USC receives B-minus in sustainability

first_imgUSC was given a grade of B-minus in late October for its efforts at promoting and achieving environmental sustainability on campus, a slight improvement from the C-plus the university had previously received for three years in a row.Going green · Charlie Furman (left), a senior majoring in cinema-television critical studies, and Danielle Romero, a freshman majoring in business administration, make windmills for USC Beyond Coal, which is calling on USC to stop using coal-fueled power. – Daniel Wang | Daily Trojan The College Sustainability Report Card is an annual assessment by the Sustainability Endowments Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 that attempts to further sustainability on college campuses, by commenting on their environmental efforts.USC officials acknowledged a lag in sustainability efforts at USC.“[The grading system] is a complicated set of things. USC has been doing better. We’ve been sort of behind the curve on sustainability issues, but we’re catching up,” said Mark Bernstein, managing director of USC’s Energy Institute.The report evaluates colleges and universities on their performance in nine aspects of sustainability policies and practices: administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities and shareholder engagement.Bernstein said that USC is not performing as well as its competitors — Stanford University received an A-minus and UCLA received a B — but the university has been making strides to become more environmentally sustainable.“We haven’t been a leader [but] we’re not at the bottom. We’re kind of in the middle of the pack,” he said. “We’ve been doing a pretty good job overall.”The institute gave USC an A in four categories: administration, food and recycling, transportation, and investment priorities.According to the report card, 40 percent of USC students commute to campus via “environmentally preferable methods,” and the university spends more than 5 percent of its food budget on local products and purchases organic food items.The university received its lowest grade, an F, in shareholder engagement.According to the institute, the details of proxy voting — the process by which a university considers and votes on policies regarding climate change and other related issues — are handled by USC’s investment managers rather than a “shareholder responsibility committee,” which would involve students, faculty and alumni input.In climate change and energy, green building, and endowment transparency, the university received C grades.USC has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent since 2001. In addition, 14 percent of the electricity purchased for campus comes from renewable sources, according to the report card.This is in comparison with Stanford University, which received an A in climate change and energy, and aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 20 percent before 2020.“We really need to push the envelope on reducing energy consumption. We need to do our own solar installations and take a serious look at water consumption,” Bernstein said.USC Beyond Coal — a group committed to reducing the university’s dependence on coal — has been active in promoting sustainability through its work with USC administration, said Carrell Hambrick, a senior majoring in fine arts who is involved in the group.Last year, the group lobbied then-President Steven B. Sample to write a letter to L.A. Department of Water and Power expressing USC’s support of the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa commitment to ending the city’s dependence on coal by 2020.Hambrick said the university is in a good position to take action to improve its sustainability because of its resources.“We can be doing so much for sustainability,” she said. “The fact that we have a sustainability department is a really good sign, and [the fact that] we have 11 environmental groups on campus shows that this has been thought about a lot.”Despite these myriad opportunities, Hambrick said USC’s overall grade of B-minus was fitting because the university could be making better use of its own resources.“It’s a pretty fair assessment. At the end of the day, if we do want to advance our sustainability portfolio, the university has to be more diplomatic,” Hambrick said.Rosie Murphy, a freshman majoring in history also involved in USC Beyond Coal, expressed similar sentiments that the university has made progress but can continue to do more to be a leader.“USC has definitely done a lot of awesome things,” Murphy said. “The whole campus center is LEED certified, there is recycling everywhere on campus and Campus Cruiser, [which is] a really incredible initiative.”“USC is obviously the 23rd best school; we totally have … the minds, the educational opportunities, and being in L.A., the weather has extra capacity for solar energy,” she said. “It would be really incredible if the university could tap some of those resources.”last_img read more

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NFL news and notes: Tom Brady talks his ‘unique’ situation; Jets say Sam Darnold is stronger

first_imgTraining camp is wrapping up and teams are preparing for the first official week of preseason games, yet plenty of questions remain unanswered.Why are Tom Brady and the Patriots being so secretive about his contract? Is Ezekiel Elliott getting close to returning? Who is winning the quarterback batttle in Washington?  Dak Prescott talks Ezekiel Elliott holdout: ‘Business is business’ And what has made Sam Darnold feel more confident going into his sophomore year?All of that and more in Monday’s NFL news and notes. Related News Three things that matterTom Brady is locked in with the Patriots — for nowThe six-time Super Bowl champion addressed his longevity with the team after he reportedly signed a two-year extension with New England. While Brady hasn’t showed signs of slowing down at 42, he said his age puts him in a rare position.”It’s a unique situation I’m in — 20th year with the same team, I’ll be 42 years old. So pretty much uncharted territory for everybody,” Brady said Monday after practice. “I’m going to go out there and do the best I can this year and see what happens.”The deal reportedly has void years for 2020 and 2021, meaning Brady and the Patriots will have to revisit the contract once the 2019 season is up.Ravens release guard Alex LewisLewis announced on Instagram that the Ravens released him after three seasons with the team. Lewis had shoulder surgery in the offseason, so him being released from Baltimore means he was able to pass his physical with the team.This now leaves the Ravens’ left tackle position on shaky ground. Baltimore likely was hoping to be able to work with Lewis after he started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but him training away from the team led to some issues. Now the Ravens will have to prime up either Jermaine Eluemunor, James Hurst or rookie Ben Powers as possible replacements.Adam Gase believes Sam Darnold’s arm is strongerFor Jets fans, this is a positive thing to hear after a rough 2018 season and tumultous offseason. While the team hasn’t clocked his velocity, changing the way Darnold trained has allowed him to throw more accurately and sustain less fatigue.”I don’t think I realized how strong his arm was,” Gase said Monday.On top of that, Darnold is feeling more confident after rookie season that saw him heavily criticized.”Last year, I still wasn’t super comfortable with all of the guys, getting in the huddle, feeling timid. I wasn’t really myself,” Darnold said after practice Monday. “I think this year, now that I’m stepping into that leadership role, I could, you could say, I’m definitely more comfortable and confident in myself.”Two things that don’t matterColt McCoy tops the Redskins depth chart at QBThere is still a month to go before the regular season begins, and while the Redskins have McCoy on top in their first unnofficial depth chart that was released Monday, it doesn’t mean that much. McCoy was expected to be on top for now, since he’s been with the team since 2014 and knows Jay Gruden’s offense well.Veteran Case Keenum will be his backup, while rookie Dwayne Haskins sits at third string. Of course, the Redskins have to get through four preseason games and McCoy could fall short, but those wanting to see Haskins start might have to wait a bit.Dak Prescott reveals he’s talked to Ezekiel Elliott — on just a friendship levelThe Cowboys quarterback revealed he’s been in contact with Elliott, but said the two have not talked about his ongoing holdout. Prescott told reporters: “Friendship is friendship and business is business. You don’t cross those.” Basically, Prescott shed no new information on Elliott’s contract situation and simply said the team misses him. Meanwhile, Elliott reportedly still is in Mexico, where he is training independently.One video you have to seeThis isn’t something that happened on the field, but Odell Beckham Jr. pulled a Browns fan over to sign his license plate. Not exactly something you see every day.OBJ really pulled over his car to sign this Browns fan’s license plate. Real one ✊ @brgridiron(via cantstick.2/IG beautifullu13/IG) pic.twitter.com/jhDJRO4uDq— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 4, 2019Monday tweet of the dayNelson Agholor got a shoutout by a fan after the receiver made his son’s day. The boy burst into tears of joy after Agholor signed gloves for him. Agholor tweeted his appreciation back.Appreciate y’all support 🦅 https://t.co/18Dcs83eAX— Nelson Agholor (@nelsonagholor) August 5, 2019 Redskins tab Colt McCoy as starter, Dwayne Haskins QB3 in first depth chart Don Banks, longtime NFL writer, dies at 57 in Canton, Ohiolast_img read more

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No Intercity Transit Service on Thanksgiving Day

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Regular local bus, Express, Dial-A-Lift, and Village Vans will not operate. Customer Service located in the Olympia Transit Center and the business office will also be closed.The Dial-A-Lift reservation line will be closed, but customers can leave ride requests or cancellation messages on Dial-A-Lift’s voicemail at 360-705-5827. Intercity Transit reminds Dial-A-Lift customers with standing rides to cancel their unneeded rides for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.We will operate on normal schedules Friday, November 29, 2019.For route and schedule information, visit intercitytransit.com/bus/routes or contact Customer Service at 360-786-1881.last_img read more

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