USGBC announces new board directors
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the new elected officers and directors to its 2012 board of directors. The USGBC’s membership elected the following to serve as directors:
• Fiona Cousins, Arup, filling the Designer of Buildings seat;
• Marge Anderson, Energy Center of Wisconsin, filling the Environmental Nonprofit Advocate seat;
• George Bandy Jr., Interface, filling the Large-Scale Manufacturer seat; and
• John Dalzell, City of Boston/Boston Redevelopment Authority, filling the Urban/Regional Planner seat.
In addition, the board named the following directors to fill appointed seats:
• Joseph Sanches, School District of Palm Beach County, filling the Educator (K-12) seat;
• Stephen G. Bushnell, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, filling the Insurance seat; and
• Gary Jay Saulson, The PNC Financial Services Group, filling the Finance seat.
The board elected Allan Skodowski, Transwestern, as chair-elect and Lisa Shpritz, Bank of America, as treasurer. Other 2012 officers continuing in their terms are Chair Elizabeth J. Heider, Skanska, and Punit Jain, Cannon Design, as secretary. Mark MacCracken, CALMAC Manufacturing Corp., will serve as immediate past chair. Terms will begin on Jan. 1, 2012.
“Our board plays an indispensible role within USGBC by making key decisions about how the organization serves our membership, educates the industry, and advances our mission,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “This engaged and dedicated group of industry leaders reflects the diversity of the rapidly growing market that we serve, and is committed to shaping the future of green building.”
In addition, Howard Frumkin, from the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been appointed to serve as the board’s adviser on public health.
WD-40 announces dividend increase
San Diego-based WD-40 Co. declared a 7% increase of its regular quarterly dividend to $.29 per share, payable Jan. 31, 2012.
The announcement came its annual meeting Dec. 13. The board of directors also authorized an open-ended buyback of shared up to $50.0 million over the next two years. IN addition to WD-40, the company’s brands include 3-in-one, Blue Works, X-14, Carpet Fresh and Spot Shot.
Sears may stay in Illinois after all
The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based retail giant thanked lawmakers for passing a tax-incentive plan to keep business in the state.
After researching a possible move to Ohio or Texas, Sears yesterday applauded the Illinois General Assembly for its bipartisan support of legislation that Sears said would allow it to maintain its headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Sears CEO Lou D’Ambrosio issued the following statement yesterday:
"While this legislation still must be signed by Gov. Quinn, this is an important day in our company’s history. Clearly state leaders recognize our impact on the state of Illinois and have taken the step necessary to keep Sears Holdings an Illinois company. Sears Holdings employs 20,000 people in Illinois alone, we work with 9,100 local vendors, contractors and businesses that provide services and goods to the company, and we are a significant taxpayer to the state — over $213 million last year and billions over the last 20 years.
"All of our Illinois -based associates and I appreciate the efforts of Gov. Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Tom Cross — as well as House Revenue Chairman John Bradley (D-Marion), Minority Spokesperson David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), and Senate Revenue Chairwoman Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) for making our company and future in the state a priority. We are also grateful for the leadership and dedication shown by State Sens. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) and Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) and Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) in working for months to bring this matter to a vote. I also want to thank our associates for their continued focus on our customers and for those who reached out to state lawmakers to reiterate our value to Illinois."
Sears has been in Illinois for almost 125 years.