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Rachel Platten’s resume reads something like this: Receptionist… Fired. Waitress…. Fired. Editorial assistant… Fired. Analyst at a consulting firm… Fired. Administrative Assistant… Fired. Incredible singer-songwriter whose honest, sultry, and powerful voice, engulfed by lush, shimmering harmonics and packaged with beauty and grace, capturing you from the moment she owns the stage… Hired.
Light positively emanates out of Rachel Platten, dazzling those fortunate enough to share a moment with this powerful force of kindness, talent, and true artistry. Blessed with the understanding of the Universe’s give-and-take policy, the stunning songstress balances a thriving music career with personal charity, nurturing a life path filled with nothing but love.

Rachel’s self-entitled debut EP, co-produced with Mark Turrigiano (Ingrid Michaelson) emerges as a magnificent fusion of the folk of Yael Naem with the funk of the Jackson 5; saturated with piano-driven soul-pop, distorted trombones and ambient synths in every corner. An upbeat record whose innocence becomes less convincing upon a close study of the lyrical content, Platten aimed to reach audiences spiritually and emotionally, lifting people up in a classic, honest, and undeniably soulful fashion.

And she delivers. The love-bound “All I Seem to Do” screams of Motown with it’s sassy organ and walking bass, while the synthesized intimacy of “You Don’t Have to Go” manages to set the mood while undeniably questioning our own double standards.

The EP captures the exquisite unfolding of this artist’s career while maintaining the same excitement and innocence of Platten’s first mind-blowing performance, singing back-up for a Trinidad Soca band in front of thousands of people, knowing at that moment she found her calling. “It felt like lightening struck me,” says Rachel, her smile widening. “This is EXACTLY what I’m supposed to be doing and it was amazing, just the most incredible thing.” Exuding energy, light, and soul in every performance, Rachel’s music, and its multifarious appeal, fashions a scene of it’s own, reaching to mass audiences of all ages.

With a generous heart that beats for the New York City community and for those less fortunate, Rachel has spent the past few years giving back, grateful for the good fortune already bestowed on this gifted artist. Platten regularly participates in Musicians on Call, a charity that bring musicians into hospitals for live, private performances with patients. The experience has been one of the personal highlights of her career, keeping the ”give to get back” mantra flowing consistently. “I needed something to do with what I loved that wasn’t for me,” she admits humbly. “The whole point is you’re uplifting people one-by-one; just trying to make someone feel better and take a little bit of stress off them for the moment,” the singer says of the experience. “Moments when you know you’ve touched someone deeply… that’s powerful.”

With songs saturated with happiness and hope and a voice that resonates deep into your core, this singer-songwriter is destined for an explosive career. In the current state of our country and the difficult times people are enduring, Rachel’s music provides the ultimate remedy to cure the darkest moments: an infectious smile, a giving heart, a radiant soul, and a whole lot of love.

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Andre Johnson era with Texans appears to be coming to an end

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Mar 03,2015: Andy Grammer, Alex & Sierra and more

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Two DNV GL Sustainability Customers Win Climate Leadership Awards

Houston, TX - The sustainability advisory services division of DNV GL – Business Assurance is proud to announce that two customers have been named winners of 2015 EPA Climate Leadership Awards.

“These achievements reflect the mainstreaming of carbon reduction strategies and other sustainability initiatives among US businesses,” says Dave Knight, Director of USA and Canada Sustainability for DNV GL – Business Assurance.

DNV GL is a leading provider of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions verification and related services that enable companies to prove their climate and sustainability efforts are working. DNV GL holds accreditation through ANSI to provide GHG validation and verification services across many sectors and project types.

The two DNV GL customers winning Climate Leadership Awards are:

Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign

Chevrolet wins an Award for Innovative Partnerships for its Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign. The program was launched in 2013 with a mission to reduce carbon emissions on college campuses in America. DNV GL, through its relationship with Campaign stakeholder Bonneville Environmental Foundation, provides emissions validation of the campus-based projects using the Voluntary Carbon Standard, the world’s most widely used voluntary GHG reduction program.

DNV GL is now working on verifying 2014 emissions reductions from the range of initiatives the campuses have adopted.

Sprint

Sprint is a co-winner of the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award) for achieving absolute reduction in GHG emissions of 29 percent in 2013, exceeding its goal of 20 percent annual reduction. These results flow from Sprint’s redesign of its cellular and IT networks to dramatically reduce electricity consumption, along with aggressive use of software to monitor and reduce electricity consumption in its data centers and offices.

DNV GL verified Sprint’s 2013 GHG emissions and water use reductions.

In addition, Sprint uses the GHG reduction data verified by DNV GL as part of its companywide carbon reporting to the CDP, a non-profit organization leading worldwide efforts to collect and share verified carbon data.

“Initiatives like the Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign and Sprint’s ambitious GHG emissions reductions goals provide a clear demonstration of what can be achieved quite quickly as part of a transition to a low carbon economy,” says Mr. Knight. “These projects not only put the organizations onto a path of longer term emissions reductions but also save them money and help make them more efficient. We are delighted to have been chosen as the trusted 3rd party that can help provide confidence in the outcomes of these initiatives.”

Notes to editors:

DNV GL – Business Assurance Sustainability Advisory Services, adds value to the corporate sector as well as to project developers through delivering strategic, management and assurance/verification services.

Info on awards: 
http://www.epa.gov/climateleadership/awards/2015winners.html

Info on CDC reporting: http://www.twotomorrows.com/cdp-and-other-corporate-ghg-emissions-inventory-verification-services.

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Earth Talk: A National Food Policy?

Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets?  – J.B.

A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled “How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives” makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policy for managing the nation’s food system as a whole.

 

Authored by food writers Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan, along with Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ricardo Salvador and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, the op-ed states that because of unhealthy diets, a third of our kids will develop Type 2 diabetes—a preventable disease that was formerly rare in children.

 

“Type 2 diabetes is a disease that, along with its associated effects, now costs $245 billion, or 23 percent of the national deficit in 2012, to treat each year,” the authors note. “The good news is that solutions are within reach—precisely because the problems are largely a result of government policies.” The authors cite Brazil and Mexico—countries they consider “far ahead of the United States in developing food policies”—as examples for positive change: “Mexico’s recognition of food as a key driver of public health led to the passage last year of a national tax on junk food and soda, which in the first year has reduced consumption of sugary beverages by 10 percent and increased consumption of water.”

 

While the White House has not responded in any way to the suggestion thus far, the article’s message that the current food system has caused “incalculable damage” remains alarming.

 

Whether or not to pass our own tax on junk food and soda in the U.S. has been the subject of much debate in recent years. Some say it’s deceitful to suggest that a tax on sodas is necessary to curb obesity and Type 2 diabetes when numerous other unhealthy options like sugary caffeinated beverages, candy, ice cream, fast food and video games that promote sedentary behavior would still be widely available. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Public Economics suggests that soft drink taxation leads to a moderate reduction in soft drink consumption by children and adolescents; however “this reduction in soda consumption is completely offset by increases in consumption of other high-calorie drinks.” Furthermore, in 2010, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that “an extra 12 cents on a can of soda would raise nearly $1 billion,” which suggests that government officials expect people to continue buying soda despite the tax.

 

Even though passing a soda tax has proven to be controversial, The Washington Post op-ed clearly points out the federal government’s contradictions concerning food. Existing federal guidelines for the U.S. diet, known as MyPlate, recommend that half the food we eat should be fruits and vegetables, yet these foods are granted less than one percent of farm subsidies. Meanwhile, more than 60 percent of subsidies go toward corn and other grains. The result, the op-ed states, is the “spectacle of Michelle Obama warning Americans to avoid high-fructose corn syrup at the same time the president is signing farm bills that subsidize its production.”

 

CONTACTS: Michael Pollan, www.michaelpollan.com; Mark Bittman, www.markbittman.com; Olivier De Schutter, www.srfood.org; Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org; MyPlate, www.choosemyplate.gov.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Doug Moss Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@emagazine.com.

 

 

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Mar 02,2015: Houston Astros Stadium Tour

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