Vermont legislature passes school “green” cleaning bill

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first_imgOn Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to S.92, a bill that requires manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products to only sell environmentally preferable cleaning products to schools. The bill will now make its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.‘This legislation will create safer and healthier learning environments in our schools,’ said Charity Carbine-March, environmental health advocate for Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). ‘Children in classrooms across Vermont will soon be breathing easier.’Conventional cleaning supplies can contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to asthma, cancer, and other negative health effects. These chemicals can pollute indoor air and impact the health of students and staff. Advocates and other experts agree that environmentally preferable cleaning products are just as effective and affordable as conventional supplies. In fact, Vermont’s state buildings have already transitioned to ‘green’ cleaning products as a result of the Clean State Program created by an executive order signed by Governor Douglas in 2004. In addition, many schools in Vermont have voluntarily made the switch to safer products.‘There are clear benefits to using green cleaning supplies,’ said Carol Westinghouse, President of Informed Green Solutions, a non-profit organization that helps schools transition to safer cleaning products. ‘After making the switch, some schools in Vermont have reported fewer instances of asthma cases, nausea, and headaches, and others have even reported saving money on the cost of cleaning supplies.’‘This bill will protect generations of Vermont children from the effects of toxic chemicals. With asthma at epidemic proportions, any actions we can take to remove asthma triggers from our schools will make a difference,’ said Cindy Murphy, a school nurse at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier. ‘It’s a community’s responsibility to provide optimal health and safety for school age children whose bodies are not fully developed and, therefore, are most effected by toxic chemicals. Green cleaning policies serve as a strong educational tool for staff and students.’S.92 was brought to the brink of passage during last year’s legislative session. The bill began in the Senate and was passed on the floor by a vote of 29 to 0. The bill was then passed by the House (92 to 38) and was further amended by the Senate on the last day of session. The House took the bill up for immediate consideration upon the return of the legislature this year and gave their final nod of approval just last week.last_img read more

West Florida Completes  2007 Fall Season

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first_imgWest Florida Completes  2007 Fall Season Share Oct. 18, 2007PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – West Florida finished the NSU Sharks Invitational on Tuesday in 9th place, out of 18 teams, at the Pro Golf National Squire golf course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The ladies fired a two day total 657, 48 shots behind tournament host Nova Southeastern and 61 strokes shy of tournament winner and the top ranked team in the nation Rollins College.The Argonauts finished the first day in a tie for 9th place after shooting a 327 on the challenging course. They followed that up with a second day total of 330 leaving them in sole possession of 9th place once stroke ahead of University of Indianapolis.Bhavna Shetty was the lone West Florida golfer to place in the top 20 with a two day total of 156. Shetty placed 15th, out of 89 golfers, for the tournament shooting a 78 both days good for a +15. She finished 16 shots behind event winner Laura Fourdraine of Rollins.Meaghan Gulliksen finished the tournament in 31st place with a +21 combined score. The freshman opened the tournament with an 85, but turned it around on the second day shooting the Argonauts best round during the tournament with a 77, giving her a two day total 162.Teammates Tara Steakin and Natalia Espinosa finished three strokes apart in 50th and 55th place respectively. After the first day Espinosa was ahead of her teammate by two strokes after shooting an 81, but was unable to keep up the momentum shooing a second day 90 leaving her with a 170 on her scorecard. Steakin shot an 83 on the first day and an 85 on the second.Rachel Christ rounded out the participating Argonauts. The senior shot a two day total 182, 85 on the first day and 97 on the second.This tournament concludes the fall season for the Argonauts. They next compete at the Tusculum/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C. on February 8-10. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

More Jews seek German status

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first_imgBy Karen Matthews THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – When Helen Springut was growing up, her parents wouldn’t vacation in Germany or buy a German car. The legacy of the Holocaust was too bitter. But Springut, 26, has been to Germany several times and doesn’t think “all Germans are Nazis.” Now she is applying for German citizenship under a law that allows Jews who fled Hitler, and their children and grandchildren, to become naturalized Germans. For many people, that means receiving a European Union passport that can pave the way for living and working in Europe. The German law, which has been on the books since the 1950s, applies to Jews who were stripped of German citizenship during the Nazi era and their descendants. It can also apply to communists and others driven from Hitler’s Germany for political reasons. The German consulate in New York handles up to 30 such applications a month, and one law firm here says it has 120 Jewish clients seeking German citizenship. Most of those taking advantage of the law are from regions of the former Soviet Union, but there are also applicants from the United States, Canada and Australia. More than 4,000 Israelis also received German citizenship in 2006, a 50 percent increase over 2005. According to the German government, there are now some 200,000 Jews living in Germany, up from 25,000 before the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall. Springut, a Harvard graduate who works in film production in Hollywood, has no immediate plans to move to Germany and will not lose her U.S. citizenship if her application is approved. Springut learned she might be eligible from someone in the German consulate in Los Angeles. She then began gathering documents to prove that her paternal grandfather, who was born in Germany and left in the 1930s, was a German citizen. It hasn’t been easy. “As the Allies approached, the Nazis just burned everything,” she said. “Documentation doesn’t really exist.” In New York, the Fridman Law Group offers to help applicants through the process and advertises its services in local papers. Nathalie Tauchner, who runs the group’s German Citizenship Project, said the firm has handled about 120 cases and has obtained German citizenship for more than two dozen clients since starting the service one year ago. Heinrich Neumann, a spokesman for the German consulate in New York, said applicants don’t need an attorney’s help. “It’s a matter of fact,” he said. “You have to meet the conditions.” In general, the German government discourages dual citizenship, but it makes an exception for eligible Jews. If granted citizenship, they are entitled to the same government benefits guaranteed to other Germans. “You are equal with every other German. We don’t have first-class and second-class citizenship,” Neumann said. Tauchner acknowledged that using a lawyer is not necessary “but under certain circumstances it makes your life a lot easier.” She said the law can be complicated. For example, an American Jew might think his or her grandfather was a German citizen because he was born in Germany in 1925. But if he was the son of Polish immigrants to Germany, he might not have been a German citizen under the laws in effect at the time. “It’s one thing to say `My grandfather was a German citizen and therefore I’m eligible,”‘ she said. “It’s another thing to have proof of that.” Tauchner said her clients seek German citizenship for different reasons. Some fled Nazi Germany themselves and are now in their 80s and 90s. “Their motivation is, something was taken from them in an unjust manner and they want to get it back,” she said. The children and grandchildren of the Holocaust generation have different motivations. “They are primarily interested because it does open Europe to them,” Tauchner said. Few of those clients have definite plans to move to Germany, she added. Rather, they are thinking: “Now I can broaden my job search. I don’t have to work in the United States. I can also look in England.” Not all children of Holocaust survivors are ready to make their peace; the memory of 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis persists. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, was born in Poland in 1940 and saved from the Holocaust by a nanny who had him baptized as a Catholic. While he has traveled in Germany, he says his own children won’t go there. “Some of the younger generation are not willing to let go yet,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img