Governor Wolf Announces Voith to Create 37 New Jobs in York County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Voith to Create 37 New Jobs in York County SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 29, 2016center_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Voith, an international engineering and manufacturing company, will establish a Global Business Service Center and Centers of Competence and create 37 new, full-time jobs in West Manchester Township, York County.“Voith has a long history in York County as one of the largest hydropower manufacturing facilities,” Governor Wolf said. “The proud tradition will carry on and this new investment shows a renewed commitment to the state and an eagerness to continue and grow here in Pennsylvania.”The project includes a committed investment of at least $825,000 from Voith to transform existing warehouse space into a state-of-the-art office environment, retaining 577 current positions and creating 37 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. The project will consolidate accounting, human resources, sourcing, corporate and market communications, and other functions for its North American operations.Voith received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $100,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $74,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.“After having a presence here for 139 years, Voith is deeply woven into the community,” said Bob Gallo, president and chief executive officer of Voith Hydro. “Our continued success is a positive reflection of our hard-working employees and Voith’s ability to offer our customers leading edge technology and quality service.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with York County Economic Alliance.“Our team was pleased that we were able connect Voith with the Governor’s Action Team and other resources to facilitate the consolidation,” Darrell W. Auterson, president and chief executive officer of York County Economic Alliance said. “Voith’s global reputation for excellence greatly enhances our community’s position as a welcoming center for international business investment. We’re honored to have them as a major employer in York County.”Voith is an engineering company in the energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials, transport, and automotive markets. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates $5 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world, and is one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe, excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services. Voith Hydro, specializing in hydroelectric equipment, technology and services, is headquartered in West Manchester Township, York County.Find out more about Voith, visit www.voith.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newpa.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

first_imgGov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day May 14, 2020 Flag Order,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.“Our law enforcement officials work around the clock to protect us and provide public safety,” said Gov. Wolf. “Now, more than ever, we should honor their commitment to our communities, which has given us a sense of security during this global pandemic.”Commonwealth flags have already been lowered to, and shall remain at, half-staff until a date to be announced to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvanians are additionally encouraged to shine blue lights to honor law enforcement officials on Friday, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Top-notch for views and luxury

first_img30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillSmith and Elliott principal and selling agent Sally Elliott said the house had a fantastic position and would make an ideal family home.“Because of it’s north facing position it’s one of the few homes than can actually claim to have complete cross breezes so it’s a very low-energy home and on top of that you have solar panels,” Ms Elliott said.“All the living areas are on one level which would suit someone with a young family or if they have a teenager who want their own space there is a bedroom with an ensuite.“It’s probably one of the biggest useable blocks on Castle Hill and the views are fantastic.” 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillON ONE of Townsville’s most exclusive street lies this spacious four-bedroom home with a most enviable outlook.30 Yarrawonga Drive’s hillside location means it has stunning sea views out to Palm Island.The views can be enjoyed from several rooms including the kitchen and front deck while decking in the backyard provides the perfect place to sit for a while and take in the panoramic views. 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillMrs Campbell said they had made several changes to the home.“We’ve completely rejigged it, put in a new kitchen and landscaped so now everything flows while there is also a lot of areas to be private.“For instance, my daughter could have her friends over and we could still be doing whatever we wanted.” 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle Hill“We’re rattling around in a lot of space we don’t need,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I really love the high ceilings and I love the openness and spaciousness of it all. The rooms are big and we have heaps of storage.“My sister had a very big house in Brisbane and I always thought if I ever had the opportunity I would want a big home where I felt like I was on holiday – and that’s what this house feels like.” 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillThe house is airy and spacious and cooled by ocean breezes that flow freely through the home’s many windows and louvres.The house is owned by Judy and Greg Campbell who bought it in 2004 before undertaking extensive renovations.Mrs Campbell is a keen gardener and her green thumb is evident with the property’s beautiful landscaped gardens and fruit trees.She said her and her husband were now ready to downsize and farewell a home they have loved living in for the past 13 years. 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillThe house is on 1562sq m of land and also features a sparkling in-ground pool.There is a large office at the front of the house which would suit someone working from home.The home has many luxury appointments including a chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances, wine cellar and double shower.The house is also completely air-conditioned, including the tiled garage and is fitted with 5 kVA solar panels. 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle Hilllast_img read more

UK roundup: Merchant Navy, Pirelli schemes agree derisking deals

first_imgDerisking transactions covering some £590m (€670m) of pensioner benefits at four schemes have been announced.The £3bn Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF) sealed a £490m buy-in with Legal & General Group, covering all members that retired since it completed a £1.5bn longevity insurance transaction in 2014.Andy Waring, chief executive of the MNOPF, said: “Securing the benefits of our members has always been a significant part of the MNOPF journey plan. Our next milestone is to promote and grow the [defined contribution] Ensign Retirement Plan, so that we can provide the same security in retirement for the next generation of maritime employees.”Separately, three defined benefit (DB) pension schemes linked to Italian tyre company Pirelli Group concluded a buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), covering around £100m of benefits. The transaction means that the three schemes are completely de-risked, according to a statement from PIC.  Last year Pirelli’s main UK DB schemes completed longevity swaps worth £600m with Zurich Assurance.LGPS launches investment management consultancy procurement frameworkUK local authority pension funds and their fledgling asset pools have finalised a new framework for the procurement of investment management consultancy services.It is a restructuring of the first national framework of its kind, launched in 2013. According to a statement, since then 27 local government pension scheme (LGPS) funds from across the UK had joined the original seven founder authorities participating in the framework. A total of 34 contracts have been agreed under the framework with savings estimated to reach over £3.6m.The organisation overseeing national LGPS frameworks said the 2013 concept was “fully refreshed and restructured” to meet the current and future needs of the LGPS, including the pooling arrangements.Nigel Keogh, National LGPS Frameworks operations and development manager, told IPE that the new framework included different “lots” because the asset pools would have different requirements to individual funds. The previous framework only had one lot. The new framework is split into lots for investment consultancy services; manager search, selection, monitoring and review services; and investment management consultancy-related specialist services. The new framework was the outcome of collaboration between Brunel Pension Partnership, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cheshire Pension Fund, the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, Merseyside Pension Fund, Norfolk Pension Fund, Northamptonshire County Council and West Sussex Pension Fund.It was supported by the National LGPS Frameworks team, and procurement and legal specialists from Norfolk County Council.Frameworks for transition management and implementation services are due to be ready soon. Minimum standards for professional trustees New standards outlining what is expected of professional trustees were published for consultation today.They have been drawn up by the industry-led Professional Trustee Standards Working Group (PTSWG) to establish minimum requirements for professional trustees of occupational pension schemes.The group has set out standards in six areas that all professional trustees are expected to meet:Fitness and propriety;Integrity;Expertise and care;Impartiality and conflicts of interest;Professional behaviour;Systems and controls.Specific guidelines were set out for professional trustees who were also the chair of a scheme, and for those who were the sole trustee of a scheme. Topics range from having the skills to lead, negotiate and reach a consensus to providing strategic direction and actively challenging advice.Andrew Bradshaw, chair of PTSWG, said: “With the growing influence of professional trustees, it is important that the industry adopts a recognised set of professional standards. ”The challenge for the PTSWG has been to produce a set of universal standards which recognise the wide range of business structures and services that professional trustees and their firms now provide.  We very much hope that the standards strike the right balance and look forward to hearing the views of professional trustees and the wider industry during the consultation period.”The consultation will run until 2 March 2018. After the standards have been published the PTSWG will develop an accreditation framework, which professional trustees will be expected to meet.last_img read more

Janus Henderson’s Bill Gross to retire

first_imgBill Gross, once dubbed the ‘Bond King’ and one of the world’s foremost fixed income investors, has announced his retirement from Janus Henderson Investors after more than 40 years in investment.Gross planned to focus on managing his personal assets and private charitable foundation, Janus Henderson said in a statement today.The manager currently runs more than $1.6bn (€1.4bn) at Janus Henderson, but once oversaw more than $200bn while at PIMCO, the investment house he co-founded in 1971.Dick Weil, CEO at Janus Henderson, said: “I have known Bill for the past 23 years. Bill is one of the greatest investors of all time and it has been my honour to work alongside him. I want to personally thank him for his contributions to the firm.” Bill Gross“I’ve had a wonderful ride for over 40 years in my career – trying at all times to put client interests first while inventing and reinventing active bond management along the way.“So many friends and associates at my two firms to thank – nothing is possible without a team working together with a common interest. I’ve been fortunate to have had that.“And thank you to all of my past clients for their trust and support. I learned early on that without a client, there can be no franchise. I’m off – leaving this port for another destination with high hopes, sunny skies and smooth seas!” Janus Henderson’s global macro fixed income team will take over management of the global unconstrained bond funds, with Nick Maroutsos, co-head of global bonds, becoming portfolio manager from 15 February “to assist with the transition”, the company said. The US and Ireland-based versions of the fund will be renamed as “absolute return income opportunities” funds on the same date. Gross joined Janus Henderson – then Janus Capital – in 2014 after an acrimonious exit from PIMCO . He left as chief investment officer in September 2014 after falling out with senior colleagues and later sued the company for $200m. The parties settled the lawsuit for $81m in 2017.The global unconstrained bond strategy run by Gross underperformed its benchmark since he joined, according to Janus Henderson. It lost 3.5% net of fees over the course of last year compared to a 2.1% increase in the strategy’s benchmark, the three-month dollar Libor.Similarly, his “total return” strategy – which invests solely in US securities – lost 0.8% in 2018, while its benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate index, was flat. However, since launch to 31 December 2018 the strategy outperformed by 89 basis points net of fees. Bill Gross’ statementlast_img read more

People moves: USS creates head of fixed income and treasury role [updated]

first_imgHe has also worked at P-solve, an investment consultancy and asset manager that is now part of River & Mercantile Group, CIBC World Markets and ING Bank. His USS appointment is subject to approvals.Simon Pilcher, USS Investment Management CEO, said: “I am very pleased to be welcoming Ben to this key role in the team. Ben brings new skills and capabilities to USS as we continue to deliver market-leading returns for our members over the long-term.”Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) – Five new board members were confirmed at the IIGCC’s annual general meeting yesterday:Jelle van der Giessen , chief investment officer, NN Group;Roelfien Kuijpers , head of responsible investments and head of global client group for Ireland, Scandinavia and UK at DWS;Karlijn van Lierop , director for responsible investment and a member of the management fiduciary advice team, MN; Udo Riese , global head of risk and monitoring, Allianz Investment Management SE; andIan Simm , founder and chief executive, Impax Asset ManagementThe IIGCC said: “The seniority of appointees reflects the importance placed on climate change by the investment community and the impact of IIGCC in addressing the issue.”APG – The €529bn Dutch asset manager and pensions provider APG has appointed Kristel Timmers as its head of group legal. In her new role, she will be responsible for managing legal risks that come with APG’s corporate activities. Timmers had been manager at APG’s Labour Legal Affairs since 2012. Prior to this, she worked at law firm Loyens & Loeff.ATP — The property arm of Denmark’s biggest pension fund ATP has appointed Tine Cederholm Bemberg as its new head of asset management. At ATP Real Estate, Cederholm Bemberg will report to the unit’s new CIO Kenneth Olsson . She currently works for Danish property developer C. W. Obel Ejendomm e as a lawyer. Cederholm Bemberg has also previously worked for Denmark’s largest listed real estate company Jeudan for 12 years as a lawyer in various roles. She will take up her new job at ATP Real Estate on 1 February 2020.Hermes GPE – The joint venture, between Hermes Fund Managers, GPE Partner and HGPE Capital, has appointed Hamish de Run head of infrastructure to replace Peter Hofbauer , who will leave the company with immediate effect. De Run was a partner at Hermes Infrastructure for five years up to 2017 and helped in the deployment of the HIF I fund.First State Investments – Four new global leadership appointments have been made at First State Investments, which was recently acquired by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group . Rob Scott has been hired as chief operating officer, having previously been head of global operations at Nikko Asset Management in Tokyo. He has also worked at Deutsche Asset Management, BNP Paribas Securities Services, and ABN AMRO Asset Management across the Asia region.In addition, Justin Hourigan has been appointed global head of data, Lorraine Dryland chief information security officer, and Ben Marks chief audit officer. Next year First State Investments will rebrand to First Sentier Investors in all markets in which it operates; its Australian business already runs under this brand.PGIM Fixed Income – Mark Fulwood has joined the asset manager as a UK client advisor from Janus Henderson Investors , where he was most recently head of institutional business development for the UK and Ireland. PGIM Fixed Income has also hired three senior credit analysts to its London-based team: Aman Mahal , Gianluca Consoli and Terry Nguyen .JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) – Myles Bradshaw has been appointed head of global aggregate fixed income strategies within the asset manager’s global fixed income currencies and commodities (GFICC) group. He succeeds Iain Stealey , who was promoted to international CIO for GFICC earlier this year.JPMAM’s global aggregate strategies team leverages the JPMAM GFICC platform for its multi-sector bond portfolios. The platform currently has more than 270 investors managing money across government bonds, credit, emerging markets debt, currency and securitised debt.Lyxor – Vincent Denoiseux has been appointed head of ETF research and solutions, a new role. Based in London, Vincent will report to David Lake, Lyxor UK CEO, and to Matthieu Mouly, Chief Client Officer for Lyxor ETF.Before joining Lyxor, Denoiseux was head of portfolio solutions at DWS . Previously he developed fund linked investment solutions at Exane Derivatives (BNP Paribas), and he has also been a head of quantitative research, firstly at BNP Paribas Investment Partners and subsequently at Lehman Brothers Asset Management.Neuberger Berman – The employee-owned asset manager has launched a Japan-based equities team witha focus on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)-related engagement. It will be led by Keita Kubota , who joins from Aberdeen Standard Investments , where he most recently served as deputy head of Japan equities. Two analysts, one specialising in ESG investing, will support Kubota.The team will manage a strategy targeting attractive returns through active engagement and constructive dialogue with Japanese small/mid-cap companies in which the team invests.AMP Capital – Ric Gordon has been poached from Macquarie Capital for the role of head of asset management, Americas, for AMP’s infrastructure equity business. At Macquarie, Gordon led asset management for the Americas, Europe and Asia from 2013.NN Investment Partners – Edith Siermann, head of specialised fixed income and responsible investing, has been appointed acting head of the Dutch asset manager’s emerging markets debt (EMD) team. NN said her appointment “follows the decision of several portfolio managers of the EMD team to pursue their career outside the company” and that it had taken the necessary measures to ensure continuity in the management of EMD mandates and funds. Siermann replaces Marcelo Assalin. USS, IIGCC, APG, ATP, Hermes GPE, First State Investments, PGIM Fixed Income, JPMAM, Lyxor, Neuberger Berman, AMP Capital, NN IPUniversities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – In January Ben Clissold will join the UK’s largest private pension fund as head of fixed income and treasury of its investment management business, a newly created role.According to USS, he will be responsible for developing and delivering the business strategy and objectives as well as managing a team covering government bonds, non-government and emerging debt, related derivatives and foreign exchange and treasury execution responsibilities.Clissold was most recently at BlackRock , where he became responsible for managing the investment decisions relating to the liability-driven investing business across the EMEA region. He was also the lead portfolio manager on £85bn (€98bn) of BlackRock’s largest sterling-denominated LDI portfolios.last_img read more

New Sand for Ocean City Beaches

first_imgUSACE photo by Patrick BloodgoodThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, has just announced more details about recently awarded beach renourishment project in Ocean City, Maryland.The $12.7 million renourishment scheme, to be conducted by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDD), will involve the placement of roughly 900,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach at Ocean City to restore the engineered beach berm to its full design elevation.Work on the beach is expected to begin sometime after the Labor Day holiday, said USACE.The beach berm, which is the wide, flat beach in front of the boardwalk and dunes, is an engineered beach that is an element of the overall coastal storm risk management project at Ocean City.“Most people may not realize it, but the beach at Ocean City enjoyed by so many visitors is actually an engineered beach that is designed to be part of a system to reduce coastal storm damages,” said Project Manager Justin Callahan. “This renourishment is an important part of the long-term commitment to maintaining this coastal storm risk management project and we’re delighted to be able to begin work later this year.”The coastal storm risk management project at Ocean City consists primarily of the 8-plus mile-long wide, flat beach berm constructed to 7 feet above mean high tide, backstopped by a concrete-capped steel sheet pile bulkhead along the boardwalk and a vegetated sand dune north of the boardwalk to the Maryland-Delaware state line.Renourishment of the beach is part of the long-term construction schedule of the coastal storm risk management project. It is generally carried out every four years, but will begin ahead of schedule this year to repair the impacts to the project from the January 2016 storm often referred to as Winter Storm Jonas.[mappress mapid=”24277″]last_img read more

EPL: Man City crush woeful Burnley

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez scored two goals apiece as the hosts crushed a woeful Burnley 5-0 in the English Premier League at The Etihad stadium on Monday.Manchester City showed their impressive strength in depth, making eight changes but were still too strong for the visitors. The win leaves second-placed City 20 points behind runaway league leaders Liverpool with eight games remaining.Burnley manager Sean Dyche could only name seven of the allowed nine substitutes, two of them goalkeepers, with his inexperienced bench without four regulars who have not signed contract extensions and it was a long night for the Clarets.Phil Foden opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, drilling a low shot past keeper Nick Pope after a short-corner routine.Riyad Mahrez made it 2-0 with a superb finish, collecting a long pass from Fernandinho and then jinking past the Burnley defence before firing home.City made it 3-0 just before the break when a VAR review ruled that Burnley’s Ben Mee had fouled Sergio Aguero inside the box and, while the Argentine striker went off injured, Mahrez converted from the spot. Burnley’s defending was then sloppy at a corner again, with Foden left free to cleverly pick out Bernardo Silva who put a ball across the face of goal for David Silva to slide home six minutes into the second half.The outstanding Foden made it 5-0 in the 63rd minute, finishing off a sweeping counter-attack.Reuters/NAN.Tags: BurnleyManchester Citylast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 66-62 loss to Miami

first_imgSyracuse (14-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) lost a tightly contested game, 66-62, to Miami (14-5, 4-2) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Here are three takeaways from the ACC showdown.1. Beef JekiriSyracuse hadn’t seen a rim protector of this level all season.It didn’t take long for Miami’s 7-foot, 244-pound center to assert himself on the Carrier Dome floor. Tonye Jekiri snatched three offensive boards in the first three minutes of the game and had two blocks in the first four minutes, then swatted away another SU shot seven minutes later. Jekiri also played sound post defense on Rakeem Christmas, holding the SU senior to just 2-of-6 shooting in an uncharacteristically inefficient first half. The Orange somewhat neutralized Jekiri’s dominance on the boards in the second half and Christmas found his groove on offense, but it couldn’t negate his effect in the opening 20 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Rober, sonAs Syracuse moves on without Chris McCullough, Tyler Roberson’s growth becomes more and more vital. And he made positive strides Saturday.The Hurricanes’ game plan didn’t always assign Jekiri to Christmas and allowed the UM big man to roam around the paint and protect the rim. But that strategy created openings for Roberson, who led the Orange with eight points at halftime and again showcased his abilities on the glass by pulling down eight rebounds by the break.He recorded his fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 10 points and 14 rebounds. 3. Not-so-free throwsThe same issue that kept Virginia Tech and Boston College in the game against Syracuse also kept the Orange behind the eight-ball Saturday. The Orange made just 1-of-4 from the line in the first half against UM, then just 7-of-15 in the second half, including an intentional miss from Christmas.Losing by just four, SU couldn’t afford to shoot 8-for-19 from the charity stripe, and it did. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 24, 2015 at 6:16 pmlast_img read more

Sigma Chi pioneers recycling initiative on Greek Row

first_imgThis semester, she began talks with Greek organizations and, with help from Environmental Student Assembly ambassador Julia Orozco and USG Assistant Director of Sustainability Laura Pearson, launched two initiatives to reduce waste within USC’s 25 fraternity and sorority chapters. “Instead of scraping the food [waste] into the trash, they would put the compostable food in the compost and then the food that can’t get composted into the trash,” Orozco said. “It’s something super easy that’ll take a few more seconds, and the girls seem pretty happy about that too because sustainability is important, especially in today’s climate change crisis.” To get recycling bins into the fraternity houses, Caltabiano said she first reached out to fraternities individually and spoke with the respective fraternity member in charge of each organization’s budget. She and her team members have been visiting each fraternity to present recycling guidelines and distribute flyers. When Undergraduate Student Government Director of Sustainability Affairs Isabella Caltabiano took office this semester, one of her goals was to keep the Greek community aligned with the rest of the University in terms of progress toward achieving campus-wide sustainability.  Kim ordered the bins online, and within two days, they were delivered at the house and ready for use. Caltabiano said when she visited the house the day of the bins’ delivery, they had already begun to fill up. Isabella Caltabiano, director of sustainability for Undergraduate Student Government, helped Sigma Chi implement sustainable recycling practices. Sigma Chi is the first fraternity to implement a recycle program. (Photos courtesy of Isabella Caltabiano) “While we taught the guys how to recycle, most people really do know how to recycle,” Caltabiano said. “There are just more questions when it comes to composting, so there needs to be staff training. The staff [has] to sort of be watching and making sure that the compost is going to the compost.” So far, Tri Delta has approved the compost proposal and plans to install the bins by Spring 2020, and Gamma Phi Beta will deliberate about the initiative at its next house corporation meeting.  “There are a lot of good people in Greek life and, I think, people that are really excited to make this positive impact,” Caltabiano said. “No one really wants to be throwing away their food, no one wants to not be recycling — it is just sort of an afterthought.” The Sigma Chi fraternity was the first to implement recycling in its house, using $100 from its budget to purchase five bins from Home Depot. When the bins arrived at the house earlier this month, the fraternity placed them in the residential and dining areas and provided flyers to students clarifying what items can be recycled. “While this is supposed to be a whole-Row initiative — which it is going to be — it was really great that we had such a successful first house because it really takes that momentum to do so,” Caltabiano said. To implement composting in a sorority, the sorority chapter’s house corporation has to greenlight the measure and present it to Republic Services, which manages waste and waste diversion at USC, to draw up a contract.  “We’ve been doing internally some sustainability stuff through Sigma Chi … trying to minimize our waste,” Sigma Chi housing manager David Kim said. “So when [Caltabiano] told me about this whole recycling initiative, [I said,] ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’” Implementing the compost program has been more challenging, Caltabiano said. While LA Sanitation & Environment already provides certain recycling services at no additional charge, the organizations will have to cover the cost of compost collection. Caltabiano said installing compost bins and paying for the compost service would result in an increase in sorority dues of about $6 per member. Because many students are unfamiliar with the procedure for composting, she said there will be more outreach and educational sessions for sorority members. Caltabiano said the initiatives would integrate sustainable practices into the Greek community’s daily routines, making waste diversion easier and lessening the Row’s environmental footprint. “Only 9% of things … put in the recycling bin actually end up recycled, so it’s really important that everyone knows what to recycle so we can ensure that the most [waste items] can get recycled,” Orozco said. Orozco said composting is particularly impactful for sororities because they can easily do so with the three in-house meals served each day, as well as waste from the Friday brunches that are open to the sisters’ families and invitees. last_img read more