Listen To Bob Dylan’s Brand New Album, ‘Fallen Angels,’ Streaming In Full

first_imgLegendary folkster Bob Dylan returns with his 37th studio album, Fallen Angels, on May 20th. The album serves as a follow-up to 2015’s Shadows In The Night, which sees Dylan covering some of the lesser-known songs of Frank Sinatra’s catalog. The new release continues down that trend, with Dylan picking out favorites from The Great American Songbook for the release. Dylan’s voice has never been perfect, and at 74-years-old, it’s more about his ability to tell a story than actually sing. Still, he captures the essence of these forgotten songs with an enthusiasm, reeling in a listener and teaching some sort of folk lesson.In advance of the new release, Fallen Angels is streaming in full via NPR’s First Listen. Tune in below:Dylan is also featured on the Desert Trip lineup, with The Who, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and Roger Waters. Check out the latest update on that festival here.last_img read more

Your building might be making you sick. Joe Allen can help.

first_img Student projects turn campus into ‘living lab’ Study opens door to better sleep, work, health 9 foundations of a healthy building Allen and a team of experts from the Harvard Chan School turned their research into a checklist that building owners can use. For more information, visit forhealth.org. Safety and security Meet fire safety and carbon monoxide monitoring standards. Provide adequate lighting and use video monitoring, interactive patrols, and incident reporting. Maintain an emergency action plan. Looking indoors to health Source: forhealth.org To date the academy has collaborated with more than 50 manufacturers to get them to remove harmful chemicals from their products, and integrated healthier building materials requirements into Harvard’s Green Building Standards. Much of the academy’s work has been informed by exchanges of information with Google, Kaiser Permanente, and Facebook, companies increasingly focused on the environment in their own buildings. The University is one of the early adopters of Portico, a Web app developed by the nonprofit Healthy Building Network and Google that includes a database listing the environmental hazards of more than 2,500 products.Making the caseFor the typical full-time U.S. worker, the office doubles as a second home, and unhealthy air comes with consequences.In a 2011 study, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Environmental Protection Agency examined costs and benefits of improving indoor air quality in U.S. office buildings. The findings suggested that better air quality led to “increased work performance, reduced Sick Building Syndrome symptoms, reduced absence, and improved thermal comfort for millions of office workers.” The researchers also estimated a potential economic benefit of $20 billion.Allen has no doubt about the economic benefits of a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce. What he does worry about is the perception that healthy buildings are too expensive. When companies survey their finances, “many costs show up as a line item in the budget and are therefore easy to track, but the health benefits show up across the entire business enterprise, making it a bit harder to quantify,” he said.In response, Allen and his team crunched the numbers in their CogFX findings. Their report concluded that “doubling the ventilation rate costs less than $40 per person per year in all climate zones. However, the same change in ventilation rate can increase the productivity of an employee by $6,500 a year.” Allen summarized the economic benefits in a piece published last year in the Harvard Business Review.“The challenge for those of us in public health is twofold: produce the science that quantifies these impacts and then make sure health is part of the cost/benefit calculus,” he said. “Businesses track key performance indicators every minute of every day throughout the year to understand how their company is performing. Why not health? Tracking Health Performance Indicators, or HPIs, must be part of corporate strategy moving forward. Their buildings are the perfect place to start.”According to Harvard architect Holly Samuelson, some of that work is well underway.“Yes, absolutely we are already seeing companies getting serious about these topics and investing a good deal of money and time into improving their work spaces to optimize employee health,” said Samuelson, an assistant professor of architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design who studies the energy and environmental performance of buildings.Samuelson, who practiced architecture for eight years and was a green-building consultant before coming to Harvard, is optimistic that health-conscious design will someday be an industry norm, but like Allen she thinks decision-makers need help understanding the math.“In an office building, it might cost $3 per square foot for utilities, while the rent or mortgage might cost another $30 per square foot,” she said. “But the salary and benefits of the employees could cost well over $300 per square foot. So a big challenge is overcoming the first cost in order to invest in better buildings. If we can design buildings that affect performance … that could make a big change in the company’s bottom line.”Another challenge, Samuelson noted, is the need to balance air-quality concerns with conservation efforts. The oil crisis of the 1970s helped usher in a new era of building standards. But the increased efficiency of more insulation, reduced ventilation rates, and locked windows came at a cost — airtight buildings that made occupants sick.Twenty years later, with the introduction of the LEED green-building rating system, designers tried making their buildings more occupant-friendly by increasing ventilation rates and including features such as all-glass facades to enhance natural lighting and views. But many of those buildings used more energy than their “non-green” counterparts, and that problem persists.“I think we need more research to convince building owners, architects, engineers, and other decision-makers of the benefits of working on both,” Samuelson said.Allen is on the case. In a paper published Jan. 30, he and his colleagues studied how buildings’ lower emissions have translated into a reduction of greenhouse gases, which benefits the climate, and a reduction in air pollution.,Informing tomorrow’s buildingsScientific sleuthing is a good fit for Allen, who honed his investigative skills working for his father’s detective agency after college. A biology major, he was headed to a graduate program in environmental science at the University of Pennsylvania when a summer as a Harvard researcher studying household chemical exposures changed everything.“I got hooked by the connection between the environment and health and I knew immediately that this field was where I needed to be,” said Allen. He dropped out of the Penn program and enrolled at Boston University, where he earned his master’s degree in public health and a doctorate of science. Later he became a forensic building investigator in Boston studying cancer clusters, outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease, and chemical-tainted indoor environments. “We are exploring how we design and optimize buildings for health from the start.” — Joe Allen Noise Protect against outdoor noises and control indoor noise such as mechanical equipment. Provide spaces that minimize background noise to 35db and a maximum reverberation time of 0.7 seconds. On a recent afternoon in a windowless section of Allen’s lab two colleagues were creating rooms with impressive views. With the help of a virtual reality headset, subjects would be transported to a room complete with a lush living wall and an aquarium filled with tropical fish, or a sunlit corner office that looked on to rolling fields and distant ocean. Over time the work will track the stress responses and brain activity of participants as they are exposed to the different virtual environments, and use computer tests to track a subject’s productivity.Looking to the horizon, Allen sees more designers and builders creating healthy office spaces. He also envisions a day when workers can adjust ventilation and temperature without leaving their desks, and without affecting their officemates. Ideal building temperature is determined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, which relies on a temperature and relative humidity that 80 percent of people would find acceptable. But that calculation, said Allen, means we are “designing our buildings to a standard that guarantees that one in five will be uncomfortable.”“I think we can do better, especially now that we know how important it is,” he said. “When someone is too hot or too cold, studies show their performance slips. It means disentangling ventilation — how much air you are bringing into the space — from the temperature setting in a building.“It’s the parallel to personalized medicine — personalized indoor environment. This is where we have to go. We have to get there.” Thermal health Meet minimum thermal comfort standards for temperature and humidity and keep thermal conditions consistent throughout the day. Provide individual level thermal control. Renovations to University housing interiors focus on long-term health of students and staff Dust and pests Use high-efficiency filter vacuums and clean surfaces regularly. Seal entry points, prevent moisture buildup, and remove trash. Avoid pesticide use. First round of grants from Campus Sustainability Innovative Fund awarded EDGE OF DISCOVERYFourth in a series of articles on cutting-edge research at Harvard.On his first day as an assistant professor of exposure-assessment sciences at the Harvard Chan School, in 2014, Joe Allen was immediately put on the spot.“One of the deans asked me, ‘How will your research impact the world?’” Allen recalled on a recent afternoon in his office near Fenway Park. “I put that line up in our lab and it’s still there. Our approach is to pursue research that we know will transform the market — and transform health.”As the head of the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Allen is working to transform design and construction of indoor spaces by revealing how ventilation, temperature, lighting, and noise affect health. His team drove a key part of that research forward in 2015 with a series of papers that proved what countless office workers long suspected: Indoor air quality influences job performance. The CogFX studies, conducted in collaboration with Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, and supported by a gift to Harvard from United Technologies, showed a direct link between cognitive function and indoor environment.In the study’s first phase, 24 participants worked for six days in a simulated office while researchers regulated the room’s concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the chemicals released from things such as carpets and surface cleaners. They also set ventilation rates and carbon dioxide levels, re-creating the conditions of green and green+ certified buildings and conventional office space. Then they put subjects to the test.“We watched how they made plans and decisions and accessed information relative to what was happening to see if they could be strategic in their thinking and we found really dramatic effects even from minor changes to the indoor environment,” Allen said.,“One of the deans asked me, ‘How will your research impact the world?’ I put that line up in our lab and it’s still there. Our approach is to pursue research that we know will transform the market — and transform health.” — Joe Allen, pictured above “I think I’ve seen most everything that goes wrong in buildings,” said Allen. “Every chemical, biological, radiological, physical hazard you could think of. In the Healthy Buildings program we are exploring how we design and optimize buildings for health from the start.”The current phase of the CogFX study, funded with primary support from United Technologies, a Fortune 50 company with interests in building-control technologies, and additional support by JLL, a U.S. professional services and investment management company specializing in real estate, involves 10 buildings in China, with plans to include 100 building in countries around the world in the near future.The project involves an environmental monitor small enough to fit on a desk that tracks air quality and ventilation; a wrist monitor that tracks sleep and physical activity; and an iPhone app that feeds researchers real-time data.Taking his research global, said Allen, is key.“So much of what we know about basic health — from air pollution or how much exercise is good for us or what foods to eat — comes from great epidemiological cohort studies, many of which were done here at Harvard, such as the comprehensive Nurses’ Health Study and the famous Harvard Six Cities study. We don’t have a similar longitudinal cohort of buildings and people in buildings, so we are launching a global study looking at environmental factors, building factors, mechanical systems, lighting, green certifications, everything.”Another forward-looking aspect of Allen’s work owes a debt to the past.The research, backed by a Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund grant, builds on Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson’s work on “biophilia” — humankind’s inherent love and need of nature and the theme of Wilson’s 1984 book of the same name. A much-heralded study by environmental psychologist Roger Ulrich, also released in 1984, supported the premise, demonstrating that hospital patients recovering from gallbladder surgery did so more quickly, had fewer complications, and required less pain medication if their rooms had windows looking out at a tree instead of a brick wall. Participants’ cognitive function was significantly affected in all nine areas tested, including focused-activity levels, information usage, and strategy. Crisis-response scores were 97 percent higher at the green office setting compared with that of conventional office space, and 131 percent higher at the green+ office setting.The results supported Allen’s idea that your physician may have less of a role in day-to-day well-being than the facilities manager where you work.“All of that has such a big impact on our health, but we just don’t recognize or appreciate it every day.”Most of us aren’t alarmed by the smell of fresh paint or a new carpet. But those odors, released in the form of VOCs, can be toxic. In his lab, Allen is probing the health effects of VOCs and other chemicals, including hormone-disrupting agents lurking in flame retardants commonly found in furniture, toys, and other household items. Last year he co-authored a paper with Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, exploring possible links between flame retardants and thyroid disease. The research, said Allen, showed “a higher risk of thyroid disease in women who have higher concentrations of this chemical in their blood, and an even greater risk for women who are postmenopausal.”Allen and his team are also researching possible links between a class of chemicals found in stain repellents and immune suppression, testicular and kidney cancer, and high cholesterol. Such compounds have been dubbed “Forever Chemicals” because they “never go away,” Allen wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece last month.Indoor air quality is an important focus of Allen’s work with the Healthier Buildings Materials Academy, an initiative developed by the Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) in collaboration with the Chan School that helps educate Harvard project managers and purchasers about a range of issues, including the problem of swapping out one banned chemical for an equally harmful substitute.The academy is translating “research into practice, creating a new model for how to define health in the built environment,” said Heather Henriksen, director of the Office for Sustainability. Lighting and views Provide as much daylight and/or high intensity blue-enriched lighting as possible. Provide direct lines of sight to windows from all workstations. Incorporate nature and nature-inspired design indoors. Green buildings aid improved performance in workplace Air quality Choose supplies, furnishings, and building materials with low chemical emissions. Check for lead, PCBs, and asbestos. Use a vapor barrier. Maintain humidity levels between 30-60 percent. Related Moisture Conduct regular inspections of roofing, plumbing, ceilings and HVAC equipment. When moisture or mold is found, immediately address source and dry or replace contaminated materials. Water quality Meet the U.S. National Drinking Water Standards. Install purification system, if necessary. Ensure residual disinfectant levels are sufficient to control microbes, but not in excess. Prevent stagnation in pipes. Ventilation Meet or exceed local guidelines for outdoor air. Filter outdoor and recirculated air with a minimum removal efficiency of 75% for all particle-size fractions including nano.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch Sienna Miller Chat Cabaret & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. 2014 Tonys Win at Directors Guild Awards The 2014 Tony Awards picked up its own trophy this weekend! Glenn Weiss and the directing team of the 68th Annual Tony Awards have been honored with a Directors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports-Specials. Congrats to all. First Trailer of Bloodline, Starring Norbert Leo Butz We’ve been waiting for this! Check out below the first trailer of new Netflix thriller series Bloodline. The show’s stars include Broadway faves Norbert Leo Butz, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek. We can’t wait to begin binge-watching on March 20! Michael Gambon Retires From the Stage Dumbeldore is apparating stage left—theatrical legend Sir Michael Gambon has had to retire from treading the boards. The Harry Potter star revealed to The Sunday Times that he was having issues remembering his lines. “It’s a horrible thing to admit, but I can’t do it. It breaks my heart. It’s when the script’s in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It’s frightening.” Aged 74, he has won three Oliviers and appeared on Broadway in the 1996 production of Skylight. Although the news is incredibly sad, we can take heart from the fact that Gambon won’t be disappearing from our screens. Indeed, his latest performance in another of J.K. Rowling’s works, The Casual Vacancy, will air on HBO in April. View Commentscenter_img Simon Shepherd & More Tapped for Hay Fever Summer fun if you’re in London. Simon Shepherd (Peak Practice), Michael Simkins (Yes, Prime Minister) and Sara Stewart (Enron) will join the previously reported Felicity Kendal in the upcoming West End production of Hay Fever. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the show will play a limited run April 29 through August 1 at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Sienna Miller Chats Cabaret Something tells us that Sienna Miller is going to be perfectly marvelous in her return to Broadway! For as she explains to David Letterman in the most adorable way during a recent appearance on The Late Show, she was “born for Cabaret.” Check out the interview below and then the American Sniper star (and her Elphaba fingernails) at Studio 54 from February 17.last_img read more

5 things that spur organizational success

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I hear this often, but it can’t be said enough: A key to our success as leaders is spurring on and encouraging our teams toward success – their own success and, by extension, the success of our organizations.As a leader, you must remember that when you say “good job” or “thank you” it’s magnified. If an employee deserves praise, say it. Often. Seriously, you must communicate, over-communicate and clearly communicate.A recent Inc.com post by Peter Economy focuses on how leaders can best “unlock the energy” in their organizations to get things done and achieve success. He highlights five habits in particular:Energize. As the leader, you’re the source of energy for your organization, so bring that energy to everything you do. continue reading »last_img read more

Your brand is not your logo

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What you think about your brand doesn’t matter, it’s what your members think, marketing guru Scott Stratten, told credit union marketers at CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference.Branding is not your logo. Branding is what you do every day, said Stratten, president of Un-marketing.“You’re branding constantly,” Stratten said during a rousing keynote on the last day of the conference in Anaheim, Calif.That means every interaction with a member in the branch, conversation at a community event, or fielding complaints.“There is never a neutral interaction with your credit union. It is either up or down,” Stratten said.Some key concepts from Stratten’s talk included: continue reading »last_img read more

Indonesia’s clean energy program faces setback, ETI ranking plunges

Indonesia’s readiness to shift toward a clean energy economy took another step back last year because of fossil fuel subsidies and faces a monumental hurdle this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Indonesia’s ranking fell seven places to 70th out of 115 countries surveyed in this year’s Energy Transition Index (ETI), down from 63rd last year. The index is compiled annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF) think tank, which also described this year as a period of historically “unmatched economic instability” due to COVID-19.Going forward, the pandemic-led collapse of fuel prices and energy demand further risks Indonesia’s energy transition unless the government intervenes, WEF told The Jakarta Post. Topics : Vijay Singh, WEF project head for the future of energy and materials, said Indonesia’s slip in the latest index was mainly driven by setbacks in economic development “specifically due to the distortions created by the presence of energy subsidies”. “The effect of energy subsidies, such as reducing incentives for efficient consumption and being more beneficial for higher-income consumers, are well documented,” he said via email.He also said Indonesia had progressed in terms of energy access and stagnated in terms of environmental impact. The latter may change over the years as coal plants continually dominate power production in the growing economy.WEF’s index report acknowledges the necessity for governments to prioritize spending on health care, social welfare and business continuity amid the pandemic but also argues that “the risks to the future of human civilization from climate change remain”. Energy economist Alloysius Joko Purwanto separately said that coal and oil-related subsidies were likely the main contributors to Indonesia’s energy transition setback. Oil is mainly consumed by the transportation sector and coal by the power sector.Indonesia introduced in January last year a domestic coal price ceiling at US$70 per ton, well below the $90 market price that month. The price cap, which has been extended to this year, is expected to boost domestic coal consumption by 12 percent to 155 million tons in 2020.The government also set this year’s subsidized fuel quota at 26.87 million kiloliters (kL), up 3 percent from last year, after domestic consumption exceeded last year’s quota.However, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) economist said that collapsed oil prices and reallocated spending also presented an opportunity to boost Indonesia’s energy transition. The WEF holds a similar stance.“We can pull out energy subsidies and we can redirect economic stimuli to develop renewable energy,” Joko said.Joko also concurred with WEF over Indonesia’s energy access progress, saying that the government’s ongoing 35 gigawatt power plant development program helped bring electricity to many neighborhoods.Indonesia’s electrification ratio — the portion of neighborhoods that can turn on a lightbulb — reached a historical high of 98.89 percent last year, even though observers and politicians pointed out that multiple field problems remain.“The government’s position is to protect the people’s purchasing power and ensure business continuity,” the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s acting oil and gas director general, Ego Syahrial, previously told reporters.The ministry’s director general for renewable energy, Sutijastoto, was not available for comment over the WEF report.Solar producer Nick Nurrachman, chairman of the Indonesian Solar Panel Producers Association (APAMSI), said coal-generated cheap electricity had always deterred investment in solar photovoltaics (PV) in Indonesia. The recent oil price crash has further deterred investment.“People looked for renewables because oil prices were rising. With oil prices decreasing, demand for renewables, including solar panels, decreases,” he said. read more

Black and Asian people in England more likely to die from COVID-19, says report

first_img“We will put action in place as soon as we can. We won’t wait for a report,” Hancock said.Doctors, politicians and footballers have been among those vocal in expressing concern about the unexplained higher mortalities in ethnic minorities.The report said that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity had approximately twice the risk of death of people who were white British.Those of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani or other Asian ethnicity, as well as those of Caribbean or other Black ethnicity, had between a 10 to 50% higher risk of death than those in the white British group, PHE said. The findings echo a previous study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released last month.The opposition Labor party called for swift action.”Families are living in fear. There must be no more delay. The government must take urgent action to protect at-risk groups,” lawmaker David Lammy said.Britain’s testing chief John Newton said although Tuesday’s report showed worse outcomes for minority groups, it may not be directly caused by their ethnicity, but related to their job.The report was published a day before planned protests in London about the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.Topics : Black and Asian people in England are up to 50% more likely to die after becoming infected with COVID-19, an official study said on Tuesday, putting pressure on the government to outline plans to protect the most at-risk communities.While the report by Public Health England (PHE) reinforced previous studies which indicated ethnic minority groups were more at risk from the virus, it was not accompanied by specific government advice for those people.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that equalities minister Kemi Badenoch would look at the issue further.last_img read more

Bulgaria to extend coronavirus state of emergency until mid-July

first_imgTopics : Bulgaria will extend a state of emergency declared in response to the coronavirus outbreak until July 15 after another jump in new registered cases, Health Minister Kiril Ananiev said on Wednesday.Bulgaria began to relax restrictions to stop the spread of the virus earlier this month, but last week it reported 606 new COVID-19 cases, its highest weekly rise since the epidemic.Some 130 new cases were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to date to 4,114, with 208 deaths. The latest jump prompted Ananiev’s decision to reimpose the mask requirement at all indoor public venues, including trains and buses. “We have an increase of the intensity of the epidemic and an increase of coronavirus spread,” Ananiev told a government meeting.He said the average daily number of people infected with coronavirus from June 10 to June 24 jumped more than three times (from 26 to 84 cases in a single day) compared with the previous two-week period.Ananiev said the Black Sea state would not impose new measures or bring back tougher restrictions, but would step up controls on social distancing, obligatory face masks indoors and will keep travel bans for most countries outside the EU.Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said during the meeting that unless social distancing among fans at soccer matches improved, he would order games to be played behind closed doors.last_img read more

Arsenal, West Ham and Everton in race for Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 10:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link898Shares Arsenal, West Ham and Everton in race for Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Unai Nunez could be on his way out of Bilbao this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal, Everton and West Ham are all in the race to sign Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Nunez this summer. but they face competition from big clubs across Europe.The 23-year-old centre-back has a release clause of £27m at the La Liga side so any interested parties can snap him up for that price if they so wish.Bilbao have been trying to get Nunez to sign a new contract, but the defender has refused their offers, according to Spanish publication AS.The defender’s current contract runs until 2023, but the reports in Spain suggest he will likely leave Bilbao this summer, especially with his relatively low release clause.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNunez is reportedly reluctant to sign a new deal with the Basque club because he has started just 12 La Liga games this season, making four further substitute appearances.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDespite not being a fixture in the Athletic Bilbao team, he has caught the attention of clubs across the continent, with Arsenal, West Ham and Everton all interested in the Premier League, while AC Milan and Monaco are also considering a move for him.Nunez enjoyed an impressive first season at Bilbao, making 33 La Liga appearances in 2017/18, but has featured less since.He picked up his solitary cap for Spain in September last year although made 13 appearances for his country’s Under-21 side, winning the European Championship in 2019.He is expected to play Bilbao’s last four league games of the season after Yeray picked up an injury against Real Madrid on Sunday.MORE: Ashley Cole singles out Shkodran Mustafi for Jamie Vardy equaliser vs ArsenalMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang matches Thierry Henry Arsenal record with Leicester goalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Opening of Another Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Under Public Private Partnership

first_img June 06, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Opening of Another Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Under Public Private Partnership Energy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the opening of the third of 29 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations planned as part of a Public Private Partnership.Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) representatives joined officials from Trillium CNG, the Mid-Mon Valley Transportation Authority (MMVTA), and state and local officials in Donora today to mark opening of the facility. The event also celebrated the opening of the authority’s new operational facility made possible by federal, state and local investments.“This P3 is helping transit agencies reduce costs and use resources available in our own backyard,” Governor Wolf said of the opening. “I’m pleased to see the great progress we’re making in bringing these benefits to every corner of the state.”Through the $84.5 million statewide P3 project, Trillium will design, build, finance, operate and maintain CNG fueling stations at 29 public transit agency sites through a 20-year P3 agreement. Following other stations will be constructed over the next five years and Trillium is also making CNG-related upgrades to existing transit maintenance facilities.As part of the conversion in Donora, the MMVTA will convert 24 buses and five paratransit buses to CNG, adding to their existing eight CNG buses. The authority estimates saving more than $150,000 annually based on current diesel costs and their diesel usage of roughly 185,000 gallons per year.The CNG improvements will boost MMVTA’s efficiency and improved operations brought by the new, energy efficient facility that renovated a former steel-mill building into a facility for bus storage, light bus maintenance, administrative activities and vehicle dispatching, as well as a passenger waiting area and a park and ride lot.The facility was made possible with nearly $4.3 million in federal funds, more than $525,000 in state investments and $150,000 in local funds. The CNG component will help the goal of gaining LEED Silver certification, as will upgrades such as geothermal heating and cooling and electrical improvements.PennDOT’s overall P3 project includes CNG fueling accessible to the public at six transit agency sites, with the option to add to additional sites in the future. PennDOT will receive a 15 percent royalty, excluding taxes, for each gallon of fuel sold to the public at public sites, which will be used to support the cost of the project.Using the P3 procurement mechanism allows PennDOT to install the fueling stations faster than if a traditional procurement mechanism was used for each site, resulting in significant estimated capital cost savings of more than $46 million.When the project is completed, the fueling stations will supply gas to more than 1,600 CNG buses at transit agencies across the state. To learn more about this and other P3 projects visit www.P3forPA.pa.gov.A list of agencies participating in the P3 project, in order of construction-start timeline, follows:Cambria County Transportation Authority, Johnstown Facility (2017), includes public fueling.Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, York Facility (2017), includes public fueling.Mid Mon Valley Transportation Authority (2017)Cambria County Transportation Authority, Ebensburg Facility (2017)Westmoreland County Transportation Authority (2017)Centre Area Transportation Authority (2017)Beaver County Transportation Authority (2017)Crawford Area Transportation Authority (2017)New Castle Area Transportation Authority (2017), includes public fueling.Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Allentown Facility (2017)County of Lebanon Transportation Authority (2017)Altoona Metro Transit (2017)Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Gettysburg Facility (2017)Butler Transportation Authority (2018)Indiana County Transportation Authority (2018), includes public fueling.County of Lackawanna Transportation System (2018), includes public fueling.Erie Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2018), includes public fueling.Mercer County Regional Council of Governments (2019)Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation System (2019)Monroe County Transportation Authority (2019)Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Bradford Facility (2019)Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Johnsonburg Facility (2019)DuBois, Falls Creek, Sandy Township Joint Transportation Authority (2020)Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Easton Facility (2021)Luzerne County Transportation Authority (2021)Schuylkill Transportation System (2021)Transit Authority of Warren County (2021)Capital Area Transit (2021)Port Authority of Allegheny County (2021)center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more