Vermont’s McElroy receives Institute of Green Professionals Awards Highest Honor to Sustainability Leaders

first_imgThe Institute of Green Professionals (IGP) honored five individuals for their “extraordinary, outstanding and meritorious contributions to the sustainability sphere.” The Honorary Fellow designation (Hon. FIGP) was awarded to Adam Werbach; architect R. Nicholas Loope, FAIA; Eric A. Woodroof, Ph.D.; Vermonter Mark W. McElroy, Ph.D.; and Dr. Diana Balmori. According to IGP’s President, Grant W. Austin, the Institute is a “global education and credentialing membership group for professionals and academics in sustainable development, specifically architects, engineers, land planners, landscape architects, appraisers, IAQ experts, CSR specialists, accountants and attorneys.”Adam Werbach, author of Strategy for Sustainability, is widely known as one of the foremost experts in sustainability strategy. At age 23, Werbach was elected the youngest-ever President of the Sierra Club. As Global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, Werbach guides the sustainability work of companies such as Walmart, Proctor & Gamble, General Mills and WellPoint.R. Nicholas Loope, FAIA, is an architect at his boutique design firm focused on custom homes, urban infill, and specialty retail projects, and the principal of HL Design Build LLC, a real estate development firm. Loope also serves as the Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program at Arizona State University.Eric A. Woodroof, Ph.D., is an industrial engineer with an emphasis in energy and environment. Mr. Woodroof is the Chairman of the Board of the Certified Carbon Reduction Manager Program and 2010 President-Elect of the Association of Energy Engineers. Woodroof has improved profitability while helping the environment for clients such as IBM, Pepsi, Verizon, Hertz.Mark W. McElroy, Ph.D., is the Director of Research at the Center for Sustainability Performance at Deloitte Consulting LLP. McElroy is a Vermont-based researcher, writer, innovator and consultant in the field of corporate sustainability management.Dr. Diana Balmori is the founding principal of Balmori Associates, a New York-based office that works in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, ecology, architectural history, and sustainability. Balmori is also a design educator with the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.According to IGP’s President, “when the USGBC’s LEED program emerged, it set the standard for one’s identification as a specialist in sustainable buildings. However, the market has rapidly become more sophisticated and now demands more in their experts than the certification of a building. The market now demands both the specialist and also the multidisciplinary ‘bigger-picture’ expert who understands the roles of the other experts such as architects, engineers, planners, and everyone else in the sustainable development team. Our Institute provides both multidisciplinary thinking and a rich network with which to plug these professionals and academics into new projects.”About INSTITUTE OF GREEN PROFESSIONALSThe Institute of Green Professionals (IGP) is a global education, research and credentialing membership organization for sustainable development professionals and academics. Additionally, student and corporate memberships are offered. The member benefits include education courses developed by professionals and academics from leading universities such as Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Boston College School of Law, Rice University, and University of New Mexico. IGP awards the Member (MIGP) and Fellow (FIGP) designations to individuals upon meeting high standards of education and experience in sustainability and enforces its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Contact details: Institute of Green Professionals, Inc. Grant W. Austin, MAI, MMRS, M.S., MRICS, President 1792 Bell Tower Lane, Weston, FL 33326 USA 1+ 954-217-0565 (telephone) 1+ 954-389-6307 (facsimile) Email: grantaustin@instituteofgreenprofessionals.org(link sends e-mail) Website: http://www.instituteofgreenprofessionals.org(link is external) Blogsite: http://www.consilienceblog.org(link is external)This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com(link is external).SOURCE Institute of Green Professionals, Inc. WESTON, Fla., Oct. 14, 2009 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Brazilian Air Force Mission Delivers Peace To Haiti

first_img Before coming to Haiti, the squad went through six months of training in tactics, theory and adaptation for the use of FAL 7.62mm rifles and another six months embedded within Brazilian Army troops, part of the 14th Contingent, for a total of one year of preparation. FAB is in Haiti with its infantry under Supplementary Law 97, updated August 26, 2010, which establishes peace operations as one of the uses of the Brazilian Armed Forces. The missions carried out in these operations, such as checkpoints, static points, foot and vehicle patrols, as well as convoy escorts, are missions that are also part of airbase surface defense operations, one of the specialties of the Air Force Infantry. Riding in Land Rover Defender vehicles, the members of the FAB unit leave the base in Haiti for another mission in the capital of Port-au-Prince, following a set of daily operational procedures carried out by the unit’s 27 personnel. The moving convoy crosses the main streets near the U.N. installations, including Camp Delta and the Logistics Base, and continues through eight chaotic kilometers until reaching the Saint Louis de Gonzague Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp. The earthquake that devastated the country on January 12, 2010, generated a humanitarian crisis by killing more than 230,000 people and leaving nearly one-third of the country’s population homeless. To alleviate this situation, international humanitarian organizations supported the creation of IDP camps, where entire families are housed in tents. It is in places like these that the presence of the U.N. peacekeeping forces becomes most important in fighting crime by preventing minor offenses, assaults, thefts, rapes and narcotics trafficking. By Dialogo October 01, 2011 The Republic of Haiti, a sovereign nation in the center of the Americas, is a Caribbean country that occupies the western end of the island of Hispaniola. Serious political crises throughout Haiti’s history led the United Nations Security Council to approve the deployment of the Multinational Interim Force in 2004, led by Brazil. Later that year, because the situation was considered a threat to international peace, the council established the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), also led by Brazil, which currently includes members of the Brazilian Air Force as part of its contingent of peacekeeping Soldiers. With reveille, the bugler rouses us for another day of work. Dawn is scarcely breaking in Port-au-Prince, but it is already stuffy and humid, a sign that the night was rainy. Dozens of military personnel get up from their bunks. Some go to the gym; others start jogging, and those who are on duty get ready for their day’s work: guaranteeing a safe and stable environment for the Haitian population. We are at Camp Charlie, the base for the First Brazilian Battalion, known as BRABATT 1, which is part of MINUSTAH. A young lieutenant with a blue-green camouflage uniform stands out from the other military personnel, who wear the Brazilian Army’s olive-green pattern, but his task is no different from that to which they are all assigned. Inserted within BRABATT 1’s 3rd Company is the Air Force Infantry Squad. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) unit, under the command of 1st Lieutenant Marcos Vinícius Oliveira Pereira, is made up of four sergeants, six senior airmen, and 16 airmen, all belonging to the Special Air Force Infantry Battalion based at Recife Air Base in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. Since the squad was created as Guard Infantry in 1941, and subsequently designated Air Force Infantry, this is the first time it has participated as a unit in a peace mission. Kaiser David Konrad is a Brazilian journalist who specializes in national security issues. Interview with Infantry Major General Rodolfo Freire de Rezende Infantry Major General Rodolfo Freire de Rezende is the commander of the Infantry Corps of the Brazilian Air Force, which is contributing to one of the subordinate companies in the Brazilian MINUSTAH contingent. He is responsible for all the operational and logistical planning of the operation. Kaiser David Konrad: What is the significance of having a Brazilian Air Force unit in Haiti? center_img The visible presence of the troops shows the Haitian population that they have not been abandoned and that the peacekeeping forces are there to guarantee a safe and stable environment, allowing continuity in the task of rebuilding the country and the personal dignity of its people. The Saint Louis de Gonzague IDP camp houses more than 2,700 families and is one of several such camps within the FAB Infantry’s area of operational responsibility that need to be patrolled day and night. Armed with rifles with rubber bullets and light and sound grenades for riot control, troops enter the IDP camps with caution. The simple presence of the military provides peace of mind to the Haitians, who welcome the troops with friendliness and respect. Operations to distribute food and potable water are constantly under way in these camps. On an urban patrol, it is impossible to predict what is going to appear 30 meters ahead. On each corner, a different scene emerges: children play, women wash clothes, or people sleep on the ground. For this reason, the military personnel need to be trained and have complete mastery of their weaponry. The lack of safe defensive positions from which to shoot, the tactical disadvantage of troops and the large number of civilians in the area make operations in this kind of environment difficult, tense and exhausting. The Air Force Infantry patrols more than 18 kilometers each time it leaves the Brazilian base, an exhausting and rewarding task that can be seen in the expression of each member of the unit upon meeting a child, in the feeling of solidarity and friendship that unites the two peoples, and in the pride that each airman takes in displaying the name of the Brazilian Air Force on his uniform, during its first peace mission under the aegis of the United Nations. Major General Rodolfo Freire de Rezende: The participation of an infantry squad together with the Brazilian contingent has two important aspects for the Brazilian Air Force. The first is the possibility of operating under the aegis of international organizations and in an integrated manner with the forces of the Brazilian Navy and the Brazilian Army, contributing to raising the levels of training, motivation and professionalism of our troops. The second is the opportunity to add to the history of FAB and the feeling of pride of our Military personnel when it is able to assist a sister nation, through the actions of a unit that has been highly trained to act in the context of a territory subjected to subhuman conditions. Konrad: Will experience in this operation be important for the training of FAB troops? Maj. Gen. Rodolfo: Certainly. This kind of activity requires constant training in police actions and their use while on patrol, whether on foot or in vehicles. Therefore, the experience obtained in these activities with MINUSTAH will strengthen the capacity of our Military personnel to share new techniques and tactics of deployment observed among the MINUSTAH contingents of other nations. Konrad: At this stage, is it possible to draw any lessons from this mission? Maj. Gen. Rodolfo: With the return of the first squad from Haiti, we have already been able to more thoroughly evaluate the benefits derived from training and from the unit’s deployment in a real conflict situation. In preparing for the deployment of another squad sent in August, we have already implemented new tactics for GLO [Guarantee of Law and Order] operations, as Armed Forces operations in urban or public safety actions are called, such as conducting vehicle patrols in urban areas, using nonlethal weapons in conflict situations involving crowds, and also standardizing rules of engagement for our troops and the Haitian population.last_img read more

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Vestal church getting creative with social distancing

first_img“They’ll choose a green wristband if they’re like, ‘I’m good you want to talk, you want to hug, you want to shake hands,’ if somebody else has a green one, they’re welcome to do that after services in the parking lot. If they select yellow, it’s like ‘ Hey I’m looking forward to talking to you, but I’m not really comfortable right now touching, hugging, shaking hands.’ And red, which is kind of like the stop sign, is basically like, “I’m just glad to be here, but I’m just not ready yet to talk or to hug, but boy am I glad I’m here.” After choosing a wristband, church goers sit socially distanced in the sanctuary and due to the limited in person capacity, those who cannot attend can live stream the services too. He continued: VESTAL (WBNG) — Normally, when you see wristbands, you think of a party — a way to track people coming in and out. But at The Family Life Church in Vestal, it’s a way to practice social distancing.center_img “Of course everybody on our service team has had to change what used to be a hug and a warm embrace to “Good morning. How are you?” from a safe distance and so when people come into the church now, we ask them to make a selection, ” said Pastor Joe Coudreit. The creative changes come at a time where more and more COVID 19 cases are being blamed on a cluster that began at a church in Chemung county, healthy officials say.last_img read more

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Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds

first_imgTokyo recorded more than 70 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday for its highest tally in a single day, as pressure built on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to order a lockdown with a minister saying Japan’s containment strategy was stretched to the limit.Domestic cases topped 2,000, and public broadcaster NHK said 78 cases in the Japanese capital took its tally of infections past 500.A government spokesman said Abe told cabinet members he and his second-in-command, Taro Aso, would no longer attend the same meetings, a move to protect Japan’s leadership from infection that could hamper its battle on the virus. Last week British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was obliged to switch to running the country from isolation after testing positive for the virus.Abe’s move came as Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Japan was not yet in a situation that required a state of emergency, triggering a potential lockdown, although the situation was precarious.”We’re just barely holding it together,” Nishimura told reporters. “If we loosen our grip even a little, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a sudden surge (in cases).”Infections have now exceeded 770,000 worldwide, with more than 37,000 deaths, as confirmed cases in the United States, Italy and Spain overtake mainland China, where the virus originated late last year. Topics :center_img In Tokyo, there has been intense speculation that a lockdown could come soon, fuelled by rising numbers of domestic cases.The national total edged past 2,000 infections after a center for disabled people in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, found seven more infections. There have been 59 deaths, a tally by national broadcaster NHK shows.With limited testing for the virus, doubts linger in Tokyo about how widely it has spread.About 7.1% of nearly 64,000 respondents said they had at least one virus symptom, such as high fever or a bad cough, between Friday and Monday, according to a survey of users in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures run by popular chat app Line and the health ministry.Such symptoms do not by themselves prove infection. But the 4,500 people who reported symptoms in the survey was markedly higher than Tokyo’s official figure of 443 infections by Monday, stirring comment on social media.No binding lockdown Only last Tuesday, with a lockdown already in the offing, Japan and Olympic authorities gave in to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies worldwide to delay Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Games for a year, because of the pandemic.Some businesses in the capital are moving to curtail operations even ahead of a lockdown. On Tuesday landmark department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd said it would close six stores in Tokyo on weekends through April 12.Koshidaka Holdings, an operator of karaoke and hot spring outlets, said it would close 200 karaoke outlets until April 13.But any lockdown in Japan would look different from mandatory measures in some parts of Europe and the United States. Laws limit local authorities to requesting people to stay home, which are not binding.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has asked residents of the capital to avoid unnecessary outings, while her counterpart in the second biggest city of Osaka feels the national government should declare a state of emergency, media said.The government said it would seek data from wireless carriers, such as statistics on crowd traffic, to help gauge the effectiveness of the voluntary request.A director of Japan’s top organization of doctors urged that an emergency be declared before it was too late.Development of medicines and vaccines would be crucial to contain the virus, Abe told Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, in a telephone call on Monday.Japan intends to promote clinical research on an anti-flu medicine called Favipiravir with other countries as a treatment, Abe said.The drug, also known as Avigan, was developed by Fujifilm Holdings Corp, shares of which closed up 2.2%, after having risen as much as 6.6% in Tokyo.last_img read more

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