Inevitably, when you talk of about going green, global warming will come up too. The two subjects are partners. The peril of climate change has driven several inventors to find solutions that will improve the weather’s coming changes, some with the possibility of being drastic.
But, if one invests in green technology, are they admitting that there is a grave climate problem? This is something that most people aren’t willing to do yet. As such, the sub-consciousness does not allow us to make that investment in green technology. It is a way to deny that there is an issue of climate change. Continue reading »
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded their prestigious LEED gold certification to Illinois
Valley Community College. The school’s 80,000 sf facility, Peter Miller Community Technology
Center, has met the standards from USGBC for showing they have exactly what the acronym of LEED
stands for: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
Green Building CEO , S. Richard Fedizzi stated in a letter to the VP, Cheryl Roelfsema, the school’s CTC is a “showcase example of sustainable design” that demonstrates their “leadership in transforming the building industry.”
The building is home to students in management and other various career or technical programs. It earned high scores demonstrating their ability to control lighting by using daylight instead of artificial lighting as well as their heating and cooling system and low-emission parking. They have also proven ways to water the campus’ landscaping efficiently and built their facility using regional materials and recycled products.
Jerry Corcoran, IVCC President was quoted as saying “I’m very proud of this recognition, which so many people worked hard to achieve. It is aligned with our Vision Statement of ‘leading our community in learning, working and growing.’”
It is the hope of the board that more schools will seek to copy, mimic and improve what IVCC has accomplished, thus carrying on a tradition to win the coveted LEED award.
H&M, the Swedish fast-fashion retailer, has launched a recruiting campaign nationally, their first ever. They are touting their benefit and pay as a draw as well as their sustainability efforts to attractive potential employees.
H&M is planning on expanding their US operations and need to hire thousands. In the past year, the company has already opened 62 stores and has plans to open another 61 this year. New York will be home to their largest of all stores with a 63,000 square-foot store in Herald Square.
The company’s hiring campaign is measure of the growing shift for retails jobs to be a sustainable long-term career as retail companies are starting to be vocal about the company culture.
According to Bill Thorne, senior vice president at the National Retail Federation, “It is not in the retailers’ best interest to provide a job that somebody gets into and realizes, well there’s another opportunity literally two blocks away where I can make more money, get better benefits and maybe advance faster,” he says. “They’re all talking about why it’s important to work at their store and the opportunities that company provides (employees).”
All 363 American stores have displays as part of this hiring campaign along with billboards and mall advertisements and current employees offering video testimonials. Featured statements on the ads indicate what possible employment is with the company such as “Five weeks of vacation is possible,” and “Making sustainability fashionable is possible.”
Long-term careers are the focus of H&M promotion instead of the usual hourly retail jobs of the past. The company says over 30% of their executive team began as sales advisers aka store associates. The campaign is targeting Millennials with a focus on college campuses this September.
After the recession, retail work was one of the first to recover and H&M’s effort comes in at a perfect time with higher wages making the labor market a little tighter. In February, Walmart announced that it would increase their starting wage to $10 an hour as did T.J. Maxx with similar plans. As well, Target quietly began issuing raises for employees as well. All this is in addition to the Federal government pushing for an increase in minimum wage as well.