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The James M. Cox Foundation Announces $300,000 Grant to Orlando Science Center

Left to Right: Rusty McCranie (WFTV Certified Meteorologist), Ellen Westpfahl (Manheim Orlando and Manheim Central Florida's Assistant General Manager), Susan Larkin (Cox Media Group Orlando Radio's Vice President and General Manager), Shawn Bartelt (WFTV's Vice President and General Manager), and JoAnn Newman (Orlando Science Center's President & CEO)Grant supports creation of new children's exhibit to promote critical thinking skills

The James M. Cox Foundation announced a $300,000 grant to Orlando Science Center to help build New KidsTown, an exhibit to serve children from infancy to age seven. The new children's area will be three times larger than the current space and will feature play-based learning and high-touch explorations to promote critical thinking skills. New KidsTown will also feature a dedicated infant and toddler area.

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Hertz Named Among Top Green Companies in the U.S.

Hertz ranked 54th out of the 500 largest publicly traded U.S. companies, up from 329th in 2014

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. has been named to Newsweek's 2015 Green Rankings, one of the world's most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance. The company ranked No. 54 among the 500 largest, publicly traded U.S. companies according to market capitalization, up from No. 329 in 2014.

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CES: “The Time is Now” for Businesses to Convert to Energy-Saving LED Lights

A new report from the Department of Energy shows that LED lighting saved U.S. businesses $1.4 billion in 2014—with a potential $50 billion annual savings to come. To share in these savings—and to gain a real competitive advantage—Consumer Energy Solutions urges businesses to make the change to LED as soon as possible.

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy finds that light-emitting diode-based (LED) lighting was responsible for 143 trillion British Thermal Units in reduced U.S. energy consumption in 2014, resulting in a savings equivalent to $1.4 billion annually in energy cost. Moreover, while adoption of LED lighting is growing across all lighting applications, overall market shares remain in the low single digits, leaving substantial headroom to increase market penetration and related energy savings. The new analysis indicates that from 2012 to 2014, LED market penetration climbed to 3% overall, versus less than 1% in 2012.1

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Pestmaster Services Submits & Has Been Awarded New Government VA Contract For Bee Eradication

Enviro-Serv, Inc., which targets highly profitable small service companies in the commercial and residential property maintenance industry, is pleased to announce and its subsidiary, X-Terminate, working closely with Pestmaster Franchise Network's Contracts Team, has submitted and won a bid for bee and wasp control on VA facilities in St. Petersburg, FL.  The bid will increase local sales in Tampa for the operations by approximately 5%, upon award.

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Florida Company Gains Buzz with Bee-Friendly Insecticide

Organocide® 3-in-1 Garden Spray® found NON-toxic to bees

One important facet of organic gardening is product safety toward beneficial insects, and the protection of honeybees is of paramount concern as they pollinate many of the world's plants, accounting for up to 30% of the production of food crops. The issue of bee safety is important because the native bee population is declining worldwide due in part to harmful pesticide use. The European Union has banned a certain class of pesticides—neonicontinoids—and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a moratorium on new applications for their use (http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/epa-actions-protect-pollinators). Consumers and agricultural producers seeking a "bee friendly" insecticide now have a laboratory tested alternative.

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