Project Funding – Lions 103 CS Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:47:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Project Funding – Lions 103 CS 32 32 $50,000 in grants available for Chula Vista mental health and wellness programs Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:47:00 +0000

The Chula Vista Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, provides grants for programs that address the mental health, wellness, and other needs of local families.

Foundation officials remind interested nonprofit organizations that they have until Wednesday to submit project proposals targeting issues facing children and families residing in Chula Vista. Find the application on the foundation’s website at

The foundation will award up to $50,000 for programs that address multiple topics, including healthy living, childcare, after-school care, self-sufficiency, food and housing insecurity, or domestic violence. Particular attention is given to those dealing with mental health and physical well-being.

“Throughout our current grant cycle, we want to work with the local organizations closest to our youth and families to ensure that as a community we improve the mental health and physical well-being of our families and our children. Lisa Johnson, chair of the foundation’s board of directors, said in a statement.

Projects must last one year and have long-term sustainability prospects. They must also be “culturally humble and sensitive, practical and achievable,” the foundation said in a press release.

In August, the foundation awarded $60,000 to three local nonprofit organizations that provide programs and resources focused on strengthening the health and social-emotional well-being of Chula Vista youth ages 12-24. year.

Barrio Logan College Institute has received $25,000 for its after-school program focused on learning to recover from COVID-19. The Southwestern College Foundation also received the same funding for its Cares program, which supports students at risk of dropping out of school due to unexpected financial emergencies. The San Diego Hunger Coalition received $10,000 for its Hunger Free Kids program which helps school districts increase school lunch and pandemic EBT attendance, increasing food budgets for families in need.

Since 2011, the foundation has awarded more than $600,000 to nearly 40 nonprofit programs serving families in Chula Vista, according to the foundation.

ODNR releases grant for dog park in St. Clairsville | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:51:39 +0000

picture by: Robert A. DeFrank

Loki, right, therapy dog ​​and unofficial mascot for the Belmont County Sheriff‘s Office, visits outreach coordinator Sherri VanTassel. Funding for the planned dog park is nearing halfway, with a NatureWorks grant helping it.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Plans to create a dog park near the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office for area puppies have received a boost, with funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources matching of $27,341. The money comes from a NatureWorks grants program.

Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas, who led the program to create a dog park at 68475 Bannock Road in St. Clairsville, just behind the Belmont County Health Department, was excited by the news.

He thanked the Belmont County Commissioners for supporting the project and submitting the bid. He also thanked the partners of the Road Home Animal Project.

“Since we reached an agreement with the commissioners and found a location, we have given grants and we just got the award from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources,” said Lucas said.

There is currently about $12,000 raised for the park, and further donations are expected to bring the fund closer to $15,000. The initial overall cost was close to $90,000, but Lucas is working with Belmont Correctional Institution and Warden David Gray to eventually help with fencing preparation. Lucas is also reaching out to businesses in the area about the possibility of having fencing installed at a discounted rate.

“If we can sort that out with the director…maybe we could start in the spring,” Lucas said. “With people helping out and donating, I would say probably a month to knock down all the fences.

“If we’re able to do the fencing ourselves, we think we’ll save a lot of money,” Lucas said.

“We are very excited. …which we raised in total through community donations,” Lucas said. “We’ve been approved for $27,000+ so that really puts us up there. Basically, we’re looking halfway through what we think it’s going to cost. »

Belmont County Commissioner Josh Meyer said the council was happy to donate the two acres of land for the park.

“We are very excited about this. When the sheriff contacted us about this earlier this year, we knew we had property to donate and the sheriff was thrilled to be able to use that property,” he said.

It is planned that the park will have an area for small dogs and one for large dogs.

When completed, each side of the dog run will be approximately 150 feet wide and nearly 300 feet long. The project is entirely dependent on donations and grants, and will cost taxpayers nothing.

“If we’re able to adjust some of the expenses that we had in the budget – the budget was over $80,000 – if we’re able to adjust those expenses, which we think we will, we we’re really at a point where with a little bit of additional local fundraising, we can innovate and we can at least make the dog park functional,” said Sherri VanTassel, Project Outreach Coordinator.

“We may not have all the conveniences, but we will be functional. This is an exciting thought for our local residents as well as those who travel to our region. For me, it’s about the safety and socialization of dogs and the safety and socialization of people, and that’s something we can accomplish now.

Chris Shriver, president of the Road Home Animal Project, and Dana Goletz, treasurer, said the project is related to the mission of the nonprofit, which serves Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and has mission to help animals in need. It works to facilitate adoptions and fostering arrangements, among other efforts.

Those interested in donating to the dog park can mail checks to RHAP at PO Box 522, St. Clairsville. In the note line of the check, it says the project is for “Belmont County Dog Park.”

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McCourt experts challenge the status quo in health equity research Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:03:40 +0000

The Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) at the McCourt School of Public Policy is an independent, nonpartisan policy and research center founded in 2011, where faculty and staff are engaged in research that improves consumer access to affordable health insurance and adequate. Funding to support the work of the CHIR comes from a variety of foundations and organizationsincluding the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund, among others.

Following the 2020 murder of George Floyd, CHIR faculty made a pledge to better understand and document the challenges faced by communities of color. Through their research, CHIR experts have asked questions that assess the disparate impacts of policy choices on these communities, adopting data collection practices that proactively seek out diverse voices, and working to develop policies that place the health equity at the forefront.

In a project funded by the National Institute for Health Care ReformCHIR researchers are evaluate efforts improve access to primary care for underserved populations. CHIR Browser Resource Guide, a tool supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and designed to help consumers explore health insurance plans and the benefits available to them under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has been updated to include content in Spanish and highlight the outreach efforts of organizations working with diverse communities.

Tracking State Efforts to Advance Health Equity

Another long-standing project, funded by the Commonwealth Fund, allows CHIR researchers to monitor and analyze how all 50 states and the District of Columbia are implementing the ACA’s private insurance reforms and improving their health insurance markets. Building on this work, CHIR began monitoring health equity in 2021. Assistant Research Professor Christine Monahan and research fellow Jalisa Clarksupported by 2022 Richmond Foundation Fellow Nadia Stovicektrack state action to address disparities and inequalities in health, health care, and health coverage through reforms and regulation of the private health insurance market.

CHIR researchers found that states like California, Connecticut and Massachusetts have took the lead in promoting health equity by first assessing internal accountability: hiring equity leaders, forming social justice advisory committees, and developing internal plans to ensure that policies and practices of organization advance equity.

Some states have prioritized collecting client demographics to identify and address disparities and target resources appropriately, though state efforts to improve race and ethnicity data collection remain. a work in progress. Several states have also worked with health insurers to create networks of providers and design benefit packages that advance health equity, such as the elimination of cost sharing for diabetes care to address racial disparities in diabetes prevalence and outcomes.

Diversify the health insurance market and the consumer experience

State marketplaces are also responsible for reach out to consumers and help them sign up into a health plan that meets their needs. This includes working with organizations serving communities of color and diversifying the health insurance broker industry to better represent market customers. CHIR is currently investigating how markets meet the needs of people with limited English proficiency who depend on language access services.

“We’re looking at states that run their own health insurance marketplace and get a sense of what the language access landscape looks like, from insurance enrollment applications to staff job descriptions,” said said Nadia Stovicek (MPP’23), who is currently involved in CHIR’s Language Access Survey Project as a research assistant on the health equity team. “Culturally competent care is so important, and language access is a big part of that.

CHIR research is already helping to inform state officials about what other organizations are doing to advance health equity. Federal policymakers can also learn from the CHIR findings as they work to fulfill President Biden’s Executive Order on promoting racial equity and supporting underserved communities.

Alcazar Energy Partners II Achieves First Closing of US$336.6 Million for Renewable Energy Projects Mon, 14 Nov 2022 05:56:59 +0000
  • With a target size of US$500 million and an absolute cap of US$650 million, the fund will continue its predecessor’s strategy, focusing on mid-market renewable energy investments.
  • AEP-II will leverage approximately $2 billion in foreign direct investment, including project finance, in emerging markets, creating over 15,000 construction jobs with a focus on local employment
  • The AEP-II portfolio will develop more than 2 GW of clean energy, saving 3.2 million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year, generating electricity capable of powering over a million homes
  • AEP-II projects will allocate $35 million to initiatives tailored to the needs of the communities in which they operate, including women’s empowerment, local skills development and sustainable energy initiatives

COP27, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt: Alcazar Energy Partners II SLP (SCSp) (“AEP-II”), a Luxembourg-domiciled sustainable infrastructure fund focused on large-scale renewable energy projects in emerging markets, achieved a first close of 336, $6 million.

This historic transaction will enable the development and construction of more than 2 GW of clean energy infrastructure in selected emerging markets. AEP-II aims to achieve total production equivalent to powering more than one million homes and saving approximately 3.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

AEP-II investors include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); the European Investment Bank (EIB); EMCAF, a fund managed by AllianzGI and advised by the EIB; the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group; the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB); the German Development Institution (DEG), member of the KfW group; the French Development Finance Institution (Proparco), partly owned by the French Development Agency (AFD); and the Dutch Entrepreneurship Development Bank (FMO).

AEP-II has already signed its first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian government to invest in a green hydrogen-based ammonia facility with a capacity of 230,000 tons/year supplied by a dedicated energy plant. renewables of 1 GW. A number of investment grade European and Asian buyers have expressed strong interest in providing a purchase agreement for the project.

Since 2014, Alcazar Energy’s first vehicle, Alcazar Energy Partners (“AEP-I”), has deployed $240 million in equity capital and mobilized total foreign direct investment of more than $700 million in seven solar parks and wind farms in Egypt and Jordan, creating more than 4,200 construction jobs and generating electricity capable of powering more than 350,000 homes.

In 2018, AEP-I developed the largest private renewable energy portfolio in the MENA region at the time, demonstrating that renewable energy in emerging markets can deliver the stable long-term returns sought by institutional investors. The regulatory environments that countries like Egypt and Jordan have developed in recent years allow disciplined managers to mobilize institutional funding on a larger scale.

Alcazar Energy’s strong track record in the development and construction of renewable energy projects, its expertise in emerging markets and its commitment to ESG best practices have all contributed to the success of the first close of AEP-II, which makes following the acquisition of the AEP-I portfolio by China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Ltd in the second half of 2021.

Daniel Calderon, co-founder and managing partner of Alcazar Energy, said: “AEP-II’s first successful closing is a tribute to the disciplined and responsible work of our Alcazar team, who created, developed and exited AEP-I’s portfolios, creating value for investors and, more importantly , for countries and communities where AEP-I has invested.

“The AEP-II is privileged to have the confidence of an exceptional group of public and private institutions to invest and grow in renewable energy projects, mobilizing over $2 billion in foreign direct investment from OECD economies to build sustainable infrastructure where it is most needed.

Nandita Parshad, EBRD Managing Director for Sustainable Infrastructure, said: We are excited to scale up renewable energy to accelerate the green energy transition in the EBRD region by committing up to US$80 million to the new Alcazar Energy Partners II fund. This joint investment will strengthen the resilience of financial markets by diversifying sources of financing for renewable energy assets. It also goes promote the representation of women within the workforce of Fund companies.

Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the EIB commented : “To achieve the Paris climate goals and strengthen global energy security, global energy systems must decarbonize as soon as possible. To do this, the financial system must mobilize trillions of dollars from private sector green energy projects. I am delighted that today we are announcing the investments of EMCAF and EIB Global in the Alcazar Energy Partners II fund. This support will help attract new investor contributions and ensure that the fund plays an important role in accelerating the green transition in its countries of operation.

Tobias Pross, CEO of AllianzGI, added: “Emerging markets are where money for climate change adaptation and mitigation is most needed and where it will have a much more immediate impact than in developed countries. I am proud that our EMCAF investments are now gaining momentum. on the ground in emerging countries, not only to fight climate change, but also to support healthy economic growth in this region. We are grateful to the EIB for leveraging this investment, and we want to deploy it others of this type soon in other countries as well.

Khawaja Aftab Ahmed, IFC’s regional director for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan, said:

“We cannot fight climate change without unleashing the power of the private sector. This flagship investment harnesses that power, supporting climate adaptation in countries on three continents. We are proud to partner again with our long-time partner Alcazar. Not only to help accelerate the transition to renewable energy and decarbonize electricity, but also to create thousands of jobs and make energy more affordable in the process.

Konstantin Limitovskiy, AIIB Vice President, Investment Operations (Region 2), said: “We are delighted to be part of the first closing of AEP II and to be one of the main investors in the Fund. We believe AEP II has the potential to add substantial new renewable energy capacity to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey and play an important role in the region’s energy transition. This investment is a key milestone for AIIB, as the first climate-focused capital investment in the region. The investment is aligned with the AIIB’s key strategic objectives of climate risk mitigation and adaptation, green infrastructure and energy efficiency. We look forward to working closely with AEP II to achieve these critical goals and support the development of green and climate-friendly energy capacity in this important region.

DEG Board Member Monika Beck said:Building and expanding green infrastructure in emerging and developing countries is important to enable sustainable development and help achieve global climate goals. At DEG, we are convinced of this. In cooperation with our client Alcazar Energy Partners – an experienced and proven player – we are therefore committed to realizing other renewable energy projects”

Françoise Lombard, CEO of Proparco, said: “In investing in Alcazar Energy II, Proparco leverages the established regional footprint, cutting-edge technology and operational excellence of the Alcazar Energy Team. Proparco has promoted low-carbon development, resilient to the impacts of climate change, aligned with the Paris Agreement, at the heart of its strategy. Alcazar Energy II strengthens Proparco’s existing renewable energy portfolio. Since 2000, Proparco has financed and invested in 125 energy projects in developing countries representing €3.3 billion in financing and 12.9 GW in installed capacity, all technologies combined (solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric). The strategy and direction of Alcazar Energy II supports our goal of developing a low-carbon economy with sustainable development and universal access to energy in the countries where we operate. We wish the Alcazar Energy Team much success and Proparco will stand alongside Alcazar Energy to co-invest and support the Fund’s future projects.

Diana Wesselius, Head of Private Equity at FMO, said: “FMO is proud to invest in the Alcazar Energy II fund. With this investment, FMO supports the development of renewable energy, among others in Egypt, Jordan and the wider MENA and ECA region. Alcazar’s investment strategy is committed to SDG 13 (Climate Action) and greatly contributes to reducing carbon emissions. These two priorities are at the heart of FMO’s strategy.

Dubai Palm Island developer secures $4.6 billion in funding for new waterfront projects Tue, 08 Nov 2022 11:51:00 +0000

DUBAI, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Dubai state property developer Nakheel has secured 17 billion dirhams ($4.63 billion) in funding as the group behind the island-shaped palm is accelerating its plans for new waterfront projects, including the islands of Dubai, in a hot property market.

Nakheel said in a statement on Tuesday that the transaction included 11 billion dirhams of refinancing and additional funds of 6 billion dirhams through a syndicate of Emirates NBD (ENBD.DU), Mashreqbank (MASB.DU) and Dubai Islamic Bank ( DISB.DU) .

Nakheel, who was forced into massive debt restructuring following the Dubai property crash of 2009-2010, is benefiting from a surge in demand for coastal properties following the coronavirus pandemic.

A Nakheel spokesperson said the transactions will further strengthen its financial position and reflect banking institutions’ confidence in the company’s new strategic direction.

Nakheel plans to develop another man-made island named Dubai Islands, formerly known as Deira Islands, comprising five islands with a total area of ​​17 km2.

It is also revising the plan for the Palm Jebel Ali, the company announced in September, a dormant project since 2009.

“Nakheel has matured a lot over the years. It’s nothing like the adventurous business it once was in 2008,” said Nasser al-Shaikh, the former Dubai finance chief who helped set up navigate the emirate during the 2009 debt crisis.

“This is evident in the use of the new facility where most will restructure and optimize current debt, leaving enough to launch highly anticipated new developments such as Dubai Islands and Palm Jebel Ali,” al-Shaikh said. .

The property market in Dubai, the Middle East’s financial and tourism hub, began its recovery early last year from the coronavirus pandemic as the government kept its economy and airports mostly on hold open.

Residential real estate transaction volumes in the first half rose 60%, with an 85% increase in the value of properties sold, real estate consultancy Betterhomes said in a July report.

The transaction “is a very good sign that demand is still strong and banks willing to enter into such a large transaction with Nakheel show that they also see signs of positive cash flow in the future,” said Mohammed Ali Yasin. , investment and capital markets. adviser in Abu Dhabi.

A villa on the Palm Jumeirah island of Nakheel in July fetched 302.5 million dirhams ($82.36 million), its developer Alpago Properties said in October without naming the buyer for confidentiality reasons, setting a new record for the most expensive residential property ever sold in the emirate.

($1 = 3.6729 UAE Dirham)

Reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh Editing by Janane Venkatraman, David Goodman and David Evans

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Funding for a stand-alone tribunal will be spread over two years Sat, 05 Nov 2022 21:00:11 +0000

The city has budgeted $2 million this fiscal year for the design and infrastructure of its new free-standing municipal courthouse. The new facility is expected to be ready in early 2024 and will allow the city to vacate the space it has shared with Pinal County since its incorporation in 2003. [Bob McGovern]

The new stand-alone municipal court building approved by city council in September will be funded from two budget years: this year and next.

According to city spokesperson Quinn Konold, a budget of $2 million is planned for this fiscal year to cover preliminary costs, such as infrastructure design and construction, site improvements and building foundations.

“The rest of the project, including building construction, furniture, fixtures, technology, audiovisual equipment, cameras, access control, security equipment, etc., is recommended to be funded from the fiscal year 2024 budget,” Konold said. said. “Staff will submit a budget request for the remaining funds needed to complete the facility along with the fiscal year 2024 capital improvement project budget requests.”

Konold added that the city expects the project to be completed by winter or spring 2024.

The permanent court will have a construction budget of about $2.7 million, Deputy City Manager Jennifer Brown said at the council meeting where the facility was approved.

City Manager Rick Horst said those costs will be reimbursed to the city through the Development Impact Fee.

“I want to make it very clear that this will be paid for by new developments, not existing taxpayers,” Horst said. “It will be 100% based on new developments coming here. With these growth needs, they should be paid for by the people causing the growth, not the people who are already there.

Having a stand-alone Municipal Court Building will allow the city to remove its business from the Pinal County Courts Building, where it has shared space with the Pinal Courthouse since Maricopa’s incorporation in 2003.

The project will be developed in two phases. The first will create an interim installation that will operate in City Council Chambers; the second will be the construction of the permanent facility east of City Hall and north of the current police building. Brown said the city’s goal for a functioning interim court is early 2023.

“We’re growing,” Brown said when the building was approved. “We’re maturing as a city and that means taking on new things and having new processes that evolve as a community.”

NSF Awards Funding for UTSA Researchers’ Future of Work Projects Aimed at Making the Construction Industry Safer and Fairer | UTSA today | UTSA Thu, 03 Nov 2022 11:42:01 +0000

Arturo E.Schultz, Director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management, and Ibukun Awolusi, assistant professor of construction science and management, will serve as co-principal investigators on the ARISE project.

Jiannan Caiassistant professor in construction science and management, will be the principal researcher of the FAIR4WISE project.

ARISE and FAIR4WISE were two of 14 projects selected to receive funding under NSF’s Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program.

Researchers applying for funding had to demonstrate to NSF the potential to create new methods and technologies that will improve public health and welfare, increase worker safety, and open rewarding new careers in areas such as heavy construction, education and transport. Funding preference was given to institutions located in areas that have historically received less federal research funding.

ARISE is set to receive $1.8 million in NSF grants through fiscal year 2022. Researchers hope to create a safer and more commercially efficient construction process. Schultz and Awolusi will work with researchers from New York University and members of industry from the United States, as well as researchers from the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) to advance the research program.

“The complex and dynamic nature of the work environment in construction increases the safety and ergonomics risks for workers in steel erection, known to be one of the most dangerous trades,” Awolusi said. “ARISE is capitalizing on advances in innovation and technology to provide proactive and functional interventions to address this critical challenge and improve safety performance and efficiency of the construction workforce.

Schultz added that advanced manufacturing technologies have overtaken methods used on the steel supply side of construction.

“The ARISE project allows the research team to envision these techniques being extended to the field of automated construction using robotics to assemble steel buildings using innovative interlocking connections that are fabricated using ‘state-of-the-art manufacturing,’ Schultz said.

FAIR4WISE, an interdisciplinary project, will receive $551,353 in NSF grants in fiscal year 2022. Cai and his co-PIs, Yuanxiong Guo and Xiaohong Xu from UTSA’s Carlos Alvarez College of Business, will develop a framework leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and blockchain technologies to support and increase gender diversity in the construction industry of the future .

The team will work with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Penn State University, University of Houston, and construction industry partners.

Cai says the goal of the project is to study differences in how genders collaborate and tele-operate robots and to create methods for learning and tele-operating robots that are accessible and gender-equitable. .

“If successful, the developed technology ecosystem will help improve worker productivity, safety and health, and enable American workers to lead the way in reforming the construction industry in an inclusive manner. “Cai said.

ARISE and FAIR4WISE are representative of the college’s commitment to solving grand challenges where humanity intersects with the physical world, said JoAnn BrowningDean of Klesse College.

“I am thrilled to see such impactful research conducted by our faculty,” she said. “Klesse College is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle key issues of today and tomorrow. We are committed to solving grand challenges where humanity intersects with the physical world, whether on the streets in San Antonio or around the world.

Lafayette-Based 24-Hour Citizen Project Strengthens Community with Annual Showcase Event | Local events Mon, 31 Oct 2022 11:15:00 +0000

Revealed. To throw it. Fund it. Do it. This is the premise of the 24-hour citizen project in Lafayette that lights the fire for community empowerment.

Founded by Butch Roussel in 2016, the project is a volunteer-led event that connects people with community ideas with experts and funders through a 24-hour pitch event.

The project is under the Civicside organization, and the event is their signature, annual celebration for local residents to showcase ideas that will improve the community. The project was subject to a call for ideas between June 15 and August 31, and eight teams were selected to participate in the presentation event on November 4 and 5.

Butch Roussel is pictured on stage during last year’s 24 Hour Citizen Project pitch.

“People need to feel they have the ability to impact their community,” Roussel said. “But there are a lot of people who don’t know how.”

The 24-hour event takes place on a Friday and Saturday each year. First, teams arrive on Friday to meet with experts, work on their ideas, finalize a pitch presentation, and network with other teams to share what they’ve learned. On Saturday, the public event begins with a social hour to educate community members about the ideas. Then the pitch presentations begin. Each team has three minutes to present their projects to donors and the public. Historically, approximately four projects receive funding each year through the process.

“It’s just one of those nights where you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s why I’m sticking around.’ The energy is with like-minded people who really want to get out there and activate their community in a positive way,” said Blake Lagneaux, Civicside Board Member of the project.


Allison Brandon with the ‘Mad Thinkers’ team walks down the tunnel for her team’s pitch at last year’s 24 Hour Pitch Project.

After receiving funding, teams are required to write “Dear Community” letters throughout the year to update residents on the progress of projects. Roussel said these letters provide transparency to the public, but also hold the teams accountable.

The pitch event has funded projects that aim to solve everything from improving the academic performance of students in the Lafayette Parish School System (Team Saturday School) to reducing the amount of waste created at the International Festival ( Team Greening Festival).

Some of the teams competing this year are focusing on initiatives such as introducing Louisiana Creole culture to a younger generation (Team Heritage), creating an annual event to celebrate farmers (Team Farm Love), and provision of an inclusive space for rest and refreshment. at festivals and large-scale events (Team Inclusive Spaces).

In 2015, Roussel gave a TED talk for TEDxVermilionStreet to explain the evolution of Civicside and the 24-hour citizen project. In the video, he explains that community activists are made up of the “I want”, “you can” and “I want”, which inspired the project.


The “Farm Love” team wants to create an annual event to celebrate the farmers in the community. The team members, from left to right, are Aurore Ballengee, Max Bacque, Erin Strenge and Chris Adams. They will participate in the 24 Hour Citizen Project on November 5, 2022.

In addition to the project, Roussel also organizes exchanges of ideas so that the inhabitants have a space to share ideas. He said these events allow people to feel confident and comfortable sharing their ideas with others, instead of keeping them to themselves.

Lagneaux said most of the “leg work” for the council is gathering ideas and empowering people to act. This includes connecting people in the community when exchanging ideas.


Part of the 24-hour citizen project team Pictured from left to right are Kevin Blanchard, Carlee Alm-Labar, Blake Lagneau, Butch Roussel and Kate Durio.

“Usually at the end of a meeting you can send them away with six people to talk to,” Lagneaux said. “You know how Cajuns are, we all know someone.”

Over the years, Roussel and his team have made a conscious effort to reach out to diverse neighborhoods to ensure the projects featured reflect the people who live in the area. They have also recruited people who historically have not been engaged in the community and who become involved after participating in the program.

In the future, Roussel hopes the project will serve as a model for other places in the state to do the same.

“There are these kinds of micro-hits that keep adding up over time to have a big impact on the community, and that’s what I like to see,” Roussel said. “People fell in love with their community throughout the process.”

The 24-Hour Citizens Project showcase event will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 at Hideaway Hall, 422 Refinery St.

BlueTriton Brands Provides Financial Support to Expand Plastic Bottle Recycling Project in Jackson, Mississippi Fri, 28 Oct 2022 19:56:00 +0000

After a three-year hiatus, #1 PET plastic bottle recycling efforts are returning to the city amid water crisis concerns

STAMFORD, Conn., October 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BlueTriton Brands is proud to partner with Replenysh, a community-powered collection network, to expand an existing plastic bottle recycling project to Jackson, Mississippi.

For more than three years, the city has lacked a plastic bottle recycling program. With a recent water crisis plaguing the city and an increased need for bottled drinking water for residents, this recycling project will help ensure that plastic bottles are disposed of properly and away from landfills and waterways.

BlueTriton Brands is providing financial support so that more recycling sites can be added throughout the City of Jackson accept PET #1 plastic bottles. Currently, 15 PET recycling sites collect plastic bottles, and more will be added.

“At BlueTriton, we design our products and processes to keep valuable packaging materials in circulation through reuse and recycling, however, there are critical gaps in recycling collection systems that limit the frequency with which Common packaging materials are recycled and turned into new products,” said Ed Ferguson, Director of Sustainability at BlueTriton Brands. “We are delighted to partner with Replenysh on this project as it will reduce waste in the jackson community and represents an important step to improve the collection and recycling of packaging such as bottles, cardboard and plastic films. »

Since the beginning of the project the first week of September 2022, 1,723 pounds of PET plastic bottle containers were collected. Other objects were also recovered:

  • Over 2+ tons of materials were kept out of landfills and prepared for reuse
  • 2,355 pounds. old corrugated cardboard (OCC) recovered
  • 298 pounds. sheets of plastic film (LDPE) recovered

“With hundreds of thousands of plastic water bottles distributed for drinking water, we wanted to do the right thing to avoid another crisis with more plastic going to landfill,” said Clark Dinnison, Product Manager at Replenysh. “By partnering with Keep Jackson Beautiful and locations across the city, collection infrastructure was set up within days to ensure bottles are recycled and turned into new bottles. Excitingly, is that this solution is not temporary, and jackson can enjoy a convenient and transparent recycling program indefinitely.”

BlueTriton Brands has donated over 300,000 bottles of its Ozarka® Label bottled water for jackson since the beginning of the water crisis and supports Replenysh to collect and recycle more than 300,000 bottles through this project.

About BlueTriton Brands

BlueTriton Brands offers an extensive portfolio of highly recognizable, responsibly sourced, sustainably packaged spring water and other water brands, including Poland Spring® Brand, Deer Park® Brand, Ozarka® Brand, Ice Mountain® Brand, Zephyrhills® mark, arrowhead® Brand, Origin™ Natural Spring Water, Saratoga® spring waterAC+ION™ Alkaline Water, Pure Life®Splash explosion® Flavored water drink and Splash Fizz® Fruit flavored sparkling drink. BlueTriton Brands also owns and operates ReadyRefresh®a customizable CarbonNeutral certified water and beverage delivery service® Company.

Situated at Stamford, ConnecticutBlueTriton Brands and its subsidiaries in United States and Canada employ approximately 6,600 associates. BlueTriton Brands manages resources for long-term sustainability and conserves over 20,000 acres of watershed. The Company has 28 production sites spread over United States16 of which are Alliance for Water Stewardship (“AWS”) certified across 15 sites, with eight of the certified facilities being AWS Platinum, the highest certification.

About Replenysh

Replenysh is on a mission to end landfill by helping today’s leading brands create circular supply chains. By connecting brands directly to consumers, Replenysh enables communities to unlock the value of their materials and provides full transparency on where materials go and how they are transformed. Replenysh is based in Orange County, California – find out more at

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Madison, Dane County proposals can close $5.2 million public market funding gap Tue, 25 Oct 2022 23:15:00 +0000

After weeks of uncertainty, Madison and Dane County officials are proposing proposals that would close a $5.2 million funding gap for the $20 million Madison Public Market on the East Side.

But proposed changes to the city and county’s capital budgets for 2023 must be approved by city council and county council.

County Council Chairman Patrick Miles formally proposed an amendment to the county’s capital budget on Tuesday to borrow and provide $1.5 million to help the city fill the funding gap. This funding, however, is dependent on the city increasing its contribution to the project by approximately $4 million to fully close the gap and the county finding a funding avenue to provide the money which could include a division of market land.

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The county finance committee will consider the proposed amendment and others on Thursday. County Council will make final funding decisions the week of November 7.

“The proposed amendment demonstrates that the Public Market is recognized as an important economic and social opportunity for Madison, Dane County and the region,” said Anne Reynolds, Public Market Foundation board member and chair of the city ​​public market development committee.

Further, Madison Alds. Regina Vidaver and Syed Abbas confirmed on Tuesday that they will soon propose an amendment to the city’s capital budget to use up to $6 million to help fill the funding gap.

Vidaver, a member of the city’s food policy committee, called Miles’ proposal “remarkable” and “wonderful.” She said the city’s proposed money increase was not based on borrowing but rather on an additional tax financing (TIF) district in the area that is designed to support such projects.

Abbas, 12th District, who represents the site, said a county contribution, possible federal funding and design changes to save money would likely mean the city wouldn’t need the full $6 million. of dollars ; the proposal represents “a worst-case scenario”.

“I think the public market will be a vehicle for economic opportunity and provide increased access to locally produced food,” Miles said. “I strongly support the project’s goal of increasing economic opportunity for low-income populations and people of color.”

The county cannot borrow and provide capital for uses not permitted by state law, but the county can purchase real estate and lease it, Miles said. In this case, the county could buy a portion of the property that would house a food innovation center, expected to cost $1.5 million, and then lease it to the city for $1 a year. After the loan is paid off, the county would sell the property back to the city for $1, he said.

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So far, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has declined to provide additional funding in his proposed 2023 capital budget, and no member of city council has proposed an amendment to increase the city’s contribution in the initial amendments considered by the finance committee in mid-September. The mayor was not immediately available on Tuesday for comment.

But council members can still propose amendments to the city’s capital budget early next month before final budget decisions are made the week of Nov. 14.

According to plans, the city would convert the former two-story, 45,000-square-foot, 3.4-acre Fleet Services Building at 200 N. First St. into a year-round community destination with a diverse group of entrepreneurs offering fresh produce, culturally diverse ready meals, locally prepared meals, arts and crafts.

The market would include the Food Innovation Center, which would be a small, flexible manufacturing venue with services and equipment to boost small entrepreneurs and minority-owned businesses.

From now on, the city would continue to own the property, while the nonprofit Madison Public Market Foundation would operate the market.

Funding challenges

In late August, the city informed the foundation that rising construction costs had added $1.8 million to the cost of the project, bringing it to $20 million. As a result, the city withdrew a request for a $3.4 million federal grant, a key part of the deal’s financial package, because the city could not meet a deadline to guarantee how it would cover the additional costs.

Rhodes-Conway’s proposed capital budget for 2023 maintains current and approved funding levels for the project. But it doesn’t include any additional money to help fill the funding gap that, at a minimum, would delay construction from November until early spring and could threaten the project entirely.

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To fund the market, the city intended to use $7 million in TIF, $849,000 in city funds, $3 million in private donations, and the $3.4 million grant from the Federal Agency. of economic development. In February, Gov. Tony Evers announced $4 million for the market under a state program that uses federal COVID-19 relief funds, which city officials said was the last funding needed.

But there was no way the city could move quickly to get approval for a loan or more TIF funds to cover the inflation gap, and, faced with a federal deadline, the city had to withdraw from the EDA grant.

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The city’s project team estimated that around $800,000 to $1 million could be taken out of the project without a “profound negative impact” on overall market operations. The city is also exploring a new source of federal funding, but that could only provide the market with $1 million at most.

“The Madison Public Market Foundation continues to work on private fundraising and certainly appreciates the continued support of our donors and community members,” Reynolds said.