The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Jolie Hobbs of King Elementary School in Van Buren, Ark. with the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). She was honored today at a ceremony at the White House for teachers and students from across the nation for their work to promote environmental education and stewardship.
Dozens of markets and warehouses race to save energy, water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2015 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings. Kroger supermarkets and warehouses across Arkansas are among the groups fielding 6,500 buildings nationwide in head-to-head competition to reduce their energy and water use. Company stores in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana will also participate. In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for businesses to cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the competition specifically targets wasted energy in commercial buildings and motivates organizations to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money.
SUMO (aka Sustainable Urban Mobility) has launched a carshare and dealership based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. SUMO sells Low-speed Electric Vehicles (LEVs) and shares a fleet of LEVs among its members. SUMO is the first carshare and dealership in the Western Hemisphere focused solely on sharing and selling LEVs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the city of Conway, Ark., is one of 146 communities across the country to be awarded a total of $54.3 million in investment grants. These grants will provide communities with funding to assess, clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. The city will receive $200,000 for hazardous waste site assessment.
This morning, Walmart, one of the world’s biggest companies and the nation’s biggest food seller by a long shot announced it has adopted the "five freedoms" principles for farm animals, effectively renouncing the use of extreme confinement and other abusive practices in animal agriculture, and signaling an extraordinary change in agriculture in America. Precisely because it's Walmart, this is the most definitive statement yet that the era of confining farm animals in cages will come to an end. We applaud the company for adopting a comprehensive animal welfare policy, which comes on the heels of dozens of other declarations and pledges from other major food retailers against gestation crates, battery cages, and tail docking of dairy cows.
Vilsack and Pritzker to Co-Chair Obama Administration's Broadband Opportunity Council
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has funded three rural telecommunications infrastructure projects that will improve broadband service in portions of rural Arkansas, Iowa and New Mexico. This announcement coincides with the news that the President Obama signed a new Presidential Memorandum to create the Broadband Opportunity Council, co-chaired by Secretary Vilsack and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.