Senators brainstorm community relations

first_imgStudent body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell asked the Student Senate for ideas on how to better relations between Notre Dame and the South Bend community and for feedback on the beND campaign. The beND campaign is designed to “unify all our University relations and off-campus efforts,” Soler said. The campaign will focus on campus safety, good neighbor relations and community engagement, Soler said. “At the forefront of our community relations and our efforts with law enforcement, we are up front about the fact that this is in no way an attempt to make underage drinking legal,” Soler said. “As student leaders, we try to improve things that are going to be productive in the long run.” “People want specifics about what their rights are when they are dealing with police,” Breen-Phillips senator Erin Burke said. “They want to know what the truth is.” Siegfried senator Kevin McDermott suggested voter registration efforts on campus through the Center for Social Concerns should branch out to off campus students to promote responsible citizenship. “I did read the Good Neighbor Guide recently and thought it was really well put together,” Carroll Hall senator John Sanders said. “But the alcohol section that seems to be so important right now was just a few paragraphs so maybe it needs an addendum.” More prominent information about Transpo will also educate students about their options off campus and how to safely travel through South Bend, Off Campus Concerns Committee chair Emily LeStrange said. The website also presents students living both on and off campus with resources about the South Bend community, LeStrange said. Committee chairs in the Senate meeting also reported brief plans for their projects outside of beND during the upcoming year. “Our goal for social concerns this year is to clarify service opportunities on campus for students,” Social Concerns chair Patrick McCormick said. Service opportunities abound for students at Notre Dame but many students have complained they do not know where to find clear information about these needs, he said. McCormick said the Social Concerns Committee will collaborate with web design students to create, a “clearing house” for all possible service opportunities on campus. Multicultural commissioner Brigitte Githinji said her plans for the year include the creation of a diversity certificate to prompt students to choose courses intended to broaden their worldview. “We are also working on a possible lecture series to show the importance of diversity for years after Notre Dame and especially in the workplace,” Githinji said. Pangborn senator Tierney Roche said members of her dorm thought security in student parking lots needed more attention after several girls experienced car break-ins. The University Affairs Committee would investigate this problem further, committee chair Chase Riddle said. Soler and Bell encouraged the senate to represent the concerns of students as “the elected voice” of their dorms and continue to bring forward campus concerns as the meetings progressed.last_img read more

Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters.Power companies retired or converted roughly 15,100 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired electricity generation, enough to power about 15 million homes, according to the data, which included preliminary statistics from the Energy Information Administration and Reuters reporting. That was second only to the record 19,300 MW shut in 2015 during President Barack Obama’s administration.The replacement of coal with power generation from natural gas and renewables has cut total U.S. carbon emissions in four of the past five years. Gas emits about half the carbon dioxide, a leading contributor to global warming, as coal.The coal industry has been in steep decline for a decade due to competition from cheap and abundant gas and subsidized solar and wind energy, along with rising public concern over coal’s contribution to climate change.Trump has downplayed climate change threats and sought to revive the coal industry to fulfill pledges to voters in coal mining states like West Virginia and Wyoming, mainly by rolling back Obama-era environmental protections. Still, since entering office in 2017, an estimated 39,000 MW of coal-fired power plant capacity has shut.If that trend continues, more coal plants will have shut during the first four years (2017-2020) of the Trump administration – an estimated 46,600 MW – than during Obama’s second term (2013-2016) – around 43,100 MW.[Scott DiSavino]More: U.S. coal-fired power plants closing fast despite Trump’s pledge of support for industry Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019last_img read more