At Harvard, the commitment to a healthier, more sustainable campus is ingrained in the culture, how people learn, work, and live. Initiatives across the University’s Schools and departments bring faculty, students, and staff together in creating solutions with the ultimate goal of enhancing the well-being of everyone in the Harvard community.Even though April 22 is Earth Day, events and activities happen 365 days a year that educate, inspire, and motivate people to act. Seed grants and research projects using the campus as a living laboratory engage students in real-world challenges, and give them the tools to incorporate green practices wherever their lives may lead. Facilities teams and employee green teams model best practices in sustainable operations that increase efficiency and save money. And expanded course offerings and research on energy and the environment encourage further discovery across disciplines.Learn more about Harvard’s commitment to sustainability. 4Dorm crew worker Victoria Jones ’17 hoses down recycling bins outside LEED platinum-certified Stone Hall at Quincy House, the first building to be renovated as part of the House Renewal initiative. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Douglas Schmidt of the Campus Services Energy & Facilities Department discusses the expanded combined heat and power system being installed in the Blackstone Steam Plant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Youn-Kyoung Lee, a postdoctoral fellow in stem cell and regenerative biology, cultures mammalian cell tissues inside the LEED platinum-certified Fairchild Building. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Alex Gonsalves collects recycling outside Adams House. Waste per capita was reduced 27 percent from FY2006 to FY2014. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Athletics Facilities Manager Jason Waldron tours the Bright Hockey Center, where the University’s Green Revolving Fund was used to convert the lights to super-efficient LEDs to save maintenance costs and energy. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11FAS Green Program Manager Brandon Geller shows off his tie outside the 46 Blackstone Building at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Assistant Athletic Director Jon Lister explains how the solar panels operate inside the Gordon Track building, which has Harvard’s largest solar array. More than 1MW of solar PV panels have been installed across campus. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Facilities and maintenance worker Jim Peterson gardens in the Mac Quad. Organic landscaping is used on more than 93 acres of campus space, including Harvard Yard. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student Anna Levina works in the Jacobsen Lab inside the Mallinckrodt building. A Green Labs Program encourages researchers to reduce energy in laboratories by closing the sash when not in use. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 6The Harvard University Police Department used the Green Revolving Fund to convert its entire fleet of patrol cars to hybrids, in a move to save money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. Anthony Carvello talks on the radio in the new car. Photo by Katherine Taylor 2The Hubway bicycle stand outside the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center launched with a celebration in 2012. Harvard is a major supporter of Hubway, sponsoring 12 stations and providing affiliates with discounted memberships. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Solar panels grace the roof of the Science Center at Harvard. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Harvard Graduate School of Education students Warren Garris and Jackie Iloh work beneath a green wall installed as part of the LEED platinum-certified renovation of the School’s Gutman Library. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Building manager Dick Nerden shows off efficiency aspects of a 15,000-gallon rainwater collection tank that holds water for reuse as irrigation in the newly renovated LEED platinum-certified Stone Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 14A Harvard shuttle, fueled by biodiesel, passes by the LISE building and Mallinckrodt Lab (far left). Energy-efficiency measures at the LISE building have saved more than $3.15 million since 2009. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 16In Harvard Yard, sunlight bolts through orange and green leaves. Harvard’s Sustainability Plan, adopted in 2014, is focused on enhancing the well-being of the campus community. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
The Agency of Transportation announced today that repairs to Bridge #2 on Vermont Route 74 over the Lemon Fair River will be completed this week, and the bridge is expected to be open to through traffic by Monday, February 21st (President’s Day).The Agency of Transportation had closed the 182-foot-long bridge on Valentine’s Day after district maintenance forces discovered a hole in the bridge deck early that morning.Until the repairs are complete, Vermont Route 74 will continue to be closed to through traffic from its intersection with Quiet Valley Road in Shoreham to its intersection with North and South Bingham Street in Cornwall. Local traffic only will be permitted. Traffic headed North on Vermont Route 22A and Vermont Route 30 will be directed to use Vermont Route 125. Traffic headed South on Vermont Route 22A and Vermont Route 30 will be directed to use Vermont Route 73.
Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, collectors of African art and historical documents, spoke about their collection and life experiences in an event sponsored by the USC Black Alumni Association, along with USC Spectrum on Thursday at Bovard Auditorium.Historical significance · Philanthropist Shirley Kinsey said she hopes her collection inspires others to learn about their heritage. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily TrojanThe event, An Evening of Art and Legacy, helped raise funds to contribute to scholarships for USC’s black students.Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are a Los Angeles couple who have used their financial resources to contribute to philanthropy, art, history and education.President C. L. Max Nikias spoke about the couple’s collection of African art in an opening statement for the event and said the exhibit helps individuals understand the history of African Americans.“As a powerful cultural assembly, the Kinsey Collection tells us stories through things, but it also tells us things through stories,” Nikias said. “These pieces of African-Americana [track] a history of resilience over racism [and] dignity over despair.”The event was established by the USC Black Alumni Association as a fundraiser for student scholarships. Shirley Kinsey said the event will help USC attract and support future and current black students.“With the finances you all provided tonight, [the Black Alumni Association] will be able to add to their scholarship fund, so that USC can continue to attract and maintain some of America’s best and brightest black students,” Kinsey said. “The students who are recruited here will contribute to making USC a better place to call home.”The couple’s collection began because of their extensive world travels and their interest in the cultures of the locations they visited, Shirley Kinsey said.“We realized when we were traveling that we were always interested in indigenous cultures, and we always wanted to bring something back from those cultures,” she said. “We soon realized that we didn’t know enough about our own culture, and that’s when the collection started.”Bernard Kinsey said the purpose of his collection is to give back to others by inspiring others to learn about their heritage.“You can’t accept a blessing with a closed fist, and you’ve got to take the glove off and throw the ball back sometimes,” Kinsey said. “There are people that need [help] more and who can do more with it if you give it to them.”Alicia Jewell, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the event demonstrated how people can make a difference through the collecting and embracing of art.“It’s interesting to see how a couple can influence others to care more about their heritage through their own collection of art,” Jewell said. “It’s also inspiring to see people who care so deeply about the students at USC who need financial assistance by using their abilities to raise funds for [the students].”
“Absolutely I would,” support @Kaepernick7 getting a 2nd shot in the @NFL — @POTUS in my interview today on racism, policing, statues & yes–sports. #ColinKaepernick pic.twitter.com/0B83cNbesW— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) June 17, 2020″He started off great and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of as a player,” the president said of Kaepernick’s career.Kaepernick was the 49ers’ starter from the middle of the 2012 season, when he quarterbacked the team to Super Bowl 47, to the middle of the 2015 season, when he underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He also had knee and thumb surgeries in January 2016.He lost the starting job to his replacement, Blaine Gabbert, in the 2016 preseason but got it back in Week 6 that year after San Francisco began the regular season 1-4. He finished the year with a 90.7 passer rating and 16:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 12 games. The 49ers were 1-10 in his 11 starts.MORE: Six best fits for Kaepernick | Kneeling timelineDuring that 2016 preseason, Kaepernick began protesting police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S. by sitting, and then kneeling, during the national anthem. He continued to kneel throughout the regular season. He has been out of the league since opting out of his contract in March 2017. Kaepernick later filed a collusion grievance against the NFL that was settled in 2019.Trump has regularly criticized Kaepernick and other NFL players for taking a knee; he said in 2017 that he would like to see teams “fire” such players. The president tweeted Saturday that he would bocyott watching the NFL if players are allowed to kneel. He told Thuman he was “very disappointed” in the NFL and U.S. Soccer recently loosening restrictions on players taking a knee as protests against the same things Kaepernick protested have grown.”We have to show respect for our flag and for our national anthem,” he said.”I was very disappointed in the @NFL” and “I was very disappointed in @ussoccer” -President Trump tells me on the issue of kneeling & race relations. #NFL @USWNT #soccer pic.twitter.com/0vaVdEU3LY— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) June 17, 2020Trump took a similar, but more forceful, stance Wednesday night in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.”When the national anthem plays and our flag, the great American flag, is raised, you should not be kneeling.” Trump said (per Pro Football Talk). “You should be standing, ideally with your hand on your heart or saluting. But they should not be kneeling. They can protest enough, and I saw the NFL get very weak.”He also said he was “surprised” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a statement in which he admitted the league was wrong “for not listening to NFL players earlier” and encouraged “all to speak out and peacefully protest.””Nobody was even asking for it,” Trump said.Goodell was responding to a video posted the previous day by more than a dozen of the NFL’s top players, including Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, asking the league to “condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people.”Earlier Wednesday, in his interview with Thuman, Trump kept his answer about Kaepernick to his playing ability.”As far as kneeling, I would love to see him get another shot, but obviously he has to be able to play well. If he can’t play well, [then] I think it would be very unfair,” he said.Trump reentered the kneeling discussion in recent weeks after Saints quarterback Drew Brees, facing sharp criticism from teammates, backtracked from saying in an interview with Yahoo Finance that he could “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country” by kneeling. Brees spoke with Yahoo as people were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the knee of a police officer.Trump believed Brees should not have “taken back” his original statement. Brees responded on Instagram that he realized, after speaking with teammates, that kneeling has never been about the flag. “We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform,” Brees wrote. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Colin Kaepernick should be given an opportunity to return to the NFL, if he shows he can play at that level. “If he deserves it, he should, if he has the playing ability,” Trump said in response to a question by Sinclair/Full Measure reporter Scott Thuman at the White House. “I just don’t get” why Brees “retracted” his “beautiful” initial statement, Trump told Hannity.Trump made his remarks to Thuman the same day Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told reporters that “it would be crazy” not to have Kaepernick on the team’s list of players to work out if it were to need a quarterback. Lynn added that Kaepernick “fits our style” of offense. LA’s top two quarterbacks are veteran Tyrod Taylor and first-round draft pick Justin Herbert.Lynn’s comments came two days after Goodell told ESPN he would “encourage” a team to sign Kaepernick.