Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award Winner

Growing, nurturing, and harvesting good, nutritious food have always brought Maisie Roberts joy. And because she believes that everyone should have access to affordable, fresh produce, the avid gardener teamed up with her sister to make such universal access a reality by fighting hunger.

Maisie, a Business Banking relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Denver, spends countless volunteer hours working to feed people in need in the most populous area of her state — the Front Range. The Front Range includes Denver, Fort Collins, and other large areas. Together, Maisie and her sister Tracy Lowery built Foraged Feast, a nonprofit that connects locally grown food that would otherwise go to waste with food service organizations in their community.

“Food banks have difficulty providing fresh produce to their clients, and farmers often have excess food after the farmers’ markets close,” says Maisie. “By connecting food banks and service organizations to farmers, we can provide fresh food that would otherwise go unused to those who are hungry.”

Maisie, Tracy, and other Foraged Feast volunteers work with local farmers, farmers’ markets, and wholesale food distributors to recover excess produce. They also support gathering fruit from trees in private and public spaces with permission. Continue reading

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Catfish Trade Controversy Challenges Environmental and Health Protection

Catfish anyone? It may not be your preferred fish fry, but it’s at the center of a dispute that illustrates a number of issues that impact every one of us.

Catfish farming is a major industry in the Southeast. Recently, farmers have complained to government officials about low cost imports coming in from Asia that were driving prices down. So they asked for increased regulation.

Congress listened and moved the regulatory authority for catfish from the  FDA to the Dept. of Agriculture, which is generally known for more rigorous regulation. The process has taken years to work its way through the bureaucracy, but now that it’s done, it’s starting to look like a case of “be careful what you wish for.” Continue reading

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Novinda Joins Forces with PTS Power to Expand Market Reach

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Novinda Corporation, a provider of mercury emission control solutions, announced today that it has joined forces with PTS Power, Inc. to represent Novinda’s air quality products and services to coal-fired power utilities and industrial boilers in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. PTS Power, a professional manufacturers’ representative company, specializes in solutions to improve plant performance and reduce maintenance costs for power plant utilities in these regions.

AmendedSilicates™ products offer effective and economical non-carbon mercury removal solutions. Amended Silicates flagship products – AS-HgX and AS-HgX-ESP – have been successfully tested and used in numerous full-scale plants, demonstrating cost and performance advantages when compared to carbon-based products.

“PTS Power is a leader in working with power plant utilities with deep knowledge and experience that will support Novinda’s rapid market growth. Working with companies such as PTS Power enables us to continue expanding our geographic footprint and to gain valuable knowledge that is key to our success,” said Jay Crilley, vice president of sales at
Novinda. Continue reading

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SolarWindow Gets Social

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW), developer of see-through electricity-generating coatings for glass, announced today that the Company has formally launched its social media program on both Twitter and Facebook.

“Our social media presence is an important extension of our brand building,” stated Mr. John A. Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. “In light of recent advancements with our technologies, it’s time to strengthen our corporate brand. It’s also more important than ever to actively communicate with our investors, business stakeholders, and followers by posting company news and sharing advancements using Facebook and Twitter.”

Today’s announcement follows the Company’s recent name change and launch of its new web site at www.SolarWindow.com. These initiatives come on the heels of important news that SolarWindow™ systems boast the industry’s fastest known financial return and could achieve payback within one year, according to the latest Company power and financial modeling. To produce the equivalent amount of power with conventional solar systems would require at least 5-11 years for payback and at least 10-12 acres of valuable urban land. Continue reading

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Developing Vision for Inclusive Employment

Post by Rebecca Longa, Supported Employment Coordinator with Keystone Human Services Intellectual Disabilities Services

Vision is one of the guiding forces in what we do in customized employment. Vision is necessary to see a future and plan how to get there. It means seeing creative and innovative employment processes and options for individuals with disabilities when typical processes and options would prevent an individual from finding employment.

The customized employment process starts by keeping vision broad and focusing on themes instead of jobs. For example, by following the customized employment process, you would focus on the theme of fashion and beauty rather than specific jobs like hair stylist, nail technician, clothing retailer, tailor, etc.

As the process continues, employment specialists think outside the box for employment opportunities. They look for ways to benefit businesses by restructuring jobs or creating a position to fill a need the business has. Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient for a Great Cup of Coffee

There are definitely some myths out there about sustainable products, and to be blunt, how good they are. Some people wonder whether something so focused on its mission can look great, taste great, feel great. (Apparently locally-grown wheat grass smoothies, raw yeast balls and sandpaper hemp pants don’t float everyone’s boat.) As it turns out, in the coffee world, sustainability not only goes hand-in-hand with quality, they’re integrally linked. And Fair Trade has become an important vehicle for helping farmers improve crop quality and build strong relationships with quality-forward buyers. In fact, today nearly 100% of Fair Trade Certified coffees are specialty grade.

Sorry to turn your world upside down, but it’s true: sustainable practices and thriving farmers are the secret ingredients to your mind-blowingly delicious cup of joe. Here are a few reasons why: Continue reading

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Cigna Foundation Taps Water For People as Recipient of World of Difference Grant

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Cigna Foundation today announced a $100,000 World of Difference grant to Water For People, a global organization helping to improve health for 1.8 billion people who lack access to safe water, and 2.8 billion people – or 35 percent of the world’s population – without access to sanitation. Water For People, headquartered in Denver, supports the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi
and India.

The Cigna Foundation grant will help Water For People reach four million people in nine countries by 2018. Additionally, Cigna’s health and finance experts will help Water for People measure the health impacts of its programs and address financial challenges related to water system replacement and repair.

“With Water For People, the Cigna Foundation is looking to help those around the globe who lack the basic essentials of safe water and sanitation, which are fundamental to good health,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation. “We believe it’s inexcusable that half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from waterborne disease, and 3.4 million people a year are dying from water-related disease. We share Water For People’s vision that one day, every family, every school and every clinic will have access to safe water and sanitation.” Continue reading

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Nissan LEAF Battery Reliably Outperforms Cynics, Critics and Alternatives

ROLLE, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Five years and more than 35,000 European sales since the launch of its all-electric LEAF, proprietary data released by Nissan for the first time shows that 99.99 percent of its battery units remain entirely fit for purpose.

The failure rate of the battery power unit is less than 0.01 percent – or just three units in total – a fraction of the equivalent industry-widefigure for defects affecting traditional combustion engines.

To prove the long-term reliability of the battery technology, Nissan tracked down a rather infamous early model, whose owner is still enjoying fault-free motoring in her LEAF three years on: http://youtu.be/6V1bJJwJhEg

Electric vehicle advocate and presenter of online TV channel Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn commented: “This comes as no surprise. There was a lot of apprehension about electric technology in the beginning, but with sales climbing month-on-month I struggle to see how these myths continue to be regurgitated today.” Continue reading

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