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first_imgGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Announce LED Energy-Saving Initiative at Annual Governor’s Residence Earth Day Celebration SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 22, 2019center_img Environment,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In accordance with Governor Wolf’s 2019 GreenGov Executive Order, Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today announced a new LED lighting initiative during the third annual public Earth Day celebration at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.“We are proud to announce that the Governor’s Residence has taken important steps to convert all interior lighting from traditional bulb to energy-saving, efficient LEDs,” the First Lady said. “The return on investment for these new bulbs will occur in just six months – a smart move from both an environmental and economic standpoint.”The governor and first lady were joined at the Earth Day Celebration by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and Department of General Services (DGS) Secretary Curt Topper.“Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to appreciate the tremendous natural environment we have in Pennsylvania and set an example for how everyone can reduce their carbon footprint to help protect it,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “With signs of climate change increasing, Governor Wolf has set state goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and all Pennsylvanians have a part to play. DEP is committed to leading by example in our offices and to providing guidance and funding that enable other state and local leaders, business owners, community organizations, and citizens to take action.”Governor Wolf’s GreenGov Executive Order requires Pennsylvania to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050. Governor Wolf has also established the GreenGov Council to improve energy efficiency across Commonwealth agencies, reducing Pennsylvania’s climate change contributions and saving taxpayers money. The Department of Environmental Protection has released strategies to lower greenhouse gas emissions through increased solar power energy and increased use of electric and alternative fuel vehicles.Secretary Dunn noted DCNR’s contributions to the Governor’s Residence and the Earth Day gathering, including planter boxes made by the Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps; installation and planting of a rain garden; and distribution of free white pine seedlings to residence visitors.“Whether it’s energy conservation or waterways protection, the enhancements seen, and information offered here today are directly in line with our department’s mission,” Dunn said, “DCNR is proud to be a partner in this annual observation.”Pennsylvania Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper noted that through the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA), the commonwealth has made an $89.9 million investment in 10 projects to renovate state facilities with energy efficiency measures that once complete, will result in carbon dioxide emissions being cut by approximately 17,000 tons which is the equivalent of more than 37,000 trees planted annually, removing over 3,100 cars off the road yearly and the annual energy usage of 1,500 homes. In addition, the completed projects will produce $4.6 million in savings annually.The program enables the commonwealth to take on energy efficiency projects at state facilities paying for them over time with the annual savings from reduced utility consumption, rather than using commonwealth funds for upfront capital investments.“Through the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act Program, the state reduces our carbon footprint, lowers our energy bills to fund new construction projects and ultimately generates savings for the commonwealth,” Topper noted. “We are not only protecting the environment, but we are also protecting the use of taxpayer dollars. It’s a true win-win for everyone involved.”Additional green features of the Governor’s Residence interior and grounds include:Rain barrels. The Residence utilizes several rain barrels placed strategically throughout the property to reuse and prevent storm water runoff.Solar panels on south-facing roof of Residence. The panels provide not only a source of clean electricity to the Residence, but also an uninterrupted power supply of renewable energy for critical communications systems. Ground source heat pump (GSHP) system, which replaced existing electric resistance heating. GSHP systems, also called geothermal heat pumps, concentrate existing heat, rather than burning fossil fuels to release energy. The GSHP system provides heat as well as supplemental cooling to the Residence.Reduction of paper products where possible. This includes a major reduction in the use of paper plates, paper and plastic cups, and bottled water daily at events held at the Residence.Recycling of glass, plastic, paper, and cardboard.Herb and vegetable gardens. The Residence is currently home to an herb garden and raised vegetable beds, the produce from which is used for cooking at the Residence. Hydroponic garden. To address the need for fresh herbs and vegetables that do not grow well on the Residence grounds or are needed for events in harsh winter months, Residence staff recently built an indoor hydroponic garden.Working and observation beehives. In additional to honey-producing beehives, the Residence installed observation beehives in 2017 so children can view the honey-making process and learn how important bees are to the environment and how the honey for culinary purposes at the Residence.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Lindsay Rogers sat on a cooler on the sideline watching her teammates beat Cornell 13-9 Tuesday. She wore her jersey with the number 50 on her back, but instead of her uniform skirt, she wore orange shorts. Instead of her mask, she sported a Syracuse baseball cap.Her elbows rested on her knees as she leaned forward on her cooler to see the action on the field. When the ball ventured into Syracuse’s defensive end, she raised her head up an extra 45 degrees and shouted advice to her fellow defenders and to SU goaltender Liz Hogan.Rogers has missed the past five games after reinjuring her knee against Connecticut. And with the key piece of the defense gone, SU head coach Gary Gait and his team have had to adapt.‘She provides so much leadership that it’s unfortunate that we don’t have that,’ Gait said. ‘But she still gives us some from the sideline, and that’s been great.’With Rogers absent, the defense has had to find new ways to compensate for her leadership and communication skills. And the unit has done just that. Since Roger’s injury, the Orange is 4-1, the loss coming to No. 17 Georgetown. The other four games were against unranked opponents. On Friday, when the Orange (8-7, 5-1 Big East) travels to play No. 5 Loyola (13-1, 5-1) at 7 p.m., the defense will face its toughest test yet without Rogers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the leader of the defense, Rogers provided support for the other defenders. The defenders look up to her for leadership on the field, asking her about slides and covering cutters, said junior defender Janelle Stegeland. Just getting an occasional call from the sideline has been hard, she said.‘I’m always asking her questions,’ Stegeland said. ‘… I think that’s a little more difficult to not have someone right on the field with you.’Rogers also served to organize the defense. She was the chief communicator in the back, setting up the defense and making sure every opponent was covered. In Rogers’ first game out, Hogan stepped up to help with communication. The keeper came up big for her team with 11 saves. She earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week for her performance in the weekend’s games.Over the past four games, however, the defense has had to find a balance. Whether it’s communicating or making the big plays, Hogan said everyone on defense has contributed.‘She’s the communicator on defense,’ Stegeland said. ‘She’s always the one talking. She’s always the one directing … Between Liz and all the defense we’ve really filled that, but I think Liz has been a great part of that.’The Orange defense without Rogers will face its biggest challenge yet Friday. Loyola averages the most goals per game in the Big East at 14.21. They are led by senior attack Grace Gavin, who has had one of the best offensive seasons in the conference. She leads the league with just fewer than 5 points per game.Last season, Loyola was not as renowned because it lacked senior leadership. This year, however, Gait said that will help Greyhounds.‘Their team pretty much stayed intact from what it was last year, so that’s been their advantages this year — that they’ve had more experience than a lot of the other teams especially in the Big East,’ Gait said. ‘It’s propelled them from kind of the middle of the pack to the top.’Loyola and Syracuse are currently tied for second in the Big East each with two games left to play. Rogers is working her way back, and although she will definitely be on the bench for Friday’s game, she is expected back before the tournament.So without her, Syracuse will have to continue to put together a joint effort to fill the spot she has left behind.‘They’re not going to exactly be the leader that she was,’ Hogan said. ‘But at the same time, if everyone gives a little bit more, it kind of makes up for it.’[email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgArizona’s advantage is 10 spring training ballparks plus the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field all within about 50 miles. Florida’s spring training ballparks are spread by as much as 220 miles.“It allows for immediacy of a schedule, where you might be able to begin it and televise it, provide Major League Baseball to America,” said Scott Boras, baseball’s most prominent agent. “I think players are willing to do what’s necessary because I think they understand the importance of baseball for their own livelihoods and for the interest of our country and providing a necessary product that gives all the people that are isolated enjoyment.”“It gives them a sense of a return to some normalcy,” Boras added. “You talk to a psychologist about it and they say it’s it’s really good for a culture to have to have sport and to have a focus like that, where for a few hours a day they can take their minds off the difficult reality of the virus.”Baseball’s season had been set to start March 26 but spring training was halted on March 12. After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for eight weeks, MLB said it would not open until mid-May at the earliest.Texas Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said MLB is examining different options and he didn’t want to speculate.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox NEW YORK (AP) — Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association.The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward for a season delayed by the new coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no details were announced.Ideas are still in the early stage, and the Arizona option would have many obstacles to overcome, the people said.Half of the MLB clubs hold spring training in Arizona, the other half in Florida. Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut “But, obviously, we’d all love to find a way to play, provided we could do safely, and that would be the priority,” he said.The players’ association would want to survey its members to determine whether they would support such a plan, one of the people said.“You’re going to be largely separated from your families and you’re going to have to function in a very contained way. It’s not it’s not a normal life, this idea,” Boras said. “You’re going to have an identified group of people. You’re going to have a constantly tested group of people. And you’re going to have a very limited access of those people to the outside world so that you can assure a very uncontaminated league, if you will, to produce a product that is inspirational to our country.”Chase Field, with artificial turf and a retractable roof, could be the site of daily tripleheaders, Boras said.MLB and the union reached a deal March 26 to advance $170 million in salary to players for the first 60 days of the season. As part of the deal, players would get only prorated portions of their salaries if the regular season is cut from its usual 162 games and would receive no additional salary if the season is scrapped.Both sides have agreed to attempt to play as full a season as is possible, and this plan would enable to season to start while waiting for health and government officials determine whether it is safe to resume play in regular-season ballparks, with the travel that would entail. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

first_img…as GFF President Forde wraps up successful trip to BrazilThe Guyana Football Federation’s Elite League will benefit from significant capacity-building partnerships as a direct result of a recent three-day visit by GFF President Wayne Forde to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he met with the respective Presidents of Vasco da Gama and Botafogo FR football clubs.This initiative will see the introduction of an elite referee programme, a player exchange programme, and the recruitment of a Coach Instructor to build capacity among the Elite League Coaches and Coaches across the country.“Over the couple of weeks, we will be formalising some relationships that will see an elite referees’ programme being introduced, which is a key programme I’d like to commence,” said Forde following the July 6-8 trip.Referee courses will be offered for both males and females, and local match officials will be exposed to professional football in Brazil.“We will also see a player exchange programme; we are looking at bringingGFF President Wayne Forde shares a warm moment with Botafogo FC’s President, Nelson Mufarrejplayers at the developmental/transitional level in some of the professional clubs and maybe some of the lower divisions to play within the Elite League and taking some of our U-20 players to the Brazilian clubs. I’m trying to get as many as 30 U-20 players into Brazil. The goal is to get around 30 U-20 Guyanese players playing in Brazil first and foremost, and secondly, bringing good Brazilian talent and professionalism into the training and playing set-up of the Elite League.”Additionally, Forde said coach education and development was a key pillar of the GFF, which would also be prioritised: “The GFF will be hiring a Brazilian Coaching Education Instructor to work with the Coaches within the Elite League in particular and other Coaches around the country.”Apart from these concrete measures, Forde also discussed other developmental opportunities with the Presidents of the two leading football clubs in Brazil.last_img read more