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Gonzaga U. Earns Gold from AASHE for Sustainability

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has awarded Gonzaga University a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements. The rating is measured through the AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) system.

The broad-based rating is based on performance in areas including academic curriculum and research; engagement with the campus community and public; operations (air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water); planning and administration; and innovation and leadership.

Gonzaga’s STARS report can be viewed at the STARS website.

“This recognition underscores Gonzaga’s demonstrated and mission-focused commitment to the care of our common home. STARS is a sustainability focused system that looks at the intersection of environmental, social, and economic factors,” said Jim Simon, Gonzaga’s director of sustainability. “STARS will inform the advancement of our sustainability and resiliency efforts and ensure that we are reducing our contribution to global climate change.”

Gonzaga submitted its first STARS Report in 2017, receiving a rating of Bronze. The STARS rating system progresses from Bronze, Silver, Gold, to Platinum.

“I’d like to thank Jim Simon and all of those who have worked diligently to advance sustainability at Gonzaga,” said Jim Angelosante, vice president for administration. “In particular, I’d like to recognize the efforts of Alex Medina, graduate assistant, office of sustainability; Max Kwenda, director of institutional research; Tomson Spink, grounds and maintenance manager; Ken Sammons, director of plant services; and Pat Clelland, resident district manager of Sodexo Food Services. Not only have we achieved this significant recognition and rating, but we continue to care for creation, reduce costs and create a culture of sustainability on campus and in our community.”

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Gonzaga University has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Last month, Gonzaga University was once again named among the 416 most environmentally responsible colleges and is included in the 2021 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.”

Earlier this year, AASHE recognized Gonzaga’s Cataldo Project as one of 16 national Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The AASHE program aims to infuse sustainability concepts into higher education curricula. The Cataldo Project aims to provide students with a fundamental awareness and understanding of the importance of the natural environment to life, how all human activities affect the environment, and an ethic for responsible stewardship of the planet.

Also, in September 2019, Gonzaga and ZagDining by Sodexo achieved its “Real Food Challenge” goal with 20% of the food served on campus sourced from ecologically sound, fair and humane, and local- and community-based providers.

Gonzaga approved its first comprehensive Climate Action Plan in 2013. Moreover, as a signatory to the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the University has pledged to work toward climate neutrality by 2050. To reach that goal, Gonzaga aims for all new campus construction to meet LEED Silver certifications or better.

Gonzaga has met its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 20% by 2020 and aims to reduce the emissions by 50% by 2035 (from 2009 levels).

GU supports renewable energy by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates equivalent to 48% of its electrical energy usage through Avista Utilities’ Buck-a-Block program. With an additional 3.8% of its energy coming through Avista Utilities’ Solar Select Program, which began in 2018, Gonzaga’s electrical energy usage from renewable sources is just over 50%. The remaining portion of the electrical consumption is primarily from hydroelectric sources and two small on-campus solar arrays.

With robust car sharing options, four electric vehicle charging stations and access to shared mobility options such as Lime Scooters, GU makes it easy for students and faculty to adopt green practices.

In 2014, Gonzaga hired Simon as its first director of sustainability to help coordinate Gonzaga’s sustainability efforts.

“Students clearly are asking for sustainability and climate action to be part of their college experience, and I am excited that Gonzaga has again been recognized for our efforts to care for our common home,” Simon said. “Those deserving credit for this rating include many students, faculty and staff who have been committed to sustainability and creation care.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, the STARS program is open to all institutions of higher education. The criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

Visit stars.aashe.org for more information about the STARS program.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: For more information about Gonzaga’s sustainability efforts, contact Jim Simon at simon@gonzaga.edu or (509) 313-5571.

Water Digest awarded at the National Water Awards

The Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation under the Ministry of Jal Shakti organised the 2nd National Water Awards (NWAs) Distribution Ceremony, held on 11th & 12th November 2020 over a virtual platform.Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India.The chief guest for the event was Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India. Hon’ble Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of State for Jal Shakti, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria, Shri U.P. Singh, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Dr. Anil Joshi, Environmentalist (Padma Bhushan) and other dignitaries also graced the occasion with their presence. Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of State for Jal Shakti. The NWAs focuses on the good work and efforts made by individuals and organisations across the country towards realizing the government’s vision of a ‘Jal Samridh Bharat.’ Water Digest has been working for the last 15 years and will continue to do so with one goal on our hearts and minds; water conservation. Water Digest is a bi-monthly magazine which started in 2006 and has been working towards spreading awareness about water conservation and management. The Water Digest magazine was awarded first prize for its commendable work under the category “Best English News Paper’.Ms Anupama Madhok, Director & Editor, Water Digest

This comes as a great honour for the Water Digest team as it received the award on the maiden ceremony of the 2nd National Water Awards. We have come a long way and believe that we still have miles to go. Water Digest is thankful to its community of readers and viewers for their valuable support. We assure you that we will keep up our determined approach and act as the mouthpiece of the water industry by upholding the ethics of journalism and disseminating useful information by all means.

Is USD 100 Per Month Sufficient to Run an Entire Start-Up? Newzz Is One Such Start-Up

Newzz provides information from various categories such as Business, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Politics, Lifestyle, etc. across India and the world in English and Hindi language. The Hindi website displays ताज़ा खबर , हिंदी समाचार , hindi news for todayin hindi news paperhindi news of Indiatoday’s hindi newshindi samachar googlehindi news alllatest news in hindi todayhindi news headlinesbreaking news today in hinditoday’s news in hindihindi news live India tvhindi news paper today and hindi news live today at regular intervals. Unique algorithms ensure that these headlines are clustered under relevant topics and duplicates are removed automatically. The algorithm also displays trending news and popular news in each section. These headlines are regularly updated automatically.

When asked the founder how he has kept is burn rate so low; this is his response “What you see is an complete product with jigsaw pieces together. I have identified multiple start-ups who provide various technologies. These are integrated to run Newzz. I pay them to use their technologies. Apart from them, I also have a few freelancers for various tasks. The combined cost of everything is less than USD 100 per month.”

Also we asked how he intends to compete with big players with his limited budget, he mentioned that “While a few large players exist with a lot of users, my objective is to turn profitable faster with fewer users. Currently my costs of operations are the lowest. As on Oct 2020, we are already profitable.”

Google Analytics data showed that more than 200,000 users have viewed a total of 400,000 pages in a 30 day period. Apart from the homepage, more than 20,000 unique news articles have been read. The bounce rate of their traffic is less than 30% which is lowest as compared to the industry average of more than 70%.

Newzz is the latest entrant in the content aggregation space which is dominated by Dailyhunt, NewsDog, Flipboard, etc. All these are huge players with deep pockets in this segment. It will be interesting to see how bootstrapped start-up is able to gain traction in this crowded, but lucrative content-aggregation space. Newzz also has an Android and iOS app.

What differentiates Newzz from the competition is its unique algorithm that groups similar headlines under a single topic. This gives users the flexibility to read more related news or simply skip the topic. Absence of advertisements or pop-ups or banner ads makes the website very fast to load. The website also does not request any sign-ups to view its content. It is completely FREE for everyone. Since the headlines are collected only from reliable online media, the possibility of fake news coming up on this website is negligible. Each piece of news published on this website is easily shareable through various social media channels.

In the future, Newzz intends to provide hyper-local content in 10+ Indian languages. It will not be a mere translation of the English site. The content provided will be relevant to each user based on the language chosen. The founder also wishes to have a long term content distribution partnership with content providers.

SISTec Creates Solar Powered Go-Cart Vehicle

Sagar Group’s Sagar Institute of Science and Technology (SISTec) Gandhi Nagar Mechanical Engineering Department has successfully created a Solar Powered Go-Cart Vehicle under its research project sponsored by the National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU) under Collaborative Research Scheme.

The department was accorded a grant under TEQIP-III by Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki University with a time limit of one year to complete the project. Dr. Rashmi Dwivedi with her commitment and dedication in the pandemic made it all to create the machine under the expert guidance of Dr. Sanjay Chhalotre Associate Professor, SISTec. The machine has inputs from Prof Ashish Labade, Asst Professor Computer Science Department at SISTec on IoT (Internet of Things) applications in using the non-conventional source of energy.

Chetan Katole, Manish Kushwah, Sanjay Choudhary, and Mayur Chouhan students of the Mechanical Department at SISTec also pitched in to complete the project before time.  On a single charge, the vehicle runs for 60 km and takes about 12 hours to complete charge of its battery and the cost of making the vehicle is approx rupees 3 lacs with efforts still on to reduce the costing.

Dr. Keshvendra Chaudhary, Principal SISTec, Dr. Swati Saxena, Vice Principal SISTec,  Dr. Ravishanker V Choudri – HoD Mechanical Engineering have extended their gratitude towards Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki University for sanctioning the project. Sudhir Kumar Agrawal, Chairman Sagar Group, and Siddharth Sudhir Agrawal, Managing Director, Sagar Group has congratulated Team SISTec, department of mechanical engineering, students, and the faculties for their commendable efforts on imparting practical knowledge to students.

Shincheonji Collaborates with Korean Government for Large-Scale Plasma Donations towards COVID-19 Research

In July, the members of Shincheonji’s Daegu branch who recovered from COVID-19 agreed to donate plasma for COVID-19 treatment research. Hundreds took part in the plasma donations that month. Earlier this week, the Korean Center for Disease Control released a statement thanking the Shincheonji Church for its help and requesting its cooperation for another round of large-scale plasma donations:

During this situation where the whole world is at risk due to COVID-19, we thank Shincheonji Church of Jesus (Chairman Lee Man Hee) for actively cooperating with the needed group collection of plasma for coronavirus treatment research in July. Currently, COVID-19 cases have been resurging, and there is a request for the rapid development of a treatment by employing group collection of plasma. Thus, we desire to collect plasma through your organization and request for your active collaboration.

Affected Shincheonji members in Daegu agreed to donate, and a facility was set up for over 1,100 donors to donate plasma between August 26th and September 4th, 2020.

Unfortunately, South Korea is currently facing its second and largest major COVID-19 outbreak. Pastor Jun Kwang-hoon of Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul, a vocal opponent of South Korean President Moon, skirted government opposition and public health concerns to hold a large rally against Moon. Pastor Jun Kwang-hoon spoke to the crowd without a mask despite having the coronavirus.

The outbreak that occurred at the Sarang Jeil Church was at least ten times the size of the outbreak at Shincheonji’s branch church in Daegu six months before. Sarang Jeil joins a growing number of protestant churches that are refusing to comply with the government mandate.

This recent outbreak recalls the earlier outbreak in February at Shincheonji Church’s branch in Daegu. However, while other religious groups opposed government orders, Shincheonji Church has constantly complied and helped the government in its efforts to combat COVID-19.

When the COVID-19 outbreak occurred at Shincheonji’s branch church in Daegu, the government followed protocol by requesting church members’ personal information for contact tracing. Shincheonji Church provided the information of Daegu church members immediately, as well as an updated list the following day.

Although Shincheonji officially halted all church meetings and gatherings as soon as the outbreak occurred, public outrage was sparked at the news of the outbreak; rumors and worries went around that Shincheonji members were spreading the virus on purpose. Sensationalistic headlines that combined the public’s fear of a “cult” with its fear of the coronavirus sent the public into a frenzy.

The Korean Government then requested a third list, this time containing Shincheonji Church’s full membership domestically and internationally, and even members-in-training. Shincheonji Church did its best to comply with the government’s requests, and Korean Minister of Health Kim Kang-Lip has publicly stated that Shincheonji cooperated fully with the government. However, Shincheonji’s opponents launched allegations that the church did not cooperate fully and those allegations are being brought to court. Consequently, several Shincheonji leaders, including the founder, Lee Man Hee, are now detained facing criminal charges.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom reported on the harsh treatment faced by Shincheonji members, and many NGOs and religious leaders have appealed to the United Nations and the South Korean government to call for an end to the oppression. However, there has been little reprieve and the South Korean government has not commented on the request. Shincheonji’s Chairman, Mr. Lee, is still detained indefinitely as he awaits the prosecution. Meanwhile, Pastor Jung of Sarang Jeil Church has not been detained or charged.

Ideanomics Reported Q2 Revenue of $4.7 million and EV Sales

NEW YORK, Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) , a global company focused on monetizing the adoption of commercial electric vehicles and associated energy consumption, as well as enabling the next generation of financial services and fintech products, announced today its second quarter 2020 operating results for the period ended June 30, 2020

Ideanomics Second Quarter 2020 Operating Results

Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2020, was $4.7 million. The second quarter revenues are the largest revenues from MEG since the Company commenced EV sales demonstrating the underlying strength of MEG’s business, particularly as these revenues were earned during a period when China’s economy was still returning to normal after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Performance on a sequential basis, revenues saw improvement in the second quarter of $4.7 million versus $378,000 in the first quarter ending March 31, 2020.

 

Ideanomics Announced MEG’s July and August Activity

557 EV Units Were Invoiced and 203 Units Delivered in July and August

 

MEG activities during the period of July 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020 were as follows:

Vehicle Type

Units Invoiced

(pending expected delivery)

Units Delivered

Heavy Trucks

25

Taxis/Ride-Hailing

557

178

TOTAL UNITS

557

203

“Units Delivered” refers to vehicles which have been delivered to customers, and Ideanomics has obtained the delivery notes. “Units Invoiced (pending expected delivery)” refers to customer orders where sales invoices have been issued and units ordered are still pending expected delivery. Delivery dates vary according to the type of vehicle and manufacturer availability.

The US GAAP accounting treatment for the anticipated revenue from the above orders will not be finalized until the order transactions complete. Consequently, the revenue may be reported on a Gross or Net basis and some portion may be deferred to future accounting periods.

About Ideanomics
Ideanomics is a global company that facilitates the adoption of commercial electric vehicles and supports next-generation financial services and fintech products. Our electric vehicle division, Mobile Energy Global (MEG) provides group purchasing discounts on commercial electric vehicles, EV batteries and electricity, as well as financing and charging solutions; we refer to this business model as sales to financing to charging (S2F2C). Ideanomics Capital provides fintech services that include intelligent and innovative solutions powered by AI and blockchain. Together, MEG and Ideanomics Capital provide our global customers and partners with more efficient solutions for a greener economy.

The company is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in BeijingGuangzhou, and Qingdao, and operations in the U.S., ChinaUkraine, and Malaysia.

 

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Tony Sklar, VP of Communications
55 Broadway, 19th Floor New York, New York 10006
Email: ir@ideanomics.com

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+1 949 306 6476
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“The global electric vehicle market at $39.8 billion in 2018 is projected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2025. Units sales are anticipated to reach 97 million vehicles worldwide by 2025.”

–  Wintergreen Research Inc.