Secretary Moniz Presented Ingersoll Rand With Wec’s 2019 Gold Medal Award
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The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 35th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was awarded to Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR). Ingersoll Rand is a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, delivering innovative solutions to customers through the Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® brands.
 
Former United States Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz presented Ingersoll Rand’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Michael W. Lamach, the Gold Medal Award on Thursday, May 16, 2019, during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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WEC Hosts Exec Roundtable on Innovation in the Built Environment
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According to Architecture 2030, buildings generate nearly 40% annual global GHG emissions, changing the trajectory is essential to preventing climate change.  This, however, is not an easy task.  Approximately two-thirds of the building area that exists today will still exist in 2050. Renovations affect less than 1% of building stock annually.  Global building stock will double in area by 2060.  In fact, the world is currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history – more than half of the global population is now concentrated in urban centers and by 2060 two thirds of the expected population will live in cities.  It was also recognized the built environment affects health in several ways.

Leading companies, non-profit organizations and academic leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss current global and local trends and best practices. Read the summary here.

Propelling Water Stewardship in a Water Stressed Future
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There is no question that the world faces a growing water crisis.  The United Nations data indicates that over 2.1 billion people lack access to BASIC drinking water service and over 4.4 billion people lack access to BASIC sanitation. FAO data indicates that agriculture in 2050 will need to produce almost 50% more food, feed and biofuels than it did in 2012.  It also indicates that there will be a higher incidence of droughts that will impact small holder farmers that produce ~60% of the world’s agricultural output.  OECD data indicates that by 2050, global water withdraws are projected to increase by 55%.  Water security is essential to public health, economic growth, political stability, environmental stability and disaster risk reduction.  It is clear the time for action is now.  Leading companies, think-tank experts and banks gathered in Mexico City, Mexico to discuss current global and local trends and best practices. 
 
The Executive Summary provides additional insight on key points including:  water insecurity, water as a business risk, price of water, risk mitigation, Ecolab Smart-Water Navigator, innovative treatment solutions that enable reuse, community engagement and partnership, contextual water targets, collective action at the water basin level,  water funds, water investment decisions, innovation and technology solutions in the agricultural sector, distribution loss solutions and bank recognition of risk.
 
Read the Executive Summary here.
 
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