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MHG CEO Pereira Announces Series of Funding to University of Georgia Labs

World’s Largest Producer of PHA Contributes Funding to Increase R&D Capacity for their Biopolymers

MHG’s CEO, Paul Pereira, announced the company has contributed a series of funding to the distinguished labs of Dr. Jason Locklin, Dr. Mark Eiteman and Dr. Jenna Jambeck at the University of Georgia. These contributions will support several projects among the three labs, which will increase MHG’s research and development (R&D) capabilities for Nodax™ PHA and other sustainable biopolymers.

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Georgia Designates First ‘Outstanding’ River Highest Level of Protection Given to the Conasauga

Georgia’s Board of Natural Resources has passed a rule change that designates the headwaters of the Conasauga River as Georgia’s first ‘Outstanding National Resource Water’ (ONRW). The designation is the highest level of protection, identified in the Clean Water Act. Georgia is the only state in Southeast, except for Mississippi, that had not designated an ONRW. Environment Georgia first petitioned the state for an ONRW in 2007.

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Savannah Riverkeeper Among Intervenors In Palmetto Pipeline Appeal

 

On July 28 GreenLaw filed an intervention suit on behalf of Savannah Riverkeeper, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Satilla Riverkeeper and the Center for a Sustainable Coast to show their support for the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) in their decision to deny Kinder Morgan the use of eminent domain.  In May of this year, the DOT denied a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that would have allowed energy giant Kinder Morgan to desecrate a wide swathe of the state’s beloved natural resources, in addition to numerous private properties that have been held by families for generations, through the use of eminent domain for the proposed Palmetto Pipeline.  Kinder Morgan appealed this decision one month later in June 2015.

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HUD and VA Announce Additional Support to Help Homeless Veterans in Georgia Find Permanent Homes

 

HUD-VASH vouchers build on national effort to end veteran homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a second round funding to help provide permanent homes to 10 veterans experiencing homelessness in Georgia.  The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA (see attached list of HUD’s voucher awards).

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UL Environment Launches New Sustainability Advisory Services

Advisory Services team helps brands take charge of their sustainability strategies to lead in the market

UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced its redesigned sustainability advisory offerings, delivered by the UL Environment Advisory Services team.

Led by Dr. Angela Griffiths, the UL Environment Advisory Services team includes highly experienced project managers and leading scientists with a deep background in sustainability, corporate responsibility and environmental science.  The team's combined expertise provides a unique level of support to enterprises as they navigate the new challenges of corporate sustainability in order to translate environmental leadership into greater market share and increased profitability.

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Georgia Beekeeper and Engineer Wins 2015 Bayer CropScience Bee Care Community Leadership Award

Georgia Beekeeper and Engineer Wins 2015 Bayer CropScience Bee Care Community Leadership AwardPaul Vonk Honored During National Pollinator Week for Creating HiveTool™, a Noninvasive System to Monitor Bee Hives

Bayer CropScience announced that Georgia beekeeper Paul Vonk has won the third annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award. Paul was chosen because of his efforts to improve pollinator health, by educating the beekeeping community students interested in pursuing STEM education fields through HiveTool™, which provides a noninvasive way to analyze colony health. The Award is sponsored by the Bayer CropScience's Bee Care Program and annually recognizes an individual who uses their interest in and commitment to honey bees to benefit their community. As the 2015 winner, Vonk will receive a $5,000grant to continue his work.

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