Efficiency Vermont wins a 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award

first_imgEfficiency Vermont was named the 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year award winner in the ‘Energy Efficiency Program Delivery for New Homes’ category.Sponsored annually by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the nationalawards recognize organizations, manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and deliver Energy Star qualified products and services, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Award winners were selected from more than 9,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.‘Efficiency Vermont is a leader in showing its customers how they can help protect our environment while saving energy and money,’ said Elizabeth Craig, acting director of the EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. ‘Efficiency Vermont’s creative solutions are a model for fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency. We look to these winners to provide us energy efficiency leadership now and in the years to come.’Efficiency Vermont representatives attended the EPA awards recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.‘This award recognizes not only Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy Star Homes (VESH) program, but the entire building community in Vermont,’ said Chris Gordon, residential new construction manager from Efficiency Vermont. ‘Our program co-sponsors, including, Vermont Gas Systems and Washington Electric Cooperative, as well as our partners, the individual builders around the state, are always striving to achieve greater energy efficiency.’In 2010, the average Energy Star home built in Vermont was 40 percent more energy efficient than a home built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) operates Efficiency Vermont under an appointment by the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. Source: Efficiency Vermont.last_img read more

Suffolk Seeks State OK for Park Police Consolidation

first_imgThe county has touted the transfer as a cost-effective measure that saves on overtime costs and creates more flexibility by hiring part-time or seasonal park rangers to police county parks throughout the calendar year, especially during busy summer months.There are currently 36 parks police officers, including lieutenants and sergeants.During Tuesday’s meeting, which went late into the night, some Suffolk lawmakers voiced concerns regarding policing and how the transfer would impact the East End, which relies mostly on local town police departments.The transfer shouldn’t put a strain on municipal police officers, officials said, because the county would be allowed to hire part-time rangers to beef up patrols in certain parks and beaches depending on the need.Additionally, officials said, it’s unlikely public safety would be adversely affected because rangers have the same arresting authority as current parks police officers. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Suffolk County Legislature Tuesday night approved a measure that opens the doors for New York State to transfer all three-dozen Suffolk County Parks police officers to the Suffolk County Police Department, a move that officials said would save the county $13.4 million over the next four years.The legislature unanimously voted in favor of the Home Rule message, which paves the way for the county to effectively dissolve the entire parks police department whose policing duties would be replaced by part-time and seasonal park rangers and park security guards.But in order for the reclassification to be complete, the New York State Legislature would have to approve mirror bills in the state Senate and Assembly, which would likely have to wait until after state budget negations finish this month, according to a state source. The budget deadline is April 1.State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) is sponsoring the bill in the state Senate and Assemb. Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) in the state Assembly.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Wednesday applauded passage of the bill and called on state lawmakers to push the bill forward.I ask that our #NY State delegation pass this legislation so we can start saving taxpayer money as soon as possible. #Suffolk @SCPDHq— Steve Bellone (@SteveBellone) March 19, 2014last_img read more

Paschal Chukwu’s career night carries Syracuse over Eastern Michigan, 62-47

first_imgPaschal Chukwu gathered himself before rising up to the basket where he was fouled by Eastern Michigan’s Ty Groce.  Syracuse’s 7-foot-2-inch center stepped to the free-throw line for his first attempts of the game having converted on 48 percent of his attempts prior to Wednesday night. When he sank the first free throw, the crowd cheered, nearly sounding surprised. A similar reaction was unleashed following his second make. Then, on the next possession, Chukwu drained two more. “That is the goal,” Chukwu said, “to be able to, you know if they are going to foul me, to make them pay, I was able to accomplish that today.”With each make, the crowd became less and less surprised as Chukwu went 9-of-11 from the free-throw line to accompany his 12 rebounds and five blocks, which led Syracuse to a 62-47 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. Entering the game Chukwu had 13 free throw makes on the year and is only a season removed from shooting 0-of-7 at the line. Against the Eagles, Chukwu set career highs in points (15), rebounds and free throws made in a single game.  It took less than 30 seconds for Chukwu to get his first block against EMU. As Tim Bond dribbled the ball into the center of the 2-3 zone, Chukwu stood tall. Bond stumbled and chucked up a shot, which Chukwu handily denied. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe registered his second block in as many possessions less than a minute later. James Thompson IV, who averages 17.3 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, leaped for a routine layup. Chukwu swatted the ball away from the rim to the hands of teammate Oshae Brissett who dashed down the court with the ball. In some instances, the big man filled voids left by his teammates. As Elijah Minnie beat Tyus Battle off the dribble, the guard cried for help. “Step up,” he yelled back to his center.Chukwu left his post on Thompson IV and leapt toward Minnie. He batted Minnie’s floater out of the air, negating a basket or potential pass to Thompson IV. Sometimes, he didn’t even need to touch the ball. Midway through the first half, Paul Jackson appeared to have an open lane. Then Chukwu stepped in. He stretched his arms at full length and stood still, forcing Jackson to work around him. Jackson mustered a weak floater and the scoring chance was gone. Chukwu says altering shots like that is just as important as blocks. “I mean that’s my job in the middle of the zone,” Chukwu said, “to make anybody that comes in the middle to think twice about a shot.” Offensively, Chukwu dominated Thompson IV, who was held without a double-double for just the third time this season. Late in the first half, Frank Howard lobbed a ball to Chukwu, who jumped for the alley-oop. Chukwu didn’t complete the highlight-reel slam but he did tip the ball just enough to flush through the net. In the second half, his offensive prowess placed Thompson IV in foul trouble. With just under 10 minutes remaining, Chukwu scooped up a rebound and upfaked toward the hoop. Thompson IV left his feet on the fake, and Chukwu launched himself into him, earning a trip to the line, where he sank both shots. Down at the other end of the court, Chukwu out-muscled Thompson IV for a rebound while fighting through an offensive foul. The Eagles center threw his arms up in disgust as he headed to the bench with only one foul to give and over nine minutes to play. “I thought Paschal was tremendous tonight,” Boeheim said. “They’ve got a very good guy in the middle, I thought he walled him up. I thought he did a great job on him.” As Syracuse clung to its lead with just over two minutes to play, it was Chukwu that provided the Orange with its last bit of insurance. Howard’s layup attempt grazed the backboard and rim before falling down to Chukwu. He swiftly placed the ball off the glass and ran back on defense. It was just another basket on a night where Chukwu scored more than he ever has.  “He was finishing everything,” Battle said. “He was knocking down free throws, had some big blocks, big rebounds. He’s just scratching the surface right now, I know going into ACC play he will just continue to get better.” Comments Published on December 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more