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Manager Bruce Bochy can make Giants history in unfamiliar setting

first_imgBALTIMORE — As Bruce Bochy’s farewell tour takes him to various stadiums around the country, the Giants manager typically shares his favorite memory in each ballpark.In Cincinnati, he reminisced about Buster Posey’s grand slam in the 2012 NLDS. In Pittsburgh, he discussed Madison Bumgarner’s shutout and Brandon Crawford’s grand slam in the 2014 National League Wild Card Game. Even at Marlins Park in Miami, a stadium that opened in 2012, Bochy recalled Crawford’s seven-hit game in August, …last_img

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Tracking Our Company’s Carbon Footprint

first_imgSouth Mountain Company is a 39-year-old employee-owned company offering integrated architecture, engineering, building, and renewable energy services. We like to measure how we’re doing in as many ways as possible. Like other businesses, we have a collection of metrics for financial tracking: profit and loss, budget projections and actuals, job costing of each project, value of our several funds (pension, equity, and reserves), and more.We also measure social factors: employee education costs, compensation ratio (top to bottom), length of employee tenure, average employee age, charitable contributions, and community service.We consistently track (measure) our work backlog to help us plan for our immediate future.We try to predict our longer-term future, too — through strategic planning, creating five year plans, projecting organizational charts, and making succession plans.In design and project planning, we do extensive measuring (space planning, engineering) to ensure good building performance, structure, and utility. On our completed projects, we monitor energy use and other factors (like relative humidity) to help us learn what works and what doesn’t. There are no existing templates for these calculationsWe asked ourselves this question: “While we are working so hard to make zero-energy buildings, how are we doing with energy and waste in our company operations?” The answer, despite our consistent anecdotal efforts, is that we had no real idea, so we set out to find out — to learn where our impacts are greatest, and where the opportunities exist to reduce those impacts. By gathering baseline data and measuring impacts, we would create a means to track our progress.When we first imagined this project, we assumed we would find models and templates. Surprisingly, we were unable to find small companies that are currently measuring their company carbon footprint. (We still think they must be out there; we just haven’t found them yet). So we developed a methodology, gathered the data, and produced the first phase of our carbon footprint assessment. Our director of engineering, Marc Rosenbaum, was largely responsible for the methodology. My daughter Sophie, who works with us part-time while she is working on an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, collected the data from various places and was the primary author of the report.We have now completed the first phase of this project. Here’s a snapshot that shows that by far the largest source of energy use in our company at present is employees getting to and from work and driving around (hopefully not aimlessly) doing errands during the day! (See Image #1, above.) Looking at building materialsWe are also ready to begin the second phase of our assessment, which is the complicated part. The materials that we use in our projects are a big part of our carbon impact. In the first phase of our assessment, we only measured the transportation of building materials from Woods Hole (the other side of the water from Martha’s Vineyard, our home territory) to their destination, and the waste these materials generated. But that leaves out, of course, a big part of the story: the materials’ environmental impact from origin to Woods Hole.For simplicity’s sake, we decided for Phase One that this is part of our clients’ carbon footprint, not ours — a convenient deflection. A procrastination, in fact (like washing all the dishes and leaving the baking pans and skillets in the sink to soak) — but one that was necessary to allow the analysis to be phased.Ultimately, however, we understand that these materials are, indeed, a part of our impact. More important than who is assigned the impact is the fact that we are the ones who can assess and change our practices, so the ball’s in our court.The second phase, which we are beginning now, is to dig deeply into a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the materials we purchase for our projects, from the extraction phase through processing, manufacturing, and distribution (along with the current local transportation and waste disposal that we are already tracking). This new part of the endeavor requires extensive research and new learning.It also means we must consider and interact with our supply chain in new ways — to try to create alignments, in both values and practices, with our suppliers. This is bound to be a long haul. The beginning of a long journeyIn summary, for 20 years or more we have had the goal of reducing carbon emissions, but it has been an abstract goal to which we have only given episodic attention. It may take another 20 years to reach our zero-energy and zero-waste goals, and we are only beginning to learn how to do that. But this first phase of our Carbon Footprint Project has served its intended purposes. We identified the areas in which we are already doing well, found the areas that are most ripe for improvement, and specified the aspects which need further inquiry.There’s always something new that needs to be measured. Numbers tell stories. Stories teach. This metric feels like one that will be teaching us a lot — for a very long time. While there will be no end to this project, we are no longer at the beginning. It’s part of a path to a restorative future.The full first phase report is available on the SMC website. We are interested in feedback about ways to improve it. We are also interested in knowing about other companies doing this work. If you have comments or information you’d like to share write to me at jabrams [at] southmountain [dot] com. And, of course, building itself is a process of constant measurement.This desire — to measure whatever we can as a means of understanding who we are and what we do — inspired us recently to attempt to measure our company carbon footprint. Despite our efforts to build durable high-performance buildings with low environmental impacts, we recognize that all of our buildings have significant impacts, as do our operations as a company. RELATED ARTICLES Implementing new carbon-reduction measuresWe have just completed a project to make our offices, shop, and storage facilities net energy producers. We added a large solar array and replaced our oil heating system with air-source heat pumps. (See Image #2, below). But since we enrolled in the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificate program, which enables us to sell the renewable attribute of the solar-generated electricity, we can’t count it against the electricity we use; that would be counting it twice in carbon footprint terms.Now we will prioritize reducing our use of transportation energy. We are considering a number of measures which, if implemented, may help with that:Operational changes that save trips by our construction crews when in the field;Increasing our company’s employee transportation incentive to encourage greater use of public transportation and bicycles;Carefully evaluating the benefits and costs of off-island travel, driving, flying, taking the bus, or skipping the trip altogether;Ensuring that PV systems are installed and operational as early as possible on projects to maximize offsets of jobsite energy use;Examining the possibility of portable jobsite heat pumps for construction heat;Lowering our corporate fleet footprint by incentivizing more fuel-efficient vehicles throughout the company;Acquiring a company electric vehicle for office errands and short trips during the workday.We’re particularly jazzed about the electric vehicle, as we have been working to make our facility more resilient in case of an event that leaves us without power for an extended time. The battery pack in an electric vehicle represents energy storage that can supply our facility with power during an electricity outage. If we plan to use our PV array for backup power, it’s likely that we’ll need more storage than one vehicle battery pack provides. Strength in NumbersReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part OneReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part TwoHow Deep Is Your Footprint?Life-Cycle Assessment is a Tool, Not a Silver BulletEnergy Return on Investment Energy Use Is the Most Important Aspect of Green BuildingAll About Embodied EnergyNet-Zero Design Wins Carbon Competition ‘All New Construction and Retrofits Must Be Carbon-Neutral’Britain’s Zero-Carbon Dustup Q&A: Experience with carbon footprint modeling for construction? John Abrams is founder and CEO of South Mountain Company, located on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. South Mountain is a 39-year-old worker-owned company committed to triple-bottom-line business practices. John’s book, Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place, was published in 2008. John’s blog is called The Company We Keep.last_img read more

The Secret(s) to OpenStack’s Overnight Success

first_imgMatt Asay Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img OpenStack has been around since 2010, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the open-source cloud computing project really took off. Since Rackspace established the OpenStack Foundation in September 2012, the project has exploded to over 1,000 code authors, and is now one of the world’s largest open-source communities, arguably even bigger than the Linux community. Given how central open source has become to software development, generally, it’s worth analyzing why OpenStack has taken off.It’s The Foundation, StupidWhile OpenStack always offered great promise, it wasn’t until Rackspace let go of the wheel that the project really exploded. This isn’t to suggest that Rackspace’s stewardship was somehow bad, but rather that moving to a foundation made the project more inviting.While Rackspace used to dominate code commits, now Red Hat is OpenStack’s biggest committer, with IBM quickly moving in on the second spot. Credit: BitergiaThis is pretty amazing. Just a year ago Rackspace was in control. Now it’s just one of the community. A key member of the OpenStack community, to be sure, but it’s a testament to the vitality of the OpenStack community that Rackspace is no longer the top code committer.A Common EnemyEqually impressive is how fast the number of code authors has increased, now at 1,031 at the time of publication. Part of this might be due to the foundation governance model, but a number of open-source projects – MySQL, JBoss and others come to mind – have been exceptionally succeessful with one primary developer.Hence, while moving to a foundation certainly helped, OpenStack’s success comes down to a range of different factors.Among them is simply need. As The Register‘s Jack Clark somewhat humorously highlights, “OpenStack is big because Amazon has terrified everyone into contributing code.” Or as Mat Keep, director of MySQL Product Management and Marketing at Oracle, puts it, vendors felt like they could only compete with Amazon as a cohesive unit. Importantly, Rackspace didn’t directly compete with the IBMs and Red Hats of the world, as Inktank vice president Neil Levine suggested to me over IM, and hence “companies felt less awkward about participating.” He concludes:“It’s easier to join a project where the authors have different business models to you (as a software business).”These are important motivations, sure, but there’s more to the OpenStack story. After all, if a common enemy and orthogonal business models were enough, we would have seen OpenOffice mount a serious challenge to Microsoft Office years ago, given its backing by Sun and then Oracle, among other industry titans.Making Contributing EasyNo matter the motivation to contribute and collaborate, the best open-source projects make it easy to do so. As Andy Grimm, an operations support engineer for Red Hat’s OpenShift, highlights, OpenStack chose both the most developer-friendly license (Apache v2) and a highly approachable programming language (Python), significantly lowering the legal and technical bars to participating.Couple that with a super-simple setup (“it just works (startup in 2 lines of code)”, as MongoDB community manager Francesca Krihely suggests and a modular architecture, echoing Rishidot Research principal analyst Krishnan Subramanian, and you have all the right elements for break-out success.Market Timing And More Than A Hint Of LuckIn sum, it’s hard to assign full credit to any particular element of OpenStack’s make-up in its runaway community success. More likely OpenStack has boomed due because it sits at the nexus of several key components of successful open-source communities. Some of this stems from market timing and luck, but much of its success also derives from laying essential infrastructure for open-source success (license, language, modularity, etc.).Back in 2006 I laid out the essential elements for architecting a successful open-source project. Among these were market timing, the right license, how applicable the code was to pressing business problems, code modularity and more. While other projects have attempted to pull these together, few can claim to have done so with as much precision, or success, as OpenStack.Which is why it now has 9,685 members standing behind the project. That’s real community. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#cloud#community#IBM#Open Source#OpenStack#Rackspace#Red Hat last_img read more

Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers

first_imgJuventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ronaldo scored the three goals in Juventus 3-0 win.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)LISBON, Portugal— Cristiano Ronaldo is back on Portugal’s national soccer team for the first time since the World Cup.Ronaldo was included in coach Fernando Santos’ list Friday for upcoming matches against Ukraine and Serbia, its first qualifiers for the European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT They will be the 34-year-old Ronaldo’s first games for his country since the World Cup in June, and since he was accused of rape in the United States. He has denied any wrongdoing.Portugal will play Ukraine on March 22 and Serbia on March 25 in Lisbon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRonaldo is Europe’s leading international scorer with 85 goals for Portugal. He is also Portugal’s most experienced player with 154 appearances.Ronaldo’s last game for Portugal was a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the last 16 of the World Cup. Without him, Portugal had three wins and three draws and reached the final phase of the UEFA Nations League, which will be held in June in Portugal. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy ONE Championship forges partnership with Japanese promotion Pancrase Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Since his last appearance for Portugal, Ronaldo has moved from Real Madrid to Juventus. He scored a hat trick to help Juventus reach the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Portugal won the 2016 European Championship despite Ronaldo getting injured during the final against France.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View commentslast_img read more