New White Paper from Top Researcher in Area of Curiosity and Importance to Innovation in the Workplace

Curiosity in the new millennium is what emotional intelligence was shown to be in the 1980s and 90s, a critical and direct link to improving motivation and communication-based issues that challenge organizations. A new white paper by Dr. Diane Hamilton, Founder of Tonerra, a management and consulting firm, explains the importance of curiosity for organizations, addresses four factors that most significantly impact it, and how to improve it.


Why should companies want to develop curiosity in their workforce? Organizations incur tremendous costs due to a lack of engagement, innovation, and productivity. The most recent Gallup report found that lack of engagement alone costs U.S. companies between $450 and $500 billion each year. The Mental Health of America Mind the Workplace Report surveyed 17,000 U.S. workers and found 71% were either actively looking for a new job or exploring other job options. With only about 1/3 of its workplace genuinely engaged, how does a company innovate, produce and remain competitive in the marketplace?


In simple terms, the company that can stimulate its workers’ curiosity, enhances employee engagement, emotional intelligence, innovation, productivity, and the many other by-products that come with that intrinsic, but under-utilized attribute. By developing curiosity and the ability to communicate without fear of repercussions, second-guessing or judgmental responses, employees can be better aligned and emotionally committed to their jobs, which in turn, can lead to improved productivity.

A newly released white paper explains how research has identified four factors that most significantly impact curiosity. They include fear, assumptions, technology, and environment (F.A.T.E.). Knowing the factors that hold people back from exploring their natural sense of curiosity is the foundation from which to unleash their imaginations, their innovation, and their effectiveness. Just as organizations discovered the benefits of improving the emotional intelligence and employee engagement of its workers, improving their curiosity has become the next milestone in improving productivity and its positioning in the marketplace, especially in a time where innovation has become a key ingredient to survival.

What do the experts have to say after reading Dr. Hamilton’s research? Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media said, “Among its virtues, Dr. Diane Hamilton’s well-researched, highly useful and very timely book, ‘Cracking the Curiosity Code‘, gives critical advice for how to overcome the factors that hold individuals and organizations back from achieving their full potential.” Verne Harnish, Founder Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Author of “Scaling Up” (“Rockefeller Habits 2.0”), explained, “Curiosity is THE foundational talent which will continue to differentiate those who lead in their field, industry, and life.” Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Partner, The RBL Group agreed and explained, “In today’s turbulent world, personal curiosity leads to organizational creativity that leads to sustainable success.”

To find out more about improving curiosity in the workplace and to receive the white paper, please go to

Master Jun Hong Lu’s Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Spreads Love and Compassion in Singapore

Over the past ten months, Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Buddhist Practice Center in Singapore, under the guidance of Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu, has been distributing free vegetarian food to low-income families around Lengkok Bahru district in Redhill. The most recent endeavor was on October 21, 2018, and volunteers were positively buzzing with excitement. Nearly 50 volunteers got involved and 900 packages of healthy vegetarian foods were distributed to 350 households for free.

Guan Yin Citta Singapore has been reaching out to the elderly with kindness by working the communities. The charity program aims to promote a vegetarian life style and support poor families by providing them with vegetarian foods. Master Jun Hong Lu, the founder of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, is a staunch advocate for vegetarianism as it can cultivate one’s compassion and enhance physical well-being. As the Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in Singapore is close to the Redhill area, it gives the Buddhist charity a great opportunity to serve the community and spread Master Lu’s Buddhist teachings in the district.

Residents that received complimentary packages of vegetarian foods expressed their gratitude to volunteers for their continuous support for the community. Especially for the elderly who were eager to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle but limited by their physical mobility, delivering food to their doors solved the problem. Meanwhile, the constant care of the volunteers warmed their hearts and gave them spiritual sustenance. With the genuine caring and assistance, volunteers handed out Buddhist learning materials and Master Jun Hong Lu’s books to the residents for the benefit of their spiritual well-being.

Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in Singapore offers daily free vegetarian buffet with a wide selection of dishes. Every year before the Dharma Talk by Master Jun Hong Lu in May and the large-scale Vegetarian Tasting Event in November, the volunteers distribute flyers to promote Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and raise the awareness of Buddhist philosophy in the community.

The “Free Vegetarian Meals” program is a practice of giving. Every volunteer takes pride in being part of such a meaningful activity. It not only sows the seed of compassion but also strengthens the trust between volunteers and community members. For the past few months, the volunteers have got to know many local residents. These selfless volunteers are known as the ‘red shirt people’ in the community. Some of the volunteers even bring their children with them to nurture their sense of community and giving. When interviewed, one of the young participants eagerly said, “I love seeing the smiles on their faces. It is only through events like this that we realize how true cliché can be—giving really is better than receiving!”

The altruistic and selfless acts of volunteers come from their aspiration for benefiting others. During these charity activities, they truly apply Buddhist teachings to everyday lives. They put Master Jun Hong Lu’s Buddhist teachings into practice—to be selfless and put the well-being of others above oneself. That is where life’s greatest joy comes from.


Honeycomb Hives has proudly announced the invention and availability of an all new and remarkably Integrative Beekeeping System.  Invented by Doug Lambrecht, a North Carolina mountain farmer, this new system includes five attractive hexagonal prism hive types, hexagonal Smart-Frames and the inventor’s exclusive Comb Honey Harvesting System

The start-up is launching this amazing beekeeping system on INDIEGOGO where early backers of this crowdfunding campaign will be rewarded with discounts up to 33% and their choice of hives will ship Spring of 2019 in time for beekeeping season.

“We are pleased to be setting new standards for serious beekeepers with inventive designs for energy efficient, healthy, practical and affordable beehives,” said Doug Lambrecht, American beekeeper and Founder of Honeycomb Hives.

With a vision of reimagined beekeeping, the new system offers easy full-hive access with less lifting and more profitable honey harvests than is possible with typical beehives.  Furthermore, it is safer, quicker, healthier and more profitable than traditional methods.  Bees thrive in tight spaces so the Honeycomb Hives System uses dividers and follower boards to enable beekeepers to tailor their hive space according to growth of their colony.  The new system also features tighter details with carefully engineered hives that are more thermally efficient which means honey bees can conserve energy by spending less to keep the colony warm.

About This Project

Honeycomb Hives, Inc. is a US-based start-up that aims to change the shape of beehives in gardens, backyards, farms and urban rooftops worldwide.
Founded by Doug Lambrecht, Honeycomb Hives is introducing its game-changing system for more precisely keeping bees and harvesting comb honey. 

The INDIEGOGO Campaign is located on the web at:

Honeycomb Hives, Inc.
Joe Bergeron
239 224 9757


Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre Melbourne Branch Celebrates Chinese Moon Festival with a Free Vegetarian Event

On September 23, 2018, the Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre (ACBRC) Melbourne Branch successfully held a large-scale Free Vegetarian Event at the Box Hill Town Hall to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival 2018, a favourite holiday for East Asian communities around the world. The event attracted over 1,200 people to attend. It promoted the culture and well-being of local communities with the gathering, thanksgiving and praying. In the meantime, the ACBRC used the opportunity to promote the upcoming Public Talk by Master Jun Hong Lu in Melbourne on November 11, 2018, which has gained wide attention.

As the Chairman of the Australia Oriental Media Buddhist Charity Association, President of 2OR Australia Oriental Radio and the Australian Chinese Buddhist Research Centre (ACBRC), the founder of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu has been promoting the traditional Chinese culture, Buddhism and world peace for the last 20 years. He is also recognised as an “Ambassador for World Peace” and a world-renowned Chinese spiritual leader in the field of Buddhism with more than 10 million followers around the world.

To ensure the smooth running of the event, volunteers had worked hard together and finished most of the preparation work at the Boxhill Town Hall previous day. At 8am, many volunteers arrived and started setting up booths and tables for different uses, such as registration. At around 10am, the guests were pouring into the hall and all seats were occupied quickly. Many people showed great interests in Master Lu’s Buddhist teachings and asked for Buddhist books, CDs and DVDs which were all distributed for free at the event. 

The President of the Australian Chinese Buddhist Association Melbourne Branch Sam Ding gave a welcome speech and introduction of the Association. Two distinguished guests, Cr. Tina Liu, the Elgar Ward Councillor for Whitehorse Community, and Cr. MT Pang Tsoi, the Mount Waverley Ward Councillor for Monash Community delivered appreciation remarks to thank the ACBRC for its many years of contributions to promoting the Chinese culture and promoting charitable activities.

Volunteers from Guan Yin Citta brought a lot of joy and talent to the stage with series of amazing performances, including Chinese folk songs, choir singing by the ACBRC Youth Group, dance, and group performance of the traditional Chinese musical instruments “Guqin”. Many guests were impressed with the high-quality performance.

Another highlight of the event is the diverse vegetarian cuisines provided to all the attendees for free. The wide variety of delicious dishes were all prepared by volunteers from Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Melbourne branch and were served while the guests were enjoying the performances. These fine vegetarian foods earned high praise from the attendees and made them aware that vegetarian food can be a healthy alternative to meat-based meals. More importantly, having a vegetarian diet can save animals’ lives!  


The event was a huge success and attracted many new friends eager to learn Buddhism. It not only delighted the taste buds of the attendees, but also helped people recognise the importance of spiritual development in daily lives. At Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk, you will have a chance to ask all kinds of questions and receive practical guidance on overcoming difficulties in daily life!


Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk on Wisdom of Buddhist Teachings


When: 1.30pm-5pm 11 November 2018

Where: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre Releases Anna’s Remedies’ Influenzinum 2018-2019 for Upcoming Flu Season


BALTIMORE, MD, — Just in time for the flu season, has announced the release of Anna’s Remedies’ Influenzinum 2018-2019. The popular homeopathy remedy is an oral spray that offers protection and relief from the flu, and it has just been updated to combat the 2018-2019 flu strains.


Influenzinum by Anna’s Remedies is compounded using the latest inactivated influenza vaccine. The easy-to-use oral spray is lactose-free, vegan, and developed in a certified homeopathic pharmacy using predominant flu virus strains recommended by the WHO & FDA.


Also available are popular products Thymuline, which boosts the immune system, and CoxiFlu, which offers relief when flu symptoms appear. Each product can be purchased separately, or combined for greater savings and effectiveness. The updated Influenzinum & Thymuline Combo provides natural flu protection and strengthens the immune system. Additionally, the Natural Flu Relief Kit also includes CoxiFlu, for maximum flu protection and relief throughout the year. All three products are lactose-free and strictly follow cGMP and FDA regulations. was launched in 2010 by founder Anna Wirth. Anna’s Remedies is HomeopathyStore’s own brand. According to Wirth, the company’s exclusive natural flu remedies are proudly made in the U.S.


“We love providing the best natural remedies available today which are often still insider tips in the natural health community. We search for these very smart natural solutions and work with the most dedicated manufacturers here in the U.S. to offer the highest quality products at an excellent price. We are the only providers of the popular lactose-free Influenzinum & Thymuline Combo, arguably the best natural flu protection kit recommended by integrative health practitioners and doctors,” said Worth.’s customers have eagerly awaited this season’s Influenzinum, which contains the latest inactivated influenza vaccine.


“So excited to find this…will be a new yearly addition to our health regimen to avoid
toxins and side effects and strengthen our immune system naturally,” says new customer Lori Hayden.

“I have fallen in love with Influenzinum 9C. This past flu season all the members of our
extended family but one (15) took the remedy as directed as a preventative. Only one
person came down with the “flu of the year” and that was the one person who did not
take the remedy. Thank you for carrying it,” says Carol, a shopper from Washington state.


“Thank you for these amazing remedies! I started to feel like I was being invaded by the most current flu bug and after one dose each of Influenzinum and Thymuline I felt totally back to health. I immediately gave it to my entire family for protection. We don’t get flu vaccines and this is the perfect natural way. Next year I’ll buy the most current Influenzinum and we’ll start taking them both ahead of the epidemic,” says loyal customer Susan Kingsbury.


HomeopathyStore is owned and operated by Ratis, LLC. The business is based in Baltimore and operates online. Since 2010, the company has offered homeopathic remedies and Schuessler Cell Salts to customers throughout the U.S. They offer one of the largest selections of single remedies and specialize in natural flu and allergy relief and lactose-free, liquid homeopathic oral sprays.


With the recent launch of Influenzinum 2018-2019, customers around the country can protect themselves from the upcoming flu season. More information, as well as coupons and shipping discounts, can be found by visiting






New Vitamin C Toner

Why you need Skin Actives’ new Vitamin C Toner

What is special about Skin Actives’ new toner? To start, it is not what would have been called a toner 20 years ago. Back then, a toner had lots of alcohol in it to close the pores by drying up the skin and making pores less noticeable. It may even have contained astringent chemicals that could damage your skin! To top it all off, it would have contained menthol, or a derivative, to fool your skin nerves and give you the impression that it was doing “something”. This type of toner was doing something alright, probably introducing you to sensitive skin, a problem you might not have had before using the skin care products of that time.

Now, because we know better, we have a new kind of toner. This toner that will refresh your skin while benefiting it in a number of ways. Skin Actives Scientific’s toner will finish cleansing your skin while providing the benefits of a non-acidic, non irritating vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). This toner will also balance the skin, increase collagen synthesis, and decrease irritation.

How does our toner manage to provide all these benefits?

The active ingredients:

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis, a.k.a. witch hazel, is an herb that Native Americans used for many afflictions, including swelling, minor cuts, and inflammation. It is still used today, and you will find it in our toner. Our witch hazel is alcohol-free, so you can use it to help remove excess oil and debris without fear of drying the skin.


This is a sugar alcohol present in many fruits and vegetables, as well as in the human body. It is used in skin care as a probiotic because it inhibits bad bacteria without killing the good bacteria that keep our skin healthy. It also promotes collagen synthesis and decreases irritation.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is a stable form of vitamin C which is an excellent antioxidant that is also essential for collagen synthesis. Scurvy, an age old syndrome of vitamin C deficiency, is related to defective collagen synthesis. MAP is also a skin lightener, improves skin elasticity, decreases wrinkles, and reduces redness.

Aloe Vera

The gel obtained from the Aloe barbadensis plant improves skin hydration, and soothes redness and irritation.


The fucoidan we use at Skin Actives is extracted and purified from brown algae (Phaeophyta). When applied to the skin, these polysaccharides will increase support collagen and other proteins, as well as acting as an antioxidant.

Neroli Floral Water

The floral water of orange blossoms will make your morning (or evening) better just by being a beautiful scent. In addition, this lovely floral water will help refresh and soothe the skin.

Runway RunAway Super Model writes and directs SKIN ON SKIN A Fashion Film Premiering at Coronado Island Film Festival Nov. 10th, 7PM 2018

Siren Star Enterprises Inc., announces Skin on Skin a Fashion Film, written and directed by Lorelei Shellist will have its’ North American Premiereat the Coronado Island Film Festival on Saturday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m., in the “Doc Shorts B” at the Black Box Theater at the Coronado School of the Arts located at 650 D Avenue, in Coronado, California. After the screening of Skin on Skin at the Coronado Island Film Festival, Lorelei will participate in a filmmaker Q and A with the audience. 

Skin on Skin

Runway RunAway Super Model follows her dreams producing SKIN ON SKIN  a Fashion Film    “Courageous, runaway, teenage girl shares gritty side of a glamorous life.”

SKIN ON SKIN is a short docu-drama about a runaway girl who chases her dreams to see the world. International fashion runways become her ticket as she becomes part of the magic behind the scenes of the private world of Haute Couture as a model/muse to the most iconic fashion designers in the world; Lagerfeld at Chanel, YSL, Ungaro, Armani and Bob Mackie. Skin on Skin shares the essence of what happens under the skin as the realities of a jet set life take their toll. Surviving a broken heart, she loses her fist love, (fiancé, late rock icon guitarist, Steve Clark from multi-platinum rock band Def Leppard,) at the height of their careers. Young Lorelei, soldiers beyond the pitfalls of a glamorous life, returning home to Hollywood and becomes a fashion designer in her own right. Travel with her as she explores her dreams with perseverance, beauty, and courage. A resonating story that inspires you to follow your own heart.

SKIN ON SKIN includes authentic, vintage VHS film footage from Lorelei’s own video archives, runway fashion shows, (circa 1980’s, Paris, France,) and behind the scenes footage of Def Leppards’ Hysteria World Tour 1987-1989 original music composed by Peitor Angell – with musical contribution “Switch 625”written by Steve Clark of Def Leppard. 


Skin on Skin earned four nominations: Best Documentary – Best Editing – Best Narration – Best Music – at the World Premiere in the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival   


The Coronado Island Film Festival, is a magical location for a story of dreams to premiere, featuring film maker panels, press reception, screening, awards and more! The festival gathers makers and lovers of movies in the unique seaside location of Coronado California, to share and celebrate the magical art of visual storytelling.

Skin on Skin is written and directed by Lorelei Shellist. Lorelei Shellist brings new meaning to the definition of “supermodel.” Having been a graceful and spirited muse for Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Bob Mackie, Geoffrey Beene, Giorgio Armani, and fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez… Lorelei received first-hand experience on how to bring art and dreams to life from many of the world’s most revered designers. In her memoir, Runway Runaway: A Backstage Pass to Fashion, Romance & Rock ‘n Roll, ” Lorelei inspires with her perseverance, determination, survival skills, and wit. Shellist serves others as an author, producer, speaker, Fashion Icon Archetypes™ founder, image consultant and inner beauty empowerment coach.

Beyond the runway, Lorelei has appeared internationally in films, TV, commercials, and print, and is a singer/songwriter. She holds degrees from the Masters’ programs in Spiritual Psychology and Consciousness, Health, and Healing from the University of Santa Monica, and is a graduate of Alison Armstrong’s “PAX Programs: Peace Between Men and Women.” In addition, she is a facilitating counselor with the Freedom to Choose Foundation 501(c)(3), working with inmates at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, and the California Institute for Women in Chino Ca. Her own non-profit organization, I AM Dreams With Wings, teaches critical life skills to at-risk teens for class credit. Lorelei also offers two scholarships at Mesa College in San Diego. The Shellist Music Scholarship provides a full tuition for vocational students of music, with the Runway Runaway Fashion Design Scholarship designated for students in fashion.


Recently Lorelei designed her own fashion brand label, the Runway Runaway Collection® featuring her Signature wardrobe staple The Dream Dress® featured in Skin on Skin“For the Woman on the run – who thrives in her skin!”

After the screening of Skin on Skin  at the Coronado Island Film Festival Lorelei will participate in a filmmaker Q and A with the audience. 

Skin on Skin will inspire you to follow your dreams too!




“Inspiring and Empowering people is my passion!” 

Lorelei Shellist 

Siren Star Enterprises Inc.






Recognizing Individuals and Organizations for Contributions to the Energy Industry at the AEE Regional Awards Ceremony

Charlotte, NC – The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional society of over 18,000 members, is presenting over 60 regional awards to individuals and organizations around the world. It is important to recognize these individuals and companies for their dedication and performance in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry.  The following awards will be given at the AEE Regional Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 16th at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, in conjunction with the 41st World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC).

Winners in Region I (CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT):
Energy Engineer of the Year – Ian Marchant, CDM Smith
Corporate Energy Management – Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Institutional Energy Management – West Orange NJ Board of Education
Energy Professional Development – Stephen M. Di Giacomo, Energy Management Associates, Inc.
Energy Manager of the Year – Jeffrey Myrdek, CBRE
Energy Project of the Year – PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program at Hackensack University Medical Center
Innovative Energy Project of the Year – Valley Sports Arena
Energy Innovator of the Year – Jeff Wright, Compressor Energy Services
Young Energy Professional of the Year – John Maw, FMC Technologies, Inc.

Winners in Region II (AL, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, DC, WV, PR):
Corporate Energy Management – Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation  
Institutional Energy Management – University of Central Florida Utilities & Energy Services
Energy Professional Development – Cecil Jones, General Dynamics Information Technology
Energy Manager of the Year – George (Buster) Barksdale, CoGen Power Solutions
Energy Project of the Year –  Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Continuous Commissioning and VAV Conversion
Energy Innovator of the Year – Kady Cowan, Carolinas HealthCare System
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Wade Willatt, Nissan North America

Winners in Region III (IL, IN, IO, KY, MI, MN, OH, WI):
Energy Engineer of the Year – David A. Metzger, P.E., MG Energy
Corporate Energy Management – The Huntington National Bank
Institutional Energy Management – Grand Valley State University
Energy Manager of the Year – Gary Londo, General Motors, Global Technical Center
Energy Project of the Year – Data Center East

Winners in Region IV (AR, CO, KS, LA, MO, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, SD, TX, WY):Institutional Energy Management – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Energy Manager of the Year – Kerry Rowland, AEP PSO
Energy Project of the Year – Helena Chiller Project
Innovative Energy Project of the Year – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Energy Performance Contract
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Jeremy Nelson, Aramark

Winners in Region V (AK, AZ, CA, HA, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA):
Corporate Energy Management – Western Digital/Jacobs Engineering/Pacific Gas and Electric
Institutional Energy Management – Davis School District
Energy Professional Development – Roger Ebbage, Energy Education Institute
Energy Manager of the Year – Rich David, Willdan/Abacus
Innovative Energy Project of the Year – PG&E’s EPIC Energy Storage for Distribution Operations Project at Browns Valley
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Sarah Gilchrist, University of California, Santa Cruz

Asia Pacific Rim Region
Energy Project of the Year – The First CHP Generating System in Hospital of Hong Kong

Asia Subcontinent Region
Energy Engineer of the Year – Dr. T V Ramachandra, Indian Institute of Science
Institutional Energy Management – Damodar Valley Corporation, Ministry of Power, Government of India
Energy Professional Development – Dr. Mittal Prem Prakash, A-Z 01-Energy Engineers pvt ltd
Energy Manager of the Year – Venkata Subba Rao Pasupuleti, Bambino Pasta Food Industries
Energy Project of the Year – Green Parliament Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Muhammad Imran Khan

Canada Region
Institutional Energy Management – Integrated Performance Contracting Project at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres
Energy Manager of the Year – Andrew Hejnar, 3M Canada
Energy Project of the Year – Integrated Performance Contracting Project at the Montreal Olympic Park
Innovative Energy Project of the Year – Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU) Phase 4 – Integration of Commercial Customer Base
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Nasreddine Guerfala, Enwave Energy Corporation

Eastern & Central Europe Region
Institutional Energy Management – Association of Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCN) and Cluj-Napoca City Municipality and Center of Resources for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (CREESC)
Energy Manager of the Year – Marcel Lauko, Energy Center Bratislava
Energy Project of the Year – Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy in Southeast Anatolia Region

Former Soviet Union Region
Energy Engineer of the Year – Oleg Razumovskyi, Inzhenerna Logika LLC
Energy Manager of the Year – Oleksandr Ovdiienko, Group of Companies “Sodruzhestvo”

Latin America Region
Energy Professional Development – Dr. Jose Samuel Monterroso, ECONOVA S.A.
Innovative Energy Project of the Year – Caldera 30+

Middle East Region
Energy Engineer of the Year – Alan Aoun, Samir Khairallah & Partners
Corporate Energy Management – SITEX
Energy Professional Development – Shifaa Al-Khatatbeh, Izzat Marji Group
Energy Manager of the Year – Amjad Saleh Alkam, Eco Engineering and Energy Solutions (EcoSol)
Energy Project of the Year – Green Neighborhood Development at Sahab City
Innovative Energy Project of the Year – King Hussein Foundation Net Metering PV on Grid Wheeling System
Energy Innovator of the Year – Maddala V Bhanumurthy, Saudi Aramco
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Ala’a Mannoun, AMC Training & Consulting
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Jovin Mathew, Johnson Controls

Oceania Region
Energy Project of the Year – The Reject Shop National Energy System Optimisation

Sub-Saharan Africa Region
Energy Manager of the Year – Elron Awase, Tesla Energy Solutions
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Daniel K. Bungey, NegaWatt East Africa Ltd
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Albert Williams, Energy Cybernetics

Western Europe Region
Institutional Energy Management – RenoWatt by GRE-Liege
Energy Project of the Year – Monitor & Save Project for Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel  

AEE Honors Energy Efficiency Professionals at the 41st International Awards Banquet

Charlotte, NC – Through its International Awards Program, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) shines the light on the important work that is being done by individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations. By identifying those who exemplify the very best in their fields, energy professionals are honored and the industry is advanced. Recognition of excellence by one’s peers and other professionals in the energy industry is the purpose of this program.

The 2018 International Awards will be presented the evening of Wednesday, October 17th at the AEE International Awards Banquet, being held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC in conjunction with the 41st World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC).

  • Energy Engineer of the Year – Shail Derashri, Senior Energy Analyst, Academy for Conservation of Energy
  • Corporate Energy Management – Baxter Healthcare Corporation
  • Institutional Energy Management of the Year – University of British Columbia
  • Energy Professional Development – Harris Schaer, Director, Energy and Sustainability, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Energy Manager of the Year – Bobby H. Starling, President, B. Starling & Associates, Inc.
  • Energy Project of the Year: National – Retro-commissioning the World’s Busiest Airport
  • Energy Project of the Year: International – Cradle of Humankind
  • Innovative Energy Project of the Year – DirectLink LNG
  • Energy Innovator of the Year – Yolanda de Lange, Project Manager, Energy Training Foundation
  • Young Energy Professional of the Year – Katie Dimmer, Energy Engineer, Charter Steel
  • Young Energy Professional of the Year – Maher Maymoun, Energy Efficiency Consultant, Izzat Marji Group
  • Young Energy Professional of the Year – Shutaro Takeda, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University
  • Distinguished Service – Ian Boylan, Director, Target Energy


For detailed information on the award winners and their outstanding accomplishments, please visit

New innovative brand for reusable drinking bottles “JuNiki’s Double Neck”: Fashionable German househusband engineered the world’s most convenient and hygienic drinking bottle – now available @KickStarter

World’s Most Hygienic Drinking Bottle

Have you heard about JuNiki’s, the new kind of hygienic drinking bottle? JuNiki’s claims to be the world’s most convenient & hygienic drinking bottle and they aren’t joking around! This revolutionary new drinking bottle has been enginWe found the world's most convenient and hygienic drinking bottle!eered by Dr. Christian Kehlenbeck from Germany and I assure you, you’re going to want one of these bottles once you learn more.


The Fashionable Housewife: Christian, in your normal, everyday life you work as a management consultant, so what is the story behind inventing a new kind of drinking bottle when there are so many at market already?

Dr. Christian Kehlenbeck: Normally I am not at home during the week because I am working at the client site, but following an intense project, I took a break from working and became a househusband for almost two years. During this time I took responsibility for preparing food and drinking bottles early in the morning for my two girls, who were both at primary school at that time. I quickly became really frustrated with reusable water bottles that are currently available on the market. In my experience, all those reusable bottles have at least one major pain point: They are either really hard or next to impossible to clean thoroughly, not leak-proof when carrying in a bag, not easy to drink from without spilling, or almost impossible to get refilled under a tiny dispenser or certain faucets. It’s ridiculous!

The Fashionable Housewife: I hear you! I have the same problem with all of the reusable water bottles I’ve tried. So what did you do?

Dr. Christian Kehlenbeck: I identified the main construction issue of current types of drinking bottles:

  • Small mouth bottle -> easy to drink but hard to clean, no option to add fruits or ice
  • Wide mouth bottle -> easy to fill and clean but hard to drink without spilling
  • Medium sized opening -> just combining disadvantages of both worlds instead of solving the issue
  • Wide mouth with fancy one push opening? No way, almost impossible to clean, mold will win at the end of the day.

And I realized that the perfect, most convenient and hygienic drinking bottle needs both: A small AND a wide mouth. Hard to realize, but I did, by inventing the – international patent application filed – double necked cap, which is giving all the benefits!

JuNiki’s cap design offers a smaller angled opening for spill-free sipping and another angled wide-mouth opening for easy refilling (also horizontally) or loading in larger items like ice cubes, fruits, or even wheatgrass! Plus JuNiki’s Double Neck is specially constructed for quick cleaning, offering an overall hygienic drinking bottle design that is free of blind spots that are impossible to clean and preventing mold and mildew build up. Finally – the first wide-mouth flask that you can carry in your bag without risk of flooding and yet drink from without any spills.

As a result, I produced the first version of JuNiki’s for school children, made of Tritan by Eastman, available in Germany from beginning of this year.

The Fashionable Housewife: And right now you are running a Kickstarter campaign for new types of water bottles that are geared for adults, right?

Dr. Christian Kehlenbeck: Correct! Fashionable housewives around me identified the benefits of this new flask, and they did ask for bigger versions, not for their children but for themselves! They wanted to be able to take their own fresh and healthy drinks to the office or to the gym. They also asked for other materials than Tritan.

Because of the benefits of having the double neck, this has been an easier task: Searching for the best wide mouth bottle bodies and adapting the cap to make it fit to the new materials. That’s it! The new JuNiki’s bottles come in two food safe, BPA free materials, both types being absolutely leak-proof also with carbonated drinks: Vacuum-insulated 304 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel (18/32/64oz) & Borosilicate Glass with single-wall (18oz) and double-wall (11oz) design. We are confident that once you try JuNiki’s, you’ll agree that it is indeed the world’s most convenient and hygienic drinking bottle available on the market today.

These amazing hygienic drinking bottles are being produced right now and preordering via Kickstarter is still possible until August 28th noon! Click here to learn more:

This interview has been conducted by Sarah-Jean Ballard. She is the Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of The Fashionable Housewife blog and the founder of Fashionable Media network. Sarah-Jean is a wife, stay-at-home mother of FOUR and a diehard fashionista who uses her blog to share advice and review products that can “Help moms like YOU, look fashionable too!”®

Dr. Christian Kehlenbeck is the founder and managing partner of JuNiki’s Double Neck. You can reach him via


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