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Created on January 9, 2015
The National Weather Service is warning much of the country about the polar vortex, an arctic air mass that is pushing much of the eastern and central U.S. down to record cold temperatures.
During this wave, workers are at increased risk of cold stress. Increased wind speeds can cause the air temperature to feel even colder, further increasing the risk of cold stress of those working outdoors, such as:
- Snow cleanup crews
- Construction workers
- Recreational workers
- Postal workers
- Police officers
- Baggage handlers
- Support workers for oil and gas operations
When the body is unable to warm itself, cold-related stress may result in tissue damage and possibly death. Four factors contribute to cold stress: cold air temperatures, high velocity air movement, dampness of the air, and contact with cold water or surfaces.
Created on January 9, 2015
Explore investor-owned and consumer-owned utility company options for energy efficiency and sustainability investments: energy audits, rebates, equipment efficiency, time of use, net metering, building, refrigeration, compressed air, and lighting.
City and county certifiably green programs: new local city initiatives; energy audits, rebates, tax credits, preferred contractor list, free sustainability advising.
All participants will receive on-line calculators and checklists
Matt Varilek, Small Business Administration, Region VIII Administrator
Martha Young, Founder, Sustainability4SMEs; business analyst and writer
Emily Startz and Sam Domeier, Xcel Energy Product Portfolio Managers, business energy efficiency (DSM) programs, audits/studies and energy efficiency financing programs
Doug Priest, U.S. Bank representative and liaison through Xcel Energy alliance; funding the Green Industry since 2000
Tom Green, United Power/Boulder community affairs and key accounts representative. Tom has more than 20 years’ experience in the electric power industry
Created on January 7, 2015
Join SelectUSA in Hong Kong at the Asian Financial Forum on January 19-20, 2015.
The U.S. Commercial Service team in Hong Kong has confirmed a booth at the 8th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) on January 19-20, 2015.
AFF brings together members of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends across markets in Asia. Participating U.S. economic development organizations are invited to join the SelectUSA Booth, where they can meet with potential business partners and investors from around the world.
Created on December 31, 2014
The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2015 Emerging Leaders executive-level training series in 48 cities and communities across the country.
The initiative has trained more than 2,400 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and its impact continues to expand in helping small businesses to grow and create jobs throughout the country. There are 22 new cities joining the initiative for the first time, including Birmingham, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Puerto Rico and Providence.