Thursday, February 14, 2013
Inspire Speakers Series
Join Phipps and Green Building Alliance (GBA) on the second Thursday of each month to hear from local and national sustainability experts as a participant in the Inspire Speakers Series. Special guests for the Feb. 14 talk, entitled Breathe Easy: Healthy Places and Indoor Air Quality, are Steve Ashkin (known as “The Father of Green Cleaning”); Vivian Loftness (nationally recognized author, speaker and Carnegie Mellon University professor); and Erica Cochran (doctoral candidate and Carnegie Mellon University adjunct professor). Refreshments will be provided and registrants are invited to tour Phipps one hour before the start of the talk. $25 for Phipps and Green Building Alliance members, Tri-State Area School Study Council students, and other students with valid IDs; $45 for nonmembers Registration required through GBA. Register online at www.go-gba.org/inspirespeakersseries
More American companies are purchasing foreign businesses and reincorporating outside the U.S. to lower their taxes. Warren Buffet is financing Burger King's proposed inversion to buy Canada based Tim Hortons doughnut chain and relocate Burger King's headquarters from Miami to Toronto Canada. President Barack Obama has denounced inversion deals, calling for "economic patriotism and saying that companies that do enter into such transactions are "corporate deserters." Over the years, Buffet has been a vocal advocate for Obama, particularly backing Obama's effort to increase taxes on the rich and close tax loopholes.
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