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NAACP Releases Tool to Help City Planners Integrate Equity in Resilience Building

The NAACP released “Equity in Resilience Building for Climate Change Adaptation Planning”, a document that catalogues indicators for integrating and measuring resilience building for climate adaption planning.  The NAACP will first share the document at an introductory workshop at a convening hosted by the Kresge Foundation for its resilience grantees. The Kresge Foundation is one of the largest and most consistent supporters of climate change resilience work in urban communities. Their work aims to support capacity building of communities to advance policy change and create programs that engage communities in building resilience to climate change impacts and beyond.

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Energy Department Announces 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition Participants

The Energy Department announced the twelve collegiate teams that have been selected to participate in the Department's second Collegiate Wind Competition. The Collegiate Wind Competition challenges teams of undergraduate students to design and build a model wind turbine based on market research and siting considerations, develop a business plan to market their products, and test their turbines against a set of rigorous performance criteria. Bringing together the next generation of wind energy pioneers with today's industry leaders, the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition will take place at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana, from May 23 to 26, 2016.

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Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools Celebrates 4,000th Salad Bar Donation

Let's Move Salad bar reaches a milestone of 4,000 salad barsLet’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S) is thrilled to announce that the partnership has granted it’s 4,000th school salad bar serving more than 2 million kids a day. This represents an investment of over $10 million by the LMSB2S partners, foundations and corporate and non-­‐‑profit donors. A sub-­‐‑initiative in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program, Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools provides salad bar equipment and training to schools and districts across America who are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program. The organization was founded in 2010 by Whole Foods Market, the United Fresh Start Foundation, the Chef Ann Foundation, and the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance1. The Whole Kids Foundation, LMSB2S’ largest sustaining partner, helped make this milestone happen with a $750,000 donation last month.

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Mid-Atlantic Builders Celebrates MBIA Environmental Award for Most Energy Efficient Home

The award-winning Modena Mid-Atlantic Builders has won the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) Environmental Award for Most Energy Efficient New Home. The Mid-Atlantic Builders Modena model received a HERS rating of 53, meaning that it is 47% more efficient than the standard new home. Many Mid-Atlantic homes score in the 40s, with the lowest home reaching a 47 HERS score.

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Packaged Facts: Sustainability a Mainstream Issue Impacting Restaurant Industry

Packaged Facts: Sustainability a Mainstream Issue Impacting Restaurant IndustrySustainability in the restaurant world typically concerned how takeout and delivery options might cause recycling issues at home for consumers. However these days sustainability increasingly encompasses the food actually featured in establishment's menu just as much as it concerns what eco-friendly material the menus might be printed on. Forward-thinking restaurant operators are more frequently utilizing marketing strategies that incorporate health, safety and environmental concerns, which can resonate with consumers seeking out eco-friendly restaurants and food choices, according to Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities, a recent report by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

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