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ECOBOND® Announces Their Newest Distributor of Lead-Based Paint Treatment Solutions: Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper in Louisville, KY

Patented lead paint treatment technology ECOBOND® LBP, is the premier lead paint solution used to seal and treat lead paint in a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® 1-step process.

ECOBOND® LBP, LLC is proud to announce their newest distributor, Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper in Louisville, KY. Whatever your project, Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper can help. They are a full-line Benjamin Moore dealer that has been serving Louisville and surrounding areas since 1976. They are well-known for being more than a paint store and are one of the largest independent paint stores in the region. They and their sister company, HPP Industrial Sales, carry a full range of superior quality paints and stains in addition to being a distributor for Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands and Zinsser Mold Remediation specialty products. Their company is privately owned, affording them great purchasing flexibility and on-site decision making. Their buying group provides them with a pricing edge that keeps them competitive with major chain stores.

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Louisville To Use Technology and Innovation to Reduce Burden of Asthma

AIR Louisville program to leverage mobile sensors and data to improve asthma symptoms for its residents

The start of AIR Louisville, the first-of-its-kind data-driven collaboration among public, private and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology have collaborated to improve asthma. Kentucky has the fourth highest adult asthma prevalence in the US and Louisville consistently ranks among the top 20 "most challenging" cities to live in with asthma. Leveraging Propeller Health's FDA-approved medication inhaler sensors, the program will track when, where and how often residents of Louisvilleexperience asthma symptoms. These data, along with Propeller Health's personalized asthma management system, will help patients to better manage their asthma symptoms, and aid city leaders in making smarter decisions about how to keep the air clean.

"The goal of the AIR Louisville program is to use data from Propeller's connected medication sensors to make smarter choices about how we improve the quality of life for our residents," said Ted Smith, Chief of Civic Innovation at Louisville Metro Government and Executive Director of the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil. "By collecting data about where and when residents have asthma attacks, we can help inform public policy that will reduce the burden of asthma city-wide.  The program will also help physicians, patients and employers understand asthma triggers and do a better job managing this health problem in our city."

Participating in AIR Louisville are the City of Louisville and Mayor's office, Propeller Health, makers of FDA-approved digital health solutions for asthma and COPD, the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, local employer partners such as Brown-Forman, local health plans such as Passport Health Plan, and local asthma specialty clinics like Family Allergy & Asthma.

The Institute is working with Propeller Health and all the program partners to give the community better access to data about public health and the environment.

With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and with participation from local employers, health plans and clinics, AIR Louisville will provide over two thousand sensors to Jefferson County residents who will then collect data over the 2 year program. Data collected will be used to help patients self-manage their disease, to help providers manage asthma more efficiently in the community and to help the City of Louisville learn patterns of asthma burden correlated to environmental factors (such as pollution, roads, parks, etc).

For more information about the program or event on March 20th please visit www.airlouisville.com.

USDA Expands StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity to Build Rural Economies

USDA Secretary Vilsack announced an expansion of the USDA StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity to address chronic rural poverty in 32 identified counties in Oklahoma and the entire island of Puerto Rico. Today's announcement brings StrikeForce assistance to 880 counties, parishes, colonias, boroughs and tribal reservations across 21 states and Puerto Rico.

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NRDC Action Fund Launches Ad Marking Mitch McConnell's First 100 Days, Unveils Website Showing Congressional Villains and Heroes on Climate & Clean Air

As Mitch McConnell marks his first 100 days as Senate majority leader, the NRDC Action Fund unleashed an ad blasting him for standing with “dirty polluters,” and introduced a first-of-its-kind website enabling users to track dirty votes by members of Congress and campaign contributions from polluting industries.

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USDA Partners with University of Kentucky to Establish National Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

Investment Continues Administration's Commitment to Address Hunger and Poverty in Rural America

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and University of Kentucky-Lexington officials to announce the establishment of the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The Center will use cutting-edge solutions in child nutrition to reduce child food insecurity in states with the highest number of persistently poor rural counties. Currently, about 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, and children are one of the most vulnerable groups living in rural areas.

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Five Facilities in Kentucky among 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States

Five Facilities in Kentucky among 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States   Across the country, Energy Star manufacturing plants are leading their industries by saving energy and money, combating climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households. From implementing corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA’s Energy Star program.   “Energy Star certified manufacturing plants are leading their industries by advancing energy efficiency and making cost-saving improvements while combating climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Through their work with EPA, the 2014 Energy Star manufacturing plants are demonstrating that making sustainability and energy efficiency improvements is a smart business decision.” Energy Star certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis to have reached the top 25 percent of energy performance for their industries nationwide. Among these are plants from the auto assembly, cement manufacturing, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleum refining industries. Seven are certified for the first time: • ConAgra Foods’ American Falls, Idaho frozen fried potato processing plant; • ConAgra Foods’ Ogden, Utah cookie and cracker baking plant; • Essroc Cement Corp.’s Martinsburg, W.Va. cement manufacturing plant; • Essroc Cement Corp.’s Nazareth, Pa. cement manufacturing plant; • Lehigh Cement’s Glen Falls, N.Y. cement manufacturing plant; • Lehigh Cement’s Leeds, Ala. cement manufacturing plant; and • Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s Illinois Refining Division petroleum refinery.

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