On 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.
MarineSpace Ltd, an environmental consultancy providing services to the marine renewables and other offshore energy and maritime industries, is looking for a new colleague (or colleagues) who will join the company as marine consultant(s).The company said that, as part of its continued expansion, it is currently seeking to employ graduate, or recent graduate (1-2 years of experience) marine ecologists to join the MarineSpace’s experienced team and to provide input to a range of projects.MarineSpace is accepting applications from candidates holding an BSc or MSc in a relevant subject, and those with practical knowledge of specific marine industry sectors in which the company provides its services would have a distinct advantage. An understanding of UK marine benthic biodiversity, technical scientific reports, and univariate and multivariate statistical analysis would be beneficial, MarineSpace said.Those interested in the position can submit their application documents via firstname.lastname@example.org by 09:00 on September 17.Based in MarineSpace’s Norwich or Peterborough office, the successful candidates will be required to travel to meetings at the company’s headquarters in Southampton, as well as to attend client meetings as required.Authoring of technical reports and environmental impact assessments will form the core of the responsibilities at this position, where performing general project management tasks and stakeholder engagement when required will also be part of the job.MarineSpace specialises in providing expert guidance to the marine aggregate, marine renewables, oil and gas, coastal/marine engineering and ports/harbours sectors.
Leaders in politics, communication and development from the United States and abroad participated in the Los Angeles Global Cities Initiative Conference to discuss the future of international cities like Los Angeles on Wednesday at the Davidson Conference Center.During the conference, USC President C. L. Max Nikias emphasized Los Angeles’ current position as an important international center.Global · Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke about the future of Los Angeles and its role as a global city at a conference on Wednesday. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily Trojan“In the 1800s, Los Angeles was nothing but an outpost of the American West,” Nikias said in his opening remarks. “It was valued for its resources rather than cultural bravado. But now, this region is America’s new gateway to the world — physically, culturally and intellectually.”Nikias said he expects USC and other institutions will be vital for the future prosperity in the region.“Southern California promises the next gold rush — intellectually and culturally — because of the interplay between our prestigious institutions.”At the event, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said universities like USC are integral for fueling the economic growth of cities.“Our business schools can provide necessary market research, export strategies and business plans with local businesses,” he said.Dick Drobnick, director of USC’s Center for International Business Education and Research, said USC will play a role in contributions to technological and entrepreneurial capital because companies benefit from the international cultural perspective of students and graduates.“This is especially advantageous for international students’ collaboration with local companies,” Drobnick said.At the conference, Nikias cited statistical evidence for USC’s recent impact on technology.“There are currently 44 active business startups based on USC intellectual property which have brought in over $800 million of venture capital in the last decade,” he said.Alden Mitchell, a sophomore majoring in economics and electrical engineering, said USC’s potential to spur growth stems from students’ enthusiasm. Mitchell is president of USC’s National Organization for Business and Engineering.“USC has current and motivated students,” Mitchell said. “[NOBE] bridges the gap between Viterbi, Marshall and other disciplines to foster a culture and community of entrepreneurship at USC.”Paralleling USC’s role in innovation and global awareness with the globalization of Los Angeles’ economy, Nikias closed with remarks about the future of USC and Los Angeles.“My university is at the forefront of experimentation of ideas, a dynamic blend of arts and humanities. Our students are skilled world students in training,” he said. “We can offer renewal in the face of uncertainty: untold new opportunities for ourselves, our communities and our posterity.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will host their 17th Annual Maritime festival on the 4th of July holiday.The maritime festival is a huge event that the sanctuary hosts every year, to bring the community together in one place. Leading up to the 4th of July, various events will take place.“So we’ve got everything going on…on the third there will be battle of the paddles and a beer tasting event. So there’ll be paddle boaters out in the river and there’ll be people here drinking and having a great time,” said Molly Votch, Intern.This will all carry into the fourth for their big event, the actual festival! Guests will be able to enjoy many activities, and even a helicopter ride.“There’ll be food vendors everywhere, there will people everywhere, we’ll have ROV’s that people can test out, we’ll have a live band playing the entire time and there’s even a cardboard boat race which is a ton of fun,” said Votch.General admission is free and helicopter rides are available for a fee. The event will take place on the 4th of July from 10am until 5pm, at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.For more information visit www.thunderbay.noaa.gov. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Onaway Man Denied Appeal for Murder of 24-Day Old BabyNext Animal Control Officer, Michelle Reid Sworn in as Deputy at Alpena Co. Sheriff’s Office