first_imgAs a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Vermont has been recognized for leadership in reducing emissions responsible for global warming.   The EPA recognized the RGGI states for building a cap-and-trade program, which limits emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The RGGI, created in September 2007, is composed of 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic state.  Member states have capped power sector carbon dioxide emissions at current levels through 2014. The cap will then be reduced by 2.5 percent in each of the four years 2015 through 2018, for a total reduction of 10 percent.The Climate Protection Awards were presented at an annual awards ceremony held in Washington, DC. Vermont is the greenest state in the nation and was the first to sign onto RGGI, Governor Douglas said. I maintain that the course to economic prosperity is tied to our abundant natural resources and respect for a healthy working landscape. I call it the Vermont Way.The EPA recognized the RGGI states for their leadership in building a model cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Each participating state has implemented rules to cap emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants. Together, the RGGI states auction over 80 percent of allowances and dedicate the proceeds to consumer benefit programs. To date, the RGGI states have conducted three auctions that have generated over $262 million for energy efficiency, energy conservation, clean energy development, and other consumer benefit programs throughout the region.Winners of the awards were chosen on the basis of originality and public purpose; global perspective and implication; and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”EPA applauds the leadership of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in protecting our global environment,” said Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Director of EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “You have set the bar high, and for that, we thank you.”To date, the EPA has presented over 150 awards to individuals, dedicated companies, forward-thinking organizations, and government institutions from eighteen countries, including Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Last year, 15 individuals and organizations earned the award by advancing climate science, slashing energy consumption, inventing technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and inspiring others to take action. More information about past winner accomplishments is available online at www.epa.gov/cppd/climateawards(link is external).This year s ceremony was attended by over 200 high-ranking corporate officers, notable individuals, influential NGOs, and foreign dignitaries who are current or previous winners of the Climate Protection Awards.The Climate Protection Partnerships Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees the EPA Climate Protection Awards. This award program was established in 1998 to recognize exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the climate.About the Regional Greenhouse Gas InitiativeThe 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states participating in RGGI (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) have designed the first market-based, mandatory cap-and-trade program in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Participating States have regulations in place to cap and then reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that power plants in their region are allowed to emit, limiting the region s total contribution to atmospheric greenhouse gas levels.A CO2 allowance represents a limited authorization to emit one ton of CO2, as issued by a respective participating state. A regulated power plant must hold CO2 allowances equal to its emissions to demonstrate compliance at the end of each compliance period. Because CO2 allowances issued by any participating state are usable across all state programs, the ten individual state CO2 Budget Trading Programs, in aggregate, form one regional compliance market for CO2 emissions. For more information about RGGI, turn to: www.rggi.org(link is external)About Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc.RGGI, Inc. was created in September 2007 to provide technical and administrative services to the states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. For more information please visit: www.rggi.org/rggi(link is external)Source: Governor’s Officelast_img read more

first_imgOn August 14-16, Asheville will host a celebration of the country’s top boundary-pushing adventure films. The festival weekend will kickoff with a free outdoor party before the films roll at 7pm on Friday. Saturday’s line up will include a community picnic, ice cream social, van life rally, dance party with DJ Marley, a youth adventure film program, and an amazing lineup of powerful films.Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 10.47.59 AMBRO Editor in Chief Will Harlan will moderate a panel of top regional athletes on Saturday morning at the New Mountain Sol Bar—including elite triathlete and runner Jay Curwen, Girls at Play founder Anna Levesque, ultra running wild man Adam Hill, pro paddler Pat Keller, and champion mountain biker Sam Koerber—who embody the spirit of the film fest.GOING THE DISTANCE PANELUnlike other film fests, 5Point features films that are about more than heart-pumping adrenaline. They highlight people who go deeper and give voice to the places and issues that matter most.“We are so excited to bring 5 Point to Asheville and to become an ongoing part of the booming outdoor scene in this community,” said Executive Director Sarah Wood. “We are really striving to make 5 Point Asheville a local, community driven event!”5 point 3In addition to all the other festivities, 5 Point will be hosting a one of a kind ‘Van Life Rally.’ Like the Going the Distance Panel, the rally will take place at New Mountain and will showcase some of the Blue Ridge region’s best livable vehicles! BRO’s own Jess Daddio will even be on hand with her Sylvan Sport GO!Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 11.26.41 AMFor more info including a detailed line up of films and events, check out them out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or their website, and enjoy a sneak peak of coming attractions by watching the trailer below. See you there!5Point Film Festival Asheville from 5Point Film Festival on Vimeo.last_img read more

first_imgMedia Release – Care Alliance 12 July 2017Family First Comment: The first question, released today, is ‘Why 18 years of age?’.This question highlights the inconsistency of Mr Seymour’s argument that euthanasia is ‘compassionate’. If killing is so kind, why not make it available for children as they do in Belgium and the Netherlands? In 2013 Maryan Street said ‘Application for children with terminal illness was a bridge too far in my view at this time. That might be something that may happen in the future but not now.The Care Alliance today launched a campaign highlighting ten key questions MPs need to ask about David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill.“Mr Seymour’s bill is an extreme version of a very bad idea,” said Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance. “All New Zealanders need to examine it critically, especially Members of Parliament who might be asked to debate it soon.”Mr Jansen said the Ten Questions would be progressively released over the next two weeks. The first question, released today, is ‘Why 18 years of age?’. “This question highlights the inconsistency of Mr Seymour’s argument that euthanasia is ‘compassionate’. If killing is so kind, why not make it available for children as they do in Belgium and the Netherlands?”He noted that in 2013 Maryan Street said ‘Application for children with terminal illness was a bridge too far in my view at this time. That might be something that may happen in the future, but not now.’“The reality is that making 18 the age of eligibility is a political calculation, rather than an ethical, legal or medical judgment,” said Mr Jansen.ENDSlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 3, 2015 at 1:10 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Hendrik Hilpert’s pass found the feet of Boston College forward Simon Enstrom, who blasted a goal into the waiting empty net.The goal put Syracuse down, 2-0, after having secured its spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament just a week prior against North Carolina State. The loss on Oct. 30 is the last one the Orange has suffered, right before it began an historic streak of wins.“We won the N.C. State game, knew we were safe in the tournament, we only needed a tie there, which is a bad thing; you should never play for a tie,” midfielder Julian Buescher said. “You say you don’t, but you keep it in the back of your mind.”That mentality led to what Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre called a “poor, poor” first half. Buescher said Boston College caught SU early as a result. The Orange has won five games since then and tied another before winning in penalty kicks.McIntyre said Syracuse acquitted itself in the second half of its last game against the Eagles. On Saturday, No. 6 seed SU (15-5-3, 3-4-1 ACC) will get its chance to make up for its 2-1 loss and poor outing against unseeded Boston College (11-7-2, 4-4) on Saturday at SU Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m. in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It felt like it was just a case of getting that game over with,” midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “… We weren’t up for it … If we showed up for that game with a good mentality, we could have played like we did in the second half of that game and we probably would have won.”The SU head coach said his team deserved to be down and it could have been worse than just 2-0 in the first half in the teams’ last meeting. BC outshot SU, 7-1, in the first half, the lowest total since the Orange played Louisville on Sept. 11.For the most part, the Orange has managed to bury its loss to the Eagles. Since Oct. 30, SU has beaten then-No. 5 North Carolina, then-No. 2 Clemson, then-No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 11 seed Seattle. It won its first conference tournament in 30 years and the Orange moved to the farthest it ever has in the NCAA tournament with its game in the Elite Eight.Hilpert looked down at his feet and out of the Ensley Athletic Center as he racked his brain for a BC forward that gave the defense trouble the last time the two teams met. He couldn’t think of a single one.“I think they are good as a team,” Hilpert said. “I think we are better as a team … they should worry about us, indeed.”Syracuse hasn’t changed anything it’s been doing strategically to shut down Enstrom or forward Trevor Davock, who scored against SU the last time the two teams played. To Hilpert, the team’s focus has fallen solely on itself and how it can improve.In the last month, Hilpert praised the back line’s ability to trust each other more and is confident a mistake like he made against Boston College will not happen again. Alseth said he thinks the back line has gained its confidence back having allowed just three goals in six games. Buescher said he thinks the team has cleared up the play-for-a-tie mentality that burned SU in its first matchup with a Final Four matchup on the line.But until Saturday, all the talk will be put on the field and SU will find out whether it’s worked out the kinks that ended its regular season with a loss.“We got it against Clemson, we got it against UNC,” Buescher said of getting revenge against teams that have beaten SU, “and somehow the Soccer Gods like us and he says, ‘Oh you get another one and you get to play Boston College.’” Commentslast_img read more