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Whole Foods wins green award

Whole Foods Market has received a 2009 Green Choice Award from Natural Health magazine for its commitment to sustainable, earth-friendly initiatives which inspire other companies and consumers to follow suit.

Some of the company’s environmental stewardship programs include:

  • Purchasing renewable energy credits to offset electricity used in all Whole Foods Market locations in North America.
  • Working toward converting company distribution fleets to bio-diesel to reduce fuel emissions.
  • Pioneering a composting program to reduce landfill waste by up to 75 percent.
  • Removing disposable plastic bags from store checkouts.

For more information about the Green Choice Awards, visit www.naturalhealthmag.com.

UCCS graduate programs cited as national leaders

Two graduate-level programs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The graduate-level nursing program offered by the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and a graduate-level public affairs program offered at the university are among the publication’s 2010 choices for America’s Best Graduate Schools.

The master’s of nursing program was ranked 72nd nationally, tied with 22 other public and private colleges and universities, including program offered at Baylor University, Brigham Young University, Georgia State University, San Diego State University and the University of Delaware.

The nursing program at the University of Colorado at Denver ranked 15th.

The two CU programs are the only graduate nursing programs in Colorado ranked by U.S. News.

The School of Public Affairs, which offers courses at CU-Denver, UCCS and in Grand Junction, ranked 32nd nationally and tied with three other schools, including programs offered at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Kentucky.

Twenty-eight CU programs were recognized by the magazine, including programs in medicine, law, physics and chemistry.

Ranking highlights are available in the May edition of the magazine or at www.usnews.com.

HDR jumps three spots in engineering rankings

HDR has risen to No. 13 in the 2009 Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms Survey. The firm was ranked No. 16 last year.

HDR held steady in transportation, with its No. 8 ranking unchanged from 2008. It rose from No. 13 to No. 9 in general building and from No. 8 to No. 7 in sewer/water. The firm also cracked the Top 50 International Designers at No. 41.

HDR is an employee-owned architectural, engineering and consulting firm with more than 7,700 employees and more than 165 locations worldwide. It has offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins and Glenwood Springs.

Salzman real estate office nets award

Salzman Real Estate Services Ltd. has received the 2008 Peak Producers in Relocation – Gold Level from the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Broker/owner Harry A. Salzman has had an office in Colorado Springs for more than 38 years.

Boy Scouts select leaders

The Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America has elected officers for 2009.

Brian Burnett, vice-chancellor of business and finance at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is president.

Kurt Kofford of BiggsKofford will serve as executive vice-president and Tim Howell of Chase Bank was elected treasurer.

Husch Blackwell Sanders recognized for diversity

MultiCultural Law Magazine has ranked Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP among the top 100 law firms for diversity.

To ensure that inclusion is a priority, the firm formed a Diversity Council, which works to recruit lawyers and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Money available for wildlife projects

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for enrollment into the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program.

WHIP is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. NRCS provides technical assistance and a payment rate for a participant to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Landowners can receive technical and financial assistance for conservation practices that help protect Gunnison sage grouse, greater sage grouse, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, plains sharp-tailed grouse, lesser prairie chickens, southwestern willow flycatchers, western yellow-billed cuckoo, imperiled bird species associated with the shortgrass prairies (including shorebirds that utilize playas), and listed eastern plains native fish.

The deadline to apply is May 15.

For more information, visit www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/whip.htm.

UoR expands online offerings

University of the Rockies has begun enrollment for three new specializations available to all students pursuing an online master’s or doctoral degree in psychology.

The programs are health and wellness psychology, organizational consulting, and sports and performance psychology.

For more information, or to apply, visit www.rockies.edu or call 821-0124.

TOPS seeks committee members

The City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board needs volunteers to serve on the TOPS Working Committee.

The committee determines spending priorities for the Trails, Open Space and Parks sales tax, which is the 0.1 percent sales tax approved by voters during 1997.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Have involvement with an organization dedicated to promoting trails, parks or open space.
  • Live within the city limits.
  • Demonstrate and interest associated with parks, trails or open space.

The deadline to apply is May 15.

For more information, call Chris Lieber at 385-6530.

Vega Reservoir open for boating

The last of the winter’s ice has melted at Vega State Park and the reservoir is open for boating.

Under Colorado law, only people 16 and older can operate motorboats. Teens 14 and 15 may operate a motorboat if they have completed a boating safety course.

In addition, boaters must have a life jacket for every person on board the boat. Children younger than 13 must wear life jackets whenever on board, unless they are below deck or in an enclosed cabin.

All boats, including canoes, kayaks and jet-skis, must have a horn or whistle on board to notify others about problems or danger. Boaters also should check their fire extinguishers, boats and trailers to ensure everything is in proper working condition.

To register for a boating safety class, call (888) 593-BOAT or visit www.parks.state.co.us.