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first_imgNotre Dame is implementing a new system to reduce nonconsumable food waste while also fueling the clean energy needs of an Indiana farm, the University announced in a press release Monday. The system, Grind2Energy, helps convert food waste into renewable energy — reducing food waste and emissions, odors and pests. Notre Dame is the second school in the nation to invest in the food-recycling system, the release said. The project is a collaboration with Campus Dining, the Office of Sustainability and Homestead Dairy, a dairy farm about 30 miles south of Notre Dame in Plymouth, Indiana. “Our implementation of this solution to tackle a large portion of our nonconsumable food waste enables us to take a big step towards meeting our waste diversion goals set as part of our University Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy,” Carol Mullaney, senior director of sustainability, said. “While we continue to work on source reduction and donations of consumable food to local outlets, we will still have food waste and it’s exciting to know that it will now avoid the landfill and be converted into clean energy.”The first of what will be three Grind2Energy systems — made up of a processing sink, a grinder and an outdoor holding tank — was installed at the University’s Center for Culinary Excellence in January, according to the release.The 15-foot-tall holding tank can hold 5,000 gallons and is heated from inside so the contacts do not freeze, the release said. When it is time to empty the tank, a septic hauler adheres a hose to the bottom of the tank and pumps the waste into a septic truck, which is then transported to a nearby farm where the waste is converted to energy. The report said the waste is a donation to the farm, though the University will experience the benefit of lower trash costs. North and South dining halls will receive Grind2Energy systems “in the near future,” the report said.“We’re excited to partner with our colleagues from the Office of Sustainability in the introduction of Grind2Energy at Notre Dame,” Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining, said. “Campus Dining is able to divert a significant amount of food waste from the local landfills. The compost generated from the units enables us to enjoy upstream and downstream benefits by combining technologies in LeanPath and Grind2Energy. We look forward to completing a successful rollout at North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall over the next few months.”The three systems will reduce nonconsumable food waste on campus by 99 percent and overall campus waste by 10 percent, or 700,000 pounds per year, according to senior program director of the Office of Sustainability, Alison Mihalich.The system is a result of research about food waste on campus by junior Matthew Magiera, who recommended digesting waste because of the lack of available space on campus, the release said. The system works by breaking down organic waste, including food scraps from the Center for Culinary Excellence or the dining halls, and storing it in the holding tank as it is transported to Homestead farms. The waste is then converted to energy through anaerobic digestion, a process by which microorganisms decompose the scraps to produce a methane-rich gas that can be processed into energy or natural gas. “It is almost a closed-loop, zero-waste process for the farmers,” Magiera said.The system will add to several green initiatives Homestead Farms has in use, including converting cow manure and other substances into electricity. “If you really look at the cycle, what we do as far as feeding the cows, growing the crop, producing energy off the manure and then using the manure as fertilizer to regrow the crop, that’s a pretty awesome green cycle,” Ryan Rogers, co-owner of Homestead, said.Tags: observer staff report, sustainability, Waste Managementlast_img read more


first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has just announced that they will be dredging the Winona Small Boat Harbor next week, September 12.The small boat harbor, located at Upper Mississippi River mile 726.1, is the non-federal sponsor for the project and has provided a suitable placement site for any dredged material.USACE is authorized to maintain the small boat harbor to a depth of 5 feet below the low control pool. Since 1990, the Winona Small Boat Harbor has been dredged 14 times.The Corps usually dredges the small boat harbor to 6 feet in order to prolong the need for future operations and to help provide enough clearance for dredging.For this year, the Corps is planning to complete the dredging operations September 15.The Corps also announced that the work will take place during daylight hours only, urging boaters to avoid the area if possible or to use extreme caution when navigating around the dredging equipment.[mappress mapid=”24414″]last_img read more


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Share Tweet Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary CXC is just a measurement; it doesn’t tell people if you are bright says Dr. Peters by: – October 4, 2011center_img Students who excelled at the City & Guilds Level 2 IVQ Diploma in Electrical Installation and Level 2 in IVQ Technician Certificate in Motor Vehicle Systems.President of the Dominica State College Dr Donald Peters has told students who excelled at the City & Guilds International Examination that the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is just a measurement which does not tell people whether a student is intelligent or not.The Dominica State College held a press conference this morning at it Training Room at the Bath Estate Campus to reveal the City & Guilds Examination results for June 2011, where it was announced that eight students obtained distinctions in the Level 2 IVQ Diploma in Electrical Installation and one merit and seven students passed the Level 2 IVQ Technician Certificate in Motor Vehicle Systems with distinctions, credits and passes.Dr Peters explained to the students that they need to decide what they love doing and pursue that field.“CXC is just a measurement; it doesn’t tell people if you are bright, it doesn’t make you smarter than anybody else. You as students need to determine what it is that I can do, what makes me happy?”Dr Peters further explained that while he is proud of the student’s achievements, he is particularly proud that the Dominica State College offers programs which meet international standards and accreditation.President of the Dominica State College Dr. Donald Peters.“I am pleased for two reasons; while your performance at City & Guilds proves to the rest of the world that we at the Dominica State College can perform at the international level, when I came here I always wanted to ensure people that the degrees and certificates that we give you are portable that is it can be accepted anywhere in the world. In the academic programs what we do is we work with other universities we send them our curriculum; they accept them so that means when you transfer to other universities they accept it,” he said.According to Dr. Peters, it must be understood and appreciated that universities ‘will only accept our programs because we meet the international standards for every program at the Dominica State College’ and that the manifestation of their performance in City & Guilds clearly indicates that at the technical and vocational level the Dominica State College is just as good as any other school in the world. Dr Peters further admonished against the notion that a student who excels at CXC must enroll into a law or medicine program as careers in the technical and vocational fields are paid higher than others.“It appears in the Caribbean that we believe that if a student got six ones in CXC they should only be doing law and medicine. Why can’t they do auto mechanic? Why can’t they be a police officer? Why can’t they be an electrical officer? Society need to rethink of the things that they do. I come from a country where people have to take 21, 000 on their SAT’s sitting next to me in class next thing I know they are working and making three times the money I’ll ever make because they did something in the tech-voc area. A physical therapist for instance in the United States makes a lot more money than a pediatrician, think about that and they only go to school for two years,” he said.Dean, Faculty of Applied Arts & Technology Mr Rawle LeslieDean of the Faculty of Applied Arts and Technology Mr Rawle Leslie also supported Dr Peters in promoting the technical and vocational department of the Dominica State College.“I would like to send a message to many in this nation with the respect to technical education and we have a notion that if you do not succeed in the other fields you can come to technical education, I need to say that this is not correct. I join Dr Peters in saying that students with ones, of course you need this basic background education to do well at the technical education.” Meantime the Local Examinations Secretary of City & Guilds International Mr Merril J Matthew told the students that their results should be an impetus to continue on their path of success while noting that potential of the vocational program of the Dominica State College.“Let this success be a lesson to you that as you put hard work and as you remained focused and as you set your goals high you will succeed. This sends a very clear message to all and sundry that the quality of our vocational program at Dominica State College is comparable to that of any other learning institution in the world.”Ollison Vidal obtained a distinction in the Electrical Installation course.Ollison Vidal a student who obtained a distinction in the Electrical Installation course sought to dispel the thought that electrical engineering is not a relevant course.“I would like to say that those students who think that electrical engineering is not relevant, I would like to say to you that are relatively wrong on that because once a student has his mind set straight on his work, once a student knows what he wants in life anything is possible and with God anything can be accomplished,” he said.Five other students; Lynn Asa Williams, Jeanette Ettinoffe, Elton Thomas, Elroy Andrew and Cameron Stoute, who offered reflections at this morning’s press conference extended special thank you messages to God, their lecturers, parents and friends who assisted them along the way and also highlighted the importance of their respective courses.[nggallery id=74]The results for the Level 2 IVQ Diploma in Electrical Installation the results are;Gilbert George – DistinctionVince Morgan – DistinctionOllison Vidal – DistinctionRidge Blaize – DistinctionDirk Frederick – DistinctionAustus Juliana – DistinctionKian Roberts – DistinctionLynn Asa Williams – DistinctionJeanette Ettinoffe – MeritThe results for the Level 2 IVQ Technician Certificate in Motor Vehicle Systems;Student Engine Systems Chassis SystemsSamuel Augustus Moise credit creditElton Thomas distinction creditElroy Andrew pass creditCameron Stoute credit creditKenrick Clement Etienne pass passDwight O’brien credit passKyle Toussaint credit creditDominica Vibes News Share 185 Views   no discussionslast_img read more


first_imgMusic by a Donegal band is to be used in a BBC programme to be broadcast next week.The tracks by Great White Lies will be used in the BBC Northern Ireland production Love in a Day which will be broadcast on February 6th.The programme was filmed over 24 hours last summer, and gives an intimate insight into who and what people in Northern Ireland love. Much of the footage for the programme has been supplied by viewers.The Inishowen-based band has supplied three tracks for the soundtrack to the programme.Lead singer and songwriter with Great White Lies, Siobhán Shiels, said the band are delighted to have the music used in the documentary.“The fact that we’re the soundtrack chronicling love in a day is pretty class. We can’t wait to see it ourselves now too,” she said. The band, who won the Visual Artists Ireland song of the year award in 2015, played in Los Angeles and Canada last year and are due to bring out a new single soon.Love in a Day will be broadcast on BBC1 Northern Ireland on Monday, February 6th at 10.40pm.Promising Donegal band to feature on BBC television was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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