New Study: Innovative Pain Relief Device Buzzy® Makes Emergent IV Access 10x Faster

​​​New research from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found a novel neuromodulation pain relief device “Buzzy®” made IV access in the Emergency Department (ED) 10 times faster than standard IV access pain relief cream. Buzzy is an FDA 510K cleared cold and vibration device indicated for controlling needle pain.

Initially intended for children, the striped bee design isn’t what is typically expected for a regulated medical device. While both IV access groups had equivalent patient pain relief, as well as nursing and parent satisfaction, IVs placed with Buzzy were significantly faster.

The time for lab draws and IV access can be the biggest barrier to throughput and speed in the ED. To be able to get labs in one trip rather than going back and forth to a room to place a cream is much more efficient.

Dr. Amy Baxter, emergency pediatrician and inventor of Buzzy

“The time for lab draws and IV access can be the biggest barrier to throughput and speed in the ED,” said Dr. Amy Baxter, emergency pediatrician and inventor of Buzzy.  “To be able to get labs in one trip rather than going back and forth to a room to place a cream is much more efficient.”

Buzzy was previously proven twice as effective at pain relief as another leading anesthetic, cold spray, with three times the first-attempt success.  Since a 2014 review recommended against using cold spray, hospitals wanting a fast acting pain reliever have looked for other options.  

“CHOP is truly an innovator,” noted Baxter. “They were willing to think outside the box and formally investigate a vibrating bee versus a pharmaceutical product for pain.  We’re thrilled with the results.  Not only is Buzzy 10 times faster, but it provides a significant savings to the department.”  Disposable ice packs and Buzzy cost approximately $2.77 per participant compared to a $4-6 typical cost of topical anesthetics.

Patient experience has been a priority for medical systems over the past decade, but is particularly important for emergency procedures in children.  Young children now get 30+ injections with routine vaccinations, so more patients come to emergency departments fearing needles.  A fearful older child can present a risk to staff, so relieving pain and anxiety is a priority.

The study randomized 251 patients to Buzzy or topical anesthetic, and will appear in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care.  Buzzy is made by MMJ Labs Atlanta GA, industry innovators in noninvasive pain relief.  MMJ Labs products VibraCool® and Buzzy® are available at VibraCool.com, BuzzyHelps.com, Amazon and specialty pharmacies.

About MMJ Labs, LLC.

MMJ Labs is a woman owned and operated business headquartered at their Hive in Atlanta, Ga. Established in 2006 by Dr. Amy Baxter, a pediatrician and pain researcher, MMJ Labs develops reusable, inexpensive physiologic products for personal pain control. Over a quarter million people have used the flagship product Buzzy®, a bee-shaped palm-sized device combining cold and vibration to combat needle pain. When placed between the brain and the pain, the competing stimulus controls or inhibits sharp pain. Additional products include DistrACTION® cards that reduce pain through distraction, and VibraCool® Massaging Ice Therapy.

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Worden Capital Management Financial Branch Owner Donald Fowler is Actively Hiring Expected College Graduates

Don Fowler, of Rockville Centre, NY is currently taking applications for Entry level positions at the Worden Capital Management branch office located in Rockville Centre, NY.

Rockville Centre, NY office Investment Broker opportunities.

Our people are our most valuable asset. We offer our professionals the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most interesting challenges, while our team driven culture leverages and rewards individual talent. Ongoing training and mentoring programs help shape exciting and personally satisfying careers. And our diverse and inclusive workforce provides access to other smart, interesting, achievement oriented people on the road to becoming the next generation of leaders. We believe that Worden Capital Management offers the possibility to move ahead more rapidly than is possible at most other firms. And we have yet to find the limits of the responsibility our best people can handle.

At Worden Capital Management, we bring together people, ideas and capital to bring about progress. We expect everyone at the firm to be a contributor. No one can survive at Worden Capital Management as just an employee. This is why we make an unusual effort to identify and recruit people who, in addition to their intellect, share our commitment to leadership in business and to the communities where we work and live. Our distinct corporate culture is one of the things that set us apart from other firms. At Worden Capital Management, everyone has a place at the table.

Donald Fowler, Branch Owner of Worden Capital Managent.

Worden Capital Management Glassdoor page.

Job Description

We are currently hiring for these entry level positions:

-Financial Services Representative

-Financial Advisor

-Stock Broker Trainee

-Syndicate Sales Representative

These positions are all salaried and mentor based with unlimited room for upside growth within the company.

Candidates must be highly motivated self-starters, with the ability to work well and succeed in a team/group environment.

The entry level positions all require an above average level of phone sales coupled with an initial longer day work load.

Initially We Offer:

-In house class training/study sessions for all required licenses.

-Full Sponsorship for candidates to take exams.

-All books and materials needed to pass exams.

-Extra help/tutoring.

-Sales training with experienced senior brokers to jump start your career.

-Complimentary mentorship daily with a Senior Representative at the company.

-“Earn as you Learn” program for all trainees.

What is expected for success:

-Desire to further one self and build a career.

-Motivated attitude combined with a flawless work ethic.

-Ability to communicate with clients.

-Phone and face to face networking.

Source: Worden Capital Management, Rockville Centre, NY.

UN allocates $21 million to help thousands in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan

The United Nations, through the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) – a multi-donor fund that responds to critical humanitarian needs in Sudan – has allocated $21 million to help thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance across Sudan in 2017.  

The humanitarian challenges in Sudan are diverse and complex, including in Darfur where over 3 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance. The SHF focuses on providing emergency assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, and also those returning home after a long period of displacement. Funds to the SHF for this allocation have been donated by the governments of Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

“The Sudan Humanitarian Fund will continue to support the frontline responders in Sudan, the organisations working to provide relief every day, especially to the most vulnerable, such as women and children,” said Ms. Marta Ruedas, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan.

The SHF draws on alternative approaches to humanitarian assistance. For example, the SHF funds projects that provide cash to vulnerable people who have been displaced for long periods of time, instead of in-kind aid, thus allowing individuals to procure what they need themselves. The needs of people returning to their homes following displacement are also prioritised by the SHF. By focusing on protracted displacement and returnees, the fund aims to strengthen the link between humanitarian response and long-term development and peacebuilding initiatives. Over $5 million of this $21 million also represents multi-year contributions, which will facilitate multi-year planning.

The SHF plays a vital role in ensuring an effective, coordinated, prioritised and principled humanitarian response in Sudan. Since 2006, the SHF has received and granted over $1 billion to international and national NGOs, and UN agencies, funds and programmes, enabling these entities to provide relief to people in need. In 2016, the SHF allocated $38.8, which represented about 8 per cent of the overall funding available to humanitarian partners.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Famine Hits Parts Of South Sudan

War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared today, three UN agencies warned. A further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.  

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) also warned that urgent action is needed to prevent more people from dying of hunger. If sustained and adequate assistance is delivered urgently, the hunger situation can be improved in the coming months and further suffering mitigated.  

The total number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 5.5 million at the height of the lean season in July if nothing is done to curb the severity and spread of the food crisis.

According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update released today by the government, the three agencies and other humanitarian partners, 4.9 million people – more than 40 percent of South Sudan’s population – are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance.

Unimpeded humanitarian access to everyone facing famine, or at risk of famine, is urgently needed to reverse the escalating catastrophe, the UN agencies urged. Further spread of famine can only be prevented if humanitarian assistance is scaled up and reaches the most vulnerable.

Famine is currently affecting parts of Unity State in the northern-central part of the country. A formal famine declaration means people have already started dying of hunger. The situation is the worst hunger catastrophe since fighting erupted more than three years ago.

“Famine has become a tragic reality in parts of South Sudan and our worst fears have been realised. Many families have exhausted every means they have to survive,” said FAO Representative in South Sudan Serge Tissot. “The people are predominantly farmers and war has disrupted agriculture. They’ve lost their livestock, even their farming tools. For months there has been a total reliance on whatever plants they can find and fish they can catch.”

Malnutrition is a major public health emergency, exacerbated by the widespread fighting, displacement, poor access to health services and low coverage of sanitation facilities. The IPC report estimates that 14 of the 23 assessed counties have global acute malnutrition (GAM) at or above the emergency threshold of 15 percent, with some areas as high as 42 percent.   

“More than one million children are currently estimated to be acutely malnourished across South Sudan; over a quarter of a million children are already severely malnourished. If we do not reach these children with urgent aid many of them will die,” said Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative a.i in South Sudan. “We urge all parties to allow humanitarian organizations unrestricted access to the affected populations, so we can assist the most vulnerable and prevent yet another humanitarian catastrophe.”

“This famine is man-made. WFP and the entire humanitarian community have been trying with all our might to avoid this catastrophe, mounting a humanitarian response of a scale that quite frankly would have seemed impossible three years ago. But we have also warned that there is only so much that humanitarian assistance can achieve in the absence of meaningful peace and security, both for relief workers and the crisis-affected people they serve,” said WFP Country Director Joyce Luma. “We will continue doing everything we possibly can to hold off and reverse the spread of famine.”

Across the country, three years of conflict have severely undermined crop production and rural livelihoods. The upsurge in violence since July 2016 has further devastated food production, including in previously stable areas. Soaring inflation – up to 800 percent year-on-year – and market failure have also hit areas that traditionally rely on markets to meet food needs. Urban populations are also struggling to cope with massive price rises on basic food items.

FAO, UNICEF and WFP, with other partners, have conducted massive relief operations since the conflict began, and intensified those efforts throughout 2016 to mitigate the worst effects of the humanitarian crisis. In Northern Bahr El Ghazal state, among others, the IPC assessment team found that humanitarian relief had lessened the risk of famine there.

FAO has provided emergency livelihood kits to more than 2.3 million people to help them fish or plant vegetables. FAO has also vaccinated more than 6 million livestock such as goats and sheep to prevent further loss.

WFP continues to scale up its support in South Sudan as humanitarian needs increase, and plans to provide food and nutrition assistance to 4.1 million people through the hunger season in South Sudan this year. This includes lifesaving emergency food, cash and nutrition assistance for people displaced and affected by conflict, as well as community-based recovery or resilience programs and school meals.  

In 2016, WFP reached a record 4 million people in South Sudan with food assistance — including cash assistance amounting to US$13.8 million, and more than 265,000 metric tons of food and nutrition supplies. It is the largest number of people assisted by WFP in South Sudan since independence, despite problems resulting from the challenging context.

UNICEF aims to treat 207,000 children for severe acute malnutrition in 2017. Working with over 40 partners and in close collaboration with WFP, UNICEF is supporting 620 outpatient therapeutic programme sites and about 50 inpatient therapeutic sites across the country to provide children with urgently needed treatment. Through a rapid response mechanism carried out jointly with WFP, UNICEF continues to reach communities in the most remote locations. These rapid response missions treat thousands of children for malnutrition as well as provide them with immunization services, safe water and sanitation which also prevents recurring malnutrition.

Distributed by APO on behalf of World Food Programme (WFP).

MSF urges SA government & researchers to conduct further research for a promising new TB drug

Public health groups, including Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Access Campaign, Treatment Action Group (TAG), the Global TB Community Advisory Board (TB CAB) and Public Citizen, welcomed today’s announcement by Johns Hopkins Uniersity (JHU) and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) of an agreement that could expedite the research and development of a promising tuberculosis drug and lead to improved treatment options for people living with TB.

JHU holds several patents for the drug, sutezolid, and has agreed to a license deal with the MPP. The license would enable open non-exclusive licenses with multiple drug developers—including product development organizations, companies and governments—to conduct research and develop drug combinations that include sutezolid. It marks the first such open license for a TB drug held by an American university, and the first open license for a TB drug through the MPP. The MPP, an organization funded by UNITAID, has a mandate to increase innovation and access to drugs through voluntary patent licensing.

“This is a significant achievement after more than two years of advocacy stemming from a UAEM student-led petition brought forward by this group,” said Merith Basey, executive director for UAEM North America. “We commend JHU for shifting its stance to prioritize a public health-driven path for the development of this lifesaving drug, and we call on similar leading universities to leverage their significant role in ensuring future access and affordability of medicines such as this one for people worldwide.”

Sutezolid has shown promise in Phase Ila clinical trials, but research stalled for several years while Pfizer held rights on the drug. Since 2013, when Pfizer signed an exclusive license with Sequella, a biotech company, no new studies of sutezolid have been successfully conducted. The primary patent on sutezolid expired in 2014, but Pfizer, Sequella and JHU still hold secondary patents and clinical data on the drug.

Current TB regimens require combinations of drugs to successfully treat TB; JHU’s licensing deal with the MPP would allow for open research on drug combinations that include sutezolid, which is part of the oxazolidinone class.

Groups such as UAEM, MSF’s Access Campaign, TAG, TB CAB, Public Citizen and JHU students and alumni have, for years, called on JHU to license sutezolid as broadly as possible and with a public health approach.

While the JHU and MPP agreement is a major step forward, these groups are concerned that the deal contains no strong safeguards to ensure that any treatments developed will be made affordable for all the people who need them.

“This agreement has the potential to greatly improve current treatment options, but it can only be truly effective if the treatments created are made accessible to people living with TB everywhere,” said Judit Rius Sanjuan, US manager & legal policy adviser at MSF’s Access Campaign.

“Strong pricing and access safeguards should be a key component of any licensing agreement put together by the MPP. Without them, people in urgent need of new TB treatments will remain at the mercy of whatever group or company acquires a sublicense and its definition of affordability, which is often very different from what we as a community would consider affordable and changes arbitrarily depending on country income status,” said Wim Vandevelde, chair of the TB CAB.

Public health groups are advocating for a single affordable global price for any treatment brought to market through this deal. “We are putting drugmakers on alert, including the first that will benefit from this agreement,” said Peter Maybarduk, access to medicines director at Public Citizen. “We will hold you accountable to a global definition, our definition of affordability. Patients everywhere, including here in the United States, need to have access to this treatment.” 

They are also calling on Pfizer and Sequella to act in the interest of public health. “We urge Pfizer and Sequella to provide open access to all existing data on sutezolid,” said Lindsay McKenna, senior TB/HIV project officer at TAG. “These data are critical to expediting sutezolid’s development. Without them, researchers will have to redo studies, wasting precious resources and time.”

TB is the leading infectious disease cause of death globally, and new medicines to treat drug-resistant strains of TB are urgently needed. Current treatments for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) can last up to two years and include up to eight months of daily injections. Even when patients are able to tolerate these grueling and often toxic regimens, fewer than half of those treated are cured. The development of new TB drugs like sutezolid is critical to the advancement of safer and more effective TB treatment regimens. TB is treated with regimens rather than a single medicine.

Sutezolid marks the first drug that, if developed, could use the 3P Project approach, which is an alternative way designed by MSF and others to fund and incentivize research and development for TB regimens. 3P addresses some of the shortcomings of the current drug development landscape and aims to ensure the resulting treatments are affordable and accessible to all by de-linking R&D costs from prices and sales.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Médecins sans frontières (MSF).

Seychelles values its partnership with IFAD

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) organised the 40th session of its Governing Council at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, on 14th and 15th February. Seychelles was represented by Ambassador Bernard Shamlaye, the Seychelles Governor for IFAD and its Permanent Representative, and Mr Michael Nalletamby, Principal Secretary – Fisheries and Agriculture.  

In its statement to the Governing Council session, the Seychelles delegation referred to the steady progress made by the Competitive Local Initiatives for Small-scale Agriculture (CLISSA) project started three years ago and which will be completed next year. Valuable knowledge and experience have been gained through the implementation of the project by its management team and the stakeholders involved and discussions have started with IFAD on a follow up project focused on capacity building in agribusiness for small farmers and fishers. 

Noting that the United Nations has declared 2017 the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the delegation said that small farmers and fishers can contribute to sustainable tourism while also benefitting directly from the country’s major economic sector. The potential for small fishers to participate in and benefit from the country’s Blue Economy initiative should be realised through appropriate support.

The delegation highlighted the development challenges of small island developing states in the face of climate change as well as world economic uncertainties. IFAD was recognised as a valuable development partner with the activities it supports reaching where they are most needed.     

It commended IFAD on working in complementarity with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other multilateral organisations and welcomed its support to regional cooperation initiatives, notably in the Indian Ocean area.   

The Governing Council elected Mr Gilbert Houngbo from Togo as the next president of IFAD. He succeeds Mr Kanayo Nwanze who has been president for the last eight years. 

Mr Nwanze made a working visit to Seychelles in March 2013, at the time that Seychelles and IFAD were negotiating the CLISSA project.  

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

Riassunto: OT ed ERCOM si alleano per il lancio di Cryptosmart SIM-powered, l’eccellenza nella crittografia per le comunicazioni mobili dedicata ai dispositivi SAMSUNG di largo consumo

COLOMBES, Francia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oberthur Technologies (OT), fornitore leader di prodotti, servizi e soluzioni software integrati per la sicurezza, ha oggi annunciato il lancio della partnership internazionale con Samsung ed Ercom, leader nel settore della sicurezza per le comunicazioni mobili. Obiettivo della collaborazione è lo sviluppo e il lancio congiunto di Cryptosmart SIM-powered.

OT ed ERCOM si sono alleate per il lancio di Cryptosmart SIM-powered, la soluzione basata su schede SIM tecnologicamente avanzate per la crittografia delle comunicazioni dai dispositivi mobili Samsung. Grazie al partenariato tra OT, Samsung ed ERCOM, Cryptosmart SIM-powered è una soluzione facile da implementare da parte degli operatori che puntano alla sicurezza sia per i dispositivi mobili che per il traffico dati e voce e per gli SMS.

Il testo originale del presente annuncio, redatto nella lingua di partenza, è la versione ufficiale che fa fede. Le traduzioni sono offerte unicamente per comodità del lettore e devono rinviare al testo in lingua originale, che è l’unico giuridicamente valido.

Total Cray Valley to Exhibit and Present New Technology for Improved PP Melt Strength at 2017 Polyolefin Conference

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Total Cray Valley (TCV) will exhibit at this year’s SPE International Polyolefin Conference and present a paper titled “A New Method to Modify PP for Improved Melt Strength.”

TCV has developed technology to overcome the long-standing melt strength deficiency of polypropylene (PP). The paper will detail a way to modify conventional PP resins with zinc salts to achieve performance similar to high melt strength PP. TCV’s global business development manager Anthony Marozsan will present the paper on Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m.

TCV will exhibit at booth 40, where attendees can learn how additives like Dymalink® coagents enhance plastic formulations with improved tensile strength, heat deflection temperature (HDT) and flexural modulus.

The International Polyolefin Conference takes place Feb. 22 to 25 at the Hilton Houston North in Houston, Texas. It is hosted by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) South Texas Section. For more information and to register for the conference, go to http://www.spe-stx.org.

For more information on Total Cray Valley’s Dymalink coagents for improved polyolefin performance, go to http://www.crayvalley.com/products/dymalink-zinc-acrylate/specialty.

About Total Cray Valley
Globally based in Paris, Total Cray Valley is part of Total’s Polymers division within the Refining & Chemicals branch. Total Cray Valley manufactures Wingtack® and Cleartack® hydrocarbon resins, Poly bd®, Ricon® and Krasol® liquid polybutadiene resins, SMA® copolymer resins, and Dymalink® monomers. These products are used as raw materials and additives for adhesives, rubber, electronics, thermoplastics, coatings and other applications.

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New York City Nonprofit City Harvest Alleviates Hunger with the Help of New Cisco Hyperconverged Technology

Employees and volunteers help feed the hungry using virtual desktops powered by Cisco HyperFlex

SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., February 20, 2017 /3BL Media/ – City Harvest, which rescues surplus food from grocers, farms, restaurants, and manufacturers and distributes it free of charge to New York City food pantries, soup kitchens and other community food programs, looks to utilize cutting-edge technology to better serve its community partners. City Harvest recently selected Cisco HyperFlex System to host virtual desktops and enhance operations.

As City Harvest continues to expand its anti-hunger programming, creating a secure environment is a key consideration, and virtual desktop infrastructure was chosen because of its ability to isolate the environment. After researching several converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to host virtual desktops, City Harvest selected the Cisco® HyperFlex System, which allows the organization to create hundreds of virtual desktops in minutes and easily add additional processing power using Cisco UCS® blades. In addition, troubleshooting and support are handled with a single call to Cisco to resolves any issue: servers, networking, or storage. City Harvest was one of the first nonprofits in the United States to adopt this new technology.

“Information technology plays an important role in City Harvest’s food rescue and delivery operations,” says James Safonov, head of Technology and Information Security for City Harvest. “Consider the intricate planning required to schedule 22 trucks averaging 360 food pickups and deliveries a day. We’ve developed smart algorithms that update truck routes and delivery instructions in real time based on storage space, preferred delivery days and types of food, and the specific food items we have available.”

Flexibility for Employees and Volunteers
Cisco HyperFlex and the Cisco Nexus switches were up and running in just one day, and the City Harvest IT team built hundreds of virtual desktops in minutes. Employees and volunteers can now log in to their personal virtual desktops from anywhere. “With other options, we would have had to replace our existing platform to support VDI, but with Cisco we could blend UCS and HyperFlex technology into a hybrid data center environment and continue using our older storage technology,” said Safonov.

Increased Efficiency
The new thin clients cost 75 percent less than new desktop computers, and City Harvest no longer needs to keep spare computers in inventory. If a virtual desktop develops problems, the organization can now build a new one in less than a minute. City Harvest also chose Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) to run its business applications: by moving 100 virtual machines from traditional servers to Cisco UCS, they eliminated an entire rack.

Scaling to Do More
Food insecurity— the lack of access to adequate, nutritious food— remains persistently high in New York City. “Cisco HyperFlex gives us the opportunity to scale as City Harvest grows to feed more people,” said Safonov. “Cisco HyperFlex and Cisco UCS help make our truck routes more efficient and more securely run our desktops and our applications.”

In addition to Cisco UCS and HyperFlex, City Harvest utilizes Cisco UCS ManagerCisco ASA 5500 Series Firewall with FirePOWER ServicesCisco Umbrella for SecurityCisco Meraki Wireless SolutionCisco Unified Communications Manager, and Cisco WebEx.

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Read: City Harvest Case Study
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About City Harvest
City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982 and, this year, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables.  Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs.  In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest developed long-term Healthy Neighborhoods programs which partner with low-income communities to increase access to fresh produce and help residents shop for and cook nutritious, budget-conscious meals.  To learn more about food rescue, Healthy Neighborhoods and fighting hunger in New York City, visit cityharvest.org.

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Energy Storage: How Sustainability Works for All of Us

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For many, “sustainability” evokes images of solar panels, windmills, and electric vehicles. When we at Green Charge use the word, we are indeed talking about reducing carbon emissions by using energy storage to bank renewable energy, thus reducing reliance on power from oil and coal. We also contribute to sustainability by giving utilities the means to leverage our distributed customer-sited energy storage so they can more efficiently balance grid demand.

But in the national context, sustainability can generate more than environmental and technological benefits. It can produce meaningful economic benefits as well.

Where are the jobs?

With the ratification of the COP21 Paris Agreement—and the associated mandate to reduce greenhouse gases 80 percent by 2050—the need for renewable energy technologies has taken on increasing urgency. That’s great news, not only for the nation’s more affluent high-tech hubs, but for the rest of the country as well. The recently released 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (which details the state of employment in 2016), finds for example, that more than 350,000 Americans worked in solar production, a 25 percent increase. Compare that with less than 200,000 employed in coal, gas, and oil-based electricity production.

These findings in the solar sector are part of a larger trend in sustainability-related industries, which, according to the Environmental Defense Fund, now represent as many as 4.5 million jobs across all 50 states. The EDF states that many of these jobs are inherently local (such as installing energy storage systems at your facility) and pay above-average wages.

At Green Charge, the burgeoning demand for solar PV and distributed energy storage has created an opportunity for us to have a significant impact on the 21st-Century grid. But to do so, we need to step up the pace of our energy storage deployments across the country so that we can achieve the necessary scale. ENGIE—a traditional energy industry veteran that is reinventing itself for the sustainable future—is giving us significant leverage to do that. With those impressive resources at our back, we’ll be looking for all kinds of talent wherever GridSynergy Storage is deployed

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