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Fredericks eEnd Earns Major Certifications That Guarantee The Highest Level Of Security, Service And Positive Environmental Stewardship For Their Clients

Frederick, MD (PRWEB) November 10, 2014

eEnd, a Frederick, MD firm which specializes in electronics recycling and secure data destruction for businesses and government agencies throughout the midAtlantic states, announced today that they have been awarded R2:2013, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certifications.

By becoming R2:2013 Certified, along with receiving our ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certifications, were further demonstrating our strong emphasis on environmental and human protection in the recycling process, said Arleen Chafitz, CEO of eEnd.

The three main goals of the R2:2013 Standard for Responsible Recycling are to protect people, protect the planet and preserve resources. To make sure they are meeting these goals, eEnds process for handling of materials is based on a Reuse, Recover and Recycle hierarchy.

The most responsible way for handling items that come into our facility is to first test for possible reuse through remarketing or donation to nonprofits. Anything that cannot be reused is broken down into their core components, and then sent for processing to become new raw material, said Chafitz. By having a Zero Landfill Policy, all of the processors

we use must be vetted to ensure they meet our same strict practices for properly handling hazardous materials. Another aspect of the R2:2013 Standard is the required destruction of all data on media that a recycler processes. While most people equate computers and cell phones to be the kinds of devices that store data, the truth is that a host of other devices including copiers, printers, office telephone systems, and medical equipment can also retain personal and confidential data. Since 2011, eEnd has been AAA Certified for the destruction of data on hard drives plus all other electronic and nonpaper media by the National Association for Information Destruction. With this NAID AAA Certification, eEnd can certify that 100% of data is destroyed and cannot be recovered.

ISO 14001 Certification further guides eEnds commitment to environmental protection by providing a framework for the company to help reduce their environmental impact. The core of ISO 14001 is the implementation of an Environmental Management System that minimizes the harmful effects a business may have on the environment. In addition to demonstrating a commitment for decreasing office waste and increasing the recycling of materials, eEnd has developed plans to reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas and diesel fuel.

The OHSAS 18001 Certification ensures a strong commitment to occupational health and safety throughout their organization. By developing a concise management system that identifies any health and safety hazards that may be present in their facility, eEnds goal is to minimize the risks faced by employees, visitors and clients. Through regular staff training and internal auditing, OHSAS 18001 outlines the processes necessary for continual improvement of safe practices. By taking the necessary steps to be awarded these three new Certifications, were committing to the same desire of our clients to keep endoflife electronics from posing a risk to environmental and public health, and the data on these devices from leading to a data breach, added Chafitz.

To learn more about eEnds complete scope of services, visit or call (240) 5291010.

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Sec. Duncan Urges California to Become a National Model of Early Learning

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) October 24, 2014

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged California to stand up as the model of what a high-quality early child care and education system should look like.

“If this community and this state can fundamentally break through and take to scale what we know makes a difference in kids’ lives, that would be amazing and the implications would be national,” he said.

Speaking at the Children: LAs Greatest Investment forum, co-hosted by Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), Duncan said that the case has been made for the economic and social benefits of not only high-quality preschool, but the broader early care and education spectrum.

Were talking about a 0-5 continuum here, Duncan told reporters after his keynote address at the forum. I continue to believe this is the best investment we can make in families and childrenif we want to have a strong economy, Duncan said.

The forum, held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, brought together experts in the private and public sectorsincluding early care and education, business, political and academia to examine issues of quality in early learning and public policy to support early childhood education.

In the last 10 years, LAUP has increased access to high-quality preschool for more than 100,000 children. In addition, LAUPs CEO, Celia C. Ayala, said that her organizations focus has also been shifting to include raising the quality of care and learning for infants and toddlersthrough initiatives such as the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, a federal grant focused on improving early learning and development programs for children 0-5 years old and close the achievement gap.

Our early childhood education experts have been successful in coaching site directors, family childcare owners and teachers how to improve their program environment, ratios, teacher-child interactions, qualifications and more for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, Ayala said.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning Libby Doggett, who served on one of the panels, lauded California as helping lead the way with recent new investments in quality early learning. This year, LAUP was instrumental in advocating for a bill that state legislators passed to increase quality in early care and education. The organization also advocated for the successful passage of the Los Angeles Unified School Districts resolution to invest $ 34 million in the districts Early Education Division.

Forum co-hosts included First 5 LA, LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Scholastic Inc. LA n Sync was the presenting sponsor.

About LAUP

LAUP funds and raises the level of quality preschool programs throughout Los Angeles County by advancing teacher training and creating safe and nurturing environments for more than 100,000 children since its inception. LAUP is funded in part by First 5 LA.

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Ware Academy Named a Virginia Naturally School For Second Year In A Row

Gloucester, Va. (PRWEB) October 24, 2014

Ware Academy is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, it was named a Virginia Naturally School. This honor recognizes Ware Academys efforts to increase environmental awareness and stewardship of its students during the 2013-2014 academic year. Ware Academy was one of only 52 schools in the state to receive the recognition this year, and one of only two independent schools selected.

Virginia Naturally Schools is the official environmental education school recognition program for the state of Virginia and is administered by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

To earn the Virginia Naturally recognition, Ware Academy had to showcase administrative support for conservation and environmental education programs; high quality professional development that supports integrating conservation and environmental education into the classroom; resource conservation on campus; field and hands on experiences for the students; library and equipment resources dedicated to conservation and environmental education; outdoor classrooms and community support.

Ware Academys academic programming includes conservation and environmental learning at all grade levels, from pre-school to middle school.

Among the many programs at Ware Academy that led to the award are the following:


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