As the UK Green Investment Bank reaches its second anniversary, it passes the milestone of mobilizing more than £5B for new green energy infrastructure projects, benefiting more than 200 communities across the UK.
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), the first of its kind in the world, has now mobilized more than £5B of investment into the UK’s green energy sector since its launch two years ago.
Yesterday, October 30, GIB announced the 37th project it has funded, a £5.2M transaction to help global bank Citi reduce energy use at its data c entre in Lewisham, London.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Under this Government, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create more jobs and secure a brighter future for Britain, we have become one of the best places for green investment anywhere in the world – and the Green Investment Bank has played an instrumental role in this.
“Their achievements tell their own story – in just two years, getting 37 green infrastructure projects underway in the UK, committing more than £1.6B of capital and mobilizing a total of £5.2B, and creating thousands of jobs.”
Aiden Powell is program coordinator at Purdue University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center. He received his B.A. in history and anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2012 and is currently completing his M.S. in anthropology with a focus on LGBTQ student health.
Q: What is the “Q” in LGBTQ?
A: The “Q” stands for either “queer” or “questioning”. It is meant to broaden the umbrella and create a more inclusive environment for those who don’t self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or may be in a process of discovering their own gender or sexual orientation. “Queer” is actually an architectural term for angles that were different from what was expected in design blueprints. Over time, however, it became a derogatory slur to describe LGBT people.
Q: When did people adopt the “Q”?
A: People began to reclaim the term “queer” during a process of awakening or empowerment in the 1990s when you saw groups like Act Up demonstrate publicly against the high cost of HIV drugs and multiple LGBT marches on Washington, D.C., as well as pressure to expand the LGBT acronym to include more identities. “Queer” covered people who fell outside a non-binary definition of sexuality and gender.
When institutions of higher learning do not provide ongoing job and career placement services to their graduates, the industry fails to optimize the same alumni relations they seek to tap for fundraising activities.
When each of my alma maters sends me letters in the mail asking for money, I generally ask myself: what have you done for me lately? In other words, why do the schools from which I graduated expect me to supply a stream annual dividends on their investment in me when the reality is I paid these institutions handsomely for four years of education?
I’m not that gift that keeps on giving. In fact, universities give their opponents a huge opportunity to claim that college degrees these days aren’t worth the paper their written on when the importance of lifetime learning becomes more evident during times of long-term joblessness nationally.