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Restoring the Everglades During Climate Change Requires Continued Federal Commitment

President Obama’s visit underscores natural resource priorities

President Barack Obama’s historic visit is a welcome acknowledgement from our nation’s top leader that the Florida Everglades are a national treasure worth saving, and that making sure the nation’s premier fresh water marsh gets priority over other water uses during climate change is a top priority.

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Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Exceptional School Gardens with “Golden Shovel” Awards

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recognizes 12 exceptional school gardens with the inaugural Florida Farm to School “Golden Shovel” Awards.

This garden at Freedom Shores Elementary School won Best New Garden for the Elementary School level.

This garden at Freedom Shores Elementary School won Best New Garden for the Elementary School level.

“School gardens are a critical part of the Farm to School model, allowing students to connect with the growing process by planting, raising and harvesting healthy, fresh produce,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Studies show children who are involved in growing their own food make healthier choices about what to eat and show improved academic performance.”

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House Amendment 1 Budget Provides No Funding for Florida Forever

 

Proposed budget includes no funding for new parks, wildlife habitat, or trails

The Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee released its proposed budget, including spending for Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment. According to the Amendment 1 sponsor committee, the House budget provides no funding to conserve new parks, wildlife habitat, or trails.

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Lockheed Martin and AGT Break Ground for 2.25 MW Solar Carport

Lockheed Martin and AGT Break Ground for 2.25 MW Solar CarportNortherners weary of the long winter dream of Florida sunshine. But locals know those beautiful rays are also responsible for scorching temperatures, exhausted air conditioners, and soaring energy costs. Lockheed Martin has found a way to harness the sun’s energy with a solar carport. The project, located near Clearwater, Florida, will provide 151,400 square feet of protected parking for 534 cars, sheltered by 7,260 solar modules. It will be the largest private, non-utility solar project in the state, and will allow Lockheed Martin to cut facility energy costs by up to 60 percent. That’s over $300,000 in savings annually and $6.5 million over the life of the project.  Plus, the innovative carport will help Lockheed Martin contribute to achieving company wide goals of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 35% and energy use by 25% by the year 2020.

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