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VolunteerMatch and Verified Volunteers Join Forces

Strategic partnership brings comprehensive background screening to more than 120,000 organizations & millions of volunteers

Press Release – FORT COLLINS, Colo. and SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Whether it’s parents supporting their child’s sports team or individuals lending a hand after a natural disaster, volunteers perform an essential service – particularly when budgets are stretched thin. This support is welcomed by the thousands of organizations who rely on volunteers to fulfill their missions – yet it also adds to the daunting administrative tasks around recruitment, as well as to ensuring a safe and secure environment for everyone involved. That’s why VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, and Verified Volunteers, the leading background check platform tailored to the specific needs of the service sector, have partnered to provide greater protection for these organizations and the populations they serve.

“VolunteerMatch is all about making it easier for good people and good causes to work together to make a difference,” said Greg Baldwin, CEO, VolunteerMatch. “That is why we are partnering with Verified Volunteers, to help create more safe spaces to volunteer.”

Together, VolunteerMatch and Verified Volunteers aim to help organizations minimize risk and safeguard their people, assets and reputation through a high-quality background screening program and access to a library of resources designed to establish screening best practices and improve volunteer management. Through their VolunteerMatch dashboards, organizations can easily connect with Verified Volunteers and request a comprehensive background check that allows potential volunteers to order and control their information using Verified Volunteers’ secure platform. These screening services are available to all VolunteerMatch organizations including more than 120,000 government agencies, hospices, hospitals, nonprofits and schools.

“Our shared commitment to helping so many wonderful organizations successfully carry out their good work really makes this the perfect partnership. By joining forces, we aspire to have an even greater impact,” says Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director, Verified Volunteers. “For instance, we know through our own research that background check quality is increasingly important for nonprofits, yet the appropriate level of risk mitigation is still not being met by current screening programs. By joining forces with VolunteerMatch, we can provide education and guidance to greater numbers of organizations on how to address these critical gaps.”

Verified Volunteers’ screening platform, with self-service features, sharing capabilities and management tools, enables the VolunteerMatch community to:

  • Ease administrative burdens. Volunteers order and control their own background checks using a secure, online platform.
  • Give their volunteers the option to pay – or ask for an optional contribution. With budgets stretched thin, this option can preserve valuable funds by allowing (or requiring) volunteers to pay for all or part of their screening.
  • Receive complimentary monthly updates. While other background checks are “one and done,” Verified Volunteers provides the added security of monitoring volunteers for new criminal records during the first year.
  • Accept background checks from previously vetted volunteers. Within the Verified Volunteers network, volunteers who have previously been vetted with one organization can store and share their existing background check with other organizations at no additional cost. In addition, if a volunteer background check is shared with another organization, the organization that initiated the original check can earn rebates.

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, serving over 120,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners, and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $12 billion worth of volunteer services. Learn more about VolunteerMatch at, and follow @VolunteerMatch.

About Verified Volunteers

Verified Volunteers helps nonprofit organizations gain confidence in their volunteers by delivering thorough, compliant background checks using a sophisticated suite of federal, national, state and local criminal locator tools. Extensive expertise in screening and compliance best practices helps clients recruit the best volunteers to maintain a safe environment and positive reputation. By enabling volunteers to order, manage and share their background checks via a secure online platform, Verified Volunteers creates a community of vetted volunteers. Verified Volunteers is backed by Sterling Talent Solutions, one of the world’s largest background screening companies and is partnered with Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

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Television Academy Foundation Announces New Board Of Directors Members

Actor Benito Martinez, Netflix VP Cindy Holland and WME Partner Sean Perry Join Board of Television Academy Foundation

Press Release – (NoHo Arts District, Calif., Aug. 15, 2018) – The Television Academy Foundation today announced three new members to its board of directors: actor Benito Martinez (American Crime/How to Get Away with Murder), Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland and WME Partner Sean Perry.

“We are honored to welcome three distinguished members of the television community to the Foundation’s board of directors,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. “With their collective professional experience, our incoming members will play a vital role in our efforts to expand the Foundation’s educational programs, aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity within the television industry, and help build a significant endowment for the growth and sustainability of The Interviews: An Oral History of Television online archive.”

Veteran actor Benito Martinez recently garnered critical acclaim for his role as the undocumented immigrant Luis Salazar in John Ridley’s anthology series American Crime. He is perhaps best known for his award-winning portrayal of Los Angeles police captain turned politician David Aceveda on the FX police drama The Shield. His other work includes recurring roles on hit television shows including How to Get Away with Murder, The Blacklist, House of Cards, Sons of Anarchy, The Leftovers and Supernatural.

A Television Academy member since 2002, Martinez served as co-chair of the Academy’s diversity committee in 2012. He is also an active participant in and supporter of Foundation events including its annual Emmys® Golf Classic, College Television Awards and Vocational Day for Foster Youth.

Cindy Holland is vice president for original content at Netflix and was named one of the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People of 2018. A 16-year Netflix executive, she is responsible for acquiring and launching original series for over 130 million global subscribers. Holland and her team have launched award-winning and acclaimed dramas, comedies, documentaries and docu-series.

Sean Perry is a partner at WME and helped to form Endeavor’s non-scripted television division, which includes syndication, reality television, international distribution and broadcast hosting. His client roster includes Blake Shelton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jenny McCarthy, Steve Wilkos, Tom Bergeron, Tony Robbins, Reba McEntire, as well as producers and production companies including Banijay Studios, Critical Content, Tinopolis and World Wrestling Entertainment. Over his career, Perry has packaged such shows as 1,000 Ways to Die, America’s Best Dance Crew, Extreme Makeover, Hardcore Pawn, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, The Steve Wilkos Show and more.

About the Television Academy Foundation

Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs, such as The Interviews: An Oral History Project of the Television Academy Foundation, College Television Awards and Student Internship Program, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, visit

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American Nuclear Society And Discovery Education Launch Advanced STEM Initiative To Inspire The Next Generation Of Energy Innovation Among Nation’s Youth

— Initiative supports educators in meeting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by helping today’s students understand the role of nuclear science, technology and innovation in our modern world —

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, August 15, 2018) – The American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Discovery Education today announced the launch of Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™, a new partnership designed to educate today’s students about the important role of nuclear science in the modern world. Reviewed by a national panel of independent educators and nuclear science experts, Navigating Nuclear guides students to examine the ways nuclear energy powers our world from multiple perspectives and explores current, real-world applications of nuclear processes. Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Navigating Nuclear encourages students to explore applications of nuclear science including energy, medicine, geology and astronomy. The program aims to help students explore current, real-world applications of nuclear energy and its role in future advancements.

The American Nuclear Society is excited to collaborate with Discovery Education in creating this curriculum,” said ANS President Dr. John E. Kelly, who recently retired from the Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, as Chief Technology Officer. “Our members are passionate about promoting awareness and understanding of nuclear science and technology. Navigating Nuclear brings educators and students curriculum content that has been vetted by engineers, scientists and other professionals who are experts in a wide range of nuclear fields.”

Available to any teacher and designed to empower educators with tools to enhance students’ understanding of the role nuclear science plays in the fields of power generation, medicine, space exploration, food preservation and molecular science – Navigating Nuclear provides dynamic digital lessons, STEM project starters and career profiles. An upcoming immersive Virtual Field Trip, which debuts during Nuclear Science Week this fall, will go behind-the-scenes at Arizona’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the largest power plant in the United States.

“My class and I are looking forward to Navigating Nuclear as it will give us real-time access to STEM professionals and demonstrates first-hand the real-world applications of our classroom lessons,” said Jessica Donaldson, pre-engineering teacher, Berkeley County School District, Moncks Corner, S.C. “I hope to introduce my students to some of many STEM career paths that are in their reach and open their eyes to the role science plays in our everyday world.”

Navigating Nuclear: Exploring Our World will explore topics such as:

  • Facts about nuclear power
  • How energy is stored in the nucleus
  • Fission and fusion
  • Naturally occurring and human-made radiation
  • How reactors produce electricity
  • Advanced nuclear reactors of the future

“Empowering students to explore anabolic principals, as they hone their research abilities and study of scientific breakthroughs, will ultimately help improve lives,” said Sukesh Aghara, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical engineering, Francis College of Engineering. “I’m proud to join ANS and Discovery Education to engage in insightful conversations about STEM, and help students match their skills and interests to exciting new opportunities in nuclear science.”

In addition to the digital learning tools, the program’s careers module will expose students to nuclear science-related occupations. Navigating Nuclear’s Virtual Field Trip will explore how nuclear technologies are generating electrical power, and producing carbon-free energy across the nation and around the world. Overall, the initiative seeks to empower teachers to discuss a range of topics, from how energy is stored in an atom’s nucleus to how that energy transforms into the electricity that powers our lives.

“Empowering students with hands-on learning opportunities inspires a life-long commitment to solution-seeking and unlocks the potential of a new generation of young scientists,” said Stacie Kronthal, vice president of corporate education partnerships, Discovery Education. “As many states now require nuclear science education as part of the NGSS guidelines, this initiative empowers educators with immersive digital tools and virtual experiences that encourage the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”

Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World resources are available at, and are also available through Discovery Education Streaming and Science Techbook. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

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Entrepreneur Magazine Selects Youngest Ever Cover Star With 13-Year-Old Female For September 2018 Issue

Michigan’s Candy Queen Alina Morse leads a new generation bringing fresh perspectives to old industries

Press Release – NEW YORK, August, 14, 2018 – Entrepreneur, the media powerhouse at the forefront of the culture, mindset and the lifestyle of entrepreneurship for over 40 years, announced today that 13-year-old Alina Morse would be the magazine’s youngest ever cover star with the release of its latest issue: “Young Millionaires: Meet the next Generation of Leaders.” Morse projects to sell $6 million at retail this year with her all-natural candy that cleans your teeth business. The September 2018 issue is on newsstands now.

“The sooner we embrace young entrepreneurs’ imagination and ability to question everything, the better we’ll all be,” said Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine.

Days ahead of entering the eighth grade, Morse’s image on the cover of Entrepreneur shines a bright light on the next generation of entrepreneurs that are already building thriving, innovative businesses.

“I never dreamed I’ve ever be on the cover of a magazine, yet alone be scaling as fast as we are,” said Morse. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was help people and make them smile. We are changing minds and candy eating patterns and with the help of Entrepreneur, giving more consumers awareness to healthier options and inspiring kids just like me that you can do anything.”

Morse’s company, the #1 tooth-friendly candy in the USA, has also expanded internationally after launching in 2015 when she was merely nine years old. Her line, which includes Zollipops®, Zolli® Drops, and Zaffi® Taffy, is all natural, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, non-GMO and supercharged with Xylitol, Erythritol (healthy sugar alternatives) and other smile friendly natural ingredients, including magic teeth cleaning crystals.

She is making gains in a giant industry, counting major chains like Amazon, Kroger, Walmart and Whole Foods as buyers of her Zolli® candy line. Zolli Candy is a woman-owned and cause-based, giving away 1-MM this year alone through the “One Million Smiles” campaign, helping to fight America’s most chronic childhood disease – tooth decay.

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Amida Care Hosts Music, Dance, and Fitness Event as Part of Soul Summit Music Festival with Support of NYC Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo

Free Community Wellness Event Promotes Healthy Living

Press Release – New York, NY – On August 12, Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York community health plan, hosted a free “Music, Fun and Dance” event at the “Soul Summit Music Festival” at Fort Greene Park Conservancy in Brooklyn. The afternoon included an interactive dance and exercise class with fitness instructor Nakisha Ross of Alwayz Fit 4 Lyfe. This event is part of Amida Care’s “Live Your Life” program, designed to keep healthy and active lifestyles at the center of New Yorkers’ everyday lives. The event was made possible with support from NYC Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo (Brooklyn District 35).

“Amida Care puts the whole person at the center of everything we do. While doctor’s appointments and prescribed medications are necessary components of being healthy, especially for those living with chronic conditions, we know that this is only part of a healthy lifestyle. Our ‘Live Your Life’ events encourage New Yorkers to address their social, physical, and emotional needs. We’re grateful for the support of NYC Council Majority Leader Cumbo to help promote health and wellness in Brooklyn,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care.

Amida Care holds monthly Live Your Life wellness events throughout the five boroughs of New York City, where members and their guests learn about ways to get and stay healthy. In addition to dance and fitness classes, the events cover topics such as healthy cooking, art therapy, meditation, aromatherapy, and more.

“Amida Care really goes above and beyond for their members to make sure they have access to programs such as ‘Live Your Life’ events that emphasize a healthy, active lifestyle. I’m excited and proud to partner with them to encourage the Brooklyn community to live their best life,” said New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo.

Amida Care Inc. is a not-for-profit health plan that specializes in providing comprehensive health coverage and coordinated care to New Yorkers with chronic conditions, including HIV and behavioral health disorders, and people who are of transgender experience or homeless (regardless of HIV status). Amida Care has a wide network of health care providers throughout New York City and is the largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) in New York State. For more information, visit

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Greenpeace Partners With Emma Thompson To Release Animated Film About Dwindling Orangutan Population

Palm oil industry linked to rainforest destruction in Indonesia, critical orangutan habitat

Press Release – Greenpeace has partnered with actor Emma Thompson to release “Rang-tan”, an animated short film about a little girl and her orangutan friend forced from her forest home. The palm oil industry is a major driver of deforestation in Indonesia. The widespread clearing of rainforests in Indonesia has contributed to habitat loss for wildlife which has had a devastating effect on Indonesia’s orangutan populations, the country’s people, and the global climate.

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“Palm oil is a key ingredient found in products used daily. And this will continue. However, at what cost? Massive deforestation, species extinction, human rights abuses and labor rights violations are all taking place to grow this commodity, “said Greenpeace USA Palm Oil Campaign Diana Ruiz. “Big companies committed to eliminate deforestation from the palm oil they buy by 2020. No one is on track in meeting these commitments and deforestation is not slowing down. Companies need to fix the problem they created and ensure that the palm oil they use in sweets and snacks we eat aren’t made at the greatest cost of our forests, wildlife and our climate.

Indonesia has more threatened and endangered species than any other country. The Bornean orangutan population has more than halved in the past 16 years, and Indonesia has lost an area nearly the size of the United Kingdom in the past twenty years. This habitat and species loss is directly linked to the rise of the palm oil industry and its expansion into rainforests and peatlands.

“When Greenpeace asked me to narrate Rang-tan, I didn’t hesitate. For too long big brands have been getting away with murder,” Emma Thompson said. “And for too long our response to orangutans has been ‘ohhh, poor thing’ as we’re shown photographs of them orphaned and at death’s door. But change is possible – we can make it so. By making a noise, demanding answers and forcing change, we can stop feeling sorry. Instead, we can feel exhilarated as we witness these iconic beasts living truly wild once more. If we accomplish that, believe me, we will all be much better off.”

A recent Greenpeace investigation revealed that the world’s largest palm oil trader that supplies palm oil to global consumer companies, Wilmar International, is still linked to forest destruction for palm oil despite Wilmar’s commitment five years ago to end deforestation. An area twice the size of Paris has been destroyed by Gama, a palm oil business run by senior Wilmar executives and members of their family. Photos and video taken by Greenpeace International on a recent flyover show active deforestation in two Gama concessions in Papua, Indonesia.

Greenpeace is calling on viewers of “Rang-tan” to pressure some of the world’s top brands, including Nestle, Unilever and Mondelez, to stop using palm oil from rainforest destroyers. Palm oil production should not come at the cost of wiping out the homes of critically endangered species, human rights abuses and labor rights violations and threatening our climate.

#SaveRangtan #DropDirtyPalmOil

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HealthCorps to Host Wellness Day Event in Houston on September 18th

Press Release – HOUSTON, Texas (August 09, 2018) — HealthCorps, a national non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and devoted to making students stronger, will host its first ever Wellness Day on September 18th at the United Way Houston from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The event will provide a day of health and wellness with the goal of creating a more #healthyhouston. Houston will be the first stop before heading to Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities. HealthCorps, which is headquartered in Houston, is bringing together the best of the wellness community for a day of experiential learning, panel discussions, and the opportunity to discover the amazing local resources in the area.

“This event is the first of its kind, and I couldn’t think of a better place than Houston to start this journey. We work every day bringing wellness programming to youth, but this is our chance to dig even deeper into the community and directly fuel adults who can create environments that empower youth to take control of their own health and well-being. With a focus on the important role of mental strength and mindset, wellness rookies and experts alike will leave motivated and inspired,” said seminar director and HealthCorps program specialist Maegan Lewis.

Interactive and thoughtful sessions will include: the power of keeping wellness simple, a guided strategy to help destress, movement and stretching for every day, meditation with Sahaja Meditation, panel discussions on the art of prioritizing wellness and how to influence others to live well, and the importance of resilience to build community; and setting intentions.

International Chef and HealthCorps Ambassador Delphine Remy will serve as keynote speaker for the event. A holistic nutrition and eating psychology coach, Ms. Remy possesses Coaching certifications in Holistic Nutrition, Mind Body Nutrition and Eating Psychology. She is an Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ Certified Practitioner. She also served as editor for HealthCorps’ first teen cookbook Healthy Bites and Tasty Delights.

Tickets are now on sale for the general public for $125. To register, please click here. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. on the day of the event. Attendees will have access to: Wellness workshops and classes, panel discussions, breakout sessions, local wellness vendors, one gift bag with exclusive wellness swag, and lunch.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, devoted to strengthening communities by highlighting innovative approaches to health and wellness to build resilience in America’s youth.

Since our inception in 2003, we have continued to discover and share tools relevant to youth in the context of a dramatically changing educational, social, political, and media landscape discovered through our work and research in many of America’s most challenging high schools.

About HealthCorps University

HealthCorps University hosts programming that addresses personal, professional, and community well-being beyond the everyday work done at sites across the nation. This includes wellness events as well as a certificate training program for educators and organizations that want to learn how they can implement HealthCorps curriculum.

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Inaugural U.S. Entertainment-Engineering Summit Held

Theatre and Engineering Academic Programs Brainstorm with Entertainment Industry Leaders

Press Release – LIVERPOOL, N.Y. — Representatives from the entertainment industry and universities that blend technical theatre and engineering degrees met to discuss student training and ways to strengthen the talent pipeline at the inaugural U.S. Entertainment – Engineering Summit. The July 16, 2018 event, hosted by Purdue University’s Theatre and Multidisciplinary Engineering programs, grew out of an initial conversation at the 2018 USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo.

“This event was a great springboard for a cross-section of entertainment industry employers to aid potential academic planning as our programs support this specific market opportunity,” said group coordinator Rich Dionne, assistant professor, technical director and production manager at the Purdue University department of theatre.

Dionne, who also serves as associate commissioner and vice commissioner of programming for USITT’s Technical Production Commission, says he is grateful for the support afforded by the group. “The industry response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and we had very productive discussions on how we can move forward together.”

Representatives from Adirondack Studios, Creative Connors, ETC, Hudson Scenic Studio, iWeiss, McLaren Engineering Group, Schuler Shook, Texas Scenic Company, and DLR Group met with university representatives from Purdue University, Michigan Technical University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Connecticut and University of North Carolina School of the Arts to share observations and discuss approaches to reach shared goals.

Mary Pilotte, a representative from Purdue’s engineering program, noted the rare and critical nature of the gathering. “Having both the depth and breadth of industry experience in the room will most certainly enable us to make better decisions to help our students be more qualified and exceptionally prepared for their professional careers in this growing sector. We simply can’t thank the participants enough for investing their time, energy, and wisdom.”

Dionne and Pilotte hope that continued collaborative gatherings will result in scholarly works that can be used by an even broader academic and industry community. The group plans to meet again later this year and encourages others to join the effort.

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Lassonde Studios Awarded LEED Gold Building Certification

All students at the University of Utah are welcome to “live, create, launch” in the five-story building that opened in 2016

Press Release – Aug. 8, 2018 – The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah announced today that Lassonde Studios – a new five-story, student innovation space – has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

“We are proud to exceed our goals and achieve LEED Gold certification for Lassonde Studios,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, the executive director of the Lassonde Institute and an assistant dean at the David Eccles School of Business. “The building is not only a one-of-a-kind facility for student entrepreneurs. It is also a model for sustainable construction practices. We look forward to continued growth and recognition as one of the best places in the country for student entrepreneurs.”

The five-story, 160,000-square-foot Lassonde Studios building opened in 2016. The building is dedicated to supporting student entrepreneurship and innovation. The first floor features a 20,000-square-foot creation space with meeting space, cafe, tools, workshop and lounge areas. The upper four floors have bedrooms and living space for 400 residents. All students on campus are welcome to “live, create, launch” here.

Lassonde Studios has received international attention since it opened. It has won many awards and been featured by publications including The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek and Fast Company. In 2017, Architectural Digest named Lassonde Studios one of the “9 Best New University Buildings Around the World.”

Numerous people and organizations have made the Lassonde Studios possible. Building partners include University of Utah Housing & Residential Education, Cannon Design, EDA Architects and Gramoll Construction.

Lassonde Studios achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED certification is based on a 110-point scale. Sixty points are required to achieve Gold certification. The certification ranks projects on categories including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, and Location & Transportation.

Here are some of the categories and qualities of Lassonde Studios that helped earn the project enough points to achieve Gold certification:

  • Sustainability Sites – The project demonstrates development density and community connectivity, and it provides easy access to alternative modes of transportation.
  • Water Efficiency – The site uses energy efficient landscaping through limited sod and drought tolerant plants. It also uses low-flow water fixtures.
  • Energy & Atmosphere – The building optimizes energy performance in ways including the use of LED for 100 percent of the lighting.
  • Materials & Resources – The project minimized construction waste and utilized recycled content in 21.2 percent of the building materials. Most of the recycled materials were used in the concrete structure.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality – The project used building materials and finishes that met quality standards.

“Lassonde Studios has been an incredible project to work on,” said Nick Lorenzo, of EDA Architects, who submitted the application for LEED certification. “The design and mission of this building are unlike any other. The LEED certification provides further evidence that we have created an incredible, state-of-the art building for student entrepreneurs to live, create and launch their ideas.”

Lassonde Studios joins many other buildings on the University of Utah campus with LEED certification. The first building on campus to receive LEED certification was the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building in 2006. Since 2009, the state has required that all new public buildings achieve at least LEED Silver certification.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 92,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 19.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 167 countries and territories.

“The work of innovative building projects such as Lassonde Studios is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, design and operated,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices.”

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About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages Lassonde Studios, a new five-story innovation space and housing facility for all students, in partnership with Housing & Residential Education. Learn more at

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City Of Hope Announces 14th Annual ‘Songs Of Hope’ Celebrating Music And Entertainment Luminaries On SEPT. 13

Supporters Include Legendary Music Executive/Record Producer Clive Davis, Sony/Atv Ceo/Chairman Marty Bandier, And Presenting Sponsor Spotify; Benny Blanco, Mike Will Made-It, Sarah Aarons, James Newton Howard, And Stephen J. Forman, M.D. Announced As Initial Honorees

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, CA (August 7, 2018) — City of Hope, a world-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center, today announced an initial blockbuster lineup of presenters and honorees who will celebrate the song and songwriter at its Songs of Hope XIV event.

Among the music and entertainment industry VIPs in attendance will be legendary music executive and record producer Clive Davis; record producer/songwriter and Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award winner Benny Blanco; Grammy-winning songwriter/record producer Mike Will Made-It; CEO/Chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Songwriters Hall of Fame Patron of the Arts Award winner Marty Bandier; hit-making songwriter Sarah Aarons; Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning composer, conductor, and music producer James Newton Howard; and more. Legendary Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and producer Jimmy Jam returns as Master of Ceremonies.

Songs of Hope XIV will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the exclusive residence of hit-maker Alex da Kid, the KIDinaKORNER Kampus, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Last year, Songs of Hope XIII was hosted at the Kampus for the first time, raising more than $400,000 for City of Hope.

Award presenters and recipients will include:

  • Clive Davis “Legend in Songwriting” Award, presented by Clive Davis to Benny Blanco and Mike Will Made-It
  • Martin Bandier “Vanguard” Award, presented by Marty Bandier to Sarah Aarons
  • Electronic Arts “Composer of the Year” Award presented by Steve Schnur to James Newton Howard
  • Songs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award* presented by Zach Horowitz to international expert in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope.

Universal Music Publishing Group, Spotify and Warner/Chappell Music will also present awards to honorees, with more information provided closer to the event.

For the 14th consecutive year, the event is co-chaired by David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Group; Doug Davis, Founder/Principal of The Davis Firm; Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America; and Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts.

Schnur said, “For 14 years, Songs of Hope has brought our industry together for an evening of music that is literally lifesaving. And thanks to the ongoing support of friends and colleagues, our shared commitment to City of Hope’s vital mission is stronger than ever. This year, my co-chairs David, Doug, Evan and I invite you to join what will be an event that redefines respect, compassion and celebration.”

Lamberg said, “On behalf of myself and my co-chairs we could not be more proud that Songs of Hope continues, stronger than ever, in its 14th year. City of Hope makes a huge, positive difference in the lives of its patients and their families. Its doctors, researchers and all of its employees are very special people doing extraordinary things when it comes to changing lives for the better.”

Davis said, “As a cancer survivor, it is imperative to raise funds to further City of Hope’s compassionate patient care and groundbreaking research. This night has become one of my favorite nights in music, and I am thrilled to again co-chair Songs of Hope and this wonderful celebration of the song and the songwriter, which are often overshadowed by the recording and the artist. Songs of Hope is meaningful for me this year because I get to also work hand-in-hand with my father, Clive Davis, who will present the Clive Davis Legend In Songwriting Award to my friends Mike Will Made-It and Benny Blanco.”

Renzer said, “I am so honored to be co-chairing the 14th Songs of Hope with my incredible co-chairs Evan, Doug and Steve. It’s wonderful to see the event achieve new heights every year, contributing to the important life-saving work done by City of Hope. Thanks to all for supporting and attending this special event.”

This year’s music and entertainment sponsors include Spotify, Clive Davis, Sony/ATV, Electronic Arts, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Warner/Chappell Music.

Songs of Hope brings together the biggest names in music and entertainment to support City of Hope in the fight against cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The star-studded event, silent auction and auction raise money to support lifesaving research at City of Hope. Prior Songs of Hope honorees and participants have included Jack Antonoff, Burt Bacharach, Glen Ballard, Martin Bandier, Aloe Blacc, Colbie Caillat, The Chainsmokers, Clive Davis, Desmond Child, Natalie Cole, Gavin DeGraw, The Doobie Brothers, Jermaine Dupri, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Zach Horowitz, Max Martin, Mark Mothersbaugh, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie, Dave Stewart, Swizz Beatz,, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Charli XCX, and Hans Zimmer, among others.

To purchase tickets for Songs of Hope XIV, visit

* The Songs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award will include the presentation of $100,000 to support the research of Stephen J. Forman, M.D. and his team.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with locations throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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