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Which States are America's 2014 Energy Efficiency Leaders?

Top 10 States, 4 Most Improved States and 5 States Needing Most Improvement to be Highlighted: AK, AR, CA, CT, KY, MA, MD, MN, MS, ND, NY, OR, RI, SD, VT, WA, WI, WY, and District of Columbia.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will hold a phone-based national news event at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 to issue the 2014 edition of its closely watched State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  The major news event ranking the 50 states and D.C. will feature the Governor of Massachusetts and the president of the National Association Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).


New Article Features 50 Affordable, Eco-friendly Colleges

Fifty of the most affordable and ecologically-sound U.S. colleges are ranked in a new web article by Best Choice Schools.

College students who are concerned with environmental issues can now explore 50 of America's "greenest" and cheapest universities in a new web article by Best Choice Schools. The "50 Great Affordable Eco-Friendly Colleges" in the article are all recognized leaders in energy conservation and sustainability, and they all charge tuition fees less than $25,000 per year. Best Choice Schools' website is a multifaceted guide to the most efficient education path for each individual, and the new feature provides a concise list of eco-friendly options.


USDA Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers

Changes Increase Eligibility and Financing Options for Hard Working Families

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required "farming experience" to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.


Drawing a Line in the Sand: Partisanship & Environmental Issues in U.S. Coastal Regions

Environmental Views from the Coast: Public Concern about Local to Global Marine IssuesThe effects of human activities on marine environments along the United States coasts are easily observed. Less apparent, however, are the perceptions of locally focused marine issues by coastal populations living under a variety of social and environmental influences. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire conducted a multiregional study of coastal Americans, finding concern levels regarding environmental issues swayed by (1) local matters such as employment and local society-environment relations, (2) age, gender, and education, and most importantly, (3) ideological influences such as political party. Their results are now available in a free access article from Society and Natural Resources, titled “Environmental Views from the Coast: Public Concern about Local to Global Marine Issues.”


USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

Farm Bill program will benefit wildlife and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The USDA initiative will benefit wildlife and promote outdoor recreation and related sectors of the economy.


USDA Requests Applications for Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

Grant will support strategies to reduce child food insecurity in rural communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that up to $2.5 million is available to establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. This competitive grant is part of USDA's efforts to reduce childhood food insecurity in rural communities in America.


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