June 4, 2017

Inbox [June 4]: News and notes from city of Worcester, EPA, Bravehearts and Worcester State, WPI and Holy Cross

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Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field

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Augustus, Petty vow to continue battling climate change

Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty and City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. reaffirmed Worcester’s commitment to battle climate change locally, continue investing in green technology and maintain the city’s place as a leader in clean energy.

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Mayor Petty

In the wake of the announcement that the federal government would back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Petty will join more than 80 mayors across the country in signing onto a U.S. Climate Mayors statement, pledging to “adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.”

The full statement can be found here.

“As our federal government retreats from its responsibility as steward of our environment, it is vitally important for state and municipal governments to uphold our commitment to the future of our planet,” Petty said. “If the president doesn’t want to do it, we will.”

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Edward M. Augustus Jr.

“We’re already making investments in green technology and initiatives that will pay off for both taxpayers and the environment,” Augustus said. “The job of governing is often about balancing competing interests, but the beauty of these green energy initiatives is they help protect the environment, save money, AND improve the city’s performance for our residents.”

Read the entire story on the city of Worcester website

EPA awards $300K to Worcester

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city of Worcester $300,000 for two brownfields assessment grants.

According to the EPA, $200,000 in “Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct five Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments, and develop five cleanup plans.”

In addition, $100,000 in “Community-wide petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct three Phase I and two Phase II environmental site assessments, and develop two cleanup plans. Grant funds of both types also will be used to support community outreach activities.”

Read the entire story on the EPA Brownfields website

Bravehearts, Worcester State to host USA-Japan Collegiate All-Stars

On July 13, the Worcester Bravehearts will host a game of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Stars Series at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.

The teams will also play in Futures Collegiate Baseball League cities Brockton and Nashua, New Hampshire, during a three-game New England tour.

Before taking on Japan, the United States will play the Futures Collegiate Baseball League Prospect team in an exhibition on July 11 in Worcester. After the July 13 game, USA and Japan will play the next night in Brockton and on July 17 in Nashua.

Worcester State University is an official sponsor of the New England tour and will serve as headquarters for both teams.

“Any time Worcester State University can support an initiative that will economically benefit the city, we are proud to partner,” WSU President Barry M. Maloney said. “In this case, there is the added benefit that international residents bring to the campus experience. We look forward to hosting our visitors.”

“The opportunity to be able to host such great talent in our ballparks is amazing,” said Futures League Commissioner Chris Hall. “Our fans will truly get to experience the future of baseball from a national and international perspective.”

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team has developed some of the best players playing in Major League Baseball today such as Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg, Alex Bregman, Brandon Crawford and Marcus Stroman. Current Boston Red Sox players Dustin Pedroia, David Price and Jackie Bradley Jr. and former Red Sox players Jason Varitek and Nomar Garciaparra are also alumni of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Read the entire story on the Worcester State University website

WPI rated top college for travel lovers

WPI was first in student-run College Magazine’s ranking of top schools for travel lovers.

According to the magazine: “You can do way more than take classes at WPI — you can change the world. In the Global Projects Program, students take on projects in other countries. They can fight for justice in social issues using their science and technical-based knowledge or conduct their own major-specific projects. These projects range from solving water and sanitation issues to raising awareness about illnesses. These personal projects can take three years on campus, but if you commit to your work abroad, you’ll finish in just one semester.”

The College of the Holy Cross was 10th.

According to the magazine, “Holy Cross teaches you to have purpose when you travel. The Office of Study Abroad requires students to complete the Independent Cultural Immersion Project to maintain the values of the school. You could do this through an internship, service project or the development of a hobby. The options for meeting this requirement never end, but for each one Holy Cross encourages you to reflect. And that’s something we rarely take time to do.

Read the entire story and see the full rankings on the College Magazine website

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