Conference addresses climate change

first_imgThe inaugural Climate Change and the Common Good Conference, an event focused on the “multidisciplinary exploration of the challenges and opportunities society faces in addressing climate change and resource scarcity,” was held April 8-10 in McKenna Hall. “[The conference was designed] to show how an important scientific issue also demands help,” associate biology professor Jessica Hellmann said. This multidisciplinary event brought together the fields of technology, science, theology and philosophy in facing this issue. “We wanted to show the University that climate change is critical to our mission,” she said. Almost 450 people registered for the event, and attendees included representatives of various universities as well as members of the local community. The topics of the conference included “The Long Thaw: How humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth’s climate,” “Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics” and “An Inconvenient Mind: The Mental Barriers to Confronting Climate Change.” “[We hope to] strike a balance between scientific theory [and understand] the response of the religious community, particularly the Catholic religious community and how it is that other responsible communities are responding,” theology professor Robin Darling Young said. On Monday, the conference included “several interesting talks and discussions with the audience,” Professor Hellmann said. “Two speakers presented different strategies of reducing different greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “Both agreed, however, that without action, society is on a disastrous course that will threaten human lives and environmental health.” The panel of scientific researchers spoke about the need for scientists to help society understand the scope of the climate challenge. Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the University of California, San Diego Veerabhadran Ramanathan opened the conference with a talk on ways to reduce black carbon emissions in India. The last talk of the conference will be given today by Bob Doppelt, instructor at the University of Oregon who will speak on Buddhist base theory and the process of “get[ting] out of the self-centered communist mentality.” Video tapes of the conference will be available at a later date through the event’s website the event website at Contact Charitha Isanaka at cisanaka@nd.edulast_img read more

Saint Michael’s College adopts Casella Waste System’s Power of Three Closed-Loop Recycling Program

first_imgThe Power of Three is premised of Picking up a customer’s recycling, Processing that recycling into new products, and then Providing those products back to the customer in the form of new hand towels, tissue paper, and toiletry items.SMC’s recycling is picked up by Casella Waste Systems, brought to the Material Recovery Facility in Williston where it’s all sorted. Once sorted, the baled paper travels just one hundred miles more to the SCA plant in Glens Falls, New York to be made into 100% recycled paper content products (paper towels and toilet paper) that is then delivered back to Saint Michael’s College by Foley Distributing.On November 15th, Saint Michael’s College reaffirmed its commitment to being a leader in sustainability by being the first College to join Casella Waste Systems Power of Threeâ ¢ closed loop recycling initiative.last_img read more

DOLE readies financial help for quarantine-displaced workers

first_imgDOLE-6 discourages personal follow-up of application as aprecautionary measure against COVID-19. Applications from employers may be emailed to the following DOLEoffices in Region 6: DOLE will evaluate the application within three working days thennotify the applicant through electronic mail if the application is approved ordenied. * Guimaras – * Capiz – The documentary requirements are the following: Target beneficiaries are formal sector workers or those connectedwith private establishments that have adopted Flexible Working Arrangements(FWAs) or temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. * the form may be downloaded from the DOLE Region 6 website( * company payroll for the month prior to the implementation ofFWAs or temporary closure * Negros – This is part of DOLE’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP)to “mitigate the adverse economic impacts and reduction of income brought aboutby COVD-10 pandemic,” said Sabrido. According to DOLE Region 6 information officer Niezel AnenSabrido, the “one time financial support” is P5,000 and non-conditionalregardless of the worker’s employment status. If approved, DOLE will release the financial support direct to thebeneficiary’s payroll account through bank transfer.center_img Possible grounds for denial of application are the ineligibilityof applicant, misrepresentation of facts in the application, and submission offalsified or tampered documents. According to Sabrido, DOLE-6 also has a package of assistance toworkers in the informal sector – the TUPAD #BKBK program (Barangay Ko, Bahay KoDisinfection / Sanitation Project). ILOILO City – Workers in Western Visayas’ private sector adverselyaffected by the community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) may avail themselves of financial assistance from the Department ofLabor and Employment (DOLE). * Aklan – “Hatagan silasang emergency employment maximum period of 10days, ang bayad P395 per day. Ang ila actually obrahon mag-disinfect sa mgapanimalay kag magpangtinlu,” said Sabido. * companies must also submit the bank account details of theirrespective affected employees * Antique – * Iloilo – Sabrido said it is the employers themselves who must apply for theCAMP and process the requirements. * establishment report on COVID-19 form, as required under LaborAdvisory No. 9, Series of 2020 The local government unit itself should endorse to DOLE-6 the listof qualified persons for this program./PNlast_img read more