first_imgAt the renowned Harvard Faculty Club the latest guest amenity comes in the form of an elegant clear glass bottle. For more than a month, Faculty Club employees have been filling those glass bottles with filtered carbonated or still water from new machines that eliminate the use of over 15,000 plastic and glass bottles annually. The initiative is just one more way the Club’s staff are putting Harvard’s sustainability commitment into action.Standing next to one of the new machines, which sports spouts for either carbonated or still water, Guest Services Manager Karen Keane says customers are responding extremely well to the new water serving option used in the dining rooms, and function rooms. Several guests have even asked if they can buy the re-usable glass serving bottles.The idea originated with the Faculty Club’s General Manager, Syed Shahidullah, who said he and his employees are always looking for new ways to improve their sustainability efforts. Customers respond well to green initiatives and appreciate the Club is exploring opportunities to reduce its environmental impact. Syed approached the Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) for advice and worked with OFS’ Sustainability Engagement Manager Elaine Strunk to research and evaluate potential vendors. They ultimately chose a product that delivered the quality customers expected, was cost-effective and reduced the Club’s environmental footprint by cutting emissions from the delivery of bottled water and eliminating waste from the thousands of single-use plastic and glass bottles previously used.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Akron, Ohio are currently investigating an explosion at an interracial couple’s home as a hate crime after investigators found a swastika and a misspelled anti-black racial slur painted next to the scene.The incident was reported Wednesday at the home in Wayne County.According to the report, the couple, Angela who is black, and Brad Frase who is white, had not been staying in the home for a month due to an electrical fire that occurred in July.The couple’s insurance company put them in a hotel room while crews worked to repair their home that was slated to be finished in September.On Tuesday, construction workers reported that there was a strong smell of natural gas coming from the home. The gas company then cut gas to home and found that the gas leak was being caused by a stove burner that had been turned on.The Frase’s says investigators told them that despite the gas being turned off, there was still enough gas in the home for it to be ignited by a single cigarette spark the next day.No one was injured in the explosion, however, authorities did report that they found a misshaped swastika and a misspelled racial slur spray painted on the garage in blue paint.The couple told investigators that they have lived in the home since 1997 and that prior to the explosion they experienced no hate related incidents in the neighborhood.last_img read more