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Refrigerants, Naturally! wins Roy Award

first_imgThe Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced March 24 that the 2011 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership will be given to Refrigerants, Naturally!, an alliance of corporations substituting environmentally harmful fluorinated gases (“F-gases,” such as CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs) with natural refrigerants in their commercial refrigeration installations. Natural refrigerants are climate- and ozone-friendly gases that exist naturally in the biosphere such as ammonia, carbon dioxide, and hydrocarbons.The award is presented every two years to celebrate an outstanding public-private partnership project that enhances environmental quality through the use of novel and creative approaches. It will be presented to the recipients at an HKS event later this spring.Refrigerants, Naturally! brings together four high-profile private companies — Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Unilever, and PepsiCo — and two international environmental organizations — Greenpeace and the United Nations Environment Programme — to combat climate change and ozone layer depletion by developing natural refrigeration technologies that are safe, reliable, affordable, and energy efficient.For more information on Refrigerants, Naturally! and the award.last_img read more


C & S to move headquarters out of Vermont

first_imgC & S Wholesale Grocers, based in Brattleboro, announced April 1 that it would move its headquarters to a campus-like setting in Keene, NH, by the end of 2003, taking with it 300 employees.C & S is the third largest wholesale grocer in the country and expects sales to reach $9.5 billion in 2002. It is also the largest Vermont-based company and ranked 20th by Forbes for privately held companies in the country. On Vermont Business Magazine’s Vermont 100+, C & S has been the largest Vermont-based company for over a decade, and the first to ever reach $1 billion in annual sales, accomplished in 1995.Vermont state development officials, along with local business leaders, had put together a package of tax incentives and offered to re-develop the closed Book Press, but the town of Keene also had incentives of its own, as well as the state of New Hampshire’s more desirable tax structure. The New Hampshire corporate tax, in this case, would be lower than Vermont’s even with the incentives, according to Vermont officials, and New Hampshire does not have a personal income, which is important in attracting and retaining workers.In the end C & S said, in a prepared statement, that the larger piece of land in the Black Brook Corporate Park made the option to move there more attractive.Company CEO Rick Cohen said, “C & S has outgrown its present headquarters. The construction of a new facility in Keene will greatly help us to continue to grow our business, attract additional employees, and provide our expanding corporate workforce with a first-class work environment.”On the Vermont side, state and local officials were disappointed, but pointed out that the existing warehouse and about 500 employees will remain in Vermont.The relationship between C & S has been strained at times, especially in the early 1990s when C & S applied for an Act 250 permit to build another Brattleboro warehouse. They met stiff local resistance and the case has become an icon for those who oppose or want to change the law. C & S eventually won a permit, but never built the warehouse, saying the restrictions that came with the permit were too onerous. They went on to build in North Hatfield, MA.The vast bulk of C & S’s business exists down the East Coast into the Mid-Atlantic states. The company’s business plan was to do the warehousing and distribution for supermarket chains, which the chains found cheaper than doing it themselves. C & S innovated “self-managed” warehouse teams to make the process more efficient on their end, and has managed to keep unions out.C & S was founded in 1918 in Worcester, MA, by Cohen’s grandfather. It moved to Brattleboro in 1981 to take advantage of the interstate system.last_img read more


This Tweed Heads home was an ideal place for the Roberts family to moor their boats

first_img24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.They renovated the five-bedroom home at 24 Ducat St with a family in mind. “Karen and I have renovated 13 properties but when it came to this one we really liked the structure of the house, it was a beautiful design.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.Mr Roberts said the home had been in desperate need of a freshen-up.“The home was yellow (when they bought it) and the interiors were a bit daggy, the kitchen was from the nineties so we needed to do some tidying up,” he said.The modern makeover included new carpets, and kitchen and a new roof. 24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.“We also added in a pool fence for the boys and a solar system and air conditioner,” Mr Roberts said. The family are now moving to another waterfront home in the same estate. 24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.THE Roberts family bought two boats since they moved into their waterfront home seven years ago. Owners, Greg and Karen Roberts said they had lived on a dry block in the same estate previously.“When we saw this house pop up we thought it was a great opportunity to live on waterfront in a neighbourhood we know and love,” Mr Roberts said.“Our family has converted into waterfront living, I don’t think we could go back to a lifestyle on a dry block.” 24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.The home has an open-plan design and an entertainment deck which has water views.“Coming home from work and sitting out the back with a drink is very relaxing and it always feels like home,” he said. It is within walking distance of Kirra Beach, schools and cafes.last_img read more