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Last Modified:  December 5, 2013

BY USING OR ACCESSING ANY OF OUR WEBSITES OR DOWNLOADING MATERIALS FROM OUR WEBSITES YOU AGREE TO BE LEGALLY BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE. 

This Terms of Service Agreement (the “Agreement”) is a legal agreement between you and SEIA (“SEIA” “we” or “us”) governing your use of this website or any other SEIA-owned web property (the “Website”).

SEIA provides the materials on its websites for general informational, educational, and environmental awareness purposes. Please carefully read these Terms of Service that apply to your access and to the use of the website. By accessing or using the website, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms of Service, please discontinue access and use of the website. We reserve the right to revise these Terms of Service or any portion of them at any time. If we make changes to this Agreement, we will post notice of the modifications to the Agreement on this page.  Changes will become effective when they are posted.  A current version of this Agreement showing the effective date is always available at this location. Your use of this website is subject to any such revisions and you should periodically visit this page to review the current Terms of Service that apply to your use of this website, or any other SEIA-owned web property.   SEIA may also make improvements and/or changes in products described on this Website, add new features, or terminate this Website at any time without notice.  If you do not agree to the Agreement as modified, then you must discontinue your use of the Website.  Your continued use of this Website will signify your continued agreement to this Agreement as it may be revised.

The website contains information concerning SEIA that may be useful to our members, employees and the general public. SEIA makes no representations or warranties and assumes no responsibility or liability as to the accuracy, completeness, reliability or usefulness of any information contained on the website. Further, SEIA expressly disclaims any obligation to update or correct information contained on the website and explicitly disclaims any duty to do so. SEIA assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of the website. SEIA reserves the right to make additions, deletions or modifications to the information or materials on the website at any time and in any way without notice.

Registration: You are not obligated to register in order to access this Website. However, certain sections and features of this Website are available only to visitors to this Website who have registered for user IDs and passwords (“Secure Users”).  If you are a Secure User, you agree to accurately maintain and update any information about yourself that you have provided to us. If you do not maintain such information, or we have reasonable grounds to suspect as much, we have the right to suspend or terminate your account and your use of this Website. You further agree that you are responsible for all activities that occur under your Secure User account or password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for restricting access to your computer so others may not access the Website in violation of this Agreement. You may only have one active Secure User account on this Website at any given time and only you may use your designated account to access the Website. You also agree to promptly notify us of any unauthorized use of your username, password or any other breach of security that you become aware of involving or relating to this Website by emailing us at webfeedback@seia.org. In addition, you agree to exit from your Secure User account at the end of each session. We explicitly disclaim liability for any and all losses and damages arising from your failure to comply with this section.

Interactive Forums:  We may host message boards, chat rooms, blogs, and other interactive forums or services (each, a “Forum”) on the Website. Forums are intended to serve as discussion centers. Any user failing to comply with this Agreement may be expelled from and refused continued access to Forums in the future. You understand that SEIA staff, SEIA's outside contributors, or other users connected with SEIA may participate in Forums or other aspects of the Website and may employ anonymous user names when doing so. You acknowledge and agree that Forums are public spaces and that your participation in such Forums creates no expectation of privacy. Further, you acknowledge that any personal information you communicate in Forums may be seen and used by others. We are not responsible for information that you or others choose to communicate in Forums, or for your actions or the actions of other users. SEIA or its designated agents may remove or alter any information or content posted or otherwise disclosed in any Forum at any time for any reason. NEVERTHELESS, IF YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE ANY OF YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE OR OTHER INFORMATION PUBLICLY AVAILABLE IN A FORUM OR OTHERWISE ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Website Security:  You are prohibited from violating, or attempting to violate, the security of this Website. Any such violations may result in criminal and/or civil penalties against you. SEIA will investigate any alleged or suspected violations and if a criminal violation is suspected, we will cooperate with law enforcement agencies in their investigations.

Unauthorized Use or Access: Unless otherwise expressly authorized in this Agreement or on the Website, you may not take any action to interfere with the Website or any other user's use of the Website. While using the Website you are required to comply with all applicable statutes, orders, regulations, rules, and other laws. In addition, we expect users of the Website to respect the rights and dignity of others. Your use of the Website is conditioned on your compliance with the rules of conduct set forth in this section. You may not (and you expressly agree that you will not) do any of the following, which violate this Agreement:

  • Post, upload, share, transmit, distribute, facilitate distribution or otherwise make available to or through this Website any unlawful, infringing, harmful, harassing, defamatory, threatening, intimidating, fraudulent, tortious, vulgar or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including unauthorized or unsolicited advertising;
  • Impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation any representative of SEIA; falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity in connection with the Website; or express or imply that we endorse any statement you make;
  • Disseminate on the Website any viruses, worms, spyware, adware, or other malicious computer code, file or program that is harmful or invasive or may or is intended to damage or hijack the operation of, or monitor the use of, any hardware, software or equipment;
  • Use the Website to defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights of others, including without limitation others' privacy rights or rights of publicity, or harvest or collect personally identifiable information about users of the Website;
  • Interfere with or disrupt the operation of the Website or others’ use of the Website in any way (including without limitation by hacking or defacing any portion of the Website);
  • Reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or otherwise exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of, use of, or access to the Website;
  • Modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion of the Website;
  • Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notice from the Website or materials originating from the Website;
  • Use the Website for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose;
  • Violate any applicable laws or regulations; or
  • Assist or permit any persons in engaging in any of the activities described above.

Website Security 

You are prohibited from violating, or attempting to violate, the security of this Website. Any such violations may result in criminal and/or civil penalties against you. SEIA will investigate any alleged or suspected violations and if a criminal violation is suspected, we will cooperate with law enforcement agencies in their investigations.

Unauthorized Use or Access

Unless otherwise expressly authorized in this Agreement or on the Website, you may not take any action to interfere with the Website or any other user's use of the Website. While using the Website you are required to comply with all applicable statutes, orders, regulations, rules, and other laws. In addition, we expect users of the Website to respect the rights and dignity of others. Your use of the Website is conditioned on your compliance with the rules of conduct set forth in this section. You may not (and you expressly agree that you will not) do any of the following, which violate this Agreement:

  • Post, upload, share, transmit, distribute, facilitate distribution or otherwise make available to or through this Website any unlawful, infringing, harmful, harassing, defamatory, threatening, intimidating, fraudulent, tortious, vulgar or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including unauthorized or unsolicited advertising;
  • Impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation any representative of SEIA; falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity in connection with the Website; or express or imply that we endorse any statement you make;
  • Disseminate on the Website any viruses, worms, spyware, adware, or other malicious computer code, file or program that is harmful or invasive or may or is intended to damage or hijack the operation of, or monitor the use of, any hardware, software or equipment;
  • Use the Website to defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights of others, including without limitation others' privacy rights or rights of publicity, or harvest or collect personally identifiable information about users of the Website;
  • Interfere with or disrupt the operation of the Website or others’ use of the Website in any way (including without limitation by hacking or defacing any portion of the Website);
  • Reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or otherwise exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of, use of, or access to the Website;
  • Modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion of the Website;
  • Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notice from the Website or materials originating from the Website;
  • Use the Website for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose;
  • Violate any applicable laws or regulations; or
  • Assist or permit any persons in engaging in any of the activities described above.

Our Intellectual Property Rights

Copyright: All content of the SEIA website is protected to the fullest extent possible by copyright laws and, except as set forth below, the use of any Content available on this Website is strictly prohibited. You may not copy, modify, upload, download, post, transmit, republish or distribute any of the content, including without limitation the HTML or other software instructional code, contained in our website without our prior written permission except for your own personal, non-commercial purposes. Nothing contained in this website shall be construed as granting a license or other rights under any patent, trademark, copyright or other intellectual property of SEIA or any third party. Please be advised that SEIA actively enforces its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent allowed by applicable laws.

No Content from this Website may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way without written permission of the rights owner, except that you may use Content purposely made available by SEIA for downloading from this Website,  provided that you (1) keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices, (2) use such information pursuant to any licenses associated with such Content, (3) do not copy or post such information on any networked computer or broadcast it in any media, (4) make no modifications to any such information, and (5) do not make any additional representations or warranties relating to such information.  You agree not to circumvent, disable, or otherwise interfere with security related features of this Website or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content.

Any unauthorized use or modification of any of the Content available on this Website is a violation of the copyrights and other proprietary rights of SEIA, or other copyright owners where so indicated. Permission for all other uses of Content contained herein, including reproducing and distributing multiple copies or using Content on any other website or networked computer must be obtained from SEIA or the appropriate rights owner in advance; otherwise, such use is prohibited. Requests for such authorization from SEIA should be submitted via an email to webfeedback@seia.org. All design rights, databases and compilation and other intellectual property rights associated with this Website, in each case whether registered or unregistered, and related goodwill, are proprietary to SEIA. Except as otherwise expressly authorized herein or in writing in advance by SEIA, you agree not to reproduce, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, or create derivative works based (whether in whole or in part) on all or any part of the Website or the Content.

Trademarks: All rights in the trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names, product names, product packaging and designs of SEIA or third parties whether or not appearing in large print or with the trademark symbol, belong exclusively to SEIA or their respective owners and are protected under national and international trademark and copyright laws.  Except as otherwise permitted on the Website, you are not permitted to reproduce, download or otherwise use such trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names, product names, product packaging and designs without the prior express written consent of the owner of such mark.

Notice of Copyright Infringement: If you believe that any Content on this Website infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, you may send a written notification to SEIA’s Designated Copyright Agent (the “Designated Agent”) as set forth below.

Designated Agent Email: webfeedback@seia.org

If you believe that your copyrighted work is available on the Website in violation of your copyright, you may provide our Designated Agent with a written notice, which contains substantially the following information:

(a)  Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work or intellectual property that you claim has been infringed so that we can locate the alleged infringing material.  If multiple copyrighted works are covered by your notification, you may provide a representative list of such works.

(b)  Identify the URL or other specific location on the Website that contains the alleged infringing material described in Item (a) above. You must provide us with reasonably sufficient information to enable us to locate the alleged infringing material.

(c)  Provide the electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or a person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf.

(d)  Include a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

(e)  Include a statement by you that the information contained in your notice is accurate and that you attest under penalty of perjury that you are the copyright owner or that you are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

(f)    Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address.

SEIA has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at our sole discretion, users of the Website who are deemed to be repeat infringers. 

Links to Affiliate of Third-Party Websites:  We have provided links to certain other third party websites solely as a convenience for users of the SEIA website. These websites are maintained on third party servers and are not under the control of SEIA. We do not control the material on such third party websites. Access to such third party websites is at the user's own risk and SEIA is not responsible for its accuracy or reliability. Inclusion of such links to third party websites does not constitute an endorsement, approval, or guarantee the accuracy of the contents of any linked websites, including any of the opinions and predictions of any financial analysts with respect to SEIA or any of its securities. We expressly disclaim any responsibility for the content of any third party websites linked to our website. We urge you to use discretion when you access any third party websites linked to our website.

Functionality on SEIA websites may also permit interactions between the Service and a third-party web site or feature, including applications that connect the Service or your profile on the Service with a third-party web site or feature.  Using this functionality typically requires you to login to your account on the third-party service and you do so at your own risk. SEIA does not control any of these third-party web services or any of their content. You expressly acknowledge and agree that SEIA is in no way responsible or liable for any such third-party services or features.

Links do not imply that SEIA is legally authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol displayed in or accessible through the links; or that any linked website is authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol of SEIA.

YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIRD PARTY WEBSITES AND RESOURCES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION YOUR USE OF ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION, DATA, ADVERTISING, PRODUCTS, OR OTHER MATERIALS ON OR AVAILABLE THROUGH SUCH WEBSITES AND RESOURCES, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE APPLICABLE TO SUCH SITES AND RESOURCES.

 You may choose, at your sole and absolute discretion and risk, to use applications that connect the website with a third-party service (an "Application") and such Application may interact with, connect to or gather and/or pull information from and to your Service profile. By using such Applications, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (i) if you use an Application to share information, you are consenting to information about your profile being shared; (ii) your use of an Application may cause personally identifying information to be publicly disclosed and/or associated with you, even if SEIA has not itself provided such information; and (iii) your use of an Application is at your own option and risk, and you will hold SEIA harmless for activity related to the Application.

Third-Party Content: Any information, statements, opinions or other information provided by third parties and made available on this Website are those of the respective author(s) and not SEIA. We do not guarantee the validity, accuracy, truthfulness, completeness, reliability or usefulness of any opinion, advice, service, offer, statement or other Content on the Website other than those from an authorized SEIA representative acting in his/her official capacity. Under no circumstance will SEIA be liable for or in connection with any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any Content.  

Monitoring: You acknowledge and agree that we reserve the right (but have no obligation) to do one or all of the following, at our sole discretion: (a) evaluate Content before allowing it to be posted on the Website or any Forum; (b) monitor Content; (c) alter, remove, reject, or refuse to post or allow to be posted, without notice to you, any Content, for any reason or for no reason whatsoever; provided, however, that we shall have no obligation or liability to you for failure to do so or for doing so in any particular manner; and/or (d) disclose any Content, and the circumstances surrounding their transmission, to any third party in order to operate the Website; to protect SEIA, and the Website's users and visitors; to comply with legal obligations or governmental requests; to enforce this Agreement; or for any other reason or purpose.

Social Networking Pages:  SEIA maintains a presence on several social networking website, including facebook.com, youtube.com and twitter.com, (collectively, “Social Networking Pages”) to provide a place for people to learn more about SEIA and to share experiences with our events and services.  All comments, visuals and other materials posted by visitors to our Social Networking Pages do not necessarily reflect the opinions or ideas of SEIA.  All visitors to our Social Networking Pages must comply with the respective social networking website’s Terms of Use.  SEIA reviews some but not all postings to our Social Networking Sites, and we will remove any postings that we have determined are inappropriate or offensive.

Termination: SEIA may terminate your use of this Website or any of its features at any time and for any reason without notice for conduct violating this Agreement. Upon any such termination, you must destroy all Content obtained from this Website and all copies thereof. The provisions of this Agreement concerning Website security, prohibited activities, copyrights, trademarks, user submissions, disclaimer, limitation of liability, indemnity and jurisdictional issues shall survive any such termination.  You agree that if your use of this Website is terminated pursuant to this Agreement, you will not attempt to use this Website under any name, real or assumed, and further agree that if you violate this restriction after being terminated, you indemnify and hold us harmless from any and all liability that we may incur therefore.

Disclaimer of Warranty:  Although we make a good faith effort to update the content of our website periodically, we do not have a duty to update information contained in our website, and we will not be liable for any failure to update such information. We do not warrant that the functions or informational materials contained in or accessed through our website are free of computer viruses or other harmful components.  SEIA DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE, VALIDITY, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OF, OR OTHERWISE RESPECTING THE CONTENT AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE OR ANY OTHER WEBSITES LINKED TO OR FROM THIS WEBSITE. DOWNLOADING OR OTHERWISE OBTAINING ANY CONTENT THROUGH THIS WEBSITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT OF THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND ON AN "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, SEIA DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT.

Limitation of Liability:  Each person assumes full responsibility and all risks arising from access and use of the website. SEIA assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the content either of the website or for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger or inaccuracy contained in any information within the website or accessed through the website.

SEIA AND EACH OF ITS AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, DIVISIONS, PARENT AND RELATED COMPANIES (COLLECTIVELY, THE "RELEASEES") WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THIS WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT OR LINKS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES CAUSED BY OR RELATED TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DEFECTS, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, OR ANY COMPUTER VIRUS OR LINE FAILURE.  RELEASEES WILL ALSO NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF we have BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONs MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

RELEASEES SHALL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ACTS, OMISSIONS OR CONDUCT OF ANY USER OR OTHER THIRD PARTY.

Indemnity:  You agree to indemnify, defend and hold SEIA and its directors, officers, employees, agents and contractors harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees) or other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or from (i) your breach of any provision of this Agreement; (ii) your activities in connection with this Website; or (iii) unsolicited information you provide to SEIA through the Website.

Children

This Website is intended for use only by persons over the age of 18.  SEIA does not seek to collect information about children under the age of 18.  If you are under 18 years of age, please do not use or access this Website at any time or in any manner.  By using the Website, you affirm that you are over the age of 18.  

Effect of Invalidity

In the event a court having jurisdiction finds any portion of this agreement unenforceable, that portion shall not be effective and the remainder of the agreement shall remain effective.

Jurisdictional Issues

The Website is controlled and operated by SEIA, from our offices within the District of Columbia, United States of America.  SEIA makes no representation that materials in the Website are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access the Website from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. Access to the Website from jurisdictions where the contents of the Website are illegal or penalized is prohibited.

You agree that any dispute in connection with the Website, this Agreement or the Privacy Policy will be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia and the United States of America.  You also consent to the adjudication of any disputes arising in connection with the Website in the local and federal courts of the District of Columbia.

Contact

If you have questions about this Agreement, or if you have technical questions about the operation of the Website, please contact us at webfeedback@seia.org.

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