Keri O’Mara Increasing its rating from the past three years, the University of Notre Dame was recently awarded a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for exceptional sustainability achievements.“We are extremely proud of the gold rating the University received in the AASHE STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System] program,” director of sustainability Linda Kurtos said. “The STARS rating system is unique from other systems because it takes into account sustainability aspects from all across the university, not just one or two areas.”Looking at a wide variety of aspects, the rating is indicative of an overall extremely positive change in the environmental awareness of the University, as well as an execution of the goals set forth by Notre Dame’s sustainability strategy, Kurtos said.“Our achievement of a STARS gold rating is a result of a campus-wide commitment to sustainability,” executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said in a press release. “This recognition supports our ongoing efforts over the last few years and reinforces our continued commitment to sustainability.”“From the construction of more LEED-certified buildings to expanding the number of sustainability-related courses and research, the promotion from Silver to Gold is a testament to how much the entire University is doing to advance sustainability,” Kurtos said.Students were excited by the news, particularly those involved in the campus environmental club, GreeND.“Overall, this is positive news, but we still challenge the University to take more ambitious action on sustainability and on climate change in particular. As Pope Francis is making clear with his upcoming encyclical on climate change, this issue is a moral one and Notre Dame can do more,” GreeND leader and senior Garrett Blad said.The improvement from just three years ago is major, but the club and the We Are 9 campaign hope to see more change in the future.“That’s why GreeND is challenging the University to divest the endowment from fossil fuel corporations with the We Are 9 campaign. Notre Dame cannot be a truly sustainable campus if it continues to profit from corporations driving climate change,” Blad said.The new rating puts Notre Dame in the top 13 percent of 300 schools reporting data, and it is the highest rated school in Indiana.“We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and are looking forward to making even greater strides in the future,” Kurtos said.Tags: AASHE, association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education, GreeND, STARS, sustainability, sustainability award, We are 9
As students navigate their first days back on campus, HERE ambassadors strive to guide the Notre Dame community in protocols designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.Torence Witherspoon, a HERE ambassador, said the program was created this summer to be a positive force that addresses the needs of students, faculty and staff as they return to campus and adjust to following the many new policies necessary to keep the University open.Karen Sunshine, director of game day hospitality, played an integral role in creating the HERE ambassador program. To fill the ambassador roles, the University pulled approximately 45 employees from different departments — including Special Events and the Morris Inn — whose previous jobs would have been hard to sustain in the era of COVID-19, Sunshine said. These employees then underwent a three-day training program to prepare them to work as ambassadors.“We learned to remind people about new safety measures and direct them to resources — on the website they have some great maps of outdoor spaces, and they have a dashboard that just went up this week of the latest testing data,” said Callee Stirn, a HERE ambassador. “A big part of our job is just being in physical presence to remind people to follow protocol.”Now that students are back on campus and ambassadors are starting to put their training in action, it is becoming evident that the program may adjust, Sunshine said. While she said she believes students are doing a good job wearing masks, there are some instances that need to be better addressed by the ambassador program. Whether this means providing a laundry service to assist students in adequate washing of their masks or helping remind students to sit further apart when eating on the quad.“Our job here is to is to further the goal of staying on campus, not just with the scientific portion of this plan, but also with a PR team in tune with the actual campus climate to make a cultural shift on campus so that we’re all engaging in the right protocols to stay here,” she said.As an ambassador, Witherspoon also understands that life with coronavirus is hard to get used to and requires genuine effort to change normal habits.“We understand that not wearing a mask is not about any disrespect or not wanting to follow the rules,” he said. “It’s simply that you guys are 18 to 22 year olds, and this is not a normal environment for you guys to be in. We understand that, but we also want to succeed in our goal of staying here all semester because we understand the importance of the Notre Dame experience that comes along with the educational experience here. So we’re physical reminders of the HERE policies to help that goal be successful.”As far as the current success, Sunshine, Stirn and Witherspoon all agreed that students, faculty and staff have exceeded expectations for following policies, especially mask wearing.“I think we’re doing a good job,” Witherspoon said, “but that doesn’t mean take your foot off the pedal. With a pandemic, when we’re talking about transmission, 3 to 5% of non-compliance can be an issue. I do think that largely students are doing their best and really want to engage in these protocols so that we can stay here all semester.”In essence, Sunshine said, the ambassador program aims to be the human side of the HERE campaign on campus. Touched by a recent conversation with a student, Sunshine said the program is especially important because it may be what helps campus stay open. Ultimately, students, faculty and staff should have one takeaway about the ambassador program, she said — ambassadors are open, approachable and just trying to make this semester more positive for campus.“When you’re coming in contact with your ambassadors, and they’re encouraging you to put on your mask or to physically distance, it really is because we want to be able to be here and stay here and enjoy this campus for what it is,” Witherspoon said. “We just really believe in what the end goal is here — to stay on campus. As a community, we all have to commit to that.”Tags: COVID-19, HERE ambassadors, HERE campaign, mask wearing
A Florida sheriff is shaken up after he strikes and kills a pedestrian crossing the street in front of his unmarked patrol car. The sheriff was not en-route to a scene at the time of the accident.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast was driving an unmarked 2017 Chevy Tahoe SUV northbound on US 19 just after 9 p.m., south of Woodland Water Boulevard in Hernando County, when he struck a man. The pedestrian was apparently trying to cross the street and walked into the path of the sheriff’s vehicle.The pedestrian died at the scene. The sheriff was not injured and there are no charges pending, according to the report.Prendergast has served as Citrus County sheriff since being elected to the post in November 2016.
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Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Guardian Sport Network 2) Harry Maguire or Gary Cahill?Southgate is expected to play a three-man defence in Russia, having used the system in recent matches, but he faces a conundrum when it comes to picking Harry Maguire or Gary Cahill. Kyle Walker is likely to start on the right of the back three, with his Manchester City team-mate John Stones in the middle (despite his lack of game time in the second half of the season). That opens up a space on the left of the defence for either Maguire or CahillThe Chelsea captain won the FA Cup in his final match of the season to complete a full set of club honours – Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup – and he has experience on his side. The 32-year-old has earned more caps (58) than any other player in the squad, though his form has been up and down this season. Maguire, while impressive in his debut campaign for Leicester, has just four caps to his name and is more accustomed to a back four. It’s a selection headache for Southgate.3) Where to use Kyle Walker?No player has made more appearances for England under Southgate than Kyle Walker (14). The dilemma is not whether to play him but where to play him. If Southgate uses a three-man defence, Walker is likely to be one of the centre-backs. The defensive side to his game has improved since his £53m move to Manchester City last summer but using him as a centre-back robs England of his attacking ability. Walker laid on six assists this season – as many as Sergio Agüero, Alexis Sánchez and Son Heung-min. Aaron Cresswell was the only defender with more (seven).4) Who to pick at wing-back?If Southgate does play Walker in a three-man defence, he still has plenty of options at wing-back. Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Danny Rose and Ashley Young are all able to fulfil the duties required, with Fabian Delph also an option.Who Southgate will select, though, is trickier to predict. Trippier has been an effective performer at right-back under Mauricio Pochettino, laying on five assists this season, but Alexander-Arnold’s good form for Liverpool is tough to overlook, even accounting for his lack of international experience – the 19-year-old has no senior caps and has only played three times for the Under 21s.On the opposite flank, Rose was once an easy pick for England but injury problems have restricted him to just nine league starts for Tottenham this season. Meanwhile, Young has been brilliant for Manchester United this season and Harry Kane would enjoy his accurate crossing. All four are solid options so it will be intriguing to see who lines up for England in their first group game against Tunisia on 18 June. Share on Messenger Reuse this content Gareth Southgate has just two more opportunities to see his team play before the World Cup: at Wembley against Nigeria on Saturday evening and at Elland Road against Costa Rica next Thursday. With the World Cup less than a fortnight away, the England manager has five big decisions to make.1) Who should play in goal?Southgate has made the call to drop Joe Hart, his No1 just six months ago. Now he faces an even bigger decision: whether Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford or Nick Pope should take over as his first choice keeper for the World Cup. Pope had a brilliant season for Burnley. He only conceded 22 goals in 27 games; he kept more clean sheets (11) than any other English keeper; and he had the second highest save percentage in the league – 75.3%, below just David de Gea. Regardless, he only made his Premier League debut in September and has not yet played for his country, so is likely to be No3.Southgate will use the two friendlies to determine whether Butland or Pickford should start in Russia. The stats suggest Butland would be better choice. He made more saves (142) than any other goalkeeper in the league this season and had a better save success rate than Pickford – 70.6% to 65.8%. Pinterest Share on Facebook The standout candidates are Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli, who both enjoyed commendable campaigns. Lingard scored eight goals and set up five more in his finest season to date for Manchester United, while Alli, despite supposedly suffering an underwhelming campaign, scored nine and set up 10 to help Tottenham to a third-placed finish. Alli’s fine partnership with Kane at a club level may give him an edge, but Lingard impressed for England in their friendlies in March, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 win over the Netherlands and providing the assist for Jamie Vardy’s strike in the 1-1 draw with Italy. Whoever impresses against Nigeria and Costa Rica may be given the nod.• Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Ben McAleer on Twitter Callow England should use the World Cup as a practice run? What nonsense Read more Share on Twitter Twitter World Cup Share on LinkedIn features Infographic:WhoScored England Infographic:WhoScored Topics World Cup 2018 Share via Email Jordan Pickford 5) Jesse Lingard or Dele Alli?Further up the field in Southgate’s 3-4-2-1 formation, he boasts two players who have enjoyed superb seasons. Harry Kane hit 30 league goals for the first time in his career, while Raheem Sterling scored as many league goals this season (18) as he did in his whole Liverpool career. The dilemma for Southgate is who to play alongside Sterling in the other spot behind Kane.
The Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today to mark 40 years of His Royal Highness’s charity The Prince’s Trust.Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton with Prince CharlesCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The Prince was joined by Prince’s Trust Ambassadors, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Fearne Cotton and Pixie Lott, alongside more than 5,000 of the charity’s supporters and beneficiaries. In the last 40 years, the charity has supported 825,000 young people.During the garden party Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton presented His Royal Highness with a portrait of himself created from hundreds of images of people whose lives have been touched by the work of The Prince’s Trust.A digital book of memories containing messages recorded by young people and supporters of The Prince’s Trust was also presented to The Prince by Sir Ben Kingsley.Sir Ben Kingsley presents HRH with a Digital Book of MemoriesCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The Prince’s Trust was founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, and supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion.Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping to develop self-esteem and skills for work.Singer Pixie Lott, who became a Trust Ambassador aged 18, said: “I just think that the work it does is amazing, giving young people a chance is so good. I’ve met some amazing people today, it’s lovely to hear their stories and how much more confidence they have from working with the Trust, and the way they’ve turned their lives around.”Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uk