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Barnett secures $380M mezz financing for Central Park Tower

first_imgExtell’s CEO Gary Barnett (Central Park Tower) Gary Barnett landed $380 million in bridge financing for his $4 billion Central Park Tower supertall condo tower.Barnett’s Extell Development raised the new capital in the form of mezzanine debt secured by “Class C” shares in the property, according to a filing on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.Read moreViews from Central Park Tower’s topping outInside Extell’s private club for the 0.1%Extell brings on Corcoran Sunshine to help market Central Park Tower Sail Harbor Capital and the hedge fund Baupost Group provided the financing, according to a source familiar with the loan. The loan carries an interest rate of 14 percent and matures at the end of this year with options to extend for another 18 months, according to the TASE filings.ADVERTISEMENTA Cushman & Wakefield team of Adam Spies, Doug Harmon and Adam Doneger arranged the debt.Barnett and the Cushman team could not be immediately reached for comment.With a projected sellout of $4 billion, Central Park Tower, at 217 West 57th Street, is the most expensive condominium project ever developed in New York City. Barnett secured $1.1 billion in financing for the project in early 2018, including a $900 million construction loan led by JPMorgan Chase.Extell is developing the 1,550-foot-tall tower — the tallest residential tower in the world — with SMI USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Shanghai Municipal Investment. The project, where more than 20 units will ask $60 million or more, topped out in September 2019.In October 2020, the developer tapped Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group to help market units.Since Barnett first landed financing for the project, however, the market for high-end condos has slowed due to a glut of new supply, particularly along Billionaires’ Row. The pandemic has also made it more difficult for developers and owners to sell high-priced units.At the same time as the refinancing, the senior loan was modified to remove certain sales requirements, according to the TASE filing. Previous filings indicated that the developer was required to have $500 million worth of units in contract by the end of last year.Contact Rich Bockmann Email Address* Message* Full Name*center_img TagsCentral Park TowerExtell DevelopmentManhattan Condo MarketReal Estate Finance Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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Proxy development: a new facet of morphological diversity in the marine diatom Eucampia antarctica (Castracane) Mangin

first_imgThe varied aspect ratios observed in the Antarctic marine diatom Eucampia antarctica are described and quantified. Data are compiled from detailed measurements of the gross morphology of winter stage specimens found in samples of modern marine sediments. Surface sediment samples come from a range of oceanographic settings spanning almost 20° of latitude from north of the Polar Front in the SW Atlantic to close to continental Antarctica in the southern Amundsen Sea. Results are compared with previously recorded morphological data ascribed to the polar and sub-polar varieties of E. antarctica (E. antarctica var recta and E. antarctica var antarctica) and reveal that the aspect ratio of both varieties responds independently of symmetry and colony structure. The discussion considers the likely basis of the observed aspect ratio distribution and whether the morphological diversity offers any potential for use as proxy evidence in Antarctic palaeoceanographic reconstructions. Although it requires further study, valve symmetry offers promising potential as a quantitative proxy for austral summer sea surface temperatures.last_img read more

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US Navy Installations to Conduct CITADEL SHIELD 2013

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Installations to Conduct CITADEL SHIELD 2013 February 18, 2013 US Navy Installations to Conduct CITADEL SHIELD 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: installations View post tag: US View post tag: Citadel View post tag: Defence View post tag: 2013 View post tag: News by topic Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will conduct an annual Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism (FP/AT) exercise Citadel Shield (CS) 2013 on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States Feb. 19 – March 1.This annual exercise is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security forces to respond to threats to installations and units.The CS 2013 exercise will test different areas of the Navy’s anti-terrorism program and naval security force personnel’s ability to respond to real-world threats.There will be an increase in patrols on and around Navy installations as a result of this planned exercise. Exercise CS 2013 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base and station operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 18, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: conduct Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Shield Share this articlelast_img read more

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JUST IN: Thunderbolts Bolts Season Ends with 8-0 Loss to Macon in Game 3

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare APRIL 15TH, 2018  NICK RUFFOLO EVANSVILLE, INDIANA, SPORTS, THUNDERBOLTS Thunderbolts Bolts Season Ends with 8-0 Loss to Macon in Game 3APRIL 15TH, 2018  NICK RUFFOLO EVANSVILLE, INDIANA, SPORTS, THUNDERBOLTS The Evansville Thunderbolts had a chance to advance to the next round of the SPHL playoffs with a win in a decisive game three against the Macon Mayhem, but could not overcome the momentum of the home team.Eight different Macon players registered a goal in Sunday’s game as the Mayhem went on to win the game 8-0 and the series 2-1.Evansville finished the regular season 27-20-9, and with the one playoff win, the Thunderbolts doubled their victory total from the season before.44News is the official TV sponsor of the Evansville Thunderbolts.Nick RuffoloSports Anchor/Reporter for 44News.More Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebookcenter_img The Evansville Thunderbolts had a chance to advance to the next round of the SPHL playoffs with a win in a decisive game three against the Macon Mayhem, but could not overcome the momentum of the home team.Eight different Macon players registered a goal in Sunday’s game as the Mayhem went on to win the game 8-0 and the series 2-1.Evansville finished the regular season 27-20-9, and with the one playoff win, the Thunderbolts doubled their victory total from the season before.44News is the official TV sponsor of the Evansville Thunderbolts.Nick RuffoloSports Anchor/Reporter for 44News.More Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebooklast_img read more

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Cape Assist Offers Counseling Services For Gambling Addiction

first_imgCape Assist partners with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey to offer funded treatment to those suffering from gambling problems and their family members. The services will be offered through the Cape Assist Counseling Department and all clinical staff have been trained to provide services.According to a report by Rutgers University’s Center for Gambling Studies, the percentage of New Jersey residents considered to have a “gambling disorder” is three times the national average.With the most recent legalization of online and sports betting, the likelihood of developing a gambling problem has increased, according to a Cape Assist press release.“Cape Assist is the first agency in Cape May County to offer treatment services to people with gambling problems and their family members,” said Neva Pryor, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. “The Council on Compulsive Gambling is excited about this new partnership.”Kathryn Gibson, director of Recovery Services for Cape Assist said, “We are now able to provide this much needed service, thanks to our partnership with the Council on Compulsive Gambling.”If you or someone you love has a gambling problem and would like counseling services, please call Cape Assist at 609-522-5960 to request an intake or if you would like more information, email [email protected] be a resident of New Jersey and 18 years or older.If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-gambler.The Cape Assist organization is a non-profit agency, dedicated to servicing Cape May County for over 30 years. Cape Assist promotes health and wellness in the community, implementing research-based services to seniors, schools, businesses, and organizations, all structured to enrich families and build healthy communities. 609-522-5960. www.capeassist.org 3819 New Jersey Ave. in Wildwood. Cape Assist, based in Wildwood, offers several services for drug, alcohol and gambling addictions. (Photo credit Cape Assist Facebook page)last_img read more

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Elkhart man arrested for allegedly shooting his father

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Google+ By Carl Stutsman – December 16, 2020 0 481 Google+ WhatsApp Elkhart man arrested for allegedly shooting his father (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) Family members say that back on Nov. 20th 26-year-old Dominique Edwards showed up at his parents’ house, and was clearly on drugs.As the night progressed he continued “acting funny”, before pulling out a gun and shooting his parents completely unprovoked. Edwards was chased out of the home by his brother, and had been on the run since.The shooting happened on Stevens Avenue and the Father was hospitalized with serious injuries to his abdomen and leg. Police arrested him this weekend when they discovered him at the scene of a suspected vehicle break-in. The Elkhart Truth reports his charges include attempted murder and resisting law enforcement. Previous articleGoshen Hospital updates COVID numbersNext articleArrest made after shots fired in Elkhart Carl Stutsman Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

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Speech: Secretary of State speech at the National Association of Headteachers conference

first_imgI’m delighted to join you here today, and for the opportunity to speak directly to so many heads and school leaders.Since I started this job in January, one of my first priorities was to go out and visit schools, visit nurseries, visit colleges.You can read a lot of papers and talk to a lot of officials in the civil service – but nothing beats meeting the people who bring education to life.And, of course, no two schools are the same but what I’ve seen everywhere is this enormous passion, enormous level of commitment and dedication that you just don’t see in every profession.With so many teachers telling me how deeply they enjoy what they do. The creativity. The freedom. The joy of learning, helping to develop young minds.Looking around this conference room, I know that all of you want to lead great schools, to create a culture where teachers love their jobs and where children do their best.As Secretary of State for Education, my simple ambition is for all children, whatever their background, to go to a good school where they are inspired to learn and can fulfil their potential.I want us, together, to narrow the gap for the places left behind and provide better opportunities for the children who have the hardest start in life.And in aiming for this I know that in education there is nothing more important than the people who are making it happen.When I ask people to think back to their own days of school – about what they most remember from school, what made the difference for them, I have yet to hear anyone mention the smartboard. Or textbook, or a computer, or an exam. It is always Ms Smith or Mr Davies.There are no great schools without great teachers and leaders.And of course great schools thrive under great leaders – which is why I want to work with you. It’s why I am determined to champion your profession.Working with you to raise its status, helping to attract and retain more brilliant people to teach in our schools.In short, I will do everything in my power to make sure teaching remains one of the most fulfilling jobs anyone can do.One of my most urgent tasks is, therefore, to look at the barriers that can drive teachers, and leaders, out of the profession and may put people off in the first place.Top of the list here is workload. Workload comes from different places.Sometimes it can come from schools themselves, and policies on marking and data collection for example.It can come directly from specific requirements set by government.But it can also come indirectly from the pressures inherent in the accountability system.And today I’m going to talk quite a lot about those pressures and about that system.I don’t need to tell anybody here that accountability is vital. Children only get one shot at an education and we owe it to them that they can get the best, where they are being let down we need to act quickly – so no one ends up left behind.But, that sort of action is rarely needed.In fact, standards in our classrooms are higher than ever. 89% of schools, and 90% of your primary schools, are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.This is not to say that the system that we have right now is working perfectly.We all know that if we went outside this room and tried explaining to someone not in the education sector, about Regional Schools Commissioners, Ofsted, MATs, coasting, below the floor – they would look pretty blank.But what I’ve found from speaking to many of you these last few months is that even within the profession and within the sector, there can be confusion.Confusion about the different actors within the system…who has the power to do what and on what basis, the exact circumstances that could lead to enforced structural or leadership change at a school.All of this means that the spectre of our accountability system can loom large over schools.Fear of inspection. Fear of a single set of bad results. Fear of being forcibly turned into an academy – all of this can create stress and anxiety, and that can percolate through the staff.Ladies and Gentlemen, we can do better than this.As members of NAHT you are, of course, doing your own thinking about accountability, and I want to work closely on this with you.But I also wanted to come here today with something that I think itself is very important.School leaders need better clarity on how the accountability system will operate, the consequences that can flow from it – and the roles of the actors within it.So I am publishing today a statement that sets out key principles for how I see the system working in future – the next step will be consulting with you and colleagues on the details.I urge everyone to read the statement in full but in essence it comes down to this:We have many excellent schools in this country – schools with great leaders, great teachers.And I have a clear message to these schools and their leaders – we, I trust you to get on with the job.Ladies and Gentlemen, I trust that you know better than us – better than me, better than the Department for Education – how to improve your schools. You don’t need government getting in your way.We will, of course, take action where a school is failing – on those rare occasions where, frankly, the leadership isn’t there to make the improvements needed then we must act decisively and make structural change where it’s necessary.But these are the measures of last resort – and I believe every school must be absolutely clear on the rare circumstances when this would happen – and when it wouldn’t.Ofsted is the body that can provide an independent, rounded judgement of a school’s performance – data alone can’t tell the whole story.So I want to move to a system where, when it comes to educational underperformance, we only enforce academy conversion, leadership change or changing the trust a school is part of when there has been an Ofsted Inadequate judgement.So that means we will not be forcibly turning schools into academies unless there is that judgement.Now, I firmly believe that becoming an academy can bring enormous benefits to schools and their pupils.Increasingly, becoming an academy also means schools coming together in a Multi Academy Trust, sharing expertise, working collaboratively, driving improvements.Hundreds of schools every year voluntarily choose that route – to become an academy and join a Multi Academy Trust. And I want this to be a positive choice for more and more schools.So I want to move away from forced academisation being seen as this punitive threat that can also hang over schools that are not failing.But we must have a system that does more than just deal with failure. Which is why we will work to identify schools at risk… But we will also do so in the right way, making a clear offer of support for the current school leadership.This support would come from Teaching Schools or other high quality school improvement providers – people with a proven track record.I intend this to replace the current confusing system of having both a ‘below-the-floor’ standard and ‘coasting’ standards for performance.There will be a single, transparent data trigger at which schools will be offered support in this way. We will consult on how this single measure should work.And as I said earlier, school leaders above this threshold will know that they have full freedom to get on with their job – without interference.What does this mean for how we work with schools?I know that right now schools can sometimes feel accountable to multiple masters.Regional School Commissioner representatives going into schools and performing visits that can feel a lot like inspections – making additional requests for data.And that is something that comes about for well-intentioned reasons. But it can be confusing for schools. And I’m afraid it plays its part in helping to create a culture that drives some unnecessary workload for you and your teachers.Ladies and Gentlemen, this will end.Ofsted inspectors are the only people who should be inspecting schools – the clue is in the name.Commissioners commission.Ofsted inspectors inspect.Which means no more RSC initiated visits that can feel like inspections with those extra demands for data, adding to bureaucracy – more time for schools to get on with the job that they’re doing well.I’ve been talking here about the standard of education provided in schools.I will also be looking at how we can support schools that are in financial trouble or take action where there has been a serious breakdown of governance. I will be setting up far more robust oversight and challenge when it comes to the financial performance of academy trusts.And there must also be improvements in the governance of MATs as they grow in size and number, and how we, on behalf of the public, hold them to account – and again, we’ll seek your views on this.The need to bear down on workload is not a new thing.In 2014, the Department for Education launched the Workload Challenge. Thousands took part and, overwhelmingly, people talked about the sheer volume of lesson planning, marking and data management which was too often being driven by fear of inspection rather than for the benefit of the child.Since then we have worked closely with Ofsted and others to bust myths about inspections.I recently made a video with a clear message with myself alongside Amanda Spielman and others – committing to schools that you won’t be judged for cutting back on excessive bureaucracy.And let me say again – neither Ofsted or DfE require you to do things like annotated seating plans, triple marking, deep marking, dialogic marking, colour coded marking, excessive monitoring of a child’s progress…The video has now been watched more than 75,000 times, and I hope you will all, not only watch it but share it. And if anyone does tell you that Ofsted require this or that, please show them that video too.There’s more to come from us on this. One area which many of you have raised with me is how the pressure to collect assessment data and evidence of progress has grown dramatically over the years.In response, I have established a workload advisory group to look into this issue and publish recommendations.And I am pleased to announce that this group will be chaired by Professor Becky Allen and the membership will include teachers and school leaders, as well as Ofsted and the unions – and I very much welcome NAHT’s commitment to take part.I also want to urge heads and leaders to play their part.As I visit more and more schools, I discover that there isn’t a uniform story on workload – teachers’ experiences are very different; and schools’ policies and practices are very different too.I urge you to ask questions like: Do we need this much data collection? What does this extra time spent marking add?And yes, Government has responsibility too.In our drive to raise standards these last seven years, we have made great strides together.However, the pace of change has been fast and that is why I’ve said that there will be no more new statutory tests or assessments for your schools, beyond those already announced, for the rest of this parliament as I’ve already announced.And I will continue to work with NAHT and others to make sure that schools successfully embed and have the time to adapt to the changes that have already been announced and are coming through.Of course, all of us here have a shared goal of making sure teaching remains an attractive, fulfilling profession.Yes, teacher numbers are at an all time high and more people are returning to teaching this year – but, still, we know that staff turnover is a real challenge for schools.Actually not just for schools. With record employment there has been increased demand for talented graduates altogether.We’ve brought in schemes like the student loan reimbursement pilot for new graduates.But we need to go further and that’s why over the coming months we will be developing an overall recruitment and retention strategy.We will take an unflinching look at the things that discourage people from coming into teaching or make them consider leaving.We will also look at how we support teachers to get better at what they do and hone their expertise as well as career progression, whether they want to get into leadership as you have, or stay and develop in the classroom.I particularly want to support teachers early in their careers, when I know some new teachers feel a bit like having been chucked into the deep end before they’ve really learnt to swim.And so I’m pleased we are setting out our initial response to our QTS consultation today.Following strong support, I’m happy to announce that we will be introducing an enhanced offer of support for new teachers – including extending the induction period to two years.And we will work with the profession to develop a new early career framework that will set out all the training and mentoring a teacher is entitled to in those first years.I am committed to working with the profession to understand how to deliver these proposals and the resources needed to make them work.It’s not just the early years though – I want teachers to be able to develop and progress through clearer career pathways, including for those, as I said, who want to stay in the classroom as experts.You’ve said you want professional qualifications including in a specialist subject – so we will work with the sector to support these new qualifications.I’m also announcing today something that has been called for by the profession for some time – a new £5 million sabbatical pilot.This will allow more established teachers to do something else for a period, whether that’s working in an industry relevant to their field or doing academic research – or indeed coming to DfE to help shape policy.Now, finally, I want to turn to an issue which I know is top of your minds.I certainly don’t pretend I can just stand up here at this podium and say a few words that will solve all of the challenges that you face in schools today.It is true that schools get more funding than they used to but it is also true that society asks much more of schools than we did a generation ago.It is true that if you compare our schools to other countries… according to the latest OECD data, per pupil, our schools get more government funding than countries such as Germany.But there have also been real cost pressures on schools – pensions, National Insurance.So, yes, it is challenging for schools making the numbers add up and I do pledge to work with you to bear down on some of the cost pressures as best as we can.Working closely with you to make sure schools do get the best deals possible and can target precious resources at the frontline.I want a close, collaborative relationship with you, with this profession, whether on reforming accountability, or reducing the data burden, strengthening professional development or reducing cost pressures.I’m clear that our retention and recruitment strategy would be nothing without your voices, your expertise… heads, teachers, support staff and unions.We have a powerful opportunity to raise the status of this profession, for teaching to remain one of society’s most fulfilling roles…meaning that every child has the chance to fulfil their potential.And I pledge to work with you all to make this a reality. The principles for how the accountability system will operate to provide school leaders with greater clarity and transparency are set out in the ‘Principles for a clear and simple school accountability system’ policy paper.last_img read more

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Press release: Foreign Secretary in first bilateral visit to Switzerland for more than 20 years

first_imgFor journalists Email [email protected] Both the UK and Switzerland are proud, independently-minded nations, but we both understand the value of having a deep and close relationship with the EU. While our own EU exit negotiations progress, we are also working hard with our friends in Switzerland to ensure our bilateral relations continue to flourish for many years to come. Trade between our two countries is worth more than £30 billion a year; together we host all of the ‘top 10’ universities in Europe; and we continue to unite in tackling many global issues, including modern slavery and cyber crime. This visit will allow me to continue important discussions with the President and Foreign Minister on the huge potential for greater co-operation between two great European nations. Further information Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook Media enquiries Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has arrived in Switzerland for the first bilateral visit by the UK’s most senior diplomat since 1996.Both the UK and Switzerland are renegotiating their relations with the EU, with both seeking to protect national sovereignty whilst holding high ambitions for close co-operation with the EU across a broad range of areas.The UK and Switzerland enjoy close ties through trade, culture and shared values, and work closely together to tackle many global challenges of the present day.The Foreign Secretary said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebooklast_img read more

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Flour Water Salt raises £29k in Kickstarter campaign

first_imgMacclesfield café and bakehouse Flour Water Salt has raised £29,300 on a Kickstarter campaign.The business has exceeded its £20,000 target, which it had set to help fund the renovation of its premises on Market Place, Macclesfield.Flour Water Salt had already secured two-thirds of the amount required for the works, which include the addition of more seats and a kitchen extension. The business said the project would help it accommodate more customers, extend its menu and ensure it remained sustainable in the future.The Kickstarter campaign was launched on 25 February to raise the remaining £20,000 required for the project – a target it hit in just four days.Flour Water Salt founder and director Paul Robinshaw said: “We’re absolutely gobsmacked. The support we’ve received has been incredible and we would like to thank all those who have pledged.”The campaign remained online for one month, with the total raised over this time amounting to £29,300.Donations of set amounts were rewarded, for example a £20 donation received a ‘Bag for Loaf’ branded tote bag from the bakery, £100 donations were rewarded with a Dinner for Two and £400 got pledgers a place on the bakery’s three-day sourdough course.Robinshaw added that the money raised illustrated that people wanted Flour Water Salt to succeed on the high street in very challenging times.“We are bowled over by the support,” he added.last_img read more

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Student government association implements sustainable practices at Saint Mary’s

first_imgWhen Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president Bailey Oppman and Lydia Lorenc took office, they wanted to promote sustainability on campus. To achieve this goal, they named junior Emily Harrast and sophomore Kassidy Jungles as the chairs for sustainability under Student Government Association (SGA).While Oppman and Lorenc stressed sustainability, the majority of initiatives fall under the sustainability chairs, Harrast said in an email.“Kassidy and I worked on our own goals for the year, but when it came to things we did not have experience with, [Oppman and Lorenc] were very helpful,” she said. “They helped us figure out our budget for the year, as well as helping us communicate our goals with [College President Jan Cervelli] and other staff.”The chairs’ main goal for this semester was fundraising, Harrast said.“[We] wanted to raise money to buy hand dryers for the student center bathrooms,” Harrast said. “We spent this past semester designing a good product that we felt everyone would enjoy — but also subtly supports sustainability — and selling it to raise the money we needed to support our efforts. We achieved our goal of selling 100 shirts, and we hope to implement the new hand dryers as soon as possible.”Cervelli has stressed sustainability since her inauguration last school year. Harrast said SGA met with Cervelli to discuss goals and hear any ideas she may have for SGA.“Together, we discussed the sustainable practices already in place, which there are a fair number of, and then talked about our goal of getting hand dryers in the student center,” Harrast said.The College has also had an active composting program during this semester, although Harrast said she cannot take credit for that initiative.“While [the composting program] was included in our goals early on, it was started by [senior] Katie Frego and the composting club,” she said. “We work some with the club, but this program is completely run by the club members.”Harrast said she and Jungles hope to continue promoting knowledge next semester.“Our goals … are to spread more information about sustainable things the average Saint Mary’s student can do,” Harrast said. “We hope to do this not only using posters and social media, but also with some fun event we are planning, specifically Earth Day.”Harrast said she believes it is important not only to strive for a more sustainable life, but also to incorporate that principle into SGA specifically.“Having chairs for sustainability stresses how important this topic really is,” she said. “[It] reminds students that we need to constantly think about whether or not actions are sustainable and what we need to do to make them more sustainable.”Tags: 2017 student government, composting, Student Government Association, Student Government Insider 2017, sustainabilitylast_img read more

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