University of Vermont named a “Cool, Up-and-Coming School”

first_imgThe University of Vermont continued its steady rise in the just released US News & World Report rankings, claiming the 39th spot among the nation’s top public universities, up from 40th last year and 47th in 2000. There are more than 500 public colleges and universities in the nation. UVM also rose in the magazine’s national universities ranking, from 89th last year to 88th. UVM was ranked 96th in 2001. UVM was also named by Sierra Magazine as the number 4 “Coolest Schools” in the country based on its commitment to the environment.For the US News ranking, UVM was 8th among national universities in a list of the magazine’s “Top Up-and-Coming Schools,” institutions that have “recently made striking improvements or innovations schools everyone should be watching,” the magazine said.”I am pleased that the first-rate education UVM offers is being increasingly recognized every year,” said UVM president Daniel Mark Fogel. “UVM has been a stellar institution throughout its 200-plus year history, but it is gratifying to see the clear gains we’ve made over the past decade are being noticed.”Sierra magazine ranked the University of Vermont fourth in the country on its just released “10 Coolest Schools” list for its commitment to the environment. Coolest Schools is the cover story in Sierra’s September/October issue.Sierra graded schools on a 1-10 scale in eight categories and awarded bonus points for programs that were exceptional. UVM received a 9 score in efficiency, an 8 score in academics, administration, and purchasing, and a 7 score in energy, food, and waste management. UVM received four of five possible bonus points.Avital Binshtock, Sierra’s lifestyle editor and editor of the Coolest Schools feature, said it was UVM’s consistency across all categories that helped it rise to the top.”A lot of schools shone in one category, but Vermont was one of the first schools we encountered that was consistent in every realm,” she said. UVM also received “four of five bonus points, which showed it has some amazing initiatives going on that other schools don’t have.”UVM received bonus points for a variety of projects, including its new Clean Energy Fund, the Campus Kitchens Project, an educational campaign opposing bottled water, the university’s Sustainable Food Working Group, and the Plant a Row for Hunger project supported by students. UVM also received credit for the large number of students 204, more than any other college who participated in Power Shift ’09, a youth-led rally in Washington, D.C. on climate change.According to Gioia Thompson, director of UVM’s Office of Sustainability, UVM’s growing reputation as one of the country’s most environmentally committed schools begins with its long-standing academic program in the environment, one of the country’s oldest. “There’s a 30-plus year foundation there for our more recent successes,” she said.She also pointed to the institution’s 20-year history of investing in energy efficiency and more recent investments like creating an Office of Sustainability and establishing a Clean Energy Fund. Student interest and engagement are perhaps the most important factor. “Their energy and vision make campus sustainability a cool thing to be involved with here,” she said. “That’s huge.”UVM has received several other accolades for its green campus and practices in recent months. The Sustainable Endowments Institute selected it as one of the nation’s six greenest schools in its 2008 Annual Report Card; Forbes magazine included the university in its “10 Greenest Colleges and Universities” list; and the 2009 Kaplan College Guide named it one of the country’s “Top 25 Most Environmentally Responsible Schools.”Sierra magazine has 1.2 million readers and is a publication of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental group.The complete scorecard for the Coolest Schools list is available online at www.sierraclub.org/coolschools(link is external). Source: UVM. August 21, 2009.last_img read more

Passi sanitary landfill to operate by March 15

first_imgThe facility is aPassi City public-private partnership project with BEST, which will operate itfor seven years. “The tipping feewill still depend on the distance of the towns,” said Palmares./PN “I-clarify ko lang daya nga sanitary landfill indi typical kag conventional ngawaste materials i-dump lang diri. There will be segregation,”stressed Palmares. According to MayorStephen Palmares of Passi City, representatives of Basic Environment SystemsTechnologies, Inc. (BEST) that is currently constructing the facility, thefirst cell would already be completed and ready to accommodate waste by March15. ILOILO – StartingMarch 15 this year, 29 local government units (LGUs) will dispose their wasteat the 12-hectare P308-million integrated waste management facility in BarangayAglalana, Passi City. A sanitary landfilluses an engineered method of waste disposal where waste are buried undergroundor in a large pile being controlled and monitored. The bottom of the landfillhas a network of plumbing, serves as collection system for liquids to avoidleakages of leachates from the landfill that harms the waterways. Constructionstarted last October 2019.center_img The sanitarylandfill could accommodate between 200 to 375 tons of residual waste per day. The sanitarylandfill is in compliance with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of2000, said Vice Mayor Jesry Palmares. “It’s a goodstrategy to construct environmentally-friendly solid waste managementfacilities that could save other towns that have problems with waste disposal,”said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. during its groundbreaking in Octoberlast year. The following LGUssigned a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the city government of Passi forthis last month: Badiangan, Bingawan, Cabatuan, Calinog, Janiuay, Mina,Pototan, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Dingle, Dueñas, Dumangas, San Enrique,Ajuy, Balasan, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Carles, Concepcion, Estancia, Lemery, SanDionisio, San Rafael, Sara, Oton, Santa Barbara, Leganes, and Zarraga. Once operational,Passi City will have an 18 percent share in the net income as well as in thetipping fee.last_img read more

Michael Cohen reports to prison Monday

first_imgMichael Cohen reports to prison on Monday where he will serve with Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland and Mike’ The Situation’ Sorrentino from the popular reality television show “Jersey Shore.”The President’s former attorney was sentenced to three years in a New York prison for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.A former prison official is warning Cohen to watch his back saying he could be a target if fellow inmates view him as a rat, Fox News reports.Cohen testified before Congress in February claiming Trump had him break the law by instructing him to move campaign funds to pay off women who claimed to have an affair with the President.President Trump has adamantly denied Cohen’s claims.Related content:Trump: “I Never Directed Cohen To Break Law”last_img read more

Miami Beach Convention Center to convert into field hospital

first_imgThe Miami Beach Convention Center will be turned into a field hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. It is not clear whether it will house coronavirus patients or serve as an overflow hospital.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will transform the newly renovated facility into a hospital by April 27.The Miami Herald reports the decision to install 450 preliminary beds in the center was made in order to prepare the city for the worst case scenario.Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber says the field hospital will hopefully sit vacant until it’s dismantled.last_img

13 Haitian migrants stranded at sea rescued near Martin County

first_imgMartin County Sheriff’s Office marine units assisted the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol in rescuing 13 people, nine men, three women and a 4-month-old baby, who were stranded at sea for almost a week.Officials said the migrants were located Friday several miles offshore and they told officials they were seeking a better life.  According to the sheriff’s office, the boat originated from Haiti and lost power at some point, becoming afloat for an unknown period of time until it was spotted.Officials say one of the women and her child were suffering dehydration.All passengers were turned over to the Coast Guard.last_img

Batter up in Homewood as All-Stars take the field

first_imgSeveral different coaches spoke to the kids as did the Hon. Rev. Ricky Burgess, city councilman.The kids then participated in T-Ball and Little League all-star games in front of families and community supporters. WATCHFUL EYE—East All Star Team watches their batter hit the ball. The Homewood Baseball Association in partnership with Homewood Community Sports and the Pittsburgh Pirates RBI program presented community day at Willie Stargell Field on June 25 to revive and further promote baseball in the inner city.The kids got basic skills and tips from Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald and they held T-Ball and Little League home run derbies.last_img