Game day program promotes recycling at tailgates

first_imgThis Saturday, as fans crowd the parking lots surrounding Legends and Notre Dame Stadium for tailgates, they may encounter some environmentally conscious companions.Immediately before the home game against Navy, dozens of students will be walking through the parking lots, distributing blue recycling bags and answering questions about recycling as part of the Office of Sustainability’s Game Day Recycling program.Linda Kurtos, Notre Dame director of sustainability, said the practice started in 2008.“At the time, there were no good opportunities to collect all of the recyclable material that was being generated by fans during tailgating, so all of it was going to the landfill,” Kurtos said. “The Office [of Sustainability] initiated the program to make recycling at home football games possible and convenient for our fans and visitors.”According to Kurtos, the Game Day Recycling program involves a lot of logistical planning, starting before the football season begins.“To make as many recycling bags available to our fans and visitors, we also have recycling bag dispensers secured to light posts throughout the Joyce, Legends and Library parking lots,” she said. “The dispensers are refurbished newspaper vending boxes that hold additional blue recycling bags that visitors can use as needed. Prior to the start of the football season, we have each of the bag dispensers cleaned and distributed throughout the tailgating parking areas where they will stay for the entire football season.”Kurtos said the sustainability efforts themselves start the day before the game, during football Friday events.For the past two years, Kurtos said, senior Max Ducey has worked as the program’s intern, in charge of recruiting and managing volunteers. Volunteers are students from University-authorized groups or clubs, which are compensated by the Office of Sustainability for the total number of hours that members work during the game.“Max and other interns and staff go around the parking lots to check to make sure that all of the bag dispensers in the parking lots are fully stocked with recycling bags,” Kurtos said. “They also put up lawn signs around the stadium to help provide additional information about recycling.”Kurtos said the Game Day Recycling team will start early on Saturday. Max Ducey will meet with student volunteers and assign them to certain areas on campus, particularly focusing on tailgate-heavy parking areas and White Field.“Each student group is asked to provide four students from 10 a.m. to noon,” Kurtos said. “On night games, we usually add an additional shift of student volunteers from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to make sure we get bags to some of the later arriving fans.“The student volunteers are not involved in any pre-, during or post-game clean up. The University hires an outside group to do the actual clean up. Instead, the student volunteers focus on increasing recycling activities during pre-game activities. The volunteers walk around the tailgating areas and pass out recycling bags and information on what can be recycled on campus. Max and the office staff spend the morning making sure that all of the tailgating areas are adequately staffed and getting the bags that they need.”Senior Charlie Ducey has volunteered in the Game Day Recycling program on behalf of the creative writing club Mustard. (Editor’s note: Charlie Ducey is a Viewpoint columnist for The Observer.)“Game Day Recycling is actually one of my favorite things to do on game day,” Charlie Ducey said. “I get to tour the whole range of tailgates for two hours, handing out bags and riding on a golf cart. So long as it isn’t raining, it’s an exceptionally pleasant experience.“Volunteering with Game Day Recycling helps me to get a feel for the amount of material that gets used during game day while also curbing the amount that goes to waste. Though helping the environment is a reward in itself, volunteering also raises funds for my club or student organization of choice.”Kurtos also said the program has added a new practice to expand sustainability efforts.“In a partnership with NDSP, Athletics and the Office of Sustainability, we now hire additional temporary parking lot staff to hand out recycling bags and trash bags to each car as it enters the Joyce lots and other busy tailgating areas,” she said. “This new practice helps ensure that we are able to get bags to even more fans and visitors as soon as they arrive on campus. In an effort to help keep the campus looking good, this is also the first year that we are passing out trash bags in addition to recycling bags. Each guest gets two recycling bags and one trash bag as they enter the parking area.”According to Kurtos, volunteers last season distributed about 3,000 blue recycling bags per game and 6,000 for the night home game, for a total of approximately 21,000 bags distributed during the entire season.With this year’s distribution of recycling bags and trash bags to incoming cars, Kurtos says the Game Day Recycling team is distributing more bags than ever, with more than 35 tons of recycling already collected during the first two home games of the season.“We are very proud of the program,” Kurtos said. “Not only has it increased recycling on campus and diverted more material from landfills, it has helped keep Notre Dame clean and beautiful during football games.”Tags: football, Game Day, game day recycling, recycling, sustainability, tailgatelast_img read more

Young Windies, SA tie warm-up match

first_imgFATULLAH, Bangladesh (CMC):Medium pacer Keemo Paul bowled a great last over to earn West Indies Under-19s a dramatic tie with South Africa Under-19s in their second official warm-up game in preparation for next week’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup.Defending 153 for nine in a game reduced to 35 overs at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium here on Sunday, the Caribbean side entered the last over with the young Proteas requiring just seven runs for victory.However, Paul produced a top over which leaked only six runs and yielded the wicket of Rivaldo Moonsamy for 11 off the fourth delivery, with four runs left to get.The result ensured that West Indies remained unbeaten in the official warm-ups ahead of their first outing in the main tournament against England in Chittagong next Friday.Sent in, West Indies were propelled by an enterprising top score of 45 form Keacy Carty, while number-ten Michael Frew slammed an unbeaten 33 and opener Tevin Imlach, 24.Fast bowler Conor Mckerr snapped up three for 30, while seamer Dayyaan Galiem claimed two for 30.South Africa then seemed to be cruising to an uncomplicated victory at 113 for one in the 25th over before the game turned on its head.Opener Liam Smith hit a patient 39 off 79 balls with five fours in a 68-run first-wicket stand with Kyle Verreynne, whose attacking 33 included two fours and two sixes and came from 31 deliveries.last_img read more

LAX staff to testify about close calls

first_imgLAX has 34 full-time controllers, one trainee and 11 so-called developmentals who are not fully certified but can do some air traffic control work on their own, according to the FAA. The agency has authorized 32 to 40 controllers for LAX. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champOfficials with the air traffic controllers union said at least two representatives from the LAX tower will testify before the council committee. “We feel it is important that everyone understand the safety issues involved here,” said Michael Foote, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association at the LAX tower. Rosendahl’s request comes one week after the Government Accountability Office found a “high risk” of close calls between aircraft maneuvering on the ground at the nation’s airports due to a combination of technology problems, poor federal leadership and overworked air traffic controllers. Fifty-five runway incursions have been reported at LAX since 2001, eight of which occurred during the 2007 fiscal year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The most serious of those incidents occurred Aug. 16, when two jetliners came within 37 feet of each other on the northern airfield at LAX. The GAO, an investigative arm of Congress, also called on the FAA to address fatigue among air traffic controllers, who are dealing with more flights since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At least two air traffic controllers working at Los Angeles International Airport will likely speak to a City Council committee about a series of safety concerns addressed in a scathing congressional report, officials said. Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl asked his council colleagues last week to invite air traffic controllers to discuss alleged understaffing and fatigued workers at the LAX air control tower. “The air traffic controllers say they are so overworked and understaffed that they say it’s a safety issue,” said Rosendahl, whose 11th District includes LAX. “We’re here to deal with those issues up front,” he said. “Hopefully the federal government will wake up and take some quick action right now by putting more air traffic controllers in that tower.” last_img read more

PHIUS Announces Plans for its Annual Conference

first_imgThe annual conference of the Passive House Institute U.S. is scheduled to take place this year in Chicago and will feature educational sessions on topics ranging from affordable multifamily buildings and modeling software to rammed earth construction and foam-free wall assemblies.Workshops will be led by Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corp.; water expert Gary Klein; Maine architect Chris Briley, co-host of Green Building Advisor’s Green Architect’s Lounge; Thorsten Chlupp, a building science consultant in Alaska; Graham Wright, who leads research and development for PHIUS; building scientist William Rose; and a number of others.Four separate tracks of workshops are scheduled on both September 11 and 12. PHIUS also will announce winners of its juried design competition at the conference (the deadline for entry expires August 25).Pre-conference activities include PHIUS+ rater training on September 9 and 10.Katie Swenson, vice president of National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners, is scheduled to give the keynote speech when the conference opens on September 11. The following day, the lead speaker will be Dr. Hartwig Kuenzel, developer of the WUFI modeling software. Sam Raskin, chief architect of the Building Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, will wrap things up with closing remarks on September 12.Registration and pricing information is available at the PHIUS conference website.last_img read more

A New Multifamily Will Put Passive House Performance to the Test

first_imgA planned multifamily project in Minneapolis will give designers a chance to see just how much of a difference Passive House construction makes when it comes to energy consumption, if not tenant comfort.Hook and Ladder Apartments, named after a nearby firefighting museum, is being planned as a pair of nearly identical looking buildings with a total of 118 apartments. Half the project will be built to a slightly enhanced state energy code, the other half to the PHIUS+2015 standard of the Passive House Institute U.S. According to a post at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hook and Ladder will be the first Passive House multifamily project in the state.The $20 million project will provide housing for people earning less than 60% of the area’s median income. The developers hope to show lenders and property owners that the added costs of Passive House construction can be offset by lower operating costs, the Star Tribune said.Newport Partners, a California-based real estate firm, will own Hook and Ladder, but Kim Bretheim of LHB Architects in Minneapolis, which is designing it, said that the impetus came from a neighborhood association and Becky Landon, an affordable housing consultant in the area.Construction of the 117,000-square-foot project is expected to start in 2018, Bretheim said by telephone, and take about a year. Heating and coolingHemer called the plans for heating and cooling one of the most unusual parts of the project. On the conventional side, through-the-wall Magic-pak units provide both heating and cooling as well as a fresh air intake.For the Passive House building, designers chose a variable-refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump system with a half-dozen rooftop compressors and ducted fan-coil units in each apartment. Fresh air will be provided by an energy-recovery ventilator.As for renewables, Hemer said that’s still being studied. The roof of the conventional building may get photovoltaic panels while the Passive House side gets some kind of solar thermal system for hot water.“Right now we’re in the scoping out stage,” Hemer said. “We want to see if we have enough money in our renewable energy budget to cover that system.” With limited sunlight in winter, gas-fired hot water will have to be part of the mix even if the project finds money for the solar thermal system. RELATED ARTICLES “Pricing we have now shows the cost of the buildings is essentially the same,” Bretheim said. “The difference is that one is Passive House, and one has underground parking.”Sharing the same site, the two buildings will have the same mix of apartment types, and draw on the same pool of tenants. Because so many building and site characteristics will be the same, Bretheim said, the project will provide an unusual opportunity compare the performance difference between the two types of construction.Costs for heating and cooling on the Passive House side should be considerably different than those on the conventionally built side, he said. In order to keep out-of-pocket expenses for tenants roughly the same, Newport Partners will pay all monthly utility costs. Maine Gets Another Passive House Multifamily ProjectA Passivhaus Multifamily in Maine Nears CompletionThe Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.Multifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in OregonPassivhaus Apartment Complex Would be a GiantPassivhaus Townhouses Are Underway in Philadelphia The price of parkingBoth sides of the apartment complex might have been built to the Passive House standard had it not been for the need for off-street parking, Bretheim said. The conventionally built side will have an underground parking garage, while the Passive House side will be built partially on a slab with no below-grade parking. Meeting Passive House specs will add roughly 10% to the cost of that building — about what the underground parking cost on the conventionally built side. Keeping construction simpleDesigners looked for ways to keep construction relatively simple so subs won’t be spending a lot of time and money figuring out unfamiliar building techniques.“We wanted to make sure from a cost containment perspective that we were doing it in a simple way that does not leave the subcontractors who have never done this before filling uncertainty with cost margins,” Bretheim said. “We’re trying to build innovative walls consisting of components that people individually are used to building but add up to a cost-effective thermal and airtight barrier.”Differences between the two buildings were detailed by Jeff Hemer, the project manager for Hook and Ladder.The exterior wall assembly for the conventional side of the project is a 2×8 stud wall with 8-inch fiberglass batts (compressed to 7 1/4 inches), commercial-grade Tyvek, and double-glazed fiberglass windows. Hemer said the cavity insulation would have an R-value of 24, with a wall assembly R-value of just under 22. On the Passive House side, walls will be framed with 2x6s and insulated with R-21 fiberglass batts. On the exterior is a 2-inch-thick insulated sheathing combining plywood and polyisocyanurate foam. A layer of OSB on the inside of the stud wall will be an air and vapor barrier. In addition, the wall gets a service cavity on the inside for wiring. Hemer says that the total R-value for the Passive House wall is about 30.Windows on the Passive House building will be triple-glazed vinyl. Windows for both sides of the project are coming from Pella. Cladding on both buildings is a mix of masonry, fiber-cement, and metal paneling.On both buildings, there’s no cavity insulation in the I-joist roof framing but polyiso on top of the framing: R-36 on the conventional side, R-45 on the Passive House side.Hemer said that modeling showed that R-30 exterior walls were enough to meet Passive House requirements. “One of the things we studied was the envelope systems of the buildings,” he said. “The Weidt Group studied a lot of variations of R-values for wall assemblies, roof assemblies, and windows in order to find the sweet spot for those R-values and find that place where it made the most sense to invest in enhancing certain parts. You can build an R-50 wall, but the return on that is so minuscule that it’s not worth the money to do that.”last_img read more

Opinion Ohio State should be on its way to becoming a hockey

Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua celebrates his second period goal against Denver in the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerBoston College. Minnesota. Wisconsin. Three established hockey programs, three established “hockey schools” and the only three programs to have both a men’s and women’s team in the Frozen Four in the same season.The only three, that is, until last Sunday, when Ohio State joined the list.This season, the women’s hockey team swept the No. 1 team in the country in Wisconsin, and the men’s hockey team beat Michigan five times, more than any team in the program’s history.The teams are performing as the school’s top programs, and they both should only get better next year. So, with football and basketball usually in the spotlight, how can Ohio State build on its success and become a hockey school?Success in the upcoming seasons will definitely help, however it only goes so far — as the pistol and synchronized swimming teams will tell you. It would take a shift in the culture for Ohio State to resemble anything of a “hockey school,” but it could be well on its way.Football will always be king at Ohio State. But there’s no reason to think Ohio State hockey should not be spoken in the same breathe as Boston College, Minnesota and Wisconsin.There are already plans on the table for a new hockey arena that would allow Ohio State’s attendance — which finished eighth in the NCAA, but bottom five in percent of arena capacity — to create more of a fan-friendly atmosphere than it does in the massive Schottenstein Center where it plays now.On the other side, the proposed capacity of 4,000 and the ability to have an established hockey-specific location would help the women’s hockey team, which plays in one of the smallest and most outdated venues in the nation.And with hype around the two programs at a high level, it’s convenient a new arena is on the horizon.When the project is completed, it will be up to the respective teams to continue the success they have shown this season.Fortunately for Ohio State, both teams look to be strong in both depth and coaching. Steve Rohlik and Nadine Muzerall both earned coach of the year honors in their respective conferences, and both teams were led in points by underclassmen. The women’s hockey team has two freshmen stars in Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs and still has redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve for another season.The accolades don’t stop at the college level. Eleven players from Ohio State are currently playing in the NHL, which only helps to shift attention to a program that has made only two Frozen Fours.The future is more than bright for the hockey programs — it’s glowing, and a new hockey arena would bring more attention to a sport that is undeservedly flying under the radar. Even with the most successful year of hockey Ohio State — and Columbus, for that matter — has ever seen, it takes more than good seasons to shine at a school with a football team that is expected to contend for a title every season. Oh yeah, a basketball team rising faster than anyone predicted doesn’t help shifting focus toward the hockey programs and getting students into seats, either.You know what does help? A national championship, a new arena, a new reason to care and a new sense of consistency that’s never been there before. The talent is there for the future, but if the men’s hockey team can make history on April 7 with a national championship, the establishment of Ohio State as a hockey powerhouse might be coming sooner rather than later. read more

Spurs boss Pochettino heaps praise on Son

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on Heung-Min Son following the forward’s performance against Bournemouth.The South Korea international scored twice during Spurs’ 5-0 drubbing of Bournemouth to take his tally to five goals in his past three games in all competitions.Son has 10 goals to his name this season for Tottenham, who moved into second in the Premier League after Manchester City suffered a shock loss to Leicester City on Wednesday.Pochettino, who will be without the 26-year-old in January due to South Korea’s participation in the Asian Cup, was full of praise for Son.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“Unbelievable. What can I say? Sonny is doing a fantastic job for the team,” he told a news conference, as quoted by FourFourTwo.“After November he had a rest and was here trying to recover his best and I think he is doing fantastic. He started his fantastic run against Chelsea and until today he is doing a fantastic job for the team.”“I hope he can keep that level but you know he is going to be away from Tottenham because he needs to go with his national team to Dubai to play the Asian Cup.”last_img read more

Antonio Valencia set to leave Manchester United

first_imgManchester United captain Antonio Valencia is expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to Daily Mail.The Premier League giants have until March to extend the Ecuador international’s contract by a further 12 months but recent reports say they have no plans to do so.Inter Milan are now leading the hunt to sign the former Wigan Athletic star in the summer.Reports in the Mirror suggests Valencia’s representatives have already began negotiating with the San Siro outfit.The Nerazurri would like to sign the 33-year-old this month but the Red Devils are reluctant to weaken Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Valencia fell out with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho earlier in the season, after supposedly liking a social media post asking for the Portuguese to be sacked.This has limited the right-back to just five Premier League appearances all season.Caretaker manager Solskjaer has now restored him back to the team as the former Villarreal winger played his first league game against Newcastle since September.last_img read more