Seven University of Georgia students have embarked on the opportunity of a lifetime: serving as Congressional Agricultural Fellows in Washington, D.C.The offices of Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson and Reps. Sanford Bishop, Doug Collins, Buddy Carter, Rick Allen and Austin Scott are hosting the students during the 12-week fellowship in the nation’s capital. The 2016 Ag Fellows will stay in Delta Hall, UGA’s new residence hall in Washington.The students, who attend the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), will prepare briefs, attend committee hearings and conduct food- and agriculture-related research. In addition, they have the option of earning credit hours toward graduation.“Ag Fellows are full-time employees of the congressional offices and serve as apprentice staff members,” said Josef Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs and fellowship program coordinator. “Many will be asked to serve as mentors to other student interns.”The students representing UGA as 2016 Congressional Agricultural Fellows include Emily Swift of Cobb County; Malik Grace of Wilcox County; Guy Hancock of Irwin County; Jake Parker of Houston County; Brock Pinson of Mitchell County; Brandon Poole of Franklin County; and Brianna Roberts of Madison County.Emily Swift, a senior studying environmental economics and management, is working in Rep. Rick Allen’s office.Brandon Poole, a junior studying agricultural education, is working in Rep. Collins’ office.Guy Hancock, a junior studying agricultural and applied economics, is working in Sen. Perdue’s office.Jake Parker, a junior studying applied biotechnology, is working in Rep. Scott’s office.Brock Pinson, a junior studying agribusiness, is working in Rep. Carter’s office.Malik Grace, a sophomore studying agribusiness, is working in Rep. Bishop’s office.Brianna Roberts, a junior studying agricultural communication, is working in Sen. Isakson’s office.The Congressional Agricultural Fellowship is made available through The Deans’ Promise program at CAES. A collection of enrichment opportunities ranging from internships to study abroad programs, The Deans’ Promise encourages CAES students to take advantage of unique, out-of-the-classroom experiences during their time in college. For more information on CAES, the Deans’ Promise or other opportunities available to students, visit students.caes.uga.edu.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Netherlands’ biggest pension fund, ABP, said on Monday it aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its asset portfolio by 40% from 2015 levels by 2025.ABP, which already set a target to cut the carbon footprint of its assets by 25% from 2015 levels by this year, follows moves by other leading funds – notably Norway’s $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund – to divest heavy polluting energy companies from its portfolio.ABP manages 465 billion euros ($515 billion) in assets for civil servants. Under its new target, it said it aims to invest $5 billion in “sustainable and affordable energy” companies over the next five years, adding to $10 billion already invested in such companies.It plans to exit coal and tar sands investments, with some exceptions, by 2030, it said.Peter Branner, chief investment officer at APG, the fund’s pension manager, puts companies into three ethical categories: those that it excludes completely from its portfolio – such as nuclear weapons makers and tobacco companies; those that make a positive contribution to society, which it seeks to own more of; and a third category he termed “laggards” that have room to improve and which include the Netherlands’ biggest company Royal Dutch Shell.He said Shell’s recent profit performance had been disappointing compared to that of Denmark’s Ørsted, which has become the world’s largest offshore wind energy producer over the past decade.[Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling]More: Netherlands’ $515 billion pension fund to accelerate cuts to fossil fuel investments Netherlands’ largest pension fund to boost sustainable investment, divest coal by 2030
Two USC students have founded a nonprofit organization designed to help those in the USC community monitor their wellness and build healthy habits. Ignite, created by seniors Catalina and Trevor Gutiérrez, is a technology platform in which USC students can track their fitness, share their fitness goals and achievements with friends and learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It includes a mobile application, an online blog, a social media presence and an online merchandise store. The core Ignite team consists of 21 members, including 10 students, the Gutierrez siblings’ father and 10 faculty advisors. The app is projected to consist of a social media platform, a metrics system accessible with tracking sensors such as Fitbit, Apple Watch and a cloud-based goal-tracking system, among other features. “Our goal is to connect USC students through Ignite to promote healthier lifestyles all around,” Catalina Gutiérrez said. “Our empirical research shows that social media can boost behavior change, and we want to use that to foster a more active student body.”Ignite is a venture formed off the backbone of the Gutiérrez siblings’ previous project, the Go Green Foundation.“After working on global preservation and sustainability with the Go Green Foundation, we decided to pivot our focus on more health-related issues,” Catalina Gutierrez said. “What we found was that only 6 percent of all adults act upon their physicians’ recommendations to maintain their health, and that is a huge crisis. That is why we decided to create Ignite, to use behavior-change science to encourage more adults to take daily action towards improving their health.” Ana-Catalina Triana, the associate program director at John Muir Health and one of the project’s advisers, said part of Ignite’s appeal is the fact that its design and content is catered specifically to millennials.“As a family physician and behaviorist, I am thrilled to participate in such groundbreaking work that has the potential to make a large-scale positive impact in the quality of life for young adults worldwide,” Triana said. Ignite’s mobile app is still in its initial phase, but will potentially be rolling out either late this year or early 2017. “We really want to make sure the app is effective and accessible before releasing it,” Trevor Gutierrez said. “But we do plan to do an early release for USC students to test out before we officially hit the market.” As for the Ignite blog, media campaign and merchandise store, the Gutierrez siblings plan to initiate these project aspects in the upcoming semester. “We plan to hold a couple of fairs in the upcoming months for students to come and test out our product,” Trevor Gutierrez said. Currently, the Gutierrez siblings are still in the midst of conducting research and will soon release a survey catered to USC students in hopes to gain a better perspective.“We want to get the USC student angle on Ignite, because really, Ignite was made for the USC student,” Catalina Gutierrez said. “That being said, we do eventually hope to make Ignite available to all young adults alike; but at the end of the day, it comes back to helping this school out and making USC proud.”