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Ripley Youth Outreach provides birthday boxes

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Ripley Youth Outreach is ensuring that every child in Ripley County will have the ingredients necessary to celebrate their birthday.For the past 3 months, the members of the Youth Outreach have been collecting donations to launch their Birthday Box Program.The program will provide children, 10 and under, whose parents are served by a local food pantry, with the essentials to celebrate a birthday.Each box will contain cake mix, frosting, candles, and balloons.Over 100 birthday boxes were packaged on November 20th, and were distributed to the 8 food pantries in Ripley County.While taking donations, the outreach also received toys, which were donated to Safe Passage, and school supplies that were donated to Jac-Cen-Del’s Kindgergarten Care Package.last_img read more

Taking a look at balancing food, energy and economics

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest January’s public program by the Environmental Professionals Network will look at humanity’s balancing act: producing enough food and energy, improving economies and social conditions, and protecting the environment, all while facing climate change and, by 2050, possibly 2 billion more people on the planet.“They’re enormous challenges,” said the network’s coordinator, David Hanselmann, a lecturer in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The network is a statewide professional group based in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.The program, called “Adaptive, Resilient Land Management: Goals for the 21st Century,” is from 7:15 to 9:40 a.m. Jan. 26 in Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.Speaking will be:* Allison Thomson, science and research director at Washington, D.C.-based Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. The alliance, according to its website, works “to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality and human well-being.”* Ernie Shea, president and CEO of Lutherville, Maryland-based Solutions from the Land and coordinator of its North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. The alliance is helping farmers and foresters understand and adapt to climate change while maintaining their productivity.Moderating the discussion will be Fred Yoder, a corn, wheat and soybean farmer from Madison County, Ohio, and a past president of the National Corn Growers Association. In 2013, President Obama honored Yoder as a “Champion for Change” for his sustainability and climate change work.“Agricultural producers, other landowners and our broader society face enormous challenges and opportunities locally, nationally and globally,” Hanselmann said. “With little exaggeration, life itself hinges on our success in these matters.”Registration for the event is $10 and includes breakfast. The deadline to register is Jan. 22. Details and a link to register are at go.osu.edu/Jan2016EPN.Contact Hanselmann at hanselmann.3@osu.edu or 614-247-1908 for more information.Sponsoring the event are the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Council, and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.last_img read more

The “Switzerland of NoSQL” Joins Basho

first_imgMathias Meyer, the so-called “Switzerland of NoSQL,” is neutral no more. He has joined Basho as a developer advocate, the company announced today. Basho, which we covered here, is the sponsor company of the NoSQL database Riak.Previously, Meyer worked for the Berlin startup Peritor on its cloud hosting platform Scalarium. He confirmed on Twitter that he’ll still be working on Scalarium. Meyer will remain in Berlin.Meyer – known for blogging and tweeting about infrastructure, scalability, databases and coffee – is also working on the NoSQL Handbook.According to Basho, Meyer’s first public appearance as developer advocate will be at JSConf in Portland, OR from May 2-3.For more background on Meyer, here are two interviews:MyNoSQL: Getting Started with NoSQL.The Geek Talk: Mathias Meyer. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Related Posts Tags:#hack#news How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Zeta Opens a Factory, Continues Prefab Quest

first_imgWhen we last focused on Zeta Communities’ push into prefab construction, back in June, the company was leasing and operating the space it would need to make modules for its projects, which included a 30-unit building of student efficiency housing, some planned commercial projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, and, most prominently, two net-zero-energy demonstration townhomes in nearby Oakland.On Monday, however, Zeta opened a 91,000-sq.-ft. factory of its very own in Sacramento County, in north-central California, further anchoring its commitment to – and financial investment in – prefab design and construction. At least part of the justification for the move, a New York Times Green Inc. blog noted last week, is that interest in the demo townhomes has left Zeta “flush with orders.”Plans for growthWhat’s more, the company has ambitions to open factories throughout the country to more efficiently service developers interested in the Zeta product, which is designed to be built, delivered, and installed for less money, and with a more tightly sealed envelope, than comparable onsite construction. The two-bedroom Oakland townhouses, at about 1,540 sq. ft. apiece, priced out at about $165 a square foot, or $258,000, not including land, foundation, and other site work costs, according to Zeta CEO Naomi Porat, who added that the overall price is about 10% to 15% under those for comparable site-built urban infill projects.Once it’s running at full capacity, the factory, which was an Air Force hangar before it was converted for prefab construction, could employ as many as 200 people and produce as many as 400 prefab homes a year. Zeta wants to be the country’s first large-scale builder of net-zero-energy homes and, if interest in its product holds up, would like to open as many as 15 other factories over the next five to seven years, notes Greentech Media.last_img read more