Kroger Urged to Eliminate Bee-Toxic Pesticides from its Food Supply Chain

Groups urge grocer to save bees from “insect apocalypse” during National Pollinator Week

CINCINNATI, OHIO, UNITED STATES, June 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On the eve of Kroger’s (NYSE: KR) annual shareholder meeting, groups are calling on the grocery giant to commit to eliminating toxic pesticides linked to dramatic pollinator declines from the company’s food supply chain. This action, organized during National Pollinator Week, is part of a larger campaign urging Kroger and other top retailers to take urgent action on pesticides and expand organic offerings to protect bees and other pollinators.

Kroger currently lags behind competitors like Costco (NASDQ: COST), Albertsons (NYSE: ACI) and Giant Eagle. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) recently announced a time-bound commitment, the most far-reaching to date of any U.S.

“Scientists warn we are facing an ‘insect apocalypse,’ largely driven by toxic pesticides,” said Paolo Mutia, Food and Agriculture Campaigner at Friends of the Earth. “Kroger needs to join competitors like Walmart that have established industry-leading policies to protect pollinators essential to its business and to our food system, before it’s too late.”

Forty percent of invertebrate pollinators face extinction, and research shows that pesticides are a key driver. Research shows that organic farming can help reverse pollinator declines.

Kroger store-brand foods have been found to contain toxic pesticides, including glyphosate, organophosphates, and neonicotinoids. These pesticides are linked to adverse human health impacts and harm to bees and other pollinators. The foods tested were items that kids and families typically eat including cereal, apples, applesauce, spinach and pinto beans.

"I don't want to live in a world without bees. Or strawberries. Or chocolate. Or coffee," said Lacey Kohlmoos, U.S. Campaign Manager at SumOfUs. "And unless Kroger makes a strong commitment to protect bees and other pollinators from extinction, that's very well what may end up happening. It's time for Kroger to finally step up and do its part to save the bees, and our favorite foods and drinks."

Friends of the Earth, along with over 100 environmental, consumer, food safety, farmer and farmworker organizations, have driven hundreds of thousands of emails and calls to Kroger, organized protests at Kroger’s shareholder meetings and grocery stores and placed a billboard outside of Kroger headquarters in Cinncinnati, Ohio. The coalition includes Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs, Beyond Pesticides, Center for Food Safety, Green America, Herbicide Free Campus, Toxic Free NC, and Kids Right to Know.

“As a major grocer, Kroger is responsible for ensuring that both its customers and the environment are healthy,” said Jaydee Hanson, Policy Director at Center for Food Safety. "Its customers want to live in a world where they can delight in the sights and sounds of insects and wildlife. Kroger should make sure its customers have access to healthy, organic foods that benefit human health and are produced without toxic pesticides that harm our bees and ecosystems.”

“Food retailers like Kroger have both the responsibility and means to ensure the products they sell are not contributing to the insect apocalypse and the ongoing collapse of biodiversity worldwide,” said Drew Toher, Community Resource and Policy Director at Beyond Pesticides. “We urge Kroger to get its house in order: expand its selection of organic foods, and ensure all products sold at its stores are grown in manner that safeguards soil health, pollinators, farmers, and the farmworkers our agricultural system relies upon.”

Friends of the Earth’s 2020 Bee-Friendly Retailer Scorecard gave Kroger a “D-” rating. The report, which analyzes 25 of the largest U.S. grocery stores, noted that while Kroger has expanded its bee-friendly organic offerings, the company has not taken substantial steps to reduce the sale of pesticides that threaten pollinators in its food and beverage supply chains.

“Toxic pesticides have no place on the food we feed our families,” said Alexis Luckey, Executive Director at Toxic Free North Carolina. “We ask Kroger to demonstrate corporate responsibility by influencing its supply chain to transition to healthier and more sustainable growing practices that will protect the health of our community and biodiversity of our precious ecosystem.”

“Pollinators as a keystone species are essential to healthy and productive food and ecosystems,” said Joyce Kennedy Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator at People and Pollinators Action Network. “Time is of the essence to protect this vital wildlife by eliminating their pesticide exposures.”

“Toxic pesticides are harming farmworkers, farmers, pollinators, consumers, and communities nationwide,” said Todd Larsen, Executive Co-Director at Green America. “Consumers are increasingly looking for foods that are organic and protect people and the planet. Kroger’s sales, profits, and brand will be at risk if it fails to eliminate toxic pesticides from products on its shelves.”

“Bees, a vital part of maintaining our eco-systems and food supply are under attack more than ever due to toxic pesticides,” said Rachel Parent, Founder and Director at Kids Right to Know. “If Kroger truly cares about its customers, the environment, and the bees they will step up and say no to bee-toxic pesticides. The young generations are calling for change, now it is time for Kroger to listen!”

Kerry Skiff
Friends of the Earth
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Michael Carter joins E Source as president of Research and Advisory

E Source: Powering What's Next

BOULDER, CO, UNITED STATES, June 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — E Source is pleased to announce that Michael Carter has joined the company as the new president of Research and Advisory. In this capacity, he’ll oversee the team and set the strategy for the division, which supports 15 customer-centric subscription services and databases. He’ll also focus on growing the company’s capabilities.

“We’re thrilled to have Michael leading Research and Advisory. His proven leadership skills and decades of experience scaling businesses in our industry will prove invaluable in the coming years,” says Wayne Greenberg, CEO of E Source.

Carter will work collaboratively with the other E Source divisions—Management Consulting, Technology Planning and Implementation Consulting, and Data Science—to maximize the value of E Source’s offerings for utilities across the US and Canada. He has more than 25 years’ experience in data and information products and advisory and consulting services, and he has deep subject-matter expertise in energy markets, electric power generation, and power market analysis. Carter is an experienced and innovative leader with a strong background in scaling businesses in the power and utilities space. He has developed several energy industry–leading products and services. Carter is a member of many advisory boards for energy-focused businesses and start-ups. He served most recently as chief revenue officer (CRO) at Energy Acuity, CRO at Energy Exemplar, and division head at SNL Energy. Carter has a MS from Colorado School of Mines and a BS from the Australian National University. He’s based in Boulder, Colorado.

About E Source
E Source is a leading partner to more than 500 electric, gas, and water utilities and municipalities, and their partners, across the US and Canada. We provide data science, market research, benchmarking, and consulting services. Our 35 years of technology validation, market assessment, program design, and customer experience expertise helps clients make informed, data-driven decisions; plan for tomorrow’s infrastructure needs; strengthen customer relationships; and meet critical business objectives while becoming more innovative and responsive in the rapidly evolving market.

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Green Energy Biofuel Featured on NPR’s South Carolina Business Review

BioJoe Renwick

railcars, grease

Green Energy Biofuel has railcar service into and out of its waste processing facility near Aiken, South Carolina.

compost, organic waste, landfill-free, zero landfill, recycling

Through ReSoil, Green Energy Biofuel’s recently acquired composting facility, the company can offer landfill-free disposal options for industrial-scale processors.

BioJoe Renwick shares with listeners how his growing recycling enterprise, Green Energy Biofuel, has become more diversified and adaptive through the pandemic.

WINNSBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, June 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — BioJoe Renwick, co-founder and owner of recycling firm Green Energy Biofuel, was recently featured on National Public Radio’s South Carolina Business Review podcast with host Mike Switzer.

The popular segment on South Carolina Public Radio gave Renwick an opportunity to update listeners on Green Energy Biofuel’s expansion over the past several years from a small, local grease collection and biodiesel production company in the Midlands to a much larger, regional recycling business capable of processing far more than just used cooking oil.

With three grease processing facilities—two in South Carolina (Winnsboro and Aiken) and one in Tennessee (Knoxville)—Green Energy Biofuel is now capable of refining industrial-scale volumes of any waste that contains grease, including the lowest quality, hardest-to-process material. The Aiken processing center has its own rail spur and can accommodate railcar loads of waste, in addition to tanker trucks. The company is also permitted for treatment of wastewater from large food processors such as Tyson Foods, for example.

Renwick also shared with Switzer how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Green Energy Biofuel’s business. With most restaurants having to shut down or endure significantly reduced patron throughput, used cooking oil generation dropped precipitously starting in March 2020 through the first quarter of 2021. Green Energy Biofuel lost a quarter of its collection accounts as a result. But this hasn’t slowed Renwick or the Green Energy Biofuel team down. In fact, during the throws of the pandemic, the company made a strategic move to expand into processing a different type of waste—solid, organic material.

In December 2020, Green Energy Biofuel acquired ReSoil in Elgin, South Carolina, helping the company—and its clients—become zero-landfill stewards of the environment. Since then, significant investment has been put into the site, helping it run more efficiently in order to move more solid, organic waste in and more compost out.

Although Green Energy Biofuel’s ReSoil facility sells tons of high-quality compost in bulk, Renwick told Switzer his new venture will soon focus on bagging the nutrient-rich material for sale in local markets.

The company has also added numerous industrial services now offered to its clients, including line-jetting, tank cleaning and hood servicing. To learn more about the ReSoil composting facility or Green Energy Biofuel’s industrial services, click here.

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Aarna Networks and Predera Announce Partnership for a Complete Non-Real-Time RIC and Network Data Analytics Function

Aarna Networks and Predera's products will provide customers with an end-to-end 5G analytics solution that includes machine learning prediction and training

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, June 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Aarna Networks, a leading 5G network and edge computing application management software company, and Predera, developer of an MLOps software solution featuring the smartest workflow and deployment manager for artificial intelligence models, today announced a partnership to provide customers a complete O-RAN Alliance compliant Non-Real-Time RIC (NONRTRIC) and 3GPP complaint Network Data Analytics (NWDAF) solutions to meet the requirements of the next phase of 5G networks.

The Aarna Networks Multi Cluster Orchestration Platform (AMCOP) is an open source software solution for orchestration, lifecycle management, and closed loop automation platform for 5G networks and edge computing applications. AMCOP use-cases include 5G core operations administration and management (OA&M), O-RAN Service Management and Orchestration (SMO), mobile-access edge computing application orchestration (MEAO), and physical network function (PNF) management. Aarna Networks is also developing value-add components such as an end-to-end 5G network slicing manager, NONRTRIC, and NWDAF.

Predera AIQ is an innovative, full-lifecycle MLOps solution to help machine learning (ML) teams with building, deploying, and monitoring ML pipelines at scale. AIQ provides a single-pane view of all your machine learning projects and is language-agnostic, cloud-agnostic, container-based, with support for all popular ML (and deep learning) libraries. AIQ has already enabled enterprises from diverse industries such as Retail Healthcare, Finance, and Pharma to build and manage hundreds of AI models.

Amar Kapadia, CEO, Aarna Networks, said, “5G networks of the future will leverage AI/ML models to predict and optimize network performance without human intervention. As we start customer engagements on NONRTRIC and NWDAF, the need for training machine learning models also comes up. Our partnership with Predera will fill the machine learning model training gap and offer customers an end-to-end NONRTRIC and NWDAF solution. ”

Specifically, the partnership will achieve the following objectives:

– AMCOP will provide training data to MLOps via a data lake
– Network data scientists will use MLOps to train models
– The trained models will be provided to AMCOP via the Linux Foundation AI Acumos project marketplace
– AMCOP will consume the models in its NONRTRIC and NWDAF implementation for intelligent predictive analysis
– The process can iterate to further refine the models over time

“5G and AI are two very important technology disruptors of this decade that have a multiplier effect on each other. AI algorithms can drastically improve 5G service quality & network performance, fueling high-bandwidth consumer applications in the ecosystem, which in turn creates new streams of engagement data that enable hyper-localized and personalized consumer experiences. We are excited to enable Aarna’s customers to train highly tuned, high accuracy AI/ML models leveraging as much data as available, without restrictions of infrastructure, language and algorithms.” Said Vamshi Ambati, CEO, Predera.

To learn more, please attend a joint webinar by Aarna Networks and Predera on July 26, 2021 at https://www.meetup.com/aarna-networks-user-group/events/278980582/.

About Aarna Networks:
Aarna Networks is an open source software company that enables orchestration, management, and automation of 5G networks and edge computing applications. 5G and Edge are a once in a generation disruption that will fundamentally change how we work and live, and Aarna Networks is well positioned to take advantage of this trend. The company uses the Linux Foundation and Intel OpenNESS open source projects for its products and is based in San Jose, CA and Bengaluru, India. To learn more about Aarna Networks, visit www.aarnanetworks.com or email: info@aarnanetworks.com.

About Predera:
Predera is an artificial intelligence (AI) software company with a flagship product, AIQ, a containerized, secure, SaaS engine that simplifies ML life-cycle management for modern enterprises. With an innovative MLOps product, vertical-specific ML models and high-quality solutions expertise, Predera has seen continued growth in customers from Retail, Finance, Healthcare & Pharma industries. To learn more about Predera please visit www.predera.com or email: info@predera.com.

About the Webinar:
Machine learning will play a big role in 5G network as network optimization, service assurance, predictive analysis will all be automated. Network Data Analytics Function (NWDAF) and Non-Real-Time Radio Intelligent Controller (NONRTRIC) functions are defined by standard bodies to perform machine learning prediction on data collected from 5G Core and O-RAN network functions respectively. As part of the AarnaStream effort, Aarna Networks is implementing both NWDAF and NONRTRIC functions. However, to solve the full problem for a user, the training side also needs to be taken care of. Predera offers a leading MLOps product called AIQ. Jointly, we can solve the entire NWDAF or NONRTRIC problem for users that includes prediction/inferencing and training.

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US Forest Service Awards DCI Sustainable Furniture $706,000 for Renewable Energy System

DCI Boulevard Collection

Furniture recently designed and built at DCI’s NH Facility for UCLA.

The furniture manufacturer will use the funds to install a renewable biomass cogeneration system to supply heat and electricity to its operation.

LISBON, NEW HAMPSHIRE, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Furniture manufacturer DCI,Inc. was awarded $706,000 from the USFS as part of the USDA’s initiative to fund grant proposals to develop and expand the use of wood products, strengthen emerging wood energy markets, and protect community forests. The grant is part of the Forest Service’s Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant Program which provides funding to install thermally led community wood energy systems or to build innovative wood product manufacturing facilities.

This is the third—and largest—grant DCI has secured to fund a new high efficiency wood boiler to generate space heat, process heat, and electricity at its vertically integrated furniture plant. DCI also won a $250k grant from the USDA‘s Rural Energy for America Program, and a $500k grant from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission Renewable Energy Fund. This brings the total funds raised for the renewable energy system to nearly $1.5 million.

DCI President Henry Kober projects that out of the box the new renewable biomass boiler will save DCI $390,000 annually in energy costs. The Forest Service grant also enables the company to recommission a steam engine generator to further reduce its dependence on the electrical grid. By powering the renewable energy system with its own wood waste, DCI is taking another step towards realizing its commitment to zero waste and carbon neutrality.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the awards saying, “To manage wildfires and address climate, we need to manage our forests. Today’s investments underpin USDA’s commitment to address the climate crisis with a market-based approach that begins to move us toward a clean energy economy, led by production of renewable fuel and energy and biobased products grown and manufactured here in the U.S.”

Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen added, “We are placing emphasis on assisting wood energy facilities in economically challenged areas to retool or add advanced technology to replace systems that are inefficient or fueled by fossil fuels.”

On receiving the Forest Service grant, DCI President Henry Kober said, “We are honored to receive grants from the USDA,USFS, and the Public Utility Commission of New Hampshire for the construction of a new biomass boiler to replace the existing wood fired boiler that has served us well, but is now forty years old. The new boiler will operate more efficiently and will reduce particulate emissions by 75%. In addition, it is designed to burn locally-sourced whole tree chips to supplement the wood waste from our furniture operations in Lisbon, further reducing our carbon footprint."

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. Visit the Forest Service website for a complete list of projects and organizations receiving grants under the Community Forests Program.

DCI, Inc. is a family-owned, fully integrated, American furniture manufacturing company based in Lisbon, NH specializing in sustainable solid wood furniture since 1976 and supplying the higher education and military markets. With its FSC-certified sawmill and zero-waste manufacturing plant, DCI is committed to minimizing its ecological footprint while making the highest quality sustainable furniture.

Henry Kober
DCI,Inc.
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Chapter 11 Expert "Restructuring Advisory Group" Announces $12M Real Estate Portfolio CMBS Loan Restructure in NY

Restructuring Advisory Group Engaged to Restructure CMBS Loan on 16,500 sf Industrial Property in New York

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Chapter 11 Consultant, Restructuring Advisory Group, an expert in CMBS Loan Restructuring, Chapter 11 Finance, Debtor in Possession Financing, Commercial Mortgage Loan Modifications and funding Chapter 11 Reorganization Plans, today announced that has been retained to restructure the CMBS Debt on the $12M, 16,500 sf industrial building in the Bronx, NY

The firm was retained to analyze the financial viability of the single user, special purpose building as impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and to negotiate the CMBS forbearance agreement as well as to formulate the financial projections and CMBS Loan Modification proposal for submission to the CMBS Lender.

Restructuring Advisory Group was additionally retained as the lead strategist to direct the day to day strategies, and to interface with counsel.

Over a 30-year period, Restructuring Advisory Group has established a nationwide network of banks and financial institutions with whom the Company underwrites loans for its Loan Restructuring Clients, thereby offering both private money and market rate financing for companies and commercial real estate owners who are seeking to avoid a Chapter 11 filing or who have emerged from or are emerging from Chapter 11.

Over the same period, Restructuring Advisory Group has negotiated the discount, refinance, CMBS Loan Modification and commercial real estate loan restructure of over $850M in loans with major banks and financial institutions nationwide.

The company has long standing relationships at the decision-making levels of major financial institutions and its’ trademark negotiating strategies are much more efficient, time-saving and cost effective than battling the banks with and through legions of lawyers.

Restructuring Advisory Group offers free initial consultations and is an expert in Chapter 11 finance, formulating Chapter 11 plans, turn-around plans and in navigating and demystifying the complex legal and financial issues that confront businesses and real estate investors as they face the challenges of Chapter 11 and or the complexities of negotiating Forbearance Agreements.

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Leaders Urge Prioritization of Wetland Restoration to Fight Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Director, Convention on Biological Diversity, spoke at SER2021

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Director, Convention on Biological Diversity

SER2021, the 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

#SER2021 – the 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

Jane Madgwick, CEO, Wetlands International, spoke at SER2021

Jane Madgwick, CEO, Wetlands International

Panelists at SER2021 highlight economic benefits of wetland restoration and conservation

While it’s important to look at all ecosystems, wetlands are particularly important…for ecosystem functions and services…for biodiversity and as essential habitats for migratory species.”

— Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Top academics and NGO experts joined leaders from the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to highlight the vital importance of wetland restoration for addressing the dual planetary crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. 

“While it’s important to look at all ecosystems, wetlands are particularly important,” said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. “Particularly for the ecosystem functions and services they provide, such as recycling and moderation of water for freshwater ecosystems to thrive and as essential habitats for migratory species.”

Peatlands are particularly crucial in the fight against climate change. They are powerful carbon sinks – estimates suggest that peatlands store the same amount of carbon that is contained in all terrestrial biomass and twice as much as in all the world’s forest biomass. And, when degraded, they emit vast quantities of greenhouse gases. While peatlands can and are being restored, it is a long-term, not a short-term process. 

“We need to be sure our restoration action takes special care and notice of irrecoverable carbon – these are vast stores of carbon that could be released due to human activity and, if lost, cannot be restored by 2050,” said Dianna Kopansky, Coordinator of UNEP-led Global Peatlands Initiative, Speaking at SER2021, the 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration.

Ms.Kopansky and Ms. Mrema were speaking on a high-level plenary panel at SER2021 titled, UN Decade on Restoration: Responding to Climate Destabilization and Wetland/Biodiversity Loss, alongside Professor Brendan Mackey of Griffith University, Professor William Moomaw of Tufts University and Jane Madwick, CEO of Wetlands International.

The panel highlighted the proven benefits of restoring wetlands for biodiversity conservation, food and water security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and disaster prevention. 

“Wetlands are the standout ecosystems in terms of biodiversity and in their contribution to Earth’s life support,” said Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International. “Looking to the future, it seems undeniable that we must safeguard the remaining more-or-less intact wetlands and their resilience, plus regenerate others on a big scale for a safe, biodiverse and liveable planet.” 

Approximately 25% of all wetland species currently face extinction. And there are proven economic benefits of wetland restoration. The World Resources Institute estimates that for each $1 USD invested, restoration can generate up to $30 USD in economic benefits over time, and halting the decline of ecosystem services could prevent losses of $10 trillion in global income by 2050. 

The very recent report from a co-sponsored Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPBES-IPCC) emphasized: “Restoring carbon- and species-rich ecosystems on land and in the ocean is also highly effective for both climate change mitigation and biodiversity, with large adaptation co-benefits.” 

Bethanie Walder, Executive Director of SER, said of the findings: “Not only are the climate change and biodiversity crises two sides of the same coin, but ecological restoration can no longer be thought of as separate from the vital work needed to address these two issues in order to protect human health and societal wellbeing.”

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Asbury University Launches Master’s Degree in Equine Management

Asbury University Equine Student with Two Horses

Asbury University MBA with Equine Management Emphasis

Online MBA prepares graduates to excel in the global industry

WILMORE, KY, US, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Asbury University is launching a Master of Business Administration with Equine Management emphasis to equip students with expert knowledge and skills centered on finance, management, marketing, law, facilities and event management pertaining to the equine industry. The MBA in Equine Management is a convenient online degree and is designed to enhance equine industry knowledge or help graduates transition into a new career in this thriving sector.

“The new Equine MBA focus is a pathway for men and women from around the world or here at Asbury to move into a graduate level curriculum to integrate faith and work with a distinctive focus on Equine Administration,” said Asbury’s Equine Program Director Harold Rainwater. “Many of our students are drawn to the operation of an equine business, training, boarding or farm management, and we are excited that this program will serve this important industry.”

The equine industry is one of Kentucky’s leading business sectors, and Asbury recognizes the importance of preparing future innovators for this essential economic driver that boasts global opportunity. The MBA in Equine Management is a unique collaboration between Asbury’s Dayton School of Business and Equine Studies. In addition to traditional MBA courses such as leadership, accounting, analytics and financial management, the equine emphasis includes coursework like Equine Management, Equine Sales/Marketing and Equine Legal Issues/Risk Management. The MBA curriculum combines coursework, experiential learning, project-based courses and professional experience. Students learn from industry leaders and are equipped to influence the industry.

“Obtaining my Master’s in Business Administration with an Equine Management emphasis will teach me how to better incorporate my faith into my work in the equine industry,” said Equine Management MBA student Lily Earlywine. “I am eager to achieve a higher level of education that will equip me to manage a successful equine business that uses horses to educate students, while also serving the community in a Christ-focused, encouraging and uplifting way.”

Asbury University’s Equine Program affords limitless opportunities for students to excel and to gain practical experience with many world class equine operations in Central Kentucky through projects and internships. The program encourages students to become Christ-centered leaders in the equine industry. Asbury’s MBA program is 36 hours and can be completed in as little as 18 months. It attracts students from around the nation and the world, and 100 percent of responding alumni reported a pay raise, promotion or new employment within three months of graduation.

The distinctively faith-focused MBA program at Asbury expands on essential business principles by equipping committed leaders for the purpose of eliminating economic, social, and spiritual poverty around the world. Its mission is to provide a rigorous, student-centric education that emphasizes collaboration, critical and innovative thinking while cultivating integrity and character.

For more information on the program, visit asbury.edu/MBA/equine.

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Dr. Ed Diener and Greater Good Science Center World Happiness Awards 2021 Laureates for the Research Category

World Happiness Awards

World Happiness Awards

Ed Diener - World Happiness Awards 2021

Ed Diener – World Happiness Awards 2021

GGSC - World Happiness Awards 2021

GGSC – World Happiness Awards 2021

Thanks to modern science we are able to bring validated tools, techniques, and resources to help people thrive, rather than just survive.

We love Happiness Research! Thanks to modern science we are able to bring validated tools, techniques, and resources to help people thrive, rather than just survive.”

— Luis Gallardo, Founder & President – World Happiness Foundation

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — This year, the World Happiness Awards is once again ready and eager to recognize and celebrate organizations and individuals that are realizing a world with freedom, consciousness, and happiness for all! Our World Happiness Award Laureate in the Category of Happiness at Research (Individual) is Dr. Ed Diener.

Ed Diener, also known as ‘Dr. Happiness’ was a leading researcher in positive psychology who coined the famous expression ‘subjective well-being,’ as the aspect of happiness that can be empirically measured. Diener has been one of the leading pioneers in scientific research on happiness for the past twenty-five years. Diener developed numerous research protocols which are currently used by positive psychologists worldwide.

Born in 1946 in Glendale, California, he received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. For the past thirty years, he taught at the University of Illinois as the Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Dr. Diener was the president of both the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and the International Society of Quality of Life Studies and the first president of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Dr. Diener’s research was focused on the measurement of well-being, temperament and personality influences on well-being, theories of well-being, income and well-being, and cultural influences on well-being. He has developed several scales that are in widespread use. For instance, his Satisfaction with Life Scale has been cited over 8,000 times in the scientific literature, and his psychological flourishing scale is also being widely used. He has found that, in general, happiness does not just feel good but helps the person function better. Another outstanding work by Dr. Diener was his project to have nations implement national accounts of well-being for policymakers and leaders.

Diener was equally known for his generosity toward students and other scholars. He mentored hundreds and received several teaching awards. Along with his wife and fellow psychologist Carol, he created the Noba project to provide students with online access to free, high-quality textbooks and other educational materials, relieving a significant financial burden for students worldwide.

Dr. Diener has co-edited three books on subjective well-being: Well-Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology, Advances in Quality of Life Theory and Research, and Culture and Subjective Well-Being. He also wrote a popular book on happiness with his son, Robert Biswas-Diener, and authored a book on policy uses of accounts of well-being with Richard Lucas, Ulrich Schimmack, and John Helliwell. Sadly, Dr. Diener passed away on April 27, 2021.

Despite the sad news, we couldn’t be more proud to have Ed Diener as one of our laureates for the 2021 World Happiness Awards!

Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley University

The World Happiness Award Laureate in the Category of Happiness at Research (Community) is – Greater Good Science Center.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. As one of the world’s leading institutions of research and higher education, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to science and practice. Not only do they sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, but they also help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.

Since 2001, they have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior, called the science of a meaningful life. Their goal is to support cultural shifts in the ways people view human nature, understand the sources of true happiness, and value their connections to one another – all to promote a kinder and more compassionate society.

To achieve this overarching aim, the GGSC focuses on these long-term, large-scale outcomes:

A shift in conventional wisdom about human nature, so that the public views kindness and compassion as no less “natural” to humans than selfishness and aggression;
Greater awareness about the keys to social and emotional well-being, including the factors most likely to cause people to act on their instincts for kindness and compassion;
Greater demand for programs that foster the social-emotional well-being of their participants, driven by greater awareness about the research-based benefits of these programs;
Deeper understanding within educational institutions of how and why to support social-emotional development, nurturing a new generation that is better equipped to deal with conflict, handle stress, and widen their circles of kindness and compassion;
Higher levels of emotional well-being within institutions, specifically in families, schools, workplaces, and the health care system, and better-preparing people to respond to others with care, equanimity, and generosity.

That is why we couldn’t be happier to have The Greater Good Science Center as our laureates for the 2021 World Happiness Awards! All of our laureates will receive recognition by the World Happiness Fest, highlighting and showcasing them in the individual or community category on the World Happiness Awards website and the World Happiness Fest communications channels. Special recognition will be granted to individuals and communities that showcase “broad and/or deep outreach” and “positive impact” within the boundaries of their communities of influence. These relate to cities, companies, countries, hospitals, schools, etc., which, at the same time, showcases the core values of Compassion, Gratitude, Discovery, and Connection embedded in their projects and activities.

In collaboration with the United Nations University for Peace along with 300+ international thought leaders, corporate, government, research, and educational institutions, The World Happiness Awards situate happiness and well-being as essential components of global innovation.

Join us in our celebration of people and communities, making this planet a better place for all!

Hannah Cassimere
World Happiness Foundation
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World Happiness Awards


Source: EIN Presswire

University of Illinois Springfield announces non-credit online certificates in cannabis education

UIS partners with Green Flower to offer non-credit online certificates in cannabis education to meet demand for skilled workers in the cannabis industry.

We are excited to be the first university in Illinois to partner with Green Flower to offer in-demand cannabis certificate programs.”

— Rob Kerr, UIS associate director of Continuing and Professional Education

SPRINGFIELD, IL, USA, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The University of Illinois Springfield Office of Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) has partnered with Green Flower to offer non-credit online certificates in cannabis education. Each online program includes three, eight-week fully online courses.

The expanding cannabis industry is creating a demand for qualified workers with a broad range of skills. According to Business Wire, cannabis is the fastest growing industry in America. UIS is partnering with Green Flower to address the critical need for workers in the industry.

“The UIS Office of Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) is dedicated to developing skill-based programing and expanding non-credit opportunities,” said Rob Kerr, UIS associate director of Continuing and Professional Education. “We are excited to be the first university in Illinois to partner with Green Flower to offer in-demand cannabis certificate programs. The Illinois cannabis sector has enormous growth potential. There are 25 dispensaries and cultivation centers within 100 miles of our campus, and over 16,000 employees statewide. This market is booming, and those with the right training will be positioned to take full advantage of it.”

Programs will cover the business of cannabis, agriculture and horticulture, law and policy and healthcare and medicine. These certificates will complement existing credentials and advance the knowledge and practice of cannabis for professionals across multiple sectors.

“Green Flower is honored to be working with the University of Illinois Springfield and in particular the office of Continuing and Professional Education. We saw the commitment by the university of expanding offerings for working adults and lifelong learners as an obvious sign that the university wants to serve all types of students in every stage of their growth and careers,” said Daniel Kalef, vice president of higher education at Green Flower. “A little over a year after the state of Illinois made adult-use cannabis legal, the state has shown some of the fastest and largest growth of any state in the country, and as the sales expand, so does the industry and tremendous job opportunities. We applaud the leadership of the university for their foresight in wanting to offer certificate programs designed to prepare people for careers in what is now the fastest growing job market in the country. We can think of no better university or group of people in Illinois with whom to partner and are excited to begin offering these programs to the public this summer.”

Courses begin Aug. 23, and enrollment is now open. Students may enroll at cannabiseducation.uis.edu. The cost is $2,500 per certificate, but UIS is offering a $300 discount for students who enroll in the August cohort.

Courses are designed using online learning best practices and are scheduled to accommodate working professionals. Students will develop a portfolio of case studies and projects that can be used to demonstrate sector-specific cannabis knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a certificate of completion from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Questions about the new online certificates can be emailed to cannabiseducation@uis.edu.

Rob Kerr
University of Illinois Springfield
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Source: EIN Presswire