deforestation and trade embargoes in the early 1990s, cotton stopped being a viable crop for farmers. With support from the SFA, Timberland and the Clinton Foundation, Impact Farming is undertaking the new study to assess the feasibility of smallholder cultivation of cotton and organic certification or participation in the Better Cotton Initiative. The study could further empower the Haitian smallholder farming community to become an active participant in the global supply chain.

In 2010, Timberland and SFA embarked upon the creation of a powerful sustainable agroforestry model that helped Haitian smallholder farmers plant five million trees in five years while simultaneously improving crop yields, creating a microfinance program and rural farm business and more recently, building an agricultural export market for “superfood” moringa. In fact, last month, U.S. brand Kuli Kuli launched a new line of Moringa Green Energy shots made with moringa sourced from smallholder farmers in Haiti and sold at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide.

“Our program with Timberland was so successful that we saw the potential to replicate the model in Haiti and other developing countries, and scale it to cotton, rubber or other textiles and resources,” said Hugh Locke, co-founder of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance. “This feasibility study is the first step in potentially changing the dynamics of international development and sourcing. It is a true testament to the impact that collaboration, creativity and long-term thinking can have on the future of a country like Haiti.”

As part of this study, the SFA is working with Université Quisqueya, Haiti’s leading private university, to explore the establishment of a new smallholder cotton research center that will study cotton growing best practices, undertake field studies and link with universities and research facilities in other countries engaged in similar work.

“Our partnership with the SFA has already resulted in significant benefits for smallholder farmers in Haiti,” said Colleen Vien, sustainability director for Timberland. “We’re eager to see the results of the study and potentially become a customer of the farmers we have been working with for years. If successful, this is another great opportunity to bring a part of our supply chain full circle.”

Timberland and the SFA worked together to create a model whereby farmers voluntarily tend to a network of nurseries that produce one million trees annually. In return, farmers receive training, crop seeds, seedlings and tools that help restore tree cover and increase the farmers’ own crop yields – a mutually beneficial and sustainable cycle. To date, this self-sustaining business model has resulted in the planting of 5.2 million trees and helped 3,200 farmers increase productivity on their farmlands by an average of 40 percent, resulting in increased household income of 50 percent, on average. The program has also resulted in increased access to education and healthcare, including an estimated 3,400 additional children of SFA members placed in school. The journey is captured in a powerful documentary film titled, “KOMBIT: The Cooperative,” which will tour 250+ U.S. markets this spring and summer.

To learn more about the feasibility study, please visit www.ImpactFarming.org and www.HaitiFarmers.org for updates.

About Timberland

Timberland is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of premium footwear, apparel and accessories for the outdoor lifestyle. Best known for its original yellow boot introduced in 1973, Timberland today outfits consumers from toe-to-head, with versatile collections that reflect the brand’s rich heritage of craftsmanship, function and style. Timberland markets lifestyle products under the Timberland® and Timberland Boot Company® brands, and industrial footwear and workwear under the Timberland PRO® brand. Its products are sold throughout the world in leading department and specialty stores as well as company-owned retail locations and online. Timberland’s dedication to making quality products is matched by an unwavering commitment to environmental and social responsibility – to make things better for its products, the outdoors, and communities around the globe. To learn more about Timberland, a brand of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), please visit timberland.com or follow us along the modern trail @timberland.

About Smallholder Farmers Alliance

The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) applies business solutions to help feed and reforest a renewed Haiti by establishing market-based farmer cooperatives, building agricultural export markets, creating rural farm businesses and contributing to community development.

About Impact Farming

Impact Farming works with smallholder farmers internationally to scale business solutions that integrate sustainable food production with increased tree cover and self-financed community development. Impact Farming also supports the work of the Haiti-based Smallholder Farmers Alliance.

THE COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF® PARTNERS WITH ADOPT THE ARTS FOUNDATION TO RAISE MONEY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

From March 21 – May 22, SoCal’s iconic specialty coffee and tea retailer will donate a portion of all CoffeeBean.com sales to fund arts and music programs in local public schools

coffee beanThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Los Angeles’ homegrown specialty coffee and tea retailer for more than 50 years, is partnering with the Adopt the Arts Foundation, a locally-based non-profit organization that works to preserve arts programs in L.A. public schools. From March 21 – May 22,10% of all online sales from CoffeeBean.com will go towards keeping and expanding creative educational programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. During the two month fundraiser, The Coffee Bean® plans to raise up to $50,000 to fund the Adopt the Arts program furthering their efforts to adopt schools and tapping star power of prominent actors and musicians along the way.

“We are excited to be partnering with a cause that supports education in our hometown of Los Angeles,” said Adam Tabachnikoff, Senior Vice President of Global Brand Strategy for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “Our goal of $50,000 is enough to keep the arts and music program in an elementary school for one year, and our hope is that with the success of our fundraising efforts we will be able to help keep the program growing for years to come.”

Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum with kids who designed artwork for limited edition Adopt the Arts coffee
Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum with kids who designed artwork for limited edition Adopt the Arts coffee

At the beginning of April, coffee lovers can also support the cause by going online to CoffeeBean.com to purchase the limited edition Adopt the Arts coffee ($12.99), a 16 oz. whole bean House Blend that features three different designs from children who have benefitted from the program.

Co-founded by former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum, and activist, Abby Berman, Adopt the Arts has already donated over 1000 instruments to 30 LAUSD schools, as well as provided modern band curriculums, vocal and instrumental classes.  Celebrity supporters include actress and singer, Jane Lynch, who is one of the founding board members of Adopt the Arts, as well as John Stamos, Slash, Juliette Lewis, and others.

“Adopt the Arts is shedding light on the reality of public education and providing an opportunity for people to invest in their community.” Matt Sorum, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Adopt the Arts Foundation.

“As the product of a public school arts program including choir and school plays, I can’t imagine school without the arts. Sadly, that’s the case for so many kids in our own city.” says Jane Lynch. “Encouraging a child’s creative imagination makes for a more creative and collaborative adult. It’s a win/win for us all.”

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s limited edition Adopt the Arts featuring artwork created by students who have benefitted from the program3The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s limited edition Adopt the Arts featuring artwork created by students who have benefitted from the program2The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s limited edition Adopt the Arts featuring artwork created by students who have benefitted from the program

About The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States. Embodying a passion for connecting loyal customers to one another with carefully handcrafted products, the company is known for sourcing and providing the finest ingredients and flavors from around the world. For more than 50 years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has demonstrated a passion for product innovation epitomized by The Original Ice Blended® drink. The company has grown to be an international icon and currently has more than 1,000 stores spanning across 30 countries. Please visit CoffeeBean.com for more information.

About Adopt the Arts

In collaboration with well-known artists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and the general public, Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child, through the gift of making music and art. ATA is focused on developing strategic relationships with educators, administrators, and board members to ensure that most underserved schools in the district are identified and ultimately, helped. Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, hopes, dreams and imaginations of our children.

To date, ATA has fully funded the music program in two schools, Rosewood Avenue and Westminster Elementary. Each school has been “adopted” by a celebrity or public figure, exposing children to inspirational people who have worked hard for their successes. The interaction between the children and adoptee creates a sense of responsibility and shared commitment for all of those involved.

Living Water International and ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN® Raise Over $1MM for Clean Water

Donations from ALEX AND ANI Living Water Bangle Exceed $1MM

Living Water International announced today more than $1MM in donations have been raised from the sales of the ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN Living Water Bangle. This fashion-forward fundraising initiative has enabled more than 42,000 families around the globe to have access to clean, safe water.

The unique partnership between Living Water International and ALEX AND ANI was inspired by Paige Dellerman, a former high school student at East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island. Dellerman focused her 2013 senior class project on connecting ALEX AND ANI to Living Water International as a way to combine her passion for Living Water with her desire to learn more about the ALEX AND ANI philanthropic mission and charm crafting process. A relationship was naturally established and soon after Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of ALEX AND ANI, designed the Living Water Bangle. Since its creation within the CHARITY BY DESIGN collection, donations from sales of the bangle have raised over $1MM for clean water projects led by Living Water International.

“Throughout our 25-year history, we have established many partnerships to help amplify our mission,” said Mike Mantel, CEO of Living Water International. “We’re very excited to see our relationship with ALEX AND ANI hit this milestone, as it will play an important role in fostering improved public health and in strengthening communities around the world. It reinforces our belief that we are stronger when we work together.”

In celebration of the $1MM milestone and to support an upcoming well-drilling trip to Haiti, ALEX AND ANI retail stores are currently promoting awareness and education on the Living Water Bangle. The upcoming trip to Haiti follows two other well-drilling trips in which ALEX AND ANI participated – Guatemala in 2014 and Nicaragua in 2015. These trips allowed ALEX AND ANI team members to participate in well drills and hygiene education, including germ transmission, proper hand washing and effective treatment of diarrhea.

“Over the past four years, our partnership with Living Water International has evolved into not only generating impact and funding across the globe, but also in creating unique opportunities for our employees to experience the Living Water mission by traveling to countries to help their team drill wells and educate the community on the benefits of clean water,” ALEX AND ANI, CHARITY BY DESIGN SVP Nicki Maher said. “Through first-hand experience, we have truly come to know and love the mission behind Living Water and have made it a priority to share this life-saving mission to bring water to the thirsty. Together with our customers, we have been able to bring more than 42,000 families access to clean water because of passion, action and love.”

For a video recap of the 2015 Nicaragua trip with Living Water International and ALEX AND ANI, visit: https://alexandani.wistia.com/medias/3ug6hq2ei5

About Living Water International
With 25 years of experience as a faith-based 501(c)(3), Living Water International (www.water.cc) exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately-needed clean water through the implementation of participatory, community-based water, sanitation and hygiene solutions in 21 developing countries across Central and South America, Africa and Asia. The organization has completed over 16,700 water projects as part of their ongoing commitment to provide water, for life, in Jesus’ name. Living Water’s end goal is to see holistic behavior change by supporting the local church and equipping local people to serve their own communities. For more information visit www.water.cc and engage on Twitter @livingwater or Facebook.com/LivingWaterInternational.

About ALEX AND ANI
The ALEX AND ANI brand creates meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories designed to connect you. Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer designs each piece. Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world, and by incorporating powerful symbolism into each product, ALEX AND ANI provides a vehicle for consumers to express their individuality. ALEX AND ANI is committed to giving back to the world that we live in. By using recycled materials with eco-conscious processes and through our CHARITY BY DESIGN division, ALEX AND ANI positively impacts our planet and our communities. CHARITY BY DESIGN has strengthened non-profit organizations through innovative partnerships and collaborative experiences resulting in donations of over $30 million. An Inc. 500 Company, ALEX AND ANI has retail stores in addition to retail partners worldwide. Its World Headquarters is located in the Greater Providence, Rhode Island area, where its products are MADE IN AMERICA WITH LOVE™. Please visit alexandani.com for more information.

 


Bonton Goodwill Sale Give Back!

Goodwill® Sale

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Each spring and fall, our customers are encouraged to donate gently used clothing, and in return will earn a special savings coupon for each item donated. With the profits generated from these donations, Goodwill Industries® can provide training for individuals with barriers to work in our communities.

Goodwill® sells your donations in more than 3,000 retail locations across the country and generates opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and vibrant communities. Goodwill offers job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Every 23 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job. And every 1.2 seconds, another person accesses Goodwill opportunities to build careers and strong families.

During the 2015 Goodwill Sale events, through the generosity of our customers, we donated an estimated 4.1 million items to Goodwill Industries!

Here’s how the sale works:

  • Bring your gently used apparel, shoes, luggage, handbags, linens and blankets, and home textiles to the donation desk in one of our stores.
  • Earn a 25% off coupon for each item donated. It’s that easy!

Use your coupons on items that rarely (if ever) go on sale:

  • Cosmetics
  • Fragrances
  • Designer shoes and handbags
  • And more

Thanks to all our customers who have helped make our Goodwill Sale a resounding success! We look forward to seeing you for our next event, March 9-26.

Learn more here and enter for your chance to win a $15,000 Spring Style & Wardrobe Makeover!* The winner will receive a:

  • Consultation with a celebrity stylist
  • Closet review and edit
  • Shopping spree with stylist at our store

*See official rules for details.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

AT&T Issues Call For Nominations For 2017 Heritage Calendar

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Western Carolina University students to write profiles of honorees

AT&T* is accepting nominations of individuals to be honored in the 2017 edition of “The Heritage Calendar: Celebrating the NC African-American Experience.”

The project honors men and women of all races who have contributed significantly to the lives and experiences of African-Americans in the state. In addition to monthly honorees, the calendar highlights dates of significance in North Carolina and nationally.

To nominate an individual for consideration, please go to www.ncheritagecalendar.com/nominate. Nominations for consideration for the 2017 edition must be received by April 15, 2016.

Western Carolina University is joining The Heritage Calendar project this year.  A team of WCU students, led by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, associate professor of history and director of graduate social science education programs, will interview the honorees and write profiles to be published in the printed edition of the 2017 calendar and on the project’s website.

“We are excited about this opportunity for our students and our university,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “This promises to be a great educational enhancement for our students, giving them valuable hands-on experience both as writers and as historians, while also enabling Western Carolina University to help people across the state to connect with their heritage and their neighbors.”

The 2016 Heritage Calendar’s honorees included:

  • Julius Chambers, James Ferguson and Adam Stein, founding members of a Charlotte law firm who championed a series of major civil rights cases in the 1970s;
  • Dudley Flood, a nationally-known educator;
  • Jana Jones Halls, a non-profit leader in Wilmington,
  • Joan Higginbotham, the third African-American woman to fly in space;
  • the late Zora Neale Hurston, one of America’s most significant African-American women writers;
  • John Harding Lucas, a Rocky Mount native whose career as an educator included serving as a public school principal and university president;
  • the late Moses “Bicycle Man” Mathis and Ann Mathis, community activists who have impacted children in need;
  • Ruth Revels, a Native American teacher who has spent her life working to build understanding and unity among all ethnicities;
  • the late Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, a philanthropist who helped ensure that her family’s foundation faithfully executed its mission of supporting higher education, health care and children’s welfare in the Carolinas;
  • Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, the director of the Forsyth County Public Library;
  • Cleon Thompson, who served as chancellor at two universities over the span of a 49-year career in higher education; and
  • the late LeRoy Walker, the first African-American president of the United States Olympic Committee, who also served more than 40 years at NC Central University.

Another component of the project is lesson plans based on the life of each honoree, developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and available online as resources for educators statewide.

Other primary supporters on The Heritage Calendar project are The News & Observer, Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL-TV, PNC Bank, and the Sheraton Raleigh hotel.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.

© 2016 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Petmate Teams Up with Miranda Lambert to Introduce the MuttNation Pet Collection

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Petmate®, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, and country music superstar Miranda Lambert are teaming up to launch the new MuttNation™ Fueled by Miranda Lambert brand at Global Pet Expo March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Every purchase will help fund rescue and adoption programs of MuttNation Foundation™, the organization established by Miranda and her mother Beverly Lambert in 2009.

Miranda’s love for animals has always been a big part of her life. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life.  Volunteering at the Humane Society of East Texas in her teens has led her to adopting Delilah and ultimately started “Cause for the Paws,” a yearly fundraiser now in its 8th year.

“The creation of MuttNation is a dream come true.  It’s an extension of me and my mom’s love for all dogs and our goal of helping every dog find a happy, loving home,” says Miranda.  “We are beyond thrilled to have Petmate as a committed and trustworthy partner that shares that same vision. There are millions of beautiful dogs looking for homes and it is our hope that in addition to raising money, we will raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet.”

The comprehensive collection of bedding, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, feeding and watering products reflect Miranda’s lifestyle. The product unites a country chic feel with a rock & roll flair. The vintage prints and antique hardware are inspirations of Miranda Lambert’s signature look.

One of the highlights is the Rescue Mutts collection of six plush puppies – each toy puppy was created from a real-life rescue dog with its own story. Each tale is a touching depiction of the dog’s adoption and their new family. This particular toy is very close to Miranda’s heart as her own dog Delilah was her very first rescue and is featured in the Rescue Mutt collection.

Petmate has always supported rescue and adoption efforts. “This partnership represents a major commitment to help put a stop to the epidemic of homeless pets sweeping our nation,” says Chris Wilson, the company’s executive vice president for product development.  “We are so excited to create a collection that provides ongoing support for MuttNation Foundation.  The MuttNation product line truly reflects Miranda’s lifestyle and her passion for pets.”

Toys
In addition to the Rescue Mutts, the toy collection features hand-crafted, mixed material toys with a Boho style designed for truly engaging fetch, tug and chew play.  Miranda uttfans will love the suede feel plush tambourines for chew play, guitars and animal favorites including a unicorn, flamingo, rooster and armadillo for tugging.  Perfect for fetch, toss and tug, chewing and teething, the molded rubber guitar can hold small treats stashed inside for hours of entertainment.

Bedding
The bedding collection has a down-home feel providing a relaxed yet stylish look for the home.  The superstar of the line is a tooled leather styled lounger with Petmate’s signature Dig & Burrow feature that taps into dogs’ love for nesting.  The line rounds out with loungers, pillow beds, and irresistibly soft cuddlers in pink plaids, brown cow prints, denim, and a custom bandana print.

Collars and Leashes
The collars and leashes collection features a blend of  “Country” and “Rock & Roll.” Collars are custom fit, with mixed material feels like denim and leather, tassels and bows with antique brass and nickel hardware.  The standout Bandana Neckerchief collars embrace the Americana spirit of country life.

Watering and Feeding
This collection features vintage-inspired finishes including mats with tooled leather, red bandana, rustic burlap and chalkboard photo-real prints.  The square melamine bowls bring a nostalgic tone to the line while the rustic crock bowls tap into country chic.

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About Petmate
Founded in 1963, and headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Petmate is passionate about providing fun, trusted quality products worldwide to enhance the lives of pets and their families. The company’s vision, to be the worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry, encapsulates its commitment to deliver award-winning, innovative ideas daily to each of its product categories including bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads and travel. Petmate’s portfolio of pet, family-favorite brands include Aspen Pet, Chuckit!, Dogzilla, Jackson Galaxy and JW. For more information, visit www.petmate.com.

Petmate products are available at PetSmart, Petco, Walmart, and PetMountain

About MuttNation Foundation
Founded in December 2009, MuttNation Foundation is a donation-supported organization working to end pet suffering and homelessness.

Formed by Bev Lambert and Miranda Lambert, the charity volunteers and partners with shelters and animal assistance organizations to provide spay and neuter programs, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, and education. As a family operated 501(c) 3 organization, their goal is to ensure that every single dollar donated assists animals in need.

The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds through donations from the officers and directors of the Foundation and the general public, through direct donations, occasional benefit concerts, and other fundraising mechanisms in order to support other 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental institutions or entities whose purpose is to build animal shelters for better care; increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals; fund spay/neuter programs; reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals; and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs. For more information, visit www.muttnationfoundation.com

About Global Pet Expo
Global Pet Expo, presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show featuring the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today. The 2015 Show featured 1,051 exhibitors, 3,113 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 6,061 of the most qualified pet product buyers in the industry attended the Show, including an impressive number of international retailers. In 2016, Global Pet Expo will take place March 16-18 in Orlando, Florida. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. This show is not open to the general public.