Governor, UVM President sign Vermont Climate Collaborative Charter

first_imgGovernor, UVM President sign Vermont Climate Collaborative CharterMONTPELIER – Governor Jim Douglas and UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel have formally adopted the Vermont Climate Collaborative framework, which will guide Vermont’s effort to address climate change and further develop the green tech economy.At a charter signing at the Statehouse Wednesday, Governor Douglas called the Collaborative a signature partnership that brings together the state’s higher education institutions, businesses, legislators and nonprofit organizations to allow the state to forge ahead with confidence in protecting and enhancing Vermont’s quality of life.”This charter spells out a foundation and framework for action,” the Governor said. “The Collaborative’s mission is simple: to see that Vermont stays green, leads the nation in environmental policies and creates job opportunities for a thriving green economy.”Douglas created his Commission on Climate Change in 2005, asking its members to enter into a wide-ranging discussion on initiatives that will safeguard Vermont’s way of life, where economic prosperity goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship.Hundreds of Vermonters offered their assistance and expertise to the Commission. In the end, the Commission’s final report focused on six main themes, including this collaborative partnership.Creation of the Vermont Climate Collaborative would be essential to meeting the five other goals, and to implementing policy recommendations contained in the Plenary Group Report, the Commission concluded.”Vermont, as the greenest state in the nation, is again leading the way by developing a far-reaching blueprint that creates and maintains a climate-friendly green infrastructure where man and nature co-exist and thrive together – and because of each other. And that’s what it’s really all about in Vermont,” Douglas said.Now that the Collaborative charter is signed, its members will begin to hold regular public meetings with the first order of business to be writing bylaws and defining the criteria to measure success.UVM President Fogel said Vermont has a robust foundation of environmental research and scientific capabilities that will be meaningful to the Collaborative’s work.”Addressing climate change will not be easy,” said Fogel. “But the Collaborative will become the ‘clearinghouse’ that will help set priorities for action and measure results.”The Collaborative will serve as a coordinating hub to provide connections to appropriate resources and individuals to foster climate change research and activities, Fogel said.”Numerous research efforts are already underway in Vermont to help us understand the impacts of policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Fogel said. “The Vermont Climate Collaborative gives us the opportunity to harness our collective ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also strengthening the green economy in Vermont. The Collaborative framework will enhance the speed at which Vermont is able to move forward with green initiatives.”Fogel pointed to climate change research already taking place at Vermont’s higher education institutions, including the work of Lisa Aultman-Hall and Richard Watts at UVM’s Transportation Research Center, the Carbon Reduction Initiative at Middlebury College, and the work of UVM’s Jennifer Jenkins and William Keeton on biomass, forest dynamics, and carbon storage.The Collaborative members include: UVM Provost John Hughes and ANR Secretary George Crombie will oversee the Collaborative; Dean Domenico Grasso of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; Dean Lawrence Forcier at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources; Dean Thomas Vogelmann at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Frances Carr, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies; Chancellor Robert Clarke at the Vermont State Colleges; Paul Fonteyn, President of Green Mountain College; William Wooten, President of Sterling College; Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn; Transportation Secretary David Dill; Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee; Public Service Commissioner David O’Brien; Senate President Peter Shumlin; Rep. Margaret Cheney of Norwich; Gregg Marston of the Vermont Business Roundtable; Mark Snelling from the Governor’s Council of Environmental Advisors and Scott Johnstone, Executive Director of Vermont Energy Investment Corp.last_img read more

Klosterman launches ‘Pink Ribbon Girls’ campaign

first_imgCincinnatti, Oh. — Klosterman Baking Co., a family-owned bakery headquartered in Cincinnati, is launching its 6th annual campaign benefitting Pink Ribbon Girls. This year, Klosterman has made it the company’s goal to raise $15,000 for Pink Ribbon Girls in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With this donation, The brand will provide 1,875 meals for women and their families battling breast and reproductive cancers. On October 1st, the campaign will kick off with Pink with a Purpose Honey Bread, Bun and Roll varieties in grocery stores throughout Greater Cincinnati and Dayton. Consumers can show their support of Klosterman’s efforts by purchasing any one of these specially marked Pink Ribbon Girls items.Pink Ribbon Girls’ mission isn’t just to talk about cancer, but to take on cancer. The organization’s staff and volunteers work hard to lighten the burden of a cancer diagnosis by providing clients and their families with free direct services, which include: rides to treatment, housekeeping services and healthy meals. Klosterman Baking Co. vows to be ‘Pink with a Purpose’ and make a difference in the lives of the  clients who are affected most by this disease. Last year alone, the fourth generation family-owned company donated $10,000 to Pink Ribbon Girls’ Cincinnati and Dayton regions. This year, the company aims to increase that amount by $5,000 to assist even more local families fighting cancer. Klosterman Baking Co.’s donation to Pink Ribbon Girls will again contribute to the free services offered to the organization’s clients through its “In the Fight” and “Mets Cancers” programs.“So many of us have a loved one or friend that has battled cancer,” said Kim Klosterman, CEO, Klosterman Baking Company. “Our goal for ‘Pink with a Purpose’ is to help Pink Ribbon Girls grow their local programs here in Cincinnati and Dayton. We are proud to partner with them to help raise awareness, and especially support, for families who are affected.”“We are so excited to partner with Klosterman Baking Co. once this fall,” shared Heather Salazar, CEO/President of Pink Ribbon Girls. “At Pink Ribbon Girls, we consider the people we serve and work with our family, and it’s so comforting to have a partnership with a company like Klosterman that truly values family as well.”Consumers can look for “Pink with a Purpose” varieties in grocery stores across the tristate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Klosterman Rich N’ Good Honey Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns, Dinner Rolls, White Bread and Wheat Bread will be donated directly to Pink Ribbon Girls. Klosterman has been honored to be a part of the Pink Ribbon Girls family the past six years and is looking forward to continuing its involvement in Pink Ribbon Girls’  community events, such as Ignite the Fight and High School Pink Sporting Events throughout the Fall season. Pink Ribbon Girls continues to grow the organization so “No One Travels this Road Alone.” Klosterman Baking Co., joining Pink Ribbon Girls for another year of breast cancer awareness, will help the organization to broadcast its message to an even greater part of the community.last_img read more

Charlie Lake Fire Department responds to propane truck leak

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – On June 25, just before 1:00 p.m., the Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a Transport B-Train leaking Propane at the scales by Highway 97 and Highway 29.The Fire Department found a leak coming from piping on the bottom side of the trailer, liquid fill/drain pipe.The Fire Department says they contained the area and blocked access to the scales and roadway that ran parallel to the scale office.- Advertisement -Once the unit was removed to a new area and flagged, firefighters turned the unit back over to the company owner to await for the Specialist to arrive.On scene were seven firefighters along with Engine 1,  Tender 1, and Squad 1.last_img