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Conservation’s siren song

first_imgThe Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) rolled out six new patrol cars in February. But it wasn’t the flashing lights or fresh paint jobs that were turning heads. It was the 47 mpg, gas-electric, hybrid motor under the hoods.In a sign that environmental consciousness is becoming the norm across campus, HUPD is converting its entire fleet of marked patrol cars to hybrid and electric vehicles, in part to address growing concerns about climate change and public health. The move is expected to cut costs for the department by increasing the fleet’s fuel economy by a factor of 10. The switch also will dramatically reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution released into the air by HUPD vehicles.“A core tenet of community policing is to be a responsible community partner, and one way we can do that is by taking steps to reduce our impact on the local environment,” said HUPD Chief Francis “Bud” Riley. “By moving to hybrid vehicles, we have also identified a reasonable solution to address community concerns about emissions, such as from idling, that will also save us money on fuel.”In a sign that environmental consciousness is becoming the norm across campus, the Harvard University Police Department is converting its entire fleet of marked patrol cars to hybrid and electric vehicles, in part to address growing concerns about climate change and public health.Six new Ford Fusion hybrid patrol cars are replacing the oldest and least fuel-efficient cars in HUPD’s fleet (some of which have more than 100,000 miles on them). The Fusion was chosen based on research findings provided by the New York Police Department’s Fleet Services Division, which tracks the performance of vehicles used by the NYPD.HUPD has also directed its officers to reduce idling when possible, and has already reduced its vehicle fleet by increasing walking and bicycling patrols.One of the most visible changes will occur around Harvard Yard and on the Allston campus, where HUPD officers will use fully electric, three-wheeled vehicles to maintain public safety during regular patrols and special events. The smaller, more agile electric vehicles will increase visibility and allow officers to respond to emergencies more quickly than they would in standard cars.The fleet conversion was funded by a Harvard Green Revolving Fund interest-free loan administered by the Office for Sustainability and Campus Services. The fund supports cost-effective, environmentally beneficial projects on campus. So far, the fund has loaned more than $16 million, supporting nearly 200 projects that have yielded more than $4 million in energy savings annually.“It will take a full-scale change in the culture of how we work and live in order to implement Harvard’s aggressive sustainability goals,” said Heather Henriksen, director of the Office for Sustainability. “That means action from everyone, at every level of the University. And with this step, HUPD and Chief Riley have proven they are serious about being an active partner in our effort to combat climate change on campus.”In 2008, Harvard set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, including growth. The goal covers emissions from University-owned and operated vehicles, prompting efforts to green the fleet. Harvard began using biodiesel fuel for its shuttles and passenger vans in 2004, a practice that has been expanded to more than 50 service vehicles, from mail and dining services to solid waste and recycling. There are five hybrids in the campus services fleet, and landscaping services is expecting the delivery this spring of four new fully electric utility vehicles for use in the Yard.Harvard’s Schools and administrative units are focused on improving public health and reducing the environmental footprint of campus operations through a wide range of initiatives, including totally organic landscaping and certified green cleaning services, community gardens and farmers markets, the Harvard On the Move fitness and wellness program, and local food purchasing and sustainable seafood initiatives in student dining halls.last_img read more

A sustainable 363rd Commencement

first_imgDuring Harvard’s 363rd Commencement, the University continued in its efforts toward a more sustainable campus. These figures were provided from sources across campus, including Robert Gogan, the associate manager of recycling services, Crista Martin, director of marketing and communications for dining services, and Colin Durrant, manager of sustainability communications.Click image for a larger view.last_img

Harvard receives Outstanding Case Study Award for sustainable purchasing

first_img Read Full Story Harvard has received an Outstanding Case Study Award from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council for its work to phase out harmful chemical flame retardants in the furniture it purchases. The awards recognize organizations for documenting their sustainable purchasing efforts in detailed case studies enable others to follow their lead.As part of an initiative to target chemicals of concern on campus, Harvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS) collaborated with faculty and researchers to educate students and staff about the six classes of chemicals of concern, and are partnering with Harvard Strategic Procurement to survey vendors and identify opportunities to purchase and procure healthier materials and products for interior building spaces.The University’s Sustainability Plan includes a specific commitment to partner with researchers in order to identify and target harmful chemicals on campus. University-wide Green Building Standards, updated in 2014, include healthy material declaration requirements (aligned with LEED v4) for the disclosure of the health and environmental impact of products that are used on campus.Recent changes to California and Massachusetts fire safety code (TB117-2013) make it possible for institutional purchasers like Harvard to choose furniture that passes all fire safety requirements free of chemical flame retardants. In November 2015, Harvard became the first university to sign a national pledge stating a preference for purchasing flame retardant-free furniture. Other signatories to the pledge include Kaiser Permanente, Facebook, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, Genetech and Autodesk.last_img read more

Tickets on Sale Now for Broadway Premiere of Dames at Sea

first_img View Comments Tickets are now available for the first-ever Broadway production of Dames at Sea. Performances will begin on September 24 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it will open officially on October 22. Three-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner will direct. No word yet on casting.Dames at Sea tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship.The musical, which features music by Jim Wise and a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, first opened at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre in 1968 in a production starring Bernadette Peters, then transferred to the Theater de Lys (now the Lucille Lortel Theatre) in 1969, where it played for 575 performances. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Dames at Sealast_img read more

23 Landscape chores

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 23 By Robert R. WesterfieldUniversity ofGeorgiaSpring time is a time of anticipation and outdoor fun. Byaccomplishing a few outdoor chores early, we can look for alandscape that should provide us beauty and enjoyment all year.The list of possible landscape jobs is almost endless. But focusnow on the more important tasks. It’s a good time, for instancefor last-minute pruning.Prune roses and other woody ornamentals before their new springflush. Prune plants that bloom in early spring, such as dogwoodsand azaleas, immediately after they bloom — if they need a trim.Use quality pruning tools that are razor sharp. Don’t leave stubswhen you prune. Cut just above a dormant bud or close to the maintrunk just outside the branch collar.Fertilize rightSpring is also an ideal time to fertilize your shrubs. Apply aslow-release fertilizer in late March or early April to give yourplants a supply of energy for the growing season.Be careful not to overfertilize. Your plants don’t need excessivegrowth, and the environment doesn’t need the fertilizer yourplants can’t take up.Not every plant in the landscape needs fertilizer. Mature, largeshrubs may not need any additional growth or added nutrition.Take a soil test to your county University of Georgia ExtensionService office. The test will tell you what your plants’ exactnutritional needs are.Bed prepEarly spring is a great time to prepare annual and perennialflower beds, too. It may be too early to plant some tenderannuals. But you can be ready by tilling the bed and adding richcompost or topsoil.Check that the bed has good drainage so the plants’ roots candevelop properly. Raised beds often work best for annuals.Other shrubs can safely be added to your landscape in the spring,too. Remember to provide ample space for the new plants to reachtheir mature size.Pesky weedsWeed control is critical in the spring. As the ground begins towarm, many weeds are just waiting to germinate. It’s easier tocontrol at the early stage or prevent them all together than toroot them out when they are mature and tough.Applying a registered preemergent herbicide or adding landscapefabric weed cloth or mulch will go a long way to preventing weedsin the flower garden. Apply a 3- to 4-inch layer of pine straw orchips to mulch the landscape bed.Houseplants can go back outside, too, as daytime temperaturesclimb above 50 degrees. It’s a good idea to bring plants back in,however, if the nighttime temperature is going to dip much lowerthan 50 degrees.Clean up ferns by removing old, crumpled foliage. Repot anyhouseplants that have become rootbound. Start back on the regularwatering and fertilizing schedule as the days get warmer.More choresDon’t forget about your equipment. If you haven’t done so at thebeginning of winter, it’s still a good idea to drain and changethe oil in your rotary tillers, weed eaters and mowers. Be sureall nuts, bolts and belts are tight and that any blades are sharp.Check hand tools such as shovels, hoes and rakes for cracked ordry handles. Treat them with linseed oil or paint them to protectthem and extend their life.Spring fever is a good thing if it gets you to thinking aboutworking outside. A little work in your landscape now can prepareit for months of enjoyment as the season gets warmer.(Bob Westerfield is an Extension Service consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Declines Offer to Participate in Capital Purchase Program under the Troubled Asset Relief Program

first_imgMerchants Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: MBVT) and its wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Merchants Bank (collectively, “Merchants”), have determined not to participate in the Capital Purchase Program (the “CPP”) of the U.S. Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Under the CPP, the U.S. Treasury will make $250 billion of capital available to U.S. financial institutions through the purchase of preferred stock in such institutions.  Although Merchants applied for, and subsequently received preliminary approval of its application, Merchants has decided not to participate in the program given the strength of its capital position.The continuing mission of Merchants Bank is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that blends a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank fulfills this commitment through a branch-based system that includes 36 community bank offices and 44 ATMs throughout Vermont, Personal Bankers dedicated to top-quality customer service and streamlined solutions, including: Personal Checking and Savings with Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, a low-cost Money Market Account, Free Online Banking and Bill Pay, Overdraft Coverage, Direct Deposit, Free Debit Card, and Free Automated Phone Banking; Business Banking with Rewards Checking for Business, Business Online Banking and Bill Pay, Business Lines of Credit and Merchant Card Processing; Small Business Loans; Health Savings Accounts; Credit Cards; Flexible Certificates of Deposit; Vehicle Loans; Home Equity Credit; and Home Mortgages. Visit mbvt.com for more information. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Some of the statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements reflect Merchants’ current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Merchants’ actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond Merchants’ control and which could materially affect actual results. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include changes in general economic conditions in Vermont, changes in interest rates, changes in competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Merchants’ markets, and changes in the financial condition of Merchants’ borrowers. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Merchants’ judgment as of the date of this report, and Merchants cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. For further information, please refer to Merchants’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Lawrence Blanford recognized with “Responsible CEO of the Year” Award

first_imgCorporate Responsibility Magazine named Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), as its 2010 Responsible CEO of the Year in the Mid-Cap category. It is the second consecutive year Blanford has received this honor.‘On behalf of all our extraordinary GMCR employees, I am honored to again receive this recognition,’ said Mr. Blanford. ‘Our company’s purpose ‘ to create the ultimate coffee experience in every life we touch ‘ lives and breathes in daily efforts and commitment of our employees. It is through them that GMCR has been able to demonstrate that social and environmental responsibility and profitability go hand-in-hand and we are hopeful that our work can inspire others.’The Mid-Cap category includes medium-sized, public companies (sales between $100 million and $1.999 billion). Mr. Blanford accepted the award last night at ceremonies at the CR Officer Summit at the historic Union League Club of Chicago.GMCR’s ‘whole system’ approach to corporate social responsibility includes allocating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives in its local and supply-chain communities; maintaining a robust employee volunteerism program; offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions; and investing in Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ coffee.Each year, CR Magazine (www.thecro.com(link is external)) presents its Responsible CEO of the Year Awards in eight categories. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding achievement in leading Corporate Responsibility initiatives by both setting the tone at the top and taking personal reputational risks to better serve stakeholders. The full list of CR Magazine nominees for the 2010-11 Responsible CEO of the Year Award can be found online at www.thecro.com(link is external).The winners in each category were selected by the editorial committee of CR Magazine, publishers of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. The winners were selected based on four main criteria: the CEO’s organization’s leadership in CR in its category, the CEO’s personal level of reputational risk in leading the CR charge, the organization’s confirmed progress toward stated CR goals, and the CEO’s actual impact on the attainment of the organization’s goals.”Since 2008, the CR Magazine Responsible CEO of the Year Awards have set the standard for leaders who are both setting tone at the top and taking personal reputational risks to better serve stakeholders. Larry Blanford represents the best of responsible corporate leadership in our mid-market category as determined by the editorial team at CR Magazine, home of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List,” said Jay Whitehead, CR Magazine publisher and founder.In March 2010, GMCR was named one of the ‘100 Best Corporate Citizens’ by CR Magazine.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee, Timothy’s World Coffee® and Diedrich®, Coffee People® and Gloria Jeans®, a trademark licensed to the Company for use in North America and owned by Gloria Jeans Coffees International Pty. Ltd. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s, Timothy’s and Diedrich. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released. Source: CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine. 11.4.2010last_img read more

Solar Industry Sees Post-Hurricane Opportunity in Puerto Rico

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:The solar industry has taken particular interest in San Juan in the aftermath of the hurricane. It’s primarily a humanitarian effort for these companies, but it’s also a chance to showcase an energy source capable of enduring natural disasters. Tesla Inc. is sending its Powerwall battery systems and Sunrun has sent more than 12,000 pounds of solar products and equipment to the island. The Solar Energy Industries Association has received pledges for more than $1.2 million in product and monetary contributions from its network. Some hope the crisis will spur greater energy self-reliance. “We should be more flexible, to allow regions to have their own systems,” said Marco Antonio Rigau, president of San Juan’s city council, in an interview. “We are not using solar energy completely.”Sunrun is using these charitable installations, that will allow the firehouses to produce their own power for lights and communications equipment, as a test for setting up more microgrids around the island, said Chris Rauscher, director of public policy for the company. Providing storage is crucial at this point; solar panels alone can’t provide round-the-clock power. With the grid down, existing panels atop Puerto Rico homes and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. stores that are affiliated with utility Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or Prepa, have failed to operate. Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp., which has 10,000 residential customers in Puerto Rico who depend on Prepa, is asking battery providers to send shipments to the island on the expectation that restrictions preventing their use will be eliminated. Chief Executive Officer John Berger said he met last week with Governor Ricardo Rossello for assistance “to cut the red tape to allow those batteries to come in and allow our customers to have power.”Getting the power back on is the current priority, Governor Ricardo Rosello told a Bloomberg News reporter in San Juan on Friday, but more thought must be given to the future of the energy grid. (He has already held an “initial conversation” with Elon Musk on the subject, he recently tweeted.) The island must “give ourselves an opportunity to not just rebuild the old system but rather to establish a platform so that we can consider microgrids” and other uses of renewable sources, he said.More: Solar Industry Wants to Build Puerto Rico’s Grid of the Future Solar Industry Sees Post-Hurricane Opportunity in Puerto Ricolast_img read more

I don’t do piggy banks

first_img continue reading » When you think of an ad for a financial institution, what immediately comes to mind?There is the woman who dangles keys outside the car window. That’s perfectly natural… sigh… when we get a new car. Then there’s the tiny house – that perfectly square illustration we’ve come to know since we were 3 years old. And then there’s the piggy bank, that clay or plastic oinker we drop coins in that is a natural tie-in to savings.Yeah, I avoid those clichés like the plague. They rarely are persuasive. For sure they are icons, but they don’t speak with intention, purpose or persuasion. And with these symbols so prevalent in our industry, they no longer grab attention (if they ever really did).When we advertise our credit union or community bank, it shouldn’t be a simple exchange of information. We’re in the business of changing lives. You need a marketing message that resonates. Here are three real examples:‘This is Jacked Up’This was a headline for an auto campaign with a photo of a large pickup truck. It even had lightning bolts along the side of the vehicle. For those members who suffer through “truck envy,” we have every Alpha male’s dream pictured here. The headline, “This is Jacked Up,” applies to not only the vehicle, but the offer to beat the consumer’s current auto rate or receive $100 if the credit union can’t. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump airs video slammed as propaganda at virus briefing

first_imgSeveral news outlets, which have taken to broadcasting most or all of the lengthy events live, quickly cut away. Asked why he aired the video, Trump was curt: “because we’re getting fake news.”Trump has jousted with journalists for years, but his airing of the video appeared to mark a new point of conflict with the press corps.CNN anchor John King, who spent years covering the White House, said that “to play a propaganda video at taxpayer expense in the White House briefing room is a new — you can insert your favorite word here.” Afterwards, Trump repeatedly insisted he took the right step in banning flights from China in late January, and expressed flashes of anger at reporters who asked him tough questions.”We really have done this right,” Trump said. “The problem is the press doesn’t cover it the way it should be.”Trump also raised alarms when he discussed his desire to rapidly re-open the shuttered US economy, saying he had “the ultimate authority to decide when states should command businesses to reopen, rather than the states themselves.”The authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about, is total,” he said.Trump’s video featured clips that highlighted his decisive action and included Democratic governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California praising his response. But it did not show Trump downplaying the threat of the virus as he did repeatedly in January and February.The pandemic has prevented Trump and his likely Democratic election rival, former vice president Joe Biden, from hosting traditional campaign events like rallies and town halls.While Biden shelters at home, like most Americans, and airs webcasts from his basement studio, Trump has relished using his pulpit at the White House briefings. Topics :center_img President Donald Trump startled White House reporters on Monday by airing a video at his daily coronavirus briefing that sounded like a campaign re-election advert.Despite a US death toll of 23,200,Trump insisted his administration had superbly mitigated the damage, at one point even claiming that his actions saved “tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of lives.”To the shock of reporters gathered for his briefing on the pandemic, Trump played a self-congratulatory, anti-media video during the press conference. last_img read more