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DPS headquarters earns gold LEED certification

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas — The Plano, Texas-based headquarters of Dr Pepper Snapple Group has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for a multiuse building by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tim Gratto, DPS VP sustainability, said the sustainability requirements for LEED certification — which considers fuel conservation, energy use reduction and recycling and waste reduction, among other points — align closely with the company’s overarching corporate social responsibility goals.

"Earning LEED gold certification for our Plano headquarters is a significant achievement for DPS and our ongoing sustainability efforts," Gratto said. "This project spanned several years, and its success is a testament to the great work and dedication of a facilities team that has truly embraced our environmental sustainability commitments."

The latest LEED certification follows one year after DPS earned LEED silver certification for its 850,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art regional manufacturing and distribution center in Victorville, Calif.

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Kmart raises more than $106M to benefit March of Dimes

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — For nearly 30 years, Kmart has been helping to improve the health of babies in partnership with the March of Dimes and, in 2012, the retailer raised $8 million to benefit the organization, bringing Kmart’s total contribution throughout the partnership to $106 million.

Kmart, which is a subsidiary of Sears Holdings, has made working on behalf of the health and wellness of children a company-wide effort involving management, associates and customers throughout all the company’s in-store activities and events.

As the March of Dimes’ longest-standing corporate supporter, Kmart has participated in programs that have helped the nation achieve a 6% decline in the premature birth rate from 2006 to 2010, helping to spare thousands of babies from prematurity and its consequences. However, it is estimated that about half a million babies are born prematurely each year, proving that there still is much work to be done.

Earlier this year, the March of Dimes recognized Kmart for its dedication and for reaching the $100 million fundraising milestone by creating a $1 million grant in the company’s name to support transdisciplinary research into premature birth. The grant will fund studies by scientists from many different fields working together to investigate promising areas, including maternal genetic biomarkers, placental function and genetics, and the patterns of preterm births in the Unites States, among others.

For the 20th consecutive year, Kmart also was a national sponsor of the annual March for Babies, which took place in nearly 750 communities across the country this spring.

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Teva launches ADHD drug

BY Alaric DeArment

NORTH WALES, Pa. — Teva Pharmaceuticals has introduced a generic drug for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said.

Teva announced the launch of methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release capsules in the 20-mg, 30-mg and 40-mg strength. The drug, a generic version of Novartis’ Ritalin, is available in 100-pill bottles.

"Generic pharmaceuticals are playing an increasingly important role in healthcare cost containment," Teva SVP U.S. generics sales and marketing Maureen Cavanaugh said. "Teva Pharmaceuticals continues to lead the way with timely new product launches."


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