An innovative action planning toolkit on wetland conservation and management is now available online. Funded by the European Commission, as part of the HighARCS project, the Wetland Resources Action Planning (WRAP) Toolkit offers researchers, technical planners and policy-makers a systematic approach to conserving and sustainably managing aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity at any site scale. The toolkit provides a suite of methods and practices, together with insights from lessons learned.
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SOURCE: Integrated Freight Corporation
TAMPA, FL–(Marketwired – Jul 11, 2013) – Integrated Freight Corporation (
On March 28th, the investment group, led by Tangiers Investors, reached an agreement with Integrated Freight that reduced the Company’s outstanding debt over five million dollars or approximately 35% of its FYE2012 debt. The agreement calls for the conversion of the Tangiers debt into a new class of preferred stock as well as future cash payments which will be fully disclosed in future 8-K filings. This conversion, when combined with the other debt conversions and settlement agreements, has resulted in a nearly $ 10 million increase in the Company’s net equity.
David N. Fuselier, Chairman and CEO, said, “The IFCR Management and Board are pleased the Tangiers and associated investor group expressed their confidence in the Company’s recovery plans and revamped strategic direction. This is a healthy, long-term commitment that we believe expresses our creditor/investor partners’ belief in this industry and, more specifically, Integrated Freight.”
Robert Papiri, Managing Director at Tangiers, stated, “We are avid proponents in Integrated’s new direction. Management has executed a solid turnaround plan and we remain optimistic about the Company’s growth prospects in the U.S. transportation industry.”
Integrated Freight Corporation (
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, made in reliance upon Section 21D of the Exchange Act of 1934, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results, performance, or expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. The Company’s expectations, among other things, are dependent upon economic conditions, continued demand for its products, the availability of raw materials, retention of its key management and operating personnel, its ability to operate its subsidiary companies effectively, need for and availability of more capital as well as other uncontrollable or unknown factors which are more fully disclosed in the Company’s 10-Ks and 10-Qs on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf.
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San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 05, 2013
First Associates Loan Servicing, one of the country’s fastest growing consumer loan/lease servicers, announces integrated Back-up Servicing for solar portfolios. This break-through package provides both nationwide Operations & Maintenance and Loan/Lease Servicing.
“First Associates has become a key partner for many solar companies by innovating within the space and providing a breadth and quality of service that didn’t exist in the industry,” said David Johnson, CEO of First Associates Loan Servicing. “Our integrated Back-up Servicing allows Solar Companies to more effectively raise investment funds by addressing a key concern of both rating agencies and institutional investors.”
Already one of the leading providers of portfolio back-up solutions for banks and other financial institutions, First Associates has partnered with a global solar equipment and services provider to create a back-up solution that includes an operations & maintenance component backed by a fully operational renewable operations center and nationwide network of field support facilities.
Back-up servicing is an integral part of the financial industry landscape. While traditional back-up servicing has only dealt with financial operations, the emergence of the solar financial industry has led rating agencies and institutional investors to look for specialized solutions that encompass the physical operations of the portfolio as well. By offering a complete back-up servicing package, First Associates can offer its’ clients the extra security that they could not always count on with financial backup servicing alone.
About First Associates Loan Servicing
First Associates is one of the nation’s premier consumer loan/lease servicing firms comprised of a team of professionals with world class experience, first-rate knowledge and exceptional technology. First Associates provides best-in-class servicing for titled assets, unsecured loan and lease portfolios with a staff that is committed to providing the highest level of service to borrowers while maximizing lender and investor returns. More information is available at http://www.1stassociates.com.
SolarBuyer Partners with PV Evolution Labs to Provide a PV Module Procurement Service with Fully Integrated Supplier Qualification and Quality Assurance
BERKELEY, Calif.–(SolarBuyer, a specialized procurement management company based in Boston, MA has partnered with PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), an expert PV module testing laboratory located in Berkeley, CA, in order to offer a new PV module buying service that integrates supplier qualification and quality assurance into the procurement of PV modules for investors, banks, project developers and EPCs.)–
“This exciting new partnership combines decades of PV manufacturing know-how, state-of-the-art solar testing capabilities and $ 1.5 B in commercial solar transactions. From the cradle to the grave, we will make sure that every investment in solar modules is secure”
Solar investors realize that PV modules are not a commodity in today’s market and that module quality represents a real risk to solar investments. SolarBuyer’s new partnership with PVEL enables solar investors and module buyers in North America to qualify suppliers based on a rigorous testing and auditing process. The partnership will also enable buyers’ to independently assure the quality of individual PV module purchases – both before and after shipment.
Poor module quality can cause failures in the field, which lead to underperformance and poor investment returns. Investors are increasingly reluctant to rely on manufacturers’ warranties and balance sheets to protect them from these risks. The preferred approach is to mitigate as much of the potential risk upfront and ensure that the quality of each PV module going into the field can be verified.
The reality is that modules do fail and that the risks of failure are increasing as the cost pressure within the solar industry continues to increase. SolarBuyer pre-shipment inspections of PV modules have revealed average defect rates in excess of 8% – with some shipments exceeding 20%. The new supplier qualification program, including in-depth factory audits and product reliability testing, will identify potential risks and ensure selection of the right suppliers for a particular project. Targeted quality assurance will then be applied during the actual build, delivery and site acceptance of the modules for a specific project.
“This exciting new partnership combines decades of PV manufacturing know-how, state-of-the-art solar testing capabilities and $ 1.5 B in commercial solar transactions. From the cradle to the grave, we will make sure that every investment in solar modules is secure,” said Mr. Ian Gregory, Managing Director of SolarBuyer. Mr. Jenya Meydbray, co-founder and CEO of PVEL added that, “this new service package provides investors with a brand new way to deal with concerns about module quality and reliability and will help buyers select and purchase investment-grade PV modules.”
About SolarBuyer, LLC (www.solarbuyer.com)
SolarBuyer provides unique procurement management services for the solar industry. SolarBuyer has developed a PV module procurement model based on aggregating buyers demand, independently auditing and qualifying PV manufacturers and assuring the quality of purchased modules with direct factory oversight and independent source inspection of every delivered module. The goal is to ensure that every module is independently quality-assured and free from defects impacting field performance and reliability. For further information in the USA contact Mr. Ian Gregory at +1.508.459.8550 and in Europe contact Mr. Peter Rusch at +49.30.9559.1343.
About PV Evolution Labs (www.PVEL.com)
Headquartered in Berkeley, CA, PV Evolution Labs was founded on the principle that understanding PV module performance and aging behavior through rigorous testing is fundamental to reducing risk in solar investments. For solar project development, PVEL provides unique data driven technical advisory services.
EPA Sponsors Free Integrated Pest Management (Pest Control) Training for Multi-family Housing to be held September 12 in Philadelphia, Pa. (PA)
Release Date: 08/13/2012
Contact Information: Donna Heron 215-814-5113 / [email protected]
PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 13, 2012) – - Attention multi-family property owners, property managers and maintenance staff, pest control operators and residents.
The free Integrated Pest Management training for multi-family housing is a one-day training course that is sponsored and taught by the National Center for Healthy Housing and supported by EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection.
The training will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Atlantic Region office located at 1650 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa.
The course will cover:
· Using the least toxic and most effective measures for pest control
· How to manage pests within a housing community using strategies that pose no risk or minimum risk of pesticide exposure to vulnerable, sensitive, and disabled populations, including infants and children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chemical sensitivities.
· The major health risks posed by common pests, including the connection between asthma, cockroach, and mouse allergens.
· The biology, behavior, and at least two least-toxic control measures for each of the pests covered in the training.
· Contacts and solutions when pest control problems develop.
Integrated pest management is an approach to pest control that is superior to conventional extermination and monthly spraying strategies. It emphasizes eliminating nesting places as well as sources of food and water for the pests and banishing the pests from the property. It uses the safest pesticide in the safest manner only when necessary. Studies by Purdue University and Virginia Tech show that this approach is more effective, and when the pests are under control, is cost effective. Programs at Boston Housing Authority, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and in Salinas, California highlight the promise of IPM.
The class is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You must pre-register for the training because of building security. No walk-ins will be allowed into the building. And a photo ID is required.
To register, please go to: http://www.nchh.org/Training/HealthyHomesTrainingCenter/TrainingPartners/PennState.aspx.
For more information, contact Dion Lerman at [email protected] or 215-264-0582.
Global Solar Energy Brings Powerful Building Integrated Solar to Japan’s Growing Renewable Energy Market
TUCSON, Ariz.–(Global Solar Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of flexible solar technology, announced today an expansion into Japan’s growing solar market, establishing local partnerships and offering a new design of its PowerFLEX BIPV system that has been adapted specifically for use on rooftops in Japan.)–
“Recognizing the desire of many Japanese businesses to reap the benefits of the FIT program while also maintaining the aesthetics of their buildings, Global Solar offers an alternative to traditional heavy and rigid glass modules, as well as other flexible PV products”
Together with partners CBC Co. Ltd, Eco Holdings and OG Corporation, Global Solar is making it easy for Japanese businesses to adopt the most powerful flexible solar roofing module on the market and take advantage of the country’s new feed-in tariff (FIT).
On July 1st the Japanese government’s progressive new FIT program went into effect, requiring utilities to pay 42 yen per kilowatt-hour (about $ 0.52 per kilowatt-hour) for 20 years from solar plants generating 10 kW of energy or more. As the country reduces its dependence on nuclear energy and opens the door for more renewable energy adoption through the new FIT, researchers estimate this could foster a solar market of $ 9.6 billion and 3.2 gigawatts (GW) of capacity.
“With its recent FIT program and proven dedication to integrating more renewable energy into its utilities’ portfolio mix, Japan will prove to be one of the most important markets for solar in the coming years,” said Jean-Noel Poirier, Chief Sales Officer, Global Solar Energy. “With our highly-valued partners, Global Solar is well positioned to take advantage of the market growth and bring our powerful and cost-effective PowerFLEX BIPV solar solution to more rooftops around Japan.”
With 12.6 percent aperture efficiency, the Global Solar PowerFLEX BIPV module delivers the highest efficiency in the flexible module sector. Its large format and a high power density (300 W) bring down installation and balance of system (BOS) costs. With a lightweight and flexible design, the PowerFLEX BIPV system is the perfect solution for commercial roofs where traditional glass solar modules are too heavy.
Typical Japanese buildings have compact roofs, making the PowerFLEX BIPV a perfect fit as the module allows more power generation per square foot than any other BIPV solution. Additionally, by being applied directly to a roofing surface and requiring no mounting hardware or roof penetrations, Global Solar’s system maintains the integrity and aesthetics of a building structure.
“Recognizing the desire of many Japanese businesses to reap the benefits of the FIT program while also maintaining the aesthetics of their buildings, Global Solar offers an alternative to traditional heavy and rigid glass modules, as well as other flexible PV products,” continued Poirier.
Global Solar is already deploying its PowerFLEX systems in Japan, including a completed 400 kW rooftop system on the Yokosuka Naval Base, a U.S. military base, which was installed in partnership with Beachside Solar. Currently undergoing certification at the Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET) is a new four-meter long module (200 Wp), a PowerFLEX BIPV system Global Solar has specially designed for the Japanese market, complete with a back junction box for seamless integration into various roofing systems. That system, and two- and six-meter modules (100 Wp and 300 Wp, respectively), are already UL and IEC certified.
About Global Solar Energy
Since its founding in 1996, Global Solar has emerged as the leader in flexible Copper Indium Gallium DiSelenide (CIGS) thin film solar cell technology. CIGS thin-film technology is lightweight and highly efficient. Global Solar’s thin-film solar cells are incorporated into a variety of applications ranging from lightweight portable solar chargers, traditional glass solar modules, and building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) products and designs. Global Solar manufactures CIGS cells and modules its full scale facility in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and distributes worldwide. For more information, please visit www.globalsolar.com.
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Ve Interactive Acquires Adaptive Consultancy and Launches World’s First Ecommerce Platform with Integrated Cart Recovery Software
London, Monday 11th June 2012: Tech City’s Ve Interactive, the data-driven-services experts today announced the acquisition of Adaptive Consultancy, a London digital marketing agency with a proprietary ecommerce platform.
As part of the acquisition, the newly branded VeCommerce has today been re-launched as the world’s first ecommerce software to have built-in cart-recovery and remarketing technology. As a result, it is expected to be an extremely high-converting ecommerce platform, ideal for the contemporary demands of today’s ecommerce market.
“We are delighted to welcome Adaptive Consultancy,” commented David Brown, co-Founder CEO, Ve Interactive. “This transaction represents a major step in the development of Ve Interactive’s strategy. Adaptive are such an exciting company with strong leadership, talent and capability, and an impressive reputation for delivering product and services of high quality and value. The VeCommerce platform is going to be a powerful proposition for our international client-base. In addition, we are excited to have Adaptive’s team members on board and embedding their expert digital skills will help bring many other valuable contributions to our clients.”
Five years in development, the Adaptive ecommerce platform was created in order to provide a more flexible and intuitive solution for the market place. Designed with the marketer in mind and providing advanced reporting systems, clients include: theletteroom.com, laraventura.co.uk, ichibaninternational.com, ollieandnic.com and daisyknights.com. Ve Interactive will continue to operate this client base.
Ve Interactive recently worked with Adaptive to integrate its multi award-winning VeCapture and VeContact cart recovery and remarketing software directly within the platform. Explained Brown, “Ve Interactive has always been proud of our drive to provide renewed relevancy, to better serve the interests of our clients and their consumers, and Adaptive share this ethos of constant innovation. The launch of VeCommerce as the first truly integrated solution, marks a revolutionary step-change in the ecommerce industry’s ability to address the productivity needs of online merchants today.”
In addition to cart recovery and remarketing, features of the newly-launched VeCommerce platform include; efficient product management, easy content editing, marketing integration, merchandising tools, multiple automated promotional options, centralised order management, customer management, management reports, trade log-in and social network integration. All this, combined with Ve Interactive’s existing data-driven-services and insight, means that VeCommerce will improve a merchant’s prospects for customer acquisition, conversion and retention, making Ve Interactive one of the most exciting and active ecommerce and online efficiency companies in the marketplace today.
“We are thrilled to become part of the Ve Interactive vision,” said Roddy Scaife – CEO, Adaptive Consultancy. “Ve Interactive’s proven operational expertise and international reputation for being best–in-class in shopping cart efficiency, with a record of generating returns that are among the highest in the industry, creates tremendous potential for growth opportunities. Where an online merchant can’t achieve satisfactory conversions with their current ecommerce platform, VeCommerce will now provide a powerful alternative solution. It will certainly be ideal for merchants wanting to migrate their businesses online, or for those starting a completely new build, since a full CMS (Content Management System) interface is included within the platform.“
Scaife will now take on the role of Creative Director at Ve Interactive.
Both companies share a responsible business culture that revolves around putting people first and there will be significant opportunities for career growth as a result of this winning combination too.
About Ve Interactive:
Head-quartered in London’s Tech City, Ve Interactive, founded in 2009 is an international data-driven-services company, operating in the digital marketing and software sector. Specialising in cart recovery, lead-generation and remarketing technologies for ecommerce merchants, as well as optimisation services, Ve Interactive has a history of successfully increasing online conversions. It has since expanded its footprint internationally, opening offices in the USA, Australia, Sweden, Brazil and Germany. Ve Interactive employs over 100 staff worldwide.
In May 2012, The Drum Magazine named Ve Interactive Digital Services Company of the Year. In 2011 it was also honoured with a TechWorld 2011 UKTI Business Innovation Award, a British Interactive Media Association Award 2011 for Retail, a Marketing Innovation Award 2011, and a Best Business Award 2011. In 2012, it has been a finalist in the Econsultancy Innovation Awards, the Revolution Awards, the Performance Marketing Awards and The New Media Age Awards.
“Ve Interactive should be a key partner for any ecommerce business” Simon Harrow, Technology Officer – Kiddicare.com
Ve Interactive believes in responsible business and is proud to give its pro-bono services to the international charity, Concern Universal, to assist with their digital strategy.
The Ve Interactive founders also incubate four other businesses that have a strong online element. Ve staff share in the ownership of these businesses too, which is not only great for their long-term wealth, but creates opportunities to gain greater business acumen as well.
For more information, contact:
Ve Interactive Ltd|EC1 HQ|15-19 Bakers Row|London|EC1R 3DG|UK
About Adaptive Consultancy:
Formed in 2007, Adaptive was a London-based digital marketing agency, with an in-house team of strategists, planners, designers, developers, marketers and project managers, all with seasoned experience in both the digital and offline worlds. The agency worked to improve the profitability of its clients by creating and using market intelligence, and through using leading-edge technologies, including it’s own proprietary ecommerce platform. It also offered bespoke website design, pay-per-click advertising, strategic planning and SEO services.
Bluehorse launches seamlessly integrated Carbonostics carbon accounting and product lifecycle assessment platform for the food and drink industry
The new Carbonostics responds to the growing needs of food and drink companies for reliable and affordable sustainability metrics to measure and report environmental impacts.
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (May 16, 2012) — Bluehorse Associates announces today the launch of a new Carbonostics suite of carbon and energy accounting and product lifecycle assessment (pLCA) applications designed specifically for the food and drink industry. The enhanced Carbonostics delivers multi-criteria environmental impact analyses that guide companies as they develop their sustainability strategy.
The Carbonostics tool is used by large and small food and drink manufacturers, retailers, foodservice suppliers and consultants to reach sustainability goals, such as:
• identify areas to reduce carbon, cost, waste and water consumption;
• measure and report impacts in alignment with global standards [with templates for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and GHG Protocol Scopes];
• create Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) reports;
• identify supply chain efficiencies;
• improve supplier and stakeholder relationships;
• create product portfolio analyses; and,
• guide new product design, innovation and R&D.
“Due to an expected jump in commodity prices over the next decade, food businesses of all sizes will need to fully understand where carbon is embedded within their businesses and products to remain both environmentally and economically sustainable,” food sustainability expert Tom Beeston from Eat England says. “With the Carbonostics tool and expert technical support, food industry professionals can achieve their own robust product and businesses footprint analyses in days and at a fraction of the costs of traditional approaches.”
Since the original version of the tool launched over three years ago, Carbonostics has democratized the field of sustainability metrics with its unique tools and comprehensive database, which now includes over 3000 emission factors specific to food. The original Carbonostics (cost+carbon+nutrition) was the first product-level LCA tool on the market providing food companies with user-friendly, online and usable LCA. During this time, the needs of the food and drink industry evolved; and, the enhanced Carbonostics platform was built to deliver solutions to companies that are taking the first steps in sustainability as well as others who are further along the sustainability maturity scale.
“The evolution of Carbonostics over the past three years mirrors the evolution in the field of sustainability metrics and the adoption of LCA. Today we deliver a suite of stepping-stone metric tools that provide value at each stage of our clients’ sustainability needs,” Bluehorse Associates President Sara Pax explains.
The enhanced Carbonostics suite of tools launching today now includes multiple indicators (carbon, energy, cost, nutrition, water consumption and waste) across three footprint levels of measurement:
This facility level analysis is the carbon footprint of a business, measuring the emissions from energy usage within the four walls of a business or facility. It is also known as carbon accounting or energy audit.
This product-level analysis is the carbon footprint of a product. It is also referred to as product carbon footprint (PCF) and/or a pLCA.
This organizational level analysis is the combined carbon footprint of a business and the products it manufactures. This analysis includes both the emissions from energy used throughout operations plus the emissions related to every aspect of a product (including agricultural production, transport, storage, processing, shipping, consumer user and disposal).
“Carbonostics remains a pioneering force in the field of sustainability metrics. The application continues to successfully bridge the gap between the science and business worlds while ensuring that academic advances, such as updated standards, are made accessible to companies both large and small. Once again, we have improved the field of sustainability metrics and moved one step closer to our ongoing mission of democratizing LCA,” Sara Pax adds.
Visit New Website
To learn more about how Carbonostics is transforming businesses and products in the food sector, visit our new website at www.carbonostics.com. Or, reach us at [email protected] or by calling +33/01.47.38.22.64 for France or +1/312-565-9967 for the US.
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About Bluehorse Associates
Bluehorse Associates is a pioneer in the field of sustainability metrics. Our mission is to bridge the gap between environmental science and business sustainability objectives by building web-based environmental measurement tools that are practical to use and affordable to implement. Bluehorse developed Carbonostics, a fully integrated suite of carbon & energy accounting and product lifecycle assessment applications used by food and drink companies, retailers, foodservice suppliers, academics and consultants across the world.
Integrated Resources and leading eRecycling service provider,
announced today that it has been recommended for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and
OHSAS 18001 certifications as well as the Responsible Recycling (R2)
Practices certification for its processing facility in Atlanta, Ga. To
hold ISO and OHSAS certifications, an organization must meet specific
requirements for the associated standard. ISO 9001 relates to quality
management systems, ISO 14001 relates to environmental management
systems, and OHSAS 18001 involves occupational health and safety
management systems. Endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices for Electronics
Recyclers establish a hierarchy for the safe and responsible handling of
electronic waste through reuse and resource recovery.
“All of our processing facilities
will now be ISO and R2 certified, demonstrating our dedication to
transparent environmental processing and our efforts to further
differentiate ROUND2 as a trusted partner for the secure reuse and
recycling of end-of-life assets and electronics.”
“This recommendation for ISO and R2 certifications at our newest 258,000
square foot processing facility in Atlanta is a milestone for ROUND2,”
said Randy Weiss, ROUND2’s president. “All of our processing facilities
will now be ISO and R2 certified, demonstrating our dedication to
transparent environmental processing and our efforts to further
differentiate ROUND2 as a trusted partner for the secure reuse and
recycling of end-of-life assets and electronics.”
ROUND2 has additional processing facilities in Austin and Coppell,
Texas, as well as Grove City, Ohio, totaling 496,000 square feet, that
include a technical operations center and end-of-life processing
About ROUND2 INC.
INC., an Avnet company, part of Avnet Integrated Resources, is a
leading eRecycling service provider offering a wide range of integrated
asset disposition and technology recovery solutions. ROUND2’s
revenue-based recycling services allow clients to better manage their
end-of-life asset retirement process, technology rotation and data
security requirements, while maximizing economic returns. ROUND2 is an
R2 Certified, ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 2004, and OHSAS 18001: 2007
About Avnet Integrated Resources
Integrated Resources, a business unit of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT),
provides total solutions for the aftermarket needs of electronics OEMs,
service providers and corporations. Capabilities include technical field
services, board-level repair, refurbishment, IT asset disposition
(ITAD), remarketing and R2 certified recycling.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 Company, is one of the
largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and
embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries. Avnet
accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading
technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by
providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the
fiscal year ended July 2, 2011, Avnet generated revenue of $ 26.5
billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.