The Resilience Shift and Wood create strategic partnership to showcase infrastructure resilience

We will showcase best and pioneering practice for resilience

We will showcase best and pioneering practice for resilience

Seth Schultz CEO The Resilience Shift

Seth Schultz CEO The Resilience Shift

Global organisations will share best practice in resilient infrastructure in global annual showcase of infrastructure resilience

The next few years are critical to our planet's future. Resilience is central to helping us survive and thrive in the complex challenges, climate impacts, and deep uncertainties that we will face.”

— Seth Schultz, CEO, The Resilience Shift

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, April 23, 2021 / — The Resilience Shift. has entered a strategic partnership with the global organisation, Wood, in a multi-year agreement that will focus on the importance of resilience alongside both firms’ work to lead industry transformation and inspire greater action on sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

Under the partnership, Wood and The Resilience Shift aim to stimulate and profile the best and most pioneering work in resilience through a global annual showcase that will inspire those working within and for critical infrastructure systems to embed resiliency thinking and practice into their day-to-day work.

Peter Hall, Wood’s VP, Global Director for Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure, explains: “Increasing uncertainty due to climate concerns and the Covid-19 pandemic has placed resilience firmly on the agenda, whether across nations, cities or industries."

"We’re delighted to partner with The Resilience Shift to encourage best practice, helping to shape world-class resilient infrastructure projects by sharing knowledge and experience for the benefit of wider industry.”

At the heart of this joint initiative is the combination of Wood’s technical expertise in complex environmental and infrastructure solutions and The Resilience Shift’s thought leadership on the resilience of critical infrastructure systems. This collective effort will help grow the global resilience community of practice in the urgent timeframe required, while generating new impetus to achieve the changes needed to build resilience across global critical infrastructure.

Seth Schultz, CEO of The Resilience Shift, adds: “The next few years are critical to the future of our planet and resilience will be central to helping us survive and thrive the complex challenges, climate change impacts, and consequent deep uncertainties that we will face.”

“Our strategic partnership with Wood is an opportunity to create an initiative that can inspire, empower and motivate all those working across the world of infrastructure to embed resilience into their thinking and practice as standard, so that we continue to benefit from the services we rely on every day, no matter what.”

Andrew Stewart, Wood’s Executive President for Strategy & Development, comments: “This partnership supports our sustainable infrastructure strategy, advancing Wood’s position at the forefront of developing impactful solutions that prepare and respond to future change, ultimately benefitting communities in the long-term.”

Both organisations already have a proven track record of collaboration, with Wood being a grantee to The Resilience Shift, providing scoping research on the status of infrastructure resilience and creating a resilience primer on best practice in the electric utilities industry.


Notes to Editors:

The Resilience Shift
The Resilience Shift is creating a movement to bridge the infrastructure systems gap, to create a safe, resilient and sustainable future for all, in a world that is full of disruptive forces. Supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Arup, and with its global network of members, partners and collaborators, it is informing and promoting greater resilience as a global hub for best and pioneering practice.

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 40,000 people.

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Skyline Energy Savers Announces Expansion of New HVAC and Solar 2021 Offering at Online Symposium for Sacramento

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El Dorado Hills, California Top Solar and HVAC installer since 1988, Skyline Energy Savers has the Best Turnkey Offering for Windows; Voted Best of California!

Skyline Solar, and the professional staff at, has truly perfected what a family-owned Top Energy Business from California should be: Reliable, Affordable and Personable.”

— Scott B.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, UNITED STATES, April 23, 2021 / — Skyline Energy Savers is proud to announce the completion of their new, 2021, state-of-the-art, Solar Solutions Product Line. Skyline offers: (a) Windows, (b) HVAC and (c) Solar Energy, all on location, in Sacramento with speed and accuracy.

Solar is the cheapest and most abundant energy source in the world. In December 2016, the cost of building and installing new solar electricity generation dropped to $1.65 per watt, narrowly beating out its renewable counterpart wind ($1.66/Watt) and its fossil fuel competitors.

A major turning point in terms of the economics of solar vs. fossil fuels occurred in 2016 when a commercial solar provider in Dubai offered solar electricity for sale at $0.029 cents per kilowatt hour, setting a world record for solar as well as all energy sources.

Today, there are 89 Petawatts (PW) of potential solar energy production available on earth, making solar the world’s most abundant available source of power.

Although physically located in El Dorado Hills, California, Skyline Energy Savers proudly offers their professional, Solar, Window and HVAC services to residents of: Folsom, Citrus Heights, Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Auburn, Placerville, Diamond Springs, Jackson, Pine Grove, Wheatland, Davis, Woodland, Rancho Murieta, Coloma, Pleasant Grove, Yuba City, Grass Valley, Carson City in addition to San Francisco and Stockton.

Solar Power Pays for Itself. There are many benefits to solar power, some of which you can view here, and one is that using solar power will end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. While the installation process may seem expensive and intimidating, you will be thankful you decided to make the switch soon after installing solar panels.

When you install solar panels, you will not have to worry about paying off your electricity bills each month. Instead, the sun will provide you with all the electricity you could need.

Solar Energy Is a Form of Nuclear Energy. In order to continue burning, the sun is constantly in a state of nuclear fusion. Inside of the sun’s core, hydrogen atoms fuse together to form helium, resulting in a series of contained explosions and heat. Solar panels harvest this energy from the light that the sun produces, transferring it into batteries and generators to use in your home.

Skyline Energy Savers’ goal is to help home owners improve the comfort and beauty of their homes and, at the same time, save on their energy bills. Skyline Solar believes in doing everything they can to lower our utility costs and help our country become more oil independent.

Skyline Energy Savers started back in the days when a new replacement, double pane window was created. This was an exciting, new design of a window that could fit into the existing window frame like a drawer fits into the dresser. Until then, windows could only be changed by tearing out the existing frame, ruining the vapor barrier, and installing the new window on the original wooden studs. It was a mess! Double pane windows were relatively new and home owners saw the benefit in replacing their old single pane windows. Skyline Solar was happy to be part of this new energy revolution!

As time went by, Skyline Energy Savers saw that home owners had other energy related needs. Great innovations were made in heating and air conditioning units. Someone with a system 15 years old or more, could benefit greatly by replacing their old unit with the new 13, 15 and then 16 SEER air conditioners, as well as 80% to 95% efficient furnaces. It was gratifying to hear that Skyline customers were saving so much on their utility bills, and at the same time enjoying the comfort of their efficiently air conditioned homes.

But Skyline Energy Savers did not stop there. Skyline wanted to help their customers take advantage of having a new roof, improved insulation, tank-less water heaters and whole house fans. All of these home improvements directly help Skyline customers as well as improve the environment.

Then along came SOLAR … one of the most exciting home improvements ever! We can actually create, with the help of the sun, our own electricity. Every home, where sun can shine on the roof, should have solar photovoltaic panels to capture this free power. Solar was quite expensive for the average home owner until just the last few years. Silicon farms are now prevalent all over the world and the cost of solar panels is half the price it used to be. Government tax credits and utility company rebates have also helped to make solar more than affordable.

“Our world is changing with amazing inventions in home improvements. Skyline Solar loves being part of this ever-changing cycle. Skyline enjoys being in a business where they can help people save energy and at the same time enjoy more comfort and security. Skyline Solar is happy to play a small part in improving this beautiful world we live, and located in El Dorado Hills we are here to help. Give us a call any time.” -Mort and Catrina Martin

Solar Panels Don’t Need Direct Sunlight to Produce Power. Solar panels do not have to get the sun directly in order to gather energy. Instead, they can collect energy from different parts of the sun’s light spectrum; that way, solar panels can continue to function even on cloudy or rainy days.

Once the energy from the sun has been collected by solar panels, it can be stored for an indefinite amount of time. Just one hour of the sun’s light exposure over the Earth can store up an entire year’s worth of electricity for the entire planet. That includes the power to homes, businesses, street lights, and more.

Solar Energy Is Used by Plants. Plants naturally get their energy from the sun, consuming sunlight and transforming it into glucose. In a sense, plants are natural solar power generators, getting their necessary energy from the sun. Certain microorganisms also use this technique as an energy source, too.

The US is currently home to well over two million solar power systems, and these numbers only continue to grow. As more people become aware of solar power and switch over to this clean, renewable energy source, we can steadily move away from more harmful forms of energy. The US is projected to gain over four million solar energy systems by 2023, a mere three years from now.

California Is the Leader in Solar Power. Many states in the USA have started using solar power. As of 2017, California produces the highest amount of solar energy in the US; they currently have enough solar energy to power over 3 million homes. With solar power growing in popularity, many other states are engaging with solar energy.

Solar Energy Doesn’t Produce Pollution. Unlike other forms of energy, solar power does not produce pollution. Not only does it not produce dangerous gasses into the atmosphere, but it also does not produce light or noise pollution. This makes it one of the cleanest forms of energy.

There Are Two Types of Solar Energy. Solar panels can actually create power in two different ways. One of these is photovoltaic; this is the type of power that you can store and use as electricity. There is also solar thermal, which can be used to heat your home. Both types of energy can be taken in by solar panels. The only difference is how the energy is processed.

Some states also allow a tax break for homes that use solar energy. This can range up to a 30% tax break in some states; you may also be able to sell any excess energy you are able to store. Not only will you save money on your electricity bills, but you may even be able to make some money selling your extra energy.

Solar Energy Is the Cheapest Type of Energy. Solar energy has quickly become the cheapest form of energy that you can get, beating even fossil fuels at price per watt. It is also the most abundant form of energy you can find, as there are very few requirements needed to install solar panels. All you need is access to some form of sunlight, and you are good to go.

You Do Not Have to Install Your Own Panels. When you are considering switching to solar energy, you may find yourself worried about the installation process. Solar panels certainly are not light, and the process can be extensive. Fortunately for you, you do not have to do the actual installation yourself. Instead of having solar panels built directly onto your home, you can join a shared solar farm. This is a large area that has been dedicated to farming solar energy for your community, and it has grown in popularity in recent years.

Global solar photovoltaic capacity has grown from around five gigawatts in 2005 to approximately 509.3 gigawatts in 2018. The value of the solar power market is expected to continue growing quickly. Solar energy technologies remain one of the most heavily funded renewable resource.

The cost of a solar installation is now at or below $3 per watt in certain U.S. states. Not even a decade ago, the cost of an installed solar system was upwards of $8 a watt, and many theorized about the day when solar could break the $4/watt threshold. Now in 2021, companies are seeing the $3.00/Watt mark take effect – quotes with pricing below $3.00 are coming in on the EnergySage Marketplace every day. The average cost per watt in 2020 is $2.81 per watt on EnergySage, meaning that a small to medium-sized system (6,000 watts) will cost $12,476 after the federal solar tax credit subsidy.

Homeowners in the U.S. have achieved breakeven point with solar in as short as 3 years. The cost of solar has plummeted while the cost of grid electricity has continued to gradually rise, and the concept of the solar “break-even point” with solar has become more and more attractive. In 2021, most homeowners are seeing payback periods around eight years and 20-year savings estimates of more than of $20,000. Some homeowners are seeing break-even points as low as three to four years in states where utility prices are high like Massachusetts and New York.

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Dream of Healthy and Affordable Food for All Comes True – the Success Story of the Dutch Company Fooditive

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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, April 23, 2021 / — The challenging year 2020 saw the blossoming of plant-based ingredient manufacturer Fooditive BV, a Dutch company set on revolutionising healthy eating. Through upcycling third-grade and side-streams of fruit and vegetables into 100% natural products, it has created one of the keys to a more sustainable future. It all started with a Jordanian man and his hate for waste and want for change. 

Having experienced scarce availability of food during his childhood in Jordan, founder and food scientist Moayad Abushokhedim vowed to create healthy and affordable food for all. In recognition of his drive for success in the food and beverage industry, Abushokhedim was named as one of the Food100 2020, an award that celebrates changemakers who are working towards transitioning to a sustainable food system.

“For a Jordanian guy like me, who cannot believe he is living his dream of changing the world, receiving this award made me realise that if you can dream it, you can achieve it. And it reminded me that I am not alone in this endeavour because there are so many others in the world who believe in making a difference.” (Abushokhedim)

Fooditive’s first product, the game-changing zero-calorie sweetener made from apples and pears, was only just the beginning. Since launching the sweetener, the company has expanded its range of creative products, including a thickening agent made from banana skins, a carrot-based preservative, and an emulsifier made from potato extracts.

The innovation behind Fooditive’s products and its dedication to delivering what consumers deserve have led to the company being nominated for the Foodvalley Champions 2020 award in the category Food & Health. The new collaboration with Frutco AG in Switzerland, which will use Fooditive’s unique continuous fermentation process to produce a sweetener from banana side-streams, is the company’s latest step towards making the world greener and more sustainable.

As pioneers of healthy eating, Fooditive’s actions have also a-peel-ed to Gary Clarke, former general manager of Mars International Travel Retail. With more than 20 years of consumer packaged goods experience, Clarke felt that “as a next step, joining Fooditive as a partner seemed like such an obvious thing to do.”  

“When I learned about Fooditive’s approach to developing a circular economy and producing foods that are better for you, I really thought they were leading the charge to evolve the food industry. I believe that Fooditive really can drive the industry to a new future for food. One that is not only good for people but also good for the planet, and should we be able to scale this idea then the difference can be enormous”, added Clarke.

Later this year, the company will share its exciting new products, a healthy fat replacer and a vegan milk formation, so be sure to keep an eye out for Fooditive. Now that it is backed by even more committed partners and equipped with un-pear-alleled competitively priced ingredients, the Fooditive fever is catching on and inspiring others along the way to think more about what they eat.

About Fooditive:
In 2018, the plant-based ingredient manufacturer Fooditive BV was established in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The company is committed to making healthy food available for all with its 100% natural ingredients. Since its launch, Fooditive has received several awards for its innovative ideas, sustainable approaches, and contributions to a circular economy, including being nominated for the Index Award 2021. 

Lennart van Hemert – Marketing Manager
Fooditive Group
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Discounted HERS Rater Training Provides a Pathway for Careers in Sustainability

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Certified Home Energy Rater Online On-Demand Training Discount Extended. Provides Pathway for Careers in Sustainability.

Renewed focus on what can be done about the climate crisis has Gen-Xers struggling to find educational and apprenticeship opportunities in sustainability fields; those with the knowledge are retiring.”

— Sharla Riead, EnergySmart Institute Lead Instructor

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, April 23, 2021 / — The EnergySmart Institute is excited about the renewed focus on sustainability, green jobs, and what can be done about the climate crisis. With this renewed focus, how does a Gen-Xer get involved?

There has been about a 30 year gap between the last generation that was deeply focused on environmental issues and this one. The baby boomers working in the 1970's brought about Earth Day, energy codes, passive solar home construction, and a focus on recycling and reducing our impact on the earth. Over the years the focus in our country has shifted away from those ideals.

Now that the focus is coming back, Gen-Xers find themselves without educational, mentoring, or apprenticeship opportunities in the energy efficiency, solar, and other sustainability fields. Those baby boomers are now heading into retirement.

There is an opportunity for education, experience, and practical knowledge that has been consistently evolving and growing in the sustainable field of Building Science. A Home Energy Rating System Rater or HERS Rater is a building scientist who focuses on residential construction from the energy efficiency, durability, and health aspects. HERS Raters work in partnership with builders, developers, homeowners, and code officials to verify that homes are built to be sustainable, comfortable, healthy, and energy efficient.

HERS Raters verify homes for above-code programs such as ENERGY STAR, the National Green Building Standard, LEED for Homes, Passive House, and Enterprise Green Communities. Federal tax incentives for renewable energy tax credits and energy efficiency tax credits and rebates are verified by HERS Raters. HERS Raters verify homes for national Energy Efficiency Mortgages and Energy Improvement Mortgages and work with Real Estate Agents to educate and inform home buyers.

Now that President Biden's American Rescue Plan has become law the top priorities are to upgrade existing residences and to build new energy efficient affordable residences. The need for HERS Raters for verification activities is growing nationally at a rapid pace. For a limited time, HERS Rater Certification training is being offered at a discount through the EnergySmart Institute. The fully online and on-demand training course has a $300 discount which has been extended to all who register by May 1st.

The course teaches the building science behind air flow, heat flow, and moisture flow. It teaches about indoor air quality, construction, solar energy, and energy efficiency. It provides the codes and standards training required for certification as a HERS Rater. Following the required certification training, HERS Rater Candidates receive mentored field training through an apprenticeship with a HERS Provider organization. HERS Rater training is the first step to a new career in the exciting sustainability field.

The fully updated online, on-demand HERS rater course is available now from EnergySmart Institute and is discounted to $995 for those registering by May 1st, 2021. After May 1st the course fee will return to $1,295.

Ken Riead
Doff Industries
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Kent Gardening Firm Helps Local Post-covid Economy to Blossom

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Kent firm is helping local residents & businesses to transform their gardens and outdoor spaces in readiness for summer.

People from all over the UK will be coming to the visit ‘The Garden of England’ this summer as they can’t get abroad. We want them to see it at its best.””

— Steve Johnson

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT, UNITED KINGDOM, April 23, 2021 / — As the UK emerges from lockdown, a Kent firm is helping local businesses and residents to boost the post-Covid economy – transforming their gardens and outdoor spaces in readiness for the anticipated boost in trade and tourism this summer.

Johnson Land Services, based in Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, is now providing professional lawn care alongside its usual landscaping services and tree surgery. With foreign travel still restricted and staycations set to be the norm this year, the company aims to help everyone from B&B owners and Airbnb hosts to pub landlords with beer gardens, to attract more trade by making the most of the outdoor spaces that they offer their customers.

With over 17 years of experience, operating throughout Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex and Kent, the firm understands the importance of local business. Over the years, it has helped companies throughout the South East to grow, quite literally, from the ground up.

Always striving to reduce its impact on the natural environment, the company’s new lawn care and mowing service includes weed control, moss control and a nutrient programme – elements that work together to transform any scrubby patch of grass into a lawn worthy of Centre Court at Wimbledon or the pristine quad of an Oxbridge college.

In addition, the team are also providing paddock maintenance for equestrian yards – another new service aimed at helping the region’s leisure industry to recover in the wake of the pandemic.

Steven Johnson, owner and director of Johnson Land Services, said: “It goes without saying that this last year has been extremely tough in so many ways. We’re trying to do our bit now to help the local economy to get back on track. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cosy little residential garden or a big beer garden – a beautiful outdoor space with a lush lawn will always make you feel happier and attract more customers. People from all over the UK will be coming to the visit ‘The Garden of England’ this summer as they can’t get abroad. We want them to see it at its best.”

Steve Johnson
Johnson Land Services
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Deborah Martin and Jill Haley Capture The Silence of Grace for Spotted Peccary Music

Imbued with pastoral and serene points of view, The Silence of Grace is an eloquent and timeless album.

The new collaboration between Deborah Martin and Jill Haley is inspired by nature, inviting listeners into the depths of quiet beauty.

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With its award winning musicians, 6-panel digipak and 18-page booklet, The Silence of Grace is a collectible collaboration album from the leaders in ambient electronic music, Spotted Peccary.

A melodic and pastoral melding of music and nature emerges from a new collaboration between musicians Deborah Martin & Jill Haley.

I have always wanted to combine live orchestral instrument recordings with electronics, and this was a perfect opportunity to do just that.”

— Deborah Martin

PORTLAND, OR, USA, April 23, 2021 / — An eloquent and timeless collaboration debut, The Silence of Grace brings one of Spotted Peccary Music’s top ambient electronic artists, Deborah Martin, alongside label newcomer, well-known recording artist Jill Haley, where together they interact with the realms of nature in its pristine environs, inviting the listener into the depths of quiet beauty and graceful repose.

Exploring various locations in the Pacific Northwest, these pioneering artists experienced first-hand the very essence of the natural world; being steeped in these remote majestic settings culminated in their crafting colorful musical expressions that weave lush ambient textures and melodies layered together with recordings of Oboe, English horn and various percussion, tenderly revealing passions and emotions emanating forth from those moments.

Each of the eight tracks in The Silence of Grace reveal a separate journey unto itself, yet together create an overall sense of beauty and sublime calmness echoing a balance between the light and the darkness, and in the presence of the never-ending cycle of life’s rhythms procures a sensitivity filled with profound dignity.

The richness of Jill’s English horn and Oboe appear to melt into Deborah's signature electronic soundscapes and melodies, while the additional acoustic percussion recordings round out the intimate portrayals of each track. Imbued with pastoral and serene points of view from these expansive sonic expressions, The Silence of Grace imparts a certain mystical wisdom to the elusive existential question of our very existence, giving the listener a deeper perspective of awareness and understanding, while providing warmth and comfort to the soul.

Deborah, a long-standing veteran of the Spotted Peccary label states, “It was such a pleasure working with Jill on this intimate portrayal of nature and the beauty of all that surrounds us. I have always wanted to combine live orchestral instrument recordings with electronics, and this was a perfect opportunity to do just that. It was very exciting to record Jill playing both English horn and Oboe parts, and the end results were so much more than I could have hoped for.”

Jill states, “It was truly amazing to me how the Oboe and English horn fit into this world of sounds. They are being used in ways I have never heard before. My thanks to Deborah for inviting me into a whole new world of creative expression!”

Together, Deborah and Jill create a sonic wonderment and invite the listeners to partake in the experience.

The Silence of Grace releases April 23rd, 2021 in CD format and 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. Find consumer sales and streaming links at

The Silence of Grace was recorded by Deborah Martin and mixed by Matthew Stewart, at Dreaming Edge Studio, and mastered by Howard Givens at Spotted Peccary Studio NW. The CD version of The Silence of Grace arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork by Deborah Martin, Jill Haley and Christopher Lemmon, with liner notes, an 18-page booklet, and exquisite package design by Daniel Pipitone.

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01 The Silence Of Grace
02 Indian Heaven
03 Verdant Sanctuary
04 The Stillness of Forest Bathing
05 Fountains
06 Earth Stone Water Sky
07 From Fire Into Water
08 Water Flows of Clouds and Thunder

About Deborah Martin:
A top-selling award-winning artist on the Spotted Peccary Music label, Deborah Martin continues pursuing her passion of exploring the depths of thematic composition through the process of creative layering of structured studio recorded compositions and live recordings of instruments, blending them into a world of ambient electronic expression. Her music sensibilities enable her to combine scenic melodies, rich symphonic sounds and rhythmic structures to recreate the delicate balance of life in its many surroundings. Deborah's releases include Under the Moon, Deep Roots, Hidden Water, Ancient Power, Convergence, Tibet, Anno Domini, Between Worlds, Etched Into Memory-EP, Eye of the Wizard, and Hemispherica Portalis (Portal of 1000 Years).

About Jill Haley:
Jill Haley is an oboist, English horn player, pianist, and composer who travels throughout the United States visiting National Parks, often as an Artist-in-Residence, and composes music inspired by the Park while living there. She is an accomplished symphonic orchestra player, teacher, and church musician. Jill continues to appear as a guest artist on recordings created at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Roads Studio; her many recordings on English horn and Oboe were recorded by Corin Nelsen and Tom Eaton. Jill’s releases include Glacier Soundscapes, Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes, Mesa Verde Soundscapes, National Park Soundscapes, The Waters of Glacier, The Winds of Badlands, and most recently, The Canyons And Mesas Of Bandelier.

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high-quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 165 titles and 45 artists at and

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NY Sun Works Provides 12,000 NYC Students With Home STEM Kits, Supporting STEM Learning, Social-Emotional Well-Being

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Hands-on learning with home hydroponic STEM kits!

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NY Sun Works, a NYC-based sustainability and science education non-profit, has provided 12,000 Home Hydroponic STEM Kits to NYC public schools this school year.

NY Sun Works continues to innovate while preparing youth for the challenges of the 21st century. We are committed to providing quality science education regardless of student zip code or budget.””

— Manuela Zamora, Executive Director

NEW YORK, NY, USA, April 23, 2021 / — NY Sun Works, an NYC-based sustainability and science education non-profit, has provided 12,000 Home Hydroponic STEM Kits to NYC public schools this school year, supporting hands-on STEM education for K-12th grade students during remote and blended learning. The demand for kits far exceeded the initial expectation of 2,000 orders, showing the strong need for hands-on learning resources during the pandemic.

Shared one elementary school student from Queens, "When I get a hydroponics kit and become a farmer scientist I will be feeling excited because it’s been so long since I’ve done science! I think I will learn a lot about plants and what they need to grow."

The kits were designed to engage students on science and sustainability concepts that they would otherwise learn at school. With teacher guidance and the kit-specific science lessons developed by NY Sun Works, students have been able to grow, study, and run investigations from home with edible plants as well as practice their observation, data collection, and other critical STEM skills.

Recognizing the anxiety COVID has triggered for many students – in particular, for students in communities hit hardest by the pandemic – the hydroponic kit lessons also incorporate activities to foster social-emotional well-being. In addition to science lessons, students are tasked with observing and tending to their plants to help create a stabilizing daily routine and they regularly share their progress and challenges with classmates and teachers as a means to encourage conversation, collaboration, and curiosity. One teacher shared that the kits and curriculum have been a lifesaver, bringing joy and something to look forward to each day for students that have been struggling with remote learning and being stuck at home.

The kits are part of NY Sun Works’ larger efforts to address education needs emerging under COVID. Since the pandemic began, the organization has implemented several new initiatives to support teachers and students, including creating more than three months of weekly ready-to-use K-8th grade remote STEM learning modules for teachers in our partner public schools; developing over 50 Let’s Investigate science videos with experiments that students can conduct at home; and converting several of our Greenhouse Classrooms to indoor farms to provide produce for the school community and local food pantries.

NY Sun Works provided 4,000 kits at no cost to public schools that need financial support due to COVID-related budget cuts. Says Manuela Zamora, Executive Director of NY Sun Works, “NY Sun Works continues to innovate in the field of education while preparing youth for the challenges of the 21st century. Now more than ever, we are committed to providing quality science education regardless of student zip code or school budget.”

About NY Sun Works
NY Sun Works is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that builds innovative hydroponic science labs in public schools. Through their Greenhouse Project Initiative, now in 170 NYC public schools, K-12th grade students participate in every step of hydroponic farming from seed to harvest to eating what they grow while also learning STEM and environmental science through a standards-based Discovering Sustainability Science curriculum. NY Sun Works’ leadership envisions a generation of environmental innovators, empowered to create solutions to global resource challenges. For more information, visit and follow us @nysunworks.

Nicole Grossberg
NY Sun Works
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Harvest Landscape Enterprises, Inc. Names Gabriel Anguiano Division President for Orange County, Beach Cities

New Division President, Gabriel Anguiano

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Anguiano Credits His Operational and Leadership Strengths to His Military Background

I admire his years of dedication he gave in serving our Country. Both the leadership and discipline he brings are of the highest caliber.”

— Steven Schinhofen, CEO

ANAHEIM, CA, UNITED STATES, April 22, 2021 / — Harvest Landscape Enterprises Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Gabriel Anguiano as Division President for Orange County, Beach Cities. Anguiano is an industry leader with 15 years of professional experience in the landscape management industry.

"Gabriel is highly personable and extremely well-versed in the art of customer service," said Steven Schinhofen, CEO, "I admire his years of dedication he gave in serving our Country. Both the leadership and discipline he brings are of the highest caliber."

Anguiano is a dedicated Operations Manager who has exhibited effective leadership in all aspects of his career. He is cost-conscious, excelling at the implementation of strategies to streamline operations. Passionate about training and coaching, Anguiano will strengthen client relations and further grow the Harvest Landscape Beach Cities portfolio.  

"I am excited about what our clients will gain in working with Gabriel. He is both intuitive and tenacious, bringing a wealth of industry knowledge with him," said Felix Montano, VP of Operations.

Anguiano successfully transitioned to the landscape industry in 2006 upon completing 5 years of service with the U.S. Army. He has demonstrated success working on several of Southern California’s most prominent resorts such as Terranea Resort, The Langham Hotel, Water Garden Santa Monica. Additionally, Anguiano has worked with notable homeowners associations such as Sorrento Porter Ranch, Burbank Hills Estates, Burbank Studios, Mulholland Estates Calabasas, and Leisure World Seal Beach. Anguiano is completing his  Bachelor of Science degree this Fall from Grand Canyon University.

Amanda Gray
Harvest Landscape Enterprises, Inc.
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Barceló Maya Grand Resort Celebrates Vast Increase in Sea Turtle Numbers

Barceló Maya Grand Resort

Green Globe recently recertified Barceló Maya Grand Resort for the third year in acknowledgement of their commitment to preserving nature.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 23, 2021 / — Barceló Maya Grand Resort is a 6-hotel property located in the Riviera Maya, on the Mexican Caribbean. The resort stretches over 1.2 miles of sandy beach with crystal clear waters and lies adjacent to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system and National Natural Protected Areas.

Green Globe recently recertified Barceló Maya Grand Resort for the third year in acknowledgement of their commitment to preserving nature and the environmental initiatives implemented at the resort.

Sea Turtle Conservation
Strong sustainable actions by the resort encourages engagement with the local community and raises awareness of environmental issues. In compliance with Federal, State and Municipal laws and regulations on environmental matters and protection of wildlife, the resort strives to protect sea turtles and help proliferate turtle population numbers along its 1.2 miles of beach.

Turtle numbers have increased significantly since 2017 after large volumes of sargassum, invasive brown seaweed, were cleared from the beach and surrounding sea waters. From 2018 through to 2020, sand dunes had a chance to recover. In 2018, 240 nest eggs were recorded which increased to 4865 in 2020. In 2018, 615 sea turtles were successfully released increasing to 4595 in 2020. Resort team members are very pleased with their marine conservation efforts and the happy outcome.

Reforestation & Green Spaces
Reforestation with native specimens and tropicalized ornamental flora is another conservation activity carried out at the property. At an onsite vivarium, 73 different plant species are propagated with approximately 60% of the plants grown for reforestation. Garden waste resulting from pruning becomes compost to nourish gardens and green areas.

Green spaces within the property including mangrove areas are designed to complement environmental services such as aquifer recharge zones, microclimate systems, generation of oxygen, carbon capture, reducing climate change effects, conservation of habitat and flora and fauna species and minimizing soil erosion. Striped iguana, cereque, raccoon, deer, squirrel, as well as resident and visiting birds are just some of the native wildlife that can be observed and enjoyed at the resort.

Effective Resource Management
Barceló Maya Grand Resort is committed to minimizing its environmental impacts on surrounding areas. Measures implemented for the rational consumption of water, the efficient use of energy, optimization in the use of materials and resources and caring for the environment through the use of non-toxic materials are all part of a comprehensive sustainability management plan carried out at the resort.

Most interior lighting at Barceló Maya Grand Resort is LED and a computerized Building Management System (BMS) controls energy savers and smart sensors installed in guest rooms saving 25% of energy usage. Luminosity of exterior areas is controlled by the BMS saving between 15 to 20% in energy consumption.

Sensors, with maximum water saving technology, are installed in sinks, showers, toilets and urinals. 100% of wastewater is delivered to an efficient, high tech water treatment plant. The treated water is partly used for irrigation or injected into the subsoil in compliance with applicable Mexican Government standards. The sustainable water treatment methods used ensures that groundwater is not contaminated.

Preventative Maintenance Program
Equipment maintenance is continuously performed to prevent breakdowns and increase efficiency in the daily operation of machinery. The Preventative Maintenance Program (PMP) assists in the detection of any leaks or wear in the hydraulic network system.

About Barceló Hotel Group
Barceló Hotel Group, the hotel division of the Barceló Group, is the 29th largest in the world in number of rooms. It currently has 252 urban and holiday hotels of 4 and 5 stars, and more than 57,000 rooms, distributed in 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. It is also part of Crestline Hotels & Resorts Group, an independent hotel company with 120 establishments. For more information:

About Green Globe Certification
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Elizabeth Sánchez
Marketing & Advertising Manager
Barceló Hotel Group – México
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Eco-conscious Education Embraced at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland – Le Bouveret

César Ritz Colleges Switzerland – Le Bouveret Campus

For Le Bouveret Campus, education is the primary tool used to raise environmental awareness about sustainability practices and topics amongst students.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 23, 2021 / — Green Globe recently certified César Ritz Colleges Switzerland – Le Bouveret Campus, a Culinary and Hospitality College, for the first time.

For Le Bouveret Campus, education is the primary tool used to raise environmental awareness about sustainability practices and topics amongst students. Sustainability initiatives include academic courses that address green issues, support for the ethical handling of live seafood and the conversion of food waste into biofuel. The college also encourages students to follow a sustainable lifestyle outside of their general studies or the workplace.

Green Housekeeping
Specific academic courses at the college promote sustainable operations in hospitality settings. As part of the college’s Science for Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism course, students visit a local family-run soap manufacturer in neighbouring France where they gain an insight into traditional methods and ingredients used in making an eco-friendly cleaning product. The soap is 100% natural and chemical free.

A Green Housekeeping Project led by environmental scientist Tania Thompson, has also been designed to train future hospitality leaders. This is an important program as students can observe the effects of different cleaning products (both natural and chemical) on the environment and people’s health.

On a business level, students explore microeconomics by creating a presentation on companies that are taking advantage of and leveraging business opportunities based on circular economic principles.

Ethical Seafood Practices
César Ritz Colleges are very much focused on the culinary arts. In response to new Swiss laws introduced in 2018, training kitchens at Le Bouveret campus now only use lobsters that are stored in a natural environment and are stunned before being cooked. Keeping up to date with the latest ethical practices in regard to seafood handling helps equip students with knowledge to predict other food trends in future.

“As educators, we have a responsibility to inform and discuss changes in regulations, but more importantly we must always be in search of ways of delivering high quality food while being respectful of the life and death of the animals we eat,” said Tajna Florenthal, Academic Director at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland.

Recycling Initiatives at Le Bouveret Campus
The college adheres to a Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) that includes implementation of a comprehensive waste management cycle to better plan and reduce waste. The current global pandemic has accelerated consumption of food and single use packaging worldwide. It was interesting to note that general waste volume also increased significantly on Le Bouveret campus even though all theory courses are delivered online. To address waste management practices more effectively, current communication campaigns target overall waste, both food waste and general waste. In cafeterias, food is separated from other garbage and all food waste is collected by an external supplier that converts it into biofuel.

In addition, students are also encouraged to pursue a zero-waste lifestyle with green living tips promoted on the college website. Information on topics such as eliminating plastics and disposable packaging in daily life helps foster environmentally responsible actions by the young people attending classes.

Please see here for further information about Sustainability at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please visit


Ms Sylvana Navarro
Hospitality Assistant Dean
César Ritz Colleges Switzerland
Route Cantonale 51
CH-1897 Le Bouveret
P: +41 24 482 81 33

Bradley Cox
Green Globe
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Source: EIN Presswire