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Press Release – The Institute for Conscious Global Change Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Non Profit

For Immediate Release: 

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Etta D. Jackson, Founder/CEO
Email: etta@consciousglobalchange.org
Website: http://www.consciousglobalchange.org
Phone:  212-810-0038

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  HONORED AS 2013 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT

New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews

New York, NY;  October 22, 2013 – The Institute for Conscious Global Change announced today that it has been honored with the prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits.org, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit,” says Etta D. Jackson, Founder/CEO, The Institute for Conscious Global Change. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including the launch of our Millennium Earth Project: A Visual Framework for Sustainable Development and also the establishment of our Youth Department—Youth Advocates for Sustainability (YAS)”.

The Institute for Conscious Global Change’s Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. The overwhelmingly positive commentary made the Institute for Conscious Global Change a real contender this year.

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, The Institute for Conscious Global Change was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with The Institute for Conscious Global Change have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization.  The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit.  This award is a form of recognition by the community.

The Institute for Conscious Global Change, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit civil society NGO organization with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the United Nations. The institute’s mission is a part of the United Nations focus on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Geographic Information Systems.

About GreatNonprofits

GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. http://www.greatnonprofits.org

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Youth Assembly Panel

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     ICGC recently attended the UN’s Annual Youth Assembly Conference as guests on the Youth Leadership and Academic Development panel.  The overall conference focused on Young Professionals, New Technology, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and Social Entrepreneurship within the context of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The February 1st session outlined opportunities in the field for youth within the context of the MDGs.

     ICGC’s Chief Operating Officer Sienna J Dutkowski spoke on behalf of the organization. She shared her experiences in the development field and how through creating technologically innovative solutions to the world’s development challenges, ICGC is an example of a youth driven organization.  Other guest panelists included Joyce Moy, Professor at City University of New York’s (CUNY) & Executive Director of CUNY’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute and Cosmo Fujiyama, NYU Reynolds Fellow and co-founder of Students Helping Honduras. They delivered an equally powerful argument on youth empowerment and self-initiated action plans for change within development.  Overall, the session and the panel discussions were a tremendous success and it was evident that students left the room feeling reinvigorated and inspired.

What is CADD Technology?

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How is CADD used in Engineering, Architecture, Urban Design and Planning? 

     Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) replaced hand drafting for designing in the 1990s. In the past, architects, engineers and master planners drafted their ideas into beautiful plans and renderings. This was a time consuming process; one that did not easily allow for many mistakes or modifications. Older architects reminisce about the times in which they were required to spend 2 hours per day for several months practicing lettering and line weights before they were allowed to touch an actual set of plans.

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     Today, we can watch a video which flies through a future building or master plan before it has even been constructed. Almost like a movie, it allows us to experience the transformation of our world. Citizens can participate in the planning and design process more actively.

      It shows us how our environment accommodates social, environmental and economic transactions. We can predict the way water will move from one point to another. There are methods to show us where a building is losing heat. CADD allows us to incorporate more information and data (for example, traffic, weather patterns and sun radiation) to build more effectively thus reducing waste and cost.  In addition, you can simultaneously integrate various disciplines together which  makes it faster and easier to modify the design and/ or fix mistakes, all by a simple click of a button.

     CADD technology allows for the study of terrain, data, patterns and processes in various scales: a small house, city block, neighborhood, city proper and region. We can simulate different scenarios at larger scales within a shorter period of time. Clients can receive a PDF of their design plan on their smart phone and send their comments as fast as they received it.  The art of manually drawing plans will soon become a memory for too many, and a non-existent skill for others.

     CADD enables us to keep up with the large amounts of data that is available on the internet and to build intelligent buildings- responsive to the people inhabiting them as well as giving back to the environment. It is a fast-paced world, with a fast moving mouse!

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