Beginning With the End in Mind

first_imgI’m fascinated by the ability of design to solve problems. At its core, the circular economy is a revolution in both intention and design. It’s s an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative and it aims to ‘design out’ waste. Waste simply does not exist—products are engineered and optimized for an extended initial lifespan before entering the cycle of disassembly and reuse. I was fortunate to get to talk about just this at a recent virtual panel put on by GreenBiz at their Circularity 20 Conference. I was joined by representatives from the apparel and DIY industries to explore the sustainability impact of product design that emphasizes repairability and resilience.Unfortunately, designing for extended life and repairability has not always been at the forefront of product concepting, for several reasons. It’s often more expensive and can take more time upfront in the design process. It’s also not compatible with a business model of planned obsolescence — which has contributed heavily to today’s throwaway culture that prefers replacing over repairing. However, designing for product durability and an ability to be easily repaired is a key component of the circular economy because it keeps a product out of any potential waste loop for as long as possible.“The design mind needs to focus not on generating difference and change seasonally but rather generating the opportunity for the redeployment of a first-generation object to new second-generation material.” — Paul Dillinger, VP, Head of Global Product Innovation, Levi Strauss & Co.In addition to the physical structure of a product, however, designing for circularity also includes specifying the right materials. Using recycled or repurposed materials – preferably sourced from a closed loop — is one tactic. But if those resources are made from a composite mix, it creates issues at the end of the new product’s life cycle, because mixed materials can be very difficult to separate for reuse. To be truly sustainable, materials need to be easy to break down for proper repurposing. Again, this can add expense during the initial product’s creation. In some cases, it can also limit consumer choices; for example, the fibers of denim jeans that include spandex for stretch cannot be teased apart.Right now, not very many virgin materials are even getting that chance for a second use. According to McKinsey, six out of every 10 garments purchased are incinerated or buried within the first year after production. When it comes to e-waste, the statistics are equally disheartening. Even though it’s one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world, less than 20 percent of electronics are responsibly recycled today.“Dell’s designers are the only designers who go to the recyclers every year and take apart their own products.” — Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixitAt Dell Technologies, we are leading the way in reducing and recycling e-waste. One of our key principles regarding the circular economy is Transformation – changing the way we design and deliver products and services to align with responsible sustainability. Our design standard is simple: no computer should go to waste. This commitment begins with a systems-level view of all of our product lifecycles. Our designs emphasize ease of repair and recyclability from the start — with very successful results. In fact, the Dell Technologies Inspiron laptop received the top score of 10 from iFixit for the way its design supports easy repair and upgrades. Other exciting initiatives we’re working on involve the use of AI and ML to design products with self-healing technologies that can actually reconstitute and repair themselves to avoid downtime.“It is critically important to incorporate circular principles in the design phase. We are always seeking ways to make our products easier to repair and disassemble — and that starts with design.” — John Pflueger, Principal Environmental Strategist, Dell TechnologiesDell also offers PC as a Service (PCaas) by combining hardware, software and lifecycle session in exchange for monthly fees. Consumers who subscribe receive the latest technology every 36 months yet support sustainability. The program’s easy takeback allows us to easily refurbish entire PCs for resale or dissemble them to reclaim components for upcycling or recycling — a process made easier with thoughtful design.That thoughtful design includes looking for ways to make it easy for the materials we use to be recycled. For example, we will take the plastics recovered through our takeback programs and if they cannot be repurposed, we work with our partners to shred, melt and reblend them. We then use this recycled plastic at a 35 percent blend rate to make new parts. Currently, these “closed-loop” plastics feed parts into more than 125 different Dell products.More companies are beginning to adopt circular design initiatives as consumer opinions change with regards to what sacrifices they are willing to make for the sake of environmental responsibility, such as a higher price or a particular style. Also — and this is the key because the bottom line is always a driver — it’s becoming easier and more affordable to support the circular economy as technology improves.That technology improvement includes advances in AI and ML. Some exciting initiatives we’re working on involve the use of AI and ML to design products with self-healing technologies that can actually reconstitute and repair themselves to avoid downtime. And there will come a day, sooner than you might think, where AI will be able to manage a computing “subscription” and identify exactly what you need, based on how you use it. There are many roads to circularity, and at Dell Technologies, we’re exploring as many as possible to achieve our goal of a more sustainable future.last_img read more

AAA offices nationwide driving tourists to Vermont

first_imgAs the fall foliage season shifts into high gear, AAA is working with Vermont’s tourism industry leaders to disseminate information nationwide through its travel offices. The resources will be used by AAA’s travel counselors to help direct motorists and encourage them to travel the Green Mountain State.Tom Williams, Regional Manager of AAA Northern New England, noted, ‘We have a golden opportunity to provide up-to-date, practical information to members across the country. In the great majority of areas hit by the storm, visitors will find roadways with smooth pavement and bright lines. It is our role to make sure that people who are interested in coming to Vermont get the information they need.’ In a communication sent earlier this week to all AAA offices in the United States, AAA states, ‘In late August, the State of Vermont made headlines across the nation as flood waters from Hurricane Irene caused major damage to the states highways and bridges. Within weeks after Irene, Vermont rebuilt at an unprecedented rate. Now 95% of Vermont roads are open, with final touches being made every day.’Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing (VDTM) Deputy Commissioner Steve Cook works with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Ski Vermont on the ‘Foliage Force,’ a team which has been promoting Vermont’s vibrant foliage season in the wake of Irene. Cook noted, ‘The foliage season has begun, and all indications are that it will be as vibrant and beautiful as ever. We are delighted that AAA has taken a proactive role in informing people about Vermont, and our recovery from the storm. This is a testament to AAA’s confidence in our state, and the resilience of our tourism businesses.’The bulletin refers travel counselors to road repair resources provided by VTrans, as well as planning information supplied by VDTM, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Ski Vermont. It concludes that AAA Northern New England branch offices in Montpelier, Rutland and Williston are well prepared to help motorists navigate the state of Vermont. Vermont Dept of Travel and Tourism. 9.28.2011last_img read more

St. Thomas clinic shines light on elder law issues

first_img St. Thomas clinic shines light on elder law issues Gary Blankenship Senior Editor For four law students at St. Thomas University, participation in the school’s new elder law clinic is more than an opportunity to learn about elder law issues. It’s a chance to be on the cutting edge of both guardianship and technological parts of that practice area.While criminal and civil legal clinics are fairly common at law schools, the St. Thomas program, begun with this fall’s semester, is one of two in Florida to focus on what its backers say will be a fast-growing area given the state and nation’s aging population.“It’s a wonderful opportunity, given that this is such a growing field in Florida and it’s going to be so important,” said David Hook, one of the law students in the clinic. “Whether the social programs that the elderly rely on in Florida remain, increase, or diminish, the field is going to remain and they’re going to have to deal with the issues one way or the other.”While the clinic may be taking its first baby steps, it has some impressive parentage. St. Thomas Assistant Dean CeeCee Dykas said the clinic, and a new elder law course, came about from a melding of interests between the law school’s new dean, former Attorney General Bob Butterworth, the Bar’s Elder Law Section, 17th Circuit probate Judge Mel Grossman, and others.Dykas noted that when Butterworth was attorney general, “The elder law issues were one of his primary areas of focus, largely because of our population, and they frequently are the victims of crime. What he saw when he transitioned to the dean of the law school was an enormous need of legal services for this population.”That includes, she said, probate, guardianship, involuntary commitment, abuse, and fraud.At the same time, the Elder Law Section, which had begun a scholarship program at the state’s law schools in the 2003-04 year, was looking to expand its involvement with law school, Immediate past Chair Stephanie Schneider said a brainstorming session led to the idea of the clinic, to be run with the help of Judge Grossman.“Judge Grossman and I have collaborated before on other ideas, looking for ways we can improve the quality of service the public is receiving and create a more efficient judiciary,” Schneider said. “We realized there was a growing need for elder law services and wouldn’t it be great if we could encourage law school students to find out if this was the right area for them?”Also drawn in were St. Thomas law Prof. Gordon Butler and Miami practitioner Enrique Zamora, who is the adjunct professor for the elder law course and oversees the clinic.Butler said the timing for the clinic was propitious. Last year, the legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush approved a statewide guardianship commission to study guardianship law and practices and recommend changes. Members include Judge Grossman, Butler, and Zamora.“They’re at the cutting edge of what people are thinking and what direction guardianship should be going,” said Hook, which means the students also have a front row seat to those legal evolutions.Hook and the other clinical students are working now by attending hearings in Judge Grossman’s court and studying the cases there.“To be able to sit in on the hearings in the judge’s chambers and then discuss the hearing afterwards with the judge, that’s invaluable,” Hook said. “It gives you a chance to ask ‘What did you think of this, why didn’t you do this or that,’ and you get his reasoning.“It’s just being able to see the workings of the court from the other side. . . . I’ve only seen it from the attorney’s side. You get to see the other side of the law and what the court is thinking and what the court has to deal with.”Sandra Curless, another student in the clinic, found the guardianship hearings in particular “not as adversarial as say a divorce, but they’re very emotionally charged because you’re talking about human beings and their rights, because if a guardian is appointed, a set of rights is taken away from that person.. . . We want to take the least restrictive measures possible so people retain as much of their freedom as they can.”She has also been impressed with observing Butler, Zamora, and Grossman on the guardianship commission and those involved in the court cases.“The people that I’m involved with are just really interested in making the law something we can live with,” Curless said. “I like being around people like that. That’s been the best part of it.”Curless got involved in the clinic after her wills and trust professor suggested it might be a good fit for her, and she has found it intriguing.“There’s a need to know the particulars of the law, what laws might conflict with each other, how they play out in a hearing, and how that results in a delay in someone getting a personal service they need,” she said. “The law is very complex and they don’t always mesh.”It was natural for Hooks to join. He worked in his mother’s law firm for two and a half years before law school, and she concentrates in elder law issues.“I went to law school with the idea of eventually joining her and her practice,” he said.Dykas, Butler, and Schneider said the hope is to expand the clinic to admit more students after its initial semester, and Schneider said the section is also looking at expanding it to other schools. They will certainly have advocates from the initial participants.“I would tell them it could be one of the best experiences of their lives. I highly recommend it,” Curless said. December 1, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News St. Thomas clinic shines light on elder law issueslast_img read more

Blake Shelton Honors ‘Fiancee’ Gwen Stefani at People’s Choice

first_img– Advertisement – Feeling grateful! Blake Shelton took a moment to gush about his new fiancée, Gwen Stefani, at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards on Sunday, November 15.While accepting the award for best country star, Shelton made sure to thank his fans for their support. The “God’s Country” crooner, 44, then gave a special acknowledgment to his longtime love.- Advertisement – The Voice coaches announced their engagement last month via Instagram. At the time, the twosome shared the same snap of themselves smooching while the “Hollaback Girl” singer flashed her new diamond sparkler.Blake Shelton Gives Sweet Shout Out to Fiancee Gwen Stefani E! People's Choice Awards 2020 GrammyGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles. Matt Baron/Shutterstock“@blakeshelton yes please! 💍🙏🏻 ,” she captioned her post, while her longtime beau wrote, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020 … And the rest of my life. I love you. I heard a YES!”A source told Us that Shelton is eager to wed Stefani. “Blake is just ready to be married and wants it to happen very soon,” the insider exclusively revealed. “Don’t be surprised if it happens by the end of the year.”- Advertisement – “Thank you to my new fiancée, Gwen Stefani,” he said. “That’s S-t-e-f-a-n-i, if you need to Google it to figure out who she is. Thanks for the inspiration and I love you guys, thank you.”Blake Shelton Gives Sweet Shout Out to Fiancee Gwen Stefani E! People's Choice Awards 2020Blake Shelton, The Country Artist of 2020, accepts the award onstage for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and broadcast on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Christopher Polk/E! EntertainmentShelton previously raved about Stefani, 51, at the 2019 ceremony while receiving the same honor. “Gwen Stefani, I love the s–t out of you,” he said at the time.Us Weekly broke the news in November 2015 that Shelton and Stefani were officially dating. Their relationship came after the duo announced their respective splits from Miranda Lambert and Gavin Rossdale earlier that year.- Advertisement – Leading up to the proposal, the “Happy Anywhere” collaborators had been negotiating their prenup. “They have been in prenup talks for a few months. The process has been extremely effortless,” a source said, adding that there have been “no hiccups, or outrageous demands” from either side.The No Doubt frontwoman shares sons, Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6, with Rossdale, 55. In the past, Stefani raved about what a “good dad” Shelton is to her three boys.“He’s been helping me out a lot,” she said on Today in 2019. “I literally get to the point where I’m like, ‘You’ve got to get home. Come help!’ It’s hard.”Stefani’s sons with the Bush rocker “look up to Blake in a big way,” a source told Us in August. “He’s earned their respect as a father figure. He’s gone from being their friend to being a serious parental influence.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!last_img read more

Unique archaeological discovery: Roman chariot with horses found

first_imgPhoto: City portal Cibalia.info In tumulus 1, ie an earthen mound about 40 meters in diameter and about 1 meter high, a large burial chamber was found in which they were laid. two-wheeled Roman carts with horses. Vinkovci, as the oldest city in Europe, in the area where people have lived continuously for more than 8300 years, keeps many secrets underground, and the entire area of ​​Vinkovci has been declared a protected archaeological zone since 1982. By the way, it is less known how two Roman emperors, Valens and Valentinian, were born in Vinkovci. The excavated tomb, as Kratofil points out, is estimated to date from the 3rd century AD, which ranks it among the youngest examples of this funeral custom. The complex process of documenting the findings, which has been carried out since the beginning of the research, will bring numerous new insights into the construction of Roman chariots, which will ultimately enable their complete reconstruction and presentation in the permanent exhibition of the Vinkovci City Museum. Photo: Novosti.hr “The custom of burying under mounds or tumuli is a remarkable way of burial ritual during the Roman period in the south of the Pannonian Plain, and is associated with extremely wealthy families who played a prominent role in the administrative, social and economic life of Pannonia. By locating an earthen mound along one of the most important roads of the Roman Empire, which connected the Apennine Peninsula with Pannonia and the Balkans and Asia Minor, the aristocratic family living near Cibala wanted to show all travelers passing by this road their prominent status, but also the wealth that possessed. The most significant discovery is the finding of a Roman chariot with harnessed horses, ie it is the first archaeologically investigated ancient burial with a chariot in Croatia.”, Points out the curator of the Vinkovci Museum Boris Kratofil for Novosti.hr Research at this site began in 2017, and these are the first major discoveries, significant to the extent that we have not had anything similar in Croatia so far. center_img This site has aroused great interest in the profession throughout Croatia, according to many archaeologists from all over the country come to see what is happening in Stari Jankovci. “This is a sensational, unique discovery in the whole of Croatia, because this is the first time in our country that such a complex funeral belief from the time of Antiquity has been archaeologically researched and documented. Now follows a long process of restoration and conservation, but also a complete analysis of what was found. I hope that in a few years we will know a little more about the family whose members were buried in this area decades ago, 1.800 years ago. We are more interested in the horses themselves, ie whether they were bred here or came from other parts of the empire, and what they will tell us more about the importance and wealth of this family. We will achieve this through cooperation with domestic and numerous European institutions”, Said Marko Dizdar, director of the Institute of Archeology. Sensational and unique archaeological discovery in the whole of Croatia. Photo / Source: Novosti.hr Archaeologists from the Vinkovci City Museum and the Institute of Archeology in Zagreb yesterday presented the results of research they are conducting at the site in Stari Jankovci. last_img read more

Planning Looking to the future

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Report: State Halts Franklin County Tax Increase

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. – Franklin County Council members may have to make more difficult decisions after the state denied the proposed tax increase.The tax hike was expected to bring additional $200,000 in revenues next year, which Council had previously added to the 2015 budget.The Franklin County Observer reports the lack of funds will not be sufficient to avoid a deficit, even after cuts have already been made beginning next year.Citizens have the legal right to demand a public hearing on tax increases through the remonstrance process if they gather a minimum of fifty signatures. The hearing was held by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).After the hearing, the DLGF later sent a notice to the county disapproving the reestablishment of the Fund due to the county not supplying the department with materials in support of a tax jump, the newspaper reports.The next Franklin County Council meeting is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Unemployment remains steady in Indiana; slight increase locally

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The jobless rate in Indiana held steady in October at 5.7 percent, according to new data released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.It marks the tenth month in a row for the state’s unemployment to remain lower than the national average at 5.8 percent.Indiana grew 5,500 private sector jobs in October, led mainly by the Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Manufacturing sectors.Over the past year, Indiana has consistently led the nation in Manufacturing growth, with more than 24,000 jobs added since last October.Locally, Decatur County remains below the state average with unemployment reported at 4.7 percent.The rate in Dearborn County is 5.1 percent and unemployment is 5.2 percent in Franklin County. Jobless numbers in Ripley County are 5.9 percent.Fayette County has the state’s third-highest unemployment rate at 7.1 percent.last_img read more

Nicholas R. “Nick” Steigerwald

first_imgNicholas R. “Nick” Steigerwald, of Dillsboro, Indiana, formerly of Greendale, Indiana, passed away May 26, 2017.He was born February 19, 1962 in Cincinnati, OH. He worked in Construction for Messer Construction. He graduated from St. Xavier High School where he became very involved in Junior Big Brothers, a club organized by one of the faculty, Mr Paul Lammermeier,Surviving are parents,Wally and Jinny Steigerwald of Aurora, IN; Daughter, Rose Steigerwald of Milan, IN; siblings, Shauna (Doug) McCreedy of Hebron, KY, Vince (Mabe) Steigerwald of Cincinnati, OH, Jeff (Kathy) Steigerwald of Aurora, IN, Tim (Chris) Steigerwald of Loveland, OH, Chris (Heather) Steigerwald of Hendersonville, TN, Mark (Bridget) Steigerwald of Lawrenceburg, IN; loving aunts, Kathy & Mary Ellen Kindel; 10 nephews, 8 nieces, and 2 great nieces.Friends will be received Thursday, June 1, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00 am, with Father Frank Eckstein and Fr. Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to The Paul Lammermeier Foundation, providing children in need in Peru. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Anthony Joshua may defend title behind closed-doors

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua’s first fight as the restored world heavyweight champion could take place in front of no spectators.British boxing’s governing body told promoters on Thursday it hopes to be able to have shows back from July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus outbreak. Initially, though, Bouts are expected to be held without fans, meaning Joshua’s fight against Kubrat Pulev – the first since the Briton regained his WBA, IBF and WBO belts by beating Andy Ruiz Jr. in December – would surely be switched from its planned venue, the stadium of English soccer club Tottenham which can hold more than 60,000 spectators.The Joshua-Pulev fight had been scheduled for June 20 before being pushed back to an as-yet-unconfirmed date because of the pandemic.A rearranged date of July 25 has been touted.Joshua wanted the first defence of his belts to take place in London.Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, said his Matchroom Boxing organization was planning to stage “two or three” Saturday fight nights in July before returning with a bigger show, provided boxing and other sports get the go-ahead to return from the British government. Hearn said he wouldn’t want to stage a fight in an enclosed location like a TV studio because he doesn’t see how it “does anything for the sport.”“I want to build a fight camp, a different kind of environment, more dramatic,” Hearn said in an interview with the BBC. “It will look spectacular on TV. We need to dramatize it.“It’s about taking over a hotel, testing all the teams, creating a sterile fight camp where no one goes in until we know they’ve had a negative test. It’s about creating changing room areas, ring walks. It will add to the story.”The British Boxing Board of Control said if boxing was to return in July, there would be an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. Medical staff were required at ringside, too.Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five fights in a show. The BBBofC said it continues to follow advice from government and medical authorities.—Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony JoshuaCoronavirusTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more