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Efficiency Vermont provides Vermont Foodbank with 15,000 CFL bulbs

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first_img### Efficiency Vermont is providing 15,000 60-, 75- and 100-watt equivalent compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to the Vermont Foodbank, the state’s largest hunger-relief organization. The bulbs will be distributed to needy Vermonters through the Foodbank’s network of 270 sites located in all 14 counties of the state.The CFL distribution program kicks off during Hunger Action Month, a nationwide effort in September to motivate local action to end hunger.  In Vermont, the number of families seeking assistance from the Vermont Foodbank has risen 35-40 percent in the last 10 months.“We’re thrilled to support the Vermont Foodbank in its efforts to fight hunger in Vermont,” said Michael Russom, efficient products manager at Efficiency Vermont.  “For every CFL that’s used, needy Vermonters will save money on their energy bills, which gives them more money to buy the food they need.”Switching just six bulbs from incandescent to CFLs can save up to $250, and ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy and can last 6-10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.  When any Vermonter saves energy, utilities generally need to buy less energy, so everyone’s electric bills are lower than they would be without energy-efficient practices.“September is Hunger Action Month, and we’re excited to work with Efficiency Vermont to empower our clients,” said John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank.  “This partnership reduces energy usage and increases the funds available for purchasing food, moving us a step closer to eradicating hunger in our state.”The CFL bulbs, manufactured by Greenlite Corporation of Irvine, CA, are available through the Vermont Foodbank’s network of 270 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs.The 15,000-CFL distribution project is the latest collaboration between Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Foodbank.  The partnership extends to energy efficiency projects at Foodbank facilities around the state.At its new southern Vermont warehouse in Brattleboro, the Vermont Foodbank is adding new refrigeration systems that include advanced Freeaire® technology.  This new system utilizes temperature sensors linked to a fan controller to bring in fresh – and free – cold air when the outside temperature is below the necessary cooler temperature.Efficiency Vermont also has completed energy-saving projects with the Vermont Foodbank at its facilities in Barre and Wolcott, helping to make the business more energy efficient.“Every reduction in the Vermont Foodbank’s operating costs achieved through energy efficiency means that the Vermont Foodbank has more resources to do even more to support the neediest in communities around the state,” said Sheryl Graves, project manager at Efficiency Vermont.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).Source: Efficiency Vermont. Burlington, VT; September 24, 2009 –last_img read more

McIlroy in the mix

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first_imgRory McIlroy catapulted himself into contention at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a flawless seven-under 64 that leaves him just two shots off the lead. The in-form world number one was in sublime touch and seven birdies in his penultimate round carried him into a tie for third on 10 under overall, with American Russell Henley leading the way. Having won three of his last four tournaments, at the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship in recent weeks, McIlroy will now fancy his chances of adding to his haul on Monday in this second of four FedEx Cup play-off events. Speaking after his round, he said on Sky Sports 4: “I converted some more of the chances that I gave myself today. I was pretty frustrated coming off the golf course in the last couple of days because I felt like I left a lot of shots out there. “Even today, I felt like I might have left a couple out there, especially on the last. But I’m happy with how I converted those chances and I’m going to need to do the same tomorrow if I’m going to win.” McIlroy made an excellent start with birdies at two and three before driving a 132-yard approach to nine feet at the seventh, with a nerveless putt moving him to three under for his round. Two more excellent up and downs at the 13th and 15th left him with simple putts, while he was inches away from acing the 16th, consoling himself by tapping in for his seventh birdie of the day. He passed up a chance to close his round with a flourish after finding the rough with his approach on his final hole, but he saved managed to save par and now sits alongside American Chris Kirk and Australia’s Jason Day, who was on 12 under after a birdie at the 13th but back-to-back bogeys dropped him back. Henley tops the standings following a six-under round that contained seven birdies and just a solitary blemish at the par-four sixth. The 25-year-old is now finely placed, on 12 under for the tournament, to claim the third PGA Tour title of his career, and the second this year following his success at the Honda Classic in March, when McIlroy was among the runners-up. Billy Horschel is one shot adrift of his United States compatriot after finishing his round with three successive birdies to card a fine 67. Scotland’s Russell Knox is seven shots off the lead after failing to advance his five-under score for the tournament, Ian Poulter is three shots behind after matching Knox’s Sunday score, while fellow Englishman Luke Donald is on four-over after his second successive 74 in Boston. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Caban’s late goal sends Wisconsin past Loyola Marymount

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first_imgFreshman David Caban’s goal with four minutes remaining pushed the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (4-3-1) past Loyola Marymount (2-6) for a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon.The Badgers started the game off with a forceful offensive presence attacking the ball. Early on, junior Tamislav Zadro scored the first goal of the game for the Badgers at the 22:21 mark, the sixth time Zadro has scored a goal for the Badgers in the previous six games. With the end of the first half nearing, the Badgers defensive unit made a more dominant showing on the field.“It’s really nice, especially being a freshman, to get my first goal,” Caban said. “It was a bit of a relief, especially so late in the game. It’s pretty nice to come out on a Sunday and win.”Caban’s goal was made possible with the assist from senior Josh Thiermann. After transferring to Wisconsin and being sidelined with injuries, Thiermann has been waiting to contribute to the team in a meaningful way.“Everybody always says, ‘Oh, you know it’s so emotional,’ but it honestly was for me,” Thiermann said. “To put the jersey on for the first official game meant the absolute world to me.” Loyola Marymount scored a goal with three minutes remaining in the half to tie the game at 1-1. Although the game was tied entering halftime, the Badgers had plenty of reasons to hold their heads high, especially considering they were out-shooting LMU 8-5.Opening the second half of the game, Wisconsin continued its heavy defensive showing. The second half proved to be very physical with lots of pushing around and fighting for the ball.The Badgers came off with four yellow cards in the second half as well as a few offside calls that seemed to be a struggle late in the game. Nevertheless, UW wasn’t slowed.After Thiermann capped the night with the game-winning assist, head coach John Trask came away confident and impressed with Thiermann’s offensive play.Trask felt Thiermann showed real knowledge for the game and the team Sunday, realizing he needed to pass the ball off to Caban rather than go after the goal himself in the final minutes.“Josh is playing hurt, and God love him for it but he is a fifth-year senior, and this is his last hurrah,” Trask said. “He is playing for the school, he is playing for the fans and he is playing for his teammates.”Trask also felt it was UW’s overall athleticism that contributed to the victory against LMU. The Badgers out-shot the Lions 18-11, and with Sunday’s win, the Badgers find themselves sitting with a 3-2 home record.“I thought it was a hard fought win today, and sometimes that’s all that college soccer is about, is winning,” Trask said.The win is a solid confidence booster for the Badgers with a three-game home series approaching with games against in-state rival Marquette and No. 1-ranked Indiana.“They are home games. You almost don’t need to say anything else,” Thiermann said. “Home games are the best; nothing is better than getting a ‘W’ at home in front of your home fans.”last_img read more