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OPOWER is an industry leader in Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid software. Through their patentpending approach, they have successfully converted large-scale customer engagement into a highly reliable energy efficiency program that delivers unprecedented energy savings to their utility partners. Modern DC Business recently sat down with OPOWER CEO Dan Yates and President Alex Lasky.

What does O stand for in OPOWER?
There’s no one answer: the O represents many different things to many different people, all of them positive. We love it for its openness, optimism, and limitless opportunity.

Your company provides a software solution in the cutting edge business of  Smart Grid. Please explain for non-industry experts why they should get excited about Smart  Grid? What does it mean to the average consumer?

Staying Fit Locally, Quit Making Excuses

Staying Fit Locally, Quit Making Excuses

It is predicted that, over the course of the present decade, Americans will be looking to spend less money on exercise options and a lot less time to it due to tighter budgets and hectic schedules. Combine that with a mostly unregulated commercial food industry that still relies heavily on inexpensive and low quality resources high in fat, salt and processed additives. Not enough time to move and poor food choices at the ready. This is our nation’s crisis with obesity, which is expected to climb as high as 85%, up from an already disheartening 60%. Prevention is possible, through awareness and a little creativity. While nutrition accounts largely for body fat content, exercise raises metabolism and muscle can fill up space previously occupied by fat cells. It’s a package deal. Making wholesome food choices (yes, it really is that easy—just do it) will give you energy to work burning fat.

Vivian Schiller of NPR | Interview by I AM Modern Magazine

Vivian Schiller of NPR | Interview by I AM Modern Magazine

Interview originally posted on I AM Modern Magazine

Md. man starts project to raise HIV/AIDS awareness

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — During a visit to Greece in 2009, Michael Cambetes discovered a beautiful two-story, Victorian-style home, noting that most of the houses he saw were only one story. It had been left abandoned, rusty lock and all, and Cambetes, when asking around, soon learned the owner had died of AIDS — the first AIDS-related death on the island, he was told.

"It's sad," he said. "They shun it because they think it's the next plague."

While maybe not as extreme, people in the U.S. are still fairly ignorant about the disease, Cambetes said. "HIV is still one of those hush-hush things."

He set a goal to create a project to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. "A Touch of Red" combines his love of photography — something he's done as a hobby since he was 13 (he was given a camera because he was a hyperactive kid) — with his mission to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

National Institutes of Health Co-Sponsors
National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Health
NIH Office of Science Education, and the National Human Genome Research Institute

On February 7th from 5:30pm-9pm, the Patriots Technology Training Center will host its 2nd annual Bio Medical Competition at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, in Bethesda MD  20894.  Their goal is to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields.  Please visit their website (www.patriots-ttc.org) to view the 2010 Bio-Medical Competition co-sponsored by The Library of Medicine.

Eight high school and one home school team will present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the medical careers listed below: 

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

11-Year-Old Student Hero and Local Heroes Recognized by Bank of America

As part of an ongoing effort to stimulate economic vitality in Greater Washington and in communities across the nation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced $450,000 in flexible funding and leadership training to local nonprofits through its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, bringing the bank’s total commitment in Greater Washington through the program to $3.15 million since 2004.

The initiative continues to help hundreds of the nation’s most impactful nonprofits improve their long-term viability and bolster leadership strength, retain and hire new staff, and extend the depth and reach of their services – capabilities that are integral to community revitalization and critical in the current economy when nonprofit funding is down and demand for services is up.