Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena Collaborates with UC System to Help Young Club Members

first_img 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena announced this week that it is taking part in a pilot program that will equip its members with resources that will help them get into University of California schools.The partnership, which is between the club and the UC system, will begin with a program that involved three clubs across California — Pasadena, San Francisco and Merced, according to a statement..Pasadena’s club will pair up with the UCLA’s UC Early Academic Outreach Program to provide information on colleges and careers to its members. In return, students in the EAOP program will be granted leadership opportunities and access to the Boys and Girls Club’s facilities.Not only will club members receive support, they’ll also have the chance to meet college students and university faculty during classroom visits, activities and dining halls, according to the media statement.The collaboration between the club and the UC system was announced two years ago to increase enrollment of Californian children into UC schools, said Monica Lozano, chair of the UC Board of Regents in the press release.Lozano noted that UC has already seen gains in terms of enrollment.“This is our largest entering class of Californians, the most diverse ever, and one of our most accomplished academically,” Lozano said in the media statement. “Our collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will make it possible for more youngsters to get the information and guidance that will prepare them for a UC education.”Lozano went on to say that even though enrollment figures have increased, they still need to improve.“We’re encouraged by the outcomes of our efforts this year, but there’s much more work to be done,” Lozano said. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Giving Back Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena Collaborates with UC System to Help Young Club Members From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 7:08 pmlast_img read more

Citigroup Nears $7 Billion Deal to Resolve Mortgage Probe

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Citigroup Nears $7 Billion Deal to Resolve Mortgage Probe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 7/9/2014 Next: Castro Confirmed as HUD Secretary Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Derek Templeton Citigroup Nears $7 Billion Deal to Resolve Mortgage Probe Citigroup Department of Justice Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement 2014-07-09 Derek Templeton Tagged with: Citigroup Department of Justice Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Derek Templeton is an attorney based in Dallas, Texas. He practices in the areas of real estate, financial services, and general corporate transactional law. His experience includes time as an Attorney Adviser for the U.S. Small Business Administration and as General Counsel for a nonprofit organization in Dallas. A self-avowed “policy junkie,” he has a keen interest in the effect that evolving federal policy has on the mortgage, default servicing, and greater housing industries. Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Citigroup is close to a deal with the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that the bank sold defective mortgage backed securities in the lead up to the financial crisis, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal late Tuesday night.Citing people familiar with the matter, the report claims that the settlement negotiations are getting close to finalizing a settlement of $7 billion. Officials from Citigroup and the Justice Department both declined comment on the ongoing negotiations.According to people familiar with the matter, the deal will include $4 billion in cash payments to the federal government, with the rest coming in the form of borrower relief. The negotiations had been stalled until Citigroup reportedly upped their cash offer from $1 billion recently.The deal would be the latest in a series of agreements between the government and major banks as the Justice Department seeks to apportion blame and repay the taxpayers for the part that the banks played in the events that caused the large scale economic downturn of the previous decade, a hole that the economy is still trying to dig out of to date.The agreement could also  put more pressure on Bank of America to settle its own ongoing negotiations with the Justice Department. Talks between the two stalled last month. Last November, J.P. Morgan agreed to pay a record $13 billion. The government is said to be seeking more from Bank of America because the company issued more securities whose failure had a larger impact on the economy.According to the report, the government was initially seeking $10 billion from Citigroup, closer to the deal that it got in the J.P. Morgan settlement, because it argued that, even though Citigroup issued fewer securities, the securities that it did offer performed much worse and had a greater detriment to the economy than securities offered by other banks.More settlements are likely to be forthcoming. Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago July 9, 2014 820 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more

Foreclosure Filings Drop to 16-Year Low

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, News Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosure Filings Drop to 16-Year Low Previous: Brooks Resigns, Paulson to Become Acting Comptroller of the Currency Next: The Increasing Popularity of Virtual Home Tours Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Nationwide foreclosure activity plummeted in 2020 to record depths, according to new statistics released by ATTOM Data Solutions.Last year saw foreclosure filings—covering default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions—on 214,323 residential properties in 2020, a 57% decline from 2019 and a 93% tumble from the 2010 peak of nearly 2.9 million properties. The 2020 figures represented the lowest level since ATTOM began tracking these numbers in 2005.The 2020 foreclosure filings total encompassed only 0.16% of all housing units, compared to 0.36% in 2019 and 2.23% in the 2010 peak year.However, last year ended with something of a foreclosure filing uptick: ATTOM Data Solutions also reported there were 10,876 properties with foreclosure filings in December, an 8% increase from November—but also an 80% drop from December 2019.“The government’s moratoria have effectively stopped foreclosure activity on everything but vacant and abandoned properties,” said Rick Sharga, EVP of RealtyTrac, an ATTOM Data Solutions company. “There is a backlog of foreclosures building up loans that were in foreclosure prior to the moratoria; loans that would have defaulted under normal circumstances; and loans whose borrowers are in financial distress due to the pandemic. While it’s still highly unlikely that we’ll see another wave of foreclosures like the one we had during the Great Recession, we really won’t know how big that backlog is until after the government programs expire.”As 2020 closed, ATTOM Data Solutions determined that lenders repossessed 50,238 properties through foreclosure (REO), a 65% year-over-year decline. Lenders started the foreclosure process on 131,372 properties in 2020, down 61% from 2019.The states with the highest foreclosure rates in 2020 were Delaware (0.33% of housing units with a foreclosure filing); New Jersey (0.31%); Illinois (0.30%); Maryland (0.26%); and South Carolina (0.24%). Tagged with: ATTOM Data Solutions Foreclosure Filings REO Rick Sharga Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Phil Hall Foreclosure Filings Drop to 16-Year Low ATTOM Data Solutions Foreclosure Filings REO Rick Sharga 2021-01-14 Phil Hall Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago January 14, 2021 1,232 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Share Save Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more

Spotlight reveals NI Police Ombudsman was not aware of vital info in Donaldson case

first_imgNews Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Spotlight reveals NI Police Ombudsman was not aware of vital info in Donaldson case Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest By News Highland – October 19, 2011 center_img WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleCampaign to have special status given to Strabane Academy steps up a gearNext articleCouncil to host Historic Graveyards seminar News Highland Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey A BBC programme has aired claims that the PSNI missed clues in the hunt for the murderers of IRA informer Denis Donaldson, shot dead in Co Donegal five years ago.The former paramilitary and senior Sinn Fein officer was found dead in his remote home at Cloghercor, near Doochary in Co Donegal, on April 4, 2006.Former Chief Executive of Police Ombudsman’s Office in the North, Sam Pollock told the BBCs Spotlight programme that he was unhappy with the approach taken in cases involving informers.The programme revealed details of a complaint to the ombudsman by the family of Denis Donaldson, who was shot dead at a remote cottage in Donegal in April 2006.But the ombudsman declared the case closed last year with a finding of ‘no misconduct’ by the police.But Spotlight has established that investigators were not aware of a potentially vital piece of information that may shed light on what happened.However, the ombudsman, Al Hutchinson, rejected claims that his office has gone soft on the police. WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Economy: Recruitment market by sector: Construction

first_imgThis article first appeared in Recruitment Trends & Forecasts.To subscribe or for more information call Robert Cannon 020 8652 8803 or e-mailRobert Cannon Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The building and construction industry continues to surge ahead, boosted byhigher government spending, particularly on infrastructure, school buildingsand hospitals. Last year, total construction output rose by 3.5%, more thandouble the growth prevailing in 1999 and 2000. The industry is on course tomaintain these high levels of growth over the next two to three years. In 2001, much of the growth came from increased spending on repairs andmaintenance and improvement, rather than new-build. Overall, repairs andmaintenance and improvement rose by 4.5%, whereas new-build increased by only2.8%. Indeed, there were some big falls in some areas of new-build includingprivate housing (-4.6%), and industrial (-2.3%). This year and over the following couple of years, growth is expected to bemuch more balanced. The only sector not expected to grow this year isindustrial, which is still suffering from the recession in the manufacturingindustry, which has hit business investment and the willingness to invest inproperty very hard indeed. Infrastructure spending is being boosted by work on major projects such asthe Cross Channel Rail Link, West Coast Mainline, the Birmingham NorthernRelief Road and Terminal 5 at Heathrow. This trend has been somewhat offset bya cutback in capital spending by the water authorities. The number of houses completed last year by private housebuilders was thelowest for 20 years. The lack of new-build was not for lack of demand, as thesharp rise in new house prices testifies. It is rather the lack of supplycaused by planning restrictions which are severely limiting the increase in thehousing stock, especially in London and the South East. Similarly, new social housing starts in 2001 were at their lowest for morethan 50 years. The Government is beginning to address the shortage of socialhousing and has pledged a substantial increase in funding for housingassociations over the next few years, so the sector should begin to grow again.The commercial sector has grown strongly over the past three years, and thisrate of growth is expected to continue in 2002. However, new orders for thecommercial sector have fallen off recently and this sector is predicted to cooloff in the coming years. Housebuilders have been posting positive figures, as low interest rates,inflation and unemployment have buoyed demand for new homes. Westbury declareda 14% rise in annual profits and predicted further growth, while Bovis HomesGroup said sales and prices have continued to improve since its reported 19%jump in 2001 profits in March. McCarthy & Stone, the retirement homebuilder, posted a 19% rise inhalf-year profits. Hanson, the building materials supplier has reported that it expectsearnings in the first half of the year to be up on last years performance.Lafarge, the world’s biggest building materials maker, reported a 38.6% rise infirst quarter sales, rising to £1.95 billion, while Travis Perkins saw a risein like-for-like sales of 6% in the first 4 months of 2002. The buoyancy of the construction industry is reflected in the strong growthin earnings which are running at about 6% per annum at present and the growthin employment which averages around 50,000 in 2002. center_img Economy: Recruitment market by sector: ConstructionOn 1 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Teaching high-fliers to reach for the skies

first_img Comments are closed. Teaching high-fliers to reach for the skiesOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The Higgs report highlighted the need for director training, and the  Institute of Directors has risen to thechallenge by constructing a framework for developing high-fliers. DeeDee DokereportsThe phrase ‘corporate governance’ seems to be on the lips of everyone inbusiness. From the boardroom down through the ranks, global business has been tryingto come to grips with the fallout from the Enron and WorldCom scandals, whichresulted from shoddy oversight at those companies’ highest levels. Morerecently, even in the UK, where corporate governance has enjoyed the reputationof being the world’s best, recommendations set out in the controversial DerekHiggs report on company direction have had business leaders scratching theirheads as they consider the way forward. One of Higgs’s recommendations in the January report called for bettertraining for non-executive directors. However, well before the report’s releaseor even its commission last year, two unrelated businesses – Serco Group, aglobal infrastructure management services company with headquarters in the UKand £1.3bn turnover in 2002, and Mourant, a Jersey-based legal and financialservices firm – had seen the writing on the wall: corporate governance was anissue whose time had come for exploration by company high fliers on their wayup. “The role of a leader in our business is changing,” explainsChristian Morgan-Jones, director of Serco’s best practice centre. “Ourbusiness is changing, and leadership in the 21st century is changing. We’re ona journey which is taking us into that new domain.” For Mourant, the goal was slightly different. Many of its high-levelworkforce already had layers of professional qualifications, accreditations andinitials after their names. But a restructuring was under way within thebusiness that demanded a revitalised approach to developing company strategy.Also, Jersey’s highly competitive recruitment market for top-levelprofessionals requires employers to stay attuned to training and development ofinterest to its workforce – as well as offering qualifications and experiencethat will appeal to an elite client base. “We started looking [in 2001] for director development: what could weoffer to give them even more skills?” says Mourant training director CarolGraham. “We looked at lots of programmes.” Both companies found their answer in the Institute of Directors’ companydirection diploma programme – entirely independent and unaware of each other.The programme’s seven modules included finance for non-finance directors, HR,law, change leading and direction, and strategy, and under the standardprogramme, would culminate in an exam for a diploma in company direction. But Serco and Mourant also sought new twists to the equation: first, thetraining had to be tailored to their individual companies; and second, eachwanted fewer modules than in the usual programme. The third requirement wasthat this bespoke programme led to an exam and an accreditation – in this case,a certificate – in company direction. “Both companies had the clear idea that they wanted a benchmarkedactivity which had an external value from a neutral provider,” emphasisesKaren Bayless, IoD’s commercial manager. “We hadn’t done that before,” points out John Weston, IoD’sdirector for director development. “We had done development programmes inone-off inter-ventions, but none with an exam.” A proposal was put together to be studied, authorised and approved byvarious internal committees. What had to be determined was how much of thetraining would stick strictly to the IoD syllabus, and how much wouldincorporate company-specific information. “This took a bit of to-ing andfro-ing, but eventually we got the go-ahead from the committees,” Westonsays. From the IoD’s standpoint, the conditions were virtually perfect to create apilot programme. “You couldn’t get two more different types ofcompanies,” Bayless says. “If we could pilot this new programme withbenchmarking in two such diverse organisations, and it is proved to be valid,strong and good for both, then we know that it’s valid, strong and good in itsown right – that it is appropriate for any kind of business organisation.”Once IoD authorities had agreed to a pilot programme, work began on decidinghow the IoD syllabus materials could be contextualised for the bespokeofferings. Ultimately, the key lessons remained true to the IoD syllabus, butthe case studies were the companies’ own and were selected to illustrate theircurrent issues. “You’ve got a live case study in front of you, and all ofthe people in the room are familiar with the case study because they’re workingin it. So it’s absolutely live learning,” says Weston. Both companies kicked off their programmes in January 2002, with just over adozen participants each undergoing individual certificate programmes. In April,they took the exam, which tested them only on the modules they had taken. Moststudents in each company passed, receiving their certificates, and as a group,they scored above the national average. “The fact they are scoring higherthan the national average indicates to us that the learning is easier to learn,apply, understand and use,” Bayless says. Within the companies, the programmes were so well received that Mourant andSerco reconsidered their initial decisions to stop their individual programmesat the certificate level. Both now are proceeding with the full diplomaoffering – “which I find very interesting because both were very clear atthe outset they didn’t want the four remaining modules”, says Bayless.”But they’re now so energised and excited about how it has gone that theyare going on to do the remainder.” The IoD plans to offer this variation of its company director training tonew clients – not a minute too soon, as demand for IoD corporate governancecourses has increased significantly since the Higgs report was released. Westoncredits the Higgs report with raising awareness of the need for such training:”What Higgs has done is put the imperative behind it.” Additional resources: – The Effective Non-Executive Director conference takes place on 20 March,IoD, London. Call 020 7766 2601 or check for information – Directors’ Liabilities: Protecting Yourself, Your Business and YourReputation, takes place on 26 March, IoD. Contact details as above Weblinks www.mourant.comwww.serco.comerlast_img read more

Weather cancels First Responder Bowl between Boise State and Boston College

first_img Beau Lund December 26, 2018 /Sports News – National Weather cancels First Responder Bowl between Boise State and Boston College Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailartisteer/iStock(DALLAS) — Rain and lightning stopped the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in the first quarter, eventually cancelling the game between #23 Boise State and Boston College.The delay began with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter and Boston College up 7-0. About an hour and a half later, the game was called. It isn’t expected to be resumed, and the statistics from the few minutes of play will not count.The NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook requires that thirty minutes must pass between a lightning strike within eight miles of the stadium before the game can be resumed. Every new lightning strike resets that clock.Boston College has promised that anyone who purchased a ticket for the game through the school will receive a full refund. Boise (10-3) was aiming for its second consecutive 11-win season. Boston College had been hoping to win its eighth game in one season for the first time in head coach Steve Addazio’s six-year tenure.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kingsmill sees upturn

first_imgAllied Bakeries’ £14 million Kingsmill relaunch in February has led to “significant” growth in market share, it said this week.Marketing director Jon Wilson told British Baker that increases in distribution, promotional activity and heavyweight advertising had boosted sales. Consumer feedback on the new recipes had been very positive. He said: “We have seen a significant increase in Kingsmill’s market share following the relaunch. This has provided us with a strong platform to launch the next phases of our plans.”Sainsbury’s bought-in bread and rolls buyer Ian Cambridge told British Baker that the “massive relaunch” had been implemented well in Sainsbury’s. He commented: “The data I have seen from Allied points to improvement in market share and a clear steal away from Hovis. My gut feeling is that Allied is doing the right thing for the brand. Time will tell.”Allied gave the update after ABF said this week that performance at its UK bakeries in the run-up to the relaunch, rising energy costs and currency lag, led to a £20m drop in operating profit in its grocery division in the 24 weeks to 3 March.Analyst Richard Workman of Oriel Securities said: “Allied Bakeries’ substantial losses are not insignificant, even in the context of a big group like ABF. The jury is still out on whether Kingsmill can re-establish itself.”Graham Jones of Panmure said: “ABF’s bakeries’ high wheat costs were only recovered with a retail price rise at the end of the half. This was accompanied by disappointing Kingsmill volumes. The relaunch of Kingsmill looks to have gone well in its first month or so. It is still too early to call.”ABF also owns companies Cereform, British Sugar and clothing chain Primark. Operating profit for its grocery portfolio fell from £84 million to £64m, while sales fell from £1.26bn to £1.23bn. Half-year group pre-tax profit rose 5% to £268m on group revenue up 12% at £3.22bn.last_img read more

‘The Global Philosopher’

first_img Opening HUBweek, Michael Sandel mulls the sometime tension between our technology and ourselves Man vs. machine Related Harvard Business School (HBS) and BBC Radio 4 have worked together to produce the first episode of “The Global Philosopher,” a program hosted by Harvard political philosopher Michael J. Sandel.The program utilizes the innovative HBX Live studio to link people from around the world to discuss the philosophical principles underlying controversial concerns of the age. HBX Live is part of Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, HBX.“This is an exciting opportunity to create a truly global public square,” said Sandel. “The HBX Live platform enables us to conduct video-linked discussions across national and cultural boundaries. It is a chance to think together, and to learn from one another, about the hardest ethical questions we face as citizens.”HBX Live is a video-anchored virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of HBS’ famed interactive case study method in a digital environment. No matter where participants are located, they can log in concurrently and join real-time sessions.In the custom-designed HBX Live studio, a high-resolution video wall mimics the amphitheater-style seating of an HBS classroom, with up to 60 participants who are able to actively engage in the discussion projected on individual screens. Additionally, hundreds of people can observe the session via a live stream and participate in the conversation via chats and polls. Sessions are expertly produced using still and roaming cameras, creating the look and feel of being in a real classroom, where the participants can see both the discussion leader and fellow other participants. The HBX Live studio is located in the Boston-based facility of public broadcaster WGBH. In the first session, Sandel led a debate on the topic of immigration and the moral significance of national borders. Radio 4 selected participants through a process that began by collecting a database of 300 people from more than 65 countries, from which 60 individuals were invited to be on the interactive wall. These engaged citizens had demonstrated an interest in playing an active role in debates that affect the world. The remaining candidates were invited to observe a live stream of the session, to which they contributed to the discussion via polls and chats.“From its inception, we knew HBX Live would represent a unique opportunity to gather audiences from around the world for conversation and engagement,” said HBS Professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX. “Working with Michael and BBC Radio 4 allows us to connect in a meaningful way with their audience around the globe — people who are eager to learn about the key problems of the day and contribute their insights and points of view.”The video of the first session is available to view on the Radio 4 website.last_img read more

Harvard offers secure and sustainable electronics recycling for free

first_imgMost of us are familiar with recycling paper and plastic, but did you know electronics can be recycled, too? Because many of our old phones, computers, and other electronics contain small amounts of heavy metals or old personal data, it is especially important to make sure the data is securely destroyed and the items safely recycled.As part of Harvard’s commitment to sustainability and information security, Harvard University Information Technology and the Harvard Office for Sustainability have teamed up to offer free secure and sustainable electronics recycling during the month of April — April 19 at the Science Center Plaza and April 25–26 on the Longwood campus.Both personal and University electronics and devices will be accepted at the events, ensuring that all sensitive and personal data is removed from the devices before they are responsibly recycled.“It’s easy to look past the risks of disposing of electronics that may contain residual data stored on them, and for those who understand the risks, it can be difficult to know what to do,” said the Chief Information Security Officer for Harvard University Information Technology. “That’s why I am thrilled to be collaborating with the Office for Sustainability to create this great opportunity for members of the Harvard Community to dispose of unwanted electronics in a way that is both secure and kind to the environment.”Harvard’s University-wide Sustainability Plan outlines a commitment to recycling or disposing of hazardous and electronic materials in a responsible and ethical manner, and forthcoming Sustainable IT Standards will encourage the repair or recycling of all electronic materials in a secure and sustainable manner, using certified vendors.“When it comes to electronics, we have a particular responsibility to keep them out of landfills — for health, environmental, and information security reasons,” said David Havelick, sustainability manager for the Harvard Office for Sustainability. “Collection events like this are crucial to making it convenient for our community to do the right thing, even with their personal electronics from home.”Data destruction and electronics recycling will be done free-of-charge by a Harvard preferred vendor, DataShredder. They will be accepting an exhaustive range of electronics from computers, to cell phones, to lab equipment. Certificates of secure destruction will also available upon request. Read Full Storylast_img read more