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Nonprofit promotes sustainable community development

BY CSA STAFF

San Rafael, Calif. A new nonprofit, The Partnership for Sustainable Communities, has been established to help reduce sprawl and encourage reinvestment in established neighborhoods.

PSC operates nationally to promote land-use policies and development practices that encourage high-density transit-oriented development and housing and economic opportunity for persons of all incomes, said its president and founder Andre F. Shashaty.

“The housing market crash and the new alarm about the dangers of global warming mark the beginning of the end of the ‘General Motors model’ of community planning that dominated post-war America,” said Shashaty. “With increasing fears of climate change on their minds, progressive cities and states are going far beyond just green building. They are changing land use policies to reverse our love affair with car-dependent, carbon-spewing, cost-inflating sprawl. They are working to facilitate more compact, transit-oriented development and vibrant, diverse communities.”

PSC said it will help realize that vision by providing tools and information to help local governments improve their local land-use policies and help developers build projects that enhance community sustainability.

PSC will serve a broad range of participants and advocates in community and transportation development, as well as state and city officials concerned with GHG emissions and land use.

Federal housing, environment, and transportation officials are now collaborating on federal policy. PSC said it will encourage similar collaboration among private sector companies and state and local governments by serving as an objective clearinghouse of information on sustainable community planning and development.

PSC will provide tools for developers and activists to influence government policymakers to adapt progressive land use and zoning policies.

The nonprofit is operating on an initial seed money grant from a small family foundation in Ohio and is currently soliciting other grants from individuals and foundations.  

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Staples announces holiday deals

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples announced that it has launched its new Holiday Center at www.staples.com/holidaysavings, featuring an expanded assortment of products and deals including gifts for the office, technology for kids, stocking stuffers and party supplies.

The company also said that it will announce Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals of Facebook and Twitter. 

 

“At Staples, we are committed to offering customers great deals during the holiday shopping season through everyday low prices on a wide assortment of gifts, from the latest technology products and hot brand-name gadgets to Staples-exclusive items,” said Jevin Eagle, EVP merchandising and marketing for Staples. “No matter where our customers choose to shop – in our stores or on Staples.com – they will find easy ways to save this holiday season.”

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Sears gets exclusive on Jenn-Air

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Sears Holdings Corp. is about to become the exclusive national retailer for Jenn-Air appliances in a deal that will cut out both Home Depot and Lowe’s. Sears announced yesterday that it will introduce 17 “super premium” Jenn-Air refrigerators, dishwashers and cooktops to 255 of its largest stores by Nov. 15.

By January, Jenn-Air will no longer be sold through Home Depot and Lowe’s, according to Sears, although independent dealers and regional chains can still carry the brand.

Sears is the No. 1 retailer of large appliances with 31% of the market, according to the Stevenson Co., a market research firm that closely follows the appliance industry. But the Hoffman Estates, Ill., retailer has watched its market share steadily erode over the years as customers, often driven by promotions, turn to the warehouse home centers for their appliances. According to Stevenson’s most recent estimates, Lowe’s and Home Depot have a 20% and 11% share, respectively.

Whirlpool, which acquired Jenn-Air as part of its 2006 purchase of Maytag, manufactures a number of appliances for Sears under the Kenmore private label.

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