Education Financial Officers Do Not Have the Skills for the Jobs


April 11, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News


Big news on the efficacy and education of  finance board members education to do the job.  As it is important to look nationally, one state’s actions can lend weight to the state of education.  The news that the “School finance officers across Kentucky may lack skills for their jobs” is not a surprise but important content.

The news that Department of Education in Kentucky revealed the lack of education and competence to do the job. The rule of thumb in Kentucky is relationships-relationships that do not support quality hires. The goal to ensure sustainable education is having the resources and knowledge to support the development of education. As the “new report by the state auditor’s office, obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, reveals that the problem is statewide:

● One-third of the commonwealth’s school finance officers don’t have college degrees in accounting or a finance-related field. Those 58 districts represent more than $1.3 billion a year in spending.

● In more than 20 percent of districts, finance officers don’t have a bachelor’s degree in any subject at all.

● Their work experience varies widely. Of Kentucky’s 173 school districts, 33 have finance officers who are former teachers, principals or superintendents. Of those, 18 have no previous financial or accounting experience or education,” reports Kentucky.

● Less than half reported obtaining a finance-related certification.

The challenge for a state like Kentucky is to open the doors to broadening the intelligence beyond the relationships of comfort. Education, requires steadfast critical solutions to solve the education gaps of today. To repair education which is broken the stakeholders have to be qualified to the task of today’s demands and future requirements.



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Celebrating 50 Years of Civil Rights

Image from Long Wharf.

Image from Long Wharf.

April 11, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

It is great honor to celebrate the 5oth anniversary of Civil Rights.  Civil Rights was forged on the platform of the work of many from Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, President Johnson, President Kennedy, Reverend Shuttlesworth and more. The legacy of the social justice, voting, equity and civil rights was forged 50 years ago yet, so much more is required since the point of its legislation.


In this July 2, 1964, file photo, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Standing from left, are Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill.; Rep. Clarence Brown, R-Ohio; Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn.; Rep. Charles Halleck, R-Ind.; Rep. William McCullough, R-Ohio; and Rep. Emanuel Celler, D-N.Y. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin is hosting a civil rights summit this week, highlighted by a keynote address by President Barack Obama today. (AP file photo)

It was hard fought political struggle with lives lost and sacrifices made to garner the rights that were hard fought that lead us to today. This struggle continues as race, inclusion,  voting rights are still untenable.

The pursuit for civil rights needs to be celebrated as the work continues on race.

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Creative Mind Needs Fuel

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Creativity Image from Creating Odyssey.

April 11, 2014

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By Dr. Tyra OldhamSustainable Thought for the Day


“Creative mind needs creative energy to derive the fuel to feed the innovation. Feed creativity or starve the passion is the choice between creativity and creation.”

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Creativity is nurtured as any gift or pursuit.  Creativity is like an energy source that requires a power source with negative and positivity that is grounded so not to overload. The  creative mind requires fuel for food to feed the brain from various sources.

Creative minds must be aware of the fuel source and type to drive the creative engine. It is within everyone to produce creativity if one can find the source, support or sustainability to deliver a creation.

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Changing Buying Habits in Africa Through Airtel M-Commerce

April 10, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

The synergy of technology and energy are available in Africa.  The news is the accessibility of resources via an online money accessibility platform.  The news of “Vivo Energy And Airtel Money Sign Pan African Partnership Agreement”  may lead to innovation or an unknown phenomena in socioeconomics.

Shell customers will now be able to pay for their fuel using Airtel Money       

Vivo Energy a Shell licensee in 15 African markets, and Airtel Money today announced a collaborative Pan African agreement to strengthen both companies’ footprint in providing services to their growing customer base. Vivo Energy operates 1,430 Shell branded service stations in 15 countries across Africa and aims to be the most respected energy company in Africa. Airtel Money is operational in 15 countries in Africa, with over 27 million registered customers and over 250,000 registered agents. Airtel money currently has the widest m-commerce footprint in Africa and building a cashless ecosystem across the continent. The objective of the agreement is to give the communities substantially more Airtel Money agent points through the Vivo Energy’s network of Shell retail service stations and convenience shops in all current and future countries in Africa in which both Airtel and Vivo Energy operate,” posts Business Ghana.


The initial scope of the alliance will cover the following areas:

  • Shell service stations will be Cash In and Cash Out points for Airtel Money customers
  • Airtel Money will be an accepted mode of payment in all Shell Service Stations
  • Shell service stations will stock and sell Airtel airtime
  • Shell service stations will provide float to Airtel Money agents

The partnership will be rolled out in Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Madagascar and Kenya where both companies currently overlap by first half of this year. Mr David Mureithi, Executive Vice President Supply & Marketing at Vivo Energy states that: “Mobile money represents huge opportunity with the unbanked and also banked population of Africa. At the end of 2013, we had more than 730 million mobile phones registered in Africa. This represents a 70% penetration in the population. The Director and Africa Head of Airtel Money, Mr Chidi Okpala states that “this partnership provides our customers with additional outlets where they can deposit and withdraw cash, as well as make purchases for fuel and other services at Shell service stations with Airtel Money.

Providing an economic portal, same as cash with benefits is the tool Africa is using to gain access but is this a widely manageable process for success.  The benefits to Shell are clear. Can this same value be delivered to support socioeconomic development.

This system is worth watching to determine the sustainable results to the user and stakeholders. The replacement of cash for uploading renewable money can be one remedy to accessing critical resources.  This method does not address developing economic power i.e. credit for leveraging equity and assets. This process is changing the state of spend and consumption.


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Bridging Art and Architecture from Japan

April 10, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News


Mellon Research Initiative introduces the “Materiality in Japan: Making, Breaking and Conserving Works of Art and Architecture” bringing a nexuses to understand the craftsmanship from their history.

Organized by Anton Schweizer, 2012-2014 IFA/Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

April 11, 2014
Organized by Anton Schweizer, 2012-2014 IFA/Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
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“Japan is widely regarded as an exemplar in terms of the preservation of material integrity, the perpetuation of historical production techniques and the responsible preservation of works of architecture and artifacts in museum contexts. The Japanese certification system for Cultural Property – which also includes the category of Living National Treasures for specialist craftsmen who embody manufacturing techniques as Intangible Cultural Property – has earned far-reaching acclaim. It is frequently overlooked, however, that there is actually a wide range of divergent approaches towards originality and authenticity even in contemporary Japan. While some of these inconsistencies find their counterparts in the West, others are related to pre-modern cultural practices, e.g. concurrent concepts of artifacts in divergent contexts of reception and evaluation,” reports New York University (NYU).

This conference attempts to shed light on this issue with a series of case studies as a means to deconstruct overly simplistic explanatory models.

The conference schedule will follow three thematic sections:

I “Object practices” will address practices of production, maintenance, repair and renewal in pre-modern Japan. Of particular interest will be distinctive concepts of temporality and permanence, substitution, preservation and functionality.

II “Approaches to curating and conserving” will examine dichotomies among the contemporary approaches to authenticity and material integrity in Japan, Europe and North America. In particular, a focus will be laid on a discussion of the often-postulated continuities between pre-modern and contemporary practices in Japan, and of challenges to established paradigms of material integrity in the West.

III “Ensemble cultures” will address relevant practices which employed artifacts in larger contexts of spatial organization, object groups or decorative ensembles. A particular focus will be laid on processes of re-interpretation, re-evaluation, categorization and historiographical engagement of artifacts, and the corresponding practices of display.

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This event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To make a reservation for this event, please click hereOpen link in new window. Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come first-served basis with RSVP. A reservation does not guarantee a seat in the lecture hall. We will provide a simulcast in an adjacent room to accommodate overflow.



Opening Remarks: Anton Schweizer, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Session I:  Object Practices
Murielle Hladik, Architect and curator, Paris and Associate Professor, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Clermont-Ferrand ENSACF: Architecture and Temporality: Cyclical Rebuilding, Displacement and Transfer

Andrew Watsky, Professor of Japanese Art History, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University: Tea Utensil/Sacred Thing: Objects In and Out of Sixteenth-Century chanoyu

Jennifer Perry, Conservator for Japanese paintings in the Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Japanese Scroll Mountings:  Tools of Presentation and Preservation

Moderator: Dipti Khera, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University


Session II: Approaches to Curating and Conserving
Christoph Henrichsen, Architectural conservator and independent scholar, Cologne: Traditional Repair and Contemporary Restoration in the Conservation of Historic Wooden Architecture in Japan

Monika Bincsik, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art: Preserving Japanese Lacquer Techniques: Replicas, Copies, and Fakes

George Wheeler, Director of Conservation Research, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University; Research Scientist, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Where is the real Isamu? Culture and context in the conservation of Noguchi’s sculptures at Mure and Long Island City

ModeratorIvan Gaskell, Professor; Curator and Head of the Focus Gallery Project, Bard Graduate Center


Coffee break

Session III:  Ensemble Cultures

Yukio Lippit, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University:The Ashikaga object

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, Handa IFAC Curator for Japanese Arts, British Museum and Research Director, Sainsbury Institute: Broken Pots: Re-positioning the Early Modern Archaeological Heritage of Japan to Reveal Taste in Dining among the Elite

Rosina Buckland, Senior Curator of Japanese Collections, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh:Divergent Discourses of Aesthetic Appreciation in Bakumatsu and Meiji Japan

ModeratorDeborah L. Krohn, Associate Professor, Bard Graduate Center; Fellow, Spring 2014, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies

Reception (Loeb room)

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In Times of Complexity Think Sustainability

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April 10, 2014

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By Dr. Tyra Oldham, Sustainable Thought for the Day


“When in times of complexity it is a good time to think sustainability to determine next steps.  When decisions lead to sustainable outcomes versus unsustainable chaos, complexity can be appreciated.”

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The opportunity to implement sustainable processes lead to identifying methods to optimize. Sustainability is not one step process but a walk and jump into continuous improvements over the life of organization or organism.  This ability to produce continuous improvements allows for varied success that contribute to sustainability.

Sustainability is perceived as environmental yet, it is a means to end and a way of operating an ecosystem.  When sustainable thinking is operationalized then too can complexity be managed as larger thinking is implemented considering people, production, process, profit and potential within the probability of potential complexity.

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Detroit Dirt on Using Environment for City Change

Message from Detroit Dirt whose mission is “To become an engine for the urban farming movement by regenerating waste into the resources that will reshape Detroit.”

Video on “Why Do We Work So Hard?” The answer we must to get things done and make  sustainable difference.


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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Pilot Project on Water

LLNL Engineer Ruben Ocampo (left) and Sustainability Manager Michael Cowen. Image from LLNL. Photo by Don Johnston/LLNL.

LLNL Engineer Ruben Ocampo (left) and Sustainability Manager Michael Cowen. Image from LLNL. Photo by Don Johnston/LLNL.

April 8, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News


The Laboratory has launched a pilot project to reduce potable water use by using treated groundwater to cool equipment and research facilities at the main site reported in the latest news of the “Pilot water conservation project uses treated groundwater for cooling” for efficiency.

Water from one of LLNL’s treatment wells is being run through a reverse osmosis filtration unit and used as an alternative to the Hetch-Hetchy water used in the Bldg. 133 cooling tower on the west side of the Lab near Bldg. 132. Use of the treated groundwater reduces the need for water from the Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the associated cost.

“This is part of an ongoing effort to conserve water, reduce costs and help the Laboratory meet its environmental goals,” said Michael Cowen, LLNL sustainability manager. “At a time when water conservation is a matter of public concern and discussion, we continue to strive to identify innovative ways to improve water efficiency.”

LLNL operates about 25 treatment wells around the main site that reduce the contaminants in groundwater to levels acceptable for discharge to the site’s storm sewer system. The average discharge rate is about 600 gallons per minute. Most of the contaminants — called volatile organic compounds — are legacy waste from the time when the site was a US Navy air station.

In January and February the Environmental Restoration Division pumped some 711,000 gallons of well water through a pilot reverse osmosis unit at the Bldg. 133 cooling tower, replacing 498,000 gallons of potable Hetch-Hetchy water that would have been required. In 2014 the unit could potentially save 7 million gallons of potable water. Cleaning the ground water from the wells also makes economic sense because reverse osmosis produces better water at a cost that is lower than the potable water it replaces.

Cooling towers work by circulating cool water to facility heat exchangers or condensers to absorb heat. That water is then returned to the cooling tower to release the heat through evaporation. “Make up” water is required to replenish the water lost to evaporation and to reduce the concentrations of minerals, such as calcium, circulating as dissolved solids in the cooling water. Mineral concentrations can cause “fouling” of heat exchangers and interfere with the ability to transfer heat resulting in poor performance and higher costs. To maintain the appropriate water quality water is released from the tower in a process called “blowdown.” Because the well water that passes through the reverse osmosis unit is cleaner than Hetch Hetchy water, less blowdown is required,” reported Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

This approach to water conservation has the potential to reduce potable water consumption at each of LLNL’s five cooling towers, which account for more than 40 percent of Lab potable water consumption, approximately 100 million gallons annually. F&I is looking to expand the pilot project to the Bldg. 454 cooling tower that serves the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility, also called B-453 Livermore Computing (LC).

Anna Maria Bailey, facility manager of the LC facilities, notes that the return of water-cooled supercomputers, such as Sequoia, makes it important to use water efficiently.

The work of research and innovation can bring about new technologies that make a forward leap into sustainable solutions. The hope is to bring efficiency and efficacy to work of water modalities to ensure drinkable healthy water sources for today and the future.

Water can be a resource over used and under considered. When we loose access to water we are doomed to failure and next is the the loss of life.


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What We Become on Stress Days

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April 9, 2014

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By Dr. Tyra Oldham, Sustainable Thought for the Day


“On stress days we can become what we imagine to be an overcome with ease and grace and/or a beast howling in anger when in reality seeking help.”

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Today, we are faced with a myriad of stressors. These stressors can cause us dis-ease or ease depending on your frame of reference. On the high stress days it can be a day to step back and manage what is in front  and then replenish.

When in any stressors the mind and body needs to face the work and then repair the body.  The body is like a computer needs to reboot. Think, when is the last time you were able to reboot? You can’t imagine what can happen when you destress.

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Gas Prices Rising Where Will It End


April 8, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News


As  summer comes into bloom and driving becomes more vogue the price of gas is rising. The cost of gas will impact how far and when consumers will travel.  Divers have a profound long-term relationship to fuel so as “Gas Prices Continue to Climb toward $4 a Gallon: Ways to Save Money” is a necessary step to happy trails.

As you watch the price of gas it continues to rise quickly.  “The average price of $3.61 a gallon this week, up almost 5 cents from last week according to the most recent gas survey from Lundberg Survey Inc. This is the highest that gas has been since July 26, 2013, although the average price is about 4 cents lower than it was the same time last year. The 2013 low was at $3.18 a gallon. The Lundberg Survey queries 2,500 gas stations around the nation to get its average price.”

Consider,  those living in “California who have the highest prices “in the lower 48 states at over $4.00 a gallon, inching up to $4.04 a gallon this week. This is nearly a $0.40 increase per gallon since mid-March. Montana continues to have the lowest average price at $3.20 a gallon.  Fuel inventories have fallen for six straight weeks according to the Energy Information Administration data. They fell an additional 1.57 million barrels during the week that ended on March 28, and now sit at 215.6 million barrels. This is the lowest level since November 2103,” post Saving Advice.

Why do gasoline prices continue to climb? “With the warmer weather of Spring, more people are out driving. Gasoline supplies are also lower at the same time of higher crude costs. For states that require an ethanol mixture, higher corn prices have pushed its price some 60% higher from the same period in 2013.

Consider, the short and long-term effect on rising gas prices.The effect causes increases in overall resources. The present cost of gas is worth evaluating as summer comes into season.  The cost will have economic impact and cause a decline in spending and savings. Look at your wallets as money will be as ether, burning quickly.  The increase in gas prices is unsustainable.


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Happy Spring to you all! Feeling free? Cool pallets as vegetable upright. Infrastructural change one cone at a time. These cones last for miles watching these orange barrels -Wow.

April 7, 2014:
- Massive flooding in Birmingham, Alabama U.S. - India starts voting today. - In 2014, first racially integrated public prom in Wilcox County, Georgia rather than decades of private. - Prince George and family first royal trip to New Zealand.

March 31, 2014:
- Last day to register for national healthcare. has technology failures.

March 20, 2014:
-First Day of Spring!

March 14, 2014:
-Worldwide Sleep Day- Snooze!

March 10, 2014:
- Celebrating One Year Anniversary of LANDsds Sustainable News - The Nexuses! Hooray
- Honoring Women In History. Women's History Month.

March 4, 2014:
-Goodbye to Black History Month. -Freeze unfolding.

March 3, 2014:
- Snow impacting U.S. - Poor weather conditions leave many without power.
- 20 out of 50 states effected by weather today.
- D.C. in state of emergency. Federal agencies are closed.

February 26, 2014:
- "U.S. Chamber exec warns against overregulation of energy industry” may lead to economic downturn. - Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities. - Coffee Tech: “Coffee Grounds Converted to Biomass Pellets”

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