Santa Monicans are known as a green people with high consumptions of fruits/veggies, commitments to recycling and a focus on sustainability. Locals expect their businesses to have similar values and the Chamber of Commerce will recognize green companies at their annual award on April 20.The 22nd Annual Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) will be recognizing businesses that are also focused on the environment with an eye on sustainable economic development, excellence in social responsibility and excellence in stewardship of the environment.“Santa Monica businesses continue to drive the Sustainable City Plan goals by taking the extra steps to ensure a robust economy, a commitment to human resources and a healthy natural environment,” said Susy Borlido, Co-Executive Director of Sustainable Works, in a recent press release.Since 1995 the SQAs have recognized 143 businesses with over 175 awards, proving they are the longest running sustainable business award program.Every year the event brings together the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works with the event featuring a keynote speaker.This year John Picard will be making an appearance. Chamber of Commerce, Director of Events and Marketing, Gigi de Pourtales said Picard is particularly relevant at the moment because of his focus on promoting innovation as an essential element of sustainable solution in every sector of the economy.According to the chamber, Picard established the foundation of what would eventually become the US Green Building Council under President Bill Clinton and he has worked with a diverse group of companies including Microsoft, BP, Sony, The Gap, eBay and MGM.Officials said the SQA continues to promote the efforts of local businesses as they embrace sustainable ways. There are specific awards given to businesses with exceptional achievements in one of the three areas, Sustainable Economic Development, Social Responsibility, and Stewardship of the Natural Environment.This year American Cancer Society Discovery Shop won Excellence in Economic Development Award. Excellence in Social Responsibility Award went to Le Meridien Delfina Hotel. Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment went to Back on the Beach Café, Beautycounter, Red Bull North America, Uplifters Kitchen, and Water Garden.The grand prize awards, given to businesses for excelling in all three categories, will be awarded to Apogee Electronics Corporation, LivingHomes, Santa Monica Place – Macerich, and The Albright.“The four grand prize winners have paved the way to more sustainability in their specific industry,” said De Pourtales. “The Albright as a long-standing family owned restaurant continues to model green practices on the Santa Monica Pier.”The Albright is owned by Yunnie and Greg Morena, and has previously won Excellence awards. The Albright was the first business on the Pier to achieve Green Certification status.With every child that comes into The Albright they receive a kids’ menu and crayons. There were so many crayons being used, the Morena’s decided it was best to team up with the Crayon Initiative.“Crayons are not bio-degradable so we give them the used crayons and they are then repurposed and given to the Children’s Hospital,” said Yunnie.The Albright is also partnering with Further, the company collects the depleted oil, refines it into biofuel and then converts it into glycerin soap. They don’t stop there. They get their fish from the Monterey Bay Sustainable Program, and recently they began developing their own oysters.“Oysters are the most sustainable seafood in the ocean because they are natural filters,” said Greg.The Albright owners said they feel honored to be recognized, and they will continue to work hard to making the Pier and the City green.In order for a business to be selected there are qualification they must fulfill. The business must be in operation for at least two years, while located within the City of Santa Monica or a Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce member. The business must employ at least two full time equivalent employees. They must also be in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations.Winners will not only receive an award trophy, they will also receive special recognition and media attention to highlight their success as a model business.The SQA will take place on April 20 at 11 a.m. at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in the Penthouse Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased online at www.smsqa.com . Pre-paid tickets are $50 for Chamber members and $60 for [email protected] :City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Worksdaily pressLe Meridien Delfina HotelSanta MonicaSanta Monica Chamber of Commercesanta monica daily pressSanta Monica Sustainable Quality Awardsthe albrightshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMarina Andalonview all postsOceanfront Starbucks back before Landmarks CommissionMulti-vehicle accident snarls Ocean AveYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours ago HomeNewsBusinesses recognized for their sustainability efforts Apr. 19, 2017 at 7:45 amNewsBusinesses recognized for their sustainability effortsMarina Andalon4 years agoCity of Santa Monica and Sustainable Worksdaily pressLe Meridien Delfina HotelSanta MonicaSanta Monica Chamber of Commercesanta monica daily pressSanta Monica Sustainable Quality Awardsthe albright
A laboratory worker in Boston was infected with vaccinia virus because of a needlestick injury, despite having been vaccinated against the virus 10 months earlier, according to an article today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The article says the infection is the first reported in a US lab worker who had been vaccinated recently in accord with recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Vaccinia is the virus used in smallpox vaccines.Initial presentation, treatmentThe worker, a 27-year-old staff member in an academic institution, accidentally pricked his thumb on Nov 17, 2013, while recapping a needle he had been using to inoculate an anesthetized mouse with wild-type vaccinia virus, according to the report. He said the mishap occurred when he was distracted by the movement of a mouse in another cage.The worker immediately washed his hands for about 10 minutes while expressing blood from the wound. A report on the incident was filed the same day, and the man was advised to go to a hospital emergency department immediately if symptoms appeared.Six days later he sought care for a non-tender rash on his left arm, and an ultrasound exam showed a small collection of fluid at the puncture site. He was diagnosed as having cellulitis and given intravenous cefazolin, followed by oral cephalexin. On Nov 25 he reported to his institution’s occupational health clinic with a necrotic lesion at the puncture site along with the arm rash.A necrotic vaccinia virus infection was diagnosed, and the patient was advised to keep taking cephalexin. Two days later the lesion was stable and the arm rash had resolved. On Dec 10, 23 days after the injury, the lesion was surgically debrided, and by Jan 9 the lesion was healed.Specimens sent to a state laboratory and the CDC tested positive for an orthopoxvirus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified vaccinia virus by tissue culture.Recapping needles found improperAs required, the occupational health clinic notified the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) of the case. The commission visited the lab Nov 26 and found most things in order but identified recapping of needles as a departure from recommended procedures.The patient, who had worked at the lab since January 2013, had received proper training and had received the ACAM2000 smallpox vaccine on Jan 28. A skin lesion at the site showed that the vaccination “took.”A serologic study by the CDC showed that the patient had high levels of orthopoxvirus immunoglobulin G, suggesting earlier exposure to the virus by vaccination or infection, the report says. But the antibody level necessary for protection against the virus is unknown, as was the viral load caused by the injury.The report says the ACIP advises that lab workers who handle wild-type vaccinia viruses should be revaccinated every 10 years. Two previous vaccinia infections have been reported in vaccinated workers, but one of them had been vaccinated more than 10 years before exposure, and the other had been vaccinated 6 years preexposure and did not have a vaccine “take.””Vaccination alone is insufficient as the sole preventive measure against laboratory-acquired orthopoxvirus infections,” the report states. “It must be complemented with effective biosafety protocols such as education of laboratory personnel, safe laboratory practice, and incident reporting.”CDC. Laboratory-acquired vaccinia virus infection in a recently immunized person—Massachusetts, 2013. MMWR 2015 May 1;64(16):435-8 [Full text]
USA: Public consultation hearings are taking place this week in California and Nevada into the Environmental Impact Statement for the privately-promoted DesertXpress high speed line linking the southern California region with Las Vegas. The meetings in Las Vegas, Victorville and Barstow follow approval of the Draft EIS by the Federal Railroad Administration on March 18.DesertXpress Enterprises hopes to start construction next year on the 295 km electrified route, which would parallel Interstate 15 across the Mojave desert between Las Vegas and Victorville, which lies north of the San Bernadino mountains on the edge of the Los Angeles conurbation. Work is expected to take around four years, at an estimated cost of $3·5bn to US$4bn, generating several thousand jobs at a time when unemployment in California is rising rapidly.With trains operating at up to 240 km/h, the target journey time is put at 1 h 24 min. The line is projected to carry 10 million passengers a year from 2015, rising to 16 million by 2030. Describing the I-15 corridor as ‘one of America’s most-congested transportation corridors’, the promoters estimate that road-to-rail modal shift could reduce CO2 emissions along the route by 165 million tonnes.An independent study prepared for the Southern California Logistics Rail Authority by BSL Management Consultants found that DesertXpress was ‘clearly the most practical and viable alternative’ compared to a maglev proposal costing up to $52bn.According to DesertXpress backer Tony Marnell, ‘this project will provide significant benefits to both California and Nevada and is coming on line at the perfect time, with the government recognizing the need to find viable, alternative solutions for cleaner and more efficient modes of transportation.’ He believes that it ‘can be the model for other similar projects throughout America, demonstrating how private enterprise can partner with government to develop solutions that fulfil needs that may otherwise not be feasible in today’s economy.’ In the longer term, DesertXpress says the line could be extended westwards by 80 km from Victorville to Palmdale, where it would connect with the California High Speed Rail network linking San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.