Bottle water comes in bottles. This is rather obvious; the unfortunate thing is that these bottles are made of plastic. Plastic does not degrade quickly, it lingers on forever. Since the world is filled with people who do not recycle, and often through used bottles into the ocean, bottled water is becoming a problem for the environment. Since bottle water companies are the indirect cause, they have to address it. They do this by giving back, lessening their carbon footprint, and endeavoring to make the environment better. This is a selling point for bottled water. One of three, the other two being location and health benefits. Waiakea water is taking this selling point to a new height, and they are doing it to actually benefit the environment.
Waiakea Water is from Hawaii. It is volcanic water that runs through the natural filtration of volcanic rock. It is very healthy, containing minerals and a 8.8 pH balance. It is naturally occurring alkaline water. Founded by Ryan Emmons in 2012, the company is all about sustainability. Its factory runs off sustainable energy, the aquifer that sources it water renews at a rate of 1.4 billion gallons, and the packaging is about to become even more sustainable.
Waiakea Water is working to produce a new plastic bottle that degrades at a faster rate than all the others. Fifteen years. This means that Waiakea bottles can completely biodegrade several times within the lifespan of a human being. Most bottled water will degrade by the time your grandchildren are grandparents, but Waiakea is trying to change all that. The impact of this could be extensive, ridding the world of cluttered plastic at a faster rate allowing cleaner oceans, less cluttered landfills, and a happier environment. Waiakea also involves itself in reforestation and energy reduction. It is dedicated to not just lessening its footprint but making the world a better place to live in.
The name Robert Ivy has been associated with the AIA or The American Institute of Architects for many years. He is the CEO and Executive Vice President for the establishment. He is held in the highest regard and this was noted by his latest achievement. Robert Ivy is the latest recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first occasion for an architect to be honored by the MIAL or the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
Artists with a connection to Mississippi are eligible for the Polk Award. They must show exemplary work during their lifetime for the performance, support or creation of art. The President of the MIAL is Nancy LaForge. She spoke of Robert Ivy in a press release. She said for his contributions as an architectural commentator, author and writer he has earned his rightful place among the honorees of the Noel Polk Award. She said Robert Ivy is in a place all his own for the accessibility of the architecture in Mississippi to the general public.
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Robert Ivy accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer for the AIA in 2011. He is additionally a practicing architect, an editor and an author. The President of the AIA stated the architectural profession has gained a worth ambassador in Robert Ivy. Carl Elefante also said the award is a professional achievement and crowning personal glory for Robert Ivy as a Mississippi native according to architectmagazine.com. He spoke for the entire AIA when he spoke of his delight in congratulating this exceptional professional with a unique honor.
The list of individuals honored by the Polk award is far from large. Robert Ivy joins the past recipients including Morgan Freeman the actor, the authors Shelby Foote and Eudora Welty, Leontyne Price the singer and Walter Anderson the late artist. The receipt of this award is considered an extreme honor.
Robert Ivy earned his English Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee. This is the University for the South. He also attended Tulane University where he received his degree in architecture. Robert Ivy has made a significant difference for the AIA since his tenure began in 2011. His efforts have resulted in the expansion of both the influence and global presence of the organization. The membership level of the AIA under Robert Ivy’s leadership is at the highest point in the organization’s 160 year history. The official acknowledgement is scheduled for June 2nd.
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There are so many people the world doesn’t know about. It’s a shame that there isn’t a system or network that tells everyone the important stories of people who’ve done amazing things. One of the most amazing people to ever work in the technology industry was Louis Chenevert.
Louis Chenevert is a University of Montreal graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. His focus was on production management, which came in handy immediately following his graduation. The first job he ever got was at General Motors in the late 70s. He worked at General Motors for 14 years.
After making it to the Production General Manager position, he left the company and started working Pratt & Whitney. He joined them in 1993 and worked his way up to become President. He remained president for seven more years before leaving to join United Technologies Corporation.
Once at United Technologies Corporation, his career really began; at least that’s what most people say. Obviously, his time at those other companies was well spent, but his time at United Technologies Corporation is what made him famous. He’s not famous in a celebrity sense; he’s more famous in a corporate sense.
The company already had something going on when he joined it, but he wanted to do things a bit differently. He wanted to give each team its own space and let them develop like crazy. Using that approach, United Technologies Corporation began developing technology that far exceeded their customers’ expectations.
The secret to their success was the way they ran their teams. Most of the time, each team has one leader that controls only that group. At United Technologies Corporation, all the teams were headed by one leadership team, which allowed for more innovation.
Chenevert was also set apart by his business habits. Most people would like to think that he has something special going on, but he doesn’t. All of his habits were just things that every business professional should have.