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The Harbour Group is a Washington, D.C. based boutique public relations firm. Founded in 2001, the firm focuses on three practice areas: issues management, public relations, and crisis communications. The Harbour Group represents corporate, association, government, and nonprofit clients.Current and past clients include: Biotechnology Industry Organization, International Relief & Development, Pfizer, Shure, the Washington Chapter of the Grammys, and Revolution Health Group. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 18, 2017
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"SASB frameworks help create industry-specific reporting consistency, which is a critical tool for stakeholders engaged in long-term decision making" said Bruno Sarda, NRG's VP of Sustainability. "We are pleased to be an organizational member of the SASB Alliance and look forward to collaborating with other members to enhance sustainability disclosure practices." "In our engagements with stakeholders over the last five years, many have asked how to become more involved with SASB," says Matthew Welch, President of the SASB Foundation. "Over the last few months, we had conversations with several to explore interest in a membership program. Several organizations stepped up to become members even prior to the public launch. We are proud to begin the SASB Alliance with 18 organizational members, a number we expect to grow dramatically over time." Founding organizational members include Bloomberg; Blue Harbour Group; Brand Intelligence Solutions; Breckinridge Capital Advisors; CalPERS; CalSTRS; Calvert Research and Management; CBRE; Domini Impact Investments; Equilibrium Capital; Heron Foundation; Macquarie Investment Management; Neuberger Berman; NRG Energy; Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan; Protiviti; TIAA Investments, an affiliate of Nuveen; and UBS Asset Management. "Fundamental research and analysis is the foundation of Neuberger Berman's work investing for our clients. We fully support SASB's efforts to improve corporate sustainability disclosure at a time when investors are increasingly incorporating material ESG factors into capital allocation decisions. Our analysts were part of the industry working groups that helped develop the SASB standards and we are delighted to continue our support as a founding member of the SASB Alliance," says Jonathan Bailey, Head of ESG Investing at Neuberger Berman. SASB invites capital markets leaders to join a growing movement of organizations and individuals that believe sustainability disclosure must evolve to meet the needs of today's markets. Visit the SASB Alliance website for more information. Established in 2017, the SASB Foundation is responsible for the financing, oversight, administration and appointment of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). The SASB Foundation also provides the market with education and resources that advance the use of SASB standards and the field of sustainability accounting. The SASB Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/announcing-the-sasb-alliance-300459620.html


Goudie R.I.,LGL Ltd Environmental Research Associates | Scheidegger C.,Swiss Federal Institute of forest | Hanel C.,Environment Canada | Munier A.,Royal Roads University | Conway E.,Harbour Group
Endangered Species Research | Year: 2011

A preliminary population model was developed for the boreal felt lichen Erioderma pedicellatum (Hue) P. M. Jørg. in Newfoundland using life stage data collected in eastern and south-central Newfoundland, Canada. This Critically Endangered epiphytic lichen displayed a life history strategy with high adult survival and low recruitment. Deterministic models in 6 mo to 1 yr intervals were generated, yielding similar results to the overall mean values for the 4 yr of study in eastern Newfoundland. The populations of E. pedicellatum in Newfoundland are predicted by our models to be unsustainable because of adult mortality, and we attribute this problem to a decline in the forests of balsam fir Abies balsamea (Mill) that predominantly support this lichen. In eastern Newfoundland, thalli are located almost entirely on mature to over-mature balsam fir, and there is little regeneration because of heavy browsing by the introduced moose Alces alces population. The current and projected predictors indicate that habitat effects may be important in predicting future population size. An assessment of the stable stage distribution indicated that the current population has more juveniles and fewer apothecia-bearing thalli than projected, meaning the current population likely generated from a different set of survival and recruitment rates. The projected annual population growth rates calculated for 4 yr indicated that populations are declining (λ < 1.0, mean decline ± SD = -0.175 ± 0.079). The elasticity values support the fact that the population growth rates are most sensitive to changes in the survival of necrotic (apothecia-bearing) cohorts. We suggest that conservation is best focused on the inventory and protection of old-growth forests important to this species, the reduction of the introduced moose population and the use of herbivore exclosures in specific core population areas. © Inter-Research 2011.


News Article | November 28, 2016
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ST. LOUIS, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CPS Products, Inc., a Harbour Group company, has acquired the assets of AAB Smart Tools, LLC, Jeff Fox, Harbour Group's chairman and chief executive officer, announced. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based in Orlando,...


News Article | December 5, 2016
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ST. LOUIS, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CPS Products, Inc., a Harbour Group company, has acquired STAR EnviroTech, Jeff Fox, Harbour Group's chairman and chief executive officer, announced.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based in Huntington Beach, Cal., STAR EnviroTech,...


Su X.C.,University of Jinan | Liu H.Z.,Harbour Group
Applied Mechanics and Materials | Year: 2014

By using the finite element method we had studied the Tianjin Expressway subgrade settlement. Through the comparison of the reinforcement and the unreinforced two case we studied the principles of strengthening soft soil subgrade and results show that the mixing pile to improve the bearing capacity of the embankment foundation, reduce the settlement of foundation has played a very good role. The finite element method can reflect the nonlinear characteristics of the coupling effect between composite foundation pile, soil and the soil around the pile, the soil using elastoplastic model, and considering the different medium, different distribution, which has great advantages in the analysis of various factors. The finite element method can better reflect the reinforcement of soft soil subgrade. So, it also can optimize the engineering design. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.


Seto M.L.,Harbour Group | Li H.,University of New Brunswick
2010 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2010 | Year: 2010

A knowledge-based agent was designed and validated to optimally re-distribute control authority in a torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The objective is greater fault tolerance in AUVs on long deployments when an AUV is unexpectedly underactuated from a jammed control fin. The optimization is achieved through a genetic algorithm that evaluates solutions based on a full non-linear analysis of the AUV dynamics and control. The agent is implemented on-board the AUV to provide timely reassignment of the fin control authority (gains) while underway so that the mission can continue or a potential vehicle loss be averted. The effectiveness of the agent is assessed through a parametric analysis that compares the response of the unexpectedly underactuated AUV with its initial gains against the optimized gains. The agent's greatest impact is in the event of a bow fin jam as the remaining functional planes maintain depth better with the agent's help. The ability to provide a timely and on-board optimal solution that adapts to a fin jam is a higher level of autonomy than has been previously reported. © 2010 IEEE.


Paull L.,University of New Brunswick | Saeedigharahbolagh S.,University of New Brunswick | Seto M.,Harbour Group | Li H.,University of New Brunswick
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems | Year: 2012

At present, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) mine countermeasure (MCM) surveys are pre-planned by operators using ladder or zig-zag paths. Such surveys are often conducted with side-looking sonar sensors whose performance is dependant on a number of environment factors, as well as lateral range from the AUV track. This research presents a sensor driven online approach to seabed coverage for MCM. A method is presented where paths are planned adaptively using a multi-objective optimization. Information theory is combined with a new concept coined branch entropy based on a hexagonal cell decomposition. The result is a planning algorithm that often produces shorter paths than conventional means and is also capable of accounting for environmental factors detected in situ. Hardware-in-the-loop simulations and in water trials conducted on the IVER2 AUV show the effectiveness of the proposed method. © 2012 IEEE.


Xiao X.,South China University of Technology | Zhang Q.S.,Changsha University of Science and Technology | Liang X.Y.,Harbour Group | Zhang X.N.,South China University of Technology
Advanced Materials Research | Year: 2014

In order to improve the durability of concrete structure, studying reduction effect that water-based capillary crystalline waterproofer has on chloride ion diffusion coefficient in the concrete; analyse the inner microstructure of concrete by using electron microscope, and observe the penetration depth of waterproof agent in concrete directly. Research shows that: the water permeable crystalline waterproof agent can significantly reduce the diffusion coefficient of chloride ions in concrete, after concrete forms, the earlier brush waterproof agent, the longer it cure and its improving effect is more prominent after brushing waterproof agent, reduction rate of chloride ion diffusion coefficient in low strength concrete is higher than high-strength concrete; in good condition of water percolation, by detecting of electron microscope, it proved waterproofing agent can penetrate into internal concrete 6cm at least, the gel produced can be filled with pore and micro crack of concrete, so it can significantly improve the compactness of the whole structure. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.


Singh S.,Harbour Group
Evaluation and Program Planning | Year: 2016

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is the world's largest social welfare scheme in India for the poverty alleviation through rural employment generation. This paper aims to evaluate and rank the performance of the states in India under MGNREGA scheme. A non-parametric approach, Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) is used to calculate the overall technical, pure technical, and scale efficiencies of states in India. The sample data is drawn from the annual official reports published by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. Based on three selected input parameters (expenditure indicators) and five output parameters (employment generation indicators), I apply both input and output oriented DEA models to estimate how well the states utilize their resources and generate outputs during the financial year 2013-14. The relative performance evaluation has been made under the assumption of constant returns and also under variable returns to scale to assess the impact of scale on performance. The results indicate that the main source of inefficiency is both technical and managerial practices adopted. 11 states are overall technically efficient and operate at the optimum scale whereas 18 states are pure technical or managerially efficient. It has been found that for some states it necessary to alter scheme size to perform at par with the best performing states. For inefficient states optimal input and output targets along with the resource savings and output gains are calculated. Analysis shows that if all inefficient states operate at optimal input and output levels, on an average 17.89% of total expenditure and a total amount of $780million could have been saved in a single year. Most of the inefficient states perform poorly when it comes to the participation of women and disadvantaged sections (SC&ST) in the scheme. In order to catch up with the performance of best performing states, inefficient states on an average need to enhance women participation by 133%. In addition, the states are also ranked using the cross efficiency approach and results are analyzed. State of Tamil Nadu occupies the top position followed by Puducherry, Punjab, and Rajasthan in the ranking list. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first pan-India level study to evaluate and rank the performance of MGNREGA scheme quantitatively and so comprehensively. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.


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