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21st Century Fox employees came together on Saturday, April 12, as part of the annual Spring New York Cares Day, a New York City-wide volunteering initiative to clean up the city's parks.
New York-area colleagues from the corporate office, FX, Fox News, and Fox TV Stations spent the day pulling weeds and trimming seagrass at Hudson River Park in Manhattan. By the end of the day, the volunteers helped give a five-block stretch of Hudson River Park a fresh makeover.
New York Cares organized similar efforts at 68 other parks and gardens throughout New York's five boroughs on Saturday, assembling upwards of 5,000 total volunteers.
For more information on this year's events and other ways to get involved, visit NewYorkCares.org.
For the 2012 fiscal year, 21st Century Fox businesses, formerly part of News Corporation, have been commended by CDP--an independent not-for-profit organization--for the transparency and thoroughness of their corporate sustainability program. The company ranks in the top 8% of all companies in the S&P 500 and among the top 10% of all companies in the Global 500, placing it on the "Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index." The former News Corp. is the highest ranking media company in both groups, and this is the fifth consecutive year that the company has placed on the CDLI.
CDP is a voluntary reporting system that assesses the greenhouse gas emissions management and public disclosure activities of companies around the world. Participating companies complete an annual questionnaire that addresses total energy use and carbon emissions across their operations, as well as strategy and governance in assessing and managing risks and opportunities from climate change. 68% of S&P 500 companies and 81% of Global 500 companies participated this year.
The Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) scores companies' performances on a scale of 0 to 100, based on the level of disclosure of carbon emissions measurement techniques and subsequent public disclosure. The Carbon Performance Band grades companies' overall response to climate change. Companies are classified in Bands A through D, with "A" being the best overall grade and "D" being the worst. For 2013, the former News Corporation received a score of 97 on the CDLI and a Carbon Performance Band grade of A-.
Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, comments: "US Companies that score highly enough to be included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index are responding to the call for greater corporate climate accountability. They have demonstrated leading practice on the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, and transparency of their climate change strategy."
The company has disclosed its emissions and carbon reduction strategy with CDP since the launch of the Global Energy Initiative in 2007. The complete S&P 500 and Global 500 reports can be found at CDProject.net.
Rich Shaw of UTC Power explains how the fuel cell works
The company has taken further strides in its efforts to reduce the company's environmental footprint, today unveilling a new fuel cell that will generate enough electricity to power studio operations at company headquarters.
Located three levels below ground at the company building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, the "Purecell" will run on natural gas and will produce enough electricity to power 400 average homes. Rather than combustion, the cell uses a chemical process to "separate" the natural gas, which means it produces heat energy as a by-product. That heat energy will be used to supply parts of the building with hot water and may also be used to produce chilled water. Moreover, the cell will continue to operate in the event of a blackout, giving the building security of power.
Carbon saved by reducing reliance on the grid would be the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road or planting several hundred trees, Al Scaramelli of Beacon Capital Partners told a gathering on Friday, April 20 at the official unveiling of the fuel cell. Attendees had the chance to see the cell, which weights 60,000 pounds and resembles a large shipping container.
NYSERDA spokesman Dana Levy called the project "a model installation at a flagship company," adding that the authority wanted to see the cells "proliferate" across New York and the whole state. The project is a joint venture between our company, UTC Power, Beacon Capital Partners and NYSERDA.
About the fuel cell
- Uses natural gas to generate electricity
- Uses chemical process, rather than combustion
- Heat energy captured to produce hot water
- Weighs 60,000 pounds, was installed in one piece
- Works in much the same way as a home boiler
In January, FOX News' Shepard Smith promoted the Global Energy Initiative website on-air during the FOX Report.
Fox News headquarters in New York participated in an energy audit. Sylvania has upgraded many of the offices to higher efficiency lighting and continues floor by floor as the company grows and new floors are added.
Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network have gone to a tape-less digital system, no longer using hard tapes for most of their programming. This reduces usage, storage and disposal of plastic cartridges of all types.
Fox Payroll has moved to paperless timecards. As of March 2008, Fox will eliminate the paper pay stubs and make this information available on line. This will save paper, energy and time.
Through discussions with First Corporate Sedan, Fox News now offers Toyota hybrids for car service needs upon request.
Fox News recycles all old office equipment through "Back to the Future," a local EPA Certified Electronic Recycling company providing documentation and responsible oversight. Old camera and cell phone batteries are recycled through Rechargeable Battery Recycling Center, a non-profit organization promoting responsible disposal of nickel cadmium batteries.
Fox Newsgathering teams continually assess new hybrid and flex-fuel trucks for the fleet, in search of more fuel-efficient vehicles that meet the hauling needs of Newsgathering.
FNC regularly produces on-air segments on a number of its shows tackling the importance of energy conservation. The network aggregates this content in an online magazine called "Go Green."
At Fox News Channel headquarters, CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors are replaced with LCD's (Liquid Crystal Display) when they expire. Employees are encouraged to "power down" their PC's when not in use, to use the multi-function Xerox machines to fax and scan electronically, and to print double-sided to reduce waste.
The Fox Project Manager toured the transfer station of the new 1211-building carting service. Five Star Carting demonstrated its recycling procedure and ensured its efforts dove-tail with employee's desk-side efforts.
Fox News Channel ordered more than 2,500 cartons of recycled paper from Xerox, which is enough to meet their paper needs for an entire year.