By Mark Pazniokas Ctmirror.org

Gina McCarthy official portraitHartford: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy engaged in some high-level recycling Monday, bringing back Gina McCarthy to serve on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank.

McCarthy was the commissioner of environmental protection in Connecticut under Malloy’s predecessor, Gov. M. Jodi Rell, before going to Washington to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama. She also was an environmental official in Massachusetts under Gov. Mitt Romney.

mob 1 cr smMilford: Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Milford Laboratory has developed a “Man Overboard” rescue Device. The device is the invention of Robert Alix, captain of the Lab’s 49-foot research vessel Victor Loosanoff, and Werner Schreiner, a former deck hand on the boat, developed the Man Overboard Recovery device, or MOB, and a U.S. patent is pending. The rights belong to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the parent organization of NOAA Fisheries.

“We thought it would be useful and could save lives, especially on small boats that usually have a small crew,” said Alix, who came up with the idea with Werner about five years ago during safety training in local waters.  “It is hard enough to get a person who is conscious and cooperative into a boat with high freeboard, but much harder if the person is unconscious and cannot help in their own rescue.”

SLAM Belimo 300x200Danbury:  BELIMO headquartered in Hinwil Switzerland has more than 1400 employees world wide and it emphasizes sustainability and energy efficiency for actuators, control valves and sensors. The company’s BELIMO Americas it’s North American headquarters has just received LEED Gold Certification for its new 195,000 square foot facility  “perched on a 34-acre site.”

Designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) of Glastonbury, the facility comprises 129,000 square feet of logistics and manufacturing space, 15,000 square feet for test labs, and 51,000 square feet of office space across three stories.