Of Note: 14 September 2018

The local office of Lyft is unveiling a new program so as to become a carbon-neutral company, with the move coming during the current 2018 Global …

The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has announced President and CEO Yuri Cunza will serve on the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

According to a release, the NAHCC — which bills itself as the longest-running Hispanic business association in Tennessee — has experienced “unprecedented growth and influence” in recent years. It has been the recipient of the Chamber of the Year Award by the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and named a founding member of Nashville Mayor’s Office Minority Business Advisory Council.

A delegation of NAHCC leaders will be attending the U.S Hispanic Chamber Convention in Philadelphia (Sept 16-18), at which Cunza (pictured) is scheduled to speak during the Chamber of the Year Awards Breakfast.


OZ Arts names Lewis first recipient of fellowship

OZ Arts Nashville has named Jakob Lewis, founder of the Neighbors podcast on WPLN/Nashville Public Radio, as the first recipient of its new OZ Arts Artistic Fellowship.

According to a release, the fellowship “broadens OZ Arts’ commitment to local artists by supporting an emerging creative voice who is actively contributing to the Nashville cultural landscape.”

The release does not note any dollar amount the fellowship might have.

OZ Arts has featured local artists as part of its TNT Local Artist Spotlight Series in all of its seasons, including four such performances in the current 2018-19 season.

Neighbors is produced in partnership with Nashville Public Radio. In addition, Lewis will curate The Heard Live!, a collaborative effort of indie podcasters who met online as fans of one another’s work at OZ Arts, in June 2019. The Heard Live! will be the final TNT performance of the season.

This fall, Lewis (click on View Gallery in the above image to see a photo) will travel to Magdeburg, Germany, to create two audio documentaries as part of Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19. The initiative will be funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut and supported by the Federation of German Industries.

“OZ Arts is thrilled to welcome Jakob Lewis as our first Artistic Fellow,” OZ Arts President and CEO Tim Ozgener said in the release. “We are enormous admirers of his work and proud to give him a platform to continue developing his art.”


Lyft seeks carbon-neutral status

The local office of Lyft is unveiling a new program so as to become a carbon-neutral company, with the move coming during the current 2018 Global Climate Action Summit.

Following its commitment to offset the carbon emissions from all rides globally, Lyft is now purchasing enough carbon offsets to neutralize the remainder of driver emissions, according to a release.

Lyft is also purchasing enough renewable energy to cover the electricity consumption of every Lyft office space, Driver Hub, and electric vehicle mile on the platform. It will do so either directly from local utility partners where available or by purchasing renewable energy credits on the same regional electricity grids Lyft uses to power its facilities.

Sam Nadler serves as Lyft Nashville general manager.

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