The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Mobile and Prichard, Ala., are among 22 communities selected to receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that support smart growth and sustainability goals and encourage local economic development. EPA selected this year’s recipients from among 121 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. EPA staff and national experts will conduct one to two-day workshops in the communities that focus on the specific sustainability tool each community requested in its application to EPA.
Annual report shows state sustainability and other green focused progress on the rise
The 2014 Green Progress Report has been released by the Green Resource Center for Alabama (GRCA). The report demonstrates a wide range of nearly 100 successful green and sustainable efforts and initiatives achieved last year by various organizations, nonprofits and businesses across the state of Alabama.
Full Scorecard available here
The League of Conservation Voters' 2014 National Environmental Scorecard reflects the U.S. House of Representative's continued efforts to undermine public health and limit access to public lands. While the U.S. Senate was able to prevent many harmful bills from ever being debated, the second session of the 113th Congress was a continuation of the attack on the vital protections of natural resources. The Alabama congressional delegation's scores are being released by Conservation Alabama in partnership with the national League of Conservation Voters.
On behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities including Tuskegee, Alabama, have been selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains.
The City of Warrior, Alabama has unanimously passed a resolution urging the University of Alabama System to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine, a major threat to drinking water for 200,000 people in the greater Birmingham area, including Warrior. Click here to read the resolution: http://blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/WarriorCityCouncilResolution.pdf
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in more than 20 communities, including Auburn Ala., bolster their climate change resilience and readiness.