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Sustainability Specialists Find New Ways To Eliminate Fossil Fuels From Green Building

Burlington, VT (PRWEB) February 04, 2015

In a ceremony held Wednesday at the Better Buildings By Design conference in Burlington Vermont, owners of New Frameworks Natural Building were awarded the Best of the Best Award for a retrofit of a mid-1800s farmhouse. A high level of consideration and attention was spent making the home, located near St. Johnsbury, VT, a showcase for resiliency in the region.

The driving goal behind this project was resiliency, said New Frameworks co-owner, Jacob Deva Racusin. We had a commitment to get the building off fossil fuels entirely.

Along with eliminating the use of fossil fuels used for heating, cooling, cooking, and lighting the space, all petroleum-based products were avoided, such as spray foam insulation. Spray foam and polystyrene insulation have become commonplace, even in building projects considered to be green or sustainable.

New Frameworks relied heavily on a combination of Pro Clima tapes and membranes, and rock wool insulation to avoid the use of foam. To some, the award-winning St. Johnsbury retrofit represents a turn in the industry toward more renewable, petroleum-free building material considerations. North American Pro Clima distributor, 475 High Performance Building Supply, released a recent publication stating, Foam fails for many reasons: its made of dangerous toxic ingredients, its a fire accelerant and fire hazard, it has degrading thermal insulation values, it can excessively shrink, its hygrophobic, its prone to cracking – ultimately it provides unpredictable and unreliable performance.

Moisture concerns in the basement of the structure were of high concern during the design phase of the project. The basement design included rock wool insulation with Intello Plus airtight membrane on the interior basement walls. New Frameworks developed the assembly to address moisture issues while creating an efficient airtight barrier that allows moisture to dry to the inside of the building. This design ensures peak performance while eliminating damage and health concerns caused by moisture, including mold and rot.

Were excited to see the award go to such a deserving design, said Ken Levenson, co-founder of 475. From electricity to insulation, 475 applauds those who find ways to remove the use of fossil fuels in the building industry.

USO Welcomes Lisa Turner Anastasi as New Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President of Development

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) January 13, 2015

The USO (United Service Organizations) has named Lisa Turner Anastasi the new Chief Development Officer & Senior Vice President of Development. Anastasi will lead the USOs engagement and cultivation of donors and will oversee all areas of development, including corporate and foundation partnerships, direct response programs, and major and planned gifts, as well as donor stewardship and services. She joins the USOs senior leadership team in January 2015.

A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities.

Productive relationships with our supporters and partners are a crucial component for the USOs mission to support troops and families throughout their journey, said J.D. Crouch, CEO and President of the USO. Lisas track record of cultivating relationships and partnerships brings a level of experience that will elevate our ability to be always ready and responsive to both current and future needs of our troops and families.

I can think of no better honor than to support the men, women and families who serve our country, said Anastasi. The military landscape is continually evolving, and the USOs work is more critical now than ever before. I am thrilled to be joining an organization with such a rich history of serving those who serve.

Anastasi joins the USO after six years of leadership success at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. As Vice President of Development, she led the organizations first capital campaign, raising more than $ 500 million in less than five years to build the Bush Center and establish the Bush Institute. In addition, she managed a four-year donor acquisition campaign which grew the donor base from 23 donors to 350,000 donors. Anastasi joined the Bush Center at its inception and was instrumental in building the organizations fundraising and development operations, creating a robust infrastructure that supported the Bush Centers rapid growth.

Previously, Lisa worked at the University of Virginia as the Director of Donor Relations for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she provided strategic direction and daily management of development activities for the Colleges 90,000 alumni. Anastasi has also served as a government relations consultant in Washington, D.C., where she represented colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations on Capitol Hill. During that time, she helped raise more than $ 300 million in federal funding for her clients, which included Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of New Mexico.

Anastasi started her career with former U.S. Congressman Larry Combest of Texas, working on legislative issues including veterans affairs. She also served in the office of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as a Cortez A.M. Ewing Fellow.

She is a native of Dallas, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Oklahoma. Anastasi and her husband, Tim, have two sons, Brock and Walker.

About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of Americas troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Presidents Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, BNSF Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand Canyon University, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

LVCIC hosts A Weekend Of Cannabis Knowledge

Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) January 13, 2015

Las Vegas Cannabis Info Center teams up with Cannabis Career Institute to host A Weekend of Cannabis Knowledge at The Tahiti Village Resort January 17 & 18, 2015. Saturday the 17th from 4-10 PM will be a Free Networking Mixer with a Special Guest Appearance by former Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson. An entire day of paid curriculum seminars on Sunday, January 18, 2015, will cover topics such as: Dispensary Management, Legal Issues, Marketing and Advertising, Marijuana Cultivation, Cooking With Cannabis, And More! The seminars are designed for anyone interested in a sustainable career in the Cannabis Industry or personal connoisseurship.

LVCIC (Las Vegas Cannabis Info Center) is the first Information Center of its kind to address the compliance and queries of residents and visiting medical marijuana patients. CCI (Cannabis Career Institute) is the leader in business training for the cannabis industry. A one-time $ 299 fee allows one to attend CCI seminars anywhere for the rest of ones life. Together, LVCIC and CCI have a lifetime of experience in the Cannabis Industry. Founder of LVCIC and successful brands such as Insight Media / Cannabis Caf

Same Ol Mud, New 16 oz. Package

Woodbury, NY (PRWEB) February 04, 2015

Winter has arrived and Hornell Brewing Company is ready with the introduction of a new 16-ounce can version of their highly successful Black & Tan beer, Mississippi Mud.

Mississippi Mud is currently available nationwide at retailers such as Publix and Trader Joes, but is commonly recognized in its authentic 32 oz. ceramic jug with the iconic image of an alligator adorning the front of the bottle.

Weve been producing Mud since 1992 and it immediately developed a cult-like following, said Chairman Don Vultaggio. Were happy to be offering it in a new package that will excite the consumer and continue to be a fan favorite.

The 16 oz. aluminum cans are becoming a popular trend among brewers and consumers, and help preserve the beer’s freshness by providing complete protection from light and oxygen.

This super premium beer will deliver the same delightfully refreshing taste as the 32 oz. that is rich in color and flavor yet smooth and drinkable. The famous recipe combines a robust English Porter with a fine Continental Pilsner creating the taste of the legendary Black & Tan. Mississippi Mud suits the taste for an entry-level craft beer drinker. It’s not too hoppy, but has full flavor characteristics,” said Craig Ferguson, Director of Alcoholic Beverages at Hornell Brewing.

The 16 oz. cans are being introduced in the New York Metro market with national distribution expected to be complete by the end of 2015. Consumers can look for the same iconic image of an alligator across the front of the can. A four-pack will retail at $ 5.99 and will contain 5% alcohol by volume.

This product is manufactured for and distributed by Hornell Brewing Company, Inc.



About Hornell Brewing Co., Inc.

Hornell Brewing Company, established in 1934, has been selling beer for nearly eight decades. They are famously known for Crazy Horse, Crazy Stallion, Midnight Dragon, Arnold Palmer Hard and Mississippi Mud, yet are constantly continuing to bring innovative products to market.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Smith, Director of Communications: Jennifer(at)drinkarizona(dot)com 516.812.0208 Twitter: @smithnyla

Katie Lynch, PR Specialist: Klynch(at)drinkarizona(dot)com 516. 812.0260

Twitter: @ktlynch

Snoopys Valentine Pooch Smooch to Save Animal Village NM

Alamogordo, New Mexico (PRWEB) February 14, 2015

Animal Village NM is hoping to raise awareness of the need for financial sponsors to keep their doors open to thousands of pets who will otherwise be euthanized if another no-kill shelter closes. As explained by AVNM office manager, Karla Davis, who designed the event, Snoopys Valentine Weekend Pooch Smooch offers craft booths for animal lovers to make handcrafted pet toys for the shelters adoptable dogs and cats, delicious home-baked dog and people treats for sale, and Animal Village NMs own Healthy Dog Treat Recipe Book. Professional photographers will be on hand to take pet and people photos for donations of money, bagged aluminum cans or onsite online purchases from the AVNM wish list. We also have our amazing Razzle Dazzle Raffle, which offers a brand new $ 3,200.00 Vanquish mens watch with 250 diamonds, just stunning, and other super prizes. For those who dont win, theyve made a tax-deductible donation to a great cause and saved lives, and for those who win, whoo-hoo for them, the prizes are wonderful! Our beautiful gift shop is also open for those looking for unique last minute Valentine gifts for all age and pocket books! Valentine cards, Budweiser replica cars and delivery vans, Lladro and Royal Doulton figurines, even an antique quilt and signed paintings- our selection of collectibles is something appraisers tell us should be at Christys of New York. Davis summed up by adding that the Razzle Dazzle Raffle is described in detail at http://www.AVNM.org and the shelter hopes to raise $ 3,000.00 to care for the dozens of rescued pets in their care.

About Animal Village NM

This event is designed to bring awareness of how amazing our no-kill shelter is, and how much of a huge loss it will be if it closes, explained Karla Davis, AVNM office manager, who designed the event. We have the healthiest, best-nourished pets for adoption, the most beautiful 9-acre wonderland that our dogs, boarding guests and adopters love, and the best care anywhere. We offer free onsite training classes with all canine adoptions, and advocate for spay and neuter and vaccinations, to close the circle of unnecessary euthanasia and the suffering of thousands of pets in New Mexico each year. We are pulling out all the stops so that everyone will come and see what we do, how beautiful it is, and how proud and supportive New Mexicans should be to have this incredible facility open and to grow in services, for decades to come.

AVNM director Sunny Aris adds, New Mexico is now the state ranked highest in the U.S. for poverty, the education system is ranked at the bottom, and in the top 3-5 for animal cruelty and hoarding. It takes advocates like Animal Protection of New Mexico, and real no-kill shelters like Animal Village NM to improve conditions for pets and people alike. We offer a free pet food bank for pet guardians in need, and were hoping that many new faces come out and see what Animal Village NM is really all about, concluded Aris, who is hoping for more monthly sponsors as the result of this 3-day event.

Location and contact information

Animal Village NM is located at 7246 Hwy. 54-70 in Alamogordo, and can also be reached at 575-415-8310. Snoopys Valentine Pooch Smooch schedule of events is listed on their website at http://www.AVNM.org, where donations can be made, and also on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AnimalVillageNM.

Keep Your Ticker Healthy with USApple Associations 28 Days of Apples During American Heart Month (February)

Vienna, VA (PRWEB) January 30, 2015

February is all about the heart from Valentines Day to it being American Heart Month. USApple Association (USApple) challenges individuals to take care of their heart and their honeys heart by spending each day enjoying apples and encouraging their loved ones to do the same. Apples are even more convenient and accessible than a box of chocolates this month and proven to fight many of the factors that contribute to heart disease.

While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, multiple studies consistently show that eating an apple or two a day can contribute to lower levels of bad cholesterol, weight loss, skinnier waist lines, improved circulation and more factors that prevent heart disease, said Wendy Brannen, Director of Consumer Health and Public Relations. During this important month for thinking about good-for-the-heart eating, we want to provide individuals a reminder of the important role this super food found in every supermarket plays in lowering your health risks.

To help inspire a heart-healthy lifestyle, USApple and its members are offering consumers apple-related items on its Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/USApples) from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. And, USApple is sharing 28 essential reminders, research findings and tips one for each day in February to eat at least an apple a day:


GrubMarket, Inc. Provides Coast-to-Coast Access to California Foraged Organic Fruit; The fastest-growing food startup launches The California Fruit Bounty Grub Box

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2015

GrubMarket, Inc., todays fastest growing online farmers market which provides access to fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and artisan goods, delivered directly from producer to your doorstep, today announced the official launch of its newest farm-fresh subscription, The California Fruit Bounty.

Subscribers will receive a mix of seasonal organic California fruit, all picked for their flavor. The GrubMarket foragers are travelling the state of California searching for the best fresh fruit available, to feature in The California Fruit Bounty Box. Along with the fruit, each box will receive notes from their foragers telling the stories of the farmers who grew the fruit and their favorite uses and recipes for the fruit. The California Fruit Bounty subscription offers a great way for fruit lovers, nationwide, to enjoy the best organic fruit available in California while also supporting the small, family farms who are growing such amazing produce.

Similar to GrubMarkets regional Grub Boxes, The California Fruit Bounty goes from California farms to homes within 3-5 days, shipped via UPS 2-Day Air service. The California Fruit Bounty is packed carefully to endure the trip to doorsteps throughout the US.

Ordering is made simple https://www.grubmarket.com/nationalbox.jsp. Customers can set up a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one-time delivery and choose from a variety of box sizes. The Small Box features 3 pounds fruit, perfect for 2-3 people and sells for $ 45. The Large Box features 6 pounds of fruit which provides for 5-6 people, and sells for $ 65. Both boxes include free shipping to homes nationwide.

About GrubMarket: GrubMarket is an online marketplace for local foods that connects people who are passionate about consuming locally produced food with their local farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and artisan producers. GrubMarket currently has food hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, and Detroit.

For further information, please contact: Jeff Bordes, GrubMarket, Inc, VP Business Development, 925-200-2430, jeff(at)grubmarket(dot)com. To learn more about the all new, online farmers’ market – GrubMarket, and its commitment to connecting people who are passionate about creating and consuming locally-sourced foods, please visit http://www.grubmarket.com.

Food for the Hungry issues statement on confirmation of Kayla Mueller’s Death

Phoenix, Ariz. (PRWEB) February 10, 2015

The staff of Food for the Hungry offers our sincerest prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Kayla Mueller. We are inspired by Kayla’s devotion to the poor and needy, and pray that her tragic death not overshadow her bold and courageous life, which she sacrificed for the sake of the vulnerable. We mourn with many around the world, but believe that the world is a better place because of Kayla. We understand all too well the risks that are involved in working in some of the hardest places in the world and will forever be grateful for Kaylas dedication to making a difference in the lives of those who needed it most.

Gary Edmonds, President and Chief Executive Officer

Food for the Hungry

About Food for the Hungry

Founded in 1971, Food for the Hungry provides emergency relief and long-term development programs with operations in more than 20 countries to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Learn more by visiting fh.org. Social connections include facebook.com/foodforthehungry and twitter.com/food4thehungry.

Uncle Maddios Pizza Joint Celebrates First Raleigh-Durham Restaurant, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Residents to Enjoy Complimentary Pizza on Jan. 24

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

In honor of the grand-opening of its first Trianglearea restaurant, Uncle Maddios Pizza Joint, the popular fast-casual, create-your-own pizza brand, is giving away free 9-inch, any three-topping pizza to guests from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. January 24 at its new 7157 O’Kelly Chapel Rd, Cary, N.C location. The Parkside Town Commons restaurant opens January 22. Franchisees Andrew Madans and Tallie Madans plan to open two more Uncle Maddios in the area within the next 18 months.

The Madanses are part of an aggressive expansion effort on the part of Uncle Maddios and its franchisees to bring Uncle Maddios premium, customizable approach to pizza to guests across the country. Earlier this month, the brand opened its first locations in Denver, Co. and Omaha, Neb. A fourth restaurant is slated to open later this month in Charleston, S.C. Uncle Maddios is on track to operate 500 restaurants in five years with 1,000 locations in development. More than 30 units are anticipated to open in 2015.

We couldnt be more excited about introducing our friends and neighbors to the Uncle Maddios Served With Love experience, says Andrew Madans, Uncle Maddios Pizza Joint franchisee. I feel confident that once guests get a chance to check out our family-friendly atmosphere and build and taste a freshly made Uncle Maddios pizza, theyll love the brand as much as we do.

Uncle Maddios guests can choose one of three crusts, including a gluten-free option, and have the choice of 48 toppings including six sauces, 27 vegetables and 15 meats. For those with dietary restrictions, Uncle Maddio’s serves up a huge selection of healthful choices like whole-wheat crusts, hormone-free chicken, fresh local vegetables, Daiya vegan cheese and organic greens. Create-your-own signature salads and toasted panini sandwiches round out the Italian-style, well-received menu. The restaurant also offers a cultivated selection of craft beers and wines.

We already have more than 100 Facebook likes on the Parkside Town Commons restaurants pageand we havent even opened yet! says Talie Madan. People in the area are excited. Theyve heard about our wide variety of optionsnatural, vegetarian and gluten-free choicesand cant wait to see what the buzz is all about.

Unlike other fast-casual pizza concepts, Uncle Maddios uses fast bake ovens that offer the greatest throughput in the industry, making them the fastest and most efficient brand, as evidenced by up to 200 pizzas an hour. The ovens are also the most consistent, producing a perfectly uniformed cooked pizza each and every time.

Working with passionate and committed franchisees like Andrew and Talie to spread the Uncle Maddios way of doing things is what makes this fun for my team and me, says Matt Andrew, CEO of Uncle Maddios. Its our goal to continue to seek out operators and markets that want a better fast-casual pizza option. We know we can deliver on that.

For more information on Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, visit http://www.unclemaddios.com. Interested franchisees can visit http://www.unclemaddios.com/franchise-info or contact Roger Wagerman.

About Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint. With more than 1,000 Pizza Makers making more than 2,000,000 gourmet pizzas a year, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is category leader of the create-your-own premium fast casual pizza restaurants. Operating 30 locations in 13 states, Uncle Maddio’s opened 10 restaurants in 2014, earning a 200 percent growth rate in 2013, 2014 and projected 2015, with more than 225 units in development. Uncle Maddio’s pizzas are customizable, made-to-order, and served up fast for under $ 7. With four pizza sizes; three types of crusts, including gluten-free; six sauces and 48 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free, Uncle Maddio’s has the freshest and largest menu in the category. The restaurant’s unique fast bake ovens offer the most throughput in the industry and can produce 200 pizzas per hour. Uncle Maddio’s also serves toasted paninis and gourmet salads – all prepared with locally sourced ingredients (when available) and salad dressings and 30 other menu items that are made on-site daily. Uncle Maddio’s ‘Served with Love’ philosophy and restaurant is for everyone -children and families, college students, the young and the young at heart – and serves the guests and communities it is a part of. Based in Atlanta, the Uncle Maddio’s management team has 50 years combined experienced in the fast casual category. Markets are available nationwide for franchise partner development including Florida, Ohio, and Massachusetts.

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