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$1 Million Donation Helps UCF Study Health Benefits of Humans Living Amidst Nature, Animals

$1 Million Donation Helps UCF Study Health Benefits of Humans Living Amidst Nature, AnimalsThe UCF College of Medicine received a $1 million donation Tuesday from the Harmony Institute to research whether living in a community that encourages interaction between residents, animals and nature improves public health.

The Harmony Institute inspired the creation of the town of Harmony in Osceola County in 1998 as a master planned community designed to accommodate and encourage routine interactions with animals and the natural environment. The community includes 7,700 acres of preserved, natural space, two sand-bottom lakes and 12.5 miles of walking trails that give residents easy access to parks, open areas and a town center within a short walk. Harmony also features full cut-off, dark sky lighting, Energy Star homes and limits boat use on its lakes to non-fossil fuel crafts.

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Agreement reached to provide clean, affordable electricity to Babcock Ranch in Charlotte and Lee Counties

FPL, Babcock Ranch and Lee County Electric Cooperative reach an agreement enabling Babcock Ranch development to proceed
Provides FPL with yet another location with which to develop a large scale solar facility

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Babcock Ranch Community Independent Special District (ISD) and Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) announced a settlement agreement that addresses the parties' outstanding issues and provides a path forward for Babcock Ranch development. Part of the settlement includes Babcock Ranch ISD and FPL entering into a franchise agreement that allows the state's largest utility to be the electric service provider for the Babcock Ranch community.

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Ocean and Industry Celebrities, Artists, Explorers, Policymakers and 'Eco-preneurs' to gather at BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit November 3-9

BLUE 2014 draws an ecosystem of ocean all-stars: Jeremy Irons, Sir Richard Branson, Sylvia Earle, David Doubilet, Kelly Rutherford, Kathy Castor, Jenifer Austin, Don Walsh, Cousteau family members, and many others

The power of BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit (BLUE) to catalyze cultural change and to shift global consciousness has drawn an A-list of ocean stars from all walks of life. Extraordinary people, stories and discoveries will take center stage at BLUE 2014, November 3-9 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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EPA Awards Research Fellowship Grants to Two Students at the University of South Florida

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Suzanne Young, PhD and Joshua Breithaupt, PhD at the University of South Florida are two of 105 graduate students across the nation to receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants.  The grants will be used to conduct research on topics ranging from climate change to public health to water quality, chemical safety and sustainability that will have cross-cutting impacts in the environmental science field. The 105 STAR fellows will receive a maximum funding of $42,000 for one year for master’s students and up to two years for doctoral students.

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