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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Boston Public Schools to Host Nine Community Meetings on Water Access in School Facilities

Boston Public Schools to Host Nine Community Meetings on Water Access in School Facilities?
Boston, MA - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - The Boston Public Schools (BPS) today announced that nine community meetings will be held in the coming weeks to address water access in school facilities. As a proactive, precautionary measure, BPS tested the water in all school facilities with functioning drinking fountains this spring.

"The School Committee felt it was necessary to provide additional in-person opportunities for families to receive information about water access," said Boston School Committee Chairman Michael O'Neill. "We will continue working very closely with BPS to ensure our water policy is a national leader, appropriately so, in protecting our students and staff, while ensuring that all in our schools are receiving
quality water access."

Out of 126 BPS facilities, 38 facilities with working water fountains were tested, and the results have been tripled verified by Boston Public Schools, Boston Water & Sewer Commission and a third-party contractor.

"There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our students and staff," said Superintendent Tommy Chang. "Boston Public Schools is committed to using a multi-pronged approach to provide data and resources to keep our families well-informed. This entails delivering messages in multiple languages, and through multiple mediums. "

The Boston Public Schools will host a series of community meetings open to the public, as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 pm, Mather Elementary School
    • 24 Parish Street, Dorchester
  • Wednesday, June 1, 5:00 pm, Another Course to College and Boston Green Academy
    • 20 Warren Street, Brighton
  • Thursday, June 2, 5:30 pm, Kenny Elementary School
    • 19 Oakton Avenue, Dorchester
  • Thursday, June 2, 6:00 pm, Curley K-8 School
    • 493 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
  • Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm, Murphy K-8 School
    • 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester
  • Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 pm, Trotter School
    • 135 Humboldt Avenue, Dorchester
  • Wednesday, June 8, 5:00 pm, Boston Latin Academy
    • 205 Townsend Street, Dorchester
  • Thursday, June 9, 5:00 pm, Lee K-8 School
    • 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester
  • Monday, June 13, 6:00 pm, Hernandez K-8 School
    • 61 School Street, Roxbury

The Boston School Committee is scheduled to vote on the BPS Water Access Policy at its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:00 pm at the Bruce C. Bolling Building, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury. For more information, visit: bostonpublicschools.org/water and follow @BostonSchools on Twitter and Instagram.

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $500,000 to Amherst’s Hitchcock Center for the Environment


Baker-Polito Administration Awards $500,000 to Amherst’s Hitchcock Center for the Environment

AMHERST?- May 31, 2016 - Continuing its commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for Massachusetts, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced the awarding of $500,000 to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment for the construction of its living building project, which is a 9,000 square foot environmental education center that seeks to meet the “Living Building Challenge” standards. Once completed, the new center, which will become a place where students will be taught complex environmental issues, will need to meet performance standards, such as net zero energy and water, over a twelve month period prior to the education center receiving a full certification. Currently, fewer than ten buildings in the world have become fully certified.

“The construction and opening of the new Hitchcock Center for the Environment will have a far reaching impact on Massachusetts, and will serve as an excellent example of leadership in the field of renewable technologies,”?said Governor Charlie Baker.?“We are proud to partner with the Hitchcock Center where thousands of students of all ages will learn the tools necessary in creating a more sustainable, Earth friendly environment.”

“The new Hitchcock Center will become an important addition to the City of Amherst, the region, and the state as a whole with one of the most innovative buildings in the world,”?said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.?“I am excited to know that future students will not only learn about responsible environmental practices, but will witness them firsthand.”

Today’s announcement was preceded by a check presentation event attended by state environmental officials, including Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy. The state officials received a tour of the center, and discussed the future plans of the building with Hitchcock Center’s Board of Directors.

“The Hitchcock Center’s Living Building Project demonstrates excellence in sustainability and will serve as a model for future buildings,”?said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.?“I am proud of the Baker-Polito Administration’s dedication to ensuring that organizations dedicated to energy efficient innovation have the tools and support they need from the Commonwealth to see their projects come to fruition.”

Aside from achieving net zero energy and water standards, the new Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s building will feature:

·?????????Rainwater harvesting;
·?????????Composting restrooms;
·?????????Four state-of-the-art adaptive classrooms and meeting spaces;
·?????????A visitor center with live and natural history exhibits;
·?????????Transparent, interpretive building systems that model and mimic nature;
·?????????Outdoor courtyards, decks, and picnic areas; and
·?????????Collaborative work spaces for a growing staff.

“The new Hitchcock Center for the Environment serves as an excellent example of state government working with private partners to support greater environmental awareness efforts,”?said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy.?“As stewards of over 450,000 acres of public land, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is proud to support the Baker-Polito Administration’s involvement and dedication to the construction of the new center.”

The $500,000 provided by the Baker-Polito Administration was made possible by an Environmental Bond Bill, which also authorized an award of $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2015. Previously, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) provided the center with $330,000 as part of the Pathways to Zero Net Energy Program to help construct the new headquarters.

“DOER is proud to partner with the Hitchcock Center through our Pathways to Zero Net Energy Program to build upon Massachusetts’ proud history of being on the forefront of green and sustainable innovation,”?said DOER Commissioner Judith Judson. “The new Hitchcock Center for the Environment will stand as a testament to our shared commitment to ensuring a cleaner, more energy efficient Commonwealth.”

“The generous support we have received from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has allowed us to realize a vision that we thought was a dream just four years ago,”?said Julie Johnson, Executive Director, Hitchcock Center for the Environment. “We are grateful for our state leaders who take such bold action to promote greater environmental sustainability and who readily recognize the critical role environmental education plays towards that goal.”

“The Hitchcock Center has served our region for decades as source for environmental education and sustainability.? The construction of the new building with the goal of achieving the Living Building Standards further illustrate our commitment to leading the nation in combating climate change and promoting energy efficiency,”?said?Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).?

“It is thrilling that the Commonwealth is going to help make this building happen,”?said State Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst). “It will be one of only a handful like it in the world.”

Monday, May 30, 2016

美国洪门致公堂第三十届恳亲在倍投方案图片顿举行 侨委会吕元荣道贺

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全体代表与吕副委员长合照(倍投方案图片顿侨教中心提供)
前排左起,侨务促进委员张韵兰、侨务顾问张昆、中华公所主席暨侨务谘询委员陈家骅、侨委会副委员长吕元荣、祝倍投方案图片顿经文处处长赖铭琪、侨务顾问郭竞儒、侨务委员梅锡锐、侨务促进委员阮鸿灿等人出席「美国洪门致公总堂第30届恳亲大会」开幕典礼(倍投方案图片顿侨教中心提供)
(倍投方案图片顿讯)28日上午中华民国侨务委员会吕副委员长元荣出席由驻处赖处长铭琪宴请之早餐会,参加侨领有中华公所主席陈谘询委员家骅等30多人。会中吕副委员长致词表示感谢侨领们对中心的支持与爱护,获得在场侨界人士掌声与支持。

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中午吕副委员长出席洪门致公总堂恳亲大会会场受到该总堂总顾问伍焕鹏总监堂李柱燊、总理梅荦生、陈竞石,倍投方案图片顿洪门致公堂监堂阮振强、李厚鹏主席及伍柏和等元老热烈握手欢迎。会中宣读委员长贺词,接着由大会致赠侨委会纪念牌,以示感谢吕副委员长的亲自到访参与。下午2时参加由安良工商会主办欢迎洪门年会代表午宴,下午4时,吕副委员长参访纽英仑中华公所及其内侨委会所赞助之图书馆并与公所陈主席家骅及该公所李董事奇舜等30余位侨领会谈及交换意见并致赠侨委会礼品。


晚间7时,吕副委员长由中华公所陈主席陪同前往该堂公宴的帝苑酒楼,吕副委员长向总堂及个分堂所有代表及此间各侨团侨领致意,并藉此机会再一次代表吴委员长特别感谢美国洪门致公总堂及洪门致公堂在美国地区协助侨委会推动各项侨务工作的贡献,表示敬意与感谢。并贺洪门致公堂恳亲大会顺利圆满成功。






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