Green stars

first_img“Green is the new crimson” is often heard in classrooms, dorms, and offices but the Harvard community comes together only once a year to recognize the behind-the-scenes hard work inspired by that motto.On Thursday, hundreds of staff, students, and faculty gathered to recognize more than 60 individual and team winners at the third annual Green Carpet Awards hosted by the Office for Sustainability. The awards celebrate work toward the University’s on-campus sustainability initiatives, including the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016.“I’m proud that sustainability is a goal that continues to unify us as one Harvard,” said President Drew Faust in a welcome message delivered by video to attendees and award winners. “You have demonstrated that supporting the environment ultimately supports our research and teaching mission by conserving resources, increasing efficiency, and reducing costs.”First up were 63 Individual Achievement Award winners from Harvard’s 12 Schools and administrative units. Winners were called to the stage to receive plaques according to four themes: optimizers, innovators, educators, and influencers. Students were recognized for launching new events such as the Green Brain Break, which attracted more than 1,200 freshmen. Employees who lead Green Team efforts in their workplaces were lauded for their “tireless devotion month after month to seeing our community improve.”Witty commentary by College senior and MC Pete Davis (the brains behind the Harvard Thinks Big series) as well as musical performances by Cowgill, a band made up of Harvard Graduate School of Design and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students, and THUD (The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers) punctuated the awards presentations and contributed to a fun, energetic atmosphere.Harvard Kennedy School alumnus Lester Brown, M.P.A. ’62, received the first-ever Distinguished Service Award. Brown, who was introduced by Professor Jim McCarthy as an “environmental Paul Revere,” spoke for several minutes about trends that have contributed to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in the United States after a peak in 2007. He also painted an optimistic picture for reaching aggressive reductions in carbon emissions, as much as 40 percent from 2007 levels, by 2020.Among the developments cited by Brown: the closing of 106 of 492 coal-fired power plants in the United States and a decline in gasoline use because of what he called the “demographics of gas consumption.” While younger people are no longer “addicted to cars,” the retirement of baby boomers has also contributed to the drop in gasoline use. Retirees generally use 30-50 percent less gas because they are no longer commuting.Brown finished by thanking the Harvard community for the “extraordinary range of efforts on campus” and encouraged students to continue to be engaged in environmental issues such as the elimination of bottled water on campus. “We have to change the system and fundamentally restructure our economy,” Brown said.Team Project Awards were given out to student and staff teams in five categories.Harvard Law School was awarded the Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Behavior Change Award for incorporating sustainability into its Resident Assistant program.Harvard Medical School was recognized in the Waste and Water Reduction category for launching a polystyrene-foam recycling program for labs that led to more than 100 coolers a week diverted from landfills.The Faculty of Arts and Sciences received the Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Infrastructure Award for their renovation of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology laboratories, a 106,000 square foot renovation that was the first to incorporate Harvard’s 2009 Green Building Standards. As a result the Sherman Fairchild Building now uses 11 percent less electricity and 51 percent less steam annually.The Harvard Graduate Council snagged the Student Project Award for a green initiative at its annual University-wide Leadership Conference, which attracted more than 500 students.The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology received the Green Team Award for working to engage more than 500 individuals — including faculty, staff, students, postdocs, visiting scholars, interns, and volunteers — in sustainability actions.The afternoon ended with the presentation of the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award winners. The award was created to acknowledge that partnerships among faculty, students, and administrative staff are key to making progress on Harvard’s sustainability goals. This year’s winners were Frederick Abernathy, the Gordon McKay Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Abbott and James Lawrence Research Professor of Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Rob Gogan, manager of recycling and waste at Campus Services.“Whether we are teaching, learning, conducting research, or taking action to make our office a greener place, each one of us has an important role to play,” said Vice President for Campus Services Lisa Hogarty in closing remarks.last_img read more

Member Services: Perception + Reality

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Basri Mr. Basri has been designing and implementing software and process improvement for financial institutions for over 35 years. He has worked with, and gained experience from, over 500 institutions both … Web: Details Members are at the very core of Credit Union identity. Banks have customers, Credit Unions have members. It is no surprise that the topic of “member services” is one of the most important discussions at all levels of CU management and staff.Some common responses to the question, “What makes your member services great?” might be:We have great products.Our staff is enthusiastic and treats members like family.We take care of our members.Our membership is growing.There is little argument that branches and branch employees are a critical component in the member services experience. Even with the increasing popularity of digital channels, the branch is still where most member relationships start and expand. CUs and their employees generally take pride in the quality of member services that they provide. While perception of member services is important and hopefully accurate, how do you measure it and ensure consistent delivery?It is not coincidence that successful sales organizations, call centers, trading floors and sports teams are constantly measuring and looking at their performance. Not what happened last year or last quarter, but what is happening now. Human nature is to act on what is front and center in our attention. As much as we all wish there was less advertising in the world, moving up someone’s attention ladder works.While analytics are not a warm and fuzzy subject, the ability to gather data and increase understanding can be of great benefit –sometimes in surprising ways. For management, analytics are typically viewed as a way to better understand how the organization is performing. With regard to member services, many CUs conduct periodic surveys to get a sense of what members think about the quality of the services. That is important to know, but the time required to conduct, analyze and act on survey data is generally too long to feel relevant to branch employees.For most branch employees, analytics are simply not something they ever think about and that is a missed opportunity. Branch employees are the point of the sword and actually much of the blade when it comes to delivering member services. Delivering quality services on a consistent basis over time comes from a well-run organization that is operating efficiently. Promotions and incentives can increase excitement in the short term, but they are not sustainable.Consider analytics from a different angle. An often overlooked benefit is that analytics are a way to shape how employees perceive their own work and their role in the organization. Analytics are an opportunity to interpret the organization for its employees and influence their perception. Ask yourself the following question.Would you rather have employees think about their performance and role in the organization once a year during their review, or every day?Accomplishing this objective means meeting several needs.Visible and accessible. A billboard only works when consumers see it frequently. If it is tucked out of the way it will have very little impact. The same is true for analytics.Relevant. The metrics being measured and presented must be meaningful to the employees being asked to consider them. What is relevant to one group of employees is not interesting to another. A lender needs to see closings, weighted yield, problem loans, etc. An operations manager needs to see staffing, workload and volume by service (teller, platform, etc.). An analytics engine should deliver different sets of information to different groups of employees.Understandable. Good analytics should not just deliver information, they should make a point. Each chart, table or report should highlight something that the employee ought to be thinking about. Ideally, the main point is made on first impression, without requiring a deep dive into the numbers.Evolving. All analytics get stale, regardless of how well presented and targeted they are. In fact, the more frequently they are viewed, the more frequently they need to change. If there is nothing new then employees quit looking.Efficient. When the objective is to increase productivity, the last thing any organization, or employee, needs is an increase in overhead. Data gathering must be automated and transparent with respect to the employees.Delivering targeted, relevant, immediate and accessible analytics to branch employees encourages them to think about performance frequently and that awareness becomes an inherent part of the operation. There is little question that when employees see and think about their performance, and the CU’s performance, on a consistent basis they will deliver a more consistent result. That is the reality for quality member services.last_img read more

The Advent organization has entered the “mainstream,” and that’s great news

first_imgThe organization of Advent has entered the “mainstream”, and every year more and more cities organize their Advent.  Until a few years ago it was unthinkable, but today every slightly bigger city has its own Advent and that is great news. Primarily because of the quality content that raises the quality in every city, and there is of course the tourist component.However, we should not look at other Adventists as a competition, and no Advent can be the greatest, because let’s be realistic, you can’t compete with Advent in Zagreb. This is told by pure calculus and the law of large numbers. When we look at the economy, consumption, population as well as tourists – Zagreb is simply Zagreb and you can’t compete with it, no matter how great they are. And that’s why you don’t use prefixes like you have a little Advent like in Vienna or like in Zagreb. Copies are copies, be your own and original. Yes, you can see and “copy” some good ideas, a way of arranging, a solution to how they solved a problem, and maybe just some element that you liked, turn on the light and you get an idea for something new and different. But every Advent can be the most creative, the most innovative, the most beautiful, the different, etc.… there is an opportunity to show yourself and position yourself. Thus, this year’s Advent in Varaždin has the first and only igloo bar and ice slide, Vinkovci Advent is unique in the content of the big Christmas concert held at the windows of Vinkovci Gymnasium, while Šibenik Adventure as the first environmentally conscious Advent in Croatia.Last and perhaps most importantly, organizing Advent in your city is first and foremost great content for the locals. It generates consumption, employment and raises quality in the city. Events like Advent are primarily quality content for locals and visitors, at least when it comes to organizing Advent in smaller cities. If you are aiming for something evening, such as the cities of Split, Rijeka, Zadar, etc.…  view your region as your primary market and base. It is certainly most important to invest in quality and diverse content that will be a motive for the arrival of citizens and visitors from surrounding cities and municipalities. Only quality content can attract visitors, both locals and visitors from the surrounding area, and thus generates consumption and earnings for caterers and other exhibitors, and thus create a complete tourist product.Quality content, of course, requires more investment, but only in this way can we ensure good attendance, and thus consumption. Because don’t forget that every exhibitor, whether a restaurant or an exhibitor at the fair, has to pay the rent, cover the costs and of course make a profit, and this can only happen if a certain number of people come and tourist spending is generated. On the other hand, each of these cottages employs at least two people, orders goods, invests in decorating, etc.… so that consumption as part of the event only increases.If you set up only a couple of houses and a pine tree, and do not invest in arranging the entire space and various contents, there will be nothing from the whole story. Only quality content attracts people. Thus, investing in lamps and decorating the entire space is not a cost, but an important factor that affects the overall ambience of the event. Involve local people, associations, individuals, the more content the better. Also, local bands are an important part of the story, not every concert can or must be some big name on the music scene. On the contrary, it is better to invest in 5 smaller concerts, and famous bands and musicians, than in one big and “mega” concert where the cost of the performer alone is over 60.000 kn (excluding taxes).  Of course, big cities require more famous and “more expensive” musicians, especially if you count on the tourist component as a motive for coming. But again, that’s just one item, and it’s certainly not crucial. The most important is the diverse and quality content, the arrangement of the space and the overall atmosphere and story around the event, and less the top musical names from the stage.It is the greatest power of tourism that connects other industries vertically and horizontally, encourages employment and the generated consumption is dispersed in various sectors. That is why investments in manifestations are investments, not costs.Don’t be copies, be unique, be your own. Tell your story. QUALITY CONTENT CREATES THE MOTIVE OF ARRIVAL AND ATTENDANCE WHICH GENERATES CONSUMPTION AND FINALLY EARNINGS. THIS IS THE ONLY WINNING FORMULA.last_img read more

The CNTB is conducting a promotional campaign for outdoor advertising in Brussels

first_imgAs part of the campaign, 25 buses and trams run through Brussels, where citizens of the European Union capital and numerous visitors can see Croatian motifs with an emphasis on the nautical tourism product. Advertising activities are also carried out through large posters that are placed in the stations of the Brussels metro, in the city center and in the so-called. “European Quarter”, in selected attractive city locations and through large digital screens positioned in the busiest positions within Brussels Airport, which annually has over 26 million passengers. Photo: Croatian National Tourist Board Ivan Novak, director of the CNTB Representation for the Benelux countries, also points out the positive results of the promotional campaign. “We present our country as a highly desirable tourist destination for one million inhabitants of the Belgian capital, employees of numerous international institutions such as the EU, NATO and Eurocontrol, representatives of more than a thousand international associations and lobbying offices and employees of international corporations. We will also include over 350 thousand Belgians who travel to Brussels every day for work, and a part of the almost 4 million business and tourist visitors who visit this city on average every year.”, Said Novak. The Croatian National Tourist Board is conducting a large promotional campaign for outdoor advertising in Brussels, marking the beginning of Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. Brussels Airport “The Croatian presidency of the Council of the EU is an ideal opportunity for additional promotion of our country, so on the eve of the very beginning of the presidency, we started this campaign, which we believe will have positive promotional effects. We also support the time frame of the campaign, which fits perfectly into the Belgian “tourist” calendar, as market research by the umbrella association of Belgian tour operators ABTO shows that guests from Belgium in the period from December to February usually book their holidays”, Said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that in Croatia from the Belgian market last year there were more than 220 thousand arrivals and almost a million overnight stays. During January and mid-February, public transport, buses, trams, the airport and the busiest and most representative city locations in Brussels will be adorned with Croatian motifs, all with the aim of further highlighting the youngest and most beautiful member presiding over the European Union.last_img read more

DTZ shares crash after profit warning

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Standard raised on Gold Coast waterfront elegance

first_img26-28 Donegal Cres, Sorrento.The couple are planning to downsize and are considering apartment living.Michael Kollosche and Jamie-Lee Edwards OF Kollosche Prestige Agents are marketing the property at $5.95 million 26-28 Donegal Cres, Sorrento.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“It’s now like a brand new build, transforming every room and aspect,” Mr Frost said. “We concentrated on bringing the water into the home by redesigning areas, moving walls, installing bi-folds and opening the whole house on to the river and outdoor areas.” The pair said the size and main river location initially sparked their interest.“We have an interest in renovating and interior design and this was the project we were looking for,” he said.“We also felt the prospect of being able to transform what was essentially a magnificent but outdated property.” 26-28 Donegal Cres, Sorrento. 26-28 Donegal Cres, Sorrento.WHEN Shaun and Helena Frost bought their riverfront property in 2012, they knew they could transform it into something spectacular.During a two-year period the couple turned the three-level house into an entertainer’s dream complete with bespoke European features and custom furnishings. 26-28 Donegal Cres, Sorrento.Some of the standout features include the 6m island bench, pool, tennis court and an array of areas to entertain. “Our favourite memories are entertaining guests both formally and informally; we love to entertain.“The dining area overlooking the pool has hosted many a formal dinner party — the house is a real entertainer.” 26-28 Donegal Cres, Sorrento. 26-28 Donegal Cres, Sorrento.last_img read more

Austrian pension system has diversification problem, expert says

first_img“The Austrian pension system lacks diversification,” he said. “A good mixture of the various pillars is much needed.”As the first-pillar reforms of 2001-03 go into effect, Austria’s replacement rate is expected to drop gradually to around 60% from the current 80%, but Krischanitz stressed that forecasts were “very difficult” to make.But he pointed out that the current participation rate of 40% in the second pillar – in which he includes both funded solutions and unfunded, on-book reserves – was clearly too low to bridge this pensions gap.Krischanitz said the instruments available to provide occupational pensions were generally too complex, and that there were too many small products and providers.He said this had “scared off” many employers, adding that employees were currently under no pressure from politicians to set up pension plans.Krischanitz said he was convinced this demand would begin to materialise from 2025, when people start seeing reduced first-pillar payouts, and that there is “no money in the companies either”.He called on politicians to create tax incentives for companies to set up pension plans – or even to consider legislating a mandatory system. The demographic situation in Austria’s first-pillar pension system will be “dramatic” by the year 2025 and worsen even further over the following decade, according to Christoph Krischanitz, managing director at actuarial consultancy arithmetica.Only after 2035 will the ratio of active workers and those who have to be cared for – children, the unemployed, the sick and the elderly – level out and stabilise, he said.Krischanitz argued that, because the second and third pillars are so “weak” in Austria, the problems plaguing the first pillar will hurt the whole of the country’s pension system. He even went so far as to claim that the concentration of demographic risk was so acute as to be considered “negligence”. last_img read more

UWF Cross Country teams finish in the top 10 at the Commodore Classic

first_img Sept. 15, 2007NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in a highly competitive meet at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee for the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University. With predominately Division I schools, the Argos finished 8th in the men’s 8k run, and 10th in the women’s 5k run. Belmont was the team champion in the men’s competition, followed by Georgia Tech. Meanwhile, the University of Missouri was the women’s champion, as Georgia Tech finished second, and Vanderbilt third.The Argos were the top Division II school to finish in both the men’s and women’s race. Diana Sitar (Sr. / Las Vegas) finished 26th in 5k (3.1 miles) run in a time of 19:21, while Justin Gates (Jr. / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) was 29th overall in the 8k (5 miles) run in a time of 27:15. The overall winner in the women’s 5k run was Rita Jorgensen of Vanderbilt in a time of 18:07, while the overall men’s champion was Henry Rop of Union University with a 25:15 for the 8k course.Four out of the seven men ran their personal bests, while two of the women recorded personal bests. Coach Matt Dobson was proud of his team, “We are right on track, and that puts us in the hunt for a National Championship berth.” The other UWF finishers in the Men’s 8k run included:Nicholas Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) 37th in 27:40,Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) 42nd in 27:59,Andrew Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) 52nd in 28:53,Josh McEachin (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) 54th in 29:06,Scott Lydick (Fr. / Fort Myers, Fla.) 59th in 29:42,and Tyler Stowell (Fr. / North Ft. Myers, Fla.) 69th in 30:59.The other UWF finishers in the Women’s 5k run included:Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.) 46th in 20:18,Katherine Ragia (Jr. / Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.) 49th in 20:23,Erika Anderson (Fr. / Mobile, Ala.) 65th in 21:43,Marisa DeFeo (Fr. / Orange Park, Fla.) 71st in 22:28,and Lindsey Failing (Sr. / Pace, Fla.) 75th in 22:48. Print Friendly Version UWF Cross Country teams finish in the top 10 at the Commodore Classic Sharelast_img read more

Matilda Gibson – Milan

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Matilda’s memory include her mother, Marietta Anderson of Milan; sisters, Key Bentle of Milan, Melissa Hill of Huntingburg, Pearl (Steve) Leap of Lapel, and Bernadette (Harry) Holman of Versailles; a brother, William (Nancy) Anderson of Milan; 3 nieces and 8 nephews, 9 great-nieces and 5 great-nephews. Matilda Gibson, of Milan was born on February 22, 1957 in Yorkville, Indiana a daughter to Donald and Marietta Sizemore Anderson.  Her husband, Jimmy Dale Gibson, preceded her in death on September 27, 2014.  Matilda enjoyed working at Batesville Tool and Die and loved spending time with her family.  She was known to lovingly aggravate her nieces and nephews which they will miss!  Matilda loved her dogs, working puzzles and never missed an episode of wrestling.  On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the age of 62, she passed away at UC Hospital in Cincinnati. A memorial service at Cook Rosenberger Funeral, Sunman with burial following in St. Paul cemetery will be scheduled at the convenience of the family.  Donations can be directed to the American Cancer Society.  To sign the online guestbook or share memories please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Matilda Gibson.last_img read more

Wenger has faith in under-fire Szczesny

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny should be very proud of already having made 100 first-team appearances – and recalled even legendary number one David Seaman had his “blips”. “What is happening to him at the moment is just a normal process of any career – we had (Jens) Lehmann, (David) Seaman, they had their blips and their periods where they were less good, even when they were more experienced than Wojciech.” Wenger must decide whether to recall Szczesny for Saturday’s visit of relegation-battlers Reading, but has drawn a line under the recent selection row. “I haven’t spoken to him (about his father’s comments), but I believe he responded very well. There is a not a lot more to say,” the Gunners boss said. “We are in a competitive world, he has played 100 games for this club and at his age that is absolutely fantastic. For the rest, we have ups and downs in our form and we have to fight against that, that is what he said, basically. “Wojciech has a great future. He is a very young goalkeeper. You do not find very many goalkeepers at his age who have the experience he has already, that is why I believe he has a great future, but he lives in a world where competition exists.” Arsenal’s win at Swansea moved them back to within four points of Tottenham, who have played a game more. Wenger knows the race for Champions League football is set to go to the wire. “It is the sprint for the line now and we want to continue our run, to have the satisfaction where we want to be at the end of the season,” said Wenger, whose team have recorded five wins and suffered just one defeat, at White Hart Lane, in their past seven league outings. “It is just down to consistency, you try to achieve that on your own side knowing all teams can drop points everywhere, so you want to be the team who drops less, and if possible not at all. That is the only attitude we can have to be successful.” Press Associationcenter_img The Poland stopper has not featured for the last two matches before the international break, decisions which brought outspoken comments from his father. The 22-year-old moved quickly to distance himself from that direct criticism of Wenger, insisting he was happy to fight for his place, having come through the Arsenal youth system after joining in 2006. “That (100 appearances) is a huge credit to him, something absolutely fantastic and shows he has a great future,” Wenger said in an interview with Arsenal Player. last_img read more