Morrisville-based health services leader lightens up to save energy, money

first_imgFor Lamoille Community Connections (LCC), formerly known as Lamoille County Mental Health, energy saved is money saved ‘ a welcome benefit for a non-profit organization providing high-quality developmental and mental health services to area residents. The Morrisville-based agency, which employs 200 and serves more than 800 clients, decided to optimize energy efficiency when it consolidated its four office locations into one new office space in an historic building in Lamoille County.Lamoille Community Connections partnered with Wayne’s Electric, a local family-owned business, and Efficiency Vermont to improve lighting quality for its staff and clients. LCC had Wayne’s Electric install energy-efficient lights throughout the 30,000 square feet of the new space, formerly a nursing home which sat vacant for two years before LCC decided to move in from around the corner.The majority of the building ‘ offices, corridors, reception, and restrooms ‘ was renovated. LCC switched out older and less efficient T-12’s and incandescents to higher-efficiency, higher-quality lighting systems with T-5 fixtures, occupancy sensors, and daylight sensors.All told, the lighting measures will help Lamoille Community Connections save 66,000 kWh annually, which translates to an estimated annual cost savings of $8,500.Efficiency Vermont suggested switching out T-12 lights because they have several disadvantages:  they have poor light quality that tends to flicker, they usually contain more mercury than newer models, and they have older generation electronics making them difficult to control with occupancy and dimming technologies, a problem for businesses where the lights don’t have to be on all day.Installing occupancy sensors and dimmers offers an opportunity to reduce lighting levels when spaces are not in use, decreasing the amount of energy and money needed to illuminate an area. Savi Van Sluytman, CEO of LCC, notes that employees and clients appreciate the ease and comfort provided by the sensors. The effortlessness of walking in and out of a room and having the lights automatically turn on or off makes it that much simpler for everyone to focus on serving their clients’ needs.‘We have received an overwhelmingly positive response to our new space and its new lights,’ said Van Sluytman. ‘And what we save in energy expenses, we can funnel back toward our services to make Lamoille Community Connections an even stronger partner in the health of the greater Morrisville community.’At the first open house for the building in August 2009, the community noted the improvement in lighting. Van Sluytman explains that several community partners were inspired by LCC’s efficiency work and were hopeful they could achieve energy savings in their own buildings. “We’re proud to have helped Lamoille Community Connections take an old, vacant building and renovate it into an efficient space that improves the building and the comfort of those who work there and are served there,’ said Pat Haller, energy consultant at Efficiency Vermont.LCC’s work with Efficiency Vermont shows that you can make the old new again and ‘ with some ingenuity and energy efficiency incorporated from the outset ‘ it’s possible to create a space that better serves people and the bottom line.last_img read more

UK government tells LGPS: ‘Minimal exceptions’ to pooling assets

first_img“Exceptions must be minimal,” she added.Clay acknowledged that long-term, illiquid assets should not (and in some cases could not) be sold, but urged LGPS funds to “bring them under management of the pool as soon as possible”.She added that some schemes had highlighted legal issues with merging or transferring assets from some vehicles, such as life funds, into authorised contractual schemes – the fund structure used by the London CIV and being considered by other pools.However, Clay emphasised that this was not a sufficient barrier to transferring the management of assets or funds to the pools.Any assets not transferred to a pool “need to be kept under review and continually justified”, she said.A number of individual LGPS funds have made investments into private equity projects or funds, or assets focused on their local communities.For example, in February the £2bn (€2.2bn) Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund bought a 20% stake in boutique manager Gresham House to help it establish a UK-focused investment fund.The pension scheme has provisionally agreed to join LPP but has yet to invest significantly in any pooled funds launched by the partnership so far. In a draft version of Berkshire’s annual report for 2016-17, the fund said it would be “uneconomic” to pool asset classes such as the Gresham House investments due to transfer costs and “the inequality created by sharing future returns”.Berkshire said it would consider future investment opportunities as they became available, focusing initially on liquid asset classes such as equities. UK public sector funds must justify any assets they hold outside of new pools once the vehicles are up and running, according to the government department overseeing the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).Teresa Clay, head of local government pensions at the UK’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), said individual schemes should look to move any assets – regardless of liquidity – into the pools “as soon as possible”.LGPS funds must begin transitioning assets to the new pools from April next year. Eight pools have been formed but so far only two are accepting assets: the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) and the London CIV.Speaking at the annual Local Government Pension Investment Forum in London, Clay said all new investments made by LGPS funds should be made through an asset pool “unless there is a clear case that can be made” for investing through a different route.last_img read more

Davis earns point for N Ireland

first_imgSteven Davis’ second-half strike ensured Northern Ireland’s disappointing World Cup campaign ended on something of a positive with a battling draw in Israel. Captain Davis lashed home a powerful effort with 18 minutes left, responding to Eden Ben Basat’s headed opener just before the break. A share of the spoils represented a fair verdict – and a surprising one given Northern Ireland’s form and depleted numbers – allowing Michael O’Neill’s men to banish at least some of the scars accrued during defeats to Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. He had been on the pitch a matter of minutes when he collected Davis’ lay-off and shot a yard over from outside the area. Israel spurned a presentable opportunity of their own when McArdle’s defensive header found Lior Refaelov lurking on the right but his first touch was with his knee and the ball bobbled out of play. In the 33rd minute a back-tracking Niall McGinn found himself needing to make a crucial tackle on Eyal Meshumar as he homed in on goal. The Aberdeen winger would not be anyone’s first choice for such a task but he managed to muscle out the full-back without attracting the referee’s attention. From then on Israel were well on top, Roy Carroll awkwardly saving a Natcho free-kick with his feet then coming to collect a bouncing ball at the edge of his area only for McArdle to get in the way and leave him stranded. Cathcart was on hand with a sliding block to prevent Ben Basat taking advantage of the unguarded net but he did not miss his next chance. Meshumar was proving a constant threat down the right and and it was his cross that allowed Ben Basat to head home from eight yards. Carroll was rightly upset to see the striker nip between both centre-halves in order to do so. Five minutes into the second half a clash of heads between Cathcart and Keinan left both men bleeding, though the Blackpool man at least earned a rare corner in the process. Paterson was the target but he could not get a clean connection. Clingan, putting in a highly impressive shift, got back well to mop up a dangerous ball at the opposite end but his side needed some attacking spark now too. Davis attempted to supply it when he shook off Yeini and let fly but his shot flew just wide after a slight deflection. Ward replaced the quiet McGinn with 25 minutes remaining and instantly brought some energy to proceedings. The equaliser came after O’Neill had gone back to 3-5-2, Clingan putting a foot in to regain possession and begin a new attack. Ward spotted the well-placed Davis arriving at the edge of the area and he buried a first-time that was left Aouate grasping at air. Northern Ireland were energised, Ward shooting wide seconds after the restart and Paterson’s volley beaten clear by the goalkeeper following Brunt’s clever chip. It was a wonderful chance but Aouate’s reflexes matched the finish. Hodson, given licence to attack now, hesitated when Davis’ header seemed to put him clear on the right and from there on Israel were in the ascendance. They camped out in Northern Ireland’s final third but a series of tackles, blocks and clearances ensured a deserved point. Davis, after a hard first campaign as skipper, was also fully deserving of a leading role and a fifth international goal. Just four days after abandoning his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation for 3-5-2 in Baku, O’Neill reverted to type. Personnel-wise there were no fewer than six changes, half unavoidable due to suspensions for Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Oliver Norwood. Bradford’s Rory McArdle was the main beneficiary of those absences, handed a first competitive start alongside Craig Cathcart at centre-half. O’Neill’s decision to voluntarily leave out another of his senior men in Chris Brunt – stood down alongside Shane Ferguson and Jamie Ward – may have raised eyebrows but the return of the rock solid Chris Baird and Sammy Clingan in midfield ensured there would be no lack of experience. With Ward warming the bench it quickly became clear that Davis would be Martin Paterson’s main attacking support, the Southampton midfielder handed a more advanced role after several matches in the engine room. Northern Ireland’s early strategy involved balls over the top for Paterson, who made a half-hearted penalty appeal after nine minutes when Dudu Aouate challenged him for Baird’s chipped pass. In the 19th minute Corry Evans crumpled after both he and Sheran Yeini slid to retrieve a loose ball, making way for Brunt’s belated arrival. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jerome Boateng slaps Bayern Munich teammate Goretzka in training [PHOTOS]

first_imgBayern Munich defender, Jerome Boateng was pictured slapping his teammate  Leon Goretzka after a dispute in training.According German news outlet Bild, Boateng, upset by a particularly strong challenge on him by Goretzka, launched himself at his mate, hitting him across the face.The scuffle looked set to intensify but striker Robert Lewandowski stepped in and dragged Boateng away.Goretzka himself stalked away from the scene as the other players and trainers walked up to them.Thomas Müller also rounded on Goretzka and expressed his frustration with him, screaming: “Always the same stuff with you.”However, despite tempers threatening to boil over, the situation was dealt with and the players resumed training.While the players did not make amends on the pitch, Goretzka shared an image of the pair on Instagram. Bild reports that the players are not expected to face any sanctions from the club.last_img read more