November 16, 2009 It has been a busy few months and we have some great news! We purchased a green house kit from a company called Clear Span, a manufacturer of fabric structures and greenhouses out of Iowa. It arrived at Arcosanti on 11/02/09.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] This 20′ wide x 48′ long greenhouse, more specifically called a “High Tunnel,” is an unheated, plastic-covered structure that provides an intermediate level of environmental protection and control compared to open field conditions and heated greenhouses.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] We have been putting together a presentation of greenhouse systems research to educate ourselves, the crew and the Workshop participants.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] We are excited to begin the process of growing food and experiencing the life of a greenhouse closer to the “center of town”. We plan to use this greenhouse as a prototype for heat collection as it will be connected to the existing and in construction portion of the Heat Duct Tunnel and we will use rainwater collected from the building above for watering the crops. As a prototype, this greenhouse will help us perfect the design for the energy apron.[photo: Anna & text: Nadia Begin]
07May Rep. Sheppard bill clarifying ownership of surplus workers’ comp insurance funds passes House Legislation reflects original intent, provides guidance to courtsThe Michigan House today voted in support of a bill that ensures employers who pay into self-insured workers’ compensation funds are rightly entitled to any surplus dollars, as they are member-owned asset pools.“The Workers’ Compensation Agency already considers employers the just owners of any surplus funds, so this bill sensibly clarifies statute to reflect an equitable practice,” said bill sponsor Rep. Jason Sheppard.House Bill 4362 amends the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act of 1969 to clarify that employer members in a self-insured group possess ownership of proportional shares in the any surplus assets.“The goal of this bill is to clarify the original intent of the legislature,” Rep. Sheppard said. “These insurance funds are owned by group members and no one else, it’s that simple.”HB 4362 also requires groups to establish processes and procedures for the distribution of excess assets in case of surplus or dissolution as approved by the Workers’ Compensation Agency.The legislation will be considered further in the Senate. Categories: Sheppard News
German consumer electronics and trade organsiations have grouped together to produce a consumer guide to smart TV. Consumer electronics trade group the GFU, electrical trade organization ZVEI and technical retail trade body the BVT have grouped together under the German Smart TV initiative to produce a pocket guide to smart TV offering brand-neutral information and advice for consumers. The guide is available on the partners’ websites as a PDF document.